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Aiwa Home Speakers and Subwoofers

Aiwa, once a Japanese electronics company, made audio equipment and offered it at affordable prices to buyers around the world. Founded in 1951, Aiwa remained successful for five decades, introducing several firsts to Japan, including the country's first boombox. Mounting competition and losses forced the company to sell to Sony, who finally closed the brand down in 2008. While new Aiwa products from the original Japanese manufacturer are no longer available, Aiwa USA does produce a new Bluetooth speaker called the Exos-9. Those looking for a reliable set can consider the original Japanese Aiwa speakers from the last few decades of the 20th century.

What Kinds of Speakers Did Aiwa Make?

  • Bookshelf Speakers: Aiwa offered a number of this kind, typically available as a pair of stereo speakers. They incorporate a woofer, mid-range speaker, and tweeter in each cabinet. Some were included as part of a system with a CD player, radio, and cassette player. Bookshelf speakers are designed to sit on an elevated surface, such as a table or shelf. They are passive and need a separate amplifier.
  • Surround Speakers: This type typically includes a set of smaller satellite speakers to deliver mid and high tones. The set may include a powered subwoofer for bass, or users may have to purchase this separately. Some models require a separate amplifier for the satellite speakers, while some models use the amplifier built into the subwoofer to drive the other speakers.
  • Standalone Speakers: This type has an amplifier built-in, typically in the subwoofer. Users do not need a separate amplifier.

What Should You Consider When Buying Speakers?

Buyers should consider several factors, such as the type of sound they prefer, the size of the room, and the capabilities of the speakers.

  • Impedance: Impedance refers to an electrical characteristic measured in ohms. The impedance rating of the amplifier should match the impedance rating of the speakers.
  • Usage Scenario: Users who plan to use their speakers to listen to music alone need not invest in larger surround sound systems. On the other hand, these larger systems are a better choice if they will be used as part of a home theater.

What Is the Aiwa Bluetooth Speaker Like?

An American company purchased the Aiwa brand and relaunched it as Aiwa USA in 2015. As of 2018, the company produces and sells the Aiwa Exos-9.

  • Special Features: The Exos-9 features five drivers and a rating of 200 watts. The manufacturer states a 10-hour battery life. A pair of Exos-9 models can be connected to offer a left-right set of stereo speakers.
  • Compatibility: The Exos-9 uses Bluetooth with aptX and A2DP support. The manufacturer states compatibility with iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows and Mac computers with Bluetooth.

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