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Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Blue Aura WS30i


Our Score:


In action the WS30i delivers some very pleasing results. We started with a selection of dance tunes played from our laptop and the first thing to notice is the remarkable depth and punchiness of the sound, imbuing fast, funky basslines and hard kick drums with considerable heft. You can add a subwoofer if you like, but with bass this powerful it might be overegging the cake.

Blue Aura WS30i

There’s also a lovely crisp quality to the high frequencies, which allows hi-hats to shine through the mix, while vocals enjoy a smooth, prominent character and midrange frequencies don’t get left behind either. Perhaps it’s not quite as open and textured as some of the dedicated hi-fi and home cinema speakers we’ve tested of late, but at this price it would be unrealistic to expect the highest level of sophistication.

Next we connected the WS30i to a Blu-ray player and let it rip with Hellboy II. They cope admirably with the brutal, frenetic soundtrack, capturing the chaotic energy and dynamism of the scene without losing control or sounding bright. Big bangs and booms are conveyed with astonishing power, and the whole thing is a thrill ride from start to finish. Obviously you lose a lot of the excitement when listening to movies in stereo rather than surround, but if you’re upgrading from flatpanel TV speakers you won’t believe how much sharper and meatier they sound.

Blue Aura WS30i

On the whole the WS30i delivers a performance that’ll make your £170 feel like money well spent.


The Blue Aura WS30i offers a remarkably rich and punchy performance with music and movies, plus their gorgeous build quality and stylish design justify the price tag further – and at £180 they’re much more affordable than their wireless stable-mates. They’re fairly easy to setup too, and with versatile mounting options and provision for two sources it shouldn’t be hard to integrate them into your room. So whatever your audio poison, be it digital music, CDs, Blu-ray discs or DVDs, the WS30i is a terrific choice.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 9

Martin Daler

September 5, 2011, 11:20 pm

what size are they?

David Gilbert

September 6, 2011, 2:04 pm

As Danny says in the review, the monitors are 175mm high. Additionally they are 112mm wide and 145mm deep.


September 6, 2011, 6:31 pm

Is it just me or do these look near-identical to the Audioengine A2s, especially with the slot at the bottom and the fact the encloses look like they were made for larger speaker cones? I found the A2s really underwhelming in terms of weight of sound for the price.

The $1000 question - in pure performance terms how do these compare with the Bose Companions 20s reviews recently??

I auditioned the Bose on Saturday at my local Bose store after reading your review but I really doubt I'll be able to audition these anywhere. We rely on your first-hand experience with both to tell us which is best :) I've always said the one thing I'd love to see more of on TR is group tests.

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