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Published on January 18th, 2016 | by Greg

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Vifa’s Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker: Warm Up Your Room

One thing that many portable Bluetooth speakers have in common: they can be pretty annoying to lug around, requiring you to shove them into a bag, leave them rattling around loose, and rarely will they make much of a visual impression. It’s understandable to an extent- they are meant to withstand rough conditions often with waterproof shells that add bulk, sacrificing battery life and power to reach a compact size.

Those pre-conceptions- and most of the competition- can be set aside when checking out the Vifa Helsinki Wireless Speaker. You probably aren’t familiar with the brand- it’s not yet widely available here- but this Danish company focuses completely on their line of three wireless speakers. Other brands tend to throw out a ton of different models or make a huge range of audio gear, but Vifa’s focus is clear: chic Bluetooth accessories, a little feminine in style, well-designed and minimalist. Vifa created the trio in collaboration with Kvadrat, one of Europe’s leading textile manufacturers, and each features a ‘special-woven textile cover, giving the product a warm, rough look and feel’.

The exterior is a soft, stain-resistant wool but the speaker itself is die-cast aluminum, and comes with a lovely leather strap for easy carrying. Weighing in at about three pounds and a bit over 8 inches tall, the Helsinki boasts dual woofers and dual 55mm drivers. The audio quality is solid too- there’s Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX which offers higher-resolution music. Which means that no matter what you’re listening to, it’ll sound like you were connected directly (which is a possibility as well, thanks to the 3.5mm auxiliary input). And it sounds almost as elegant as it looks- a bit restrained compared with the boosted audio now common, but warmer, airier, and better-balanced. Hip-hop fans who want serious bass might want to look at others, but Vifa’s Bluetooth speaker is ideal especially those who like acoustic music.

Available in four color schemes- Willow Green, Misty Blue, Dusty Rose and Sandstone Grey- ours was the latter and can go with just about anything. It’s a suitable kitchen companion that can move into the living room or bedroom, and is loud enough to use anywhere in the house or office, good-looking enough to leave out for guests to admire. And with eight to ten hours of battery life between charges, you can take it to the park for a picnic and enjoy a full day of tunes. Expect to spend around $450, online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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