Audio Pro G10 Review: A Scandi smart speaker

Verdict

Sound enhancements in addition to the addition of smarts and wider multi-room help over the earlier mannequin make the Audio Professional G10 a greater wi-fi speaker than its predecessor.

Professionals

  • Nice sound
  • Constructed-in smarts
  • Good-looking seems to be
  • Multi-room help

Cons

  • Dearer than earlier mannequin
  • Chromecast downsamples Tidal Grasp tracks

Key Options


  • Multi-roomHelps Google and Apple multi-room ecosystems

  • Google AssistantGoogle’s digital butler is inbuilt and will be summoned hands-free or through a button

Previously couple of years, Audio Professional has taken to revisiting its older merchandise and giving them a spruce-up.

One of many newest fashions to obtain a refresh is the A10 – or, as the brand new mannequin is named, the G10. The G10 matches the A10 within the seems to be division, however the place the older A10 lacked built-in smarts and a coterie of streaming choices, the brand new G10 options AirPlay 2, Chromecast and sensible help from Google.

To our ears there’s a change in how the speaker sounds, too. Are the tweaks and new additions an enchancment, or ought to Audio Professional have left properly sufficient alone?

Availability

  • UKRRP: £225
  • USAunavailable
  • EuropeRRP: €200
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

The G10 was introduced in October 2020 and went on sale in November of the identical yr for £225.

  • Engaging, minimalist seems to be
  • Very straightforward to function
  • No preset buttons

What to say in regards to the G10 that I didn’t already comment upon with the A10? They’re just about similar.

Each sport a cylindrical form, and just like the A10, the G10’s small footprint helps with positioning the unit. Given it has a trailing mains cable and no built-in battery, will probably be restricted a little bit within the variety of locations it may possibly attain, nevertheless. Bookshelves, tables and usually low-reaching cabinets needs to be tremendous. That mentioned, the facility cable is decently lengthy by itself.

Audio Pro G10 alongside the previous A10 model

Aesthetically, the G10 is in line with its A10 forebear. Accessible in gentle and darkish gray finishes, the colourways are ever so barely completely different (lighter and darker, in each cases). The material that wraps across the speaker as soon as once more has a barely coarse really feel to it, nevertheless it’s subtly completely different by way of the way it’s knitted collectively. That seems to be the theme with the G10 – related, but additionally subtly completely different.

Buttons are situated on the audio system’ high plate – there’s no distant included – and these have additionally been tweaked. Their placement has shifted in direction of the center, with the Audio Professional brand now assigned in direction of the underside.

Buttons on the top plate of Audio Pro G10 speaker

The association of the buttons is completely different, too – the 4 preset buttons are gone and there’s now a microphone button (for privateness), a ‘Push to Speak’ button to interact with Google Assistant, together with the same old coterie of playback, quantity, Bluetooth pairing and supply choice buttons. Beneath are little LEDs that point out which mode (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AUX) the G10 is in. Simplicity outlined.

The LED indicators on the high differ from earlier than – there are solely 4, which I feel is healthier with regards to determining quantity ranges. They blink and flash whenever you interact with Google Assistant or press a button, offering some visible suggestions. Both aspect of the LEDs are tiny little microphones that you just’d possible suppose are little screw holes.

Rear shot of wall mount and reset button on Audio Pro G10 wireless speaker

Across the again is a socket for a wall bracket, whereas the Join button has been changed by a Reset button – the explanation why I’ll go into within the subsequent part. Proper on the base of the speaker is the facility socket and an AUX connection, whereas at 1.5kg, the A10 and G10 weigh precisely the identical.

The G10 is similar fetching-looking speaker because it was in its earlier incarnation, and I like that. The adjustments listed below are principally refined and don’t mess with what was (and is) a reasonably neat and trendy look. As you’d count on from a Swedish firm, the G10 is slightly Scandi and minimalist in its outlook.

  • Clean Google Assistant integration
  • Google and Apple multi-room
  • Helps Chromecast

So, about that Join/Reset button. It’s a small change that has a big influence. The Join button on the A10 enabled the speaker to affix Audio Professional’s internet of related audio system. With Google onboard, that’s now not doable.

Whereas the G10 doesn’t work with Audio Professional’s personal multi-room speaker system, then, it’s now included into the Google House community, which provides built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast help. The EQ customisation inside the Google House app is slightly restricted although, with a slider for bass and treble the one choices.

Audio Pro G10 in the Google Home app

Google Assistant will be activated both hands-free with the “Hey Google” or “OK Google” phrase, or by tapping the ‘Push to speak’ button on the speaker. Activation and getting data from the digital assistant labored easily throughout testing, the speaker’s microphones capable of decide up my voice from throughout the room with out subject. Partaking with Google Assistant does pause music whereas she listens to your question, although.

Google start chime on Audio Pro G10

Additional wi-fi choices come by the use of Bluetooth 5.zero and AirPlay 2. The latter is an improve over the A10’s AirPlay, bringing with it Apple’s multi-room help. If in case you have an A10 and are questioning if it may be grouped with the G10, the reply is not any – multi-room doesn’t transcend the completely different AirPlay generations.

Physical connections on the Audio Pro G10 wireless speaker

Across the again is a Three.5mm jack for those who fancy plugging straight into the speaker, particularly helpful if you wish to play high-quality music information. Talking of: file help matches the A10 in MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC and Apple Lossless. Meaning the G10 can play tracks as much as lossless high quality and with AirPlay 2 and Apple Lossless onboard, that places the speaker in good condition for making the most of Apple Music’s higher-quality tracks.

