LifeProof - AQUAPHONICS AQ11 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Obsidian sand

Toss this waterproof LifeProof AQUAPHONICS speaker in the pool and watch it float. The crisp audio doesn't stop for snow, dirt or ice, and this Bluetooth-enabled speaker can withstand a drop from 1.2m. The battery of this LifeProof AQUAPHONICS speaker keeps going for 15 hours, and it charges your phone while it's playing.

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  • LifeProof AQUAPHONICS AQ11 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (75 out of 85)

Features


Connect wirelessly from a distance

Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device, support up to 8 devices.

Rich sound you can carry in the palm of your hand

This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.

Rechargeable battery

Gives you plenty of play time for listening to tunes while on the go.

Waterproof speaker design

Offers possibility to submerge up to 1m under water for 30 minutes.

Drop proof, dirtproof, snowproof

Sealed from dirt, dust and snow and survives drops from 1.2 meters.

Built-in microphone

Never let your music drown out your phone again. Speakerphone capability lets you take calls right from the speaker.

Drybox

Helps to store case, cards and more in the water-tight box for convenient use.


Customer rating

4.3
89%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth Speaker for Outdoor Lovers: BRING IT ON!

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    gadgetguy11
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    This Bluetooth Speaker plays LOUD & is built to appeal to the rugged outdoor enthusiast. It excels at pool parties & boating activities, as it floats & is drop proof. The recyclable packaging is aqua, suggesting the speaker is at home near water. At $300, 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 15-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 15 hours. 4- Buoyancy (It floats!) 5- Hidden Storage (Dry box built-in) 6- 2 Color Options: Obsidian Sand (as shown in my photos) or Laguna Clay 7- Very Good Musicality at HIGH Volume: music sounds GREAT cranked up! Average mid & deemphasized high frequencies produce acceptable voice clarity; strong bass & mid bass response, as you would expect from a speaker this size make your Tunes ROCK! Output is a BLASTING 100 Decibels!! Easily heard over the pool party & revelers. 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. Callers confirm clear audio, so this is another plus 10- Extreme Solid Look & Feel (Rugged, leaves no doubt about the durability). 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 AQ11 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!! COMPARISON TO AQ10 BLUETOOTH SPEAKER: 1- The AQ11 plays MUCH LOUDER! AQ11 is rated at 100dB; AQ10 is rated at 94dB. In real tests, the difference in playable volume is dramatic! The AQ11 projects further, has 2) larger drivers & more powerful amplifier. It sounds 50% louder than the impressive AQ10! 2- AQ11 Battery Life is rated at 15 Hrs; AQ10 Battery Life is rated at 13 Hrs. Both speakers fulfilled their respective promised ratings. 3- "Dry Storage" compartment on the AQ11 just holds my iPhone 6S Plus without a bumper case. The AQ10 storage compartment just holds an iPhone 5S. 4- If space is a consideration, i.e. backpacking or a camping trip, the AQ10's diminutive size & weight will make it a better choice than the massive AQ11, which weighs in at a whopping 4#. 5- If playing loud is not a priority, but voice & prominent high frequencies are paramount, the AQ10 may be a better choice. The AQ10 emphasizes cymbals; you clearly hear every drum stick as it taps the hi-hat & the crack of the snare drum. The AQ11 emphasizes the floor tom & bass drum. You really have to listen for cymbals to hear them on the AQ11. Bass & Mid Bass frequencies are prominent on the AQ11; High and Mid High Frequencies are prominent on the AQ10. 6- See 2) photos that show BOTH the Massive AQ11 & the Impressive AQ10 in Outdoor Venues. CONCLUSION: AQUAPHONICS AQ11 is the KING of RUGGED, OUTDOOR WIRELESS SOUND!! It is a "PARTY IN A BOX". Add Friends & CRANK IT UP!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Aquaphonics AQ11 is Outside Wet, Musical FUN

