ADX Bluetooth Speaker Review

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I realised two weeks ago that I have only reviewed one Bluetooth speaker on the blog so far, so it was a happy coincidence that ADX (Audio Dynamix) got in contact last week to ask if I would like to review their latest unit, the Ultimate Edition 3.

X05-UE3 – Ultimate Edition 3

I won’t delve in to the technical specs of this specific device, there are better qualified people for that but I will say that I can’t fault the sound that comes out of this device.

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The device is made from a smooth silver aluminium with a rubber base and back, a metal grill up front and a plastic carry handle that folds away nicely.

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On the top you’ll find all the function buttons of the device, in addition to the standard play/pause, skip/back, on/off and volume buttons you will find an equaliser button that enhances bass, midrange and treble frequencies.

I was amazed at how the equaliser actually made the music sound better, with no noticeable distortion.

One frustrating problem I did find with the device is that the buttons are very black, as demonstrated in the photo above, and it is very difficult to see the button icons.

I really struggled to see which buttons I was pressing but this should be an easy fix for ADX.

Cable Management

It’s not a known fact, but devices without Bluetooth capabilities still exist and in these cases it’s nice to have a jack cable hanging around.

ADX decided to tackle this problem by including a ~40cm audio cable built into the back of the device, it also comes in handy when running low on power and you want to avoid using Bluetooth.

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The device otherwise includes a 2600mAh lithium polymer battery that claims approximately 10 hours Bluetooth playtime from a single charge, I have found that this varies depending on the sound volume.

A full recharge of the device takes a few hours via the micro USB cable provided.

Connectivity

A new CSR8635 Bluetooth version 4.0 chip makes pairing really simple, after turning the speaker on, the LED on top blinked orange meaning it was ready to pair.

I found and paired with ‘X05-UE3’ in my iPhone Bluetooth menu, the connection was nearly instant.

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I was happy to find that there was absolutely no noticeable lag between the phone and the speaker, actions on both devices, such as skipping a song, were executed instantly over Bluetooth.

ADX claim that the Bluetooth connection should stay strong up to about 20m but naturally indoors and through walls I found it to be significantly less, but that was to be expected.

I’m sure that outside the range will increase, but its cold and I don’t feel like stepping out.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like this speaker, there are a few improvements that could be made but to be honest there is no ‘perfect’ speaker on the market at the moment.

I have been generally impressed by the sound quality of the speaker, especially the preset equaliser and I will be adding the device to my Christmas 2015 Gift Guide.

You can find the speaker on Amazon for £44.99, in either blue or grey.

If there’s anything I’ve missed then just leave your question in the comment section below or give me a shout on Twitter.