Music has always been an important aspect of my life and, if anything, my love and appreciation of music has only grown over the years. I think most people feel the same way, and if you share my love of music you may be considering the purchase of a Bluetooth speaker system. That’s a great decision, but be prepared – there is a huge range of choice out there and it can be a little overwhelming. One great choice I’ve discovered in my personal hunt for the perfect Bluetooth speaker system is the Peachtree Audio DEEPBLUE2.
There are entry-level Bluetooth speaker systems that you can find that will cost you under $100, but the Peachtree Audio DEEPBLUE2 is not one of them. This speaker system is probably in what you’d call a mid-range price model; you can expect to pay in the $400 range for the system. What you get for that price is quite a lot of sound and it’s doubtful you’ll be disappointed.
If you’re not familiar with what I mean by speaker drivers, these are actually what most people think of as the speakers. If you take off the cover of the speaker you’ll see tweeters, mid-range drivers, and subwoofers. These are the round cone-like structures that most of us think are the actual speakers themselves. In general, the more drivers that a speaker includes, the better quality of sound you can expect for it to produce. This speaker features two tweeters on either side, two mid-range drivers on either side, and a subwoofer in the middle for maximum base sound. The overall effect is a powerful sound that produces all of the qualities the human ear is capable of hearing.
Simple Bluetooth Connectivity
A Bluetooth speaker wouldn’t be worth its salt if it didn’t allow for Bluetooth connectivity and this speaker handles Bluetooth connectivity just fine. It will connect to any Bluetooth device including smart phones, tablets, and laptops. In fact, Bluetooth is really its primary connectivity method; pairing of the device with your mobile equipment is relatively straightforward. One of the main criticisms that had been leveled at the original DEEPBLUE speaker system was that the Bluetooth pairing button was the same button you used for controlling your volume – they have since corrected this design flaw in the DEEPBLUE2.
This system is also designed to work with the AptX codec, which is a sound technology that’s designed to give you CD-quality sound out of your Bluetooth system. This system will only work on Android systems though, as it is not compatible with iPhones, or iPads.
It Has Optical Possibilities
If you’re using the speaker with a higher-quality media device such as an Apple TV or a Blu-ray player, you also have the option of connecting it through an optical digital input which is known for producing some of the highest-quality sound possible. Not all devices have this type of input though, and you will have to check your own device for compatibility with this format. I have tried this type of audio connection with my Apple TV and I can attest to the fact that it does create a much richer sound than is possible through Bluetooth.
Analog Hasn’t Been Forgotten
If you want to connect this speaker to an older device such as a record player, older stereo, or even an older iPod without Bluetooth, you can do so using its analog input. The auxiliary input is located on the back of the speaker and is easy to hook up. It’s also a great option if you want to hook up a friend’s phone without messing around with Bluetooth.
Full Remote Functionality
Almost all Bluetooth speaker systems come with their own remote control and the DEEPBLUE2 is no different. It has a fully-functioning remote that will allow you access to all of its main features. With the remote you can adjust the volume, adjust the base, and of course you can power the system on and off. You can also use the remote to switch between audio inputs such as Bluetooth, auxiliary, and optical. As with most other Bluetooth devices you can also use your smart phone or tablet for controlling the device – the choice is yours.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of the system is its size. This speaker system isn’t portable in the same way that some other systems are that can fit into the palm of your hand – it weighs in at a whopping 13.5 pounds! What you lose in portability, though, you do make up for in sound quality, as this produces some of the richest and loudest sounds you’ll find in any Bluetooth speaker system.
The only other complaint that some customers had about the system was that the treble component doesn’t always react the way you’d want it to. Customers that have complained about this aspect of the system suggest that the treble can sound a little grainy at times. This wasn’t a common complaint though, so it’s probably something that should be taken with a grain of salt – any system is going to have its critics.
It seems that the Peachtree Audio DEEPBLUE2 is a great choice for a Bluetooth speaker system if you’re looking for something under $500. It’s certainly not the least expensive model, but it’s not unreasonably priced either. At 13.5 pounds it’s also not the most portable, but it’s still light enough to move from room to room when you wish to do so. With the five speaker driver system, full Bluetooth connectivity, and optional optical and auxiliary inputs, this system is a winner.