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    pauldar
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    Over the past few days I have had immense FUN using this Aquaphonics Lifeproof AQ11, wireless, portable, waterproof speaker. I didn't have to worry if it got wet or even fell into the pool or hot tub, since it is waterproof, ruggedly-built, and is tough enough to take a 'drop' by a toddler or, Grand Child from approximately four feet height. This makes it perfect for outdoor FUN activities with my Grand Children (Grandma also loves it too). So, I want to share my experiences from this past weekend enjoying this FUN speaker. The day I received this unit my three Grand Kids were over, and, in our pool. Since it arrived mostly 'charged', I immediately Bluetooth-connected it to my Smart Phone and played toddler kinds of music through Pandora. The kids absolutely loved it. How much more FUN can it get playing and dancing in the pool enjoying FUN kids' music? The AQ11 was the heart of our pool party. Unfortunately, it soon started to rain, and, we had to go inside, but the musical party did not stop because of the rain. We found kids' sing-a-long music to go with our pizza-feast Grandma provided. It was great FUN, and we continued varieties of kids' music through indoor play, and bath time 'till it was eventually bedtime. Nice! The next morning we headed out to a local water park, where we joined a birthday celebration a of a friend's child, who just turned five years old. I took the AQ11 with us. Since I still had the kids' sing-a-long music playing, several of the older kids came over to ask me to turn UP the volume so they could sing along too over the sounds of the splashing water (see pics). The AQ11 has the volume to be heard over a large area, and interfering noises – it was fantastic. Some of the parents sang along with the music too – what FUN. AQ11 did an outstanding job of providing musical FUN and 'kid-rhythm' into the birthday party. WooHoo! Later that day, and after the party, while the Grand kids were asleep, Grandma and I enjoyed thirty minutes of relaxation in our hot tub with the AQ11, featuring Easy-Listening selections. It was quiet, bubbly, and soothing. Does it get any better then this? YooHoo! How many ways can you think of to use this AQ11 with a gathering of your family and friends? When I received this complimentary, AQ11 Aquaphonics Speaker, I was immediately impressed by its rugged-ability construction, simplistic controls, and spacious waterproof housing for personal 'stuff', ID cards, Smart Phone, Money, Keys, etc. But, as they say, “The Proof Is In The Pudding” - the AQ11 has phenomenal sound quality and clarity. What is really amazing, increasing the volume level, which this baby has plenty of, does not distort the level of delivered, mid-range sound quality. There are no 'user' adjustments, similar to an equalizer, but I found that facing this unit close to a wall or corner increases the bass level due to a reflected, 'bounce-back' resonance. The topside controls are very simple (My Grand Kids can operate them): Volume can be increased or lowered by touching the + or – button located at the very center of the controls. A Back < and Forward > is also on topside. At either end, is the Bluetooth Pairing Button. And, the Source Button, to switch from Bluetooth to whatever you connected to the 3.5mm input jack. At one end of the unit is a waterproof door containing a USB charge-out port, a 3.5 mm audio input jack, and a 'Power-In' for recharging, which includes a 120v, proprietary, wall charger. On the other side of the AQ10 is a surface mount 'On/Off' switch along with the 'Lock' and 'Unlock' switch. Just above the 'Lock' switch are four LED, charging indicator lights. Each one that is lit, represents twenty-five percent of charge left. NOTE: the 'Lock' switch must be 'Unlocked' for Bluetooth pairing and, or, switching from 3.5 mm to Bluetooth, or visa versa. Another neat feature is that you can receive phone calls through the AQ11 while it is ON. However, it must be 'Unlocked', and you have to press the 'Play' button to receive and to end your phone calls. Also, as you place your hand near the topside controls – the individual controls light-up, which is cool and helpful, especially in dark conditions. Please note that you can download the 'Owners' Guide' from the 'Inside Lifeproof' link at their product website. It is highly detailed with pics and a User's Manual with lots of functional information. The included information is not comprehensive enough. So, why do I think the AQ11 is outstanding? The sheer quality of reproduced music at much higher volumes is probably the best attribute. Being rugged and waterproof makes it Grand-Kid-Friendly, Teen-Friendly, and Senior-Friendly, IMHO. Did I mention the fifteen hour battery life? The enclosed USB port allows you to 'Charge-Out' your phone, tablet, I-Pad, E-Reader, etc.. How convenient is that? YooHoo! I highly recommend the purchase of the Aquaphonics Lifeproof AQ11, if you enjoy outdoor activities, and especially with the folks you love . . . . I love good quality sound, and the AQ11 delivers. Surely, you can find less expensive kinds of waterproof speakers, but you will be tasked to find the versatility and QUALITY of sound the AQ11 provides. You can take this baby with you on your boat, in your pool, hot tub, water park, beach, lake, river, camping, washing your car, watering your garden, anything involved with water – no fear of damage because it is waterproof following the included instructions to a depth of approximately three feet. The AQ11 is specifically made for large gatherings and large areas – it is a Party Machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A loud proud Bluetooth beast of a speaker

