Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ion Water Rocker Wireless Waterproof Audio System Review

When I think of pool, I think of pool party. But to help bring the party and pool together, music is a necessity. And whether it's a pool party or just an individual lounging at the pool alone, music makes it more enjoyable. However, water and electronic devices tend not to mix well. Thanks to Ion Water Rocker, you can safely add music to your pool, or other recreational activities that include water, such as the beach or lake.

The Ion Water Rocker is a unique little MP3 player device. It consists of two pieces, the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter is a small device that your MP3 player, cell phone, or other portable music device plugs into. You can keep this device in a safer location such as on the patio and plug it into the wall. It's not waterproof, but it does have a clear plastic cover that goes over it to protect it from splashes.

The next part of the device is the receiver. This is a round ballish looking device that receives the signal wirelessly form the receiver. It has two stereo speakers built-in to play your music. Being waterproof, it can simply just float in the pool and play your music while you're lounging or playing in the pool. And if you want to simply listen to the radio, the receiver has a built in FM tuner.

It's features and specks include:

  • Stereo, wireless speaker and transmitter with 100-foot range
  • Perfect for pools, hot tubs, lakes or bringing to the beach
  • Fully waterproof and submersible (level IPX7)
  • Add up to 10 speakers from a single transmitter
  • Transmitter with 1/8-inch jack for connecting iPod, iPhone or other audio devices
  • Built-In FM radio

  • The Ion Water Rocker came well protected in a nice looking color printed box that includes pictures of the transmitter and receiver along with some of it's features. Opening up the box showed that both pieces were well protected and sectioned out with cardboard deviders. The transmitter looked to be made of fairly cheap plastic, but appeared put together sufficiently well. There is a 3.5 mm cord that plugs into your MP3 player/iPod/cell phone. The receiver was more impressive. It is a round looking ball of a device, again with plastic construction. But needing to be waterproof, the build quality, and fit and finish, seemed to be better and more tight. I also liked the rubber controls on the top of the device for controlling power, volume, radio controls, ect.

    Testing the Ion Water Rocker, it performed as expected. The transmitter successfully sent the signal to the floating receiver. The receiver floated effortlessly in the pool. Spashes had no negative effect on it. Even "accidently" falling onto it and submerging it temporarily seemed to have no negative effect. It's tuner did a good job of receiving local stations.  The speakers also performed well enough. Volume was able to get decently loud. While not considered an audiophile piece of gear, and bass output was limited, I would not expect those features at this price point and in this type of device. It did play sufficiently loud, highs and mids were sufficently clean and detailed.  And as the name implies, it rocked the pool.

    The Ion Water Rocker definitely added a fun factor to the pool. And it can add that same factor to any outdoor water area, such as beach, lake, ect. The Ion Water Rocker performed as expected. It's design features, quality and performance did come out in a synergy that was fun to listen to. At an MSRP of $99.99, it would make a great addition to any pool side location. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Ion Water Rocker has earned our Recommended Award. Congratulations on a well thought out product that is destined to fill a niche. For more info and complete specks, check out their website at www.