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Mass Fidelity Core

Reviewed by for Ask Men, July 2016

Thankfully, technology just seems to be getting better and better, and now more than ever, we’re being introduced to superior sound solutions. Enter the Core Wireless Speaker System by MassFidelity.  For those unfamiliar with MassFidelity, it’s an audio technology company offering access to crisp, quality sound at a price that won’t make you wince next time you look at your bank statement.

I’ve had enough bad experiences listening to my favorite music on devices that butcher the sound, that I should be able to recognize and appreciate something that claims to offer something special.

The Core is physically a lot smaller than I expected it to be. Compact enough to hold in your hands, it’s an ideal bedside table, coffee table or desktop companion. As a matter of fact, its trimmed down size is part of what makes the Core such a consumer-friendly item — it doesn’t require the space commitment of most blown-out surround sound systems.

One of the selling points of the Core System is that it can operate on its own, as an individual unit, or in tandem with other units to create a multi-room, multi-story sound system. Although I can imagine the more the merrier, my single unit did deliver some impressive results.

Unlike other bluetooth speakers that I’ve tried in the past, the Core boasts specs that I’ve only ever associated to home theaters and home recording studios — notably: immersive, holographic sound, and 120 Watts of amplifier power supported by five speaker drivers and a downward-firing woofer. When put to the test, everything from rap’s deep drum beats and disco’s high strings, to the percussive twangs of my favorite bluegrass tune and rounded resonation of a dobro melody came through. Standing next to the Core, the sound was so effectively dispersed that the unit’s subtle vibration was the only thing giving it away.

Consider it a full-fledged sound system, but at half the cost and twice the convenience. My only regret is having to return my sample unit.

Rather than providing a static soundscape, the Core mimics the effect of two separately situated speakers to offer a better listening experience. This also means that there’s no single sweet spot to hear music, but rather, the whole room sounds dynamic and full. Lastly, I can’t not emphasize the powerful bass — after all, what’s a sound system if you can’t hear the soundtrack to your life in all its bone-crushing range?

So, my parting words? Consider it a full-fledged sound system, but at half the cost and twice the convenience. My only regret is having to return my sample unit.

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