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No wires -- stream music from the smartphone in your pocket.

You don't need much to start a party — just a smartphone or tablet and a Yamaha PDX-B11 portable speaker system. Stream tunes wirelessly to the PDX-B11 from your favorite Bluetooth-compatible portable player or laptop. The system is compatible with iPhones®, iPads® as well as Android™ smartphones and tablets. The compact PDX-B11 runs on AC power or batteries. Listen to it around the house or grab the metal handle and go!

Inside the unique octagonal case is a powerful 4" woofer to punch out mids and lows, and a 1-3/8" tweeter to deliver the high frequencies. And because it's a mono system, the sound is concentrated so it can really kick. The system delivers up to eight hours of non-stop music with 6 "AA" batteries (available separately). Or use the AC adapter to keep the music going when your at home.

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Highlights:

  • for smartphones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • maximum wireless transmission range: 33 feet
  • mono 2-way speaker: 4" cone woofer with 1-3/8" dome tweeter
  • perforated steel grille to protect the speaker
  • sturdy metal handle
  • stereo minijack input for connecting to a portable player
  • AC power adapter
  • up to 8 hours operation with 6 "AA" batteries (available separately)
  • 7-7/8"W x 9-7/16"H x 9"D
  • weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • Owner's Manual
  • US Warranty Information
  • Canada Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration

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Overview: The Yamaha PDX-B11 is a portable, powerful speaker system designed specifically for Bluetooth-enabled devices and other audio devices which feature a 3.5mm audio output. The PDX-B11 is battery powered & offers a convenient carry handle, so you can listen to your iPod/iPhone's music around the house, at the office, or outdoors (not weather-proof).

Rugged Exterior (with multiple colors): Yamaha designed the octagon-shaped body to deliver stability, toughness, & style. You can choose from two colors (black or gray) each accented by a color-matched, perforated steel grille.

Portable Design: The Yamaha PDX-B11 is the ideal music companion for indoor or outdoor use. The PDX-B11 can operate off of batteries (6 "AA" batteries; not included) & features a metal carrying handle so you can take it with you, wherever you go.

2-Way Speaker System: The Yamaha PDX-B11 houses a unique two-way speaker system with a large 4" woofer that ensures strong bass & mid-range, plus a dedicated 1.1875" tweeter for the higher frequencies. The PDX-B11 uses a bass-reflex cabinet for greater efficiency & added bass response. Created & tuned by Yamaha professional audio experts, this system delivers extremely accurate bass along with crystal clear highs.

Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha PDX-B11 features built-in Bluetooth A2DP technology (ver. 2.1+EDR) which allows you to wirelessly connect with your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer. The unit can be paired with up to 8 devices. Once paired, the PDX-B11 will automatically re-connect to the last device used. You can wirelessly stream audio to the Yamaha PDX-B11, while controlling your music from the Bluetooth-enabled device.

Aux Input: The PDX-B11features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio device with a standard 3.5mm audio output or headphone jack. Cable not included.

Power Requirements: The Yamaha PDX-B11 can operate off of standard household AC current using the supplied external AC power adapter, or battery using 6 "AA" batteries (not included). 6 "AA" batteries provide up to approximately 8 hours of playback time.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 0.6A
  • Output: 12.0V - 1.5A
 
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5 out of 5

Value + Functionality

Written By Mace, Eastvale, Ca on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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I think Yamaha accomplished a good balance between value and performance with this unit. It is simply a portable audio device with Bluetooth connectivity, and that is what it does well. The Bluetooth connectivity has been consistent, the sound quality is good and the construction seems to be solid. I have read many complaints about the lack of a rechargeable battery but that was actually a major SALES POINT for me! I am tired of keeping everything charged and would rather have the ability to simply change out the power supply when in a bind. I have had great experiences with my other Yamaha audio equipment, and know they are very capable of producing premium audio equipment. I think they did well with this unit but i would have liked to see a little more range. The sound quality is good, and considering the environments it will be in i think its plenty good for areas that wont provide good acoustics anyway. Just for the sake of competing with the higher priced Bose equipment i would liked to have seen Yamaha flex a little more. Overall very pleased.
Pros:
Good sound, quality materials, convenient size without being too petite and NO rechargeable battery pack
Cons:
Possibly a little more audible range would be nice.
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5 out of 5

Great sound great value

Written By Neilm, Atlanta on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Ordered by phone great service unit was delivered quickly. I knew this was a quality product when I saw the packing, unit connected right to my iPhone 5 via Bluetooth. The Sound, Classic Rock and Smooth Jazz sounds great. The enclosure is ported for great bass response. Great feature that you can control the volume with you phone. One small item to note is that music recorded in true "stereo" may sound like the song is cutting out. The product details are fairly accurate. 6 copper top batteries will give you about 8 hours listening time so use the AC adapter when you overall great product, great sound. Gets lots of attention. Buy the drop and spill warranty because you will take this everywhere.
Pros:
Easily connects via blue. Also has a line in jack, great sound, very portable. ac adapter included. Looks cool.
Cons:
Needs longer battery life or rechargeable battery pack. Wish it could play louder.
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