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TDK TREK A26 Ultra-Portable Wireless Speaker Review

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   We are literally just a few weeks away from Christmas and since all of us here happen to consider that season as the best and most cheerful time of the year we’ve decided to spend a weekend on the mountain away from technology and more specifically computers and TV. Personally i like the idea since i do need some time off to relax but I’m not about to leave here entirely unprepared and so because of that for the past 2 weeks we've been doing our best to get our hands on as many portable devices as possible that can help us enjoy our time there while at the same time making us feel safer. TDK has been in the business of designing and manufacturing high performance wireless speaker systems for quite some time now but until just recently they didn't offer something really tiny in their product line. It seems however that TDK listens to their consumer base and so the latest TREK A26 Ultra-Portable Wireless Speaker is here to change that.

 

   TDK Life on Record, a leading global brand with a rich audio legacy, is dedicated to personalizing and enhancing audiophiles’ ever-evolving digital music lifestyles. TDK Life on Record audio products are carefully crafted to focus on performance, marrying a clean, striking design with the precision and flexibility of modern technology. This world-class line of premium audio products delivers a warm, authentic, high-fidelity entertainment experience. The TDK Life on Record logo is a trademark owned by TDK Corporation and is licensed exclusively to Imation Corp., a leading global developer and marketer of brands that empower people to capture, save and enjoy digital information. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

 

   When TDK announced the release of the TREK A26 to us a few months back it was a pleasant surprise but not really a new concept since we are talking about basically the cut-down version of TDKs acclaimed A33 weatherproof wireless speaker which is placed in the same ballpark as the Boombox and A360 portable speakers, size-wise that is. However TDK did notice that although quite impressive their wireless solutions were not portable enough for some people and so what better way than to take the design of an award winning product and just shrink it down a bit? Well i haven't used/tested the A33 up till this day (will try too however soon) so i really can't make any comments regarding its performance (i only know for certain that it has won multiple awards worldwide) but the A26 retains the IP64 weatherproof certification of its enclosure and comes featuring Bluetooth v4.0 (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP/HFP), NFC (Near Field Communication), two 1.5" full range drivers and two 2" passive radiators that output a total of 6W. On top of that under the hood an NiMH rechargeable battery is responsible for keeping the A26 running for up to 6 hours so things couldn't get much if at all better. How does it perform? Well let's find out shall we?