Fi70 Three-Way Wireless High Fidelity Music System
- Product Review (submitted on February 19, 2016):
Setup & Initial Impressions:
The speaker was well-protected and double-boxed upon arrival. There is a warning on the box that one should retain it for warranty purposes. Assembly instructions (picture drawings) were simple and straightforward. The single speaker (though it basically contains 2 merged speakers into one single / unique design) is much heavier and larger than I expected, as based on Fluance's web pictures. The mesh cover is magnetically attached to the speaker face and the overall build quality is very pleasing to the eye. Once assembled, the pedestal stand is very simple and elegant. Assembly required the use of four very skinny (questionable) bolts that are used to attach the end of the round base < tube > square bottom speaker-plate. Once assembled, the base is rock-solid for the amount of weight that it is supporting.
BT Connection and Remote Control:
There were no issues with my bluetooth connection (iPhone5), even at 15-20 feet away (as my prior BT would cut-out at around 10-15 feet). My daughter's Samsung S6 found the device even quicker than my iPhone. A minor disappointment is that the quality of the remote control, as it does not mirror that of the speaker. It requires a direct-point and control at the speaker. It is made out of very light plastic with black brushed metal-like surface. A black aluminum remote that had a similar design to that of the speaker would have been a classy touch.
Sound Quality (The Most Important Part):
For a $500 BT speaker, the bass was unexpected and impressive, coming form the two set of woofers. The mid-range speakers and tweeters are all positioned on each side of the donut design (circa 1960's). With all audio settings set to default (including the phone EQ set to "none"), the "highs" seem a little metallic, though this may be due to the quality of my ripped music + streaming over bluetooth. It would have been nice if Fluance offered more tuning options than just bass and treble control (i.e. addition of mid-range). However, when the speaker settings are adjusted in addition to my phone's equalizer, I could fine tune the sound (especially the high-end) exactly to my liking.
Overall, I am very-very pleased with my purchase, especially for the price + free shipping, as I definitely feel like I'm receiving more value than the price tag reflects.