How often do you listen to music or videos/TV in your home/homeschool? For us it’s a part of our everyday routine and we couldn’t live without having some form of music playing in the background. Sound is such a part of all our lives and it’s even better when it’s high quality. Today we are sharing our thoughts on the BenQ treVolo S speaker.
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BenQ kindly sent us a treVolo S speaker to try out and it’s hardly been off since; the kids and I use it during the day and then Phil uses it in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed. Good thing it has an 18-hour battery capacity before it needs recharging! And it’s compact so that I can move it around during the day depending on where we are and what we’re doing; a far cry from the old speakers of the ’70s and ’80s that were tied down with multiple wiring and were so big they could double as seats if you were short on space and had friends over.
Saying that, though, the treVolo S is no lightweight – it’s a serious speaker, which you’ll discover just from the weight of it- it’s muscular and heavy. Even when it’s not dressed in black (the other colour option), it’s still slim and sleek. To feel the power, open the wings and let it the sound fly! Oh yes, those arms are not just for beauty, they’re also functional and direct sound both forwards and back.
Put the speaker in a corner and hear the mighty bass even further, or centre it in the room for a richer higher sound range. One unique thing with this speaker is that it can be paired up with a partner and multiply the experience with further stereo sound. The electrostatic technology means that there is little distortion and the dual woofers and dual amplifiers deliver a rich bass performance. I’ve always been all about the bass, but I also don’t want to give up the sweet highs, and now I don’t have to.
I haven’t had ‘proper’ speakers since 2001 when I left Canada. I listened to hours of music each day while studying for my university classes. The next 5 years I pretty much lived out of a suitcase and had tiny tinny speakers the size of my palms. No longer do I need to wish for my old sound system now!
This all sounds complicated, and I am a definite technophobe, but I was able to set it up myself in only a few minutes. This is the easiest speaker to match with Bluetooth that I’ve tried, I kid you not! And it pairs up in seconds when you’re ready to use it, there’s no hanging around waiting to see if it will connect or if you have to shut everything down and start again, which is so very frustrating.
During the day the kids and I use it for background music during homes education and while working on our chores, which are made much easier when you can sing a good tune. Whether it’s listening to the radio station back home and hearing the familiar accent and witty banter between current rock and pop tunes, or when more classical tunes are playing to help the children’s concentration while you lower your blood pressure. It is true that the Mozzart effect is controversial, but I do agree with most of these 10 Wondrous Things That Happen to Your Body When You Listen to Classical Music.
Then it’s onto the second shift for our treVolo S as Phil sets it up on the desk and listens to streamed movies. Here’s a little secret for you – Phil likes to listen to things loud – so loud I cannot hear the TV in the background or the podcasts I’m transcribing when he watches a movie. But when he uses this speaker, he listens at a much lower volume as the sound is so clear and enveloping. So now we’re both happy; I can hear my work and he doesn’t have to listen to me telling him to turn his sound down!
And the sound on this speaker can go way down low so it’s truly only a whisper and the volume increases very evenly and gradually so you can find the perfect volume for you. I’ve always had a gripe about speakers that don’t go softly enough or loud enough; yeah! If only the kids had an easy volume control….
…but no, I do love hearing Over The Rainbow being sung by my children with such enthusiasm, as well as anything by Ed Sheeran. Or playing the guessing game when a classical song is played and everyone tries to guess who the composer is and where else they’ve heard that melody.
Let me know how you listen to music in your home or homeschool and what style of music you enjoy, I’d love to hear how others incorporate music into their days.