SKULLCANDY Barricade XL Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Hot Lime – Lovely speaker

This is a great wee portable speaker. It paired with an iphone and a samsung phone quickly and effortlessly, and the sound it produces is great for such a small speaker. Lots of good bass, and a good clear sound throughout, even at higher volumes. Its size means you can easily take it anywhere with you, parties, beach barbecues and holidays, and it has a battery life of ten hours, though i haven’t yet tested it for that length of time.It’s sturdy enough that you can take it anywhere, and it certainly feels as though it could easily withstand being bumped about in transit. It’s also buoyant and waterproof up to 3 metres, so you really can take it anywhere.

Although not xl in size this certainly is in noise . This is the largest of the three barricades and is around 20cm wide, it is easy to pair (i paired with my iphone 6 in under a minute) and the sound is very very impressive. It has a real bass to it but also a very full sound and i was impressed. It works about 5 metres from my phone before you get problems and that is fine. It is a very rugged speaker and although plain looking will last forever.

Firstly, this little (xl) speaker packs a punch. It has a great solid sound which is perfect for bbq’s and parties outdoors. It feels tough and rugged and built to survive impact. Not only is it rain and splash proof, this little speaker can withstand 30mins submerged in up to one metre of water – how cool is that. The rubber buttons are chunky and look great. Two of these buttons are for pairing. One allows you to pair two phones, allowing you to play music from two different devices (taking it in turns). The other button allows you to pair multiple speakers, so you can add speakers and connect them together. Battery is up to 10 hours so again , charge it up hang it out in garden and play your tunes. This is an excellent outdoor speak with some very strong features.

Fills the room with sound for a very reasonable price.

Whenever i review a portable bluetooth speaker, until now i would compare to my all-time favourite, the jawbone big jambox. This was a great speaker for a number of reasons – well rounded sound, lightweight and super battery life. Having tried a number since that haven’t come close, how would this skullcandy one work out?first impressions on this one were pretty good. It’s a smaller beast than a number of others on the market, pretty lightweight as well. The rubberised outside makes the build quality seem solid, with the promise of waterproofing (which i haven’t tried) seem positive too. Charging is done by micro usb behind a plastic flap on the side of the product where you can also charge your phone as well – a surprising but nice touch. The feature that really surprised me though for the size of the item was quite how booming the sound is – it’s loud, bassy and pretty full on. Bass notes are pretty solid and clear, while mids and highs a little less so but still reasonably clear. This makes for an overall good sound and one that continues for quite a long time – the battery life is decent also. So does it beat my big jambox?.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Lovely speaker
  • Finally takes the top spot
  • Perfect, just perfect!

Love it, great product, probably will buy another one.

I couldn’t praise this speaker any higher. The ‘real’ sound it produces is nothing short of amazing with the clearest voice reproduction making it sound like the track playing is a different recording. The volume range for something this small is really really good, and the tone us maintained without distortion through the range. A device can be charged (via usb) whilst listening to the music stored on it, the unit itself is charged via a separate usb cable. It is waterproof to nearly a meter (presumably the rubber cover over the usb slots was in place for the testing) and should you be careless enough to drop it in deep enough water it floats – i haven’t and i have no intention of testing this, it’s far too nice to risk. The controls are easy to see and use, the manual is short (in stature and brevity) but everything is intuitive so pages and pages are not required. The battery has a published life of seven hours, (not tested). The pairing is without hassle. There is nothing to dislike about this speaker, even the price. This is a beautiful, well made almost perfect portable bluetooth speaker, it has a more ‘full’ sound than the zip which i thought had a superb sound and it looks good.

This is an excellent speaker : dynamic reproduction is warm and full with clear bass (and, thankfully, more than enough high end as well). Battery life is considerable – up to 10 hours on the xl – and quick to charge with usb ports. Bluetooth reproduction is clear and fast, once connected. Aside from that, should you want to connect to a standard audio device without bluetooth, you need to separately purchase a male to male connector which is bafflingly not included as standard – bizarre given the total cost of the item. Other than that, this is a perfect, durable portable speaker with plenty of life in it.

As soon as we opened the box you could tell this speaker is a nice piece of kit. Feels quite weighty but not heavy so very portable. Connects easily to devices have tried phones tablets all with no issues. The sound is rich and velvety not tiny or weak at all. I haven’t tested it out yet but it’s apparently waterproof and can float.

SKULLCANDY Barricade Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Grey/ : Very impressed

I’m very, very pleased with this. I started off by using it in our kitchen while cooking, paired with my windows mobile phone (a nokia lumia 930). Mainly for things like podcasts and audio books – and the occasional blast of music. It pairs very quickly with my phone, has great sound quality, and when you want to blast out a few songs, has actually pretty impressive power for it’s size. Just that, on it’s own, was enough to make it an incredibly useful addition to our kitchen. And then i figured out that you can actually make calls with it. If i receive a call on my phone, the music / audio book stops, and when i answer the call the barricade acts as a handsfree bluetooth unit – and according to my wife, the quality on the other end is actually pretty good. These two things are pretty awesome, and totally sell the unit to me. And then i figured out that it can take an 8 hour charge, and that i could take it with me in the car, or on a camping trip, or to a hotel room. On top of that, it looks good, and it’s robust. Skullcandy – it’s a great product, really. Very pleased to have one, and i’d give it six stars if i could.

