There’s something to be said for the sweet sound of … absolutely nothing. I regularly crave a heavy dose of silent solitude, and that’s a big part of the reason I hunt. At the same time, I need an almost equal balance of air-shattering jams to maintain a balance. I’m talking about music. And nothing helps me to get through a daunting workload—or to boost the mood of a social atmosphere—better than tunes. Lately, I’ve been getting the party started with the NUU Splash portable Bluetooth speaker system.
The NUU Splash is a killer little package. As the name implies, the Splash is water-resistant. Combine that with dust resistance and it makes it the perfect speaker for a dude or gal who spends a significant amount of time outdoors.
Aside from being generally rugged, the Splash is packed with features that would impress the most tech-savvy gear junkies. You can connect your smartphone or other Bluetooth devices to the Splash and wirelessly control it from up to 30 feet away, or you can plug it into your devices directly with the included auxiliary cable. It even has a built-in microphone, so you can use it as a speaker phone for prank-calling your hunting buddies … or for painfully serious conference calls with The Man.
How’s the sound quality? For a speaker that weighs only a pound, it packs a generous punch at full volume, with a well-balanced mix of bass and treble for a variety of music genres. I’ve found it to be a perfect companion for bumping background music while hanging out with friends or doing work around the house. It will run on a full battery charge for 8-10 hours. The Splash comes in five different colors, but I prefer the one dressed in Mossy Oak camo. Speaking of camo, can you say e-caller? Pair the Splash with some blood-curdling prey-in-distress calls and you’ve got yourself a pocket-sized digital predator call.
The Splash comes with a padded neoprene carrying case with a draw string; a micro-USB charger; and an audio input cable for if you want to connect a device directly, rather than wirelessly via Bluetooth. You get all of that for $99.99 from Amazon, and supposedly it will be available soon at Cabela’s.
Compared to other portable speaker systems with similar attributes, I’m calling the Splash a top contender.