LifeProof - AQUAPHONICS AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Obsidian sand
- Model: 77-53865
- SKU: 5580419
- 2 Questions, 7 Answers
Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.
Play your favorite tunes for up to 13 hours on a full charge.
Offers possibility to submerge up to 1m under water for 30 minutes.
Sealed from dirt, dust and snow and survives drops from 1.2 meters.
Never let your music drown out your phone again. Speakerphone capability lets you take calls right from the speaker.
Helps to store case, cards and more in the water-tight box for convenient use.
Easy plug your device to top off its charge.
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Nice FeaturesMay 17, 2017
The LifeProof AQUAPHONICS AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker feels, looks, and sounds good. In terms of build, the speaker seems solidly built. At about 1 3/4 pounds, it is not terribly heavy, but it feels solid. I like that the ends are squared off; this allows you to place the speaker vertically (on end) as well as horizontally (on bottom). Presentation is good. LifeProof did a nice job with packaging. Mine came in a sturdy, attractive housing. However, be warned, instructions are on the skimpy side. The instructions that are present are in very small print. I have numerous BT speakers, but I initially had a hard time getting this one to work. When it first connected to my phone, it wouldn't play music through the speaker. As I tried to make it work, I apparently hit the "Source" button (which looks more like a skip song button). If there had been any useful directions, I may have figured that out quickly. But since there weren't, it took rebooting everything and trying again several times with different phones before I realized what was going on. Part of the issue is that it didn't work quite as the instructions said (mine never blinked to indicate it was ready to pair). But it did eventually work. That first pairing was hard, but subsequent pairings were easy. I think it works well; it just didn't work quite as described and there wasn't any help for how to overcome the issue. To pair, simply hit the BT button for a half second or so. Release. Initiate pairing on your source device. That should work. Don't hold the BT button on the speaker waiting for it to flash. And don't press other flashing buttons on the device - especially the source button. Connection is via BT 4.2, which is good. If desired, there is also an audio-in port, so you can plug a device directly into the speaker without using BT. I struggled to find a use for that, but it's there if you need it. Once paired, it holds the signal well and offers good sound quality. I compared it side-by-side with another waterproof BT speaker I use, and the A10 had clearly superior sound. You can tell the dual front-facing drivers and dual passive radiators do their jobs. This little speaker can crank up to 94 dB. The speaker is actually waterproof, not just water-resistant. If you have everything closed up the way you're supposed to, it can be dunked in up to 1 meter of water. It can actually float, too, if dropped in water. There is a small water-tight drybox to store items when using the speaker around water. The drybox is a bit more shallow and narrow than I had hoped. It won't hold a wallet, full-size phone, or some key fobs, for instance; but it can hold some cash or other small items. It has a microphone, which works well enough for calls in a pinch; but I don't really recommend using it for calls unless you really need to. Continuing a trend I've noticed in recent electronic devices, the wall plug seems unnecessarily bulky. I wish it were smaller. I also wish the speaker charged via USB-C or micro USB instead of the proprietary charger it uses. Better make sure you don't lose that charger while on vacation! The charging port is placed on one end of the speaker. The power button is placed on the opposite end. I guess that makes sense, but in practice, it can the speaker just a little bit more difficult to use if you want to just leave it plugged up somewhere, as I do. OTOH, the speaker is rated for 13 hours of playback, so I may be the only one who finds the button placement inconvenient.. Likes: -Good sound and range. -Attractive appearance. -Solid feel. -Waterproof. -Floats. -Drybox. -Decent battery life. Dislikes: -Propriety charging port; would have greatly preferred USB-C or micro-USB. -Minimal documentation. This made setup more difficult than necessary. -Price. Overall, I recommend this speaker. Once I got past the setup issue, it was really good. It is a bit on the pricey side for the market, and I'm not sure the features make it all that much better. But it's not absurdly high, has good sound, and has nice features. Definitely a strong first entrant into the BT speaker market by LifeProof.
