Top positive review
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Best looking and sounding speaker I’ve heard so far
on February 6, 2018
I’m one of those “I don’t usually write reviews” people, but I love this speaker so much that I really wanted to share one.
The sound: excellent! Everything simply sounds rich and full on the C10. Bass is deep but not overwhelming. Treble is crisp. The balance is just right from highs to lows. However, if you do feel the need to adjust you can do so in the app. There’s also a subwoofer input on the rear, but I can’t imagine needing one as this gets LOUD. It easily fills my entire living room and doesn’t distort at all.
Look: it’s definitely a very minimal looking speaker, which I love. I’ve gotten several compliments and questions about who makes it. The grey color is gorgeous but looking at the photos of the black version, I’m sure it looks equally nice. There’s a whole bunch of buttons on top to control power, input, volume etc. they all feel nice and not cheap at all.
Connectivity: you have to use the AP app to set up, which was pretty easy. It connects to your wireless network which I’ve found to work just fine. There’s connections for rca/line-in for turntables (tho you still need a preamp for that) and an aux/3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth and airplay. I have my amazon dot connected via aux and have had no issues. The app lets you connect to Spotify (just transfers you to the Spotify app to use connect), your phone library, Apple Music (again transfers you to music app on your iphone) and a few other services. Absent is pandora which isn’t available abroad so it’s not listed - though you can easily play via a connected echo. Airplay is supported as well so you can pretty much stream/play anything locally from any Apple device connected to WiFi. Airplay sound is lossless and simply destroys Bluetooth, which I find makes everything sound flat and muddy.
The only thing I don’t like is that the unit goes into standby mode after about 20 minutes of not being used. This means that “always on” devices like an echo dot will stop responding (if connected via aux like mine) when the unit goes into standby, so you have to wake it up by pressing the power button or opening the app. It’s a bit frustrating, but not a dealbreaker. I thought mine might have had a defect initially, but AP customer service responded to my question quickly and told me that standby mode is required for all devices made abroad as part of EU power regulations. I can overlook this because the unit just sounds and looks so great otherwise. I was using a fluance fi50 before this and the C10 has a much better, fuller sound and the airplay completes the package.
As a person who has gone through several speakers previously, this one is my top pick so far.