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Nyne - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Enjoy tunes outdoors with this Nyne Rebel wireless speaker. With one-touch NFC connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0, it can queue music on any smartphone or tablet, and its water-resistant and long battery life keep your party's soundtrack pumping. This Nyne Rebel wireless speaker has auxiliary inputs and outputs for karaoke microphones and additional speakers.

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    • Nyne Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (112 out of 117)

    Features


    Connect wirelessly from up to 100' away

    Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device. NFC technology enables one-touch pairing.

    Rechargeable battery

    Play your favorite tunes for up to 10 hours on a full charge.

    40W RMS system power

    Offered by the full amplification 2.1 channel system.

    Splash-proof design

    Helps prevent damage caused by water infiltration.

    Built-in microphone

    Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.

    Take your show on the road

    Built-in carrying handle enables easy portability.

    Auxiliary audio input

    Allows simple wired connectivity.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 117 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great rugged speaker with nice powerful sound

      Posted
      BADog
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      Normally, I would post a pic, but this thing just is what it is in the picture. It's big, and it's a boss. And this is only the REBEL - not the bigger version. The devices comes with a regular-sized male-male 3.5mm audio cable for connecting to a sound source (input) or by adding one (aux out). Instruction manual, safety manual. Proprietary charging cable with 4-5 different snap-on AC plug prongs which allows use in different countries. Personally, this is a waste since these plug adapter kits can be purchased online to adapt to multiple plugs anyway. I paired up with a Samsung Galaxy S8 with no issues. I used manual BT connection (not NFC) and it connected immediately. The S8 and the Rebel do not have "volume pairing", so the 2 volumes work independently of each other. The best solution is to turn up the volume of the Rebel all the way and then control the volume with the handset. There is no volume indicator; however, once max volume is reached, the entire row of buttons on the Rebel blink rapidly as long as the vol+ button is pressed. Phone functions all work perfectly with the speaker. The built-in mic worked without flaw, and my sister (on the other line) could not tell that I was even using an external speaker as my communication. The device did not have music on it, so I used Pandora to listen to some tunes. All buttons on the Rebel (play/pause, rew, ff, vol+/- all worked perfectly with Pandora. I maxed out the volume on the S8 and the Rebel on multiple songs including heavy rock (Metallica), and there was nearly no distortion whatsoever. The bass sound was flowing out of the ends of the speaker while the mids/highs came out the front. Sounded great and powerful. I tested out the AUX OUT with a Bose Revolve+ speaker using the 3.5mm cable and when I hooked up the Bose and spread them out, it sounded phenomenal. The Bose Revolve+ added a little more highs that the Rebel did not offer - and combined, it really mixed well with each other. I had the Rebel on a marble counter top and even with the super sticky rubber feet, it did tend to move slightly due to the bass it was able to generate. So words to the wise - if you put this speaker up high, keep an eye on it if it's jammin' because after some time, it may vibrate off of the surface and onto the floor. The build was great. Very sturdy. The handle was a must-have engineering necessity. To carry this thing without a handle would be extremely awkward. The rear panel also offered a power indicator button which has around 5-6 little white lights that shows how much battery you have left. Good feature, but IMO, that's something better shown in a more visible place so it's easy to check. I have a couple of gripes about the speaker.... 1. The charger doesn't need to be proprietary. It needs to have USB charging capabilities, even if a USB-C connection. Everyone has USB charging cables (well, maybe except for some apple people?) for their phones and other devices... no one wants to take another cord that can only be used for this device. 2. The sound of the highs isn't ideal. It's always good to find a speaker that has it all - bass, treble, mid-range... this one does, but it does lack that added high that some other speakers offer where you can hear the cymbals a little clearer or the high-hat on the drum set.... going up on the audio frequency range would help tremendously. 3. Finally, this BT device claims to have 100-feet range. I tested in my house, and it cleared as far as any other BT device - around 30-35 feet before it started clipping out. Keep in mind that the S8 I used has BT 5.0 which claims 4x the range of regular BT. Having said that, walls matter. Once you get to that 25-30-foot range and walls happen, your audio will begin to suffer. If I'm doing something wrong here, perhaps NYNE will let me know what I need to do to get that 100' range. If it's merely OPEN space to 100', that usually only happens at the beach or a park. In a home, if walls matter, then 100' will never work - at least it didn't in mine. Overall, a great speaker. It will get plenty of use during travel baseball season. If it rains, it will be semi-protected as it is only splash/dust proof to an extent. Other speakers can nearly swim... so you'll still need to keep it pretty dry if you don't want it to fry.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Nyne Team

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. We appreciate you for being a valued Nyne customer! nyne

      • Brand response

        BOSS-TSA

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. We appreciate you for being a valued Nyne customer! BOSS-TSA

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic bluetooth speaker!

      Posted
      Namdnas
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      Ok - this thing is amazing! Prior to having received this, I'd never heard of the Nyne branding. I've got one go-to speaker that I've had for 5+ years now (which I use almost daily) and I use it as a basis for comparing all others (Logitech Boom). With that being said, let's get started: Packaging: The packaging for this product is REALLY nice! It definitely feels like you are getting the bang for your buck. To be honest, prior to having received this, I really didn't expect it to be as big as it is! Holy, cow, this thing is huge! Inside the box, it's pretty minimal. You get the speaker and a box of accessories. Accessories include the charging cable, which also included various snap on/off plug-ins for various international compatibility, which I thought was a nice touch. You also get a 3.5mm audio plug. Not too much to have to keep up with. My only issue with the overall packaging is the manual. It's one of those huge fold-out manuals which I entirely loathe. They're HUGE and contain 6+ languages and nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get folded back correctly. I've mentioned this in several of my other reviews and to me, is incredibly lazy. On the bottom of the speaker are 4 rubberized pads. This is nice, especially when sitting on a table or somewhere clean. However, I can see this getting dirty VERY easily and loosing it's grip after sitting on the ground/floor a few times, which obviously is what its designed for (it's a "party" speaker). Setup: This was a no-brainer. Having used a lot of bluetooth devices, this was a breeze. The speaker goes into search mode automatically once turned on and even auto-connects when it recognizes a previously paired device. However, I could never get the NFC bluetooth pairing to work. I have an iPhone 7 Plus and tried this, per the manual. No amount of tapping the phone to the NFC-designated part of the speaker worked. So, I just went in like normal - into the Bluetooth settings - and paired it. Speaker quality and functionality: The quality of the speaker is amazing. It also has more bass than I expected. My wife said it looked like a "mini amplifier", LOL. The entire speaker is made of a textured material, which feels like silicone. It has a speaker all across the middle of it, as well as two smaller ones on the sides. The top of the speaker has the Nyne logo, a power button, a phone button, music controls (play, pause, forward, back, etc) and a volume up/down button. The entire speaker is water/dust proof and shock resistant. It also has a really nifty feature of having a built-in handle underneath the top-back portion of the speaker, making is super easy to transport. The back panel swings down and has a waterproof seal behind it. Inside this panel is the charge port, an Aux port, Line Out port, USB port, a batter level indicator button and of course the charge LED's that show the current battery level or, when charging, how far it is to be complete. The only issue I had with this speaker was the volume. Unlike most bluetooth speakers, the volume of this one is independent of your phone volume. The first time I used it, I tried music. It was connected and although my phone was at max volume, hardly nothing was coming out of it. So, after about 15 minutes of troubleshooting and reviewing the manual, we started spamming the volume + button. That fixed it. So, now, I just set the volume on the speaker as loud as it will go, then adjust the max volume with my phone or whatever other device is connected to it. :-) The overall volume is impressive, given the size. However, it's not as loud as I expected it to be. Using it indoors is great, but outdoors, I can see the volume being an issue. I didn't realize until this was already on it's way to me, but there is another, bigger model called the Nyne Rock that supposedly pumps out the volume even more but is much bigger. I also toyed around with the phonecall functionality. I will say the the quality of the person coming out of the speaker is great and loud enough to hear well. However, any distance on my end of being anywhere besides right on top of the speaker, the caller said that I sounded very distant. Sadly, the overall volume of this speaker is about on par with the cylindrical one (the Boom) that I've had for years on my desk, which is much, much, much smaller. So, this, along with having to be right on top of the speaker for the other person to hear me on a call are the only reasons I've given this a 4 star instead of 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Clear sound that can fill a room

