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The Bem Wireless Speaker Trio, as threesomes go, seems to have traces of The Three Tenors and The Three Stooges in its electronic DNA.
Either it fills the house with song or acts like a bunch of knuckleheads.
The intentions, of course, are all good: Bem (as in “beam”) Wireless designed the Speaker Trio as a relatively inexpensive answer to whole-house audio. The three wireless speakers sit charging on a cribbage-board-size base station and pair, via Bluetooth, to any compatible mobile device, laptop or tablet. The speakers, once deployed, communicate with the base station using the 2.4-gigahertz radio frequency popular in cordless phones.
When all works correctly there’s single-speaker mono music in the kitchen, the living room and an upstairs bedroom; speakers can be placed up to 115 feet from the base station. When everything doesn’t, which was too often during my trials with two sets of Speaker Trios, it’s almost vaudevillian.