Tibo pairs up with Amazon Alexa and dips its toe into the Smart speaker market…
As technology evolves seemingly every week, we tend to see a lot of changes here at Richer Sounds. From the resurgence of vinyl turntables to Hi-Res audio players, it seems that there is always something new to get our hands on. Now with the massive popularity of the Amazon Alexa products, it’s opened up a whole new way of how we control our music. We are seeing Amazon Alexa integration in plenty of products now and Tibo have just given us something from their production line in the Choros Tap wireless speaker.
If you’re not familiar with how Alexa works, it’s definitely worth having a look at. With this speaker, and all other Alexa enabled products, you simply tell it what you want to do. Simply say “Alexa, play Pink Floyd” and she will do exactly that using the internet connectivity. You can even create shopping lists which she will save and read back to you at a simple request. Having this capability onboard, the Choros Tap is going to prove very popular so let’s dive in and see what it’s all about.
At first glance, it seems like a standard portable wireless speaker. It is small, compact and unobtrusive but finished nicely with a wrap around speaker grille which seems to blend in well. Towards the rear of the speaker it’s pretty much the same with just a trusty 3.5mm input for an external audio device. But the top of the unit is a whole different ball game….
Using Near Field Control with a light touch, it allows you to do everything from playing music and podcasts, set alarms, make to-do lists as well as checking the latest weather updates. It’s really impressive to get this level of tech at this price point. Even more impressively, this doesn’t just have Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music. Download the free Tibo app and you can stream music from sources such as Spotify and Tidal, as well as thousands of internet radio stations. Want to add a speaker in another room to use alongside the Choros? Not a problem. Using Tibo’s “Bounce” capability, you can group multiple speakers together and stream music throughout the house with the touch of a few buttons.
There is so much crammed into this little box it’s really quite amazing. The only thing left to do now is see what Pink Floyd actually sounds like through the speakers rather than just asking Alexa to find it for me….
I’m not expecting a massive house shaking sound given the compact size of the Choros Tap, but it definitely packs a punch that belies it’s compact stature. Boasting 30 watts of power, it’s surprisingly upbeat and powerful. There is a decent amount of bass here and it’s an enjoyable listen all around. It would be perfectly at home in a bedroom or kitchen and with all it’s onboard tech and features, it’s a bit of a steal.
If you want to come see what Choros Tap has to offer, then pop down to your local Richer Sounds and see what Alexa can help you with…..
Author: Bradley, Plymouth store