The scope of bluetooth speakers is now evolving towards the world of virtual assistants, yet the market for bare and raw bluetooth speakers is still very large and heterogeneous. Oregon tries to stand out with a device with a double soul: on one side, a classic BT speaker, on the other, an alarm clock. Style and elegance, combined with a touch of modernity to put on the bedside table of your bedroom.
Unboxing and content
Even before seeing how it is made and how it sounds, here is a small photographic unboxing, which shows the exact contents of the package: speaker, manual, and power supply.
Oregon Scientific Resonance immediately presents itself as a speaker with style and elegance. The rounded shapes immediately make the idea of being a bedside alarm clock, but what stands out on the entire fabric front, below which a white LED display is installed, absolutely clearly visible even during the day, and adjustable with 3 degrees of brightness. The control button is located on the upper part, with the classic white rubber buttons, which are well suited to the speaker frame. In total, the speaker has 6 buttons, which allow all the necessary adjustments, including a larger Snooze button to immediately adjust the brightness of the display, or completely eliminate the backlight.
It has small dimensions in 200 x 89 x 72.9 mm, and despite the light weight, it remains firm on any surface, also thanks to the two rubber parts on the bottom and above all also at high volumes on songs that pump the bass as far as possible.
On the back, however, there are the inputs and the connectivity ports. First of all, the power supply, next to a standard USB port with a 1A output for charging smartphones and other external devices. The last port instead the Aux in: Oregon Scientific Resonance a BT speaker, but it is also possible to connect external audio sources. Among the many solutions, the possibility of connecting, for example, a Chromecast audio, so as to exploit the device as a speaker to be combined with a multiroom audio network, controlled by Google Assistant, comes to mind.
Among the most valuable aesthetic elements, as already mentioned, the large white LED display on the front, inserted below a fabric panel. Here the time (hours, minutes and seconds) is always clearly visible, but by pressing the "M" button on the top you will have access to other information: day, month, and day of the week. The Snooze button, on the other hand, will allow you to adjust the brightness of the display or turn it off completely; there is no possibility to automatically turn off the display after a few seconds. The always-on display could be annoying at night, and in this case you will always have to turn it on and off manually.
Important, of course, the alarm clock function. On this Oregon always precise and careful. First of all, there are two alarms that can be set, with different times. It is possible to choose the different times and subsequently which of the two alarm clocks to keep active: if only one or the other, or if both at the same time.
When the alarm sounds, it will be possible to press any button, with the exception of Snooze, to block it. If you press Snooze, however, the alarm will be delayed by 8 minutes. From an alarm clock point of view, Oregon Scientific Resonance is truly complete and efficient.
How it sounds
Oregon Scientific Resonance has two 2 x 10 Watt speakers inside. It sounds good, offers a particularly high volume considering the size and black characteristics, and a sound quality that can be enjoyed on any musical genre. The sound is always clean and absolutely balanced in any musical context. In songs like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Over the Rainbow" we perceived a great background cleanliness, which left distinct voices in the foreground from the background instrumentation. Although not in front of a peripheral for audiophiles, also in consideration of features and price, Oregon Scientific Resonance returns a full and deep sound, absolutely enjoyable.
Even in songs like Oakhurst's "River and Stick", although it is not possible to have a spatial perception of the instruments used, they all remain clearly distinguishable in the background, and even in this case we have noticed a good sonic cleaning and a full-bodied, controlled sound . Speaking of control, by reproducing "Bass .. can U Hear Me", you can perceive the bass slightly, which although they do not explode, are still present and under control: only at particularly high volumes, and exclusively with songs like this, we have started to hear a very slight background rustle.
Oregon Scientific Resonance combines good sound quality with beautiful, modern and minimal design. Good the possibility to recharge smartphones, even if only at 1A speed, as well as the presence of Aux In. If it had also had radio functions it would have been the perfect chamber peripheral, but in any case, the speaker in question looks good and offers a quality absolutely in line with what it costs.
On the official Oregon website you can buy for 89.99 euros, but on Amazon you can save a few euros.
- Modern design
- Impact led display
- Good materials
- Sound quality
- USB for charging only at 1A
- the display turns on and off only manually