I would recommend this to a friend
Really ImpressedMay 22, 2017
Ok i have to say i was very impressed with the Life Proof AQ10 speaker. The speaker does have a great sound indoors and out i will say if you have a song with to much bass and have the volume up all the way it will sound a little distorted. So they say this is water proof well i did sink it in the bottom of my sink filled with water and it still worked. After i let it go from the bottom it floated and still played. The waterproof compartment did stay dry that was great. My phone wouldn't fit in there i have a note so it is a big phone it may have fit in the AQ11 witch is bigger. So they say it's drop proof so i dropped it from 3ft and it didn't stop i have to say i'm very happy with the way it is built. I do a lot of golfing so this will be my new speaker for that and going out to the pool. I like how the buttons on the top of the speaker light up when you touch them and the power button and battery life shows how much power you have left. There is a lock switch on the side that lock the functions down so they will not work. That a good feature to have. The case is a hard plastic and the buttons on top are a soft rubber. I got the grey and green one color was nice. On the speaker case there are long slots the you can strap it to your bag or tie it down if needed. I have a lot of bluetooth speakers and i will say this is one of the top one's for me to use outside i don't have to worry about the weather with this one witch is nice.
I would recommend this to a friend
Built like a tank; doesn't sound like Mariah CareyMay 15, 2017
LIFEPROOF Aquaphonics AQ10 Quick Features on the Product Waterproof Dirt proof Snow proof Drop proof Submersible to 1 meter for 30 minutes Sealed from dirt, dust and snow Survives drops from 1.2 meters Bluetooth pairs with up to 8 devices Built-in mic works as a speakerphone Charge out keeps your devices powered up Flats for easy water retrieval Dry box stows cash, cards and keys 13-hour battery rocks out all day long MIL-STD-810 516.6 (drop test standards) IP67 (waterproof/water resistance standards) Physical Button Options Bluetooth Play/Pause/Repeat Back Forward Volume +/- Source Power on/off Lock Connectivity Options (within dry box) Power out (usb) 3.5mm AUX in Connectivity Options 3.5mm AUX in Power in (for AC adapter) Power out (usb) What's in the box? AQ10 Quick Start Guide Care and Maintenance Manual AC Adapter Limited Warranty Pamphlet (1 year warranty) Setup/Testing/Conclusion I really enjoyed the packaging on the Lifeproof AQ10. The design/marketing personnel at Lifeproof really did an amazing job. What can I say? I’m a box guy… Not only was the packaging aesthetically pleasing, it also kept the AQ10 protected. The material on the unit itself is made of heavy duty plastic/rubber silicon. If you’re worried about fingerprints; don’t be! It's quite heavy so if you’re looking to take this snowboarding or surfing with you on your hip; think again! To pair the unit itself to a mobile phone; that was extremely easy and effortless. Setup was simple; you literally power on the device by holding down the power button and click on the Bluetooth button. Once you power on the device and click on the Bluetooth button; you simply look for the device “Lifeproof AQ10” on your mobile device and voila! The sound quality is decent compared to other portable Bluetooth speakers that I have come across. It's definitely not the highlight of the AQ10. The AQ10 may sound “loud” but I feel like it’s missing the “surround” sound feeling. The highlight of the AQ10 is the durability and versatility. I tried the “float” option and guess what… IT FLOATS! That is awesome. None of the other Bluetooth speakers I have can do that. So the best part about this thing is being able to put it in the pool or even take it with you to the snowy mountains. You don’t have to worry so much about damaging the thing because it's basically built like a tank. Lifeproof has done an excellent job with keeping the actual Bluetooth speaker encased. You also have the option to charge your mobile device as well if you have the cables on you. The AQ10 is a speaker but it also has the ability to charge your mobile device when you need to. To be honest, the best thing I like about the AQ10 is the dry box. For all you folks out there that forget that you have cash, credit card(s), or your keys on you when your going swimming or something; you have the option to use the dry box by storing those personable items. Just make sure no one runs off with your speaker. My issues are mainly with the sound quality. Again as I mentioned above; the AQ10 may sound loud but it certainly doesn’t produce the best sound. A major letdown (IMO) is the float option. You’re probably going wait… didn’t you say above that it's a highlight? Yes it is a highlight of the AQ10 because you can literally chuck it into the pool and it’ll float. My main complaint is