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  • Earshots
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Review Summary:

PROS: Nicely designed speakers. Affordable. CONS: Medium-quality sound, with no bass. Short battery life (5hrs only). Can’t be used with iPhone in cases.

A couple of months ago we’ve brought you reviews of two products created by Kubxlab, and those were two very interesting iPhone cases. One of those is a classic wooden case, while the other product was an iPhone case designed to amplify the sound. Both of these products left a very positive impressions, so I was eager to review yet another product made by Kubxlab, and this is going to be a completely different product type. In today’s article you’ll get a chance to find out more about the latest product made by this company, and that’s a pair of speakers named Earshots.

Succeeding in today’s market of iOS-compatible accessories is a very difficult job because there are simply too much products, so it takes extra time and effort in order to create a product that will stand out. This also refers to iOS-compatible speakers, so I was surprised to see that Kubxlab decided to offer a speaker that’s not even wireless. After I’ve seen its price of $50, I realized that this company tried to offer a pair of entry-level affordable speakers, so my hopes were up once again.

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Earshots are named this way because of their small size, since they correspond to a size of an average alcohol shot, and they kind of resemble small glasses. This is a pair of speakers that come in a very interesting packaging that’s designed to resemble 1980’s boom box. In the box you’ll find two speakers, a charging cable, and a cable used to connect these speakers to the iPhone’s headphone port.

When it comes to design, these speakers feature industrial look. A machined aluminum tube (which can be silver or red, depending on your choice) is finished on top with perforated black metal. On the bottom you’ll find a small LED lights that turn blue once you power on these speakers, or red once you plug them into a wall outlet. There are no volume buttons or any other controls, so you’ll need to control the volume by using your iOS device.

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In order to play music through Earshots, you’ll need to connect them to your phone via provided cable. This cable comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone plug on one end, and ends with two 3.5mm input plugs via Y-split. A charging cable is very similar, and comes with USB connection and also splits in two, so it can supply power simultaneously.

When it comes to performance, I can say that Earshots can only be used to volume up the sound that comes from your iOS device. This means that it’s able of playing at higher volume than you could normally play if use built-in speakers, and it doesn’t enhance the sound, which remains very flat. After all, you can’t really expect good and deep sound from a budgeted speaker, and this products proves this theory once again. There’s also a problem with the headphone plug, which is quite thick and can’t really access the headphone port if your use a case with your iPhone.

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