The legendary Ural brand and its best portable speaker TT M‑5

If someone is not in the know, then Ural was one of the well-known Soviet brands in the field of radio electronics. Its history begins with the appearance in Moscow in the 20s of the last century of the first factory for the manufacture of radio receivers. At that time, it was called the First State Electrotechnical Plant, which was later renamed Moselectric.

During the war years, the plant was evacuated to Sarapul (a city in Udmurtia, now the Udmurt Republic), where it produced radio equipment for military equipment.

In the early 50s, the radio factory produced the first receiver under the brand name “Ural”. And from that moment on, everything started spinning and spinning: in the period from 1960 to 1990, more than 30 million radios for domestic cars were produced.

In modern Russia, the Ural-Center enterprise appeared, which created car radios. Starting from 2003, the production of acoustics was organized in Reutov, near Moscow, together with MTUCI. Thus, the Ural ConceRT CDD was born – a reprogrammable automotive platform that understood any audio file formats.

Nowadays, Ural supplies its equipment to the Russian car factories AvtoVAZ, UAZ, GAZ.

Starting in 2018, the Ural brand began to provide potential users with portable speakers. Yes, they are assembled in China at the largest factories (other companies do exactly the same), but the guys on our side were engaged in the design and selection of components. In addition, it is important to emphasize that the acoustics of the MTUCI department and several other important people associated with professional audio took part in the fine-tuning of the audio path.

At the moment, the Ural brand has several series of portable devices: M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4 and M-5. The former are small and simple, the latter are large and advanced.

Today we will talk about the portable column “Ural TT M-5”. This is a relatively large device with IP67 dust and water resistance, two 15W emitters and a striking design.

Its cost is about 8,500 rubles. This is almost two times cheaper than asking for a similar product, for example, JBL.

PS In connection with the situation in Russia, the price has slightly increased, since two months ago they asked for 6,500 rubles for the device.

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Specifications

  • Maximum output power, W: 2 x 15 + 5
  • Frequency range, Hz, not usame: 60 – 20 000
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, dB, not less: 80
  • Harmonic coefficient, %, no more: 0,1
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, GAVDP 1.2
  • Bluetooth audio codec: SBC
  • Bluetooth range, m, not less than:10
  • Distance between speakers in TWS mode, m, no more: 5
  • Built-in battery voltage, V: 7,4
  • Built-in battery capacity, mAh: 5000
  • Typical operating time without recharging in playback mode at a volume level of 50%, h: 30
  • Typical operating time without recharging in playback mode at maximum volume, h: 8
  • Charging time of the built-in battery, h: 5–6
  • connector for connecting an external power source: USB Type-C
  • External power supply voltage, V: 5 ± 0,3
  • External power supply current, A: 2
  • External device supply voltage output (Power bank), W / A: 5/1
  • Loudspeaker size, mm: 2 x 70 + 30
  • The degree of protection of the housing against dust and moisture: IP67
  • Dimensions, mm: 287 x 118 x 122
  • Weight, g: 1440

Equipment

  • Acoustic system
  • Audio cable MiniJack (3.5 mm) – MiniJack (3.5 mm) (50 cm)
  • USB cable – USB Type-C (50 cm)
  • Manual
  • Warranty card

Design

If you look at the manufacturer’s website, you will understand that they have a rather bright positioning: black and red tones, loud capslock slogans “NOTHING SUPERB”, “ONLY SOUND”, “HONEST SOUND”, “NO HATE” with a background image of the figure of Sergei Bodrov (as I understand it, in the image of Danila Bagrov) and so on.

In general, I welcome such decisions, because among a dozen identical brands it is necessary to somehow stand out. Especially when you have a brand with the Russian name “Ural”. In addition, some portable speakers have a military color, a rather brutal appearance with branded logos.

My review turned out to be acoustics in solid red. But there are the same, only khaki (green or red), and they are called “Special Forces” or “Taiga”. I think it’s quite patriotic. It’s better than praising foreign design solutions. It is especially relevant right now.

The column has the shape of an elongated triangle. The design is quite complicated for casting: many transitions – smooth, sharp, rounded, and so on. This is me to the fact that they worked on the design, and did not take a typical blank.

On the right and left passive radiators, two letters “T” turned upside down relative to each other are applied in black. The brand “Ural” has such a series – “TT”, it is positioned as a youth. Again, a plus in the treasury of designers: but they might not bother.

In the center of the gadget there is a three-dimensional URAL logo in red with a black outline.

The bottom is also quite original in terms of design. There are two rubber legs in the shape of triangles, inside of which something like a sight in computer games is engraved. Between the legs there is a glossy plastic insert with information about the device.

