• Driver Size: 2 x 3-inch (satellite), 5.25-inch (subwoofer)
  • Frequency Response: 100Hz ~ 20KHz, 30Hz ~ 200Hz
  • Output Power (RMS): 12W x 2, 30W
  • Connectivity: USB, SD card, 3.5mm line-in, Bluetooth 2.1, mic input
  • Pros:
  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Mic-in and Bluetooth support
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Cons:
  • USB playback does not support NTFS format
  • In-line controls would be nice

The EVOlution Of Sound

It is in this writer’s humble opinion that Sonic Gear’s EVO line of speakers are among the best there is. They’re fantastic in sound, and usually come affordable. So how do you top this, exactly? The answer is in the EVO 9 BTMI, and it’s an answer decked in sultry music.

This is a fairly large set of speakers, and – as any 2.1 speakers would come – consists of a sub-woofer base unit and two satellite speakers. On the base unit you’ll find a large volume knob, which you can press to toggle the subwoofer bass, as well as the LCD display. Four buttons sit under the knob, functioning as the mode toggle and the pause, forward and reverse buttons.

The EVO 9 offers one of the most robust set of connectivity options yet. Aside from the typical auxiliary option over a 3.5mm cable, the EVO 9 also supports SD card and USB playback. Additionally, you can stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device, making the EVO 9 more of a media player than traditional PC speakers. It even sports two mic input ports complete with individual volume control. Yeap, this speakers set even complements your karaoke needs.

When it comes to audio performance, the EVO 9 is downright excellent. It’s loud, for one, and offers excellent clarity, managing our instrumental tracks with great detail. There’s also enough bass to go around. The EVO 9 also works nicely for movies and games, able to determine directions with good precision. It’s worth noting that playback over USB, SD card and Bluetooth does not suffer in quality.

It’s not without its annoyances, however. Like the Morro 7, the EVO 9 doesn’t support NTFS formatted drives, though it is capable of playing FLAC format files (audiophiles can rejoice for this). We also wish that there’s a way to toggle the equaliser modes on the base unit; instead, you have to rely on the remote control.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Without a doubt, the Sonic Gear EVO 9 is the evolutionary step ahead of its predecessors. Not only is it an excellent speakers system with great audio quality, it also offers robust playback options and features.

(previously published in issue April 2012)