The Otone BluWall Direct is placed at a decent price point which won’t break banks but it can still put let you shell out a bit more cash than your average portable wireless speaker. In terms of audio performance for indoors, the Sonos Play:1 is a better but pricier choice. Otone’s offering, on the other hand, has a bass depth that outshines most of its competitors. Bass performance is balanced but has a very good level of depth.
The Otone BluWall Direct Outshines Others in Bass Performance
In terms of design, the Otone BluWall Direct may look like a cheaper variant of the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15. It has some borrowed class but without the intimidating price tag. It is a compact, portable wireless speaker but is a bit more sizeable as compared to other competitors that can fit calmly at the palm of your hand.
Even though it is a bit larger than most models, the BluWall Direct is still portable enough to carry around. The most notable features in terms of design are its slimline form and durable carry-on handle. Dimensions are also satisfying and it can be quite large upon first glance.
For its finish, it can be sensibly found within its reasonable price tag. Both its front and rear are covered in a colored fabric which fits perfectly around its friendly curves. Beneath all that is a plastic or light aluminum grille. This is compared to seeing that hard metal that you would normally get from some speakers.
Since fabric is used to cover the device instead of metal, Otone allows this particular speaker to be offered in a number of different color options. A couple of examples are the black/dark gray variant and the blue/tan models.
When it comes to its feature set, it will also be able to please many. Connectivity will let you choose between Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (for wireless), or a 3.5-millimeter aux input. It also supports USB playback for times that you just want a more direct connection. There’s also a 3.5-millimeter headphone output, and the unit can also be used as an old-fashioned hi-fi wireless receiver. While there is no NFC on this device, pairing is still pretty easy to come by.
When it comes to sound, this one is a very clear-sound speaker with a lot of depth in the bass. The treble is not harsh or sibilant but a modest spark to it. It can also reach impressively loud volumes, which is perfect for those outdoor gatherings.
Overall, the Otone BluWall Direct sits in between the high- and low-end price market, and it has the feature and hardware specs to justify its price tag. While it is not the perfect wireless speaker to come by, it performs decently for what it’s worth.