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F&D Party Booster: Affordable premium audio

Jinoy Jose P | Updated on April 10, 2019

The W40 portable Bluetooth speaker suits home environs better

The Bluetooth speaker space of late has been filled with a lot of noise, with gadget-makers introducing speakers of all hues and shapes. We have seen speakers that look like a vanity bag, lantern, instrument box, fruit and vegetables, to name a few. And most of them are there just for the looks, not necessarily for the sound. The F&D Party Booster Bluetooth speaker from Fenda Audio Products has a strong body even though the exterior is made of plastic. F&D says the device targets the millenials. On that note, it has got most of the required specs in place. It is available in shades of grey and black. The device packs two 20 W speakers and a bass unit in the middle, all neatly packed. The control buttons — play/pause, light, bass, on-off — are placed on top of the box, which are well spaced out and are easy to handle.

The glossy front panel and the slim profile are impressive. The device comes with a heavy charger and carrying it around can be a bit bothersome. Once charged, the speaker can perform non-stop for a minimum of two hours on DC (1,800 mAh Li-ion battery) and that’s quite impressive considering the price. But one glitch could be that the device does not have a sleep faculty. It does not turn off after, say, a few minutes of inactivity. That compromises energy saving significantly.

That said, the device’s audio output is really impressive. The audio is clear, loud-enough and gets super immersive in the living-room environment. Outdoors, the audio is not very loud. If you use the dedicated X-bass button, it makes some difference. And the audio is not jarring or bleary even when you play low-definition sound. While playing HD or higher audio, the F&D Party Booster does a great job. It picks all the necessary detail and offers an amazing stereophonic experience. If you’re having the party inside your home, this is a great companion. Not so much for outdoors.

The flashing lights are synced to the audio, but the blinking often makes one feel the syncing is not quite in sync. You can turn off the lights using the dedicated switch, though. The TWS technology connects the two speakers at the same time for stereo. The 20-metre range Bluetooth connectivity is just normal, not market-beating. The device allows Micro SD card/TF playback but there is no way you can control it; you can also use an Aux cable for input. But, there is no LED display.

Price: ₹12,990

Pros: Strong body, high quality audio, premium looks

Cons: No sleep function, lights are not well synced, slippery exterior

Published on April 10, 2019

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