Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speakers

Okay, it’s been a while since I reviewed some stereo speakers, and I just finished hooking them up right now. Needless to say, I was pretty glad to hear the Hamilton soundtrack as it was connected to my phone.

The sound is very good, and the bass is shaking the floor. I believe that my dog is very afraid. That is about is good as I can say about any stereo speakers, honestly.

You can see that the design of the speakers is “old school”, and I am not going to dispute that. As someone who remembers having some seventies speakers, they do remind me of that with their wooden textures and black color scheme.

This is a 2.1 system, so you can take from that what you will. As far as the specs are concerned, we are looking at an 8-inch subwoofer with two bookshelf satellite speakers that in turn have titanium dome tweeters (3/4 inch in size).

The controls of the speakers are on the side, with treble, bass, and volume. When I first connected the speakers to my phone, I couldn’t get it to work, so then I had to push in the volume like a button. It was kind of weird.

While I am on the subject of controls, it does come with a remote. It allows for switching of inputs. I should probably let you know that this takes optical, coaxial, auxiliary, and even Bluetooth, if it is range. The remote is this circle-shaped thing that comes with its own battery.

I don’t know what else that I can say other than it is cool deal, and it is available for purchase on the Edifier site for about $299.99.

AQUAPHONICS AQ10 by LifeProof Review

We’ve done a lot of phone case reviews from the LifeProof company, like the FRĒ but LifeProof is branching out into things like “WaterProof, DirtProof, SnowProof and DropProof” Bluetooth speakers. The one we’re reviewing today is called the Aquaphonics AQ10.

photos courtesy of LifeProof

AQ10 Specs

This Bluetooth speaker is 8.5 inches long, about 3 1/4 inches tall and wide, and weighs about 27 ounces. This rugged, portable speaker is great to take to the beach. This one is the middle size of the two speakers offered by LifeProof. You can buy it in this basic black color, or you can jazz it up with the Laguna Clay Grey color- which is a grey speaker with green accents. An AC 12V/2A power adapter is included for charging. It probably would have been better to have a USB charging option. This is something many have found strange. You can use the 13 hours of battery life to charge your phone through a USB out port, but it doesn’t charge very fast.

Other Details

As you can see, the buttons to operate the speaker are extremely tactile, making it easy to use the speaker for controlling your music from the speaker.

Another button to power on the speaker and a switch to lock controls, plus LED lights that indicate how much power is left in the speaker are on the one side, while the other side hosts the charging port, a 3.5mm aux in port, and a USB port hidden under a protective waterproof flap.

The bottom of the speaker has a dry box that’s small enough to hold some cash, credit cards, and other small items. It also contains a USB power port and 3.5mm auxiliary in port. The dry box is too small for a cell phone on this model. If you had an old iPod Nano, you could plug that in and play it inside the speaker maybe, with a small enough cord. Again, if you want to store your phone inside your speaker, you better get the bigger size.

Another great feature is that this speaker floats. It has a IP67 rating, which means it can be submersed for 30 minutes at 1 meter. Like the LifeProof cases, it stands up against dirt, dust and snow, and can be dropped from close to 4 feet and survive.

 Sound

So how does this speaker sound? Well, the sound quality has been a big complaint for reviewers. This device is definitely not for true audiophiles. Common complaint is lack of bass. The Bluetooth range is decent, so go ahead and walk through your house with your device. You should still stay attached. You can also answer phone calls on this speaker.

Buying the AQ10

If you want the AQ10, it comes with a price tag of about $200 on the Lifeproof site. We can suggest that those looking for a highly durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker might go for this one if waterproofing is what you desire. The AQ10 is available at Best Buy stores, and you can also buy online.

This speaker was provided free to us in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Our Review of the JBL Link 300 Voice Activated Speaker

We’re reviewing another product from JBL. This product doesn’t have cool flashing lights, but it can stand on its own features. This is the JBL Link 300, which is a voice activated speaker similar to Google Home products.

What Does it Do?

