British electronics company Majority should have a major hit on its hands with their new D40 powered Bluetooth speakers. Offering clean, clear listening with a surprising amount of bass punch that belies their size, these versatile little wonders could very well be the...
British electronics company Majority should have a major hit on its hands with their new D40 powered Bluetooth speakers. Offering clean, clear listening with a surprising amount of bass punch that belies their size, these versatile little wonders could very well be the foundation of a compact home entertainment center that punches way above its weight. Featuring a bevy of ways to get music to your ears, including Bluetooth, AUX in, USB and SD card slots, and even an optical TOSLINK connection, these little speakers can handle a wide range of sources, and I tried them all.
These are not the exaggerated bass party boxes you might think of when someone mentions ''Bluetooth Speaker'', where distorted volume trumps sonic accuracy. Majority doesn''t provide detailed specs, but take it from a studio engineer/musician: you''ll think your ears are deceiving you when you hear what emanates from these tidy little black boxes. While you won''t feel the chest-rattling bass of a massive subwoofer, the 4" low frequency drivers put out a respectable amount of bass, due to the rear-ported cabinet design. Best of all, unlike so many other entry-level powered speakers, the D40s absolutely did not distort, even at top volume, no matter what I threw their way. A sampling of the playlist for this test:
Steely Dan, "Babylon Sisters" (on vinyl) - One of my all-time reference tracks, featuring clean, deep bass, the wide, lush spread of a Fender Rhodes electric piano, tightly arranged vocals and horns, and the impossibly in-the-pocket groove of the great Bernard Purdie on drums. The D40s handle all this sonic information with grace, even at higher volumes than yacht-rock usually calls for.
Missy Elliot, "Pass That Dutch" (Spotify, 320kHz) - There''s a riot of bass going on in this classic track, and the Majority speakers are more than up to the task. Vocals are crisp, and all those clever Missy Elliot details are well-placed in the audio spectrum.
Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb" (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs remastered CD) - Another timeless track on a masterpiece of an album, this one showcases a wide variety of textures, from the immediacy of a direct-recorded Fender Bass, to the shimmer of David Gilmour''s acoustic guitar that kicks off the bridge sections. The space that the D40s give to each instrument is impressive. And when that iconic electric guitar solo comes soaring in, the hair on my arm stood up...the midrange smear of many smaller budget speakers is nowhere to be found. Just pure, undiluted sonic ecstasy.
Other test tracks include:
The Killers, "The Man"
Miles Davis, "So What"
Chris Isaak, "Wicked Game"
Marvin Gaye, "Trouble Man"
David Bowie, "The Heart''s Filthy Lesson"
Henry Mancini, "Lujon"
Leftfield, "A Final Hit"
I also did a quick and dirty TOSLINK hookup to my TV, to see if they could handle some of the booming sonics of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", "Formula 1: Drive To Survive", and "Tron Legacy". While the D40s won''t shake the foundations of your house like a dedicated subwoofer will, they reproduced the complex sonic information of these films very respectably, and again, without distortion. That, to me, is most impressive of all.
All told, the Majority D40s are a major bargain at the list price, and at the discounted price, the value proposition is off the charts. Recommended without reservation.