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Battery Great, Sound Great, Loud Enough, Bluetooth Ignorance
on July 2, 2013
I am super happy with this product! This speaker is small, very portable, very lightweight with a very long battery life.
The battery lasts forever. I'm not joking. I took it on a camping trip and tried to use it constantly in Bluetooth mode to see when it would die but it lasted long past the 3 day camping trip before running out of juice.
Rich bass, good mid range, and clear treble for a full sound. I separated sound quality from loudness as they are two different things.
If you use this in the bathroom it will be plenty loud and you won't need to crank up the volume to the limit. If you use this at the pool near to your group of friends it will perform handsomely. The speaker should not be expected to drown out a large group of loud people talking and laughing, screaming children, or any other excessive ambient noise. In other words if I have people over and I want to have music going in one room and have people in the next room also hear it I would choose to use my stereo. But that isn't what it is designed to do.
BLUETOOTH AND OTHER NEGATIVE BLUETOOTH RELATED COMMENTS:
Some people make negative comments about product functionality assuming their complaints are valid but they are ignorant and don't understand Bluetooth limitations. PEOPLE SHOULD THINK OF BLUETOOTH AS A WAY TO WORK ON A REASONABLE LEASH WITHOUT PHYSICAL CABLES RATHER THAN A FEATURE THAT LETS YOU HAVE COMPLETE MOBILITY FROM A FIXED UNIT. Just think about Bluetooth phone headsets. You don't keep your phone at home inside if you are on the phone with your Bluetooth earpiece you keep your phone nearby like in your pocket on handbag.
Bluetooth requires a continuous uninterrupted signal. If you start playing music and you keep you phone in your pocket then walk far enough away the connection may be dropped. When you get back to the unit you will have to re pair the connection. This may be frustrating but the solution is simple. Leave your phone near the unit. Don't buy this device if you expect on keeping your personal device far away from it at all times. Remember this was designed to accompany backpackers, bikers within a few feet of the device not to leave your phone in the house while you listen to music at your pool. Buy a phone protector like an otter box if that is your issue...
If your aren't happy with your Bluetooth functionality it could due to a combination of factors. The most likely culprit is the strength of your personal devices transmitter (phone, iPod), then the conditions of use (obstructions, distance, battery levels), and lastly (and less likely the problem) the boombox.
This company could make a killing on a less portable yet rugged home device. There isn't anything out there that is as rugged, battery powered, and really loud. This company has delivered the product they set out to make and did it well. Now they should expand the product line. I would recommend them increasing the size/weight, expand and double the speakers, increase the wattage (likely requiring more than double the batteries), and put a handle on it so that it could be carried easily. Something that one could take to a bonfire party and supply tunes for a whole crowd. I figure it would double the cost too but the sound is so good and the unit is so rugged that I would trust this company to make a good quality product meeting my wishes.