that when it's floating in the water, the speaker is facing into the water… What this means is that you don’t really get to hear whatever it is you’re trying to listen to. The sound comes out the front of the speaker so there isn’t much sound that comes out of the back; if any. So if you’re trying to listen to music at the beach (in the water) as an example; all the sharks, fishes, and sea creatures will hear it except everyone else above the water. In conclusion, I enjoy the aesthetics of the device itself. I like the “tankiness” of the unit. But I feel like the unit as a speaker itself falls short. Would I recommend this? I would say do some research and see if you can view one in person. If you enjoy the brand Lifeproof then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this device as well. But if you have something comparable like a waterproof Bluetooth speaker with better sound; I may skip on this. But this is all based on my personal opinion. Some individuals may enjoy it more than others; I would still give it some thought.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
UnderwhelmingMay 16, 2017
I have owned and used many Bluetooth speakers and I was initially excited to get the AQ10, but my expectations were dashed pretty quickly. * The sound and balance is pretty good at low to moderate volumes, but if you crank it up for situations that need volume the AQ10 audio gets out of balance and too heavy on the ear piercing treble side of things, and the AQ10 offers no equalizer options to tailor the sound. * Aspects of the design seem poorly thought out and implemented. The water-tight compartment for example has a USB port and an audio aux-in -- but 1) the aux-in port is so close to the fixed wall side of the compartment that many aux-cables cannot be inserted because all but smallest cable shroud will make it too large, and 2) the compartment is so small that I couldn't find any audio device that actually fit inside of it when closed to allow either of the internal ports to be useful. Maybe an iPod shuffle or nano would fit, but I don't have either of those, and then you'd also need to be able to fit an aux cable and maybe a USB cable as well. The water-box is fine for cards, ID, and a key or two, but on the AQ10 the compartment is just too small to make the water-box USB and aux-in port all that useful except in "just right" use cases. It doesn't hurt to have them there, so not really a minus except that it's one of several evidences that the AQ10 wasn't really thought out all that well. * The charger is not USB, it's proprietary. Every other Bluetooth speaker I've ever used, including some larger and more powerful than the AQ10, have made their charging port a USB cable of some sort which is fantastic for a portable speaker that may need to be charged in a variety of locations -- in the car, at the beach, or wherever else you have a USB port but not a convenient wall outlet. But the AQ10 deviates from that convenient standard and forces you to use a proprietary charger that can only be charged from a wall outlet. 10 years ago that might have been OK, but with virtually every other Bluetooth speaker using USB charging it's a remarkable design oversight for something designed to be portable to be dependent on something so decidedly not portable-friendly. The AQ10's one-and-only compelling feature is that it floats and is ruggedized. So if that's your main need then the AQ10 just might be the Bluetooth speaker you're looking for. But for everybody else you can easily do much better for the same $ or less.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rugged Case + Superior Audio = Great BT SpeakerMay 19, 2017
PREVIEW: The LifeProof AQUAPHONICS AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is designed with special appeal to the rugged outdoor enthusiast. In a nutshell, this Bluetooth Speaker differentiates itself by offering extreme shock & water resistance, more power (hence it plays louder) & longer battery life than competitive offerings. The recyclable packaging is aqua, suggesting the speaker is at home near water. At $200, there are BT Speakers that offer slightly superior sound, but NONE that are ready to play outdoors like the AQ10. TOP 10 LIKES: 1- Water Resistance (rated to be waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes), 2- Drop Resistance (Rated to survive drops from 1.2 meters) 3- Extended Battery Life (Rated 13-Hour). The 12 Volt 2.0 Amp charger is required to charge this beast of a battery. This battery / power source is the secret to achieving premium quality sound at high volume for 13 hours. 4- Buoyancy (It floats!) 