ICE Orb Levitating/Floating Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Short Review: There are a lot of lower cost generics out there that work like this but cost a lot less.. don’t fall for the low price of those! While they “float” and while they play music, they don’t do it nearly as well as this! The ICE Orb feels like a premium product, it sounds like a premium product, and it looks like a premium product!

Pros
1.) Sound Quality – This speaker is still small so don’t expect room filling sound! But this is plenty for office filling sound or small room filling sound! The speaker is loud and clear.. it has just the right amount of bass.. lows and highs sound great on it! It has plenty of volume..

2.) Easy to pair

3.) Premium Materials – I owned one of the cheap generics once.. it felt cheap! It looked cheap! It even sounded cheap! Not this speaker, it looks premium, feels premium and sounds premium! Materials are great and this feels like a premium product

4.) Floats and floats well! Making this a great conversation starter!

5.) Includes USB port on base to charge the speaker! One of the generics I owned you had to charge the base from USB and then the speaker.. you couldn’t charge he speaker from the base like you can here.. Excellent feature!

6.) Callers can hear me very loud and very clear!

Tested with and works with
1.) iPhone
2.) Android
3.) Windows Computer
4.) Apple computer
5.) iPad
6.) Kindle fire HDX

Overall: I highly recommend this speaker! It’s wonderful quality and works very well..

All-new Echo (2nd Generation) with improved sound, powered by Dolby, and a new design – Charcoal Fabric

Please Note:  The full review will be coming soon!  My new Echo just arrived today so I am still working on testing it out fully!

Short Review (Summary):  So where to start?  First, while overall sound to me DOES sound a little better than the original, the Bass is somewhat lacking compared to the original BUT this Echo does cost $50 – $75 less!!  Everything else is an improvement over the original ECHO!!  I am very pleased with it!

Why I decided on this over the new “Plus” unit:  I already own a WINK hub so I had no need for the built in hub the plus unit had.  Keep in mind, the plus unit DOES have more of the original sound of the old echo (Bass wise), but the rest of the features such as the built in hub, I had no use for

Improvements

1.) Size – The size is much smaller than the original!  The original stands tall! This is much shorter making it easier to tuck places

2.) Looks – It is now easier to find one to match your home décor!  This looks much nicer than the older version

3.) Price – This is much less expensive than the original!  (Although I purchase my original during the “Prime” deal, making mine only cost $99)

4.) Much improved over the “Dots”

Downgrades

1.) Bass – The bass has been downgraded in this unit.. Some think its due to the fabric cover.. I believe its due to the unit not being as tall.. The original Echo had a built in tube to help increase bass.

Upgrades I wish they made

1.) USB – I wish they went to USB charging.. They did not!  I assume this is due to the speaker using more power than your typical dot BUT they do make USB “C” cables that are capable of more power..  I just hate the very large power brick that is included..  Make that brick smaller or allow us to use USB “C”

My Uses

1.) Smarthome – I control a lot of my smarthome devices via Alexa! And it works GREAT

2.) Music – My wife uses these like a Sonos.  She ask Alexa to play her Pandora and she will leave these speakers running all day playing music!

3.) Flash Briefing – I love listing to this while in the shower every morning!

Bluetooth Speakers, A Pair of VAVA VOOM 22 True Wireless Speakers (60W Hi-Fi Sound, Home Theater System, Bass EQ, 3.5mm Compatibility, Built-In Controls, Charger Port for Phones)

Short Review: A great pair of bluetooth speakers that are powerful enough and loud enough to replace a soundbar!! Setup is easy, they are connected to each other wirelessly, AND you can use them as individual speakrs! Keep in mind, the PAIR of these are 60Ws but each speaker is only 30W/each.. Nothing major but something to keep in mind if you plan on using them individually.. WIth USB output, it makes it very easy to charge devices right from the speaker

Pros
1.) Wonderful Sound Quality – Vava does a GREAT job building their speakers and making sure they sound great.. I have always been impressed with their sound quality, and these speakers are the same! Impressive sound quality

2.) Lound & Powerful – These are strong enough and loud enough to replace a soundbar or other basic home theater speaker system

3.) 100% wireless – These can be 100% wireless BUT you will need to charge them.. I have mine plugged into USB power though, so they never need to be charged

4.) Can be used as individual speakers

5.) Beautiful Design – They look AMAZING in my home and will in yours! They don’t look like a crappy speaker system.. They look and feel very premium

6.) Includes a USB output to charge other devices!! I have used the USB output to charge Nintendo Switch controllers, Steam controllers and to even power my Fire TV stick (FIre TV stick was sluggish though but charged and worked).. Much easier than digging behind the TV to find a place to plug up a USB cable!!

7.) Wonderful Bass! – The EQ button adds extra bass!

8.) Excellent battery life

9.) VAVA and their other brands is a great company and have AMAZING customer service! They stand behind their products and are there to help every step of the way

10.) Control your devices from the speaker!

Overall: This is an amazing little system that can do A LOT!! Its priced fairly and the quality is excellent!

Skullcandy Barricade Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Review

Short Review: Excellent, Rugged, and AMAZING speaker that doubles as a power bank! 100% waterproof. Amazing Sound! Great price! I purchased this after owning the mini which is also awesome, but what are the differences?

1.) This one is waterproof, the mini barricade isn’t. It’s only water resistant
2.) This one has a 10watt speaker meaning louder and deeper bass and better sound quality overall
3.) The mini does NOT double as a power bank, this one does
4.) The mini does not have a microphone, but this one does

Both are very well built and durable. My mini goes backpacking with me and places when I don’t have as much space

Pros
1.) Waterproof: IPX7 meaning it can be dropped in water less than 3 FT deep for a Max of 30 minutes. So this is 100% waterproof!
2.) Battery Bank: Doubles as a battery bank so if your hiking or camping this can charge your GoPro or phone! A phone might drain most of the speakers battery but it’s a good feature
3.) Easy to Pair
4.) Best sounding speaker for this price! This puts to Shane even $100+ speakers
5.) 10 Watts meaning plenty of sound and bass
6.) Skullcandy Quality and Support which is awesome! Anytime I have had issues, I just send them the speaker or headphones (whatever failed) and they just give me a full value gift card for their site! You can opt for an exchange but I just opt for the gift card.. I have only needed this option twice and both times where on headphones older than 4 years old so yeah their warranty rocks (keep in mind, Bluetooth devices do have a shorter warranty)

Overall! Simply awesome speaker!