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Otone Varsa 2.0 speaker system review - quirky horizontal soundbar for desktop, laptop, iPhone, iPad

£79.99

Manufacturer: Otone Audio

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Novel mini soundbar from Otone Audio offers two-in-one audio solution. Read our Otone Varsa review.

The Varsa is one of a small but growing number of speaker systems from the UK based company Otone Audio. Manufactured in China and available for under £80, it’s an affordable alternative to your computer’s desktop speakers or modest addition to your TV set-up. Its unique selling point is its versatility, both single horizontal soundbar and 2.0 separate speakers in one neat and fairly portable package. See all audio reviews.

Otone Varsa

The speakers clip together easily to form the soundbar and by the way of additional stands can be set on either side of your desktop or laptop computer at a variety of angles. It’s a cool option, but one that only makes sense if you are likely to fiddle with speakers regularly to adjust them from one to the other. After a little experimentation we found both options to be agreeable on the ears, with a sound that copes particularly well with bass heavy dance music. The Varsa copes less well with more complex music, where detail seems lost. Take a look at Group test: what's the best speaker set?

Sat in front of you, the combined 20 Watts offers more than plenty and turned up is enough to fill a small room, when in party mood, without distortion. For gamers the speaker system adds a fair bit of excitement to gaming, especially for those who like to be lost in the action. A solid but unspectacular design and build is complemented by touch-sensitive power on/standby, volume control and mute functions, which proved responsive despite their diminutive feel. The Varsa is available online via Otone, Amazon and online and instore at PC World.

Otone Varsa Expert Verdict »

Total RMS Power: 20W (2 x 10W), Frequency Response: 90Hz ~ 20KHz, Signal to Noise Ratio: >70dB, Drivers: 2 x 40mm high-sensitivity drivers per channel
Audio Input: 3.5mm stereo jack, Power Supply: AC
Dimensions: 86 x 570 x 87mm
Weight: 1.3kg.
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

While the Otone Varsa 2.0 speaker system offers some variety, we are not sure how often users will feel the need to switch from soundbar to separate speakers and vice versa. That said, it's a decent sounding and looking compact audio accessory that should improve on your computer audio without either breaking the bank or your desktop.

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