5- Hidden Storage (Dry box built-in) 6- 2 Color Options: Obsidian Sand or Laguna Clay (as shown in my photos) 7- Clear Audio (Extra high clarity mid frequencies produce easy-to-understand voice; surprisingly strong bass response; well balanced high frequencies). Output is 94 Decibels!! Easily heard over the shower. It plays LOUD! 8- Easy Connect Bluetooth (Just press & hold the BT button & connects up to 8 devices) 9- Make & Receive phone calls with the built-in mic 10- Solid Look & Feel (Rugged, yet Attractive Design that Commands Respect). Sealed construction (protects from snow, water, dust & dirt) DISLIKE: (This turned out to be a LIKE!): Use of a dedicated charger is unfortunate for convenience (because it is something else to take with you on vacation, for example), but is REQUIRED because it delivers 12 Volt at 2.0 Amp to charge the built-in hefty battery (12V X 2.0A = 24 Watt). A USB charging jack would have been more convenient, but USB delivers 5 Volt, so the same power (24 Watt) / 5 Volt would require 4.8 Amp output. That is IMPOSSIBLE because 4.8 Amp exceeds the power available via USB. A large tablet charges at 5 Volt / 2.0 Amp (10 watt), for example. To achieve the sound output & battery life described in Benefit #3 listed above, this dedicated charger is not only appropriate, but is ESSENTIAL. LifeProof could have designed a BT Speaker with a smaller power amplifier & smaller battery that could be charged on a 5 Volt USB plug. But they chose to prioritize PERFORMANCE, thus requiring an external 24 Watt power supply. This design choice elevates the AQ10 to a High Performance Class by itself & the "dislike" for inconvenience is surpassed by "WOW!" sound quality, extended battery life & extreme design integrity. VERY IMPRESSIVE!! CONCLUSION: AQUAPHONICS AQ10 is the hands down, Industry Leading Bluetooth Speaker for Rugged Applications. I Love it & HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Great for a rugged, waterproof experienceMay 18, 2017
The purpose of this speaker is to have a Bluetooth speaker that will survive drops, falls, spills, being dropped into water, sand at the beach, etc. With that purpose in mind, this is a good speaker. Is the sound quality as good as some other Bluetooth speakers in this price range? No, it's not. But that's not the point. The sound is decent, albeit heavy on the treble with very little bass. Using the equalizer feature on my phone to add some bass only created distortion. Rock, Country, etc will sound good. Anything that's heavy on bass will be lacking. It can get loud but it starts to distort at higher levels. But again, that's not the point. When it comes to having a Bluetooth speaker that gives you a worry free experience, this is great. I have taken this outside and dropped it onto concrete from a few feet in the air. I filled up the sink and submerged the speaker, while it was playing music, for a few minutes. Unless you hold it down, it floats. Again, a great thing for people who camp, have a lake house or a boat, or just go to the beach a lot. Dirt doesn't get in and any dirt you get on it can just be washed off by running it under the sink or with a hose. That my friends, is THE POINT of this speaker. It can take a beating and still come back for more. I have another brand that has much better sound quality, but if I take it into the garage while I'm doing work or outside, I always have to carefully place it and make sure it doesn't fall or get wet. This speaker has good enough sound quality and alleviates all of those concerns with having it outside. Also, with the way it's designed, you can stand it on end or even use the handles on the ends to hang it from a ladder or wherever if you're working and don't have a place to set it. I gave it 4 stars for decent sound quality, number of ports and options for playing music, ease of Bluetooth connectivity and overall design and ruggedness. I did mark one star off because in my water test, I notice that while the water was mostly kept out of the dry box compartment, there were some drops pretty close to making it in (see pictures). The only concern there is the usb and aux jacks that don't have covers. Honestly you wouldn't be able to put much in the drybox outside of some credit cards, cash, keys, etc. Maybe an ipod shuffle or nano for listening to music, but it is a very small compartment. I'm also not a huge fan of the proprietary charger but I have other's that have the same issue so I can't take a star away. Just be aware of it. For someone looking for a speaker for in the house or at the office, I wouldn't recommend this. For someone who wants to give this to a young child, or someone who does construction or just works outside a lot, I would highly recommend this. If you are near the water or go to the beach a lot and need a speaker, this is for you. There is a larger version that might have a little more kick to it but I think this is a good travel size. Battery life was a little over 12 hours in my test...oh, and it has 2 USB power out ports so you can charge your phone from the speaker. In a pinch, that could end up being the best feature! So if you're the type who likes stuff to just work out of the box and stand up to your abuse, I recommend.