      Posted
      bridaw
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      I am very happy with this speaker. It has clear sound that can fill a room. Two tweeters, two midrange and one subwoofer. The woofer is directed upwards and the grills on both sides of the case are ports/tubes for the woofer. The ported design provides more bass from a woofer this size. You can clearly hear every note of a bass guitar and the overall sound balance is good. The bass isn't muddy and has punch, the midrange is clear and the highs are crisp. It isn’t listed in the manual but the speaker will time-out and sleep if no music is playing so it won’t drain the battery. NFC pairing is a nice touch for android users. The 5 LED battery level indicator is great and I wish more speakers included this feature. The built-in rechargeable battery has a large capacity for long playtime (10 hours) so it is great you can also use the speaker as a power-bank to charge your phone/device with the built-in USB port. Just plug in your phone and it starts charging. To recharge the speaker you must plug the AC adapter (comes with 4 interchangeable plugs) into a wall outlet (cannot charge the speaker using USB). The speaker includes a 3.5mm Aux-in just in case your sound source doesn’t support bluetooth. The cool thing is the speaker also includes a 3.5mm Aux-OUT so you can daisy-chain the Rebel with another speaker and crank it to 11. The handle on this Rebel isn’t very good. It isn’t a handle at all, not something you can grip. It is a finger-tip hold that doesn’t even reach your first knuckle. If the speaker will be left in one place all the time and only moved occasionally then you might not care but it certainly isn’t a speaker you would carry around like an old boombox. The backlit logo and buttons are way too bright. It is a nice touch having backlit buttons but they don’t time-out and dim and then wake when you touch a button like other speakers. No, these are full blast bright as long as the speaker is on. If your eyes are adjusted to a dark room at night the backlight is overkill and ruins your night vision. Absolutely no reason to be that bright. If I used this regularly in a dark room I would put several layers of painters or masking tape over the buttons to tone them down. It is difficult trying to show this with a picture because the camera adjusts the exposure to compensate. Overall it is a great sounding well built speaker with some nice features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Nyne Team

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. We appreciate you for being a valued Nyne customer! nyne

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        BOSS-TSA

        Thank you for your review of our product. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. BOSS-TSA

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Unique looking speaker with lots of volume

      Posted
      Josh
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      I received this product in exchange for a review. Overall: The Nyne Rebel Bluetooth speaker is able to put out a lot of volume. It has a rugged design that looks sturdy and is easy to carry. The specs say it’s a bit under 8 pounds, but given its size, it actually feels relatively light. The majority of the exterior front and top sides is a mesh material surrounding the speakers. The remainder of the exterior is a durable plastic held together with large visible hex screw that protects the speakers while looking sleek and providing a convenient carrying handle. It has an IPX3 rating meaning it can handle some exposure to water. I wouldn’t drop it in a pool, but it’s nice to know you can take it outside without fear of getting water on it. Overall, this is a pretty good speaker. The only thing that caused me to deduct a star was the fact that volume controls didn’t sync up with my phone. In the box: In addition to the manual, the Rebel comes with a branded charger and an assortment of international plug ends, 4 in total. I appreciated that it had the brand name on the charger, making it easier to identify in the future. In addition to the charger, there is an included red and black 3.5 mm audio cable for plugging audio sources directly into to the speaker or pairing with another speaker via audio out. Setup: Initial setup was simple. After pressing the power button on the top to turn the speaker on for the first time, it immediately goes into pairing mode. You can find the device on the Bluetooth settings of your audio device and quickly pair. Subsequent pairings are quick as well, and pairing a new device just involves holding down the Bluetooth button until it starts flashing. I didn’t have a compatible device to test out the NFC pairing, but it supports that as well. Use: This speaker performed well in a variety of environments. I had the chance to use outdoor over 4th of July weekend at a party with family. I was able to put this in the grass without any fear of water, dirt or damage and play music at a comfortable level for outdoor listening. The Bluetooth range is listed as up to 100 feet and that seems like a reasonable claim based on my use. With the long lasting battery (lasts between 10 and 12 hours according to multiple listings on the Nyne website), you can use it outdoors for an extended period. The control panel buttons and logo on the top are backlit while in operation. In addition, there is an LED battery life indicator behind the closable back panel that also houses the power plug port, AUX-in and out ports, and USB-out. The USB-out enables this speaker to function as a power bank as well for charging other devices. This is a nice feature when away from outlets. The speaker works well indoors as well, with more than enough volume. According to the specifications for the Rebel has a 2.1 channel setup, with 2 tweeters and 1 woofer. The addition of the woofer gives it some decent bass. I wasn’t blown away by the bass, but it was noticeable when listening to tracks with a lot of bass. If you want some more volume out of your setup, it comes with an AUX-out port that you can use with the included aux cable to connect it to a secondary speaker. I gave it a try with a smaller speaker of a different brand. It worked right away as expected with no lag to provide good sound output in more directions or increase the overall volume. It’s a pretty nice feature for parties or outdoor get-togethers. As mentioned above, my primary complaint about this speaker is the fact that volume of the speaker does not sync up with my phone. So, I can turn my phone volume up all the way, but it does not set the speaker to its max volume. And when I use the volume controls on the top of the speaker, the volume level does not change on my phone. I’m used to the controls working in sync, so this was a bit of an annoyance. If you get the initial settings and think that’s the max volume because you turned your phone volume up, you’ll probably be disappointed since the speaker volume actually goes up quite a bit more. If they could fix this issue, it could be a 5 star product. Overall, this is a solid speaker for the price range that I would be glad to suggest to others.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        BOSS-TSA

