Which is where this portable speaker excels. Simply toggle the On button, beneath a durable, water-resistant black rubber cover on one end, and then have your stupid phone, the one that is sold as being smart but really just has great memory, search for a local Bluetooth® and it will pretty much automatically connect. Now “that” bit of magic seems pretty smart, until you realize it’s just a dumb, but well-trained robot. Then have that ‘bot play some music, or whatever it is you want to hear as long as it isn’t something from the presstitute media.
Sound QualityCertainly no one is claiming this is any substitute for a McIntosh quality sound system, but compared to most speakers I’ve heard in this size range, there is remarkable sound quality with a hint of real bass notes and crisp but not harsh high notes. Oddly, or so it seems to this senior citizen, the sound is rather embarrassing when you connect the WAE speaker directly to a computer with old-fashioned wires. A six-year-old iMac out classed it without even trying. However, with a wireless signal via Bluetooth®, the tonal quality was downright pleasant, if not delightful.
It is somewhat water-resistant, IP64, so it should be able to handle some spilled milk, but that feature was never really tested. Charging is done with a V-configured cable that connects to a USB voltage source with a micro D-connector on the other end that plugs in next to the On switch of the speaker. Volume controls are at the other end of the triangular-shaped speaker tube. On one side panel there is a threaded female insert for mounting to a camera tripod or whatever compatible device you dream up.
This is the sort of widget that might become more useful than just for overnight backpacking. From there to full on camp decadence, with lounge chairs and Coleman stoves under the porch of a Winnebago, this is a great way to make whatever you listen to easy to hear wherever you go.
14 hrs listening time
10 meter range
Water resistance: IP64
Compatible w/mobile phones, dumbphones (see reference above), tablets, iPad, PC equipped with Bluetooth ® functionality