Singapore based loudspeaker manufacturer has recently launched the SonicBlue Pandora Series, a series of Bluetooth enabled loudspeakers. They consist of a speaker and two portable speakers of different sizes; Pandora 3, Pandora Mini and Pandora Micro. All of them feature Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to pair them your smartphone for music playback and a built-in mic for handsfree call applications.
Moving on, the Pandora 3 also spots a rectangular form but is much larger compared to the Mini. The use of a power adapter as the power source and the lack of built-in battery clearly rules this box out as a portable audio player. Still, the Pandora 3 is very much smaller than a full sized 2.1 speakers. The 3 has two speaker drivers, a subwoofer driver, and two bass driver reflector built-in, making it a very compact 2.1 system. Such compact and simple speaker makes it ideal home usage as it takes up very little space with the absence of a subwoofer and long messy wires. It is ideal be it as your desktop speakers, room speakers for your music player, or it can even be used as a cheap sound bar solution for your LED TV. The Bluetooth and AUX-in allow such operations with the modes being able to be selected via the on-off button just like the Micro. The buttons are simple and very direct. A big plus point of the Pandora 3 is that you get to adjust the level of the bass you want with a dedicated button for it. The Pandora 3 also comes with the iRez, a fancy name for a cheap plastic holder to place your phone, tablet or mp3 player beside your Pandora 3.
SonicGear has created a good range of Bluetooth enabled speaker products in the Pandora Series targeted at different range of users. The Pandora 3 can be purchased at a RRP of RM149, which is a pretty good deal considering its compact built, features, performance and flexibility. The Micro comes in second in price at RRP of RM199, which I find to be a little pricey for its performance and features. Finally, Mini goes for RRP of RM299, the most expensive speaker in the Pandora Series. I find the Mini is somewhat pricey as well although the RM100 premium over the Micro is somewhat justified by the increase in performance and features.
All in all, I think SonicGear did a pretty decent job in introducing the brand new Pandora series. The two portables could be priced slightly lower which would then make them more attractive to consumers. I wish they included the NFC function or maybe the ability to link with other speakers in the Pandora series to play at the same time from the same source. With these, I would've think the price is just right or it can maybe be priced slightly more if the latter function was included.