I've never been one to just blast music throughout the house. I love listening to music, but I much prefer wearing headphone and shutting out the world. I like to get lost in music, so it's much more of a personal experience to me. That's why I was a bit excited to check out the R-Studio SP-4310BT Bluetooth Stereo Speakers from Rosewill. I wanted to wait until my roommates were gone, crank up the volume and the bass to a wall-vibrating degree, and just rock out. And that's exactly what I did.
The 2.1 Channel Setup
The general specifications are as follows:
- Configuration - 2.1 Stereo Speaker
- Satellite RMS Power /ea - 3.5"x2" 2W RMS Satellite Speakers x 2
- Subwoofer RMS Power - 4" 5W RMS Subwoofer x 1
- Frequency Response - 55Hz -16Khz
- Dimension - Subwoofer: 5.3"x9.4"x7.9" (135x240x200mm) (WxDxH), Satellite: 3.0"x2.9"x5.9" (75x74x149mm) (WxDxH)
- Weight: 6.6lbs (3kg)
Physically, the SP-4310BT set feels quality-made. The speakers are light, as speakers often are, but the subwoofer itself is fairly hefty. A simple cable connects the speakers to the output port on the back of the subwoofer; the sub itself houses the bluetooth tech. The back of the subwoofer also contains an aux in port, the power cord outlet, and the on/off switch, while on the side you'll find the volume and bass controls, a headphone jack, and the button to switch between aux and bluetooth. Oh, and there's also a tiny green light to let you know that it's on.
And A Real Hero
I'm not a big fan of really heavy music, but I was surprised to find that my music collection is still full of songs that take advantage of a lot of bass. One of the first I queued up was College's Real Hero, which folks might recognize from the film Drive. The synthetic intro just calls for really deep bass and with the system's Punch Bass technology it sounded absolutely fantastic. I went through my collection, being sure to vary it up. From Beastie Boys (Sabotage threatened to collapse my house) to Mumford and Sons to U2, everything sounded great with very minimal distortion. It really didn't get bad until I played some Disturbed and really cranked the bass up, but I really had to push it to hear some serious crunching. Finally, while this isn’t the best use of the speakers, I threw on a podcast and the sound came through sharp and clear.
Not Ideal for PC
As I said in the opening, I don't usually blast music through the house, and that's something these speakers do pretty well. Instead I've opted to use the SP-4310BT set as my PC speakers, something that Rosewill recommends the speakers for (in addition to other uses). They work great, but the subwoofer takes up a good chunk of space. Unless you have a really big computer desk, which I do not, it really isn't an ideal setup. I'm going to make do, but I'm sure that in a week's time there will be stuffed stacked around and on top of the subwoofer.
These Deserve a Better Name Than SP-4310BT
While the R-Studio SP-4310BT Bluetooth set is powerful enough to fill a big space with bass-heavy, bone-crunching music, it's really ideal for a more a low-key experience. It's something you would have set up for casual use, while still being capable of doing justice to heavier music if need be. Other than the aforementioned space issues, it's perfect for what I do and I can see it leading me away from heavy headphone use.