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Bose Soundlink Mini - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives
Bose Soundlink Mini
Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.
Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be considered “rugged design,” it needs to be built with materials to withstand tough use, including many of the above designations. Some other features to look for are a rubber casing that absorbs the shock of drops, scratchproof material that won’t scuff, and secured interior components that won’t shatter even when the speaker gets a little beat up. If you plan to use your speaker outside, while hiking, biking or climbing, or on a beach/near water, rugged design will help the speaker last longer and stay intact.Hide
Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A dustproof speaker would last much longer than its counterparts, simply because the internal components would not deteriorate as quickly.Hide
Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.
It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!
A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or more independent audio channels, creating the illusion that sounds are coming from different directions. Musica is typically recorded with stereo playback in mind. As speaker technology becomes more sophisticated and more efficient to build, mono is becoming less prominent, as stereo is a more realistic replication of sound and the preferred style. However, you may still find mono sound systems in budget wireless speakers, especially ones that are designed to be small and compact in size.Hide