Paycheques, RAM, pizzas – all these things prove the adage that bigger is better.
Addon appears to have taken a similar approach to its Audio Pro T5 wireless speaker, which looks like a beefed-up version of the Audio Pro T3.
The company’s T3 wireless speaker was a recent What Hi-Fi? Award-winner in the sub-£200 category, earning praise for its comfortable and communicative sound.
It’s fair to say that expectations are high for the similarly-priced T5, which is just a bit bigger, but doesn’t have the T3’s portability.
Bluetooth is king right now in the world of wireless, and the T5 comes with Bluetooth 4.0. It has a plug-in-and play approach – pairing with other devices is simple; just hold down the dedicated button on the top of the speaker.
This USB is only for power, so you won’t be able to use it for playback.There’s also a USB port on the back so you can plug in a Google Cast device or simply charge your phone.
However, unlike the smaller T3 model, the T5 doesn’t have an in-built battery, so this isn’t a speaker to be taking out and about with you.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick Interstellar revolves around space and time, and Hans Zimmer’s score for the film reflects that. Playing the song Mountains, the T5 has enough heft in its wide presentation to convey the authority of the music.
It’s also got a good sense of timing, and that’s certainly vital here.
According to movie buffs, each tick in the track (there’s one every 1.25 seconds) represents how each second that astronaut Joseph Cooper spends on the ocean planet is an entire day on earth. The T5 keeps the pace nicely, never missing a beat.
It’s immediately noticeable that there is more emphasis on the drumbeats.
The T5 has a touch more insight too, revealing the multiple layers to the swooshing sound effect that punctuates each verse.
On acoustic songs like Lady Gaga’s Joanne, there’s more transparency to the soft drums and the squeak of the guitar’s chords changes.
We crank up the volume and play AC/DC’s It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ‘N’ Roll) the T5 takes the high bagpipes and the distorted guitar in its stride, delivering a solid sound.
The T5 has a good kick to it, especially in the lower frequencies.
Play something upbeat and you’ll probably find your head nodding along within a couple of minutes – but it doesn’t overstretch its boundaries by getting too aggressive as the volume rises.
If you’re looking for an impressive stationary speaker, we can’t see a reason why you’d shy away from the Audio Pro T5.
You’ll be hard pressed to get something much better without dipping a lot deeper into your piggy bank.