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Pocket-friendly symphony

The Ferox are definitely the best looking and most sturdy pair of capsule speakers we’ve seen. The design is solid and minimalistic, with a slick finish.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2011 18:03 IST
Siddharth Basrur

The Ferox are definitely the best looking and most sturdy pair of capsule speakers we’ve seen. The design is solid and minimalistic, with a slick finish.

The speakers are powered via USB and are rechargeable. Razer states that the charge should last for around 12 hours. We’ve already used them off and on for over three days, and they don’t seem to be wearing down, so don’t take that claim lightly. Unlike a lot of other speakers, the Ferox speakers don’t have a magnetic base, so the pods can’t be joined together. Some may see this as an issue when travelling, but Razer has included a nice carry bag that should satisfy most users. Crank it up These speakers are surprisingly loud for their size. They also have decent bass response. They didn’t distort much when we tried them out with the iPhone 4 at full volume, but did sound a little sharp. They also started crackling when the bass-heavy parts kicked in.

However, they distorted badly when we coupled them with the Apple Macbook and pushed the volume all the way up. Still, it’s safe to say that these speakers sound really good when you don’t blast them out at full volume. We tested the Ferox with a bunch of frequencies and found that they could reproduce even a 60Hz tone! They went all the way up to 15KHz, which is impressive for pint-sized speakers.

Verdict
We really like these speakers, but the sound from the Letscom HL4003 is better. The HL4003 is as loud but not as shrill as the Ferox, and also has better bass response. However, we do like the Ferox’s design better than any other capsule speakers around. As a downside, they cost Rs 3,999 and are the most expensive capsule speakers we’ve come across so far. We give these speakers a rating of 3.5, as they’re loud and clear, look stunning and are sturdy. Points have been cut for the insane price, shrillness, lack of bass and the distortion at high volumes.

Rating ***1/2

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