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Photive HYDRA Rugged Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Shockproof and Waterproof Wireless Speaker with latest Bluetooth 4.0 Technology

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  • Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof Rated IP66 for 100% protection against Water and Dust. Rubberized rugged exterior for ultimate impact resistance.
  • Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 Technology- Ultra-optimized version of Bluetooth that consumes less energy and delivers crystal clear sound.
  • Jaw-dropping Sound Quality and Volume - Equipped with a passive subwoofer and two 40 mm drivers, itll deliver the rich bass and sound quality that you crave.
  • Lithium ion rechargeable battery Enjoy up to 8 hours of uninterrupted playtime with a single charge.
  • Doubles as a Shower Speaker- listen to your favorite tunes while showering and still be able to control all the functions without having to step out of the shower.
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Size (LWH): 6 inches, 1.5 inches, 2 inches
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 2 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00K589F8A
  • Item model number: PH-BTW55
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Color: Black

Photive Hydra Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The Photive Hydra portable Bluetooth speaker provides perfect sound in less-than-perfect environments. Rated IP 66 for resistance against dust and water, it features a heavy-duty, rubberized exterior and treated aluminum grill that can withstand the elements. Perfect for listening to your music around the house, shower, beach, camping, hiking, rafting or backyard poolside fun.The Hydra pairs instantly with Bluetooth devices like smartphones, Tablets, and computers, letting you send your favorite songs wirelessly to the speaker. Change tracks and adjust volume from your Bluetooth device, or use the buttons located on the speaker.

Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof – Rated IP66 for 100% protection against Water and Dust. Rubberized rugged exterior for ultimate impact resistance.
Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 Technology- Ultra-optimized version of Bluetooth that consumes less energy and delivers crystal clear sound.
Jaw-dropping Sound Quality and Volume - Equipped with a passive subwoofer and two 40 mm drivers, it'll deliver the rich bass and sound quality that you crave.
Lithium ion rechargeable battery - Enjoy up to 8 hours of uninterrupted playtime with a single charge.
Doubles as a Shower Speaker- listen to your favorite tunes while showering and still be able to control all the functions without having to step out of the shower.
Built-in microphone and speakerphone - take calls hand-free directly through the speaker.
Compact and Portable- The Hydra measures approximately 6 x 2 x 3 inches.


