Another player in the Bluetooth game of things, Damson Audio brings you the Vulcan. A 4-channel Bluetooth speaker that is quite similar in concept to speakers we have covered in the past like the Turbo X by RIVA, only this one comes with a lower price tag.
The Vulcan features a 4-driver system with a 30-watt max output, two front-facing and two side-facing to deliver a wider range of sound with. Designed with larger spaces in mind, the Vulcan was made to fill large rooms and beat out some of the other available speakers within its price range. We don’t have one here, so we can’t test that against something like the UE Boom or Klipsch, but the design of the speaker points to it having promise.
The outside features a pill-shaped form with all of your controls on top. You have four buttons for volume up and down, play/pause (also functions as source control and answering calls) and power. In between the buttons you find Damson’s logo that lights up to show the status of the speaker (connectivity and battery level). The backside of the speaker simply features a 3.5mm input for wired devices and an AC input for charging (vs using microUSB like most other speakers). Damson promises an average of up to 12 hours playback time on a single charge.
You also have the ability to customize the Vulcan by swapping the grills out on both sides with alternative colors in case you want to change things up a bit–maybe to match the decor in the room or possibly your shoes if that’s your kind of thing (we won’t judge). The grills attach via magnets, making it quite easy to replace them. The speaker already comes with one pair of grills depending on the color that you originally buy. Additional grills are purchased separately. Currently, the colors available are black, white and red. There is always the possibility that they may release additional colors in the future, but I wouldn’t expect anything just yet.
Outside of the obvious Bluetooth connectivity, it also features NFC to easily pair it to devices that support this feature. As long as NFC is enabled on your phone, all you have to do is simply touch it to the top of the speaker for a quick moment and it should deliver a prompt to your screen for pairing. It also features a built-in mic like most speakers, so that it can be used for taking calls from your smartphone.
You can find additional images below, including a 360-degree shot of the product via video. The speaker currently retails for around $149 (US)
|Combined Speaker output||30 Watt Peak|
14 Watt RMS
|Frequency Response||120hz – 19Khz (tested)|
|Forward facing drivers||2 x 2.0” Neodymium drivers 5W RMS output|
10W peak output Impedance:8 Ohms Resonant Frequency: 120Hz SPL: 80db @ 1W/1M
|Side facing drivers||2 x 1.5” Neodymium drivers 3W RMS output|
5W peak output Impedance: 8 Ohms Resonant frequency: 160Hz SPL: 80db @ 1W/1M
|Input Sources||Bluetooth 3.5mm Line in|
|Bluetooth||BT4.0. Chipset CSR8645 with APT-X. With|
|Pairing and connections||Audible voice prompts (English)|
|Line in||3.5mm stereo jack 500mV RMS|
|Amplifiers||4 x Class-D|
Single ended and BTL design 2×3W+2×4W capability SNR+N > 70dB
|AC Adapter||18V 2.5A output 220/110 AC input|
|Battery||14.8V 1000mA Li-ion Battery pack mounted internally.|
Charging circuits included.
Play back time from battery: >12 Hours (volume and type audio depending)
– (-) Volume
– Source/Call/Pause&play playback
|Indicator||1 x RGB LED.|
Red = Standby
Green = 3.5mm line in mode Blue – Bluetooth mode
Blue (flashing)– Call mode
Red (No flashing) – Fully charged Red (Slow flashing) – Charging
Red (Fast flashing, on battery only) <15% battery life remaining
|Power||Auto power off|
Powered from mains: 30 mins audio not active
Power from battery: 10 mins audio not active
Standby power: <500mW Meets EuP requirements.
Charges battery when connected to AC adapater regardless of unit being powered on or not.