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Review : The HALO Master Chief Bluetooth Speaker from AC Worldwide


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It’s time to review the HALO Master Chief Bluetooth Speaker from AC Worldwide.

Standing 30cm tall, the Master Chief helmet is colossal and delivers fantastic sound. Acquiring Master Chief gets you a unique piece of Halo history.

This is the very first Halo product to feature the authentic voice of the Master Chief himself, Steve Downes. Master Chief will greet you when you pair your Bluetooth device for music playback. ‘I have a job to do’.

Who are AC Worldwide?

From their website:

“ACW make all our Bluetooth speakers under license from world famous brands – Disney (Star Wars), Microsoft (Halo), BBC (Doctor Who, Sherlock and Top Gear).

Our Bluetooth Speakers have fantastic sound with a real attention to detail. They are unique – no one in the world makes speakers like ours.

All our speakers have perfect sound quality with all the functionality you expect from the best speakers in the world.”

Technical Specifications

  • Output Speakers: 2x3W – 32mm 4
  • Frequency Response: 20HZ -20KHZ
  • DC input: 9v, 2.5h
  • Output Powerful Ported Subwoofer: 10W – 102mm 2.3
  • Battery: 8.4V, 2200mAh
  • Battery time: 4-5 hours
  • Battery Charge Time: 2-3 hours
  • Bluetooth Version: CSR 4.0
  • Bluetooth v 4.0
  • HFP v1.6 wideband speech (HD voice ready)
  • HSP v1.2
  • A2DP v1.2
  • AVRCP v1.4
  • DI v1.3
  • Support for smartphone (apps)

What’s in the box?

The box contains the speaker, User Guide, power adaptor, cable, bag, gloves and a cloth.

A Closer Look

The rear of the speaker includes the AUX port, USB out for charging you devices, the power input and the power button.

When plugged in, the internal battery charges.

The front of the speaker includes buttons to adjust the bass, volume adjustments, bluetooth pairing and others, including NFC.

Unboxing the Speaker

We did a video showing the unboxing of the speaker, along with what happens when you connect your device to it:

Final Thoughts

The first thing I noticed is just how big the box was! I knew it was going to be big but I wasn’t prepared just how big!

When I took the speaker out for the box I had to stop and stare at it for a while – it is an excellent replica of the Master Chiefs helmet. The attention to details is very impressive. And yes, I used the white gloves to handle it, as you can see in the unboxing video above.

Plugging in the power to the speaker automatically starts charging the onboard battery. A full charge takes around 3 hours and you can then use the speaker for around 5 hours before you need to charge again. In my case I just used it connected to the power, but you can choose to carry it around, in the lovely carry case provided if you so wish, although it’s quite heavy, but just think of the look on peoples faces when you take it out of the bag.

Setting up the speaker was very simple and only took a few moment – I just switched it on (when you do his eyes light up), connected it to my iPhone via Bluetooth, and it was ready to use.

I knew it was ready to use because the Master Chief himself, Steve Downes, told me. Check out the video above if you haven’t already to see, or rather hear for yourself. I have to say that didn’t get old, I disconnected and connected a few times just to hear that!

The sound quality is excellent, and you can adjust both the volume and the bass to get that perfect sound. You can also choose to set up the speaker as a standalone speaker or in a pair. Perhaps AC Worldwide will release an Arbiter speaker to go with it soon?

The speaker not only sounds great but it looks great too! Even when you are not using it, it is still a conversation piece sitting there on your shelf.

The HALO Master Chief Bluetooth Speaker from AC Worldwide is a must for any HALO fan!

Available now to order, priced £169 – what are you waiting for?

You can learn more about the HALO Master Chief Bluetooth Speaker from the AC Worldwide website here.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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