I believe that many people cannot live without music even when they are outdoors. However, wearing headphones not only can't soothe our moods as much as possible but also it does not have enough flexibility in terms of the surrounding environment. At this time, the "Underwater (Waterproof) Bluetooth Speakers" are a good choice for you to listen to music safely.
There are no annoying cables, they are light and portable, and waterproof. Recently, well-known brands such as SONY and JBL have begun to launch Underwater Bluetooth speakers. However, the products have various performances, high prices, and low prices. People don't know where to choose.
This article will explain the selection of waterproof Bluetooth speakers, introduce highly popular and excellent products, and recommend to you which product is ideal for your needs. As long as you understand the basic conditions and advantages and disadvantages of the product, I believe you will be able to select the Bluetooth speakers with the best bidding position and performance.
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How to choose a Underwater (Waterproof) Bluetooth speaker?
According to different uses and needs, there are various points to note when purchasing. Therefore, before shopping, it is recommended that you first identify your purchase purpose and usage conditions.
At present, the most credible waterproof and water-repellent specification is the "International Protection Marking", and the waterproof rating is represented by "IPX + number". There are 9 levels of IPX values, among which IPX0～IPX3 are drip-proof type, and the waterproof effect is relatively insensitive. Therefore, the following only sorts out the more practical waterproof levels, so that you can judge which level meets your needs.
• IPX4: It can block sprays and droplets from multiple angles.
• IPX5: It can block low-pressure water spray from all angles. With a flow rate of 12.5 liters per minute and water pressure of 30KN/m2, the function can still be maintained after continuous spraying for 3 minutes.
• IPX6: It can block high-pressure water jets from all angles. At a flow rate of 100 liters per minute and water pressure of 100KN/m2, the function can still be maintained after continuous jetting for 3 minutes.
• IPX7: It can provide waterproof protection for a short time (30 minutes) immersion within 1 meter underwater
• IPX8: Can be immersed in water for a long time without damage, diving equipment level
Although IPX4 is classified as having a waterproof effect, it can only prevent small water droplets and small droplets, and there is still a high probability of damage if the water bottle is overturned or rained. Therefore, in places where water or rain may be splashed in the kitchen, outdoor, etc., it is best to choose products with IPX5 or higher; while at the swimming pool or outdoors, where it may fall into the water, it is best to choose products with IPX7 or higher.
Although Underwater Bluetooth speakers are mainly waterproof, they must not compromise on sound quality. Three points determine the sound quality-audio transmission format, speakers, and power.
Audio coding refers to a technology that compresses audio sources into electronic data for transmission. The lower the compression rate, the better the decoding efficiency, the less the music delay, the better the sound quality. At present, the common encoding forms are arranged from low to high sound quality as SBC＜AAC＜apt-X＜LDAC. Those who have a certain insistence on sound quality and those who use mobile phones and tablets to watch movies are recommended to choose products equipped with encoding technology of AAC or above.
However, if the audio transmission format of the receiving device and the sending device are different, then the final effect is still based on the lower version, so even if the audio transmission format of the higher version is used, the best performance cannot be played. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the specifications of mobile phones and tablets in advance to select the most suitable audio transmission format.
Pursue excellent sound quality? Required "Stereo." The speaker channel configuration will also affect the experience of music. Currently, mono and dual-channel products are the most common. Although mono products are relatively cheap, the listening quality is easily affected by the location of the listener, and the treble, bass, and background sounds are easy to mix and have no layers.
Although dual-channel or multi-channel products are more expensive, the level of music is relatively richer, and the treble, bass, and even the background sound can be sharp and distinct, and it is not easy to affect the music quality due to the location of the listener. To do things and enjoy music in a large space, a good stereo channel speaker is the most basic condition.
10W or more is the best, the power is linked to the bass effect. The maximum volume of the audio is usually proportional to the maximum output power. In a relatively small indoor space, 5~10W is sufficient; but if it is used in a wide area, such as outdoors or while taking a bath, it needs about 20W. If the maximum output power of the speaker reaches 20W, it can be placed in the room and used as a fixed speaker.
Focus on battery life
There are two types of Underwater Bluetooth speakers: rechargeable and battery. If it is only used indoors, the battery life may not be so important, but if it is used outdoors, it will become the focus of consideration. Rechargeable speakers are both cost-effective and convenient, but if they are used in an environment where they cannot be charged for a long time, it is better to choose a dry battery type than a rechargeable type.
Generally speaking, about 7 to 8 hours of battery life can cope with general outings. Although there are models with a battery life of up to 10 hours, battery life will increase the price, and mobile phones and tablets themselves do not necessarily have such long battery life. Some products have better functions, but they may not be available; please cooperate with you to choose the specifications of the Bluetooth music equipment most often, and don't be confused by the gorgeous advertising words and spend more money!
The Bluetooth version needs to match the mobile phone and tablet
The Bluetooth version not only affects the transmission quality but also affects the transmission distance, power consumption, and other performance. The newer the Bluetooth version, the better the transmission efficiency, the more power-saving, and the wider the distance it can support. Generally speaking, Bluetooth version 4.1 or higher has an automatic reconnection function. Even if the signal source moves or is accidentally interrupted by an object, the device will automatically reconnect the signal source, which is very convenient.
