The Addon T5 from Swedish manufacturer Audio Pro is a compact speaker with a big, beautiful sound full of clarity, warm tone and good bass.
It’s so impressive that respected British firm What Hi-Fi named it “Best Buy 2017” among Bluetooth-enabled speakers.
The Addon T5, distributed in Thailand by ASH Asia International in a choice of white, pink, orange, grey or black, looks sleek with a handle of genuine leather and the woofer embedded in the centre, flanked by two tweeters.
Capping the attractiveness is an aluminium plate holding the control buttons on top.
The T5 isn’t portable – it needs to be plugged into a wall outlet – but it makes up for that with a USB port for recharging your smartphone or tablet while the speaker is streaming music.
Apart from the Bluetooth connection, the T5 has a 3.5mm stereo jack for connecting to your MP3 player.
The buttons turn the speaker on or off, pair it with another device, switch between Bluetooth and Auxin functions, and adjust the volume.
The big sound comes from a digital Class D amplifier with 2×8 watts for the stereo tweeters and 25 watts for the woofer. It uses a quarter-inch textile dome tweeter and a four-inch woofer and supports a frequency response of 50 to 20,000Hz.
With its outstanding mid-range tones and proper level of bass, the T5 is ideal for easy-listening music with the aural focus on sweet vocals and light melodies – hits for the saxophone, for example. The speaker’s warm tones make it great for small parties.
While I was giving it a test run, I went easy on the ears and the speaker with the albums “Best of Saxophone Christmas Songs” and “Best Audiophile Voices V”. All that sax and all those voices sounded very sweet indeed.
Audio Pro’s Addon T5 costs Bt7,990 at www.AShop.com, Munkong, Hi-Fi Loe, B2S, Another Story, Maengpong, Betrend, Central, Siam Discovery and The Mall.
– Amplifier: 2×8 watts and 25 watts
– Drivers: Two 1/4-inch textile dome tweeters, one 4inch woofer.
– Inputs: Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm stereo jack
– Output: USB for charging devices (5V 1000mA)
– Frequency: 5020,000Hz, crossover: 3,800Hz
– Dimensions: 130x250x150mm