What the Bandish lacks in flamboyance, it makes up for in sonic dexterity. Although it’s equipped with USB, optical and analog inputs for external sources, since it’s a “wireless” speaker, we naturally gravitated towards our iPhone serving up some lossless Apple Music to begin the proceedings. Instantly, what you notice is a warm tonality that is reminiscent of high-quality British bookshelf speakers and it’s the one ingredient that makes you want to keep listening.
Keep pressing on and more attributes surface. The heft in the low-frequencies is finely blended with superb definition and richness that belies its compact footprint and even smaller drivers. Amit Trivedi’s Tu Juhi Re is supremely melodic with a prominent bass line used to anchor the track, and the Bandish manages to time things supremely, causing involuntary foot tapping. Always a good sign.
Switching gears to test out the stereo worthiness of a single-box speaker, there aren’t many tracks that are as effective as Wish you were here by Seguridad Social. It maintains its signature dramatic left to right stereo panning and a well resolved bass guitar that ensures you’re immersed into the recording. More importantly, it manages to retain the depth information that you’d typically expect from a high resolution bookshelf speaker and that’s what makes it listenable for much longer periods than most other speakers of its price or form factor.