Turns out Bluetooth speaker manufacturers have been doing it all wrong, at least according to NuForce. And in light of their NuForce S3-BT active loudspeaker, we’d have to agree.
The NuForce S3-BT looks like your typical set of powered speakers, but instead of using a traditional, or what they call an “inferior SBC codec”, they’ve based thee S3-BT on the apt-X codec, which is said to produce “crystalline sound”. Now, everyone knows that Bluetooth has its shortcoming, no matter what codec you use. So NuForce has also included a set of analog inputs, allowing their customers to use NuForce’s own Air DAC wireless system. Their DAC provides true 16-bit performance that eclipses even their own version of Bluetooth, though it will probably take a discerning ear to hear the difference. Other features include a woofer that is constructed using a proprietary “anti-resonance” cone technique and powerful magnets. The tweeters are custom soft-dome design, which are said to offer the lowest distortion and smoothest natural response.
The NuForce S3-BT speakers will ship October 31st. They come wrapped in soft black or white leatherette for $299.