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Cambridge Audio Go v2

Originally reviewed by 28 November 2014

Key features

  • aptX: Yes
  • NFC: Yes
  • dB at 3 feet: 82dB
  • Tone: Balanced, fairly powerful
  • Mic/Calls: Yes
  • Aux in: Yes
  • Charge out: No
  • Netflix test: Borderline
  • Battery life: Up to 18 hours
We reviewed the first version of the Cambridge Audio Go last year. It was great, but problematic. This time around several core issues have been fixed, most importantly that the bass radiator not longer distorts at high volumes.

This is one of the larger speakers in this class, letting it fit in two large main drivers, two tweeters plus a large bass radiator. Consequently, it’s one of the best-sounding speakers in the test. The smaller speakers can’t compete, bar the Pure Voca and Bose Soundlink Mini.

After being stung by complaints about distortion the first time around, the GO has a fairy conservative bass response. We were told that the bass is less pronounced but deeper, but small drivers will always struggle to reproduce truly deep bass and both the Bose and Sony models offer a bit more thwack.

Still, the Cambridge Audio offers a nice and balanced sound signature that we imagine many people will get on with. It does seem a shame, though, that the changes in this second model have pushed the price up a little to £120. As well as a redesigned drier system, you get aptX.

The Go is worth the money certainly, but isn’t quite a value standard-setter in the manner of the first model. The sound dispersal is somewhat narrow too, which may be down to the sort of tweeters used.

Sound-wise it’s in the upper tier, but not quite a victor. But it wins back some great practicality points. It offers battery of up to 18 hours, trouncing the Sony SRS-X5.

Price:
£119

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