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Alexander Graham Bell patented the first electric loudspeaker in 1876. Since then, both this speaker and the telephone it was initially developed for have benefited from a steady stream of design enhancements.
Last year I reviewed a set of wireless speakers from Polk Audio. While challenging to set up, this system provided an outstanding sound experience. I've also examined a pair of feature-loaded PA speakers. One—the Lyxpro Portable Pa System—proved to be exceptional. The second PA speaker is best left forgotten.
Rechargeable Bluetooth speakers inhabit the lower end of the market. They are relatively inexpensive and connect easily to smartphones, tablets, and laptops. A speaker of this type typically reproduces sound far more accurately than the connected device.
Today I am taking a close look at a Bluetooth stereo speaker with a wooden case and eight watts of power.
This device was designed and manufactured by a factory in China. Large lots of these speakers were purchased by trading companies and later sold through storefronts such as Amazon and AliExpress.
The Hawk Li Bluetooth speaker weighs in at 26 ounces. Although its case is mainly composed of wood, a colored plastic faceplate highlights a pair of 2.4-inch speakers.
This device is 8.2 inches wide, 5.5 inches deep, and 4.2 inches high. Its case appears to be particle board attractively covered in wood-grained vinyl. Four large rubber mounts, secured to the bottom, contribute a retro atmosphere.
A control panel located at the top of this speaker box allows its input to be switched between Bluetooth, 3.5mm auxiliary, built-in FM radio, USB flash drive, and TF card. Several switches are used to skip through songs, adjust the volume, and pause the play selection. An on/off switch, a micro-USB charging input, and a microphone are also included.
A 2000mAh lithium battery powers this unit. An auxiliary cable and a charging cable are provided as accessories.
- Brand: Hawk Li
- Name: Retro wooden Bluetooth speaker
- Frequency range: 60Hz-18KHz
- Rated Power: 8W
- SNR: ≥70dB
- Power supply: Built-in 2000mAh lithium battery
- Channels: 2.1
- Speakers: Pair of 60-millimeter full range (2.4 inch)
- Effective distance: 10 meters (33 feet)
- Function: Bluetooth, Aux, USB playback, TF card playback, FM Radio, handsfree
- Bluetooth: Version 4.2
- Playing time: 6 hours (Bluetooth)
- Case Material: Wood
- Item Size: 209 x 139 x 106 millimeters (8.2 x 5.5 x 4.2 inches)
The vinyl that covers this box's wooden sections is well applied, realistic, and without fault. The overly long, leg-like mounts and the unit's plastic faceplate work together to provide a retro experience. I would have preferred a black-colored grill or a cloth covering the speakers, but the overall effect matches my kitchen nicely.
The Hawk Li speaker is battery powered and can accept inputs via Bluetooth, USB flash drive, TF card, or an auxiliary cable. It even includes an FM radio. While I could not pick up a radio station, that is mostly because I live in the middle of nowhere.
Sound reproduction is good. Two tiny full-range speakers, backed by eight watts of power, handle the bass unexpectedly well, but high-pitched tones tend to be slightly disappointing. At the highest volume levels, I noticed minor distortion.
While this speaker system will not blow you away, it was loud enough to fill my 12 by 14-foot kitchen and provide background music throughout the lower level of my house.
I own a Yeedi robotic vacuum powered by a battery only slightly larger than the one located within this speaker system. Its battery can power the Yeedi for almost two hours as the eight-pound robot scuttles energetically around the house, vacuuming and sweeping.
In comparison, it seems odd that the Hawk Li speaker is only rated for six hours of playing time. There is a reason. Bluetooth version four is a power hog.
I connected the speaker, via its auxiliary input, to my Amazon Alexa Echo Dot to demonstrate this. I then set the speaker to about 90% volume and asked Alexa to play country music. It's a good thing I enjoy country music because this speaker pumped it out continuously for 21 hours.
I like this speaker. Its sound reproduction is far superior to that of my tablet and can be set much louder. This system is exceptionally flexible and benefits from good battery life. If you appreciate its retro-style look, the Hawk Li wooden wireless speaker could be a perfect fit.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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