Although nowadays, it is very much the norm for couples to already be living together before they get married, there are still a large number of couple who choose to stick with tradition and create a new home after they say their ‘I dos’.
Building a new home together is such an exciting time, and although sorting out the basic pieces of furniture such as a TV or a sofa, can be relatively straight forward, the finishing touches can take forever to find.
Over the next few weeks we will be doing some of the hard work for you, and shortlisting our favourite items to give your new home that homely feel.
This week, we look into what is surely to be the groom’s area of expertise- gadgets and home entertainment!
Music is the food of love, so let’s start there!
We all know that CDs are dying a slow death, with most music now on electronic devices, such as iPods and tablets, so Bluetooth speakers will soon be invaluable.
We’ve had the chance to take a look at a number of Bluetooth speakers that will enable you to play music in any room of the house- perfect for playing some romantic jazz whilst relaxing in the bath, or some lively pop whilst cooking up a storm in the kitchen. We have provided a list of our top 3 below!
First up is the Divoom Onbeat 500. It’s a really compact Bluetooth speaker that can connect to any mobile device with Bluetooth access, turning it into your own personal hi-fi system. It also doubles up as a hands free, as it has an in-built speakerphone- great for carrying on conversations when your hands may be in use.
Having tested it out, we would say that the sound quality is very good generally, however when the volume is high the base of the music does make the speaker vibrate quite significantly. At one point it actually fell off the table! Because of this, we wouldn’t recommend it for use in a large room or in an environment where the music needs to be relatively loud. We do however think it is a perfect mini speaker to place in any room of our choice whenever you want a bit of a boogie.
At about three quarter the size of a shoe box (just under 9 inches), we would say it’s also great for when you want a nice portable speaker to play music outside. It is a little heavier than expected, but it is definitely still very portable.
We’ve all tried playing music using the speaker from our mobile phone, only to turn it off as the sound was so low there was little point- the Divoom Onbeat 500 is perfect for that. Take it with you for some background music at a picnic, or even as a work out buddy at the park.
The battery life is marketed as 8 hours, so depending on how often you use it, we would recommend just sticking on to charge every few days- the most annoying thing would be for you to take it out and for the battery to die. We do think however, that there should be some sort of battery life indicator so you know exactly how much battery is left over- there doesn’t seem to be anything giving that information, so you can easily make that mistake.
The Onbeat 500 is currently available in black, white and red from Amazon for £76.04
Next up is the Stellé Audio Pillar. A sleek bit of kit which will fit into the décor of any home.
With all the features of the Divoom (Bluetooth connectivity, handsfree call function, rechargeable), the sound quality on this stylish speaker is great, and could easily be used to provide music for a house gathering, or maybe even a party in a small hall.
With a 15 hour battery life, this is a great option for continuous use- probably a good one to have has the main living room sound system. Like the Divoom, it can also be used in any room of the house, but it is relatively large (12inches high). The one we took a look at was coated in a sort of brushed metal, this combined with it cylinder shape, it is actually quite slippery and could easily slide out of your grasp. At £299, we would say it’s best to keep it at home!
The Stellé Audio Pillar is currently available in four colours; Hi Gloss White, Brushed Aluminium, Matte Black and Pewter and is available for £299 from Apple stores and Selfridges
Rounding up our top 3….
For those traditionalists out there who still like to listen to radio (yes, there are a few!) take a look at one of the
You can listen to your favourite digital stations in the UK or across Europe, if you happen to get bored of the radio, just connect your Bluetooth enabled device, and listen to your own tunes.
With a retro radio design, it will give any home that trendy touch. It also has a really useful handle which makes transporting it nice an easy, especially as it is actually pretty lightweight.