The Basslet by Lofelt 2020 Detailed Review & How to Harness its Benefits

The Basslet by Lofelt 2020 Detailed Review & How to Harness its Benefits.

The Basslet by Lofelt: If you are passionate about good music and its production, then there is a great technology called Basslet, which will help you achieve both good sound and music. In this article, i will give you a detailed review of this wearable subwoofer. 

The Basslet by Lofelt

What is Basslet?

Invented by a Kickstarter collaboration between ex-Ableton and Native Instruments employees, the Basslet is a wrist-mounted “subwoofer” that uses a state-of-the-art haptic engine to transform sub-bass frequencies into vibrations, enhance music listening experience, and, more importantly, enable producers and musicians to feel the low frequencies that their monitoring setups can not automatically reproduce.

Nicely packaged in a neat cardboard box, it comes in two parts: the Basslet itself, which looks like a faceless square plastic watch, and a tiny box of tricks called the Sender.

The Sender attaches to your audio device’s minijack (computer, phone, etc.) at one end and your wired headphones at the other end, transmitting audio from input to output and translating low frequencies to a control signal that is beamed over Bluetooth to the Basslet. In response, the motor in the Basslet vibrates, feeding you the sub-bass information via your wrist.

The batteries last around six hours and charge via micro USB, with the Sender receiving the cable and forwarding power to the Basslet through two magnetic connectors acting as Intensity buttons to adjust the haptic engine’s ‘volume.’ Very clever.

What More?

The strap, on the other hand, sucks, being maddeningly difficult to fasten. Fortunately, it can be swapped for a third-party alternative. The haptic motor reacts to frequencies between 10Hz and 250Hz, and the dynamic range and sensitivity are impressive, the vibrations matching up to the music with remarkable accuracy and precision.

The implication of sub-bass localized to such a small area is simply never going to bear any resemblance to the real thing, though – while the short pulse of a kick drum connects to the peripheral nervous system well enough, extended notes are far less successful, coming across as a sort of flappy buzz. Given the size of the thing, how could it be otherwise?

Ultimately, for the producer working on headphones or low-end speakers, the Basslet makes for a fair physical analogy to a spectrum analyzer, giving genuine insight into what’s going on unheard at the very bottom end of the mix, albeit in a purely analytical rather than musically or ‘emotionally’ meaningful way.

Basslet key features

  • Watch-sized, silent, haptic subwoofer
  • Frequency response 10 to 250 Hz
  • 6+ hours playtime, 1 hour charge time
  • Sender unit attaches to any device via mini-jack
  • Connects wirelessly to Basslet via Bluetooth
  • Ultra-low latency for perfect sync

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Pros

  • A very neat idea.

Cons

  • The implementation of the strap is not good.

How does it work?

Lofelt turned this square little wearable into a subwoofer by stuffing it with its proprietary vibrotactile LoSound engine. The little engine that can produce frequencies up to 250Hz that really are silent to the outside world. All that’s required for the Basslet to work is a headphone jack — and a Micro-USB cable at times to recharge the device.

The music you’re listening to is transmitted to the Basslet by Lofelt through a separate wireless connector, which plugs into the device you want to connect it to. You can then charge the Basslet by connecting it to its headphone adapter and plugging it into an external power source.

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How does it Feel?

Its vibration accuracy and its ability to react to even the subtlest bass line is impressive. It worked with Spotify, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud through Google Chrome, as well as other apps that produced sound.

The Basslet produces a softer hum when you turn down the volume on your device, though you can also increase the intensity by using the two buttons on the side of the wristlet.

To that end, the Basslet has made even casual music listening sessions more immersive and morning walks more active. It’s effectively a wearable peripheral, and though it’s a bit clunky to plug in both the dongle and a pair of headphones into your smartphone. The added effect can really help liven the mood.

Conclusion: Should you buy it?

How does it work?

This innovation has made its way into wearable technology, especially considering the industries that would benefit from vibrotactile feedback. You only a comfortable place to listen to music or a virtual reality headset.

If you’re not aching to feel your music, then the Lofelt Basslet may not be worth the investment. If it’s between this and a pair of noise-canceling headphones you don’t already have, the latter might end up seeing more utilization down the line.

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