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. We appreciate you for being a valued Nyne customer! BOSS-TSA

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The perfect speaker for any event

      Posted
      NBCTeach05
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      I plan to use this portable Bluetooth speaker to play tunes on my front porch, where I spend a lot of time hanging out in the summer and early fall. It measures 15.8" x 9.75" x 6.75", so the size is not too small, but not unreasonably large either. It will fit on the bottom shelf of the wicker coffee table. I like the sturdy rubber “feet” on the bottom that will keep it positioned even when I am rocking out! The more I think about it, the more ways I can think of using the speaker – tailgating, camping, at the park, the beach, etc. It is a portable party! It only weighs 7.75 lbs and has a built-in carrying handle in the back. It advertises a 10 hour rechargeable battery (yay, no more buying disposable batteries). I have been using it at a moderate level for several hours and it is still going. There is a battery level indicator next to where you plug it in to check how much battery strength is left. Even better, the Rebel has a power bank to charge your mobile devices (phone/ipod) with a USB cord, even while it plays music. I need this because my phone goes through a charge very quickly. I read through the multiple folded manuals enclosed in the box. This was probably the worst instruction manual I have seen in a while. It was a huge piece of folded paper that was as complicated to refold as origami. It was next to impossible to find, let alone read, the directions in English with too small font and light print. Another odd thing about the Rebel was the inclusion 4 interchangeable worldwide plugs in the box. I looked up the company online and found that they have headquarters in California and China. I don’t know that I would pack the speaker to go on an international trip, so I guess that the plugs are to make the product more attractive to an international audience. Thankfully I didn’t need the directions to set up the speaker with my music. I easily connected to my iPod through a Bluetooth 4.0 connection. The NYNE Rebel comes with NFC one-touch connectivity. I confess I had to look up what NFC means. Here is what I learned: Near-field communication (NFC) is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm (1.6 in) of each other. I did a quick search on Google to confirm whether or not my Note 4 has NFC (it does) and where to check if NFC was activated (Settings, More). The speaker came with a 3.5 mm aux-in cable to use with the Audio in or Line out. That means you can hook up an mp3 player that doesn’t have Bluetooth, a microphone or karaoke, or you can daisy chain (connect more speakers) for an outdoor party. Another great feature of the NYNE Rebel is that it has a splash proof design. There are different “levels” of water resistance that are standard and the standard is referred to as IPX. The Rebel is IPX3 out of a scale of IPX0 to IPX8, which is pretty good. IPX3 Protected against spraying water: water spraying up to 60º from vertical at 10 liters per minute for 5 minutes at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2. In layman’s terms, IPX3 means it is protected against spraying water so in effect it is splash proof. It will be fine near the beach or a pool as long as in isn't immersed in water and sand won't cause any harm. There is a built-in microphone for hands-free calling (phone icon). I didn’t take a call through the speaker so I can’t speak to that. The speaker has a 2.1 System with two active drivers, two active tweeters and an active subwoofer. I am not an audiophile, but I know what I like and what I don’t like when I hear it when it comes to bass and treble levels. He thought it was okay but wasn’t too impressed. When his friends come over, they commented that they liked the sound. I really like this speaker and it will be worth its weight in gold as I discover new ways to use it. The unit typically sells for $179.99, but is on sale at Best Buy for $119.99, which I think is a great price for this unit. I would encourage everyone to go out and buy the NYNE Rebel. FYI - I looked online to see if there were any short videos of the NYNE Rebel. NYNE offers a 55 sec summary of the product’s best features https://nyne.com/product/rebel/.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Meets requirements for good sound & portability!

