One of the things I LOVE about doing product reviews is the chance to expand the horizons of my readers through the discovery of products of new or relatively unknown brands. I have found some really great products out there simply by digging a little deeper. My latest find is the VS-12C mini bluetooth speaker from Shaba Audio. Shaba’s parent company is also a manufacturer and exclusive distributor of Sherwood Audio in China. Shaba’s product line is focused on portable audio devices, such as the VC-12C.
The market today is flooded with choices when it comes to bluetooth speakers, which can make it hard to find one that balances cost and quality. You can go out and buy one for $100+ and get something that sounds good, is waterproof, etc., but aside from being pricy, products in this price range generally aren’t the type of thing that you would walk around with. On the smaller side, you can spend less money, but most of them that I have run across either have poor sound quality, are cheaply made, or both. I found the Shaba VS-12C to be a pretty solid middle ground. Let’s take a look.
For its size, it provides surprisingly good quality audio output, both in terms of quality and volume. The VS-12C is about the size of an egg, which you can see in this picture:
In terms of audio quality, it packs a decent punch too. For comparison purposes, I would say that the audio volume output is about 75-100% more than that of an iPhone and the quality is considerably better. Whereas sound quality can often degrade as you approach max volume on most devices, the sound quality is pretty consistent on the VS-12C.
Aside from just playing audio via bluetooth, it has some other pretty cool features as well. Here are some highlights:
- A selfie button, that allows you to prop your camera up and take a picture using the VS-12C as a remote.
- A speakerphone capability that allows hands-free communication through your phone.
- LED lights, that make it easy to use in the dark.
I could see a number of uses for this little guy. For example, if you want some music while out hiking, walking, running, etc., it is the perfect size to carry in your hand, fasten to your pack, or hang it around your neck. Really, it is pretty convenient for any situation where portability is a main concern. Here is a basic pro/con list of highlights:
- Size makes it super portable for just about any situation.
- Sound quality. I am not going to use it to DJ a party anytime soon, but the sound quality was well above my expectations for something of that size. It is perfect for personal, portable needs.
- I don’t like it hanging around my neck and would have much rather preferred if they built a clip onto the back of it so I could clip it to things instead.
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