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.