CONFIGURATION AND TESTING
Lighting and Presentation
Configuring the BD3 is pretty straightforward. The devices works for any device that is equipped with Bluetooth, including desktop PCs and laptops. Phones, tablets, and media players of course are the target devices.
The remote is well laid out, and the accompanying quick-start guide goes over the functions:
As a brief outline, the remote has the usual volume control, power on/off, forward, rewind, play/pause, stop, and Bluetooth connect buttons. It also controls the various lighting effects and modes. It does all of this on any device whether it be via Bluetooth or the 3.5mm analog audio jack, and on all types of playable media and streaming services (such as YouTube and SoundCloud to name two examples).
The bright LED maelstrom of colours is where the Black Diamond 3 is absolutely stunning. It comes in a few different modes, the first one being a standard cycling between different colours. The solid colours transition from one to the other in a five-second interval.
The second is a multicoloured array that can either react to music, or transition slowly as the first mode. The colours remain the same and shine throughout, but will shine brighter when certain notes are hit.
The last mode is a complete reactionary mish-mash of which there are three additional sub-modes – one colour, two, or more than three.