Monoprice Soundstage 3 Speaker Connects to a Turntable, TV and Bluetooth – Newsweek
The Monoprice Soundstage 3 Portable is as much a Bluetooth speaker as an iPhone is simply a phone. The Soundstage 3 has multiple connector types that make it multifaceted and more versatile than most other Bluetooth speakers with batteries out there. It has a 3.5 mm auxiliary input, RCA inputs and optical port in addition to a wireless Bluetooth connection. With all those options, it can support audio from a TV, turntable, wired MP3 player or the latest smartphone.
Most of these uses mean it’s bound for a stationary place inside the home. But the speaker does have a handle and a battery that should provide around 10 hours of listening time. It can be as mobile as you need it to be. That all means there’s no one specific type of person Soundstage 3 Portable is for. It’s an interesting solution for those who want more than a generic Bluetooth speaker.
- Lots of connectivity options
- Minimal design resembles a classic speaker
- No volume indicator and separate volume control from input source
- Handle feels a little flimsy
Buy at Monoprice.
The Versatility of the Soundstage 3 Portable Speaker
I connected the Soundstage 3 Portable to my turntable, and it sounded great.
The Monoprice Soundstage 3 Portable speaker sounded crisp with instruments well-defined when I listened to “Fallacy Actually” by Night Moves, a band with a nostalgic classic rock vibe. The kick drum and bass guitar weren’t overpowering when the song was playing, but they were distinct and present. A lot of that is thanks to the speaker’s configuration with a woofer and dual tweeters in the front and bass ported around the back.
As I listened to song after song from my Bluetooth-connected phone, across various genres, the results were the same: a full sound with identifiable bass, a midrange presence and robust high frequencies. The bass wasn’t overpowering, but it was noticeable. Once I was satisfied with the default, wireless performance, I decided to dig into the speaker’s real value: its ports.
I connected my turntable, through a preamp, and was instantly impressed by the speaker’s performance. Even without turning up the volume past the midway point, the punch from J Dilla’s Donuts album was fantastic.
On the back of the speaker are RCA and 3.5 mm analog connections. These can be used for a whole host of devices. The inclusion of these ports means that this speaker should be relevant long into the future and could even possibly outlive the usefulness of Bluetooth 4.2. The optical port might not be able to provide the latest Dolby Atmos TV audio specs, but it would allow for a wide range of connectivity for a while.
The analog ports on the back of the speaker allow it to be used with various devices in a wide range of contexts.
If you want to get real fancy, there’s even an output for a dedicated subwoofer. This port feels a little strange to me on this $250 speaker. If you don’t already have a sub, I probably wouldn’t spend more money on one specifically for this speaker. But if you do have one not being utilized, there’s now an easy way to connect it.
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