Portable Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and price points. In addition, they offer a wide range of features and capabilities, not to mention different levels of sound quality.

The Cavalier Audio Maverick sits toward the high end of the price scale, and it offers a fairly extensive set of features along with some luxury finishes. But what about sound quality? Is it worth the high cost?

Features

The roughly cylindrical Cavalier Maverick stands tall, measuring 8.79 x 2.96 inches (height x diameter) and weighing in at 1.76 pounds. It comes with a charging base that occupies a circular footprint with a diameter of 3.7 inches. To charge the 2600 mAh battery, simply place the speaker in the charging base that you connect to an AC outlet from its USB-C port. Alternatively, you can charge the battery by connecting the USB-C port on the speaker itself to an AC outlet with the appropriate cable and adaptor (included).

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The Maverick’s driver complement includes two opposing active drivers near the base and two opposing passive radiators above them.

Once it’s fully charged after about two and a half hours, the battery provides up to nine hours or more of operational time. Keep in mind, however, that includes idle time if the speaker is connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. In that case, it never goes into standby mode, so it’s always ready for Alexa voice commands. At maximum volume with continuous music playback, the battery life is said to be less than four hours.

Two active 1.6-inch drivers face in opposite directions to produce a stereo soundfield; each driver is powered by 10 watts from the built-in amplifier. Also, a 1.5 x 2.2-inch passive radiator sits directly above each active driver to enhance the bass response from the otherwise sealed enclosure. The total frequency response is specified from 61Hz to 20kHz (±2dB) with a maximum sound pressure level of 90 dBC. At maximum output, the THD is spec’d at 1 percent.

The Maverick accepts audio via Bluetooth 4.2 from any compatible Bluetooth device; supported profiles include A2DP, HFP, and AVRCP. It does not support the aptX codec. In addition, it can join a Wi-Fi network (802.11b/g, 2.4GHz) to stream audio content directly from Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Audible, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM. The Maverick cannot, however, stream audio from local servers on your Wi-Fi network. Also, it does not support multi-room applications, nor can two speakers be wirelessly connected as a stereo pair.

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The so-called Smart Button is surrounded by a rotary volume control on the top of the unit. A row of five LEDs in front of the button indicate the volume, mute status, and when Alexa is listening.

One important feature is support for Amazon Alexa voice control. This lets you speak commands to start and pause playback, change the volume, skip tracks, and control other basic playback functions from an online streaming service. Unfortunately, you can’t control playback from a source device’s local library using Alexa. On the plus side, you can also ask Alexa about the weather and other common questions, and you can control smart home devices if you have a smart home hub. The built-in microphone can discern voice commands even from far away.

Like most portable speakers, the Maverick can serve as a speakerphone when connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Calls are clear thanks to built-in echo and noise cancellation. A dedicated mute control assures privacy when needed, and status LEDs clearly indicate when the speaker is in privacy mode.





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