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Pioneer XW-SMA3

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Overall 7

Pioneer A3 (XW-SMA3-K)

PC Magazine
22 December 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-K Review

5 December 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Incredible balance and clarity, Powerful sound, Easy portability, Cool minimalist design
  • Cons: Limited stereo field, Some wireless connection interruptions, A bit pricey
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Overall 8

Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-W review

PC Advisor
5 August 2013
  • Summary: Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-W is an AirPlay home speaker system with wireless sound and waterproof function. Read our Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-W review to find out more.
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Overall 9

Pioneer XW-SMA3 A3

3 February 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: Waterproof; Wi-Fi direct; remote control; easy setup
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 7

Pioneer XW-SMA3 Portable AirPlay Speaker

Trusted Reviews
17 January 2013
  • Summary: Portable with lots of wireless connectivity, but audio could be more dynamic.
  • 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
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Overall 6

Pioneer XW-SMA3-K

What Hi-Fi?
1 November 2012
  • Conclusion: Portable, network-savvy and easy to use, but it needs more entertainment value
  • Pros: Inoffensive sound, portable, easy to set up and use, plenty of network features
  • Cons: Not the most exciting listen, needs to go louder (especially if you're outside)
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Pioneer XW-SMA3 Review: Awesome Go-Anywhere AirPlay Speakers

12 September 2012
  • 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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Test: Pioneer XW-SMA3

13 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Gerade mal 32 Zentimetern misst der Pioneer XW-SMA3 in der Breite. Dieser Airplay -Lautsprecher ist die kleinere Ausgabe des Pioneer XW-SMA4 ( siehe Macwelt-Test ), nur mit dem Unterschied, dass er für den mobilen Betrieb ausgelegt ist. Denn neben einem Spritzwasserschutz bietet der XW-SMA3 einen eingebauten Akku. Der Akku hält in unserem Praxistest gute sechs Stunden, dies ist ein sehr guter Wert.
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Pioneer XW-SMA3

31 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Компактные акустические системы сегодня не в моде. Прошли те времена, когда MP3-плееры стоили дорого, а для прослушивания любимой композиции каждому из нас необходимо было задействовать розетку для «оживления» любимого магнитофона, умолкшего из-за внезапно севшей батарейки…
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