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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews
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The AVR-S700W is also a DLNA compliant network streamer, and can play files stored on any computer or Network Attached Storage device. All you need is server software on the host device. I am partial to MiniMServer for Mac, and Jriver for Windows. The front panel USB port can be used to play files from an iDevice or thumb drive. Navigation is easy, and file access quick.

Spotify and other commercial online streaming services are a snap to set up. You just need a premium account, and your sign-in credentials. Then sit back and enjoy. Denon realizes that the way most people consume music these days is changing, and they have made it easy to for an owner of an AVR-S700W to choose as they please.


Envaya Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Envaya portable wireless speaker is ergonomically gorgeous. It looks great, feels solid, and is easy to set up. Just like the AVR-S700W, the Envaya is packed with technology and cool features. First, it has built in Bluetooth with a something called, NFC, or Near Field Communications. Most importantly, it has the ever more popular aptX bluetooth technology, which many manufacturers have been incorporating. From what I have heard in other products, it is the real deal, and finally made Bluetooth quite competitive with other wireless formats.

The Envaya uses two 57 mm full range drivers and a 100 mm passive radiator to provide full sounding bass. There is an internal digital amplifier that seems to deliver plenty of juice. The battery life is specified at ten hours, and charge time from empty is two and a half hours. There is a USB port for on the go charging, and a supplied wal wart charger. There is also a mini headphone jack as well. On unit control buttons include Bluetooth, Power, Mute,and Volume up or Volume down.

The Envaya is available in black and white, and is supplied with four grill covers, each in a different color. A nice touch. I was partial to the red. There is also an integrated stand on the back panel, and an optional carry case is available. All in all, a very attractive package.

Pairing the Envaya with both an iPad and iPhone was a snap. The connection proved solid, without dropouts. So how did it sound? The Envaya produced very enjoyable sound that proved addicting. As a matter of fact, my wife hijacked the midway through the review period, using it in just about every room in the house with her iPad and laptop. I was surprised how much bass the unit was able to produce, and the clarity of the midrange.


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