Last Saturday, I went to Arndale to do some window shopping and did a desktop speaker comparison at Currys. The two speakers compared were Panasonic SC-NE1, which uses “aero stream port technology” to deliver a deep dynamic rich bass (1), and Bose SoundLink Air, which uses “Bose waveguide speaker technology” to deliver rich detailed sound(2). Both of them were wireless speakers : Panasonic SC-NE1 uses Bluetooth and Airplay (technology used by Apple devices) as media for connectivity and the technology used in Bose SoundLink Air for connectivity is only AirPlay, which is a bit of a bummer. Both these speakers have auxiliary inputs, so they can be connected to the phone or laptop using a cable with a 3.5 mm jack, if AirPlay is an issue. The Bose speaker has a remote, so the speaker can be controlled from anywhere within range but the Panasonic speaker does not have this option.
Panasonic SC-NE1 (3)
Bose SoundLink Air (4)
- First, I’ll give a comparison on sound quality. Both of them had amazing sound quality. However, the sound quality of the Bose speaker was better than that of the Panasonic one. The bass was much more punchier. Panasonic SC-NE1 contains a 3-1/8″ long woofer with a nano-sized bamboo cone and a 1″ tweeter. (1)
- Next is the size : Bose Soundlink Air is compact and lightweight. It is the ideal speaker for someone living in a small room. On the other hand, Panasonic SC-NE1 is like a sound bar, so it is longer and heavier than Bose Soundlink Air.
- Finally, the price : Bose Soundlink Air costs almost £ 300.00 and Panasonic SC-NE1 costs £ 115.00. Well, all Bose products are expensive.
In conclusion, if money and WiFi are not restrictions, then the Bose SoundLink Air is a better choice, in my opinion.
(1) SC-NE1 Wireless Speaker Systems – Panasonic. 2014. SC-NE1 Wireless Speaker Systems – Panasonic. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/home-entertainment/wireless-speaker-systems/sc-ne1eb.html. [Accessed 28 February 2014].
(2) SoundLink Air digital music system | Bose. 2014. SoundLink Air digital music system | Bose. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-and-personal-audio/bluetooth-ipod-speakers/airplay-speakers/bose-soundlink-air-digital-music-system/. [Accessed 28 February 2014].
(3) Panasonic SC-NE1 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/6/8/21408586/l_21408586_001.jpg. [Accessed 28 February 2014].
(4) Bose SoundLink Air 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/9/4/17291849/l_17291849_004.jpg. [Accessed 28 February 2014].