Easy to set up, despite fairly poor instructions being provided. Volume up and down controls are obvious. I prefer to use my tablet or phone to change tracks, although this can be done using the volume controls. Sound for a box this size is excellent and certainly loud enough for my needs, although some other reviewers have questioned this. Haven’t dunked it to see if it’s waterproof, but have used it out in the garden and wouldn’t be too worried if it was caught in a shower. Overall, very good, versatile little speaker. Don’t know i’d want to lug it about on walks and the like, but for static outdoor activities, camping, caravaning, fishing and the like, it certainly would be a useful addition. Skullcandy barricade portable speaker – black/transparent.

Good quality for the money very pleased.

Amazing sound quality for such a compact speaker.

The sound quality and volume ranges are very good. The connection via bt is ok – i live in a flat and can get a signal 2 thirds of the way from one end to the other (or if i put my tablet in the middle i can move the speaker to every room and with doors shut). There are only a couple of buttons and the work intuitively this is not too small but also not obtrusive. Currently it is hanging on a kitchen cupboard door. This is a marked improvement over listening to my tablets speakers. It loses a star because i would love it to have micro sd card reader and then it would be perfect.

This is a very good unit and value for money to boot. It is so simple to set up even i could do it. The instructions are fairly simple to follow. (i say fairly, because what is the difference between charge and external charge?. 5mm socket for aux in and another for aux out. This allows multiple speakers to be looped together if so wished. The volume up and down buttons can be used to skip tracks back and forward. The unit is weighty, yet not heavy. It would be stable in a wind. Indoors, i have had a clear sound when 20 feet away from the tablet. Trial music: mike oldfield, tubular bells and pink floyd’s pigs (3 different ones). A very nice all round sound from a full range speaker (i presume it is full range). I have found that by playing with the volume on the speaker and the android the volume can be very loud for such a small speaker, still bassy and clear.

Perfect for garden or in the bath it’s bluetooth so can use it anywhere. And for something so small can make a hell of a volume but without compromising on sound quality.

The skullcandy barricade is an excellent portable speaker. It’s reasonably small – about 10 by 12 by 8 cm – yet the 10w speaker still provides a loud punchy sound, more so than its dimensions might suggest. The speaker grill is metal, the main body plastic with a rubberised top, bottom and edges. A rubber port protector over the various sockets, rubberised buttons on top and a raised rubber ridge on the base means it sits firmly wherever it’s put. Advertised as ipx7 water resistant – which actually means it should survive full immersion. With that in mind it would easily withstand a heavy rainshower with no trouble. The aforementioned ports consist off a 3. 5mm out (allowing dual connection of speakers), a mini usb port for charging the speaker and a full size usb port which can be used to charge another device.

Lots of connectivity options: aux, aux out, micro usb and usb. I have tested it listening to trance from the ‘markus schulz – global dj broadcast’. Kick drums and basslines sound very punchy. I really liked using this for netflix. You can hear all small details. Moving the speaker face up will help disperse the sound. Filling a bigger area, making it more immersive.

Good sound quality goes about aloud as my sonos 1. Slightly bigger than expected but at the same time nicely compact.

What’s good:sturdy and well-madewaterproofergonomic controlsthoughtful design toucheswhat’s not so good:output power for charging a device is too low to be usefulbass performance is limitedan integral card-reader would have been a nice featureexpensive compared to competitionpackaging could be betteri really like this little speaker. What it lacks in bass performance and wholesome sound, it easily makes up in sensible design and seemingly great build quality. After demolishing the outer packaging to get in (which could really be improved upon) you are presented with a nice compact boxy speaker which has a good sturdy feel about it. There are slightly rubberised feet on two sides to help it sit stably on a surface, and there is a useful canvas hook on one side. The controls are simple with a power button, a plus and minus button which double up as track advance and track rewind, and a middle button that functions as the play/pause or call answer button. Under a water-sealing flap there are the charge in micro usb socket, as well as a full-size usb output socket – this is a bit of a non-starter for me because it cannot put out enough power to make it useful, especially given the power draw of most modern audio-hosting devices such as smartphones. For an older phone that doesn’t require strong charging power it might be sufficient. Connection can be made either with a 3. 5mm audio jack (in which case the waterproofing will be compromised), or via bluetooth. I generally use bluetooth and found the performance to be perfectly adequate.

Light and easy to carry everywhere. Decent sound for listen podcasts, radio or youtube videos. I can’t complain and i bought years ago the previous model of this brand.

