For starters Bayan Audio may be a new name for you. It is a three year old British firm that specializes in portable audio. Today we are going to look at Bayan’s latest offering, the very portable Soundbook GO.
The Soundbook GO is a solid feeling speaker about the size of a small brick 160mm(7.4″) wide, 88mm(3.5″) tall and 40mm(1.7″) deep, and it weighs 480g(17oz). Inside are two 1-inch long throw neodymium drivers and a 2-inch passive radiator for the bass. Output is a pretty decent 15W. The GO is a well built good looking unit in plastic with a protective anti-slip smart cover that automatically turns the Soundbook GO on or off when opened or closed. The cover also functions as a stand which is good because of angled design prevents the GO from standing on it’s side.On the top is a power button and volume control buttons with the 3.5mm audio input and Micro USB charging port are on the back.
While it worked well using the 3.5mm input most will use the Bluetooth 4.0 connection. Pairing with my iPhone 6 was quick with no need for codes but if your smartphone is equipped with NFC, pairing is simply a matter of touching the phone to the back of the speaker.
Now to the obvious question, what does it sound like? Quite good actually…at least as good as others in its price range and better than most. Because of its small size, don’t expect much in the way of a stereo effect but the warm and lively audio coming from the GO did have a spacious feel. While not enough to rattle the crystal bass was there and added to the pleasant sound from this little speaker. When connected to a smartphone the GO also worked quite well as a speakerphone.
The Soundbook GO is a nice looking well built portable speaker that sounds good with enough volume to fill a good size room indoors and the average patio outdoors. I especially like the idea of the smart cover because I tend to forget to turn these type of accessories off when I am done. Battery life is good, I was able to get a little over 8 hours out of a charge at medium-high volume.
The Soundbook GO is available in Black, Red, Blue or White from Amazon for $139.99.