I don’t know if you’re like me, but personally, I love music. Since I was a child, I can not live without music. Wherever I go, I absolutely have to bring music with me. Music accompanies me in all my daily activities.
Thanks to wireless technologies like Bluetooth or Wifi, it’s now easy to stream music to any room in the house with a smartphone or tablet.
The bathroom is no exception to the rule, and manufacturers have well understood that: they now design small wireless speakers that can be placed anywhere, made to resist water splashing.
SoundBot is one of these companies. It is located in California. They market a range of products specifically designed to meet the demands of a modern and active lifestyle. Most of their products use Bluetooth technologies: speakers, headphones, headsets…
The SoundBot SB517 is one of their most popular products on Amazon in the shower speakers category. It can be seen as a high-end version of one of their other successful product, the SB510.
Opening the Box…
In the transparent box are the SoundBot SB517, a charging cable (beware, this one is not micro Usb: it is Usb on one side and looks like a jack connection on the other. What a pity not to have used a standard as common as the micro Usb…) and a quick start guide.
On the side is the charging port, well protected by a small rubber flap.
On the top are the control buttons: on/off, play/pause, tracks and volume control. The buttons are covered with rubber, which makes their handling pleasant. We even feel a little click when we press on it.
Under the speaker is the suction cup, which allows to fix the SB517 on all surfaces. It can be removed, practical if it is not useful for you.
When turned on, the SoundBot emits a few small musical notes and a small flashing blue light. It is then time to check if the speaker is recognized by your mobile device. If you see “SB517” in your Bluetooth connections, you’ve won! Select it and a small beep will indicate that the two devices are paired.
Despite only 3W power, the sound is really good, even at high volume. This little beast can go up to 90db, which will allow you to diffuse music not only in your shower or your bathroom, but also in all your apartment! The built-in passive subwoofer delivers a great bass sound. Moreover, we could see the speaker vibrate when placed on a table, proof that the bass frequencies are well present.
The design is one of the highlights of the SoundBot SB517. We feel that a lot of care has been taken in the appearance of this speaker. Its glossy finish really gives it a high end feel that is very rare to meet in the field of shower speakers!
Its black color enhanced by a net of color (4 colors are available: black, blue, red and white) gives it a discreet and refined charm.
Submerge Into the Waves!
This is the strange slogan chosen by SoundBot to say that the SB517 is completely waterproof: it has an IPX7 rating, which means that you can plunge it completely into the water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes without risk of damaging it.
So you can take it in your shower and spray water on it as much as you want, it will remain in perfect working order! At the pool, you can even let it float on the surface of the water, it will sail quietly like a small boat while you go swimming.
Hands-Off Phone Calls
The SoundBot SB517 is equipped with a microphone so you can make phone calls hands-free (convenient to call in the shower!). Another very useful feature is the ability to call back the last dialed number simply by holding down the dedicated button for 3 seconds. This button is also used to make or end a call.
- Classy design
- IPX7: fully waterproof
- Very good sound
- Good detachable suction cup
- Last number redialing
- Strange charging cable
- Only 6 hours playing time
This shower speaker really has great features. The most important is in our eyes its design, really classy and refined. The sound is also up to par, with a real presence despite a fairly low power. And its IPX7 certification does not make it afraid of extreme weather conditions or an accidental dip in the bath or pool!
The only flaw we could find is the battery life of only 6 hours. At the same time, it only takes 4 hours for a full charge, which makes it usable at anytime. And anyway, a shower does not last 6 hours!
The SoundBot SB517 is actually a quality speaker for the price of a low-end speaker. It is not for nothing that it is currently one of the bestsellers on Amazon in its category.
It will be able to satisfy the demanding music lovers like you and me, who want a sound of excellent quality even in the shower!