By January 29, 2007

Parrot SOUND SYSTEM review

MP3 music can be found everywhere – on your MP3 player, your mobile phone and your PC. The Parrot SOUND SYSTEM is a new wireless hi-fi concept. Say goodbye to those cables when listening to your favourite tracks: stream by Bluetooth to the Parrot speakers.


The Parrot SOUND SYSTEM consists of two independent speaker units. Each speaker contains a built-in digital two-channel Class-D amplifier with a 60W output. The speakers are linked together by Bluetooth. Each unit also has its own set of volume controls and a pairing button.

Parrot SOUND SYSTEM front

First Impressions
I was initially surprised at just how heavy these speakers were, then I remembered that each unit had its own power supply and amp. I like design of the speakers which come in a white lacquered cabinet. The black fabric speaker covers can be removed and automatically snap in place via magnets.

Speakers without covers

The initial set up of the speakers is very simple. All you have to do is plug the speakers in to the mains and press the pairing button. Then it’s just a case of discovering the speakers with either your PC or Mobile Device.

Speakers,  back

You can also use the speakers with non-Bluetooth devices with the supplied line-in cable. This is a pretty neat idea as you can connect your device to one of the speakers and the audio will also be output to the other speaker as they communicate with each other over Bluetooth.

I did experience some issues with the speakers when reconnecting to them via Bluetooth with both my laptop and HTC TyTN. The first time I establish a partnership and connect they work just fine but if I disconnect and reconnect again later I cant get them to work again, I have to delete the partnership and recreate it to make it work.

This issue may well be more to do with a problem with the Bluetooth implementation on my laptop and mobile device rather than a fault with the speakers but this does illustrate a way in which Bluetooth technology can let you down!

The speakers sound quite impressive. The weight added by the internal transformer and amplifier make for a good bass response while the top end is nice and bright.

I use my Parrot SOUND SYSTEM speakers all the time. My laptop, like many these days, has tiny built in speakers which sound awful for anything other than system sounds. With the Parrot Bluetooth speakers I can simply connect to them when I want to listen to music and I don’t have to worry about cables. They offer a decent solution for anyone wanting wireless audio from their PC, Mobile Phone or Bluetooth Capable MP3 player. The independent speaker units mean that you can plug the speakers in to the mains at opposite ends of a room and still experience stereo sound.

Parrot SOUND SYSTEM specification:

  • Digital two-channel Class-D amplifier
  • 60 W RMS power output per speaker
  • 7band digital graphic equaliser
  • Frequency range: 50 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Signal compatibility: audio and MP3
  • MP3, MP3 decoder: 192, 160, 128, 112 Kbps
  • SBC decoder: 320, 275, 250 and 150 Kbps
  • PC software for user settings and updates
  • Settings: Volume, R/L Balance, Mute
  • RCA line-in input for all audio sources
  • Power supply: 100 V – 240 V, 50 Hz and 60 Hz
  • Bluetooth integrated into each speaker
  • Bluetooth 2.0 & EDR
  • Bluetooth scatternet
  • Profiles supported: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
  • Reception up to 10 metres
  • Phone pairing: by PIN code
  • Updates by PC software
  • More Wireless Speakers available at Maplin


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