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Built-in microphone enables hands-free calling while showering.
Hands-Free Hours of Music
Rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of continuous music with one full charge.
Wirelessly play/pause the music, increase/decrease the volume, or switch to the next track with ease.
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This is my review of the Taotronics Bluetooth Shower Speaker. Model: TT-SK03. Amazon lists the product as:
TaoTronics TT-SK03 Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
I evaluated this product for a couple of weeks to give a detailed review. I have also taken a set of photos to help show what it looks like out of the box and when installed.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND UNBOXING:
The product comes in a box with contact information on the backside for North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. It is FCC and CE certified and compliant to work in these countries.
Inside the box that this product comes in is the shower speaker wrapped in a plastic bag with the suction cup held down by a card board box cutout. Inside the box is the thick user manual that supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese, each about 10 pages.
The USB power cable has an end specifically for the shower speaker. It’s not an industry standard USB cable that has a micro or mini USB connector on the other end. I would’ve liked the shower speaker to have a more common connector to plug in and charge the shower speaker. I leave that as a suggestion. I start to wonder if I were to lose this cable, what type is it and where can I find another one?
Some notables in the user manual are:
Bluetooth Version 3.0
Bluetooth Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
Range: 33 feet (10 m)
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh polymer lithium battery
Working time: Up to 5 hours
Charging time: 2 hours
Dimension: 3.4 x 3.4 x 2.4 in / 85 x 85 x 60 mm
Weight: 110 g / 3.88 oz
The charging cable measures about 40 inches long end to end.
Looking at the shower speaker, it can fit within the palm of my hand and gripped all around with my fingers and thumbs. The buttons are clearly visible by the symbol with the power button in the center and the volume control, play/pause, and skip tracks all around. The charging port is covered by a flap that can be pulled out or pushed in, giving some protection against splashes.
This product has a rating of IPX4 meaning that it’s water resistant, not waterproof. So it can handle splashes, but not submerged into water. I will mention about a test that I tried later on in the review.
The suction cup is fairly strong. It works great on granite and glass walls based on my tests.
First thing to do is to charge the shower speaker to full. This can be done with your PC, laptop, or with what I used, which is a charging station or wall charger that takes a USB connection. While charging, there will be an LED light in the center of the shower speaker buttons that turns red while charging. It will turn off to indicate that it is fully charged and ready to unplug for use.
The next step is pairing the Bluetooth speaker to the smartphone or tablet. Since I had an iPhone, I went into the Bluetooth discovery mode while the shower speaker was turned on by holding down the power button for 2 seconds. The device is listed as Taotronics TT-SK03 in the Bluetooth settings. Once that is paired, then you can find a radio station or song in your Music app to play to test out the audio going through the shower speaker.
I noticed that the volume control is separated from the smartphone’s volume control. So, by holding down the + or – buttons on the Shower Speaker, it is possible to raise or lower the volume separately than the volume bar on the smartphone. You will hit the end point on either the highest or lowest that it will go when you hear the double beep sound. This can be sort of useful for when you’re in the shower and you can’t reach your phone because you are in a wet area or it’s out of reach to be able to press the volume buttons on the shower speaker.
I tested different radio stations and music played through the shower speaker. It does a very good job with the audio quality. I set it at halfway on my smartphone’s volume controller while showering with a shower head and I can hear the music just about right over the sound of the water hitting my body. I have not tested maximizing the volume, but this is a pretty good audio output from the shower speaker for listening in the bathroom. It is better than the mini Bluetooth speakers that are sold online that are not meant for showers nor have water resistant protection.
Turning ON or OFF the shower speaker was very responsive and easy. Just pressing down the power button for 2 seconds makes some alien like noise with blinking blue LED flashing quickly to pair, then once paired, it makes a beep sound and slowly flashes blue. When you turn it off, it makes a sprinkling bell sound to signal that it is off and there’s no LED lighting present.
