Wow! It’s the Waterproof WOW-SOUND Speaker!

World of Watersports (WOW) has come out with a speaker for those who like to live on the water.The company is known for making inflatable products for the water, but they’re throwing their hat into the speaker ring. We’ve been given the opportunity to try this baby out.

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WOW-SOUND Speaker Features

The first thing you are going to notice about the WOW-SOUND is the size. This thing is 9.8 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches in dimension, and about five pounds. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the battery life- which depending on the use, could last up to 50 hours. It does have four 2 inch Neodymium speakers in a 360 degree fashion, and also a 4 inch passive bass on top under the handle.

You wouldn’t expect this thing to be able to float, but it does! There’s also the 360 led white light around the bottom that has 3 different brightness settings.

What’s in the WOW-SOUND Box?

You get an inflatable holder for your speaker. The speaker is made to float, but it doesn’t sit directly on top of the water. A little submersion of the speakers distorts the sound a little, so the floaty helps.

You also get a floating, waterproof phone holder. I think that was brilliant to include. Gotta keep the device that holds your tunes dry and safe as well. A charging cord is included. Keep this thing in a safe place. It’s not the usual micro- USB charger, so you don’t want to let this thing wander away.

And you also get a manual- though this speaker is pretty self-explanatory and sets up easily right out of the box.

The Good and the Bad of the WOW-SOUND

I think this speaker has some great sound. I listened to some Pentatonix on it, and the music was crisp and clean with great bass. There have been complaints that the speaker doesn’t get that loud, but it filled up my house.

If you are in a large outdoor area, far away from your speaker, maybe you’d like it to be louder. It CAN be paired with another WOW speaker, but that could get spendy.

The speaker is meant to be able to fit in a cup holder, but I think with the circumference of this thing that it might not make a good fit for cup holders. That’s not really the end of the world, though.

With the length of the battery life, I would like to see the ability for this speaker to charge other devices. There’s not an option to do so, however. All- around, I do think this is a great product for the outdoors- at the beach or the pool. You can get it for $206.77 on Amazon. 

Thanks to WOW for sending us this product to review. Our opinion is our own, and has not been influenced in any way by the company.

Creative Lab’s iRoar Go Powerful Weatherproof Bluetooth Speaker

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This Bluetooth speaker is small, but mighty. It has a sound that you wouldn’t expect to come out of this little speaker you can carry in your hand. We’re reviewing another Creative product today. This is the iRoar Go.

This speaker has 5 drivers with built-in subwoofer. The bass really rocks on it. You can see it vibrate on the passive radiators on the end. There are also two amplifiers, and the ability to save your personalized equalizer settings into the device. This 1.78 pound device can really rock it.

Other great features include the ability to plug in a microphone and use the device as a personal PA system. You can do Karaoke on it, and even record yourself. The battery life is a lengthy 12 hours, but you can use some of that up with charging your phone or tablet on it. You can play FLAC/WAV/ or MP3 files through microSD cards or USB flash drives. Of course, there is also the Bluetooth capability to play things from your device  with a powerful 4.2 connection.

There is so much that we can say about this neat product, but the video is better at showing it. If you want this product, it sells for $149.63 on Amazon.com with free Prime shipping. $149.99 on the Creative site. That’s down $50 from it’s original price, so a pretty good sale going on there just in time for Christmas.

Thanks to Creative for sending us this product to review in exchange for our unbiased and fair analysis. No other compensation has been given.

TikiTunes Bluetooth Speaker Review

Ready for another Bluetooth speaker review? We do a lot of these. Here’s a review of a speaker that would make a great Christmas present for someone who wants a little atmosphere with their tunes…featuring TikiTunes from Limitless Innovations.

photo credit: Limitless Innovations

Now, this speaker isn’t going to be the most pure sound you can get from a Bluetooth speaker, but the sound is good for something at this price level. For $39.99, you get a nice speaker with ambient lighting that looks like real flame. It works well indoors and out with 6 hours of playtime with a 2,000 mAh battery. It’s a small size at 4 x 6.5 inches.

At the top of the device, there are the play/pause buttons as well as volume controls and power button. Two TikiTunes can be paired up to 30 feet apart. You could either set them on the table, or if you have a tripod, there is a hole at the bottom that allows for attachment to various stands. Although I think you could probably run a string through and hang it from the top, there doesn’t seem to be a way to hang it built in. That feature might be helpful.

At the time of this writing, the item is sold out on the Limitless Innovations site. Sharper Image is offering a set of two for $69.99. You can also find one at Amazon.com

Thanks to Limitless Innovations for another nice product to review. It was given to us at no charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was provided.

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. 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.