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Super heavy duty speaker with great battery life
on June 23, 2016
* Durability is phenomenal here, with a thick rubber-like material along the top and bottom (which is easy to grip when wet) and the speaker easily survived my toss-it-out-the-window test from about 20 feet with no noticeable dings. As far as waterproof-ness, I took a shower and left this thing on the ground below me and it happily kept the tunes going the entire time. Considering the other reviewers that have run this over with cars and submerged it completely, I'd say this is a very well-built product.
* Bluetooth range isn't terrible. I had no problems with my connection through two walls and about 25 feet of distance overall.
* Sound quality is acceptable. I'd call it average for cheap speakers, but definitely not the worst. More on this below.
* Battery life is pretty good. I haven't run it down fully so far but I was using it on full volume for about 7 hours (driving a loud truck) and had no issues whatsoever. Charge time afterward couldn't have been more than a couple hours, which is very good in my opinion.
* Muddy sound. I pretty much expected this from small speakers to begin with, but these are pretty poor when it comes to clarity for vocals or classical music. Not a huge deal if you primarily listen to rock and hip hop, but the fact that the speakers sound overdriven at all times is a little annoying. My best attempts to correct the sound involved some software eq work (rough pic of eq attached). The problems are pretty predictable though - highs are a bit shrill, lows are lacking all detail but can be heard if the song is bass-y enough or if you eq it to death, mids are fairly flat and boring. Overall I would say this speaker sounds like an average pair of cheap computer speakers if you put a pillow in front of them.
* Cables included are thin and flimsy. I doubt either will hold up very long. Luckily, this uses a standard micro-usb plug for charging and 3.5mm for input (if you don't want to use bluetooth) so these aren't very serious issues.
* No hole for a rope or carabiner. Being a ruggedized outdoor speaker with 1/4" threads for a stand, the manufacturer seemed to realize that people might not have a place to put this on the ground, but they overlooked a fairly standard feature here. Most small outdoor speakers have a hole in the corner to run a rope through or similar so that you could hook it onto a climbing pack or belt or anything else, so this seems like an oversight. I went to a hardware store and bought an eyelet with matching threads to attach my own carabiner to compensate, but I have to remove it if I want to set it down on a table or something with the controls facing up (since the screw post is on the bottom). Not a huge deal to most people, but between this and the muddy sound, I'd only give 4 stars.
I picked this speaker up for around $50, and I'd say it's worth it to purchase up to $75 without hesitation. I would absolutely buy this speaker again.