“Where should we put the stereo?” was the question that ultimately lead me to the waterproof, Bluetooth, battery-powered ECOXBT speaker that replaced a built-in stereo on a new Beneteau Barracuda 9 (28+’) powerboat which we delivered this weekend. After allowing for all of the electronics needed for navigating and finding fish we were limited in space for a stereo and speakers. I was also concerned that we would have a hard time piping music to the fly bridge, aft fishing area, forward sunbathing space, main cabin and below sleeting quarters without five sets of speakers.
Several weeks earlier my son visited from college with an amazing sounding wireless Bluetooth speaker called the Jawbone JAMBOX. The JAMBOX sounds great but is fragile and certainly not waterproof. A little research brought me to the ECOXBT by gracedigital. I read the reviews and ordered one in black. The speaker quickly links to your phone or tablet and allows volume to be controlled by either device.
How loud is it?
My biggest concern was volume. Running with twin 225 hp engines at 30 knots the music inside the boat was louder than you would want it at max volume. While running slowly, fishing or sightseeing, the volume is more than enough in or outside. I found a limit – it is not loud enough for my Jeep Wrangler at 40 mph with the top down.
Quality of sound?
Better than expected, especially vocals.
Did I mention that is waterproof & it floats?
Try it, you will not be disappointed: