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Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ waterproof Bluetooth LED lit speaker

These days, most Bluetooth speakers are cylinders. Some are long. Some are short and stubby. Perhaps one reason why I so enjoyed the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ waterproof Bluetooth LED lit speaker was that it’s a flattish square. A very, very colourful flattish square.

Review: Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ waterproof Bluetooth LED lit speaker

  • Australian Websitehere.
  • Manual and Support pageshere.
  • Price: A$149.99
  • From: Legitimate retailers and direct
  • Warranty: Three years
  • Country of Manufacture: China
  • About: Ecoxgear is an American company based in San Diego.

About the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ waterproof Bluetooth LED lit speaker

First, let me remind you of our previous play with an Ecoxgear speaker. It was the wheeled-baggage-like Ecoboulder+ speaker. Without taking formal measurements, I’m going to estimate that the Ecoboulder+ could handily accommodate about sixty Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ speakers. But like the (much) larger speaker, this one is rated for outdoors. Specifically, it has an IP67 rating, which means you can drop it in the drink for up to half an hour … so long as it doesn’t go more than a metre deep. But it won’t, because it floats.

As that may suggest, this is pretty much a party speaker. After all, one of its rubberised corners has an inset bottle opener.

The speaker presents a square face to the world, about 140mm by 140mm, and it’s about 56mm deep. Weight? Some 484 grams according to my scales. On the front is what I’d estimate to be a 65mm driver underneath a sturdy grille. At the back is a passive radiator to enhance bass.

It’s available in orange and a dark grey.

Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ power

Ecoxgear says that the speaker produces up to 20 watts of power.

The 3.7 volt, 3200mAh battery is rated at 20+ hours of operation. Twenty hours of operation would suggest an average draw of a bit under 0.6 watts, which seems about right.

On one side are a bunch of buttons for on/off, volume, play/pause, track skipping, LED light control (more on that later) and even for combining with another speaker from the same stable to operate as a stereo pair.

On the bottom is a quarter-inch camera mount. Ecoxgear sells some not unreasonably priced suction mounts, plus one for the handlebars of your pushbike!

Ecoxgear claims a 30 metre Bluetooth range. Underneath a waterproof silicone panel, alongside the Micro-B USB port for charging, is a 3.5mm analogue input. Useful.

Using the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ speaker

It’s a bit ridiculous, really. As I’m sitting here in my office, I’m right in front of a pair of (presently silent) $2,000+ speakers, compact models driven by 125-watt per channel amplifier, with an $800 subwoofer under my desk to fill in the bass solidly down to 30 hertz. They are sitting to the left and right of my computer monitor, on Isoacoustics stands. Over to the left at the front of my office is a $5,000 audiophile amplifier attached to a pair of 70Kg, 1.5-metre floorstanding loudspeakers which are perfectly happy delivering bass all the way down to 20 hertz. Over to the right is a 7 x 105 watts Denon home theatre receiver with, well, seven speakers attached, plus a 15-inch subwoofer with a response I’ve measured flat to 16 hertz.

As I said, it’s ridiculous. Because I’m tapping my foot to music being delivered by the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+. It’s sitting about 2.5 metres away on a bench to my right. Okay, there are clear limitations. Obviously, the bass isn’t strong. But there’s enough there to be reasonably satisfying. For example, the brief bass solo towards the end of “I Am One” on Smashing Pumpkins’ album Gish was clean and suggested more than enough to allow one to hear/imagine the full performance. The kick drum was evident only in its upper harmonics. But again, that suggested enough for the brain to work out what was going on.

Ecoxgear EcoEdge+

A bit of volume

I’m not going to rave about the sound. Well, not too much. But what I will say is that it goes surprisingly loud, surprisingly cleanly. Especially for a Bluetooth speaker priced at under $90. It does have something of a treble-forwards character. Since it has that in common with the larger Ecoboulder+, I’m figuring this is intentional design. If a speaker is designed for outdoors, a bit more treble is usually a good thing.

The connection was sure and reliable. Things like the play/pause control worked perfectly well. You can invoke your phone’s smart assistant by holding down one of the buttons for two seconds. It works perfectly well, but it turns out that two seconds it quite a long time to be holding down a stiffly sprung button.

Going back to the 1980s

There are voice prompts. Here’s the note I wrote about the female voice that announces status from the speaker: “8-bit ‘power on, connection successful’ voice, sounds like 11kHz sampling, too.” It would be silly to measure such a thing … but, well, the question nagged at me a little. Was I right? I recorded the power off announcement and found that I’d been too generous. The sound output cut off hard at around 4kHz, suggesting just 8kHz sampling. And the signal to noise ratio was around 34dB, suggesting 6-bit sound. In the real world, that means 8-bits.

Sorry about that. It has no impact on performance, other than noisy, bandwidth-constrained status announcements. But sometimes I find myself compelled to follow that rabbit down into its hole. Having done so, I might as well report the results.

Since I had the Behringer ECM-800 measurement microphone deployed, I checked the frequency response using pink noise (rebalanced after the measurement.) At the front, the speaker reached up a little beyond 16kHz, while at the bottom it peaked at just over 200 hertz, then fell away quite sharply to be down by 10dB at 140 hertz. But measuring at the back – that’s where the passive radiator is – there was a modest contribution down to 120 hertz. Again, the output fell steeply below that to be -10dB at 102 hertz.

After perhaps five hours or use, I finally discovered what the four green LEDs were on the top of the unit: battery level. All four had been glowing persistently. Now, as I’m doing a final edit on this review, we’re down to three LEDs. There’s still plenty of power. You won’t run out in any party.

Musicolor

Back when I was in high school – a very, very long time ago – my friends and I were kind of tech support for the school socials. By which I mean, we built gadgets to enhance the experience. They were kits from Dick Smith Electronics, which brought to life designs from Electronics Australia. (Digression: DSE eventually decided to become just another consumer electronics retailer … and disappeared within a few years. Electronics Australia decided to become just another magazine about consumer electronics, and after about two issues it also was gone. Stay in your lane guys!)

The two main things in demand were strobe lights and Musicolor kits. (This was before uppercase letters in the middle of a word were invented.) If I recall correctly, the strobe light used a curved light tube with a high tension wire wound around it … exposed to the outside world. The Musicolor kits took an audio input and used it to control three 240-volt output sockets. You’d plug a blue, red and yellow floodlight into those sockets, and you’d have a pulsing, colourful backlight keyed to the music.

Danger, danger!

(The superpower of nerds is that regular people have no understanding of what they’re doing. Which is why we students could make potentially lethal main’s powered equipment. I suspect that would be less true these days. Not because regular people have any greater understanding, but just higher levels of suspicion.)

Coming back to the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ speaker, that “LED lit” thing in the product name is kind of like the Musicolor. The cone of the speaker driver seems to be somewhat translucent. Behind it are RGB LEDs. By default they’re off. But press the button on top of the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ and you can cycle through a red backlight, a green one, one that fades from colour to colour and a Musicolor one that flashes and switches shade in time with the music. Heh, it’s just a bit of fun. The video on this page shows it in action.

Gadgetguy’s Take – the Ecoxgear EcoEdge+ is a fun, listenable and remarkably robust Bluetooth speaker

And at $89.99, it’s great value for money.

Very good value for money

Waterproof and it floats

Bottle opener!

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The most outstanding feature of the EcoXBT is that it is indeed totally waterproof. This makes the rugged wireless Bluetooth speaker ideal for rocking to your tunes outside – at the beach, by the pool, on the river, in the rain, wherever.

The EcoXBT also floats with the speakers up to keep the tunes adrift. Though to make it truly superior in aquatic environments it needs two updates. First, it's not self-righting, meaning it can also float with the speakers down. While this might be nice for those hanging out under water, it does nothing for the rest of us who are fond of breathing. Also, if you splash the EcoXBT a few times when the speakers are facing up, the sound will be muffled as water gathers on the speakers. That condition doesn't do anybody any good, except for those who don't like your choice of music. It needs some sort of self-draining feature.

The EcoXBT floats with the speakers up to keep the tunes adrift.Speaking of the music, when not being obstructed by water, the sound quality from the pair of full-range drivers is great. The speakers are able to crank out some decent volume, but nothing that will make the neighbors call the cops. In fact, at max volume, it's just right for the 30-foot reach of the Bluetooth connection.

Another great aspect of the EcoXBT is how easy it is to strap or clip it down for listening in more active environments. The large handles on either side make it easy to run straps through it when securing it to, say, your raft or kayak. There's also a small loop for a carabiner or the like to connect a safety line. While I'm a big fan of the serenity of nature and just enjoying the wilderness for what it is and the sounds it produces, it might have been fun to have something like "Ride of the Valkyries" playing while charging into the 20-foot standing waves on my Grand Canyon river trip.

Like so much of the tech gear in the world, the EcoXBT is almost totally utilitarian and displays very little design mojo. This is true for both the external casing and the user experience. For example, when the Bluetooth connection is established, a curt beep is emitted, much like the way your old Apple //c or IBM PS/2 Model 50 computer squawked when you flipped the power switch. Other Bluetooth speakers play a chiming noise or speak to you in a programmed female voice. This thing's robotic chirp doesn't tell you much about what's going on.

It doubles as a speakerphone, so you can use it to take calls from the phone you've paired it to. This works fine if you're sitting right next to the speaker, but I found this to be an unlikely circumstance. When testing, I was working in the kitchen and had the speaker sitting on the counter. The caller said they could understand me fine, but it sounded like I was far away when I was standing right above the speakerphone. Leaning over and getting right next to the speaker helped, but I was told I still sounded a little muted, and this was before I started testing in the water, which as mentioned above can really hinder the audio.

Even if you don't have a Bluetooth smartphone, or want to play something from a non-Bluetooth source, the EcoXBT has an auxiliary jack. Though, this does compromise the waterproofness, which is probably fine considering your source probably isn't waterproof either. Though, if other items have waterproof headphone jacks, why not a waterproof auxiliary input here? Another miss: the back panel to access the auxiliary port completely detaches from the unit. I wouldn't put it past some people to immediately lose the thing, thus voiding waterproofness for future use.

The internal 1800mAh rechargeable battery has a claimed life of up to 10 hours. I actually got more out of it, though play time will depend on how loud you play your music. The battery charges from dead-empty to completely full in about 2 hours using an AC adapter that attaches via USB. It always pleases me when companies use regular (non-proprietary) USB plugs so I don't have to keep track of a bunch of different chargers for my plethora of devices.

WIRED Good, full sound that's plenty loud. Waterproof and shockproof. Long-lasting battery. Handles make great strap anchors for outdoor adventures. It floats!

TIRED Not very stylish. Some aquatic design challenges, like the lack of a self-righting mechanism. Rear panel detaches completely – if you lose it or break it, the speaker's not waterproof anymore. Speakerphone is meh.

Cameron Martindell suffers through the throngs of gear-testing while exploring the world so you can explore the world suffering-free. Follow him on Twitter (@offyonder) and read about his exploits on offyonder.com.

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