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    StephenS
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    This is a whopper of a Bluetooth speaker and it is EXACTLY what I was hoping for! It’s a loud proud portable Bluetooth beast of a speaker that’s good enough to replace the outdated radio in my outdated car that doesn’t have Bluetooth of its own. Next car I guess… but until then the AQ11 will do to make my old car feel a bit more modern; and it’s nice that i no longer need one of those ancient cassette-tape adapters to play music from my phone in the car at a jam-worthy volume. The AQ11 uses its size to its advantage -- instead of packing one large monaural speaker it packs two drivers side-by-side on the front “Lifeproof” grill for stereo sound, and it sounds great when you’re using it at your desk or wherever else you’re pretty close to it. When you’re further away, like outdoors across the yard, the left-right channels pretty much blend together which is to be expected. I found that if I placed the AQ11 on a solid object then it sounded pretty rich and full with good bass production. But if I placed it on a shelf or something not directly conductive to the floor then the fullness of bass was noticeably lessened. If I placed it directly ON the floor then it could at times even get a bit TOO bass-ish and muddy, so just to say that placement appeared to affect the fullness of sound quite a bit. Being waterproof and weatherproof and dustproof (when properly battened down) the AQ11 is impressively rugged and durable. It floats as advertised and keeps items in the watertight compartment nice and dry. The watertight compartment is also respectably large -- large enough to hold my Nexus 6p if I take the case off. The AQ11 is suitably flexible for audio input as well -- there is Bluetooth of course, and actually TWO 3.5mm inputs; one under the outside port protector, and one inside the watertight compartment. There’s also a USB port for power in both locations as well. Neither charged my Nexus 6p at its “rapid” rate, they did manage to positively charge it even when playing music. The AQ11 battery was impressive on duration as well. I played 10 hours of non-stop background music volume and it had dropped only one-bar (25%) on the indicator, which you can check by giving the AQ11 power button a quick tap, even when it’s “off”. It’s worth noting that the AQ11 cannot be CHARGED by USB, it has to use its own included power supply, and given it’s size and power needs that’s unfortunate but probably makes. My only gripes on the AQ11, and why I mark it down one star, is that I wish it was a little louder and that the power button and external ports weren’t on completely opposite ends of box. I say this because I found it natural and convenient to often stand it on one end or the other when I was putting it down, but this meant that either the power button or the power/audio/USB ports weren’t directly accessible. Personally, I would rather them to have either been all on the same end, or at least not on total opposite ends. Of course, if I set it down “normally” then that’s not an issue, but then the AQ11 becomes very “wide”, especially with power and audio aux cables coming out of one end. I’m still very happy with it, but a better poweron/port arrangement would have earned it 5 stars in my book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Outdoor Companion

