Huawei Sound now available for £199.99 – The Huawei X Devialet collab has more connectivity, still no Spotify streaming – What else is different vs Sound X?

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I loved the Huawei Sound X, it has an awesome room-filling sound with incredible bass making it the best Bluetooth speaker I have reviewed. However, it was just that, a Bluetooth speaker, and with a £300 price tag at the time of launch, it wasn’t cheap either.

You can now buy it for just £179 from Amazon, which makes it a much more appealing buy and well worth it even if it is “only” a Bluetooth speaker.

The new Huawei Sound minus an X was announced last year during the Mate 40 Series launch event.

The new speaker is smaller but claims to offer enhanced full-bodied audio immersion, though I am not sure how it will sound vs the Huawei Sound X.

Huawei Sound vs Sound X dimensions & weight

It weights just 2.2Kg making it less than half the weight of the Sound X at 5.5 kg while having dimensions of 147 mm in diameter and 186.7 mm in height, while the Sound X is 165mm and 203mm.

Huawei Sound vs Sound X speaker configuration and frequency response

The smaller speaker doesn’t have quite the same range, with 55 hz  40 Khz vs 40 hz – 40 Khz.

The speaker configuration is different too, with:

  • Huawei Sound – 1 woofer, 3 full-range speakers, 2 passive units
  • Huawei Sound X – 2 woofers and 6 full-range speakers

Huawei Sound vs Sound X Connectivity

The big improvement is connectivity, but it is possibly not quite the ideal solution.

The Sound X has both Bluetooth / UPnP. The Huawei Sound now has a 3.5 mm AUX-in giving you the option to wire it up to something that provides the connectivity you likely wanted in the first place. The likely candidate for this would be any of the Amazon Echo Dot options, using the 3.5mm for the audio out. This would then give you a full smart speaker with Spotify integration

Huawei Sound vs Sound X Price and Availability – Plus £50 discount

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HUAWEI Sound X Speaker, Devialet Dual Woofers Wireless...
  • HUAWEI Sound X harnesses the power of Devialet's...
  • HUAWEI Sound X packs a far more powerful punch...
  • Thanks to Devialet's Push-Push Acoustic Design,...
  • The speaker is fitted with six powerful tweeters...

The Huawei Sound launches for £100 lower than the RRP of the Sound X, coming in at £199 vs £299, but the Sound X is available on Amazon for £179.

However, Huawei have a voucher on their store which will take £50 off, taking it down to just £149.99

Full Press Release

Huawei released a new wireless speaker in its HUAWEI Sound Series, a collaboration with acoustics giant Devialet, at the Mate 40 Series Global Launch Event in October 2020. The two companies had partnered to launch the HUAWEI Sound X in 2019, which as the first-ever premium wireless speaker has made top-notch audio and acoustics technology broadly accessible to ordinary users and audiophiles alike.

The next-generation HUAWEI Sound is the crown jewel of the fruitful Huawei X Devialet partnership, with all of its loudspeakers adopting Devialet-patented acoustic designs for even greater immersion. The HUAWEI Sound is considerably smaller than the Sound X, but delivers enhanced full-bodied audio immersion, serving as a testament to Huawei and Devialet's unique and complementary capabilities.

Compact body that packs a wallop

This latest-generation product adopts an inventive four-speaker acoustic design, the result of Devialet's unmatched prowess in the field, with a 4-inch 40W woofer and three full-range 5W loudspeakers working in conjunction. Despite HUAWEI Sound's remarkably understated appearance, it generates an astounding amount of power, thanks to Devialet's Push-Push configuration, in which two passive radiators reinforce each other to counteract backwave vibrations. This substantially reduces the presence of distortion resulting from the diaphragms' reverberations, and ensures unrivalled stability under high volume settings at up to 90 dB, producing strikingly pristine and distortion-free audio at all times.

Strong bass has been a consistent highlight on the HUAWEI Sound series, and this all-new product only raises the bar, by incorporating advanced Devialet's SAM® technology, and a first-ever “1 woofer + 2 passive units” structure. This highly intricate acoustics model exercises meticulous modeling and displacement controls over the woofer and passive radiators, to ensure maximally-large simultaneous vibrations on top of distortion-free low frequencies and a wide dynamic range. As a result, bass tones are deeper and fuller on HUAWEI Sound.

Advanced SAM® technology facilitates heightened immersion, absorbing the listener in a taste of a live concert experience, from the comfort of the living room. Bolstered by Devialet SAM® and Push-Push design, HUAWEI Sound generates audio that projects boundless power and authority, while maintaining a stunning degree of fidelity, representing an extraordinary new paradigm for a wireless speaker.

Devialet SPACE™ technology, for genuine 360° surround sound

The all-new HUAWEI Sound packs three evenly spaced (i.e. at 120° angles) full-range tweeters, complemented by Devialet SPACETM Technology, capable of filling a room with lyrical, 360° surround sound, for an in-person listening experience reminiscent of that at a grand concert hall.

SPACE™ confounds the traditional notion that surround sound requires multiple strategically placed speakers throughout the room, by separating the input signal into direct sound, reflected sound and ambient noise, via a dedicated algorithm. The three different directionally oriented speakers then receive signal based on the location of the listener, and together create astounding surround sound effects from a single device, transcending the inherent spatial limitations of any room1.

On top of that, HUAWEI Sound offers four enriching sound effects: Devialet SPACETM Soundstage, Vocals, Hi-Fi, and Bass, which add fresh-new flavours to any piece of music, from symphonies and arias to rock songs! These settings are remarkably easy to configure in the HUAWEI AI Life app.

More ways to connect, with improved tap-to-transfer audio transmission

HUAWEI Sound also offers unmatched convenience, by coming equipped with a diverse array of connectivity capabilities, including Bluetooth (LDAC), UPnP, and 3.5 mm AUX-in connections2

HUAWEI Sound also incorporates the tap-to-transfer feature, through which the user can direct phone audio playback to the speaker in the blink of an eye, simply by tapping the phone against the speaker body. LDAC is also supported, which allows for high-definition Bluetooth transmission at up to 990 kbps (theoretical value), triple that under standard Bluetooth3.

Classic, Devialet-characteristic design

HUAWEI Sound inherits the premium style of the previous Sound X, with a specialised coating that crafts a sleek, shiny surface reminiscent of that on a grand piano. The lower portion of the body is coated with a glossy fiber grid cloth, for free and easy sound transmission, as well as protection against dust infiltration and splashes. Music played on HUAWEI Sound has the effect of transporting the listener to the scene of a live concert — an intimate but majestic experience.

HUAWEI Sound incorporates Huawei's unparalleled prowess in communications technology and Devialet's leading acoustics capabilities, to deliver a listening experience that is as evocative as it is unique. Its release ushers in a new era for wireless Hi-Fi, in which the emotional resonance of our favourite songs and sounds can be faithfully reproduced by a compact, home-bound Hi-Fi speaker.

Pricing and Availability

HUAWEI Sound (RRP £199.99) launches in the UK on the 1st April 2021, and is available from the Huawei Store only. Customers who purchase the HUAWEI Sound between 1st April and 13th April will receive £50 off their order (a voucher code will be shown between these dates on the ‘buy’ page. Customers will need to enter this code during checkout to redeem the offer.).

Last update on 2021-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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