Boomstick review

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Everyone wants the best possible listening experience possible while enjoying it at an affordable price. There are a number of ways to achieve your perfect listening experience including investing in high-quality headphones with built-in drivers, listening to audio streams with high bitrates or spend a few extra dollars to download songs for the best quality music available. However to your average listener, high bitrates won’t make that much of a difference since they wouldn’t be able to hear much of a difference. It took me a long time just to be able to slightly tell the difference and that’s with a lot of help and concentration over the years.

That’s where BoomCloud 360’s Boomstick comes to play. Rather than focusing on bitrates, the Boom Stick uses an algorithm that improves sound quality that you can notice instantly by turning on the device. The Boomstick is no larger than an average-sized thumb drive, making it easy to carry around. You can plug it into any device with a 3.5mm audio jack which includes your phone, computer, laptop, handheld gaming devices and even your PlayStation 4 controller.

The thing I really enjoyed about the Boomstick is that it’s extremely easy to use with any pair of headphones or even earbuds. It works as a pass-through device, so when it’s off, you can still enjoy your music. You won’t have to worry about unplugging it and putting it away when the battery dies. It gave me around 12 hours of use on and off, which is great for short or long trips on the bus, train or whatever you need, and it can easily be charged via any microUSB device, giving you another 12-14 hours of use on just a bit over a two-hour charge.

You only have one button you need to use, the large circular button on the front which you lets you turn the algorithm on and off by pressing it. You will know just how much power is left since the blue LED lights will give you a rough estimate. You actually have a second mode to select from known as the “Boost” mode, which improves sound quality on earbuds or headphones that don’t quite seal in sound.

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I’ve used the Boomstick in a variety of ways including listening to music at the gym, listening to podcasts while on the subway or bus, transcribing interviews, and even gaming. You hear an improvement in quality, of course. The headphones or earbuds do make a very noticeable difference. When using a cheap pair of earbuds and using the “Boost” mode, everything sounded great, but there is a limit to just how good it can get. It made a pair of headphones I bought for 6 dollar sound like one I had for around $40.

With the Boomstick attached to your device, at times, it may sound like the audio just got a nice level boost. Other times you may notice a bigger focus on the bass, letting you enjoy more of the background music that you would normally. When listening to podcasts or working on transcribing interviews, I could hear the words that much clearer, making it a lot easier for me to pick out words that before sounded a bit mumbled and can change the whole dynamic of a sentence. When gaming I could hear everything around me clearly which was a big plus for online multiplayer shooters. There is a limit though since you won’t be able to pinpoint your opponents, but you can hear them coming. It’s surprising that this algorithm isn’t simply implemented into devices as a downloadable app, which seems simple more than plausible enough and would be cheaper for both BoomCloud 360 and the consumers,

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In the end, it comes down to what makes more sense to you. The simplicity and usefulness of the Boomstick, which is available for $99, is a great pick up that will last you through multiple headphones and earbuds you may purchase in the future. You could go out and buy a pair of high-quality headphones that can run you well over $100, depending on what features you are looking for.

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Chris Del Castillo
Chris Del Castillo 2588 posts

Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.

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