The AQUAPHONICS AQ11 is a very nice BT speaker. As advertised, it is waterproof to a reasonable depth. It is also drop-proof, dirt-proof, and snow-proof. These are handy.
But, at the core, it’s a speaker. So the primary way I judge it is based on how well it reproduces sound. In that regard, the AQ11 does very well. Sounds are pretty clear across all ranges. The only mild let-down is that the bass is a tad on the light side for such a bulky BT speaker. Don’t let that make you think the bass is poor. It’s not. It’s just that it’s not as good as I would have expected from such a solid block of speaker.
I do appreciate that the built-in water-proof storage compartment is big enough to put a phone or most wallets. That can be handy.
Battery life is another major plus. This guy has all-day power, which comes in very handy if you are on the go.
For a BT speaker designed to be waterproof, it is a bit bulky. It’s not really all that heavy, but you won’t mistake it for a lightweight speaker you might toss in your luggage for a quick beach trip. You have to want to take this beast with you enough to make room for it. If you do take it, you’ll be rewarded with quality sound and long battery. But you’ll also be lugging around a substantially-sized brick.
Is it worth the current price of $300? I can’t answer that for you because it really comes down to your use. There are a few BT speakers that sound a bit better (particularly wrt bass) in this price range – but no others that have the combination of quality sound reproduction and life-proof construction.
Sounds is a clear as with the smaller AQ10, but there is more bass with the AQ11.
- Good sound and range.
- Stronger bass than smaller speakers (but less than some bigger competitors).
- Attractive appearance.
- Solid feel.
- Large drybox.
- Excellent battery life.
- Propriety charging port; would have greatly preferred USB-C or micro-USB.
The AQ11 doesn’t quite wow me, but it does impress me.