Look, I love it when hi-fi leans towards anthropomorphism. Nature knows best and hates straight lines, just watch Devialet’s Phantom Lineup for reference.
I also love the audio equipment that mystifies me – see the hunch, like Dalek Wilson Audio Alexia V for starters. Give me theatre! give me weird eyeballs hanging from the railsweird sonic structures of clothespins, sound bars that mimic elegant sailing ships either huge speakers and subwoofers that look like real cabinets (Scroll down to point five.)
This is music! This is the setup of our identities, and not all of us can be happy with an integrated amplifier plus two wooden boxes that house a small driver on top and a larger one on the bottom; not that there is anything wrong with that; some of the best stereo speakers we have tried to adopt this tried and tested way.
But I’ve always felt that the alternative, the weird and frankly weird is where rock ‘n’ roll rests, when it’s not fighting the good fight. It is certainly what I like the most.
So what better product for me than a war damaged eyeball space rocket speaker that looks like it’s going to slide over my cold dead body after it kills me?
Meet the GravaStar Mars Pro, in ‘War Damaged Yellow’. My first thought when unboxing it was BB-8, but when I extended its three pincer-like feet, I remembered Batteries not included (which is an older reference, but if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing it).
Then, when I turned to face its driver-filled eyeball (there’s also a passive bass radiator on the back), the creature in Jordan Peele’s Nope came to mind, and I felt like I shouldn’t be looking at him at all.
From whatever angle I look at it, I decided this is a design I can get behind.
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As a reluctant audiophile (one who gets annoyed with herself for noticing acoustically inconvenient in certain London venues rather than just enjoying the concert, say) I struggle with the style versus substance debate. I figured I wouldn’t like this speaker for being all talk and no pants, but it turns out the sound is way better than average, and it’s a lot of fun.
Turn on the Mars Pro, for example, and it sounds like a door opening on the Death Star. I like that. Then there are the three beautifully designed, hand-painted, distressed buttons on the back, including power and play, Bluetooth (which is 5.0 so you can pair two of them in stereo), and the light function, which can be pressed. to scroll through six different color options on the speaker grille, legs, back and, er… gills. What I’m saying is that I’m already a big fan and I haven’t even heard it.
And there’s also a touch-sensitive illuminated top plate, so you can gently pat its head to turn up the volume on your music. At 5.55 pounds, it’s also heavier than you might expect.
The GravaStar Mars Pro in War Damaged Yellow is beautifully crafted from a zinc alloy and is my favorite design of all the Mars Pros, but feel free to check out the standard black, white or special edition Shark 14, Aurochs or Aquarius options.
I love it because it harkens back to my childhood Darth Vader alarm clock (which screamed “You can’t resist the power of the Force!” until I hit Darth in the head one morning), but that was at a time when songs play wirelessly. from a small internet-enabled device to its spherical speaker was simply unheard of.
And GravaStar tells us that the Mars Pro it is created for audiophiles and not just mecha fans. This Bluetooth speaker has exclusive built-in DSP audio algorithms to promote deep bass, accurate mids, and crisp highs. It’s also a dual speaker design with a passive bass radiator to create full, powerful sound.
GravaStar proudly states that no two Mars Pros are alike thanks to hand painting, and that each speaker is the “born warrior of the GravaStar plant”, convincing stuff. It’s also no slouch when it comes to stamina with a 15-hour battery life.
I let it play stuff from my Apple Music catalog at random, and its 20W output is more than enough to rock me at my desk, though it does get a bit distorted when you turn the volume up past 80%. However, about 60% of the Waterboys Rosalind (You married the wrong guy) it comes with plenty of detail through the hyperactive wurlitzer, snappy drum section, and bluesy tempo. bruce springsteen because the night it features a lot of exuberance through the keys and also the inimitable voice of The Boss.
and for the bass? It’s good. A speaker of such diminutive proportions can often struggle, but here’s a no-nonsense solution that delivers depth, richness, and a snap that doesn’t muddy or swell until you hit the highest volume increments, and if you love the aesthetic that much like me. , listening to music on it is still a pleasure.
by John Mayer i guess i feel like (don’t judge me, I swear I didn’t know it was there) feels glorious through the strummed guitar and tender vocals. Yes, it’s a simple and relatively stripped down track, but it’s expertly controlled and broadcast here.
I’d like to hear two in stereo, to get that extra bass boost without turning up the volume (and muddying it up a bit), but for $330 (about £290 or AU$515) I’ve never seen a speaker I like the look of so much. And since I try some of the best bluetooth speakerIt’s for a living, that’s a big statement.