Aiwa should be a familiar term among our readers, especially among the older semesters. The company, from which hardly anything was to be heard in the last years, was known and popular particularly in the 80’s as a manufacturer of ghetto blaster and cassette recorders. Quite a few of the unwieldy playback devices were adorned with an unmistakable Aiwa lettering. Some time ago, after years of radio silence, Aiwa returned with a huge Bluetooth loudspeaker that visually reminded of the time of the long outdated ghetto blaster.
But if you want to become nostalgic, you’ll have to take a little hit: The original manufacturer was sold to Sony in 2002 and ceased operations in 2006. In 2013, the brand rights were sold to “River West Brands”, which cooperated with “Hale Devices”. The latter company subsequently renamed itself “Aiwa” and is responsible for the device we tested.
Nevertheless, the speaker “Exos-9” is to be understood as an homage to the best Aiwa times. For us, this is reason enough to take a close look at the device, which was released in 2015 and is currently on the upswing again.
Design and Workmanship
The dimensions of the box already indicate that the device is incredibly large. Once it is unpacked, it quickly becomes clear that in today’s world, where Bluetooth speakers usually want to be inconspicuous and small, it seems completely out of place. The Exos-9 is huge, heavy, conspicuous and therefore anything but reserved. What at first seems to be a complete disregard of any aesthetic standards of the present, turns out to be a partially adapted compromise on closer inspection: high gloss elements and rounded edges fit too well into the smooth present and too little to the otherwise unadapted Exos-9.
The device weighs around six kilograms, but can be easily transported thanks to a carrying device attached to the rear. The battery is removable. It can be easily inserted at the rear. In practice, this should offer numerous advantages. For example, a defective battery can be easily repaired or replaced. In addition, it is in principle possible to exchange an empty battery for a charged one in order to be able to use the jukebox for as long as possible without interruption. However, one battery charge is also sufficient to fill a garden party with sound throughout the evening.
By the way, the Bluetooth box is impeccably processed. On the back, the manufacturer relies on rubber stanchions, while otherwise hard plastic elements predominate. The control buttons are located on the top of the box. Only the volume wheel is located at the front and the on/off switch at the back at the connections.