The body is made entirely of plastic. Two colors were used here – gray and black. But the main part was covered with a cloth with black and red threads. We could see this in the devices of the JBL brand and not only. However, the developers of “Ural” do not hide the fact that “they have studied the undisputed leader in the market of portable speakers, products supplied under the JBL brand.”

On the top there are two arches of a complex shape for fastening the strap that comes with the kit (the inscription “URAL” is engraved on it). The elements are screwed with metal hex screws.

In general, the design of the device quite impresses me. And the fact that the logo in Russian flaunts on the case is especially pleasing.

Assembly and elements

The device “Ural M-5” is assembled quite soundly, the casting of the case is of good quality. But, perhaps, JBL, LG or Sonos loses a little.

Separately, it is worth mentioning that all portable speakers “Ural” have a degree of protection against water and dust IP67. This is a nice bonus.

On top of the case there are voluminous control buttons for the device: on / off, volume down, TWS (connecting a second speaker), volume up, pairing. The pressure is firm, the stroke is minimal, a loud “click” sound is heard.

On the reverse side under a massive plug (thickness about 10 mm) – connectors:

  • USB Type-A for powering external devices 5V/1A
  • USB Type-C for speaker battery charging
  • AUX input. Includes 3.5mm – 3.5mm cable

On the front panel below there is a round device operation indicator, AUX connection and four triangles indicating the remaining battery charge.

In general, there are all possible modern methods of connecting to the Ural M-5, moreover, you can also power any gadget connected to USB-A.

About sound

The Ural company mainly focuses on the sale of powerful amplifiers for cars, subwoofers, crossovers, acoustics and accessories for all this stuff, so you should understand that portable acoustics are just a small part of the product. Don’t be too critical of her.

The Ural M-5 model uses two active radiators with a diameter of 70 mm and two passive radiators of 30 mm each. Each of the speakers produces up to 15 watts. Note that the manufacturer does not try to play with numbers, they say, the total power is 200 watts (although this is just RMS).

The frequency range is from 60 Hz to 20 kHz. The signal-to-noise ratio is 80 dB, the harmonic coefficient is 0.1%.

As I said earlier, specialists who worked on the popular series of car acoustics Ural AK and Warhead took part in the development and configuration of the devices. I will not list them – the information is in open sources.

After listening to music of different genres, I came to the conclusion that the engineers decided to focus on working out the mids with a slight emphasis on high frequencies.

In general, the decision is correct, because pumping low frequencies in such a cabinet size is a thankless task: they will pump, but the volume of the acoustics will be weak.

As a result, you get a very loud sound with clear voice transmission. And I can’t say that the speaker “screams” like many cheap tweeters. There is a really good range here.

In general, the bet was on the volume without distortion and the correct transmission of the speech / voice of the performer.

Low frequencies also have not gone away, but they are not so pronounced. Help in the “pumping” two passive radiators on the sides. Their pace is average. In this regard, JBL is more interesting. Or maybe in the “Ural” passive emitters were simply mechanically limited so that they would not vomit in the literal and figurative sense when playing Morgenstern.

The stereo effect is pleasant, it is perfectly audible. The stereo base is wide, you can feel it at a distance of a couple of meters.

The speakers are mounted so that they are directed forward, so there is no such thing as “surround sound”.

In general, if you need a portable speaker that plays very loudly and perfectly transmits the voice, then the Ural M-5 is your choice.

If we compare the Ural with JBL gadgets, then this is somewhere around the Charge 5 level in terms of bass and plus or minus volume like that of Xtreme 3.

Impression

I had the pleasure of testing a column that is released under our brand with a long history. Of course, like almost all gadgets on our electronics market, the Ural M-5 is assembled in China. But behind this is a staff of designers and specialists who brought the sound to mind. That is, it’s not just a nameplate pasted on – and everything is ready (something like OEM).

Naturally, well-known brands like JBL will be in higher demand. However, now their work in Russia is a big question (PR no longer works with journalists to send devices for testing). Therefore, gadgets are slowly running out, and prices are rising inexorably, despite the stabilizing exchange rate.

Now you can’t be sure of anything, but it seems to me that brands like Ural will be able to successfully sell devices in our country. But eminent companies will either leave forever, or will sell their devices at exorbitant prices, and their number will be limited.

As for the Ural TT M-5 model specifically, it is a cool portable speaker that you are not at all ashamed to buy for yourself or as a gift. Its sound quality is not bad: it plays exactly the money that the manufacturer asks for it, no more, no less.

If you have about 15,000 rubles, then you can still buy it as a great alternative to JBL Charge 5. Adding another 5,000 rubles, you can get a really cool product called Xtreme 3. Well, these are the prices today. In general: “Think for yourself, decide for yourself – to have or not to have …”


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