It’s no secret that mobile phones lack impressive audio. There have been many developments in the mobile market over the years, with phones getting better bass, louder speakers and more. However, it’s still not enough to satisfy the needs of someone like myself who loves to blast out a few albums every day. My phone (a Sony Xperia Z1) sounds pretty decent, but without headphones it’s really not a great way to listen to music.
Today I’ll be taking a look at the Gantry, a mobile Bluetooth speaker with NFC support from Speedlink. It promises to offer a big performance boost for your mobile audio, while being significantly more portable that a full-size dock. It features a USB rechargeable battery and a downward firing bass speaker port for extra punch.
- Active wireless Bluetooth speaker
- NFC function for easy Bluetooth pairing
- Bass-reflex Downfire function for powerful bass
- Integrated Li-polymer battery
- Wireless range of up to 10m
- Integrated microphone for hands-free phone calls
- Up to 5hrs’ battery life – USB chargeable
- Charging and audio cable included
- Rubberised coating
In the box you will find the speaker, a simple user guide, a 3.5mm male-to-male cable and a USB to microUSB charging cable.
The Gantry comes with a red mesh finish on the front, behind which you’ll find a pair of small stereo speakers.
On the base of the unit are four rubber grips to prevent it sliding around your desk, as well as four small holes that will help push better bass levels.
There is an NFC tag built into the right side, just tap your compatible phone against it and it’ll pair up the Bluetooth.
Around the back you’ll find the AUX line-in, a microUSB charging port and a master power switch.
On the top you will find the volume, skip track and a multifunction play/pause/answer call button.