By: Katja [no_toc]
As with many families, we like to listen to music. My youngest is constantly singing his own adapted versions of nursery rhymes, the older two love a good pop tune and my husband and I are convinced that the 80s produced the best music. At home and in the car the radio is playing, and my big kids will disappear into their rooms to Spotify to their hearts content.
So, when I was asked to review the Lava BrightSounds 2 portable speaker, I obviously said yes. This portable Bluetooth speaker comes in five different colours and no sooner did we receive our teal-coloured version, we decided that it simply had to come with us on holiday.
Now, I don’t think that the Lava BrightSounds 2 is the best portable speaker if you are backpacking or have limited space. If, however, you’ve got a decent suitcase or if you are going camping or to a festival, this is a brilliant travel speaker. We packed it into our luggage for our week-long trip to Denmark and we used it a lot.
Firstly, the Lava BrightSounds is very lightweight (624g) but still tough enough to withstand life with a toddler. Only the top part of the unit is the speaker and the bottom two thirds are an ambient LED light. On the top of the speaker you’ll find controls for Play/Pause as well as answering calls, volume control and a button for turning on the lamp.
I really like the lamp feature and I think this is what will make the Lava BrightSounds especially popular with campers and festival-goers. There’s a handy leather strap at the top, which means you can carry it around with you or hook it from, erm, I’m not sure what – maybe a tent pole? In any case, it’s useful!
We used the lamp feature for evenings dining outdoors and even as a nightlight for the kids. My husband also used it to listen to music when he was barbecuing.
The Lava BrightSounds 2 has a built-in power bank charger for your mobile devices, has an impressive 36-hour battery life (it can also run directly from mains power) and the unit is splash resistant, making it a good option for the beach. Connecting your phone or iPod using bluetooth is very straightforward and you can connect non-smart devices via the 3.5mm aux-in connection.
The big question, however, is how did it sound? Well, I’m happy to say that the sound quality is good. If you’re looking for something to host a rave outside your tent then this is not the speaker for you. If, however, you’re after a good-looking speaker that will deliver quality sound at a good price point (it retails at £39.99) then this is a great option. We used it all the time during our holiday and the kids have now purloined it for their bedroom.
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