Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Review

Big Blue Party is a great choice for your party speaker needs but it doesn’t come without flaws. Have a look at this in-depth review before the party starts.

Overview

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.

As a company, Brookstone have 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.

Main Features

  • 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

Design

Big Blue Party looks like a product that might have been designed by Apple, and I consider that a huge compliment. The item’s minimalistic, yet remarkable design really stands out in the crowd of otherwise faceless party speakers.

Big Blue Party comes in two colors – Gray and Light Gray. If I were you, I would get the Gray one as it looks more metallic, colder, and… well, cooler (who said reviews are all objective)?

Sound

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 for the music that you’re 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.

Usability

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 Bluetooth connection is easy to establish (pairing the devices – watch the video below), the buttons are where they should be, the ambient light adds a bit of flare to the party atmosphere.

Pros

Great design and cool look

Very ergonomic and compact

Easy to set up and use

Deep, rich sound with distinctive lows

Cons

Short battery life – only 4.5 hours per charge

Sound not loud enough for big outdoor events

Quite heavy

A bit pricey

Verdict

Big Blue Party Speaker is a great choice for those who are looking for a compact and powerful party speaker for mostly indoor use and who is not afraid to cough up $200.

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