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Customer Reviews

It exceeded expectations. The sound quality is great. Ive had it at the beach and have had no problems. Read more ›
Also used it at the campsite after the beach. The sound is good and it can get pretty loud. Worked fantastic and held a good charge considering it was being used for at… Read more ›
I bought this speaker for use on a river float and I…Sound is really good for the price and it fell in the water at least once during the river float and worked just fine! Read more ›
Simple pairing with my Windows 8x phone. The sound is really great. I was playing the speaker in my computer room when wife walked in. Read more ›
It's not a big deal. Sound is surprisingly good. Don't be alarmed when you find a cable with no plug. Read more ›
sound quality is decent, pairs easily, range is just OK, run time seems good, actually I haven't run it out of juice, so I would day 9+ hours easy. Looks rugged. Read more ›
But I like the fact that is waterproof, not like the others. I would recommend, the price is good too. Read more ›
Sound quality is definitely not premium, but for the price this is a great way to bring music on the go. Projects especially well when used with a makeshift resonator—any… Read more ›
Great sound from a small speaker! Price is really good. Read more ›
Overall I think for the price this is a GREAT deal. It does perform well when splashed. Read more ›
This speaker is of excellent build quality. And the sound for the price is awesome. Although I do hear a bit of distortion in the mids and the bass is a bit flat. Read more ›
Awesome sound in such a portable package! Was looking for a waterproof speaker and after weeks of research, determined this to be the best value out there. Are there better… Read more ›
Great value. The bass isn't strong, but it matches other similarly sized speakers at this price range. You may get better bass response when placed at a slight upward angle… Read more ›
It's plenty loud for any room in my house. The sound quality is also very good, it doesn't sound cheap or tinny IMO, and the bass is pretty good as well. For $60.00 you… Read more ›
The bass is not earth shaking nor did I expect it to be for a speaker…The bass does sound good but if your music relies heavily on bass then you will not be too impressed. Read more ›
It's perfect for my car…My mom said to me "you should've done this along time ago would saved you money." The sound is very nice and clear and the bass is nice. Read more ›
It held its charge, and it's sound quality never changed…The only reason for a 4-star review is the lack of extremely clear high-end sound, but the lows are great! I… Read more ›
As stated in previous reviews the speaker lacks bass but that's to be expected in this type of speaker in this price range. Overall this is a great little speaker. Read more ›
Purchased for use @ pool and is just perfect! I thought i would sacrifice clarity for volume,but quality is crisp turned way up! My wife loves her present! Read more ›
Sound Quality: Like I said, I listened to quite a few…This volume is perfectly loud enough to fill my apartment or give the girls something to dance to at the frat parties. Read more ›
Not only is it durable, it has fantastic sound quality that spans our entire yard….which is pretty big. It has great volume and looks good too! Great buy! Read more ›
Once again, no issues. The volume is good. Its really loud for such a small thing. Read more ›
The sound quality and volume are surprisingly good, considering the size of the unit. Listening to it from across the yard while doing some various chores, I actually got… Read more ›
This thing is awesome. It's small and compact but gets loud. Use it at work and around the house. Read more ›
Sounds great and the perfect size. I take it to my pool and leave my phone on the deck. Read more ›
Really enjoyed this nice sound compact size. Have not yet used it for a vacation yet but I am sure it will be great. Read more ›
So far so good! Sound is good for size of speaker. Ive been trying to kill the battery for two days and it just keeps on going. Read more ›
Good sound for size. Worked good at river float Read more ›
Sounds great for the size. Use it to listen to audiobooks in my truck. Read more ›
- Excellent sound and max volume for the size - Excellent size - Can be set in multiple positions Read more ›
It's been up in the mountains and at the base of climbing walls. The sound is good, not much low end but the mid and highs are clear. There is a little distortion if you… Read more ›
Only con that I see (more a suggestion) would be to have brackets to hang, as when volume up, speaker has a tendency to…Sound is crystal clear, with great lows and highs. Read more ›
Solid speaker system for the money. Very impressive rugged feel and deep bass, clear highs and mids. I take it to the beach all the time it seems to be holding up well with… Read more ›
soo dope, I put it under our four claw bathtub. It has nice highs and good bass for such a small unit, it totally fills the bathroom. cant wait to take to the beach. Read more ›
I am thoroughly impressed with how well this speaker sounds, the lows as well as the highs sound good. I expected this speaker to not sound as good as it does. Read more ›
It has two 40mm (7w total output) drivers and a…To the trained ear the mids are a bit harsh as well as the highs, that being said, it still makes an impressive sound. B… Read more ›
I purchased…Audio clarity is astounding, its painless to set up and use, and the company actually called shortly after my purchase to ensure that I was liking the product. Read more ›
-Quality sound (2x 3.5 watt drivers) (15w output) (highs are clear and mids sound good) -Easy to set up -Small and portable Read more ›
Great sound. Easy to use and easy to set up. Read more ›
Bought this as a Father's Day gift for my dad who is a former professional jazz musician. He informed me the speaker has awesome sound, is tough, and was easy to set up. Read more ›
We wanted this speaker for our boat and it works great. It was very simple to set up. Read more ›
Great speakers that are easy to set up! Four stars because it sometimes skips if my phone (music device) is over 20 feet away with obstacles inbetween Read more ›
The look is rugged and it weighs enough to be…The bluetooth connects instantaneously and the controls work perfectly with my galaxy S3 which is a huge bonus for me. Not… Read more ›
Poor quality control. The internal charging plug is broken so I cannot connect the charger cable. Read more ›
Super convenient device. Holds a charge for upwards of 8 hours and has real nice & simple controls. Not a "boom" box, but for the size, I'm quite impressed by the amount of… Read more ›
Next one I got sounds great and met expectations. Its a five-star speaker, but I give it 4 starts because of poor quality control on the first one. Read more ›
Well designed, great sound, synced up easily with my BT 2.0 devices. easy to control sound and function. Works great and has good battery life. Read more ›
charged it twice and the inlet for plug broke off inside I opened it to try to fix it but its only soldered to a resister board I am shocked that they built it this way… Read more ›
Simply the best Bluetooth Speaker I have ever used. Very rugged, well designed and well built. Very easy to use anywhere and the sound is great for a small speaker. Read more ›
For under $75 I would go with this unit EVERY time. Love the WATERPROOF design and the sound is pretty dang good! Got it for my wife and she is very particular and she was… Read more ›
I hated the design of all the other shower speakers out there that hang off the showerhead like an Christmas ornament. Then I finally found this one that was such a new… Read more ›
This little speaker is pretty loud for its size. The highs and mids are really clear. You can't expect that much bass from a little box like this but it does the job. Read more ›
Solid speaker system for the money. Very impressive rugged feel and deep bass, clear highs and mids. I take it to the beach all the time it seems to be holding up well with… Read more ›
Pros: -Quality sound (2x 3.5 watt drivers) (15w output) (highs are clear and mids sound good) -Easy to set up Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Marianne P. Smith on June 2, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I originally purchased this speaker because I needed a way to listen to my music, etc. in the car while my kids watched their DVDs through my minivan's audio system. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on something that I could ONLY use in the car (such as an fm receiver) though, so I found myself looking at bluetooth speakers. My Dad has a jawbone jam box speaker - but he paid an insane amount of money for it and when I found a review that compared the Photive speaker to the Jawbone and the Photive came out ahead, I was sold. Since I planned to use the speaker both in the car and on the go, I decided to spend the little bit extra and go with the HYDRA model for the water resistant/rugged features (I have two young boys - spills happen AND we spend a lot of time at the beach, on the soccer fields, etc where features like that come in handy). This speaker is FANTASTIC!!!!! The sound quality is AMAZING. The range is fabulous. We even did our own test comparing it to the Jawbone Jambox ($199.99) and I'd take the Photive HYDRA over the Jambox any day. Long story short? Buy this. It won't disappoint!!!!
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Zachary S. *Tech Reviewer* TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 5, 2014
Color Name: Black
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The Photive Hydra Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker is a small and loud Bluetooth speaker that has a unique feature.