But if the Bluetooth of mobile phones and computers are old versions, then the Bluetooth performance of the speakers is useless; especially the Bluetooth tool will work with the low-end version when one of the receiver and transmitter is old When version, it will only show the performance of the old version. So remember to confirm the Bluetooth version of your phone or tablet before purchasing it!
Focus on impact resistance
Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are often used in places that are vulnerable to shocks such as bathrooms and outdoors. To reduce the risk of damage, you also need to pay attention to impact resistance. Just in case, it is best to choose a model that can withstand a 1.5-meter drop.
1. Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you want to buy small speakers for home use, the dustproof effect is particularly important! This loudspeaker is dustproof and has the highest level of 6, which can prevent any dust from entering the body. Even if it is used for a long time in an open space with a large amount of dust, there is no need to worry about performance damage. It is suitable to be used as a general speaker in the living room, store entrance, etc. The waterproof effect is IPX4, and it can also be occasionally taken outdoors as background music during sports.
• Simple design.
• Provide the highest sound quality.
• Using Bluetooth 2.1 technology, it can support high-quality music in AAC format.
• If you want to listen to good music at home, but are bothered by the lack of space for speakers, you might as well consider this speaker that is both external and internal!
• Poor dust-proof and waterproof ability.
2. Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Bluetooth Speaker
IPX5 national standard waterproof design. Although the shape is light, the function is not light. Equipped with Sony King way's EXTRA BASS function, with 46mm full-range mono speakers and passive vibrators, the bass is thick. You can connect two speakers of the same type at the same time through the streaming function to form a dual-channel sound effect.
• Maximum wattage 5W.
• Enjoy high-quality stereo sound.
• The battery has a life of up to 16 hours, with a voice feedback function to remind the remaining battery, allowing users to grasp the best time to charge.
• The best thing is that a mobile phone equipped with XB12 can complete the Bluetooth pairing by simply touching the body.
• There is no need to go through tedious program settings.
• The elders who are not familiar with Bluetooth pairing can easily operate it.
• When you face the speaker up the sound quality reduces.
3. Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The lightweight shape is matched with Sony's exclusive EXTRA BASS function. The passive amplitude and mono speaker enhance the bass tone. Through the cascade function, 100 speakers of the same series can be connected to enjoy a deeper and more powerful 3D surround feast. There is a semi-transparent lighting circle around the speaker mesh. You can control the lighting mode and music through the mobile phone software, and create the lively atmosphere of the nightclub and dance hall at home.
• Hot field speakers that are made for parties.
• The battery life can last up to 24 hours.
• The waterproof and dustproof are extremely IPX7.
• The body structure is ultra-compact, and it can resist the intrusion of sand, dust, and alcohol.
• It is no problem whether it is on the grassland or dancing on the beach
• It focuses majorly on bass, thus treble is somehow weaker.
4. AOMAIS Sport II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
All-aluminum alloy body, fashionable and novel flashlight shape design, using Bluetooth CSR 4.0 chip and stereo channel speaker output, connecting stable music with multiple levels. In terms of function, it is not only a high-quality Bluetooth speaker, but also functions as a power bank, flashlight, alarm, and hands-free handset. Built-in 2600mAh lithium battery made by Samsung, playing music alone can last 24 hours, while the flashlight and music can be turned on for 4 hours.
• LED flashlight and alarm are integrated into, a good helper for hiking and camping.
• The flashlight head adopts the high-efficiency lamp beads produced by the American LED manufacturer CREE, which can adjust the brightness of normal, high-brightness, and burst flash, and can emit up to 1500 lumens of light.
• The lamp socket adopts a four-claw reinforced design, which can be used as a breaking tool in an emergency.
• Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, just take this one when traveling!
• Sometimes its Bluetooth feature fails and you have to operate the speaker manually.
5. OontZ Angle 3 RainDance – Waterproof Edition - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
OontZ has accumulated 20 years of professional audio technology to create extreme sports-grade high-quality Underwater Bluetooth speakers. The built-in 2.0 dual-channel and diaphragm-enhanced sound design make the bass more powerful. IPX6 waterproof rating can withstand high-pressure water column, not afraid of sudden heavy rain. It has an additional crash-resistant design, and the outer layer of silicone can cushion the impact and protect the body. The uneven surface design can also enhance the grip when placed.
• Crash-resistant, non-slip, silicone shell is not afraid of scratches.
• Not only is it wireless Bluetooth available, but also supports AUX-IN outgoing, allowing players to connect to other music devices.
• But overall the performance is complete, the price is reasonable, it can be regarded as a product that matches the function and price.
• It has a fatal disadvantage that the charging time takes 6 to 7 hours, which is about twice that of products of the same specification.
There are many models of Underwater Bluetooth speakers on the market, and everyone's preferences, places of use, and waterproof needs are somewhat different. But one model that cuts across all these needs is the Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. When you look at the features of this model are an average of almost every user's needs.
When purchasing, you can maximize the function within the budget. The best for you is, for example: if it is only used in a general damp environment and the body will not be wet, then the waterproof function of IPX4 is sufficient, there is no need to pursue top-level waterproof effects. For use inside the pool, you need to get IPX7. Be careful when selecting your model. Good luck with your shopping.