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    ryanmcv
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    I’ve been waiting for a portable speaker to use by the pool, at the lake, and during all of my outdoor trips here in Arizona. While there are some compromises in sound quality, LifeProof has designed a speaker that truly delivers a complete package. Here’s my take: PROS: - Lightweight and easy to handle. Don’t be fooled by the heavy box that houses the speaker. This thing feels lighter than it looks and the handles on each corner make it very easy to pick up and carry around. - Sturdy and rugged build quality. LifeProof claims that the speaker can survive drops from almost 4 feet, and I believe it. There is no flex anywhere on the speaker’s body and the buttons on top are a thick, dense rubber that won’t wear out. - I absolutely love the waterproof and buoyancy features. The drybox on the bottom easily fits my iPhone 7 Plus. I tested the buoyancy in my pool, and sure enough - it floats! During a long afternoon of being splashed and submerged in the pool, the speaker powered through it all and kept playing all of my music —- from my iPhone which was in the drybox. There’s even an auxiliary port and a USB charging port in the drybox. - Long battery life. LifeProof claims 15 hours. After 6 hours at the pool, 3 of the 4 battery indicator lights near the power button were still illuminated, indicating about 75% of battery remaining. Couldn’t ask for anything better than that. - With the built-in microphone, this speaker can act as a speakerphone if you get a phone call while connected via Bluetooth. I tried it once indoors and it seemed to work well. COULD BE BETTER: - Honestly, the sound quality isn’t perfect. It’s rather hollow-sounding at times and could use some more oomph when it comes to lows/bass. That being said, it still sounds good and the volume gets very loud. Considering that this is going to be used mainly during outdoor activities, it’s more than acceptable. - The charging cable is a proprietary wall plug. You can’t charge this via USB, so if you’re outdoors without easy access to a wall outlet, this could be a challenge. OVERALL: For anyone who wants to bring their music with them during outdoor adventures, LifeProof has delivered an excellent speaker that will survive almost anything that you throw at it. Sound quality could be better, but I didn’t get this speaker expecting studio-quality sound. The versatility and durability of the speaker more than make up for any shortcomings. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Huge Speaker, Muffled Sound

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    Jaron
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    Pros -Waterproof -Floats -Strong bass -Bluetooth and 3.5 aux-in -Big, backlit, tactile buttons -Watertight compartment underneath -USB charging for other devices -Speakerphone -Massive battery Cons -Huge size -Treble and mids lacking -Storage compartment still slightly small -Weak USB power output -Charges via proprietary wall wart, not micro-USB Overall The easiest way to see the AQ11 is as a super-sized AQ10. They share the same shape and design features, meaning they share a lot of the same good and bad things. The AQ11 has a tough, waterproof case that floats. It has useful handles at the corners for carrying. It has the same, backlit control buttons for play/pause, volume, next and previous track, and input source. The buttons are large and well textured, making it easy to control by touch alone. The AQ11 also has auxiliary inputs and can charge other USB devices. And like the AQ10, the AQ11 has a watertight compartment underneath. The two even share the same charger. However, it also shares a lot of the downsides of the AQ10. The charger is proprietary, not a micro USB or anything else you likely already have and can share between devices. The USB charging output is also weak at only 2.5W so some phones and tablets won't be able to charge off it. The sound quality is also mediocre, likely due to the waterproofing. However, being nearly twice as big, the AQ11 has a few things unique to itself. The AQ10 was small enough to be clipped to a backpack, something you wouldn't want to do with the AQ11. Being larger, the AQ11 has much bigger drivers, giving it a stronger bass presence than the smaller AQ10. Unfortunately this change also drowns out the highs and mids, leading to an overall less crisp sound than the AQ10. Had the AQ11 used its size to house one of the larger drivers in the middle of the grill and used the two smaller ones from the AQ10 on the sides, the sound profile would be quite good. The larger casing also facilitates a larger watertight storage compartment on the underside. However it still feels a little too small to be useful yet. While at least this time you can fit a phone, it still lacks enough space to be really functional. While the AQ11 is at least big enough to hold a modern phone, it's not big enough to hold that phone and have it plugged in to either the charging USB jack or the 3.5mm aux jack ( though you can do so with some older, smaller phones or media players ). A short audio cable with angled connectors on both sides could conceivably work, and it's disappointing Lifeproof didn't include one in the box. At least the aux jack is not right on the edge of the compartment so you can use normal sized plugs in it instead of slimline only like the AQ10 ). Also a plus is a small central divot in the watertight compartment that affords some extra storage room for keys or other small, thicker items. Overall, I find the AQ11 a worse buy than the AQ10 due to its higher price. The sound quality is just disappointing from a speaker over $200. Unless you absolutely need the larger storage compartment and louder volume, the AQ10 seems the better value. It's more portable, cheaper, and doesn't have worse sound. For the price of the AQ11, you can get a Bose Revolve. The Revolve is only water resistant, not outright waterproof of course, but it's has much clearer audio, is more portable, and can still handle some water splashing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Aquaphonic - Spalsh & Play