Box Contents (Thick cardboard box):
-Photive Hydra Bluetooth Speaker
-Micro USB cable
-Aux cable
-Instruction manual

Pros:
-Quality sound (2x 3.5 watt drivers) (15w output) (highs are clear and mids sound good)
-Easy to set up
-Small and portable
-Controls like play/pause, change volume and change song
-Charges by micro USB; I do not like mini USB or unique/old plugs people don't use today
-Silicon cover all over the speaker give the speaker good grip when carrying
-Rugged design and cool looking
-On/off switch
-Water/weather proof and dust proof/shockproof (submergible) (IP66 rated)
-Aux port for playing non Bluetooth devices
-Long battery life on 1 charge (8 hours)
-Built in microphone
-Great gift for music lovers like me
-Great price for a waterproof speaker!

Cons:
-Silicon piece surrounding the speaker makes it hard to shake all the water off if no towel is available
-Bass is not too good but sound quality overall is acceptable

Overall, this is great choice if you are looking for a waterproof and great sounding Bluetooth speaker that is small and looks good.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The OneSockMonster on July 14, 2014
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Ok, I felt compelled to write this,, So I have tried a few of the different models out there, and I for the price, I had finally settled on the Soundfreaq SFQ-04 Sound Kick Bluetooth speaker $99 from Amazon. I liked the Soundfreaq for the price and it was reliable, but I cannot find that darn thing for the life of me and I needed some Tunes for our Night Golf Outing. so I decided to Amazon Prime one overnight, I found this Photive Hydra for $60 it was already less so I figured If I found my Soundfreaq, I wouldnt feel so bad for buying this one.

So when I got it, it was rather small.. Id say it was about the size of a Rock Star Energy drink Can, The Speaker is not round, so dont want to throw you off there, the Rockstar Energy Drink can was just for reference in size..
My Soundfreaq was easily twice the size, and weighed a considerally more than the Photive
So I was apprehensive on the size..

So I open it up. and it comes with a short USB Cable, and a short headset cable if you need to plug directly in, Thats it, no plug for the way, it has a ON/Off switch and a USB in port for charging. This is where I started to think that it was inferior to the Soundfreaq, I was miffed at first that I didnt get a Wall Plug, but soon remember how many times I lost or had to find the Plug for my soundfreaq which was not USB at all and although NOT proprietary, still far more difficult to find a charger that fit it, than a Simple USB that ALL my SmartPhones and Tablets already use, so I figured that for me, it was actually a great idea,.

So before I get to the Sound, I wanted to state the ONLY CON I have so far..
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Greg on June 10, 2014
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
So, I picked up the Photive hydra because I needed a durable yet compact Bluetooth speaker hat could handle the abuse of daily wear at my job. Suffice to say, this little guy does just that.

It's got a soft to the touch rubber waterproof casing that is built into the frame and on the end is a watertight rubber cap that seals your on off switch auxiliary port and charging port.
It has two 40mm (7w total output) drivers and a passive subwoofer which actually sounds pretty good. To the trained ear the mids are a bit harsh as well as the highs, that being said, it still makes an impressive sound. Because of its small size (6" long by 2" x 2") it can't be expected to produce too much bass but the bass that does come out is pleasantly surprising
I am fairly pleased with the overall loudness of it. It gets loud enough to fill a room to the point that you have to strain to hear someone talking, but it seems to lose a bit of bass when it's turned down. This is most likely due to the small drivers moving more air in turn moving the passive subwoofer the louder it gets.

After a week:
This thing still impresses me every time I turn it on. I was in the front of the house working in the yard and listening to it and it fell off the windowsill about 3 feet straight onto the concrete. My wife even freaked out for a sec and I didn't even budge...(I'm actually looking forward to seeing how much abuse it will take) not only did it not damage the unit in any way or permanently mark it at all, but it didn't skip a beat, playing loud 90's hits even while slamming into the ground. I picked it up, brushed it off and put it right back on the windowsill.
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