Bluetooth speakers now proliferate the environment, and that includes portable models as well. So it’s not unusual that a portable Bluetooth speaker has a long-life battery (as in up to 10 hours) or is rechargeable. Nor is it unusual to find quality speakers inside the casing so that the music being streamed sounds better than just “good. So far Yantouch’s IceDiamond+ PLUS Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker doesn’t sound that special. But unlike other Bluetooth speakers, it doesn’t just provide an aural experience enhanced by high-class Neodymium speakers and a woofer tube, but a visual one as well.
The IceDiamond+ PLUS has a unique design, being less of a “cube” and more of an oblong shape. This helps the placement of the speakers to cover a wider sound-field than others of its genre (stereo, that is). The design also features a clear top (i.e., “ice” colored) which adds to its appeal over that of basic black. No reason a BT speaker can’t stand out a bit, is there? But the biggest draw to its visual appeal comes from the fact that it has colored LEDs inside that can project outwards. Think a disco ball, if you will, but one far more portable and with far more colors to work with — some 16,000,000 shades. These colors exit from the diamond-like shaped top and appear on the nearby surfaces. Since the colors can be controlled as to hue, brightness and saturation levels, no one needs to be stuck with a color scheme they don’t like. And since the music being played will sync with the color to form a “beat pattern,” no one needs be bored by a static light show (three sync formats are available: 1 for soft music and 2 for rock).
The IceDiamond+ PLUS retails for $199.99 and includes a stand-alone remote and an app for controlling it (the app also provides the “oomph” for streaming music and for specialized lighting schemes). Sound quality is quite good, with reasonable volume. However don’t treat this speaker as if it was as rugged as some specialized for the outdoors — there’s no military style protection or waterproofing. In other words, it works great indoors and will travel to the interior of another location (like a van or someone else’s house) without incident or nail-biting. But if you plan to use it around the campfire, expect to take extra precautions. Still, consider how neat it would be to use it for lighting effects when telling ghost stories by the light of the full moon.
The IceDiamond+ PLUS provides visual as well as audio and will make your next party stand out, not to mention the time spent while sweating over the BBQ grill. Just to say it is “cool” is to truly show a lack of appreciation.