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Great little speaker that could, until it couldn't
on July 17, 2013
UPDATE FEB 2014: All good things must come to an end... After a several month love affair with my pOp, it up 'n died. Rest in peace little guy. I only downgraded you one star for your early demise (from four to three) because of all the good times we had :'(
This thing is perfect for me. I listen to a lot of audio (podcasts/music) via my smartphone, and though the phone's internal speaker is loud enough coming from a breast pocket while I'm in a quiet room, it just doesn't do the trick when water is running, a fan is on, I'm near traffic, or wind is rushing through my car window. I've been looking for a bluetooth speaker for a while now, but just haven't been motivated to buy any until I saw the AudioSource Sound pOp reviewed on TWIT TV (GizWiz show), after which I made an impulse buy here on Amazon. I'm glad I did...
What I love:
1) Suction Cup... Magnificent Idea. I carry it everywhere and stick it to everything -- The sun roof, side window, or windshield in my car; Fridge; Shower wall; Coffee Table; Even the back of my smartphone or tablet and use it as a stand - Perfect.
2) Size... Fits in pants pocket. TWIT TV described it as the size of a baseball, but it's smaller, and it tapers in from the middle.
3) Water resistant... I pop it onto the wall in the shower (not in direct flow)
4) Richness of sound... amazing bass for such small and light speaker.
5) Volume... Many times louder than my phone, tablet, or even laptop speakers
6) Feel/Durability... covered in water-resistant thermoplasic rubber (TPR) that provides grip (and protection from drops).
7) The price... a steal.
What I'm not in love with...
1) The speaker phone function. The volume of the caller is woefully inadequate (volume maxed on phone and speaker). They can hear me very well, but I have to hold the pOp to my ear to hear them (like I'm using a 1930's era phone)
2) When I first got it, every piece of dust or pet hair around me stuck to its rubbery surface like a magnet and was hard to wipe off. This problem is mostly gone now, though. Perhaps the oils from my hands have "demagnetized" it (ewwwww)
3) Suction release tab. It's a small tab along the outer edge of the cup which releases suction immediately with a light tug, but it's a clumsy move for my large hands to get to it, resulting in the pOp falling to the floor more than a few times already.
What YOU may not love...
1) No physical plug if your device doesn't have bluetooth. This doesn't matter at all to me, I bought it for cordless convenience.
2) The pOp is advertised to last "up to" 8 hours of play... I get 4 to 5. But I mostly always max the volume. Enough for me.
3) Mono... No capability to pair with another for stereo. But I love the richness of sound nonetheless.
4) The micro usb port door... It's a small rubbery flap to seal the port, and it covers it sufficiently, but it doesn't seem to "snap" shut perfectly. I don't care about that, because it's enough to repel moisture, and I won't be running this thing directly under the water. The speaker grill holes, though relatively small, still seem big enough to take in water, so I'd be careful even without this "flaw" -- The pOp is advertised as water-resistant, NOT water-proof.
Verdict: I bought this thing as a convenient BT speaker for personal wireless podcast/music listening everywhere, not for phone calls, stereo thrill, or parties. The richness of sound coming from the pOp is amazing to me. I'd always heard not to expect that over bluetooth, so maybe my expectation was a bit low, but it IS good. I'm equally enamored with the lowest tech feature of the thing -- That suction cup so I can secure it almost anywhere and not have to worry about balancing acts. The surface must be smooth, and a little moisture on the cup will help secure it more strongly (like any other suction cup), but believe it or not, that feature alone pushed me over the edge to impulse buy. I'm very happy with my pOp.