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GOgroove BlueSYNC RGD Bluetooth speaker: Ready for rough and tumble activities

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  • Editors' rating
    7.0 Very good

Pros

  • Tactile with good grip cushions
  • Backpack carrying loop
  • Two speakers giving good stereo

Cons

  • Knob can not switch speaker on/off
  • Volume knob easy to remove
  • Fairly heavy for backpacking trips

The GoGroove BlueSYNC Bluetooth speaker is very tactile and nice to hold. It has soft touch black silicone rubber bumper cushions surrounding the aluminium speaker.

Hands on with BlueSYNC RGD Bluetooth speaker: Ready for rough and tumble activities ZDNet

Eileen Brown
Hands on with BlueSYNC RGD Bluetooth speaker: Ready for rough and tumble activities ZDNet

Eileen Brown

On top of the speaker there is a metal belt hoop which acts as a protector for the volume dial.

Hands on with BlueSYNC RGD Bluetooth speaker: Ready for rough and tumble activities ZDNet

Eileen Brown

On the base of the speaker beneath a silicone rubber flap is the on/off switch, the DC 5V, and the Aux jack points.

Along one side, covered in grey silicone is the master volume buttons, the play / pause and the next / previous track soft touch buttons.

Hands on with BlueSYNC RGD Bluetooth speaker: Ready for rough and tumble activities ZDNet

Eileen Brown

To pair the speaker to the device, hold the Play button down for three seconds.

The LED flashes blue until it pairs with the device. I had to reboot my Nokia Lumia 1520 to see this speaker on the Bluetooth list.

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This was probably because I had too many other speakers on my pairing list and no fault of the speaker itself.

Subsequent pairings were instant.

The Bluetooth 3.0 audio was good, without crackles or hesitation whilst playing a wide range of music. The sound from the two 3W speakers is good.

Volume could be controlled by the device, the soft touch silicone buttons, or the knob on the top of the speaker.

I was disappointed that it is not possible to turn the speaker on by using the knob like on any analog radio.

I also discovered that it was easy to pull the knob off the top of the speaker, revealing the control spindle behind it.

Fortunately it is also easy to replace the knob. The speaker is splash-proof and water resistant.

I did not like using the speaker whilst attached to a backpack.

It is heavy at 1.05 pounds and bumped into me a lot whilst I walked. I also found I was playing music to people behind me on the trail.

I found the sound quality was much better when the speaker was placed horizontally on a wooden table or bench. The silicone enhanced the bass and gave a good stereo sound.

For under $30 this is a good solid, speaker that can cope with all the bumps and knocks when you take it out into the great outdoors.