A lot of Bluetooth speakers come and go through the Techaeris offices and frankly there are a lot of great Bluetooth speakers out there. When Denon reached out to me to review their envaya I was really intrigued. I’ve heard of Denon before and what I’ve heard has always been nothing but good so let’s find out in our Denon envaya review.
- NFC Pairing
- USB charging port for smartphones
The Denon envaya DSB200 is a progressive and modern design that should appeal to many people. It’s not my favorite design but it is not ugly either. The materials used are obviously of high quality and the craftsmanship is also of high standards, this is Denon after all. Across the top you’ll find your power button, AUX, Bluetooth, Mute and Vol +/- buttons. On the side is the DC in port, AUX, Reset button and USB for your smartphone charging in case you need to juice up your device.
The envaya’s front grill also pops off and you can swap out the inner mesh cover with other colors which are included. Our review unit came with Blue (Indigo), Orange (Sunset), Pink (Fandango) and White (Lunar) inserts allowing you to customize the look to your tastes. Overall the design wasn’t my cup of tea but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t appeal to you. My wife actually loved the design and she uses this speaker in our kitchen on a daily basis.
Ease of Use
With easy Bluetooth setup, nearly seamless and trouble free on both iPhone and Android, setting this up is a breeze. And if you own an Android with NFC capabilities, you can set up the envaya even faster. There’s nothing easier than setting up a Bluetooth speaker these days. The button layout is familiar and easy to use and you have independent volume control. Meaning volume control on the phone and speaker work separate from each other, I really love that feature which a lot of Bluetooth speakers do not offer.
Here it is. In a nutshell, the envaya absolutely blew me away. I’ve used many speakers in this price range and this is one of the best if not the best I’ve used. To my ears, Denon went for a well balanced sound profile with a very slight emphasis on the low end. It’s not an overpowering in your face low end but you can feel the low end got a little bit of extra preference. The mids and highs are well balanced and the lows do not drown out any vocals, guitars, or strings. The lows actually enhance those sounds as well.
Overall I was pretty taken with the sound that Denon was able to produce in such a small and affordable package. Of course the independent sound control is a wonderful thing in my opinion, I like being able to turn the envaya up full bore and then manage the phone volume independently. That’s probably not a huge deal to everyone but it’s something I appreciate in a speaker.
Battery life is a fickle thing, it really depends on the user and how they use the device. Believe it or not, volume plays a big part in battery life so if you like it loud constantly, you may get less than others. Denon advertises 10 hours of battery life and we generally get just about that, around 9.5 hours under normal usage. When I kicked up the volume and pushed the speaker harder that dropped to around 8-8.5 hours. You also have to take into account the added USB charging port, if you plug your phone in for juice you’ll also drain the battery that way.
The Denon envaya DSB200 is really a fat sounding and amazing speaker experience and for the $199 price tag, it’s really more than fairly priced.
*We were sent a review sample of the Denon envaya DSB200 for the purposes of this review.
Last Updated on January 23, 2017.