Review: Intex IT-TW 12006 tower speakers rock the house, but rough edges remain
Tower speakers are becoming quite popular with those who prefer a powerful soundtrack to go with their daily routine. There is the added design advantage of these speakers, since they don’t have a larger footprint than conventional bookshelf speakers, but can pack in perhaps larger audio drivers. Indian company Intex has delivered its high-end tower speakers, priced at Rs11,400, and we are partly impressed, but it left us perplexed at times.
These mean business—that is the very first thought that will cross your head when you look at these speakers placed in your living room. The black tower speakers have a matte finish on the sides and a glossy black finish on the front. The connectivity ports sit on the back of one of the tower speakers, while the two connect with each other via a single audio cable that is integrated into the speaker itself. Since the IT-TW 12006 has Bluetooth connectivity, chances are you may not even have to bother with the wired connectivity options at all. The enclosures feel well built, and there speakers have enough bulk about them to ensure they remain stable on the ground at all times.
The Intex IT-TW 12006 consists of two three-way speakers, each with a high-frequency driver, a mid-range driver and a woofer. In total, they can output 100 watts of audio power. Now that is indeed a lot. Pair this with your phone, and the sheer volume of the music almost makes you take a step back before you take charge of the remote and return the audio level to some normalcy. This is how much power the IT-TW 12006 has.
In terms of the audio signature, these speakers are able to reproduce acceptable clarity and vocals, but tend to miss out on the deep detailing that one would expect from speakers of this size. In comparison, though this is a sort of apples to oranges comparison, the Fenda Audio R30BT bookshelf speakers represent an audibly much wider and more dynamic sound stage with the same music tracks and genres. However, we persist and switch to some bass heavy music to see if that is genuinely the strength of the IT-TW 12006 tower speakers. The sum and substance of that experiment is that while the bass is quite powerful, it does seem a bit too tight at times. This does take away the dynamics of the lower frequencies in some tracks. However, the IT-TW 12006 does well with most dance, pop and Bollywood music tracks—and perhaps that is the genre you would actually be considering at most times with these tower speakers.
One surprising shortcoming is the fact that the IT-TW 12006 speakers do not remember certain settings once they have been switched off and on again—bass level is back to default and the LED lights behind the speaker grilles switch back on, even though you may have turned them off earlier. Perhaps a software update can sort this out, but that remains a surprising oversight at the moment.
As a fun aspect, the IT-TW 12006 speakers come with a wireless mic as well, or those fun sing-along sessions—if that catches your fancy.
Tower speakers on a budget are becoming rather common, and Intex is catching a trend that could just become big with changing user preferences. The IT-TW 12006 speakers are powerful, and have the potential to annoy your neighbours. However, if your music library and playlists are full of music that requires more detailing (such as classic rock) or more bass (such as trance music), these do fall short from time to time. The fun element is undoubted, but these aren’t meant for all types of music. But they can be really loud, and that is seriously cool.