Welcome to my review today of the AOMAIS IPX7 Bluetooth speaker. This is a floating, waterproof speaker that’s built for rugged use so in this review I’ll not only be talking about the features, sound quality and giving a listening test, but I’ll also be submerging and driving my car over it to see how well this speaker holds up.
Currently the IPX7 is about $50.
Accessory wise, things are pretty basic. Included with the speaker is an auxiliary cable so that you can make a wired connection instead of bluetooth, there’s also a micro usb charging cable and a manual.
Regarding the design, the IPX7 is currently available in two color choices. There is the orange accent like what I have here or you can choose green.
This speaker is designed for rugged use so it’s covered in a rubberized material with ridges which makes it easier to hold and stay put on a variety of surfaces.
To test out how rugged this speaker is, I’ll go ahead and run my car over it so you can see how it holds up.
As you can see, it holds up great. Nothing broke and there’s no cracking of any kind, just some scuff marks.
Then across the top you have several button options which include, volume up/down, track forward/backward, play/pause, take a phone call and the power or pairing button.
There’s also a couple LED’s to let you know when the power’s on and the charging status.
On the left side you have an auxiliary port which allows you to make a wired connection and you have the micro USB charging port. Something to keep in mind is that It’s important for this area to be fully sealed with the cover on, before getting this near water or submerging it.
Then moving onto the features, the IPX7 has a Bluetooth range of about 30 feet. I found it very easy to pair this with other Bluetooth devices, it connects automatically when you power it on and it does a good job keeping a constant connection.
You can use this with NFC enabled devices.
And battery life is good, giving you up to 10 hours and then it takes up to 3 hours for a full recharge.
You can use this in temperatures as cold as -20℃ or as hot as 60℃.
It is fully waterproof to a depth of 7 feet and can be submerged for up to 12 hours. But besides being waterproof, it also floats.
Here’s an example showing you how this floats in water and then is still able to keep playing music.
The floatation feature is pretty cool as you could use this on a boat, dock, near a swimming pool etc. and if it get’s knocked into the water, because it floats, it will be easy to rescue.
On the bottom there is a ¼” tripod mount which gives you the option to attach it to something like your bike as an example.
When you first turn it on and off there are voice prompts and here’s what they sound like.
What could be an issue for some is these voice prompts are quite loud, and there’s no way to turn them off or reduce the volume. For example, if you’re not using the speaker for a few minutes, it will automatically power off. Here again, you get a loud “Powering Off” voice prompt which I found to be a bit startling at times. So that’s something to consider if you think that could be a problem.
Another nice feature though is that you can take and receive phone calls, and the call quality is pretty good.
Finally, should the speaker ever not live up to any of this or should something not operate as it should, there is a lifetime 100% money back guarantee.
Next I’ll talk about the sound quality which is ok for a speaker of this size. The biggest thing you’ll notice at first is the lack of bass. So what you get is a rather anemic and thin sounding presentation.
Now if you put your ear up to the back of the speaker, you can hear and feel just a little bass or rumble, but the problem is there just isn’t enough oomph so that you really hear or feel the bass apart from having your ear right next to the back of the speaker.
So overall, there’s nothing really exciting about the way music is presented. Everything sounds rather clear, It’s not shrill or muffled, but it’s more of a functional sound, meaning you can hear your music but there’s not really any richness to it. Vocals and instruments are clear enough so that you can definitely hear your music fine, but again, it’s a more lackluster listening experience.
Now, this isn’t really a surprise for a speaker of this size and price. But it’s just something to be aware of so you have the proper expectation.
I’ll go ahead and include a few sound clips now as well as playing this at full volume so you can get a feel for what it sounds like.
So the bottom line on whether you’ll love this speaker or not, will really depend on your expectations of it and how you plan on using it.
If you’re hoping for a full, rich and engaging sound, then this isn’t really the speaker to get.
Rather, the strengths of the IPX7 are that it has an excellent Bluetooth signal, good battery life, a rugged and durable design that includes being waterproof and it even floats.
And if you’re on the fence, keep in mind there is a 100% lifetime money back guarantee, so you’re covered either way should you decide to give it a try.