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Bayan Audio Soundbook GO review: Affordable sound in a small package

An affordable Bluetooth speaker that packs a punch despite its portable size

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Compatibility • iPhone • iPad • Mac

Learn more • www.bayanaudio.com

Available from • www.bayanaudio.com

Price • £79.99/$139.99* 

 

Bayan isn’t exactly the most known brand when it comes to British audio engineering, which can make dropping £79.99 on its latest portable speaker a bit of a gamble. While the Soundbook packs a punch, in the right scenarios at least, we are left wondering whether there are better devices out there.

A solid design sees the Soundbook looking suave no matter the occasion, and the flip-shut cover that automatically powers up the speaker ensures you’re never in a position to accidentally leave the device wasting battery in your backpack. Behind the angled grill, the Soundbook GO packs two one-inch-long neodymium drivers and a two-inch passive radiator to handle bass. It also comes together to offer 15W of sound, delivering a satisfying low-end at medium volumes in enclosed spaces.

In fact, the Soundbook performed well inside living rooms and bedrooms at low to medium levels, boasting a decent range, clear mids-to-highs and rumbling bass. But if you’re planning on using this to introduce good vibes to an outdoor environment, you’re likely to be disappointed. At maximum volume we encountered a noticeable amount of bass distortion across a varied collection of music genres – it’s to be expected from a device with such small drivers, but not something you should be okay with given the strong market competition.

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But the Soundbook GO does offer a fair amount of durability, and feels purpose-built to follow you around wherever you go. It measures just 160mm wide, and 88mm tall, weighing just 480g for an extreme amount of portability.

The Soundbook GO does have a decent battery life, running for around nine hours at a mid-volume level. But our tests showed a noticeable drop off in lifetime when trying to fill a room with serious sound. The Soundbook seems primed for household use, but we doubt this would be able to power a party.

Bayan Audio’s Soundbook GO seems caught between intentions. It’s small enough to be easy to transport, but the speakers only seem suited to staying in your house. For the price it’s an interesting piece of tech, but there are better speakers for your money.

Buy now?

Pros  Really portable and decent sound for its small size

Cons It doesn’t have the range across genres as some rivals

Verdict:  
Orange 4 Stars

 

* Please note the difference in price compared to the review that appeared on page 88 in issue 138. We incorrectly had the UK price as £100 instead of £79.99. Apologies for any inconvenience this caused.

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