Evaluate: Trettitre TreSound1 Wi-fi Speaker
There isn’t any scarcity of cheap Bluetooth audio system from producers you may by no means see on retailer cabinets in North America, however far fewer that make a play for purchasing high-end wi-fi audio system. It is onerous to get customers to half with massive bucks for a speaker that does not carry a family identify. Chinas Trettitre provides it a shot with the $699.99 TreSound1, a pattern of which was despatched to me by distributor Linsoul Audio.
Premium but polarizing design
TreSound1 has a really uncommon look, which instantly attracts consideration. Trettitre says it incorporates a mountain design. Appears like a head to me. It is not simply the shape issue that makes the design polarizing. the controls take minimalism to the intense. There are not any buttons to mark its floor. On/off and quantity management is achieved by rotating the metallic tip of the cone, with no means to pause or skip tracks. The tip itself is an LED that lights up orange when a tool is linked by way of Bluetooth. There’s additionally ambient white LED lighting beneath the speaker when it is on (no choice to dim or flip off the speaker).
Apart from the LEDs, you will not discover any plastic on this speaker. The TreSound1 is fabricated from wooden (actual wooden, not even MDF) and metal. Trettitre emphasizes the craftsmanship required to make it. The speaker weighs 13.2 kilos and that is with no battery as a result of it is not transportable, so there is no battery. The metallic acoustic grille and management dial are completely fashioned and have a really top quality end. The wood decrease half of the speaker has been handled with a number of layers of lacquer leading to a piano gloss end. My white and silver overview unit virtually glows. It seems to be very costly. There isn’t any denying that the TreSound1 is gorgeous, it simply may not swimsuit everybody’s decor.
To energy the speaker, you may have to take care of a big electrical brick. Happily, Trettitre supplies an honest quantity of skinny energy cable from the brick, so there is a good probability you may cover it out of sight.
In brief, the TreSound1 is not like every other wi-fi speaker I’ve tried earlier than. It’s each a murals and a bit of audio gear.
Efficiency: Not a lot the sum of its components…
On paper, the TreSound1 should sounds fairly spectacular. A 60W class-D amplifier powers 5 drivers: a pair of tweeters, a pair of full-range drivers and a big cathode-triggered subwoofer. This woofer is housed in a wood acoustic chamber. The set up provides 360 diploma sound.
With some songs the mixture is nearly good. TreSound1 did an unbelievable job with the Erasures At all times the thunderous bass and punchy highs delivered clear, energetic sound with spectacular low-end punch. Because of the subwoofer, bassist Mike Mills drove REM Texarkana whereas permitting the vocals to shine. I used to be glad to show them on, and with 60W operating, the TreSound can fill a good-sized room with music.
Sadly, with too many tracks, greater quantity resulted in sound that grew to become virtually painfully distorted because the subwoofer and/or tweeters grew to become too aggressive. At all times and Texarkana sounded nice at excessive quantity. Too many different songs did not. For instance, Stone Temple Pilots Vasoline and Duran Durans Hungry Just like the Wolf each sounded advantageous as much as about 50% quantity, however in both case the bass would rapidly and progressively get thrashier and extra distorted.
Normally, I seen a pattern within the numerous kinds of music I performed of bass that might get out of hand, highs that have been usually slightly too brilliant, and mids that have been too usually overwhelming.
There’s additionally no option to regulate the sound aside from no matter built-in EQ your smartphone provides. Plus, there is no option to regulate that 360-degree sound based mostly on speaker placement. There’s a important distinction in sound high quality between putting the TreSound1 in a nook or close to a wall and putting it in an open area. Different surround-style audio system on this worth vary, just like the Sony SRS-RA5000 I reviewed in 2021, handle the problem with a built-in microphone that calibrates sound based mostly on the surroundings, compensating for points like close by partitions reflecting sound.
The corporate is launching TreSound1s Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, with Qualcomm CSR aptX and assist for 24bit/96kHz high-fidelity audio. With the suitable supply, this could ship very top quality streaming audio. Nevertheless, aptX assist doesn’t lengthen to iPhones, and Trettitre makes no point out within the documentation of Apples AAC codec assist. If it is lacking, that does not imply iPhone house owners cannot use the speaker, it is simply that they will not have the identical expertise that the majority Android smartphone customers would.
Choosing Bluetooth wi-fi connectivity provides the benefit of straightforward setup and pairing. Nevertheless, many wi-fi audio system on this worth vary select to make use of Wi-Fi as an alternative, which provides greater high quality audio streaming and the flexibility to attach/management the speaker from wherever lined by a Wi-Fi community.
The underside line is that the sound this speaker produces could be good, however it could additionally disappoint. This can be a drawback due to its worth.
TreSound1 Key Specs:
- 3-way speaker design with 360-degree sound
- 2 x 1.25″ Silk Movie Neodymium Magnetic Tweeters, 2 x 2.25 Full Vary Twin Neodymium Magnetic Drivers, 1 x 5.25″ 2-Layer Composite Paper Cone Subwoofer
- Frequency response 38Hz – 20KHz
- Class D amplifier 2 x 15W, 1 x 30W
- Bluetooth 5.1 with Qualcomm CSR aptX and assist for 24bit/96kHz high-fidelity audio
- 3.5mm audio enter
- Bluetooth LED indicator, white LED ambient lighting
- Constructed-in quantity, On/Off management
- All wooden and metallic design
- 16.9 inches excessive, 11.8 inches diameter, weight 13.2 kilos
- Obtainable in Snow Peak (White), Majestic Mountain (Black), Inexperienced Hill (Inexperienced) and Pink Piano
- Consists of material mud cowl and energy twine pouch
- Worth $699
I actually needed to like the TreSound1. Whereas the design will not be for everybody, there is no denying that the speaker oozes premium high quality. The shiny piano end stands out, as does the usage of wooden and metallic the place so many wi-fi audio system are dominated by plastic. I appreciated the ambient mild which was a pleasant contact.
However for that worth of $699, a wi-fi speaker simply cannot Look Good. It should be heard distinctive constantly, not simply with sure songs and actually wants an app or controls on the speaker that supply the flexibility to optimize that sound.
Disclosure: Linsoul Audio offered a TreSound 1 speaker for overview functions, however had no enter into this overview.
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