This is an alternative to Google Home Max- comparative in size, but without the large price tag. It pairs with Google Assistant to answer all your “Ok Google” questions. It has Chromecast built in, so you can stream music and you can also pair it with your phone with Bluetooth to stream music from your phone as well. It has nice sound that you would expect a JBL speaker of this size to have.

What it Doesn’t Do

It doesn’t do hands-free calling like Google Home products do. I can’t ask Google to dial friends and family. It’s not portable, either. It stays plugged in on your desk or coffee table- much like Amazon Echo and Google Home products. There is a smaller JBL Link 10 that is waterproof, rugged and portable, but we’ll do a review of that another time if JBL sends us one to review.

Design

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to this speaker. The dimensions are 9.3 x 5.4 x 6.0 inches. Weight is about three and a half pounds. The black matte plastic casing covers the top and bottom, and the cloth speaker covering surrounds front and back with the exception of the bass subwoofer that can really get thumpin’! The buttons on the top are the basic ones you would find on a JBL speaker. The one in the middle is the Google Home Assistant button in case you would rather tap it than talk to it.

There are two mics on top that can pick up your voice from far away. If you have music going, you might have to yell to make sure your voice is picked up, but otherwise, it’s pretty powerful.

Cost

So what it all comes down to is cost. Currently, the JBL Link 300 is $199– down from $249.95. That’s a pretty great value if you are looking to save money compared to the $400 Google Home Max.

Disclaimer- This was another free review product sent to us courtesy of JBL. No compensation was given to us for this fair and unbiased review.

Pulse 3 Bluetooth Portable Bluetooth Speakers Will Color Your World

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We’ve recently seemed to be doing some different reviews of color changing speakers like the Halo and this one by iHome. Those were nice, but the Pulse 3 by JBL will blow those speakers out of the water.

Speaking of water, the Pulse 3 is waterproof with an IPX 7. This is great if you want to put it in your bathtub and jam out with a light show in the tub with you! As long as it’s about 3 ft. deep. The underwater sound isn’t that great, of course. Maybe you want to take it in the shower. That might be better.

This upgrade from the JBL Pulse 2 has a sleek plastic design. This is opposed to the mesh design of its predecessor. This makes the light show more radiant and much more awe- inducing.

The speaker comes in colors of white(as shown), or black. With the plastic casing, there could probably be a chance of scratches. Fingerprints are visible when the device is off, but not so much when the lights are turned on. They can be easily cleaned off, though.

The size is about two 12 oz. soda cans stacked on top of each other. A little wider than them. It weighs in at about 2 pounds. 8.78 x 3.62 x 3.62 inches are the dimensions.

Sound

The 360 (well,almost 360) sound at the base of the speaker is pretty decent for a portable Bluetooth speaker. There are 2 passive radiators- one on each end. I don’t know how much they contribute to the sound, but it is kind of fun to watch the water fly off or bounce around when it is submerged.

Turning the sound up too high will lead to distortion, but you can turn it up enough for the sound to fill a room. If you want even more sound, you can use the JBL Connect to pair a couple of JBL devices. You can even pair up to 100 devices if you had them. That could make for a pretty amazing party.

Light Show

This really would be the reason for buying a JBL Pulse 3. After downloading the app, you can really make the experience personalized. Cycling through different features like jet, explosion, equaliser, rave, and rainbow, you can use the app to add your own colors. This feature used to be directly on the Pulse 2, but for some reason they took it off.

Other Great Features

The Pulse 3 fully charges with the included mini USB cable in about 5 hours. 12 hours is the general battery life, but will most likely go faster if played at a loud volume. Turning off the lights could save battery life as well, but who wants to do that? If you need more battery, bring an extra power pack.

The app can work with Siri and Google Assistant as well, and the speaker can be used as a speakerphone. You can have fun talking to your loved ones while watching a light party.

I think it’s safe to say, this speaker is a good buy, but has a higher price tag than others at $199.95

We received a Pulse 3 speaker to review at no charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

 

A Review of the Halo Bluetooth speaker from Creative Labs

We’ve reviewed many a bluetooth speaker on the GeekChurch, and here is another from Creative Labs- a company we’ve been able to do some other reviews for lately. This speaker is called the Halo, and if you are an augophile or chromatophile, you might enjoy it greatly.

