AQSTIX great sound for all adventures.
A few years ago, I was introduced to the Bluetooth speaker. Before that, I suffered through the mediocre sound that played through my iPhone’s speakers or I used substandard earbuds for music. My audio world was opened up when I learned about BT speakers and I’ve used one almost every day (in some fashion) ever since then. Most of my speakers (I have a few) are meant for indoor use, but every once in a while, I’ll come across one that is waterproof. These can be very helpful when you are enjoying the great outdoors and want an easy way to listen to music. I was recently introduced to Specter Wireless, a company that designs and produces high-quality audio accessories like Bluetooth speakers and headphones. Specter has a wonderful Bluetooth speaker called AQSTIX, which is listed as a waterproof wireless speaker for all.
AQSTIX has some pretty great features including:
- Dual 10W speakers for rich sound and powerful bass
- IP67 waterproof rating (up to three feet)
- Acts as speakerphone — answer calls with a touch of a button
- Advanced Bluetooth chipset for flawless wireless connectivity up to 50 feet
- Rugged — shockproof with a rubberized coating
- Long-lasting battery — up to 10 hours of playtime and 180 hours of standby time
- Supports NFC, Micro SD Card, Siri, Android Voice Calls, Aux-in, earphone out
The speaker comes packaged with one wall adapter and one USB cable. In addition to its impressive specs, the AQSTIX also acts as a power bank so that you can charge your phone or tablet when you’re low on power. There is a standard USB-A port on the right-hand side where the other input/output ports are located. There is a strong nylon strap that is attached to the speaker via Velcro which has a carabiner included for connection to bags or even belts. AQSTIX is truly an outdoor/adventure speaker.
Getting started is very easy. When you power the speaker on for the first time, it automatically goes into Bluetooth pairing mode. The speaker will show up as “AQSTIX” in your Bluetooth menu. Once you select it, it pairs within a few seconds. I used the speaker for about an hour straight and didn’t find any dropout. I really like the controls that are included on the top of the speaker. Some speakers these days simplify controls down so far that the advance button and volume buttons are the same. I would much rather see these operations be kept separate like the AQSTIX does.
In addition to the track buttons and volume up/down, there are also play/pause, answer/hang-up, mode, and power buttons included on top. Something else that is a bit unique to the AQSTIX speaker is the battery indicator. There is a bright green LED light beneath the battery icon and three orange LEDs that show the battery level of the speaker. All in all, it’s a pretty impressive speaker with a lot of features.
Now that I’ve covered that, I will discuss the sound experience I had with this speaker. I typically only listen to two categories of sound on BT speakers — movies/TV shows and music — and I almost always stream it from an app.
- Movies/TV Shows: To test out this category, I connected to Netflix and pulled up the TV show 30 Rock. While this show doesn’t have a very deep soundtrack with sound effects, it does have a lot of dialogue and a strong music track. The speaker doesn’t muddle the sound and it’s very easy to understand the voice track in the show. I didn’t feel like the rest of the soundtrack overpowered the voice track at all, which can sometimes happen with Bluetooth speakers.
- Music: Pandora is my music streaming app of choice. I have several stations set up, as I’m sure most people do, for different moods and attitudes I might be in. Typically when I test out or start using a new Bluetooth Speaker I play a few songs on three of my stations — No Diggity Radio (mostly 90s hip-hop), Cold Play Radio (alternative, modern rock), and Wicked Radio (broadway show tunes). This provides me with a nice range of music for testing. The 90s Hip-Hop had some really great bass to it. The sound was deep and rich. The broadway station and alternative rock stations had similar results.
The more I worked with this speaker the more I seemed to find out about it. The buttons actually light up when you press them and as it turns out they are touch sensitive, too. If you lightly tap them, the buttons will light up so that you can see them in low-light situations.
The AQSTIX speaker is actually quite remarkable and a really good option for listening to any type of media. It’s really multifunctional and quite durable. I’ve been really impressed with the speaker’s performance. I wouldn’t hesistate to recommend it to someone looking for a waterproof speaker.