Review Acase Black Diamond III

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  1. tinyman392

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    Speaker Review: Acase Black Diamond III
    Acase | Speaker | $ 120

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    Lights… Camera… Act… Audio! The Acase Black Diamond III is a new Speaker by Acase that doesn’t just play your music, it gives you a nice light show to go along with it. Inside this plastic, crystal ball are 2 speakers and a number of LEDs that will light up your night and flicker to your music. It’s visually, but also sonically, stimulating.

    In the Box
    • Black Diamond III
    • Remote Control
    • USB Cable Power Cable with 3.5 mm Split Jack
    • USB AC Power
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    Design

    The design of the Black Diamond is going to be the first thing that catches your eye; I know it’s the first thing that caught mine. Upon looking at it without power, it looks like a dull crystalline figure that isn’t too special. Once plugged in, the light show begins and the speaker can be customized to function its lights in different manners. There are a number of modes to run at, some that go to the beat of your songs, some that just sit like a lamp. Regardless, the design aspects of the Black Diamond are absolutely beautiful and stunning to look at, regardless what mode you’re in; assuming the lights are running.

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    Design: ★★★★

    Audio

    Users have choice of how they want to run their audio, through a direct analog connection, or through BT. The better choice here would be to use an analog connection which results in much better sub-bass response. The sound generally hangs towards the midrange, it isn’t special, but also not entirely bad either.

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    Bass

    Regardless of what mode you are using, BT or analog, you’ll quickly find that this speaker wasn’t made to be a sub-woofer. The depth of the bass simply won’t be enough to properly reproduce songs. Texturing isn’t entirely killed though. Impacts are barely strong enough to convey themselves. Punches have a light tightness to them, but like the impacts, just aren’t strong enough. The main areas that are problematic in the bass really spreads through.​

    Bass: ★★★

    Mids

    The midrange is where these speakers will shine the best overall. They have a really clear, sweet sound to them that focuses on the upper mids. That said, they hold strong instrumental clarity as well as a beautiful sweetness to vocals that lift nicely. Although it misses a few micro-details, it still does a decent job retrieving the details. The vocals do lack lushness to them. The midrange does good for itself, but it’s really a give some, take some sort of deal.​

    Mids: ★★★★½

    Highs

    The treble takes from the midrange as well being a little better than the bass. They have very strong detailing throughout the entire treble range; from the low-highs to the upper highs. A slight sibilance and metallic sound can come from the upper treble, but the separation is still nicely portrayed while the lower snaps have a strong extension and presence. The highs don’t extend as far as they should though, but do go enough to create a sense of air.​

    Highs: ★★★★½

    Audio: ★★★★

    Build

    The build quality of the speaker doesn’t really suffer since its use is really stationary. It’s not meant to be used as a portable, so no case is included. Overall, the build is positive though.

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    The shell of the speaker is very large and made from a thicker plastic that is well polished and feels strong. The crystal dome looks like is’s very tough alone. The cables included are very thick with more than ample strain reliefs behind them, which is also a huge plus. The headphone jack is straight, so if I were to be picky, that’d be it. There really isn’t much to say, I wouldn’t change too much of the build myself.

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    Build: ★★★★½

    Value

    Bluetooth speakers do run you quite a bit nowadays. This one will run you about 120 dollars, which isn’t bad, but it’s still not the best. The sound quality is really restricted by the size of the actual speakers that are about 30 mm. Some headphones I have contain larger drivers. However, for what they give you, wireless system, very beautiful design, strong build, it does hold quite a bit of value behind it.

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    Value: ★★★★

    Final Thoughts

    This speaker is such a beautiful piece of art. The crystalline structure of the speakers looks strong. Once it lights up, the inner beauty begins to show. The gorgeous light and design is what will really sell this speaker. For the size of the drivers, they do provide decent audio quality.

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    I’d like to thank Pedro for the product sample.

    Overall Score
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    † All prices are in US currency.
    This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
    This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Pedro for the product sample.
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    Where can you buy it? Haven't found it on eBay...?
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    Amazon. Links are in the review as well; 3 of them, title, banner, and right under the overall score... On the FP review, it's only in the banner image and under the overall score.
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    Oh... Lol. My bad!! I didn't manage to see the tittle was hyperlinked. Maybe a little buy here hyperlink will be more suitable!
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    All my reviews are hyperlinked that way (same places, been doing so since I've started doing reviews :p). I used to write Buy Here on the bottom, but stopped.
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    Your choice! But as first reader of the review, I didn't see/know that unfortunately!
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    Well now you do. And knowing is just half the battle :p
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    Hi,

    I am the president of Yantouch corp, the original design/brand of BlackDiamond3 (BD3).
    Thanks for your detail and comprehensive good review.

    I would like to add a few words about our BD3.
    1. Audio: We use the high quality Nd2Fe14B, so called "super magnet speaker", Neodymium speakers.
    2. Bluetooth: Our distance can reach 30m (100feet), better than many brands that reach barely 10m.
    3. Easy to use: No need to push any buttons on BD3 or provide passwords, once you connect through our smart phone, it auto pairs. Once you pair, it remembers. When you come back home, simple push "Play" button, it will auto re-link back, without even touch your phone. You can also use "Next song" button on remote to control your play list on your phone.
    4. Light: Yantouch has the German Red dot award winning LED technology, plus newly invented 3D-like "Bling bling" effect thin film technology.

    -Ken

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