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Samson MediaOne BT4 Speakers Review

Joey Santos
Last updated 4 October, 2018

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The Lowdown

The DJs who would get the most out of these are the ones who are looking for an inexpensive pair of speakers for practice at home, as well as casual use like watching Netflix and having some pals over for a few beers. They’re fairly loud, and the connectivity options make it a practical playback staple in your bedroom or living area.

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First Impressions / Setting up

I was surprised at how heavy these speakers were. They’ve got relatively small bookshelf enclosures with 4″ woofers, but they’re quite hefty. Both speakers have rear dual ports for a meaty low end, but you’ll want to be careful not to position these against a wall or corner because that could overemphasise the low end response of these speakers.

Behind the right speaker you’ll find two RCA unbalanced inputs, a power switch, a speaker connector lead for plugging in the speaker wire from the left speaker, and a Bluetooth pairing button. Over at the front you’ve got a volume knob, an Aux input for connecting a phone / tablet or other line level stereo device, and a headphone output.

I set them up at my desk, paired them with my laptop, and got to work.

In Use

Samson MediaOne BT4 Rear
The MediaOne BT4s come with a pair of RCA inputs for hooking up your DJ controller or mixer, as well as Bluetooth connectivity for your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

These have some serious bass going for them. Don’t be fooled by their size – they pack quite a punch! Granted the bass isn’t earth shattering (these are 4″ woofers, after all), there’s a little bump in the lows that make kick drums and basslines in dance and pop music just a bit more pronounced.

They’re also a bit on the bright side courtesy of their 1″ tweeters – not my preference, but these aren’t too shrill. Hi-hats cut through and other high-frequency material, so I do find myself dialling the volume down a little bit for some styles of music (rock with a lot of distorted guitars, for example).

I found the response of the mids to be lower than the bass and highs, sometimes sounding a bit “scooped” so the tendency is to bring up the volume a little bit for styles of music that have vocals buried in the mix (indie dance, for instance). Of course, this just makes the bass and top end even more pronounced, so that could or could not be to your liking.

Conclusion

Aux In
There’s an 1/8″ Aux In jack on the front of the right speaker for hooking up a stereo line level device or music player, as well as an 1/8″ headphone jack.

They sound fine for DJ practice, as well as casual music listening, playing games or watching videos. I wouldn’t use them for producing music though, as I’d have a hard time judging the low end accurately because they’re a bit “hyped” as I mentioned.

Bluetooth connectivity is a huge boon here, and found that I used it a lot for entertaining guests at home and the like. The RCA inputs are useful for hooking up your DJ controller, and indeed I’d use these for bedroom practice, however for producing I’d save up and look elsewhere – the Tannoy Reveal 402 or KRK Rokit 4 G3s would be fine options for this, but they cost double.

The DJs who would get the most out of these are the ones who are looking for an inexpensive pair of speakers for practice at home, as well as casual use like watching Netflix and having some pals over for a few beers. They’re fairly loud, and the connectivity options make it a practical playback staple in your bedroom or living area.

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