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Xander Stealth 2 speaker: Pumps up that bass

Mirza Mohammed Ali Khan | Updated on August 08, 2018 Published on July 27, 2018

Targeting the party animals, the rest of the fare is pretty much average

For a lot of millenials and a sizeable number of the ‘older’ generation as well, music is mostly about the bass. And at a party, irrespective of your individual listening preferences, you’d still want enough thump to make the glass vibrate and wake the neighbours up. It’s no wonder then, that a lot of speaker manufacturers tend to make bass-heavy sets for the Indian market.

Xander Audio, a company that is into the business of sound and has also forayed in televisions, recently launched a speaker, the Stealth 2 XA-339, which is squarely aimed at lighting up (and sounding up) a party.

The package it arrived in was huge and on unboxing the speaker, we found that it wasn’t as heavy or bulky as expected. Sure, it’s big, but the plastic build ensures that it stays light and while it’s definitely not portable, moving it around the house or party hall shouldn’t be a problem. The quality of material used in making it is average, so don’t expect premium-finish looks.

But where the looks are a plus is the design. We thought that it resembles a spaceship of sorts and the neon lights that glow from within — in tune with the music — make it look stratight out of a sci-fi plot. The lights do a good job of adding to that party quotient and this is a quirk that could appeal to many.

It is also fairly simple to understand and use. The top has the MicroSD and the USB inputs, while the back has the DVD input along with aux. There’s also a port for the radio antenna. The Stealth 2 doesn’t have a built-in battery and will always have to be plugged in to function. Apart from the wired input options, the speaker also supports Bluetooth and syncs up with your smartphone or laptop pretty easily, although the range isn’t great.

However, we found that the best audio performance was when we connected it to our devices using the aux cable and on using a USB stick. The 6.5-inch woofer with two three-inch drivers on either side deliver a bass-heavy output, which would suit the party animals. The audio output is EDM-friendly, thanks to its bass, and Bollywood dance tracks also end up shaking the ceiling at loud volumes. The Stealth 2 is very loud and at very high volumes, the audio could sound a bit distorted. But its performance at mid-level volumes, which is still enough to power a party in a regular-sized room, is quite satisfactory. The bottomline is that when you play any bass-heavy song, you will not be disappointed.

It comes with a remote control with a decent range to make operation easier and also gets an array of buttons on the front that let you select the source, play/pause, control volume, and tune the radio.

This product from Xander caters to majorly a specific kind of use and if you’re looking for something loud within a budget, it could suit your needs.

Price: ₹9,999

Pros: Lots of bass, loud for a party, attractive lights

Cons: Distortion at loud volumes, average build quality, Bluetooth range not great

Published on July 27, 2018
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