Review: iClever BoostSound BTS05 Bluetooth Speaker

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iClever have released a new range of BoostSound Bluetooth speakers just in time for the holidays, and the first we’re taking a look at is the BTS05 which boasts two powerful 10W speakers, a passive subwoofer, IPX5 waterproofing and a 12 hour battery life.

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The unit itself has a 7.5” oval bar shape and has been coated in a black rubberised TPU material which is grippy and seems fairly rugged. Three buttons have been embossed into the top of the speaker – play/pause/answer and the track skip/volume + and – controls.

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Audio comes out from the red grills at the front and back – the front is where the two 10W drivers pump out your tunes, while the passive subwoofer delivers bass to the rear. There’s a power button at the back along with a waterproof seal that opens to reveal it’s 3.5mm audio input jack and micro USB charging port.

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With an IPX5 rating this speaker is more splashproof than waterproof, but as long as it isn’t submerged then it works fine as a shower or outdoor speaker. Everything seems good quality and has been well made.

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Pairing was straightforward and I soon had it connected to my phone. I was really impressed by the audio quality which was surprisingly good for a water-resistant speaker in this price range. Good clarity in the mids and highs combine with strong rich bass to deliver a really nice listening experience. I could also crank the volume up really loud with very little distortion, and I had no issues being heard during calls using the built in microphone.

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Battery life was well above par and this unit actually delivers the rated 12 hours at moderate volume. Once depleted it just needs recharged for a couple of hours using the supplied USB cable. Bluetooth reception was also excellent with very few dropouts.

Currently priced at just under $36 / £30, the BTS05 faces a lot of competition and there are certainly cheaper speakers around. However it performed flawlessly for me and I felt it delivers a really nice sound and top battery life for the price. If you’re looking for a handy little speaker with great all-round performance then I can highly recommend the BoostSound BTS05.

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8.8

Great

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