clark3rd wrote:I got one last time, a couple of months ago. Sounds good, except one side of the speakers doesn't work. I sent an email to Pyle asking if it should work and I got, in the words of Genesis, no reply at all. So, good luck on your purchase and here's hoping your unit fully works.
This device is oddly constructed with regards to the buttons & speakers. With the device standing/hanging and the buttons facing you, there are two powered drivers on the left side and two passive radiators on the right. This would be why you didn't notice sound coming out of that side; in reality those passive radiators aid in reproducing low frequencies (bass) so place that side against a flat surface. I'll mention the controls below in my full review.
So I bought one of these a month or two ago, and I generally like it. It sounds good (particularly in the shower), has long battery life (I recharge it once a week and it has never died on me), and sufficient range (the audio player I use is in the next room, not too far away but I've never had any connection issues). Mostly, the fact that it's water-resistant and can be controlled in the shower (changing volume & skipping tracks) are what sold it for me.
The odd things are the speaker positions as described above and the controls. The arrangement of the speakers mean that it's possible to have them or the controls facing away from the user, which is inconvenient at the very least. If I hung it at the opposite end of the shower rod that would either put the controls away from me where I couldn't reach them, or the speakers against the wall, muffling the audio output. This (and the controls) limits the convenience & usability of the device.
Regarding the controls, there are three buttons (power, back/down, forward/up) and the charging port. These 4 objects should really be reversed, because when the unit is hanging/standing the down button is on top and vice-versa. Look at any remote control in your house: if you want to lower the volume, do you press the button on top? Nope, but on this device that's how it works! And imagine skipping to the next station/channel by pressing the button on the left! It works, technically, but is counter-intuitive.
Finally, the worst thing about the controls, and this unit, are that the forward/back buttons are dual-function; one button controls both volume and track skipping. It's nice to be able to skip tracks remotely but the buttons should really be separate. On this device a tap/short press controls tracks, and a hold/long press controls volume. The problem is that a hold will often be interpreted as a tap, so an attempt to adjust volume in the middle of a track will often skip to the beginning or next track. This is even after you've held the button and clearly hear the volume adjustment; the device does both functions with the single activation of one of the buttons. This is why they really should've added two extra buttons and separated the controls. Plus, having volume control attached to the "hold" input is imprecise, and often you overshoot the desired volume and have to use the opposite button to readjust, which increases the likelihood of inadvertently skipping tracks.
I have another bluetooth speaker from Woot (by "Braven") that is actually very similar in functionality: two active drivers, two passive drivers, a pair of dual-function buttons. However, the controls on the buttons are reversed compared to the Pyle: you tap to adjust volume in steps, and hold to skip tracks. This is how it should work, and it does indeed work perfectly.
I like both units, and am going to continue using the Pyle one because it's the only such device I have that's shower-safe, but I will never be happy about the control configuration of this thing.