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Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £250
inc VAT

Neat speaker with all the right features, but sound quality isn’t as good as some rivals’

The Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 is a Bluetooth speaker with a textured cover that protects the speaker when it’s being carried in a bag or left lying around the house. Conveniently, the device turns on as soon as it’s opened. The cover also folds backwards to become a stand that props the Soundbook X3 upright.

Bayan Audio Soundbook X3

There are holes cut into the back of the case to expose the grille covering a passive bass radiator that lets the drivers shift more air and improve low frequency emphasis. At the back, there’s a 3.5mm line input, coloured blue, for auxiliary audio sources and a green 3.5mm output that allows you to connect the Soundbook to an external speaker system or pair of headphones. You can use the 3.5mm output to connect the Soundbook X3 to your home hi-fi so that you can stream music to it from your phone or tablet. Also on the back, you’ll find a power input and a USB port which you can use to charge devices. Sadly, you can’t use the USB port to play music from your phone or tablet.

When you first power up the Soundbook X3, it’ll start in Bluetooth pairing mode. It’ll automatically connect with the last device to which it was paired, and it can remember up to four different Bluetooth sources. Once paired with a device, you have to disconnect that device before you can pair the speaker with another. As well as standard Bluetooth pairing, the X3 supports at-a-touch pairing with near-field communication (NFC), assuming the phone or tablet you’re using supports the standard.

Bayan Audio Soundbook X3

At the top of the Soundbook is an illuminated volume indicator and volume buttons, as well as a power button that, somewhat unusually, doubles as an input switch. You can choose between three different inputs: Bluetooth, auxiliary and an FM radio. A pair of buttons allows you to tune the radio frequency and LEDs on the face of the speaker flash to show you which mode or frequency you’re using. The Soundbook X3 has a tiny built-in microphone, too. The microphone picked up our voice clearly, but it sounded a bit faint to those calling us, even when we were as close as a couple of feet away from the unit. The speaker automatically goes into hands-free mode when you answer a call on a phone currently connected to it.

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Speaker configuration4.0
RMS power output20W
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on4W
Analogue inputs3.5mm stereo
Digital inputsBluetooth (SBC, aptX)
Dock connectorUSB charging
Headphone output3.5mm
Satellite cable lengthsN/A
Cable typeN/A
Controls locatedmain unit
Digital processingnone
Tone controlsnone