Yatra Aquatune 5712 Review
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“THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE DESTINATION.”
Yatra launched into the tech industry in 2014, bringing to life a brand that stands for innovation, performance, and value. Meaning Journey or Voyage Passage, the ancient word Yatra, embodies the mission of their company, which is to create premium tech products, at an affordable price, that support one’s journey.
The Aquatune is incredibly durable, as it has survived an accidental drop and a fall or two, thanks to it’s shockproof rubber housing. Bringing this portable speaker along to the indoor pool allowed me to test it’s water resistance, it was able to withstand multiple splashes of water and a quick submersion. The 5712 has a rating of IPX-7, which is a waterproof rating of a maximum immersion for less than 30 minutes and at a depth of less than 1 meter. I am not sure I would ever suggest pushing it close to the 30 minute mark in the water as the entire rubber housing does come off. But an accidental drop off the boat into water and a quick scoop right back out, the Aquatune will be just fine.
The bluetooth on the speaker unleashes you from the traditional audio cord, although you can use a micro usb a cable to control it. The connection isn’t insanely strong but if it’s clipped to your backpack or somewhere nearby you shouldn’t have an issue. With nothing in the way reaching up to 30 feet was not a problem, add a wall or two and I was only able to get to about 20 feet before audio skipping occurred. On the bright-side it connects instantly every time I turn it on. After pairing it the first time, I have never had to bother with the Bluetooth settings again, which is a big plus in my book.
When it comes to sound quality expectations, a speaker this small has to be graded on a slightly curved scale, however the Aquatune’s audio quality still impressed me.
Lows are present in the Aquatune, but it’s more like a low/mid that’s posing as the bass. For the most part it works just fine, but sometimes it’s just too much for the little speaker and there’s a small amount of rattling that goes on as the bass hits.
The Aquatune gets a huge push in mid range, giving vocals a clear eminence over other components in a song. This makes it great if you’re on a hike and want to listen to your favorite songs over the scuffling of leaves from hiking footfalls.
Highs are cut back dramatically, which is probably because there’s only a single full-range driver in the Aquatune. In some songs, the hi-hats and cymbals were so faint that they were eclipsed by bass.
With most speakers this size, a 4 to 6 hour battery life is considered fairly average, but Yatra claims the new Aquatune 5712 will get you up to 12 hours of continuous playback. That amount of playback makes this speaker a lot easier to recommend, since it’s actually usable for half of the day. However, don’t expect to get much more than 7 or 8 hours if you’re playing it on max volume. I should note that you can also charge portable devices off of the speaker, should the need arise.
- Audio Streaming (A2DP)
- Hands free calling (HFP)
- Track & Volume Control (AVRCP)
- USB Charging (Cable included)
- IPX7 WATERPROOF – Water resistant, performs in all weather conditions. Can be submerged 3 feet for up to 30 minutes.
- PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS WEIGHT: 0.35lbs
- DIMENTIONS: 93mm x 93mm x 42mm
- POWER SUPPLY: DC5V+-0.5/600mA
- POWER: 5 Watt
- SPEAKER UNIT: 1x 5W High Performance
- BATTERY: Built in 1000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery
- OPERATING RANGE: Up to 10m (33ft)
- BLUETOOTH: Version 2.1
- BLUETOOTH PROFILE: A2DPV1.2, AVRCPV1.0, HFPV1.5
- PLAYTIME: Up to 12 Hours of playback depending on volume.
- CHARGING TIME: Approx. 1-2 hrs
The water and impact resistant Aquatune 5712 handles just about any abuse you can throw at it, and lets you adjust tracks, change volume, and even take calls thanks to the built-in controls. Overall, the 5712 is a good example of the whole being greater than the parts. Though it’s not a superior sounding speaker in any one frequency range, all together it just works. It gets loud enough that you can bring it with you on a hike or anywhere outdoors, and it is not just shouting sound at you. It actually sounds good enough that you can enjoy the music, just don’t expect anything more than that. There really isn’t a reason not to pick one up if you’re looking for an inexpensive portable rugged bluetooth speaker.