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    WesternSky
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    I am an audiophile with a very discriminating ear, and couldn't wait to unpack the Aquaphonics AQ11 and give it a try. Here are some of my observations: * Designed for both indoor and active outdoor use. * Rechargeable battery which is advertised to last a whopping 15 hours. * Has front-facing speakers and advertised to reach 100 decibels. * Bluetooth 4.2 * Built-in for speakerphone capabilities, which means that you can answer your phone directly thru the unit. * Floats in the water and has a built-in, water-tight dry-box to keep your valuables dry. * Submersible and waterproof for 30 minutes for up to 3 feet (I would rather not test this capability, so I will assume that the manufacturers claim is accurate). * Drop Proof, dirt-proof and snow-proof (I did not test this capability). * Very portable as it weighs in at 4 pounds. * You can also charge your phone directly from this unit. * Device easily paired with my IPhone 7 plus, Mac laptop and my Acer laptop. * Supports up to 8 devices I was really curious as to judging the sound capabilities and the musicality of this unit, so I performed a side by side comparison of the Aquaphonics AQ11 against two of my Bluetooth speakers which I own. I will refrain from indicating their names, but one devices name rhymes with the number "9", and the other rhymes with the word "Goes". Overall the Aquaphonics AQ11 did a pretty decent job. The speaker has full sound, clear highs and good lows. Music reproduction was handled with ease. All types of music sounded good and I was very pleasantly surprised. Although it was not the best sounding speaker as compared to one of my other Bluetooth speakers, it was a very close second. And I mean, a very very close second. If I had a choice between the 3 speakers, I would choose the Aquaphonics AQ11 because of its overall versatility. In closing I should remind you that the Aquaphonics AQ11 is a superior product for very "active" consumers, who can rely on the product to keep on working through some adverse conditions. Using the unit aboard your boat, at the beach, in your pool, in the ocean, or in the snow, etc, make this unit very versatile. You don't have to worry about dropping the unit into the water or splashing water on it. The Aquaphoncis AQ11 is a great speaker and will please you. Depend upon it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Durable speaker with great battery life.

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    redderr
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    I am not an audiophile but the speaker is very loud without loss of sound clarity but does lack deep bass. But the overall clarity is fantastic even at max volume levels. The unit is well built, feels very sturdy and is indeed waterproof. The 4 grab handles make carrying the 4 pound speaker with your fingers a pleasure and feels very secure when carrying by the handles. I immediately paired with my Samsung S6 Edge Plus and iPad Air 2, that took less than a minute for both. A nice feature is that once paired, there is a button to make the unit cycle through its list of paired devices. You can pair the speaker to 8 devices. Once paired, I walked around and found the Bluetooth connection was stable in an open area for a good 40-50 feet but inside of my home (which has many walls) that range dropped to about 18-25 feet. I dropped the speaker into my pool and held my breath...indeed it floats. I submerged the unit at a depth of 2 feet for a few minutes and discovered the lock box area to be bone dry! Would I put my phone in there, yes but would try and not submerge the speaker but let it just float. The ability to be out by the pool and receive calls using the speakerphone and microphone is a nice plus. You can make calls using your cell phone and use again the speaker's own microphone/speakerphone to continue your conversation. The lockbox has a USB out charging port but rated at 0.5amp which might not be sufficient for certain devices. The other USB out charging port is located on the side but rated at 1.0 amp. The speaker is designed ruggedly and held up well on a short day trip to the beach. Because it is waterproof, cleaning and maintenance is very easy. While the speaker lacks a very deep bass I think this is due to the waterproof protection but given all the other features, that is an acceptable tradeoff. You have a well built speaker, moderate weight, easy to carry, great sound clarity, easy to clean, quick pairing, excellent Bluetooth range, excellent battery life and easily accessible controls. Get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Unique...

