10 Best Waterproof Speakers | January 2017
- speaker is shockproof
- fits in bicycle water bottle cages
- needs a low-battery indicator
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
- 12-month guarantee
- friendly customer service
- light is annoying at night
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
- sleek and modern-looking
- buttons are easy to use
- takes a while to turn on and off
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
- doubles as a shower speaker
- audio cable is included
- usb charging port is a pain to use
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
- built-in 1-click flashlight
- carabiner clip attachment
- it's a bit heavy and bulky
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
- noise-canceling microphone
- sturdy aluminum construction
- sound quality isn't the best
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
- universal usb power port
- passive bass radiator
- digital signal processing
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
- 15 hours of play time per charge
- powerful 10-watt drivers
- delivers crisp and clear sound
|Model||AOMAIS SPORT II|
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
- true 360-degree audio with 8 drivers
- dustproof and mud-proof
- capable of floating
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
On Accessing Audio Anywhere
There are myriad reasons one wants to have ready access to audio content. From enjoying music during exercise or while passing time with friends, to listening to the latest news or to a favorite podcast while preparing a meal or relaxing after dinner, there are countless songs and shows to be enjoyed in countless situations.
Audio too can play an important role beyond serving as entertainment, with access to a radio at a time when important weather or emergency information might be broadcast, or when you need to hear information that relates to your workplace or your colleagues, such as updates to a work site or factory schedule.
While it's easy to use a smartphone as a communication device or as a link to audio content, these options have several limitations that can render them much less than ideal. If you need to have your hands free while working (or cooking or working out and so forth) then you might think the only other option for getting content from your phone or tablet is to use headphones.
In fact there are many compact, portable speakers available that can link to your device and broadcast clear, powerful audio that leaves your hands free but makes it easy to hear your favorite songs, NPR's Morning Edition, or to hear and carry on the conversation you're having thanks to a two way connection to your phone.
The problem with using a remote speaker is that many activities can easily expose the speaker to damage. If you're on a work site such as the construction of a building, there is copious dust and all sorts of materials around that can easily ruin most speakers. So too if you want to listen to music by the pool or in the shower is it easy to inadvertently soak and ruin an audio device.
The solution is ready made and simple, fortunately: just select a waterproof speaker. No longer a novelty that's hard to track down, today the marketplace is rich in waterproof speakers offering a range of features, such as rugged exteriors ready to stand up to "abuse" and Bluetooth ready connections.
The Waterproof Speaker For Fun
Once you have a waterproof speaker, you'll be pleasantly surprised how versatile and useful the unit can be. Even if you bought a waterproof speaker specifically for use listening to music by the pool or while at the beach, you'll likely soon find yourself also enjoying tunes while you take a shower or wash the car.
Most waterproof speakers are small enough to be perched near a sink during meal prep or on the window sill while the kids are painting or playing with a water table. Once the fear of liquid damaging or ruining a device has been removed, you'll be empowered to enjoy that device almost anywhere, in short.
And most waterproof speakers are compact and durable enough to where their enjoyment is hardly limited to home use. If you are a cyclist, consider one of the waterproof speakers designed to fit into a bike's water bottle holder. You can enjoy music or carry on a conversation while you ride without the need for earbuds or headphones, which can be dangerous for bicyclists, as they remove much of your situational awareness. And when that speaker conveniently tucked against your bike frame is ready for a ride in the rain or to splash through puddles, you'll never be limited in your access to audio by the conditions.
If you teach a fitness or yoga class were music would be beneficial, you should consider using a waterproof speaker as your go to media device. From sweat to spilled sports drinks, there are plenty of opportunities for a device to be damaged at a gym, which is not to mention being crushed by weights or an errant step. As many waterproof speakers are also designed with rugged, impact and crush resistant frames, you can select a unit that's ready for any of the challenges it may face under such circumstances.
The Waterproof Speaker As Professional Tool
If reliable access to audio is important for your work, then you should by all means consider a waterproof speaker even if water damage is relatively unlikely given your profession. From the easy to hear, two way conversations a Bluetooth enabled waterproof speaker allows to the ease of listening the radio as you and your colleagues work in a shop or at a construction site, the sound quality of a good waterproof speaker can compare to many regular speaker units. And the fact that such units are highly resistant to damage from dust, water, other liquids, and often from impacts and drops, too, makes them perfect for a range of professional applications.
A waterproof speaker can also be a useful asset for those working in emergency response and management. It can be impressive for a first responder, a law enforcement officer, or a fire or medical rescue professional to stay in touch with command centers or to get emergency updates broadcast over the radio. When rain, flooding, or other issues won't damage the speaker you're relying on to get and relay information, you can more ably do your job of mitigating the issues at hand.
Waterproof speakers can also be great for decidedly less high stakes situations, such as for use in a school or daycare center. When you have young children around, the potential for a damaged device is always higher. Hedge your bets and use a waterproof speaker whenever you need to play songs or audio around children.