The Bluetooth speaker Exos-3 from Aiwa clearly differs from most competing devices in terms of its design, but it serves the trend towards portable output devices in terms of pure functionality. What exactly the device does and whether we can recommend it is revealed in the following review.
|10,400 mAh x 3.6 V L-ion battery
|9 – 12 hours
|USB-C, USB-A, AUX
|282 x 124 x 124 mm
|Wireless pairing of two Exos-3 for proper stereo, IPX67 water and dust resistant, carrying strap
|€ 14.87 *
Design and workmanship
Visually, the Bluetooth speaker clearly stands out from the crowd of such devices. Not only does it feature bright red elements, for example, but it also has an edgy, asymmetrical design and is equipped with a hard-to-miss carrying strap that is attached to the handles provided for it via carabiner. Overall, the speaker thus makes an extremely robust impression and quickly attracts attention – after all, we are used to rather restrained colors and a design with few corners and edges from Bluetooth speakers.
The front and back of the oblong device are covered with a black fabric. By far the biggest part is made of black plastic, in addition to the already mentioned red elements. The red plastic feels soft, while the black plastic parts are made very solid. On the outside of the device, it is easy to see that the shape is that of a corporeal triangle – on the other hand, this is less noticeable when looking at the front. However, said outer sides are not only interesting for the perspective view of the speaker, but also house the passive membranes, which are important for the sound. The caps of the membranes are made of the aforementioned red plastic and thus contribute considerably to the impression the Bluetooth speaker leaves behind. A mighty black frame acts as a contrast, but it was placed not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for functional ones: It allows the speaker to be used standing upright, acting as a kind of stand. Similar stands, made of red rubber, can be found on the bottom of the device.
Finally, the speaker’s controls are found on the top. Connections, on the other hand, are found in the lowest part of the back under a flap with rubber protection, which is supposed to keep dust and water away and thus maintain the functionality of the connections. A USB-A port, a USB-C port and an AUX input can be found here.
Both the design and the workmanship of the portable Bluetooth speaker could convince us. It has a surprisingly unconventional design, is ideally suited for mobile use with its detachable carrying strap, and is also impeccably manufactured.
Commissioning and operation of the speaker were trouble-free in the test, which is mainly due to the intuitively accessible controls and the acoustic as well as visual feedback of the device. After pressing the power button, the speaker announces with a clearly audible tone that it is now turned on. It then immediately switches to connection mode, which is communicated by a computer voice. On our output device, the speaker was found within a few seconds. With one click, we were able to successfully establish the Bluetooth connection. This is also communicated by the speaker via computer voice.
In further operation, volume and song selection can be regulated with the help of the top-mounted buttons. In the lower part of the device, there are also six LED lights that provide information about the status of the device, the set volume and other parameters. Here, too, the Exos-3 thus scores with maximum transparency and associated accessibility for users.
The design of the Exos-3 with its passive diaphragms and output power of 46 watts promises a lot. But what about the sound in practice? Does the speaker live up to the high expectations, which are also stoked by the application?
In our practical test, we first started with a medium volume, as it is likely to be used for the vast majority of occasions. The Exos-3 convinced here with a balanced sound, whereby we noticed that especially lows were output very detailed and pleasant. Bass was presented richly, there was no clattering and no unintentionally dull booming. Afterwards, we increased the volume gradually – and could determine that there was hardly any change in the sound quality. The Exos-3 thus presents itself as a high-quality speaker that lacks distortions – and thus clearly outshines the inexpensive competition.
Overall, the Exos-3 can therefore fully convince in terms of sound. Of course, there are speakers on the market that provide even more detailed reproduction; however, in its price range, the device from Aiwa should clearly be one of the top models.
The portable speaker is equipped with a 10,400 mAh battery, which Aiwa claims has a runtime of nine to twelve hours. In our test, it lasted a bit more than eleven hours, meaning the total playing time, before we had to recharge it when operating at room volume. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the speaker can be used as a charging station for smartphones, as it has a USB-A output.
In conclusion, we can say that the Exos-3 from Aiwa is a high-quality device in every respect. In addition to the eye-catching design, the good sound and the simple operation stand out as highlights of the Bluetooth speaker. In its price range, this makes it one of the stronger models, which is why we can recommend it!