Durability, great sound quality, reasonable price, and weatherproof casing are some of the strong selling points of the new TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34 Wireless Speaker. It is the upgraded version of the previous model, A33. It packs several improvements related to the battery power and button controls. Check out this review to learn more about the performance of this A34 speaker.
Design and Features
The A34 speaker features a rugged masculine design with the all-black casing. There is a metal grill that wraps around the unit. An additional material of firm silicone makes it highly resistant to water. It has a weatherproof feature with a rating of IP64. The tank-like build also makes it very durable. It will not go kaput even when dropped on the floor. At a dimension of 5.2 inches x 11.85 inches x 5.13 inches, it is quite compact and fits well for outdoor usage. It feels sturdy with a quite hefty weight of 2.7 pounds. The rubber feet gives firm stand on a table. You will receive a one-year limited warranty with the purchase.
On top of the Trek Max A34 speaker, there are several control buttons. You will find pause, forward, reverse, volume, Bluetooth button, speakerphone buttons. The difference between A33 and A34 speaker is the button. For this version, you can have a direct control of the track such as play, pause, and skip. The Volume Up and Down buttons come with a set of light indicators. The light goes increasingly brighter as you tune up the volume. You should also know that there are two separate buttons for the On and battery. When the On button for the battery is off, and the speaker is connected to a wall plug, it does not drain the battery. If you decide to purchase it, you will also receive an AC adapter for direct power outlet charging.
- Weather-resistant design
- Integrated subwoofer
- Built-in NFC Technology
- Rechargeable battery with eight hours of playtime
- Works with both Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth devices
- Integrated microphone for a hands-free conversation
- One year US limited warranty
TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker has received a rave reviews from the users. It is the top choice in the mid-range speaker category due to the exceptional sound quality and long battery powers. It is a reliable and versatile speaker for both indoor and outdoor purposes.
When it comes to the audio output, many users have attested to the excellent performance of this A34 speaker. It wraps the sound emission quite well and can output a 15W of sound that is loud and clear. It comes with a powered, dedicated subwoofer that results in a dynamic and rock solid audio. While some speakers can only cater for a specific music genre, this particular wireless speaker delivers optimum audio range for all sorts of music types. Many users loved the balanced mids and highs. Plus, the vocals are also sharp and loud. If you are to play at a maximum level, it still does not lose the audio quality. In fact, some users even compared the performance of A34 to Bose Soundlink. They both are almost at par. However, in such comparison, the A34 might be less powerful on the bass aspect. To be fair, it is still punchy and satisfying to the ears of average listeners. Overall, it is a great little speaker that can produce a bombastic sound that easily fills a room. It is not to a standard of audiophile quality but sufficient for regular outdoor and indoor usage.
Portability & Durability
When looked from the portability aspect, the A34 wireless speaker is quite compact. It fits easily in your backpack for you to carry it out with you to the pool, park or beach. However, the weight can be quite challenging for a long lifting. Nevertheless, the IP64 rating makes this speaker an ideal companion for your picnic or kayaking activities. The water-resistant body casing protects the interior components from dust and water. It can survive raindrops or pool splashing but just remember not to leave it submerged under the water.
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One of the major upgrades that the Trek Max speaker has to offer is the long battery life. When fully charged, it can last up to eight hours. The speaker features a replaceable nickel-metal hydride battery. It is easy to charge it. Since it comes with dual charging – AC adapter and USB – you can choose either one accordingly. It takes several hours for it reach the maximum capacity. You will see a yellow light that flashes while charging. At 100%, the LED light will automatically turn off. It will also turn off when you shut off the Battery On button on the unit.
As a wireless speaker, the A34 speaker can connect with many Bluetooth-enabled devices to stream music. With the 3.5mm auxiliary input, you can also connect to other non-Bluetooth MP3 players. Besides than playing music, the wireless functionality also works with the built-in microphone. It provides a hands-free experience with the integrated microphone. It allows you to talk on your phone without having to hold it. The Bluetooth connection comes in two different methods. You can either use the manual connection method or activates it with a single NFC touch.
Pairing is also easy with Android or Apple smartphones. You can turn on the Bluetooth button, and the speaker will appear on the list on your phone. You can also enable the NFC and tap your smartphone to the speaker to establish wireless connectivity. Performance wise, the wireless range is quite long and stable. It can remember the previously connected device. However, it can also be quite buggy especially if you are to move the speaker around from one room to another. For improvement sake, we wish the next model comes with simultaneous connectivity. Meaning, it should allow the speaker to connect to two devices at the same time for a comprehensive music system.
Pros and Cons
We have listed the advantages and disadvantages of the speaker in this review.
Pros – Loud volume output, punchy bass, reasonable price, durable casing, water resistant, very versatile with dual charging, long battery hours, replaceable battery, direct button controls
Cons – Does not support multiple devices, faulty ‘On’ button and flakey wireless connection when moved from one room to another
As a summary, we think that the TDK Life on Record Trek Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker does not disappoint at all. The reasonable price does not compromise the performance. It offers several upgraded features that many users can appreciate. It can emit loud and clear sounds with balanced stereo and bass. It is, indeed, one of the great product choices that are available out there in the mid-range speakers category. We highly recommend it to all music lovers!