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This is a review of the "Amp" box.
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Bespoke Post always has good presentation. Their boxes – or in this case, tape – are instantly recognizable. I like that they have the perfect box or bag for any item you order. The box typically comes with a card to let you know what's inside and a little bit about each item. Normally there are instructions or a cute note "from" your new item(s), but this time it's just a confirmation of what's in the box.
Inside the Bespoke Post "Amp" Box
LSTN Anthem Wireless Speaker - Retail Price $99 (Currently sold out)
"Amp" caught my eye when it popped up on the "new" list a few months ago. I wanted a portable speaker I could use while doing some renovation work this winter or by the pool once things warm up. Enter the Anthem wireless speaker from LSTN.
The speaker measures 6.25 x 2 x 2.5 inches and weighs less than a pound at 10.5 ounces. It boasts a 7+ hour battery life (at 50% volume). There is a built-in microphone for answering phone calls while your devices are paired. One of its coolest features, in my opinion, is the addition of a MicroSD slot, if you'd rather play your music that way, instead of draining your phone battery. The slot, along with the aux and USB ports are hidden under a flap on one side. Other than that, it's pretty self-explanatory.
As for its performance, I have the speaker across the room at full volume (both on the speaker and my computer) and it's filling the space nicely. I like that the speaker doesn't even allow itself to get obnoxiously loud. However, that has me curious about what its range will sound like if I use it outside. It might be perfect for a campfire, but I'm not sure about a pool party. Time will tell if it works well outside, but I'm confident it will do quite nicely while I work inside.
One complaint: I wish it came with a proper plug. Since I'll likely be using this while I work, I won't have access to a USB port. So I'll either need to buy an adapter or bring it home with me to charge.
For anyone interested, here are 10 songs to test your speakers.
"Amp" has been on my list now for a few months and I am glad I finally got to pull the trigger on it. I enjoy the simple and sleek look, as well as the MicroSD option. I would have to say that I was expecting more from the speaker in terms of performance, but perhaps I am asking too much. Out of curiosity, I searched "Best Bluetooth speakers for under $50" and found this list. While I can't compare their performances, I noticed that most of them (and other portable speakers I've found in the $50-$100 price range) are water/dust-resistant. I wish that the Anthem was as well. Overall, I'm pleased with the speaker. It will be perfect for what I want it for. However, between the performance-price ratio, lack of a plug, and it not being water-resistant, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a tiny bit underwhelmed.
It's worth noting that this is actually my secondary choice after I was disappointed with the "Hibernate" box last month. The return process was quick, easy, and painless and I was able to get something I will really enjoy. One more reason to enjoy Bespoke Post.
Let's Talk About Value
The speaker sells for $99 – about twice the cost of the subscription. While that is a great value, I would not list this speaker as a "must own." The question is: could you just buy a $50 speaker that does what you need and use your monthly Bespoke Post choice for another item? In this case, I think "yes." Still, the value is undeniable.
To Wrap Up
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