Sound pOp Bluetooth Speaker by Audiosource – Review
The Sound pOp is a very small, water-resistant, portable Bluetooth Speaker from Portland, Oregon – based Audiosource. It comes in a range of eight fun, eye catching colors. It is a little smaller than a baseball and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The Sound pOp has a silicone rubber covering and has a large suction cup attached which allows it to attach easily to any smooth surface.
The Sound pOp has a rechargeable battery and can be charged via the included cable from your computer or other USB port. The controls are pretty simple, there are 4 buttons:
Power – once the speaker is switched on it will look for a Bluetooth enabled device to pair to. The first time you need to select it in the Bluetooth menu of your smartphone or tablet, after that it will automatically pair when in range and makes a “pop” sound to let you know it has paired.
+ This is a volume control, but if you press and hold it also can be used to move to the next track.
- Decreases volume and can be used to go back to the start of the track or to the previous track.
Phone – if you receive a phone call whilst it is paired to your smartphone you can use this to answer the call. The music will automatically pause during the call and resume afterwards.
I really like how small, light and portable this speaker is, it is really easy to throw in a purse or bag to take where ever you go. The suction cup is great for mounting it on the go too. I tested the suction cup on a shower enclosure, desk, back of a laptop computer and on a car window and it worked very well in all these locations. I did find if there was a slight texture to the surface (such as the hard plastic dashboard in my car) then it did not stay stuck very long, but on smooth surfaces it worked very well. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it stuck in one spot for a prolonged period as it does eventually unstick- it falls off a shower wall after a couple of hours. It is tough, I have dropped it many times and it shows no sign of damage.
The speaker is also water-resistant to IPX3 standards, which means it is fine in locations where it will gets splashed such as in the shower, but it is not designed to be directly in the water flow or submerged. The sound quality decent for its price range and size – it isn’t the same quality as a high end speaker, but it costs $30-$40 not several hundred.
I have used this speaker in the shower, at home, and out and about in a variety of situations, and it is a very useful on the go speaker. When using it as a speaker phone I did find I needed to turn up the sound (compared to listening to music) to hear the call properly, which was tricky when using it in the car, and although I could hear the caller once it was turned up the sound quality was not as good as when using as a speaker.
Overall, a very portable, lightweight, water resistant bluetooth speaker that is a great option for listening to music in the shower or on the go. It also acts as a speaker phone and lets you skip or repeat tracks. It is available in a variety of colors, fits in the palm of your hand and attaches to smooth surfaces with a large suction cup. It is available from Amazon and many retailers, the RRP is $39.99 but it is currently selling for under $30 on Amazon.
Size: 2.87 x 2.65″
Weight 3.2 oz
Battery Life up to 8 hours
Bluetooth 4.0, range 32 feet
3 Watt Full Range Class D Amplifier
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
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