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Denon Envaya DSB250BT Bluetooth Speaker Quick Review

A few months ago, we reviewed Denon’s HEOS speakers designed for the home. Now we’re going to take a look at its portable, water-resistant cousin which can be a perfect audio partner this summer, the Envaya DSB250BT. Check out our review of the Denon Envaya DSB250BT Bluetooth Speaker below.

Denon’s Envaya looks pretty simple. It has a plain black color with the buttons on the side. I definitely wouldn’t want it to look any different. The black vibe and simplicity give you that sense of reliability and durability. You don’t have to download an app to make it work, you just have to turn it on, press the Bluetooth button, pair a device and you can start playing your music.

You can also make phone calls with it since it comes with a mic, but can also use Siri or Google Assistant by pressing the phone-like button on the side. These buttons are what I usually hear complains about, and in my own experience using it, you need some bit of force to be able to press them. That resistance is most likely due to the button’s rubber make. It has a battery indicator up front which is invisible until you turn it on. You can connect up to two of them together and if you do, you’ll have yourself a stereo setup.

The Envaya is the perfect speaker to bring around thanks to its IP67 rating, which means you can practically bring it on an adventure without much worry. Listening to music anywhere whether it be inside or outside your house, while cooking, taking a bath, or swimming won’t be a problem. It has a simple yet a bit of a rugged touch to it that makes it look durable and sturdy.

It can stand being submerged in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It’s surrounded by fabric material which might worry you a little bit though don’t fret, it’s completely water resistant, although the fabric may absorb some water when submerged. The rest of the speaker is rubber even the charging port and audio jack is covered with rubber.

Sound quality is impressive. This is what separates Envaya from the rest of the portable speakers in the market. It is small but the sound quality is incomparable. Highs and mids are on point, with lows having just the right amount, they’re not too loud that it hurts your ears at maximum volumes. I even used it for a small house party and no one could believe I was just using a small portable speaker for the music. Well, it comes with advanced audio processing technology, bigger sized drivers, and amplifier modules, so what else can you expect?

The Envaya features Bluetooth aptX Low Latency standard, offering CD-like audio streaming over Bluetooth, minimizing latency and ‘lipsync’ issues when supported by the streaming device.

It gives us 13 hours of playtime from a single charge. Charging the battery takes about 3 and a half hours.

I’d say this is an almost perfect speaker for all-around use. Whether you just want to use it for low volume needs like watching a movie, listening to music while sleeping, making a phone call or on high volume needs like playing music by the pool or organizing a mini house party – Denon’s Envaya is all you need.

The Denon Envaya is priced at Php11,500 and available at A.Refinery stores nationwide:
UP Town Center, Katipunan
Ayala Abreeza Mall, Davao
Ayala Centrio Mall, CDO

Denon Envaya DSB250BT specs:

Bluetooth audio streaming
Analog input (3.5mm mini jack)

Specifications:Denon Envaya DSB250BT
Bluetooth audio streaming
Operation distanceUp to 30m
Multi-pairingup to 8 devices
Simultaneous Playbackup to 2 devices
Analog input3.5mm mini jack
Control buttons
Battery Indicator
Water / Dust-resistant
Micro USB cableFlat type
Carrying strap
Battery life13 hours playback
Charge time3.5 hours
Chargingvia microUSB port
Weight0.750 kg

What we liked:

  • Portable
  • Water resistant
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life

What we didn’t:

  • Quite pricey

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2 Responses

  1. Jude says:

    At that price point, i’ll would rather take harman kardon onyx studio 4. Though not water resistant, i find it better.

    • John says:

      But for Portability wise, The Denon is hard to beat with it sound quality above the rest in it’s class, and can compete with other bigger speaker in terms of overall sound!

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