Roth OLi POWA-5
Great features for the price, but this is not a class-leader in outright sound qualityWrite your own review
- Good build and connectivity
- Bluetooth streaming
- Pleasant sound
- Affordable price
- Not the subtlest or most exciting performance
- We would have liked a display
Powered speakers are a neat option: an amplifier built into the speaker cabinet gives you positioning flexibility and avoids the need to invest in a separate amp.
It’s no wonder, then, that British company Roth Audio has ventured into this realm. The Roth POWA-5, from the well-respected OLi range of affordable speakers, is the firm’s first attempt at powered speakers.
Roth OLi POWA-5 review: Design
With the Roth OLi POWA-5, one speaker contains the amplification, power and connections, while the other functions as a conventional passive loudspeaker. Inside the master speaker, there’s a 2 x 40W Class D amplifier powering a 25mm soft-dome tweeter and a 13cm mid/bass Kevlar cone.
To get started, plug the speaker into the mains, and then connect a short length of cable between the powered speaker and its passive twin.
Roth OLi POWA-5 review: Sound quality
Start spinning Amanda Palmer’s The Bed Song and the POWA-5s deliver a strong and solid sound, the piano notes having satisfying weight. There’s good integration between the drivers; the top end is comfortable and doesn’t have any harsh edge to it, while the bass lines are chunky.
The bass can tip towards being a bit boomy – especially when placed on a desk, less so when on stands – but you can adjust the bass and treble levels using the dinky remote, which helps a little.
Roth OLi POWA-5 review: Verdict
For the modest outlay of £250, you’re getting a great set of features and good sound quality.