A new sleek design, richer bass and more dynamic range, the BlueAnt X3i is the sequel to the wildly successful X3.
The launch comes three years after the unveiling of the original X3 and brings with it years of additional engineering tweaks and a sleek new design featuring BlueAnt’s patented Shimmerweave fabric and a new, sturdier speaker base. It also comes in three colours: Crimson Red, Ocean Blue and Slate Black, ensuring customers can pick the speaker that best fits their aesthetic.
The result is a premium speaker experience that belies its price, according to BlueAnt CEO Taisen Maddern.
“We’ve made a number of engineering and design tweaks under the hood that simply deliver the best audio experience for a speaker in this form factor and at this price point,” he said. “What our customers are getting is a speaker which can be the feature speaker in any room or party, one that can be taken anywhere and everywhere, or one that can exist at home without standing out yet deliver the right level of audio for any setting or mood.”
Improved Audio Across the Board, at All Levels
Baked into the X3i is advanced Grammy award winning DSP software along with patented psycho-acoustic bass extension to hit those deep, richer lows that people have come to expect from BlueAnt’s speakers.
It features crystal clear high-frequency enhancement, a surgically precise paragraphic equaliser and sophisticated dynamics compensation for increased volume without artefacts. It sports intelligent volume stabilisers for smooth output levels, and customised equalisation.
The end result is that the X3i thrives at max volume, with no distortion, while maintaining crystal-clear clarity at lower volumes.
“I think people have come to expect that full volume in a Bluetooth speaker brings with it a downside of distortion, or that we’d compromise on sound or volume output to make this affordable,” said Maddern. “We’ve worked hard to make that a thing of the past with the X3i. And the hard work has paid off.”
Perfect for Any Occasion, and Built for All Seasons
The speaker is IP67 Waterproof rated, making it as ready next to a warm bath in winter as it is at poolside in summer. In addition, two X3i speakers can be paired to provide a seamless audio experience and a wider soundstage for the event of choice.
Once paired, there is no lag or static experienced between speakers (at a line-of-sight distance of up to 30 metres between each). And after the initial set-up of duo mode, re-pairing is as simple as turning both speakers on again.
“Between the duo mode and waterproof rating, you can put one of these speakers at either end of a 25m pool and hear clear audio no matter how far along you are in each lap, and not have to worry about splashes, let alone a full dunking, ruining your day,” said Maddern.
- Portable 30-Watt Bluetooth Speaker offers 15 hours playtime with built-in power bank
- 2 x 57mm drivers, 2 passive radiators and Bass Boost button
- Bluetooth 5.0 and Aux playback options
- Duo mode can connect two X3i speakers, with simple re-pairing
- IP67 rating will keep the sound up at the beach, pool and everywhere between
- Features one-touch controls with Siri/Google Integration and built-in microphone
- USB-C Charging and Auto-Power Off to maximise battery life
Price and Availability
At $249, the X3i offers the best bang and bass in its class of premium speakers. It is available nationally in select Telstra stores from today, and also direct from the BlueAnt website.
Power Requirements – DC 5V 3A
Power Consumption – 15W
Power Consumption Standby – <5mW
Power Output – 15W*2(RMS) @10% THD
Battery – 3.7 9600 mAh (3*3200Ah cells in a pack)
Total Max Power Output – 30W
Frequency Response – 150Hz-20kHz
AUX in Jack – 3.5mm
Operating Temperature – 5°C-40°C
Bluetooth(R) Version – 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles – A2DP, HSP, HFP