      Posted
      banjo
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      Nyne - Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker In researching this I found a lot of "better than this" and "not better than this" comparisons, but the best test is to listen for myself and form my own opinion. I got this to use around my school (teacher) to provide some background music in the classroom and to set a positive mood for staff meetings. This is replacing an old "wired" stereo I have been using in my classrooms for many years - of course a wired system is going to be louder no matter what, but I was looking for something that was easier to set up and also a "portable" speaker to take along to staff meetings and to use by the pool on weekends. That's quite a list of needs and the bluetooth capability seemed to meet all the requirements. Setting up the speaker was very easy and no problem pairing with any of my bluetooth devices. For the sound itself, my first impression was that the sound was not as loud as expected (compared to a wired system so not a suprise) but when using the speaker I was impressed by how the sound filled the room. The music is easy to hear and the volume actually needs to be turned down some even in a room full of teenage students. It seems like the quality of the sound is very good, which means I don't need to turn it up full blast just to be able to fill the room with music. There is plenty of bass beat, but doesn't have the "thumping" that is popular these days, but drowns out the midrange and highs. Then I took the speaker to a staff meeting and got many compliments on the quality of the speaker and "where did you get that" and "how much was it" questions. The built-in handle is a nice feature, and reminds me of the "boom box" craze from many years ago when hipsters would carrry a cassette tape box on their shoulder and bop down the street. Welcome to the future where technology has improved and now the "boom box" is a bluetooth speaker playing from your phone! Everything changes, but everything remains the same. Battery life will vary depending on the volume, but I used the speaker non-stop from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (9 hours) at "medium" volume, and the battery indicator only went from 5 lights to 3 lights - less than half the charge used in a full day of listening. Turning it up will draw more current, but I don't see any problem cranking it up all the way and still having a full day of listening. Being able to plug in a phone to keep the phone charged while playing is really nice, and should come in quite handy especially outdoors. There are many portable speakers on the market - some larger, and some smaller. This one seems right for me as it can be placed strategically in a room for best sound quality, easily moved to another location, including by the pool or on the back deck without having to worry about water damage, and big enough where I don't have to worry too much about it walking away in someone's backpack or pocket. Overall a good value with lots of uses and good sound quality. If you want smaller, get something smaller. If you want the thundering bass beat - get the Nyne "Rock" model and it will stir your tea for you. Otherwise, this is a good speaker that is small enough to move around, and large enough to provide good quality sound in a fairly large room.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Nyne Team

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. We appreciate you for being a valued Nyne customer! nyne

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        BOSS-TSA

        Thank you for your review of our product the Nyne Rebel Bluetooth Speaker. We are glad to hear you are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed creating the product for your everyday use. BOSS-TSA

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Backyard Speaker, Not so much for Travel

