Remember that music listening is completely subjective so what I like you may not. However I am an audiophile. I only listen to FLAC and my home hi-fi is off the scale. I also tend to be quite harsh when reviewing H-fi kit.
I am not going to discuss the cosmetics apart from saying it is a small black and red box about 2" square. The bottom slides out to create a lip for the phone to rest on. The Boombass has a micro USB socket for charging and a small button on the back to enable Bluetooth/Sync. Press it once and you will hear the BT 'enable' sound.
One point to note. The viewing angle without a case on isn't bad. With a case, although the difference is minimal, it is still secure but it is hardly a viewing angle... unless you watch movies almost horizontally! Cosmetics over.
First let me say. You haven't paid £/$500 for this. So if you are expecting to be absolutely blown away... leave this alone.
Queen's 'Too much love'
Without Boombass. As to be expected the phone was clear and you will all know the sound. As phones go, it doesn't get much better.
With Boombass. I was astonished! It adds a level of bass that is amazing for such a small device. There was no 'thud' or corruption.
Phil Collins 'In the air tonight'.
Without Boombass. Clear lyrics and highs, decent drums but lacking that bass depth
With Boombass.Wow again! Especially for the drum solo. No more to be said.
Pink 'Just like a pill'
Without Boombass. By now I was losing interest in the phone without the box. What had previously sounded 'full' for a phone was now sounding shrill and devoid of character.
With Boombass. Her voice sounded much more like the albums I played on the home hi-fi. There were parts that sounded a tiny bit 'thuddy' but I forgave them due to the fullness of the sound.
Pink Floyd 'Money'
Without Boombass. Still good, but I want more BASS!
With Boombass. OK you can guess where this is going....
There are better devices out there without a doubt. But not for the same price. Nothing in the market comes close. However it does have limitations.
It has a limited compatibility set (applicable in this forum...HTC One M8. BUT NOT GPE)
If you are willing to pay more you can get better, but probably double at least to notice any substantial improvement.
Overall I give it 4 stars.
To get 5?
* Compatibility with GPE - after all HTC - you make the device... WTH?
* The phone has a case - consider the viewing angle 'including case'
* Phone charging??? (While on the speaker)
For a bedroom / student this is ideal if you don't have the funds to buy that Mission/NAD outfit you were after. And for anyone else that wants a better sound on a budget (me included!)
My view - as an exacting audiophile? For £50, you won't get better.
For more (see double) you might.
The bottom line?
It is enough for me to stay with Sense until HTC fix GPE compatibility