Yesterday I took a look at the Tronsmart Element T6 bluetooth speaker – a feisty little number packing a big sound. Today my laser-like focus is zeroed in on the Tronsmart Element Mega – a larger, louder bluetooth speaker retailing for a super-seductive $49. But does the sound merit the price? Or will my dreams fall flat like so many soggy pancakes? MajorHifi investigates.
Tronsmart Element Mega Review
The Element Mega comes in a box with a micro-USB charging cable, an aux cable, and a user manual. No other accessories come with the unit – this bare bones Betty is all about the sound.
Featuring Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and NFC technology, pairing takes no time at all and remains free of headaches or any major snafus.
On the top of the unit, you will find playback controls for skipping tracks, adjusting volume, and pausing or resuming a track. There’s also a mode button for wireless pairing or using the 3.5 mm aux input.
Flipping the unit around, the back plate of the speaker reveals the line-in aux port, a power on/off switch, and the USB charging port. There’s also an micro-SDHC memory card slot supporting cards up to 64 GB.
Inside the speaker, two 53 mm drivers dish out an impressive amount of volume. To an obscene degree. This speaker is just plain LOUD. You could probably knock some walls down with this baby, Jericho-style.
Natural and lifelike, the low end of the frequency range resounds with relatively good fidelity (for a bluetooth speaker). Thanks to those 53 mm drivers, there’s a great bass response at play here. And unlike other speakers at this price point, the Element Mega actually features good control with no bleed. This results in a bass response that never seems too muddy or overstated, but pleasingly precise and enjoyably exacting.
Admittedly, there is some distortion in the midrange. However, this is not a total dealbreaker, but it’s there and the mids sound a little lackluster because of it. At lower volumes, the tonality seems less distorted, and the sound only seems to suffer at really high volumes. For a $50 Bluetooth speaker, though, this sound remains pretty awesome.
The high end sports clear detail with surprisingly high resolution. Here detail verges on sparkling at time, with an almost analytical edge to it. Good for vocals or instrumentation, the sound is bright enough where it should be but never too harsh or uncomfortable (and still nails the strings in my test tracks).
Can a Bluetooth speaker have a sense of soundstage? The Tronsmart Mega struggles to deliver a truly good, spacious sound. However, there’s clearly a tangible sense of depth hiding inside this small speaker. While not fantastic, that hint of realism vastly improves upon the average listening session.
There are cheaper Bluetooth speakers out there, I’m sure. Normally, I would go on Amazon and throw out some names of cheaper speakers here. But what would be the point? The Tronsmart Mega delivers a truly impressive sound. Objectively speaking, the sound is decent. The fact that this sound will only run you a freakishly-feasible forty five bucks only sweetens the deal.
If you simply must have waterpoofing, the JBL Clip 2 and Flip 4 might offer two alternatives at $59 and $99, respectively. Neither of these options deliver a sound this rich, though, with such a robust, resounding low end.
For $49, you could do a lot worse than the Tronsmart Element Mega. But for $100, you couldn’t do any better, and that’s the telling part. For the money, this portable Bluetooth speaker packs a punch that will leave your ears reeling and your music library exhausted. My take? Snap this dime up as fast as you can – but not before I get mine.
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