Regular Hi-Fi+ newsletter readers know that lately we have been experimenting with a series of blogs, collectively called ‘Starting Points’, that focus on one fundamental question: What are the right sorts of components to recommend for individuals who truly love music, but who have never owned hi-fi systems before, and who would prefer to keep their initial investments modest? In short, the rare birds we are seeking are those few components that manage to offer disproportionately large helpings of sound quality at also disproportionately moderate prices. Obviously, not all that many components fill this difficult-to-match bill, but thankfully there are a few that do.
One such component, the subject of this blog, is the deepblue2 Bluetooth speaker ($499) from the good folks at Peachtree Audio.
[News Flash: A day or two after this blog was first posted posted, Hi-Fi+ received an email from Peachtree President Andrew Clark advising that, "the US price was recently reduced to $399 every day..."]
If you know much about the musical value-meisters at Peachtree, you can probably guess the simple truth of the matter, which is that the deepblue2 is anything but a typical, ho-hum, workaday Bluetooth Speaker that you might pick up at an electronics superstore for a couple of hundred dollars or quid, depending upon you nationality. No sir, the deepblue2 is—to borrow one of my favourite adopted British expressions—‘a bit special’. Here are some of the reasons why.
Unlike many ultra compact Bluetooth speakers from manufacturers such as Bang & Olufsen, Beats, Bose, Jawbone, JBL, and so on, the Peachtree deepblue2 is, by design, a mid-size unit (though not a cumbersome one) that offers a moderate large, sealed (that is, acoustic suspension-type) enclosure in which its speaker array can go to work. Common wisdom holds that acoustic suspension enclosures offer tighter and arguably more critically damped bass than ported reflex-type enclosures do, while still offering quite decent low-frequency extension—provided that the enclosure volume is adequate, which in this case it is.