On-the-Water Jammin' with DryVIBES
There has been a small emergence of Bluetooth speakers in the past year and popularity is on the increase. I have had the privilege of reviewing some of them and again was blessed with the opportunity to field test and review one of the newer products on the block, the DryVIBES Bluetooth speaker.This 3¼-inch diameter speaker packs a lot of sound and has some nice features to go along with the $79.99 price.
It does have Bluetooth rev. 3.0; some other speakers on the market have 4.0 at this time. The difference between the two is that v3.0 provided the ability to use Wi-Fi and the newer v4.0 allows for more efficient power consumption and provides more security in data transmission than earlier versions of Bluetooth, which in the case of playing music and the human ear is not a big deal.
The built-in li-on battery doesn’t seem to take the full three hours (as recommended) to charge and I have yet to play it long enough for it to die. I have used it at work all morning and it has not died yet. Other times I just leave the USB charging cable attached if it is convenient. I can get the 33 feet away from the speaker and sometimes a tad more depending on what obstructs my connection as far as walls. You can turn it up quite a bit before any distortion is heard. Odds are that your camping neighbors will get annoyed before you reach distortion levels, which for you electronic geeks is 0.5 percent.
Durability seems pretty decent. I dropped it several times from a height of six feet on to tiled concrete floor – yes, on purpose – and the speaker continued to play. Another test I got a kick out of was taking it out on my kayak. While it was Bluetooth-connected to my phone playing music, I submerged it under water and still could hear the music playing. I am sure that did not help my fishing at all. The speaker will float should you ever drop it into the water.
Another nice feature is the capability of the speaker to allow hands-free conversation with your phone. Should you receive a call, you can push down on the button and continue on hands free while fishing, relaxing or continuing doing whatever.
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I could hear the other person just fine, and they could hear me clearly as well. A great feature if you are out on the kayak, relaxing and don’t want to hold your cell phone or working on a project.The suction cup mount worked great on a lot of surfaces, but I struggled to find a place on my FeelFree kayak where it would adhere. On the other hand, it seemed to stick well on my Ascend FS12T on the hatch where there’s a smooth surface. I am sure there are other ways to mount it more securely on a yak.
Drycase carries an array of products from the DryVIBES to DryCASE’s Dry Buds, Dry Bags and more. To learn more about DryVIBES, check them out at www.drycase.com.
Review written by Gary Elliott, facilitator of www.Facebook.com/GarysOutdoorNewsandReviews and @garys_outdoor_news_and_reviews.