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Little Dude packs a Big Punch..,
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This review is from: Photive HYDRA Rugged Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Shockproof and Waterproof Wireless Speaker with latest Bluetooth 4.0 Technology (Electronics)
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..
This unit is WaterProof, There is a Rubber Cap that coveres the USB port, ON/Off switch, and Aux Input, Not a big deal, but the tether that holds that cap on when you need to access the Ports, is Utterly Useless,, You will see what I mean. Its like having a Tether on your Gas Cap of you car, but always find your darn gas cap on the ground under you tire. Whats the point if it doesnt work, The CAP works, it stays on when needed, but the when you take the cap off, might as well just take if it,, if you leave it hanging from the tether it will fall anyway...
BACK TO THE GOOD>>>.
It has on the speaker itself a Volume UP/DOWN, Bluetooth Pair and Forward/Reverse buttons on it, so you can control with you wet fingers..
Sounds wise, You get Bass,, BUT.. you can get more bass by using a reflective surface like a box, Bucket, or cooler to bounce the sounds back, that being said, this little guys is almost half the price, half the size of the Soundfreaq, YET it puts out more sound. This thing is very clear and to my surprise has actually got me hooked,,
Its easier for my 1 and 4 year old to care around, looks like mini boom box when they listening and dancing with it, it handles drops well,
No issues pairing, or with anything other then the TETHER so far and I would say that I will surely be buying more of these.....
For the Price and Sounds..
So back to why I bought this one in the First place. Night Golf. So I strap this to my back with some Velcro and had enough sound that I didnt need it on FULL volume, which is very impressive for Outdoors..
Hope this helps