The Grace Digital ECOXBT Rugged Bluetooth Wireless Speaker looks to cater to those who want to listen to music in potentially soggy situations.
It features a chunky, rugged feeling, design that is IPX7 rated (which means it’s survived waterproof testing).
The top of the ECOXBT features a range of control buttons for power, bluetooth, music playback controls and call answering.
Around the back there is a sealed section which when removed reveals an aux in and the charging port.
Setup was very easy, there is a dedicated bluetooth button on the top of ECOXBT, just pair it to your device and away you go. The bluetooth connection wasn’t always that great, while filming the below video the music source (in this case a laptop) was in a different room to prevent any water damage and the music broke up a couple of times. There wasn’t any issue when the paired device was in the same room as the ECOXBT.
For the high price the sound quality is disappointing. Although the ECOXBT can fill a room with music, that music sounds very flat and there is very little bass, the quality is about the same as much lower cost speakers.
However, this isn’t a speaker you buy for the sound quality, you buy the ECOXBT for it’s rugged design. It’s certainly waterproof as you can see in the below video. In fact it’s not only waterproof but it floats as well!
If you’re looking for a speaker that’s waterproof and can survive a few knocks then this is well worth considering thanks to it’s IPX7 rating.
However, if sound quality is what you’re after this isn’t the speaker to get, there are much better sounding speakers for half the price, such as the recently reviewed Kitsound Pocket Hive.
Ivation IVA-400 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker and Handsfree speakerphone for All Bluetooth Devices, BLACK
- Compatible with any Bluetooth media player or phone - works great with apple iPhone 5 Siri, Android Devices and phones, Samsung S-Voice, Google Music, Pandora and all other audio APPs on your android or iPhone.
- 2 Key features where updated 1: The battery was upgraded. 2: The phone volume is now leveled with the music volume.
- Auto Pairing Feature: Pairs your device with the Ivation speaker automatically when it is in range of the speaker.
- Waterproof (Rated IPX6) Can withstand powerful water jets - Built in Echo cancellation and Noise suppression.
- Run time: up to 25 hours. (If the unit has not been used for more than 10 days, please charge it before using).