Tronsmart Splash 1 Bluetooth speaker review: good audio on the go


It’s not a surprising revelation that an IPX7-rated portable Bluetooth speaker called Splash 1 It is designed for hitting the beach, plunging into the pool, and walking in the rough and shaggy outdoors. The name sounds good too, but what it is A bit surprising about this waterproof speaker is the price: a ridiculously low $ 30.

Design and features

The Splash 1 is a circular disc approximately 4.25 inches in diameter and approximately two inches thick. It floats and sports a captive drawcord that could barely accommodate my head. On the other hand, the speaker designed to hang from the arm of a beach chair, your backpack, a shower faucet or the like instead of around your neck, so no problem.

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Tronsmart’s Splash 1 looks and sounds good for a mono speaker, and is very affordable.

The top of the unit is the speaker grill, which also houses the play / pause and volume up / down buttons. The bottom half offers two multi-color slit LEDs for decoration (they change color roughly to the beat of the music), four tiny LEDs for battery life, mute, and power / Bluetooth pair buttons, as well as a captive plug that hides the USB. -C charging port and 3.5mm auxiliary audio input.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best Bluetooth speakers, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

The first digit after “IP” (Ingress Protection Rating) represents dust resistance, while the second digit indicates the level of water resistance. The “X” in IPX7 means that the device has not been tested or rated for particle intrusion, and the “7” denotes maximum liquid resistance, meaning the speaker will function after being submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. .

Why the “X”? As the water evaporates, the chalky stuff (as anyone who has dealt with fine particles will tell you) lingers like a nightmare. In other words, don’t use the Splash 1 in a talc factory and expect it to work forever without removing the grill and without a thorough cleaning.

Performance

For a small mono speaker, the Splash 1 sounds pretty good, competitive with speakers that cost twice as much. That said, small and mono doesn’t create audiophile sound, no matter the cost (physical, folks). Caveats aside, the Splash 1’s performance is more than adequate, especially on the beach, poolside, or around the motorhome.

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Based on this enlarged side view provided by the manufacturer, the Tronsmart Splash 1 appears to have high-frequency, full-range speakers. The overall frequency response is good above about 120Hz, which is another way of saying there isn’t much bass.

The main disadvantage of the Splash 1 (and its brothers) is the lack of hits. You can make out bass instruments and kick drum, but you won’t feel them, as everything below about 100 Hz is drastically reduced. The only speaker in this category that I know of that even comes close to hitting is Sony’s SRS-XB13, but that’s twice the price and still not really satisfying at the low end.

The Splash 1’s mid and high frequencies dial in very well, although mono speakers always muddy things up a bit (depending on the material, of course). In general, the Splash 1 is pleasant to the ears, but there is nothing to write home about. Like the competition.


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