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Otone Audio's Aporto travel speaker - little system, big noise!



Here at Refresh PR we’ve been working with new, UK based speaker manufacturer Otone Audio for just over eight months now, and it’s fair to say that it’s been a very exciting journey.

From starting off with an initial media tour to show the systems off to some of the top tech magazines in London such as Stuff, What Hi-Fi and T3, to sending numerous samples out to the UKs most influential tech bloggers, to launching the full range at the Gadget Show Live in April, while all the time gaining an enviable social media following, it’s been an amazing few months working with this new UK based consumer electronics brand.

It’s easy to get excited about Otone Audio – the systems look fantastic and sound even better. So far, they’ve had some excellent reviews too, so it’s clear to see that they are very much in demand. The systems really are high performers on both sound and design. I am sure some of Otone’s competitors are now having many sleepless nights with this new UK brand taking on the market!

After hearing about my impending holiday to the Garden Festival, a micro-music festival by a beach in Croatia, the lovely chaps at Otone Audio kindly sent me one of their Aporto travel speaker systems, to make sure I could enjoy music during every step of my trip. 

And I was very pleased when I received the portable speaker system. Especially as Aporto has gone down a storm with the national media contacts that we’ve sent it to so far. Some of the reactions have been brilliant - The Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror raved about its crispy clear sound quality, Android mag gave it a cool five stars and made it the editor’s pick, and T3 magazine loved its modular design and attention to detail.

And I have to say, these travel speakers quickly impressed me too, even before I turn them on. Light, compact and sleek, Aporto is truly perfect for music on the move. The system slotted nice and neatly into the side compartment of my rucksack, meaning it didn’t take up much space at all.

The system is compatible with smartphones, mp3 players and laptops, all providing they have a standard audio jack connection. I hooked it up to my i-phone immediately and I knew they were both going to get along very well together, and enjoy a close, long lasting friendship!

Aporto’s modular design means the system can take on two forms – keep its three sections securely together and you have what looks and performs like a mini soundbar. Pull each side speaker apart from the middle control section (the retractable cables here are a great feature) and you have a mini 2.1 surround sound system. The sound has surprizing depth and clarity, especially for the reasonable price of £34.99.

The system is powered by batteries, which are included in the pack. It takes three AAA batteries and they seem to last really well (in the user guide, it states that the battery life is around six hours in total). As well including a 3.5mm audio jack to jack lead it also has a USB connection cable so it can connect to any PC or laptop.

On the beach, at the hotel, on a transfer coach, on a big boat sailing through the Adriatic Sea, the Aporto system did me proud and made sure that I enjoyed a plethora of music at maximum impact - from the house and techno beats of Laurent Garnier to the melodic tunes and guitar sounds of the Stone Roses to the soulful vocals of James Brown. It’s surprising how loud Aporto can be turned up for a system of its size, especially as it managed to maintain a well-balanced and non-distorted sound.  I’d say I was suitably blown away by its performance!

The Aporto travel system has totally won me over, and I am a big fan. It’s safe to say that it will definitely be one of my essential travel companions moving forward. I would highly recommend Aporto to anyone who needs a well-designed system that is compact, unique and a high performer on sound.

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