Nuu Splash Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone

I have to admit that I didn't know what an IP55 rating was. But now I know that it means a speaker is resistant to both dust and water. Live and learn and that what Nuu Splash portable, waterproof, wireless speaker can boast.


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The first thing that impressed me about this speaker is its innate feeling of quality. It's no lightweight, cheap plastic job.

Here are the specs:

  •  Bluetooth: Version 2.0
  • Bluetooth Range: 10m
  • Water & Dust Resistance Rating: IP55
  • Battery Life: Up to 7 hours playback time (varies by volume level and audio content)
  • Audio Output Power: 2 x 3W
  • Speaker Driver: 2 x 40mm 4 ohm
  • AC Adaptor: 5V/2.6A with Micro USB plug
  • Supports Bluetooth A2DP audio profile, Bluetooth Hands free profile (HFP) and Headset Profile (HSP)
  • Size (W x H x D): 155 x 62 x 52mm

In the literature it says there's a battery life of 10 hours; in the specs above it says 7 hours. Either is respectable I suppose, but I haven't really tested it. It has a standby time of up to 240 hours. For charging, an AC adapter and USB cable are supplied.

In the box, you also get a nice carrying bag, a manual, and a dual male 3.5 mm cable to hook up to other devices without Bluetooth.

I found that it connected easily to my Galaxy S3 and iPod Touch. Sometimes this can be an annoying issue, but not with the Nuu Splash.

I haven't tested it in my hot tub yet, and I probably won't at the moment because my hot tub cover has a foot of snow on it.

The small footprint of this speaker system doesn't mean that the sound quality is compromised. I marvel at the richness and depth of tone that radiates from this attractive, little sound blaster. Two 40 mm4 ohm speaker drivers combined with a passive base radiator deliver crisp, clear, balanced quality sound.

The sturdy but light weight aluminum casing is durable and attractive. It comes five colors: black, pink, silver, blue, and green to match your mood or decor. It's small enough so that you can throw it in a bad and take it traveling with you. But it also makes a nice accent and give appreciated functionality to any space in your home or office. I intend to use mine while working or entertaining in my garden.

Now here's another surprise. It comes with a built in microphone, so you can use it as a remote, hands free device with your phone. It's great for conference calls at the office, driving in the car, and out in the garden.

I couldn't help wondering how much a quality unit this like this might cost. I was guessing it would be around $99. You'll be glad to know that I was off by twenty bucks. The manufacturer's retail price is $79.  

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