      Posted
      zboot
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      The Nyne Rebel is a beast of a speaker. It definitely has the rugged outdoor device look going for it, so unlike many in this market, isn't designed to augment or blend into the looks of things around it. But it does a great job, with long battery life, bluetooth range, and great sound with the ability to keep devices charged, like the cell phone supplying the beats over bluetooth. The packaging came with a handy handle to carry the box around. Interestingly enough, the Rebel itself did not. While it does have a handle of sorts molded into the speaker, it took picking it up a few times to get the hang of holding on to it and not feeling like you may drop it if not paying attention. The Rebel has enough heft that it would have made sense to design a better handle or at least use coloring to make the existing one more obvious. Given that the speaker isn't exactly a work of art, such contrast to the paint job would probably have enhanced it's looks. The power adapter comes itself with various adapters to allow operation or charging in various locales around the world. Other speakers, typically smaller, use USB for power portability. The the Rebel's size, it needs it's own brick so it's good that with this travel speaker, you don't need to remember a separate travel adapter. Given the charing output over USB, it can then save you should you forget such an adapter to use with your phone or other USB devices. It also has aux-in input, so if you're willing to deal with slightly lower audio quality, that's an option to prolong the battery life of both the music player and the speaker. Pairing was a breeze using NFC to my android smartphone. I also used the manual bluetooth configuration to an iPhone which worked flawlessly. Bluetooth range was great, working through brick walls and a patio door. The audio controls on the speaker give you a pretty wide range of volume control. I was presently surprised and a bit confused initially, since it started out at the lowest setting where not hearing any music playback, I thought the speaker wasn't working - even though the sound was turned up pretty high via the controls on my phone. It also has aux-audio out which I supposed is designed to allow you to daisy chain multiple speakers. It seems, given the size and battery power of these devices, they could have the speakers just pair to each other over bluetooth. Having to carry around a 3.5mm male/male cable, likely 10+ feet long, so you could play music on multiple speakers (because it seems kinda pointless to have two of these any closer together) seems a bit unwieldy. Carrying the cable might be ok, but stringing things on the fly in an outdoors environment could be a pain. In all, it was a great portable speaker sound and battery wise. While it has features that speak to the "travel" nature of the design, the size probably means it's more for car trips where you have space to toss it in the trunk and will be camping or hanging out not too far from your vehicle. I don't see this being a speaker one takes on a trip that involves air travel or hiking. Given the size and weight, that may also mean it's left home even on a trip to the beach. It's a good idea, but may better serve the backyard BBQ niche or outdoor home theatre, in which case, bluetooth daisy chaining of speakers would make more sense to give you greater flexibility of wireless placement.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply Amazing

      Posted
      HarvickFan
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      This speaker is simply amazing. It’s much bigger than you think it is, even after looking at the dimensions, this thing is huge. And because of that – the sound is HUGE! I had the unit out of the box, plugged in and charging and paired with my device is no more than 2 minutes. The sound quality blew me away. One thing that makes this speaker’s sound so much larger than others in this price range – it has internal 40W of RMS power and a dedicated subwoofer. Most Bluetooth speakers simply lack bass. Not this one. It has bass for days. The sound is loud and clear and has that rich bass that lacks on just about everything else. The highs can be a bit harsh at higher volumes, but a source side EQ can help that. Overall the unit has 2 active drivers, 2 active tweeters and that active subwoofer, amazing for a speaker in this price range. It has a nice premium feel and the construction is solid, and it’s overall a soft rubber type of material that can withstand plenty of abuse. It also has nice soft rubber feet so the speaker stays in place, even when the bass is thumping. Some other great features include the integrated carrying handle, because like I said, this thing is big. Having a handle on the back of the speaker to grab and go is awesome. It has IPX rated splash resistance so no worries taking it outside on the deck or too the beach. Just don’t submerse this thing or get it soaked in the rain. The internal power bank is a great feature for when you are on the go, and want to keep your phone charged while you play your music. It didn’t seem to support fast charging on my Samsung S8+, but just the fact that it has this internal power bank is feature enough for me. The battery states it can get 12 hours of playtime on a full charge, and I was seeing about 10 on mine. It also has a built in mic for hands free calling on your cellphone, and it worked just fine. The AUX in/out is a nice touch. You can either push another speaker, or even add a karaoke mic for some fun. I did not test the AUX features for this review. A couple things that could be better. The power supply is proprietary. Now this might be because of the type of current needed to charge the battery that then drives the 40W RMS and speaker array here, but it would have been nice to see the power supply accept USB standards at this point, even USB-C. So if you take the speaker with you, make sure it is fully charged, or you’ll need to carry the external power supply with you and have a place to plug it in. Slight drawback to the design here because where this thing is going to shine is being outside and taking this sort of sound with you where normal powered speakers can’t go. It also says that you can connect to the speaker from 100’ away. There is really no way to test this. I don’t know if that is even true or not. Bluetooth connected range is about 30-35 feet. And even though the S8+ I was using as the source has Bluetooth 5, it’s not activated in the Nougat software of Android to utilize it. So just expect to get standard Bluetooth range of connectivity here of about 30 feet. Definitely give this Nyne speaker unit some serious consideration if you’re looking for optimum sound that’s otherwise nonexistent in other units with this sort of portability. It’s amazing!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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