I would recommend this to a friend
Buoyancy Audio Problems SolvedMay 11, 2017
The setup for LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is extremely easy for people who’ve connected bluetooth devices before. If you haven’t, then there is a simple-to-follow instruction booklet that will get you up and running in less than 2 minutes. As soon as you turn on the speaker, it will start searching for a device to pair. I paired it with my iPhone 7 and it took a little under 1 minute. The key feature of this bluetooth speaker is that it is waterproof, not just splash proof. Waterproof means it can be submerged underwater and still remain functional. I am glad to report that this key feature works as expected. I tested it daily, using it in the shower/bath room and I even submerged it. The speaker is still functional, just like out of the box. Another small but useful feature is the ability to lock the speaker’s buttons. With a small switch near the “on” button, you can lock all other buttons so that you don’t accidentally change songs or pause the music unwillingly. Also, 4 lights will show you the charge level of your speaker. Similar lights lite up all other buttons, making it great for use in the dark. The performance of this bluetooth speaker is great. It definitely competes with similarly priced items with the added bonus of it being waterproof. I own at least 8 bluetooth speakers of varying price ranges. As mentioned above, I tested this in the shower/bath room. I placed it in multiple locations to test it’s loudness. I first started on the wall furthest from my bathtub, which was the best test I could think of for daily use. The previous bluetooth speaker I was using in the shower/bathroom is not waterproof and regularly priced at 49.99. Though it’s loud, the audio would drown out (no pun intended) by the running water of the tub. The priciest bluetooth speaker I own is regularly priced at 449.99. That one, I don’t dare put it near the shower/bathroom because of it’s price, but I can hear it over the water while it is in another room. This Lifeproof Aquaphonics doesn’t get drowned out being a good 15 feet away from my running tub. The next test was to let it play with me inside the shower on a high rack. Again, it worked fine, and of course, the audio was louder because it was closer to me. Lastly, I filled the tub with enough water to submerge it. I did so reluctantly, as I know that tech and water usually don’t mix well. However, like a band-aid, I just dropped it in and to my surprise, it floated. It started to spin around in the water, fully functioning. However, the sound becomes inaudible while underwater and it isn’t stable enough to face the direction you want to face it. I forced it to submerge underwater but it kept floating back up. This soundbar meets and exceeds my expectations. With it’s decent loudness and survivability of various weather conditions, it’s hard not to recommend this. As an added bonus, if you are planning on using it in the shower, you can accept phone calls and speak through the speaker using the integrated microphone. I had a friend call me to test it out and he didn’t know I was talking to him via the bluetooth speaker until I brought it up to him. On his end, he could hear me clear as day and on my end, I had no trouble understanding what he was saying. We actually spoke for about 2 hours, and that’s because I hadn’t charged the device after taking it out of the box. That speaks volumes (again, no pun intended) about the battery. The price for the speaker in terms of value is more than reasonable if you consider that other similarly priced speakers don’t offer the feature of it being submergible for 1 meter up to 30 minutes. Other lesser known features are the dry box, which is a small space storage area perfect for credit cards and the regular sized iPhones (5.5 inches) and the fact that it can charge your cellphone with your own USB cable in within that drybox area, making it an ideal beach bluetooth speaker. I highly recommend this product for people who plan on using it daily in a shower/bathroom, as it won’t be affected by condensation. Also, people who own a swimming pool may want to purchase one, seeing as how accidentally dropping it in the pool won’t affect it much. Lastly, if you plan on traveling to the beach this would be a wise investment.
I would recommend this to a friend
Unique Element Proof-ish Portable AudioMay 24, 2017
Cool yet tough functional styling with respectable portable sound quality providing clean strong highs, mids and bass. It floats (waterproof and submersible to 3.3 ft. and has a waterproof dry-box (2” x 4.75” x .25”) for keys etc. plus it is drop-proof to about 4 ft. making it a superb outdoor speaker. The AQ10 is easily portable coming in with a weight under one and three-quarter pounds. Delivering up to 13 hours of battery life, it is great for outdoor events. Having dual front facing drivers and passive radiators it is able to reach 94 decibels (dB) with no discernable distortion while playing a high-quality track. A built-in microphone is provided for mobile-phone speakerphone capability. The AQ10 can also be used to charge a phone or use a patch cord for a physical connection to another audio source. Coming with Bluetooth 4.2 it is power efficient, pairs with up to 8 devices and reliably provides a consistent stream of audio. All of the controls are easy to use. The speaker shape has handles that are handy and a square x rectangular shape that will prevent it from rolling or sliding under most circumstances. Make sure you close the port and lid hatch covers before exposure to the elements. I would like to have USB charging available although I believe the 12-volt power source allows for faster charging.
I would recommend this to a friend
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