The microphone was tested separately from showering to test how sensitive the microphone is. I was disappointed in this feature of the shower speaker. I did some test calls between my smartphone and my landline phone to record myself going into voice mail and here’s what I found. If I lean to about 2-3 inches away from the shower speaker’s microphone and talk, the voice can be heard very loudly in the playback of the recording. It is not very sharp and clear, but heard well enough at this close of a range. However, most people aren’t going to put their face that close into the speaker. I did a test having the shower speaker at my office desk and then sit about a foot away from the shower speaker to talk during this recording and when playing it back, I found that the voice was very faint and fuzzy. There was a lot of noise in the sound quality even though everything around me was completely quiet and there were no intrusions. It sounds like I’m 15-20 feet away from a standard speakerphone. I would like as a feature suggestion to have Taotronics understand how microphone sensitivity can be improved and take as an example the quality and sensitivity of the microphone on the iPhone as one that I own to make it more comparable. I think this feature doesn’t stand out in the product marketing and is an add-on or “nice to have”, which is fine. I hope there’s some improvements in future models.
It’s interesting. You can take calls with the phone icon button on the shower speaker and send it to voice mail as well depending on whether or not you tap or press and hold down the button for a couple of seconds. But, when you get an incoming call, the automated voice will actually spell out the phone number that’s calling before it mimics the ringtone that you have installed, which will sound very loud and clear.
Next thing that I did was test the water resistant. There is some confusion between water proof and water resistant when I first got this product sample, so I contacted Support about this. What I found out was that this product is protective enough against water splashes, but cannot have water running against it like putting it under a sink or having it submerged in a bath tub or swimming pool. That will damage the product. I tried to do a stress test while showering by taking the shower speaker out and away from the suction touching the wall and I took my shower head to spray back and forth against the shower speaker while it was playing music. I shot the water while it was raining down on the shower speaker from all angles including front to back. To my surprise, it took it very well and continued to play music like nothing happened. It initially beat my expectations for water resistance since this was my first water resistant product.
However, most recently, I tried to perform some functions on it again, and found out while the speaker still performs well and seems unharmed based on talking through my other phone and hearing the output through the shower speaker, or playing radio music through the shower speaker, what happened was that during a call, I tried to talk into the microphone of the shower speaker, and no one could hear me. I yelled into it and did all sorts of things, but it failed to work. It had previously worked prior to me stress testing in the shower with the water raining down on it. So I found out that through my tests, the speakers withstood what I did to it, but the microphone did not. Fortunately, this was a sample and Taotronics was able to provide a replacement as long as I noted this happening to warn other users. Their recommendation is that while this product is water resistant graded IPX4 and can take water splashes, you really want this installed behind and away from the shower head and not have the shower head be able to spray water directly towards the shower speaker. I now know that and it’s a learning lesson.
I tested having the shower speaker suction attached to my granite wall for about a week and it kept hold very well even with the changes in temperature from being near an open window.
1) Small portable size to put away or place without much space required
2) Total volume output works great for overcompensating for the noise created while showering
3) Suction cup holds up very well with or without droplets of water onto granite and glass surfaces
4) Long battery life with minimal amount of time to charge
5) Water resistant grade allows being able to handle splashes of water
1) Microphone quality is not sensitive as compared to modern smartphone microphones for talking at a short distance
2) Microphone was tested and found to be more sensitive to water damage than the speakers themselves
1) Create a more standard power cable for charging the shower speaker such as Micro USB connector cable
2) Create a more sensitive built in microphone feature that can handle capturing good sound quality from up to 3-5 feet away
This product is useful for those who:
1) Spend a lot of time in the bathroom
2) Like to listen to music while showering or bathing
3) Like to sing to music while showering
4) Like to have company while in the bathroom
Overall, I think this product works well for what it was from an audio speaker perspective. The microphone needs improvement to be able to do more with it for handling regular call quality discussions. I’ll definitely be using this more often and have it in my bathroom at all times.
I received a sample from the manufacturer to help provide the user experience and explain where the improvements are to be made. I am also publishing this review for prospective buyers by helping you make smart, informed decisions based on the information available in this review and the photos provided.
Thanks for reading my review.
So far, I am loving this Bluetooth Shower Speaker from TaoTronics. The first day I plopped it on my shower wall and enjoyed the ability to change songs, increase/decrease volume, and even answer calls. (I don't answer calls in the shower, but at least I know my phone is ringing!) I must not have had it properly placed on the tile, because after my shower, it came crashing down onto the hard tile floor. That didn't seem to faze this awesome little speaker. It still works like a champ. I even took it into another room when I was painting and suctioned it onto a table top to keep the tunes flowing while I worked.
The speaker came in a simple, easy to open box that included the charging cable and the suction cup.
One fall is all it takes for it to not work any longer. Very disappointed. Not worth $1