  • Punchy, full-sounding tone
  • Improved efficiency with vocals
  • Strong bass

The Audio Professional G10 shares the identical driver set-up because the A10 with its 1.25-inch BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) and Three-inch woofer. My presumption was it might sound pretty related, however Audio Professional has tuned the G10 to wring out a greater efficiency, significantly with vocals.

Utilizing an iPad Professional to ship music to each audio system over a Bluetooth connection, the G10 delivers a punchier efficiency that leaves the A10 sounding light-weight by comparability. The G10 sounds greater and describes music with extra weight.

Detail shot of fabric on Audio Pro G10

It handles vocals higher, too, and it strikes a fuller, extra textured tone with Regina Spektor’s voice in her cowl of Whereas My Guitar Gently Weeps, whereas the A10 is thinner in its description.

Maybe one regard the place the A10 ekes out barely higher efficiency is with low-level element/background element. The weightier tone of the G10 can current itself as a bit thick, obscuring element barely the place the A10 has a lighter contact, so it may possibly scrub up some extra element with readability too.

Given the conical form of the G10, the soundstage it creates is slender slightly than huge, so any sense of stereo imaging is off the desk. However regardless of that lack of width, this isn’t a speaker the place the soundstage turns into congested or cluttered.

A monitor reminiscent of Surprise Lady, a Name to Stand / A World Woke up exhibits a superb sense of readability, element and constancy, regardless of the hurly burly nature of the monitor. It’s higher for those who’re face on to the speaker, too – whereas it’s fairly constant in dispersing sound, it isn’t a 360-degree supply.

shot of Audio Pro G10 from below

Bass was a weaker facet of the A10’s and it’s rather more assertively conveyed with the G10. Initially I felt it lacked variation, however that’s not true. Bass hits more durable, and there’s variation on supply so low-end frequencies don’t develop into totally one word. Nonetheless, what its bass efficiency does lack is way in the way in which of depth and extension.

Tonally, the mid-range comes throughout naturally sufficient; the guitar in Tom Morello’s cowl of Voodoo Little one is evident and detailed, and the G10 handles voices – female and male – with readability, smoothness and confidence. The one sense of sibilance obvious is when the quantity is turned up in direction of its most. Treble notes stand out above the fray, outlined properly and with readability, avoiding any harshness or dullness.

Dynamically it provides an entertaining sense of quiet and loud, and rhythmically it may possibly maintain its personal with quick, energetic tracks with its good sense of timing and entertaining stream.

Audio Pro G10 in its dark grey finish

It’s pretty constant throughout the completely different wi-fi connections, though to my ears Chromecast sounded greatest, adopted by Bluetooth and AirPlay 2. Each Water Travellers from Joe Hisaishi’s Dream Songs album and What’s Grief from the Wandavision soundtrack through AirPlay sounded a little bit too crisp on the expense of element, whereas casting to the G10 struck a greater stability by way of element, tone and dynamism.

Chromecasting Tidal Master to Audio Pro G10
Tidal Grasp tracks are downsampled to HiFi tier when utilizing Chromecast

Nonetheless, a problem with Chromecast is that it downsamples Tidal Grasp tracks to CD high quality, whereas on an iPad Professional not less than, taking part in the identical monitor over AirPlay 2 seems to be carried out bit-perfectly. That apart, the G10 is an enchancment over the A10. In case you’re after a wi-fi speaker with smarts and multi-room capabilities, then the Audio Professional G10 hits the fitting spot.

Must you purchase it?

You desire a sensible speaker with entertaining sound The G10 makes enhancements in the fitting areas for a greater music efficiency over the A10. It seems to be enticing, and with the addition of built-in smarts, it’s a way more succesful and handy wi-fi speaker. It ticks all the fitting packing containers.

You’re not desirous about smarts Not everybody wants or needs a wise speaker, and if that’s you then the addition of Google smarts received’t attraction – though you’re not as properly stocked by way of direct options given the all-pervasive nature of smarts.

Remaining Ideas

Sound enhancements in addition to the addition of smarts and wider multi-room help over the earlier mannequin make the Audio Professional G10 a greater total wi-fi speaker package deal than its predecessor.

FAQs

Does the Audio Professional G10 help Amazon Alexa?

No, the G10 options Google Assistant so that you received’t be capable of get Alexa functioning with this speaker.

What color choices is the Audio Professional G10 out there in?

You bought gentle gray and darkish gray variations of the speaker. Each price the identical.

What multiroom choices does the Audio Professional G10 help?

The G10 works inside the Google multi-room system through the Google House app, in addition to iOS by Apple AirPlay 2.

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AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is the second era of Apple’s proprietary wi-fi streaming tech, which is constructed into all of its merchandise (and supported by many others). It’s designed to go content material out of your Apple system – music, video and pictures – to a appropriate receiver over your Wi-Fi community reminiscent of a TV, wi-fi speaker, AV receiver and so forth.

Multiroom audio

Multi-room refers back to the act of grouping wi-fi audio methods collectively to play/management music all through a house. For instance, Multi-room methods can enable for a similar piece of music to be performed on all related methods, or completely different music performed on every particular person speaker.

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