Pioneer A3 Wireless Speaker

If you’ve got problems finding the ‘poolside’ speaker system for your Apple device, then you’ve come to the right place; meet the Pioneer A3. Released from the same cage with the A1 and A4 (where’s A2? Don’t ask me), the A3 is the portable version of the series with the same sound components as that of the A1, but not as bulky as the A4. Priced relatively high at $400 (bet you get a cheaper price in some stores, at least hopefully), this said-to-be Apple-friendly speaker has been rumored also to have talked a lot. Let’s know what the company is saying.

Featuring a pair of 3-inch drivers plus a ¾-inch soft dome tweeter, the Pioneer A3 is the smaller version of the A4 wherein the full package can be found: two 3-inchers, 4-inch subwoofer, and two tweeters; so if you’re the guy who wants the non-portable yet mighty package, then you’re reading the wrong material. Moving on, the Pioneer A3 features a rounded-edge rectangular body at almost 8lbs, and measures 7.1×12.6×5.8inches. Being a portable version, the Pioneer A3 has a recessed area at the back for easy carrying (though honestly it is still not easy), and included in the model is a lithium-ion battery that is good for 5 hours, Pioneer says.

Among the greatest features the company has talked about for this model are the Pioneer A3’s DLNA certification and Wireless Direct feature. With the former, it is plainly that it is compatible with DLNA-capable devices, and with the latter, the A3 works in such a way that it can create its own ‘hotspot’ without the need for an established network, making devices connect more easily under just one button at the back of the unit. Other than these, the A3 of Pioneer features a rather Wi-Fi connectivity: the company chose this over Bluetooth because data are better transferred on the Wi-Fi than on Bluetooth, and gets better reliability when connecting. I still find it hard to accept that fact, but all I can say right now is that it is still device-dependent.

Catering specifically to the AirPlay of Apple devices, the company seemed to give the Android users a new solution by introducing its other feature but only limited to HTC users. Using HTC Connect, users will experience that same convenience and control over music as much like that of Apple’s iTunes, and connecting is almost perfectly the same easy way as on iOS devices. It’s pretty disappointing since Pioneer said they found the answer to Android’s outcries, but like me I believe everyone can argue: are all smartphones HTC, if not Apple?

Nevertheless, I love the construction of the Pioneer A3. Having a somewhat matte finish that the company claimed as scratch-resistant, the overall shell of the unit felt strong for its price making it reasonable enough. Moreover, being a portable device ‘capable of sitting beside a pool,’ the Pioneer A3 has rubber flaps covering the I/Os at the back, thus lifting up worries of having those ports wet with splashes. One clarification though, the A3 of Pioneer is only water-resistant, not water-proof, which means it is safe to have this a little wet, but not soaked or be played along with water guns.

One weird thing I saw also with the unit is that the LED indicators for specific controls do not pile with each other properly: the lights sit on the left side of the face of the speaker, while the corresponding controls sit on the right, making users have the need to look left and right for checking out the electronic response. This should not be a matter really, but for sure there’s a lot simpler way for Pioneer to ask ideas for.

Ultimately, the Pioneer A3 has a decent sound quality for its class, though not really the best, which I believe a lot would agree. Frequencies tend to have a lot of space, which is good, but it seemed that there’s not much room for the lows, making the bass occupy the spaces allotted for the mids. Generally, the A3 is a good party material, but it’s not suitable for pleasurable listening. For its price, the Pioneer A3 is simply too premium thinking that even its battery life is not really that worth the price. It may be the build quality especially when said to be water-resistive, but for the sound quality, there’s always a lot better option out there that offer better sound and better compatibility without such a price.

Pioneer A3 Wireless Speaker Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 18,000.00

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