This article highlights the most important results of our testing. For more details about our Speaker protocol, click here. The Station scored well above the bottom-dwelling Baidu Xiaodu Smart Speaker at 48 but quite a ways down the rankings from the top performer in this range, the Amazon Echo Studio, which scored However, it received the highest score for one attribute — volume. Muffled treble and a lack of bass, especially in the party use case, pulled down its overall score.
Our engineers also noted that there was very little punch at nominal volume. DXOMARK timbre tests measure how well a wireless speaker reproduces sound across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency. The Yandex Station earned a below-average score for timbre. Tonal balance was impaired by a lack of low-end extension, especially in the party use case. Further, the tonal balance is muffled because of a lack of high-end extension, which as a consequence leads to a lack of clarity.
Midrange is inconsistent, with the low midrange being too prominent. Dynamics Yandex Station. Our dynamics tests measure how well a device reproduces the energy level of a sound source, taking into account attack, bass precision and punch. The Yandex Station was again below average in this sub-category. The lack of low-end extension impairs bass precision, and a high-end extension impairs the attack. Punch was average, but weaker at nominal volume such as in the relaxing use case, when you might be listening to quiet background music.
Instruments with more midrange prominence piano and snare drums, for example show a more precise attack. Please note that wideness is 0 on mono speakers and speakers that cannot deliver a significant stereo effect. On the plus side, distance performance was quite good when listening to a podcast, but when listening to music, voices sounded further away because of the inconsistent midrange. Localizability was impaired because of a lack of clarity in high-end extension.
Our volume tests measure both the maximum loudness a speaker is able to produce and how smoothly volume increases and decreases based on user input. Here are sound pressure levels we measured when playing our sample recordings of hip-hop and classical music at maximum volume:.
Our artifacts tests measure how much source audio is distorted when played back, along with such other sound artifacts as noise, pumping effects, and clipping. Distortion and other artifacts can occur both because of sound processing and because of the quality of the speakers. The Yandex Station had an average score for artifacts.
One major caveat here: the lag resulting from Bluetooth means we that we cannot recommend using it as a device to provide audio for videos or movies, as it will be slightly out of sync. Our engineers also noted some pumping at maximum volume. Outside of excellent volume consistency, relatively high maximum volume, and good distance performance while playing podcasts, it does not get high marks.
Tonal balance is impaired by muffled treble and a lack of bass, especially in the party use case. Read more about our Comment Policy. The first buyers of the new Yandex. Station Mini will also receive free Yandex Plus subscription for three months. They can also use the streaming media player to view other videos and TV channels available online or listen to their favorite music.
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This item has an extended handling time and a delivery estimate greater than business days. Please allow additional time if international delivery is. Audio Inputs: mm Jack, AUX. Compatible Brand: Yandex ; Smart Home Compatibility: Alice. Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ; Type: Smart Speaker. RMS Power: 10 W. Yandex Station Speaker test: Loud but not refined · Five speakers: two 10W front-firing tweeters, two low-frequency front-firing passive speakers.