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    Katie
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    First Impressions: First thing I noticed about this product was that it was much larger than I expected. Compared to the several portable speakers I have, both wired and wireless, this is definitely the largest, it is almost like a pretty small boombox. Next thing I noticed was the material. I found it interesting that this product is shockproof for drops but there is literally no rubber in the construction, just plastic. I would think they would have put it on at least the edges for shock absorption or if anything, grip, considering this product would be put in a wide variety of locations. It feels like one or two decent drops and any of the edges would crack. The buttons all feel heavy duty and its nice that they are back-lit. On the side below the power button, there is a switch that says it is a lock. It took me way longer than I would have liked it to, to figure out what exactly that locked. I thought that would be a lock to the compartment on the bottom so that it didn't accidentally get opened, but nope. It ended up being a lock to disable the control buttons on the top. After trying to skip songs and change volume and NOTHING happening, I realized the lock controls the buttons. I looked in the directions that came with it and it was not mentioned at all. Just that it was a lock. Speaking of the directions, those could be really improved, some more information on the switching of sources would have been nice. I also noticed that the charging port and charger is a round dc plug. This was a big bummer because its one more charger I have to keep track of it and have sitting around, so many products are micro usb chargeable now, I was expecting that, or even the wider usb 3.0 if it needs more power. Sound: I was slightly disappointed in the sound this speaker produced. Its not bad, but its not good. For its large size, I was looking forward to hearing some good bass come out of it but it strongly lacks bass performance, and overall a good sound at that. I understand this speaker is not going to sound like a boss speaker, considering it can go underwater, but I was expecting more, especially in this price range. I did notice when I was further away from it AND in the open outside, it sounded better than up close. Water Test: Even though it killed me to put something electronic into water, I still wanted to put it to the test, so I slowly put it into my pool at first, it slowly got its balance and angled itself in the water so that it was angled up with the speaker facing upwards. As soon as the speaker compartment panel got wet by me moving it around a little, that was it, the sound got muffled it and took a lot of shaking it out to get it to sound, well, not underwater sounding. It easily floated around the pool all on its own though, not looking like it was struggling to stay afloat, that was with no one in the pool rough housing. When I took it out after about 20 minutes, I dried it all off and let it air dry for awhile, and then opened all the compartments to see if they were wet. The bottom compartment that is supposed to house your phone, was completely dry. That compartment has a nice seal and latch to it. However the side compartment that has a cheap cover, not rubber but a soft plastic material and no latch, did not seal well at all(I made sure before I put it in water that it was pushed in as far as it could go) The whole compartment was wet and even the charging port was clogged with water. I don't get why that panel could not get a nice cover like the bottom has. Overall: This product is not horrible by any means. It has a lot of potential but needs improvements. I like the heavy duty light up buttons. I like the fact that your phone can be safely stored in the bottom compartment, and even charge it down there. I like that there is an aux-in option. However the sound needs improvement, the overall construction needs to feel more rugged, and that infamous side panel cover needs to be an actual door with a latch and seal for it to be waterproof. Someone who buys this product would most likely not be buying it for its sound quality, but its versatility to be in and near water and always ready for some use and abuse. I cannot recommend this product to a friend until it is completely waterproof.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      LifeProof Support Team

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks for your feedback! We apologize for the confusion during your initial experience with this product. Yes, the AQ11 does float to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of a pool, river, lake or ocean in the event that it is accidentally dropped in any of those areas. It was not designed to be used while floating as the water will end up muffling the sound. Enjoying tunes while the speaker is on the side of the pool is the way to go!

      If water happens to get past the dust cap on the side there is nothing to worry about as those ports are waterproof. Below is a link that will show you a video that goes over all of the functions of the AQ11.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP1RkCcIeIk

      Of course, if you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-533-0735. We are happy to help!

      Best,
      LifeProof Customer Service Team lifeproof





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