Vtin 20W Waterproof Outdoor Speaker - Hardware Review

My personal experience with wireless speakers began, and ended, back in 2006-2007. I had been working at an upscale home theater company in Orlando, Florida where I was wildly spoiled by the likes of Bang & Olufsen, Martin Logan, DefTec, and a number of premiere home audio providers and at the same time, flat panel televisions were becoming all the rage.

A Samsung EDTV (Enhanced Definition Television, which was essentially a 480p widescreen, flat-panel TV) would set you back $3000 USD and soundbars were unheard of at the time. With new home entertainment hardware booming, the Wii gobbling up the motion control market, and the PlayStation 3's cell processor confusing the world, the Xbox 360 being made fun of for the "360" moniker, and "smart phones" becoming an affordable option for the every-man. With the technology boom came an increased desire to rid that very technology from wires and cables and as such, there were a number of wireless speakers that came out around the same time.

They were garbage. Utter garbage and as such, I was immediately turned off by them and unless it was in headset form, I was unwilling to revisit them for the longest time. Fast forward a few years and Bluetooth became all the rage and the adoption of Bluetooth in-ear headsets for phones, the dawn of the jerk loud cell phone talker entered in. But someone had the brilliant idea to take the relatively failed concept of a wireless entertainment speaker, and make the speaker really small and put a Bluetooth receive/transponder in the device and thus, Bluetooth speakers were born.

Fast forward a few more years and you can find a Bluetooth portable speaker for anywhere between $10 USD and $1000 USD and some are excellent, some are not so excellent. The VTIN Punker Bluetooth speaker that I managed to get my hands on falls in the former camp of "excellent." At 20W per channel and with a battery that lasts about 3-4 days with anywhere from 3-5 hours of use per day and you have an impressive, if heavy, piece of hardware that really projects audio in a clear and concise manner. And even better yet, it has some solid base to it. My Sony KDL55W700b television has speakers of similar spec but do not sounds as clean as the little Punker. Perhaps it is the ruggedly designed, shock-absorbent metal-and-rubber case, or the tight 1-2" drivers, but this little thing can really belt out the audio. Whether I am listening to Peter Tieryas' "The United States of Japan" via Audible on my iPhone 6S or iPad 3, or if the speaker is hooked up to the MacBook Pro while watching Bones on Netflix, the audio is always rich, always clean, and always working.

That last bit is the shocker; more often than not I struggle with wireless technology. Cross-feeding, interference, the whole sha-bang can interfere with the quality of the wireless audio but the Bluetooth Punker speaker (which can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FLV2YWE/) is a rock solid performer until you get about 100 feet away (with no obstacles). With the impressive range, stellar battery, and nigh-unheard of speaker quality, the Punker is a must-buy for anyone looking to improve their mobile audio quality. The shock-absorbent, splash-resistant stereo speaker is a rock-solid, if a bit heavier than expected, speaker designed to kick when it needs to, but can stay in the game for the long-haul.

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