Blue Aura WS80i Wireless Active Speaker System Review - Design


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Shown above are our test units. Behind the grille, you can see that each has a main driver and a tweeter. The smaller "donut" between the driver and the tweeter is an indicator light. The indicator lights will flash intermittently when the monitors are plugged into a power source and not powered "on" via the remote. Once the units are commanded "on", the indicator light will glow a steady ring of either blue, red, or white. This color corresponds to the wireless channel that the monitors are trying to receive a signal from and should match the color that the transmitter is set to broadcast, that is of course assuming that your intent is to listen to music and not just have a multicolored light show. 



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Above we see some nice accents on the loudspeaker enclosures. The top and sides are covered in a faux leather, which gives these speakers a little class differentiation from the plastic/wood veneers that are so common. The front-center of the top face is indented with the "Blue Aura" name, and the edges are lined with a contrasting white stitch. These nice little touches add some character and style to this already unique system. I was unaware that these features were present until I took the speakers out of the box, and I have to say, I was impressed with the look and the quality. 



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The wireless transmitter shown above is an interesting design. As can be seen in the left picture, there is an 1/8" stereo jack on the circumference, a transmission indicator light on the top edge, and a button in the middle. Less obvious is the USB cable wrapped around the circumference. The USB cable is used to connect the transmitter to a PC or other equally capable device. Connection through USB provides both power AND audio signal to the unit. In Windows, one must manually select the transmitter as the default audio device. Pressing the button in the middle will change the channel that the signal is broadcasted on. The indicator light on the transmitter should match the lights on the speakers. If you choose to use the stereo jack on the transmitter to provide the audio signal, you must continue to power the unit via USB. An adapter is provided to power the USB connection via AC wall outlet if necessary. 



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The package includes everything you'll need to connect the transmitter to a PC, MP3 player, AV Receiver, TV, and probably more. A standard 1/8" stereo cable, along with an RCA to stereo converter cable are provided. Also shown is the USB to AC power adapter. As mentioned previously, the transmitter must always be powered by its built in USB cable. 



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The back-plate of each speaker has a left/right channel indicator, a power connection terminal, and a "station" button. The "station" button will change the frequency band that the unit is trying to receive a signal from. As noted previously, the selected channel will be indicated on the front of the speaker with either a blue, red, or white ring of light. The color on the speaker should match the color of the transmitter that it is intended to receive audio from. 



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Another view showing the depth of the enclosure, and the location of both the stitching and the name stamp.


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