F&D T2 trolley speaker review: Music on wheels
Hey! do you love music? Well, if somebody asks you this, you would say yeah..Of course. Some will also say, what kind of a question are you asking. Its obvious..why would anybody hate it. Frankly speaking all of us loves music no matter who we are, what we do or where we live. Of course, our choices would be different, our playlists and genres will differ and so do our mediums. The medium can be a speaker, ipod, earphones or your car audio system as well. They have grown with time. Its interesting to see that how technology has evolved with time. There used to be a time when radio was the only medium of entertainment. And, if we talk about the music systems specifically, then today we have a whole new variety of them available in the market.

Buying a music system, or as it was called ‘Deck’, was a big deal 10 years ago. At that time music systems included a big receiver box with a pair of big speakers that required a lot of money and space to fit in. But now they come in all shapes and sizes and also offer a variety of features to the users. From wired to portable, the audio systems has shrunk in sizes, but, the audio quality they offer has not been compromised. In fact it has only enhanced with time.

Portable speakers have gained a lot of attention in recent times. They have become the perfect medium of enjoying quality music on they go. Weighing from few grams to kilos, these speakers are easy to carry and are being offered by a variety of brands at reasonable price. And, one such brand is F&D Audio. Fenda Audio or F&D Audio as it is usually said, has evolved itself as one of the leading brands in budget segment. Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, the company forayed into the Indian market in the year 2006. Since then, it has expanded itself and offers a wide range of speakers including mini/portable speakers, multimedia speaker system, soundbars, docking station and portable speakers. This time, it has come up with a trolley speaker packed with some amazing features with a reasonable price tag. Let’s have a look at it in detail.

The Good

Measuring 57.4cm by 39.1cm by 37.7 cm (HWD), the speaker comes with an elegant design and has an in-built push up handle bar with two wheels at the base. The push up handle along with the wheels gives the user a sense of carrying a trolley bag, thus allowing it to move around easily. The top panel carries the functional keys for controlling volume, source, bass, Bluetooth, Previous/Next, Play/Pause, Record, Playback etc. This means you don’t have to search for the controls for operating the speaker. Apart from this, you can also operate the system with the remote which is built pretty sturdy as compared to what Portronics offered with its portable sound bar.

The company is also offering a wireless microphone with the speaker, which worked well with the speaker. This means you can have a gala night with your friends and family anytime you want.

Coming to the performance, the speaker comes with two 3-inch full range drivers and a 10-inch subwoofer which offers impressive sound quality with good bass and surround sound. At a volume of 20, you will get good loud and crisp audio. Another good feature about the speaker is, it provides a number of connectivity options. It has Bluetooth 4.2, USB card reader and an AUX port in it. The company claims that the Bluetooth works well up to 15 metres once you connect it to your mobile device. And trust us, it does. We tried operating it from a similar distance and it really worked well. The USB is easy to use as well. You just need to plug it and its ready to serve you.

At a price of Rs 10,999, the speaker provides an output of 3000PMPO with a rechargeable battery and can be operated using an app as well. You just need to install an app in your smartphone and you can control the functions with your fingertips. The battery backup was also really good which included two hours of operation for three days.

Overall, I found the speaker pretty tough and impressive. The design is quite simple and elegant as compared to other brands with a solid audio quality at a reasonable price tag.

The Bad

While we have discussed lot of good things about the speaker, there are some things which falls under this section and you will also agree with us. Though it sounds easy to use, but the weight of the speaker overshadows the portable nature of the device. Weighing 12.6 kg, the speaker feels bulky even if it's moved on wheels. In other words, the company has smartly placed a bulky audio system on wheels, thus giving it the tag of portable media device. Also, when it comes to operating the speaker via remote, one needs to sit in front of it. That is, the remote fails sync with the speaker if you operate it from any other direction. We tried changing radio channels and the audio tracks by facing against the speaker and it failed to complete the command given to it. But, when we brought the remote closer to it, it worked. This disappointed us as this worked against our expectations.

The company claims that you can store up to 100 radio channels in the speaker and it will work smoothly. For testing this, We stored 13 radio channels in the speaker and tried playing them. The sad part is, only 3 stations were working properly without any interruptions, while the audio was breaking on others. We also tried adjusting the antenna for getting the channel signals but it hardly made any difference. Also, the built quality of the microphone was poor.

Should you buy it?

With numerous connectivity options, the speaker offers great sound quality with simple and elegant design and good battery backup. Its trolley design with wireless microphone and rechargeable battery makes it a considerable choice for someone who likes to host a lot of house parties. But, if you are looking for a light weighted portable media source, then this speaker is not for you.