Bayan Audio’s connected SoundScene speaker set can link up to eight speakers in one network at a distance of up to 100 feet. Each speaker weighs 2.2kg and stands 27cm tall so they can’t exactly be called inconspicuous.
We like the striking design but the rubber ends and big flappy handle on the side are certainly a bit of a style faux pas. The fidelity is excellent with near instant streaming between devices. We were able to walk well into the next room before the stream to the primary speaker began to get a bit jumpy, which is actually pretty good going.
Several connected Bluetooth speakers offer the ability to instantly jump from one to the next when you move rooms. Unfortunately the SoundScene doesn’t have this feature, so if you go from the lounge to the kitchen you’ll need to leave you phone to keep the music going. However, you can connect more than one device to the network so someone could be listening to their music upstairs while you’re listening to different tunes downstairs.
Another issue is that the volume is cranked right up when you first turn it on. The SoundScene is a pretty good speaker set but you can probably find better elsewhere.
This review first appeared in Android magazine issue 54.