Conclusion: The Pioneer A3 (XW-SMA3-K) is probably the most versatile wireless streaming speaker we've seen—it's even portable, rechargeable, and water resistant—but it doesn't sound like a $400 system.
Pros: Powerful audio for the size. Streams wireless audio via AirPlay, DLNA, HTC Connect, and Wireless Direct when there is no Wi-Fi signal. Water-resistant, portable, with rechargeable battery.
Cons: Distorts on deep bass tracks at top volumes. Very slow to power up. Overly complicated controls, and set up process is not terribly intuitive.
Conclusion: It’s obvious by the traces of Andrew Jones’s signature all over the SMA3 packaging that Pioneer is proud of their acclaimed speaker engineer, and they should be. The sound the SMA3 reproduces on most styles of music is nothing short of phenomenal. Naturally, it has some sound limitations, because let’s face it: It’s a tiny little box that you can carry anywhere.
Excerpt: The Pioneer A3 speaker system is a rugged and versatile AirPlay-compatible sound system with a raft of features. This Pioneer A3 review looks at how the specs compare to rival systems; what the sound quality is like and offers setup advice. See also Group test: what's the best speaker set?
Excerpt: The A3 has two key advantages over other units in this Group Test (reviews of iHome’s iW1, Logitech’s UE Air Speaker and PURE’s Contour 200i Air to follow). The first is Wi-Fi direct mode; a system that lets the A3 set up its own ad hoc Wi-Fi network that your device can connect to.
Conclusion: We have to admit to having high hopes for the Pioneer SMA3 and in a number of ways they weren't met. Visually the SMA3 is dull, its build materials aren't overly inspiring, it is bass heavy at the expense of detail and it isn't particularly loud. Against this though are some crucial factors: it offers the best array of wireless connectivity we have seen, has decent battery life, is light to carry around, splash proof and doesn't cost the earth.
Pros: Wide variety of wireless connectivity, Up to five hour battery life, Plenty of bass
Cons: Lack of detail in high frequencies, Dull design, cheap build materials, Not very loud
Excerpt: The Pioneer A3 speaker system is a rugged and versatile AirPlay-compatible sound system with a raft of features. This Pioneer A3 review looks at how the specs compare to rival systems; what the sound quality is like and offers setup advice.
Conclusion: The A3 is not on the level of a typical near-£300 speaker system. It's true, however, that many AirPlay docks are not – it simply costs a lot to implement this technology, and thus you pay more for it on the consumer end of things. A speaker of roughly £150 quality will get a much higher price tag because of AirPlay. But the A3 doesn't stop at AirPlay – it supports many other wireless streaming methods, as we’ve mentioned.
Pros: Decent audio for its size, Multiple wireless streaming options, Water-resistant and portable
Cons: Distorts with deep bass at top volume, Very slow to power up, Fiddly controls
Excerpt: Most AirPlay speakers are not very good at what they’re supposed to do: stream music wirelessly between devices and make your life easier in the process. The liberation from wires tends to come with a monstrous configuration headache. But the sound can be so great and high-quality wireless audio is a dream. Can Pioneer’s XW-SMA3 make it real?
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