The Halo is a portable Bluetooth speaker- with dimensions of 6.9 x 2.8 x 4.3 inches and weighing a little over a pound. It also has a nice little carrying handle on the side.

The top has a rubberized panel with raised symbols to power it on, turn the volume up and down, take calls, and control the lights. The rest of the speaker is covered in a cloth material- with the exception of the mirror ring around the front, and the black plastic type ring on the back.

All-in-all, it has a pretty great look to it. Speaking of look- did I mention the mirror on the front? So if you are vain and want to get a look at yourself, you could. There is the downfall of fingerprints on the mirror surface, but what is really great is when you get the lights going on it, and it looks like you can see forever into the back.

If you have a favorite color, you can leave it on that particular color. You have the option of 16.8 million colors when you download the iOS or Android app.

The app,Creative Xpectra, allows you to change the effects and colors shown on the speaker.

The light effects do tend to drain the battery- which is said to last 8 hours, but doesn’t last nearly that long with the light show. Also, the volume will effect the battery life as well. If you want a long lasting light show (more than two hours), you might want to bring along the charging cable. A small USB cable for charging is included. It’s only about a meter long, though.

The sound is about what you might expect for a small bluetooth speaker of this price. It’s definitely not for the audiophiles, but it is a fun speaker, nonetheless, and a good sounding one for this price range, which is $69.99 on the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Creative sent us this product for free to review. No other sponsorship has been given in exchange for our unbiased and fair review.

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker

For those who like portable sound, or just want to have some good sound for their blue-tooth enabled devices, Anker has given the answer in this SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker.

The size of the speaker makes it nice and portable, and it’s comparable to similar speakers like the JBL flip. There are semi-raised buttons to help you navigate in an easy, tactile manner.

If you need a little more bass in your life, the BassUp™ button will intensify your bass. The range on the boost is 66 feet without walls. If you are separating your device from your speaker, it might start skipping at 56 feet if you’re in a different room with walls in between. That’s still an impressive reach!

Most important, of course, is sound quality, and the sound is very good, of course. I enjoyed the comparison of sound on different portable speakers that this YouTuber did, so here you go:

Some other good features of the SoundCore Boost is that the battery lasts up to 12 hours. Included in the box is a micro USB cable, but no charging adapter, so you will need to have one already. It does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge. The included cord is also a short one, so you have to charge your speaker pretty close to the charging source.

It uses Bluetooth Version 4.2, which makes pairing with devices pretty simple. It is water resistant, and that’s a nice feature if you’re taking it out and about. The cloth wrapping around the outside might attract a lot of dust, though. I’ve heard that it’s not the sturdiest speaker, so you should be careful not to drop it. Anker does have good customer service, though.

The normal price for this speaker is $79 on the website. You’ll find it for the same price on Amazon.com.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 2: Buckshot 2.0 and Turtle Shell 3.0 Bluetooth Speakers

Once again, we have some more Outdoor Technology merch to review, and I’ve decided to write about two Bluetooth speakers with the Buckshot 2.0 and the Turtle Shell 3.0.

Outdoor Technology Buckshot 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

The Buckshot 2.0 is clearly a Bluetooth speaker made like most these days. That is, it is rugged and made for portability, as it is shockproof and IPX6 rated dust and waterproof. The issue is that it is quite small, and it will fit in the palm of your hand. You see that clip, you can strap it to a bag and handlebars.

As for the playtime, it is good for 20 hours without charging. What is really interesting is the range. Most Bluetooth products are good for about 30 feet, but the Buckshot 2.0 is good for about 60 feet of range.

There are also some great controls on it, for changing tracks and some volume control. The Buckshot 2.0 is also great for some Siri action with a built-in microphone.

I’m not certain if this is a sale of some type, but you can purchase the Buckshot 2.0 for $27.95 on the Outdoor Technology site now. That price feels pretty small, so I’m wondering if it might go up, especially as it says “compare at $39.95”. It is available in black, chrome (with black), blue, gray, and red.

Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker

This particular type of Bluetooth Speaker is one that I have actually reviewed in the past. This article here was the last time, and I actually believe that this is the third time that I have reviewed this Turtle Shell. So that means that I actually have reviewed the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of this product, which might be the first time that I can say that about anything.

Believe me, I always love the shape of this speaker, something that I can only describe as “like a gem”. I mean, look at the cut of it, it is simply fantastic. I’ll go into the details of what’s up as this version of the Turtle Shell has 20 hours worth of play time.

It is rated at IPX7, which is good for rugged enough to protect against dust, shock, and water. I mean, this Turtle Shell 3.0 can float on the top of the water, like a real turtle.

In addition to its ability to be a Bluetooth Speaker, it is also a powerbank, a 3600 mAh capacity battery, where you can connect your devices. Oh, there is another unique feature because you can connect to more than one Turtle shell thanks to the power of wireless pairing.

You can purchase the Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker on the Outdoor Technology site for $99.95 in black, electric blue, gray, red, and camo.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 5: Bluetooth Splash Speaker (iBT77)

Well, today is my last review of an iHome product, unless I can somehow get more before year’s end. This time, it is another Bluetooth speaker with the iBT77.

Of course, this Bluetooth speaker is a bit different than the last time with the iBT374. This one may not have that color accent, but it is a water resistant with an iP65 rating. I’m not certain how to describe the look of this particular speaker, but it seems to have a line around it which is apparently made for slip-resistance. Oh, it has a carrying strap.

It certainly has a lot of features for a Bluetooth speaker, such as it can double as a speakerphone. Also, it has that Melody voice powered music assistant, which allows you to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and…yeah, I have talked about this before.

You should be able to purchase the iBT77 in black with black, black with blue, and black with red for about $49.99 on the iHome site.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 3: Bluetooth Waterproof + Shockproof 20 Watt Stereo Speaker (iBT374)

Now it is time for me to do another Bluetooth Speaker from iHome. For the record, the last time was the waterproof speaker iBT9 that I did at last year’s “iHome for the Holidays”. The iBT374 is different, and for a lot of good reasons.

I might as well start by talking about what is similar to other speakers. The iBT374 is iP67 rated so it is waterproof and dustproof. Of course that is practically a standard for Bluetooth speakers these days. What makes this particular one a whole lot of fun is that not only does this speaker float, but the iBT374 is framed with colors.

In this case, there are five color changing modes with multiple colors for some seriously wow-whee effects. It has fast color blend, slow color blend, your favorite color, a preset pulsing mode, or you can set a pulse to the music.

What is interesting is that this speaker, which is quite rugged, can be used with another speaker for some true stereo. Oh, by the way, it works with iHome’s free Melody voice powered music assistant to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and more.

So how is the music on this thing? Quite good, thanks to the passive subwoofer. Heck, it even can be used as a speakerphone. The only spec that I haven’t given yet is the battery life, and it is good for eight hours.

Oh, I also forgot to give the price. It is available for $99.99 on the iHome site. By the way, if you are thinking that this is a great gift, then you would be right.

Thonet and Vander Frei Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet and Vander FreiI’ve reviewed a lot of Thonet and Vander products in the past year, but they are usually big speakers of some type. The Frei is one of those Portable Bluetooth Speakers that I have reviewed, and it certainly is something small but great at the same time.

Like all Thonet and Vander products, it has the avant-garde design and German engineering that the company is so proud of. You can see that it is pretty minimal with a small box design that is a 2.1 speaker with 50 W of peak power. it has a 2-inch full range for a good driver and it also has a great passive radiator for better bass depth.

From what I can tell, this isn’t one of those Bluetooth speakers that I have been reviewing that are set up to be very water-resistant and durable. However, the Frei does seem to pride itself with a shockproof sleeve to make it very portable.

So, it might not be as durable as other speakers of their type, like the Life Jacket from Altec Lansing. I will go through the specs for the battery, 8 hours for the music playing and 160 hours on standby.

I will have to say that one of the best things about the Frei is its side panel. It has this X-shaped control with the volume and track forward/back buttons. You got to see it to believe it.

In fact, you should be able to purchase the Frei on Amazon for $49.99. You can find out more on the Thonet and Vander site here.