Music in the palm of your hand…Matrix portable speakers impress!
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Music in the palm of your hand…Matrix portable speakers impress!

When I first got the Matrix Audio nrg and One speakers I admit I was a bit skeptical. They are little plastic balls not much bigger than a golf ball..what kind of sound am I going to get from these little gadgets.

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Let’s start with the plug-in unit..the weighs nothing and comes with a charger and a USB cable. The speaker also has a hidden audio cable with a 3.5mm plug tucked away in the bottom. Here are the specs as put forward by Matrix Audio.

  1. Patented Xcavated Bass Amplifier(XBA)
  2. Embedded universal 3.5mm auxiliary input compatible with iPod, iPad, iPhone and most other portable audio devices/phones.
  3. Powerful 40mm drivers and 3 watts output
  4. Patented buddy system enables users to attach multiple speakers for extra oooomph.
  5. Built in rechargeable battery delivers up to 14 hours playback.

The nrg was charged when I got it so I gave it a twist to extend the driver and plugged it in to my iPhone..not thinking to turn down the volume..the little speaker nearly blew me across the room it was so loud. I couldn’t believe the sound that came out of that little ball. Once I settled down the volume settings I was quite amazed at the quality of the audio good highs and treble and while not table thumping surprisingly good bass..enough for a very pleasant audio experience.

Now to the Matrix Audio One..same little ball..slightly different design..comes with Bluetooth and better specs than the nrg.

  1. Patented Xcavated Bass Amplifier (XBA)
  2. Powerful 45mm drivers and 3.5 watts output
  3. Simple bluetooth pairing with range up to 10 meters.
  4. Pick up and answer calls right off of the speaker.
  5. Change tracks and control volume on the speaker.
  6. Universal 3.5mm auxiliary input compatible with iPod, iPad, iPhone and most other portable audio devices/cell phones.
  7. Built in rechargeable battery delivers up to 14 hours playback..

The One was also charged so I tried pairing it with several devices..a HTC One s, and old HTC Desire, Google Nexus 7, iPhone and was a snap on all the devices. This time I made sure the volume was set properly before turning it on. Again, I was impressed good sound with decent bass and plenty of volume. The speakerphone function when connected to a Bluetooth phone is a terrific bonus. perfect for the office..background music and a speakerphone to boot.

The Matrix Audio nrg and One are great little personal least as good as some that sell for more than twice the price..They are perfect for the dorm, beach or patio. While they can punch out the volume I wouldn’t recommend them for a noisy party..they are after all personal speakers and really easy to use…check out this video.

These little gems are nicely priced at $29.99 for the nrg in 7 cool colours and $79.99 for the One in 4 colours.

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Linda S

    I think it would have been helpful if we could have heard the player with its own speakers first for comparison. I noticed a difference between the blue tooth and the plug in, but the quality could only be as good as my speakers so its hard to tell the quality.
    Thank you.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment.

      That is the problem trying to show the performance of things like monitors and speakers. As you say the result still is only as good as the viewer’s or listener’s equipment. That’s where I come in to give you my opinion of the comparative performance..It does require a bit of trust.



      September 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Eddie


    Will the matrix audio one work on a tablet, and are these available only online ,Thanks

    October 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment.

      Yes it will work on a Tablet as long as it has Bluetooth. So they are only available online.


      October 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm Reply
  • firefight16

    I won a NRG speaker through this contest and I agree it sounds great I would love to connect two, but now I see a better one with speakerphone! Only thing is I think the one is a tad high on price.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:11 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment..I’m glad you like the speaker. The One may seem pricey on first look but it competes with speakers selling for twice the price.


      October 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm Reply
  • Tom

    Would it be possible to review the Braven blue speaker


    February 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • tom

    Sorry, thats the Braven Bluetooth speaker

    February 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to lay my hands on one.


      February 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

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