Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Review

A party is a party, no matter if it’s outside or inside. Grooving music, dancing people, jiving and jamming until the sun rises, there is nothing better in the world. But, you need good equipment, equipment to match your lifestyle. That’s why you definitely can’t go wrong with this speaker. It’s portable and gives you an amazing sound that you can carry wherever you go.

What about beach parties, you may wonder. Well, that is also not a problem, because the speaker is water-resistant. You definitely won’t need to worry about drying yourself off when you want to change the volume or tamper with it in whatever way you want.

And best of all, it delivers sound in three hundred and sixty degrees, or in other words, in whatever direction you want.

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.

If this tickled your fancy, then read on for the full specifications and details.

Overview

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.

The Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Speaker has a myriad of little details that make it amazing. It’s, as we already mentioned, waterproof and gives you 360 degrees of sound. But it’s also very user-friendly. It can connect to any device that has Bluetooth up to 33 feet away, making it easy to control. As well as having lots of power and high-quality sound, it’s everything you need.

Main Features

  • 4 speakers with 3600 sound range, subwoofer, and passive radiator
  • 72 watts total power (18 watts per channel + 36-watt subwoofer)
  • Frequency response: 40Hz-20kHz
  • 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

Just one look at the Brookstone Big Blue speaker is enough to realize that it stands out from the crowd. It is not surprising why this speaker is considered one of the best-looking on the market right now.

For those of you who are bored with a classic-looking speaker, this one would be perfect for you. It comes in two colors to choose from – Gray and Light Gray. Whichever one you opt for, this speaker will surely add a stylish touch to any party, whether it be at the beach, tailgate party, or house party.

Made of quality materials, the speaker won’t disappoint when it comes to sturdiness and durability. In addition, this speaker is both water and weather resistant, so you won’t have to worry whether a few drops of the water, rain, or snow will ruin your party. What also add up to the durability of the speaker are the reinforced bottom and the top. Thanks to this, your speaker will be safe and sound even if the road is bumpy, or you accidentally drop it.

Measuring 6.2 x 6.2 x 15.8 inches and weighing 12 pounds, transporting speaker from place to place won’t be such an easy task. However, the speaker features a convenient easy-grip handle, allowing you to move the unit much easier. Unfortunately, there are no wheels, which would definitely be a big bonus. Still, the unit is portable.

Also, what makes transporting the unit much easier is its cordless design. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about cables getting all tangled up while you’re trying to transport the speaker.

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.

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 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.

Now, let’s talk about the most important part of this review – the sound. This speaker sounds amazing and has a clear and rich sound. Thanks to 4 built-in speakers (4 drivers, passive radiator, and a subwoofer) the speaker brings top notch full range sound.

Some party speakers don’t allow for volume and treble adjustments, which can be a big issue, especially if you listen to some techno music. But, Brookstone thought of this too. There is Bass and Volume control on top of the speaker so that you can play songs just the way you want.

It has 70 watts of power and a frequency range of 40Hz-20 kHz, making it powerful enough for an outdoor party or barbecue. In addition, the speaker works via Bluetooth (up to 33 feet away) so you can easily play your favorite music and get the party started. In most cases, the Bluetooth connection is reliable. However, it may happen that the sound cuts out for a second, when someone is too close and blocks the speaker, so make sure that doesn’t happen.

The sound is crisp and clear, with a booming bass. It also travels wonderfully, so you won’t has to worry about it blocking or making certain songs unlistenable. There is very little, to no, distortion, and both the highs and the lows are good.

Overall, the Big Blue Party Speaker is on a par with some of the best models when it comes to the sound quality.

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. For me, it’s a major usability flaw as my parties usually last longer than a few hours.

The charging time is 5 hours, which is quite an issue, as you will have to carefully plan your party, so that your speaker won’t let you down in the middle of it. The battery life is about 5 hours, depending on the volume. Now, for barbecue, this would be more than enough. But, for a party (a successful one), the battery is quite poor. We truly hope that the manufacturer will solve this issue in the future, as we really love this speaker.

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.

Price

As far as the price is concerned, the unit is a bit expensive. However, one must keep in mind how awesome the sound quality is, the ease of use, and the great looks of this speaker, before deciding whether or not the unit is worth the money. We believe it is.

Features

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.

Pros

  • Stylish and unique design
  • Very ergonomic and compact
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Deep, rich sound with distinctive lows
  • Waterproof exterior
  • Versatility (both for indoor and outdoor use)
  • Portable
  • Volume and bass/treble control

Cons

  • Short battery life – only 4.5 hours per charge
  • Sound not loud enough for big outdoor events
  • A bit pricey
  • Charging time is a bit long
  • Heavy – not easy to transport
  • Doesn’t come with the wheels

Verdict

Well, that’s about it. Everything you need to know about this speaker. Each and every party you go too will become that much better if you bring this speaker, no matter if it’s a beach party, a tailgating one or just a simple celebration at home.

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.

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