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Excellent sound quality, stylish, very useful with Amazon's Alexa integration
on June 24, 2017
Lately, my colleagues have been bragging about their Amazon Echo and Echo Dots. From what I understood, these devices only make shopping easier on Amazon. Since I already purchase too much from Amazon, I don’t need any help buying even more. I was still curious as to the additional capabilities of these devices so I searched for a cheaper alternative and found one from COWIN, manufacturer of some of the treasures I’ve found on Amazon. Hello COWIN DiDa!
Order to delivery took less than two days, thanks to Amazon Prime. Dida was professionally packaged to ensure no damage during transit (see photos). Included in the package were:
1 – Speaker with Amazon’s Alexa Integration
1 – Charging Cable
1 – Auxiliary Cable
1 – User Guide
1 – Registration Card
While DiDa was charging, I perused the user guide to familiarize myself with the device. The manual was easy to follow with lots of diagrams and photos for those who prefer visuals. In less than ten minutes, I completed reading the guide. I also installed the COWIN app.
After one and a half hour, DiDa was fully charged. DiDa was powered and I went through the Wi-Fi configuration. In less than five minutes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth setup were completed.
After playing a bunch of songs, I started my sound quality test. My expectations were high because other COWIN products I own produced high quality audio. The first track used was a live recording of a basso vocalist with two acoustic guitars, a flute and a clarinet. Low frequencies from the vocals were smooth. Mids from one of the acoustic guitars, flute and clarinet were sweet and soothing. Highs from the remaining acoustic guitar were crisp and sharp. So far, so good.
The next track used was heavy on bass guitar. Bass had a good punch and quite satisfying. In terms of quality sound reproduction, DiDa didn’t disappoint.
I applied Boom, a third-party equalizer to my test tracks and sound was taken to another level. Here’s a tip. When playing songs with a lot of low frequencies, don’t turn the volume too high or DiDa will start to rattle. Since I don’t like loud music, this was not an issue for me. I discovered this when I continually increased the volume beyond the level that I could tolerate for testing purposes.
Tests were conducted using the COWIN app on an iPhone 7 Plus with equalizer enabled and set to acoustic.
There is one design aspect of DiDa that is very commendable. I call it 360-degree sound. Because of the product’s ingenious design, regardless of where the product is facing, you get the same quality sound. You can be on the front, side or back and would not notice any difference in sound quality. Most other speakers have to be oriented properly so that you get the most sound out of them.
Now comes the fun part, interacting with Amazon’s Alexa through DiDa. By touching the microphone button, I could ask DiDa just about anything including weather, latest news, information on my orders, famous people, synonyms, play songs and many others. My son even tried to propose to Alexa and got rejected. Use cases with DiDa’s integration with Alexa are many including listening to news while preparing for work in the morning, quick information lookup when helping your child with homework, getting status on your Amazon orders, setting alarms, birthday greetings, listening to music and many many more. DiDa also has built-in services that you can enable or disable allowing access to services such as TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify, QQMusic, Napster and a few others. With services, I was able to listen to music from my Amazon Music and Spotify subscriptions.
DiDa has two modes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In Wi-Fi mode, DiDa uses Wi-Fi connectivity to access all the information needed from the Internet. In Bluetooth mode, you use your Bluetooth-enabled device to play songs or make and receive phone calls.
Usage is easy. The power button on the back is used to turn the device on and off. Buttons on the top include, Play/Pause, Minus, Plus, Microphone, W and M. Pressing the Minus button decreases the volume while holding it down plays the previous track. Similarly, pressing the Plus button increases the volume and holding it down plays the next track. The W button is used for configuring the device and connecting to Wi-Fi. The M button switches between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modes.
DiDa is capable of so much more with Amazon’s Alexa integration and I’ve barely touched the surface. This device will be extremely useful as Amazon improves Alexa’s capabilities. I’m glad to have followed my curiosity and took the leap with COWIN’s DiDa. My son has already claimed my current unit and I may have to purchase another one for myself.
There is one small adjustment I would like to see in the next version of this product. When pressing the Plus button to increase the volume, I would like to hear an indicator that tells me the maximum volume has been reached. Playing with many Bluetooth speakers got me used this feature and I would like to see it on DiDa.
The endless capabilities and high quality sound from COWIN’s DiDa easily garners this device 5 out of 5 stars in this review.