The Big Blue Party Speaker is a great choice for your party speaker needs. Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker is the latest addition to the Big Blue Audio family of portable speakers offered by Brookstone. So far, it’s the biggest, loudest, and, dare we say, the most technologically advanced item of the line. Have a look at this in-depth review before the party starts.
As a company, Brookstone has been known as a seller of smart goods that are functional in purpose, distinctive in quality and design and not widely available from other retailers, as the official website says. Knowing this, it is clear why they are the name behind today’s speaker.
The Big Blue Party speaker was released only a few years ago, around the end of 2013, making it somewhat of a new speaker that is still one of the trendiest speakers despite the fact that many other popular brands have managed to release new speakers in the past couple of years. However, looking at the facts, it is clear that none of them have managed to outshine the Big Blue Party – and personally, I am not surprised.
- 4 speakers with 3600 sound range, subwoofer, and passive radiator
- 72 watts total power (18 watts per channel + 36-watt subwoofer)
- Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth (up to 33 ft away)
- Rechargeable battery (up to 4.5 hours per charge)
- Charging time: 5 hours
- Weight: 12 lbs
- Dimensions: 2 x 6.2 x 15.8 inches
Big Blue Party speaker looks like a product that might have been designed by Apple, and I consider that a huge compliment. The item is minimalistic, yet its remarkable design really stands out in the crowd of otherwise faceless party speakers.
Yes, I know the sound is far more important but if you are throwing a party for a bunch of people, you want them to be impressed by both the event and the “decor”. No matter what type of party you are hosting, the Big Blue Party will never fail to impress.
Big Blue Party comes in two colors – Graphite and Light Gray. Personally, I would get the Graphite one as it looks more metallic, colder, and… well, cooler (who said all reviews are objective)?
Now, here’s where it gets complicated. On one hand, the 3600 surround sound is great for parties and easy listening in general. The bass and treble levels can be adjusted to get the right combination that suits the music you are listening. Overall, the sound is deep and thick, with distinctive lows even at high volume.
On the other hand, the sound is too bassy – to the point where you can barely hear the words of the song at high volume level. Also, the lack of mods frequency adjustment kind of adds to the overall inability to find a perfect balance between all three major frequencies.
Plus, the highest volume level isn’t that high at all. Sure, it’s enough for most small rooms but may not be enough for your backyard party.
Nothing major to complain about in this department but there are a few minor usability flaws, which I’d like to address.
First of all, the weight. If you’re not a weightlifter or a physically strong person, this speaker would seem a bit heavy for you (12 lbs/5.5 kgs). Not something that you can carry around easily. However, the weight adds a bit to the overall sturdiness, and the handle that’s on the top of the speaker is pretty neat too.
Secondly, it’s the battery life – just a little over 4 hours of music per charge is ridiculous. I mean, this thing charges longer than it works (5 hours until fully charged). For me, it’s a major usability flaw as my parties usually last longer than a few hours.
Finally, the lack of USB port for charging your smartphone or tablet. Perhaps, I was kinda spoiled by getting used to having this feature on all the other speakers that I’ve tried.
Everything else is is fine, though. The buttons are where they should be and the ambient light adds a bit of flare to the party atmosphere.
The Big Blue Party offers a range of awesome features beyond its sleek appearance and 3600 sound range that are guaranteed to impress some party goers. First of all, the speaker has a waterproof exterior which means that you can set it by the poolside without having to worry about water getting splashed on it and the speaker breaking down mid-party, putting a real damper on the event.
Another great feature is the connectivity options offered by the Big Blue Party speaker. You can connect to the speaker wirelessly using either Bluetooth or NFC which is super convenient because wires are the last thing you want at a party where there tend to be a bunch of people tripping over their own feet. That is like handing a baby a sharp knife covered in Nutella.
- Great design and cool look
- Very ergonomic and compact
- Easy to set up and use
- Deep, rich sound with distinctive lows
- Waterproof exterior
- Short battery life – only 4.5 hours per charge
- Sound not loud enough for big outdoor events
- Quite heavy
- A bit pricey
Big Blue Party Speaker is a without a doubt a great choice. If you want a speaker that can play music loud enough to entertain a whole crowd and look stylish while doing so, you will love the Big Blue Party. We absolutely love the style of the Big Blue party – not to mention the fact that it is easily portable and the sound is pretty great. The only downsides are the price which might be too high for some and of course the fact that it is probably not powerful enough to entertain a whole crowd.
All in all, it is a great speaker that if used in the right environment, can definitely provide your party with some awesome tunes. Just make sure that your playlist is fully stocked with some party songs and your Big Blue Party will do the rest.