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The OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) Bluetooth Speaker gives you lots of sound for very little money

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Bluetooth speakers have come a long way since the early days — for one thing Bluetooth as a wireless connecting medium made a lot of sense in how it could function, but it often sputtered and failed to connect or maintain a signal in providing the audio. Future iterations corrected for that and not just brought a more stable signal for music and phone calls, it also better streamed that audio with less problems and a more enhanced quality. So the speakers holding onto the name “Bluetooth speaker” couldn’t differentiate themselves as a result of the basic technologies, and so instead pointed to the features that they could add to the mix. These features ranged from the simple (better audio drivers) to the exotic (specialized audio enhancements), but they all shared in having a single source for the sound to come out of even if they provided a stereo sound through multiple speakers built in the chassis. Because it’s well known that you need to have a separation between speakers in order for a stereo “sound field” to truly result to the listener’s ear. The Oontz company seems to have picked up on that, because that’s probably the most enjoyable feature that their OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) Bluetooth Speaker provides to the listener.

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The Angle 3 isn’t a large speaker or a heavy one (9 ounces and less than 6” long), but it certainly stands out despite the ubiquitous black color. That’s a result of having an angled front for the sound to emerge from and it being able to stand on its side as well. Being a Bluetooth portable speaker, there are certain properties expected (i.e., having Bluetooth), but other properties are not. Plus even the expected properties can surprise. For example, the Bluetooth range is not the 33 foot norm, but 100 feet (realistically it’s probably a bit less in crowded environments but certainly anything past 50 allows for greater positioning from the audio source — for example letting you be providing a playlist from your phone in the back yard while “table hopping” with friends at a BBQ and not worrying about the speaker or you having to be stuck at the drinks table). Bluetooth 5.0 is what is being used here and it’s the most recent version, with a lot of the problems of previous versions solved.

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reated by Cambridge Soundworks, the OontZ Angle 3 has that USB-chargeable rechargeable battery, with enough juice to spit out the tunes for up to 14 hours — that ‘s an easy 10+ hours with no worries (just give itabout 6 hours to charge fully from a low end time). Yes of course it has a microphone should you want to use it for making/taking calls, a line input for direct plugging in an audio source (saving some battery power since it is’t going to be using Bluetooth), along with doubling as a speakerphone when required (but shouldn’t all your friends be at the party so who the heck would be calling?). The speaker isn’t made to be left outdoors overnight or dropped in a lake to come back the next day, but having an IPX5 rating means it can handle being outside just fine with a bit of misting, and obviously works well indoors. And sure can handle the stupid splashing from that drinks table or the humidity generated by being in a corner of the bathroom while taking a shower.

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Now as to the sound, which is the most important thing, you’re getting a lot of volume out of that far-from-big speaker. Good mid and high tones if you bother to listen through the hubbub of guys slurping beers and trash talking sports (if you don’t have such a brother-in-law, good for you). And yes surprisingly good bass too — a lot more oomph than expected, provided your playing something that isn’t low-rez MP3. This comes from having dual acoustic drivers for a stereo effect, aided by a passive bass radiator of the company’s own design and which has its own grill. Further coming to aid is having that triangular shape for the radiator to aim downward. All this means a greater volume than expected, but also a clearer resulting sound. The 14 watt amp plays a big part in all of this for being able to shoot up the volume without distortion, to be sure.

The OontZ Angle 3 (3rd Gen) Bluetooth Speaker comes in multiple colors and there’s also an optional case for carrying one around too. Plus the expected free app for "tweaking" what it can do. Retailing for under $30, for more details go to https://www.theoontz.com/oontz-angle-3-portable-wireless-bluetooth-speaker

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