I’ve had quite few bluetooth speakers at various price points. This one is quite expensive for a smaller speaker, but i think it is good value as i have found the performance to be outstanding. The dimensions are fairly square. It’s a little shorter than and iphone 6 and a little wider, and the depth is about the same as the width of the iphone. It sits nicely either landscape or portrait. There are simple controls along one side with power, volume, and connect/answer (i’ve not used it for voice calls). There is a rubber cover to the ports (as the speaker is water resistant) offering aux in and out, the charging port and a usb out to charge other devices (not really much use). Taking into account the size of the unit i think the sound quality is excellent and smooth. Bass will never rattle the windows on small speakers but i found it perfectly acceptable. The kids really like it to take out with them and for a bedroom speaker it’s a great option.

Skullcandy Barricade XL Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker -, This is a great wee portable speaker

This is a great wee portable speaker. It paired with an iphone and a samsung phone quickly and effortlessly, and the sound it produces is great for such a small speaker. Lots of good bass, and a good clear sound throughout, even at higher volumes. Its size means you can easily take it anywhere with you, parties, beach barbecues and holidays, and it has a battery life of ten hours, though i haven’t yet tested it for that length of time.It’s sturdy enough that you can take it anywhere, and it certainly feels as though it could easily withstand being bumped about in transit. It’s also buoyant and waterproof up to 3 metres, so you really can take it anywhere.

As soon as we opened the box you could tell this speaker is a nice piece of kit. Feels quite weighty but not heavy so very portable. Connects easily to devices have tried phones tablets all with no issues. The sound is rich and velvety not tiny or weak at all. I haven’t tested it out yet but it’s apparently waterproof and can float.

I couldn’t praise this speaker any higher. The ‘real’ sound it produces is nothing short of amazing with the clearest voice reproduction making it sound like the track playing is a different recording. The volume range for something this small is really really good, and the tone us maintained without distortion through the range. A device can be charged (via usb) whilst listening to the music stored on it, the unit itself is charged via a separate usb cable. It is waterproof to nearly a meter (presumably the rubber cover over the usb slots was in place for the testing) and should you be careless enough to drop it in deep enough water it floats – i haven’t and i have no intention of testing this, it’s far too nice to risk. The controls are easy to see and use, the manual is short (in stature and brevity) but everything is intuitive so pages and pages are not required. The battery has a published life of seven hours, (not tested). The pairing is without hassle. There is nothing to dislike about this speaker, even the price. This is a beautiful, well made almost perfect portable bluetooth speaker, it has a more ‘full’ sound than the zip which i thought had a superb sound and it looks good.

Key specs for Skullcandy Barricade XL Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Black:

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  • Delivers seamless integration with any Bluetooth enabled device
  • Skip the cord and listen longer with up to 10 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • For low-end bass and powerful, dynamic sound across all types of music, dual 10 W speakers and a passive radiator deliver a truly pinnacle performance
  • A rugged design that’s impact resistant, buoyant and IPX7 waterproof up to 3 feet underwater
  • Enhanced tech lets you and your crew pair together multiple speakers and take turns playing your favourite music

Comments from buyers

“Lovely speaker
, Finally takes the top spot
, Perfect, just perfect!

Whenever i review a portable bluetooth speaker, until now i would compare to my all-time favourite, the jawbone big jambox. This was a great speaker for a number of reasons – well rounded sound, lightweight and super battery life. Having tried a number since that haven’t come close, how would this skullcandy one work out?first impressions on this one were pretty good. It’s a smaller beast than a number of others on the market, pretty lightweight as well. The rubberised outside makes the build quality seem solid, with the promise of waterproofing (which i haven’t tried) seem positive too. Charging is done by micro usb behind a plastic flap on the side of the product where you can also charge your phone as well – a surprising but nice touch. The feature that really surprised me though for the size of the item was quite how booming the sound is – it’s loud, bassy and pretty full on. Bass notes are pretty solid and clear, while mids and highs a little less so but still reasonably clear. This makes for an overall good sound and one that continues for quite a long time – the battery life is decent also. So does it beat my big jambox?.

Love it, great product, probably will buy another one.

Firstly, this little (xl) speaker packs a punch. It has a great solid sound which is perfect for bbq’s and parties outdoors. It feels tough and rugged and built to survive impact. Not only is it rain and splash proof, this little speaker can withstand 30mins submerged in up to one metre of water – how cool is that. The rubber buttons are chunky and look great. Two of these buttons are for pairing. One allows you to pair two phones, allowing you to play music from two different devices (taking it in turns). The other button allows you to pair multiple speakers, so you can add speakers and connect them together. Battery is up to 10 hours so again , charge it up hang it out in garden and play your tunes. This is an excellent outdoor speak with some very strong features.

Although not xl in size this certainly is in noise . This is the largest of the three barricades and is around 20cm wide, it is easy to pair (i paired with my iphone 6 in under a minute) and the sound is very very impressive. It has a real bass to it but also a very full sound and i was impressed. It works about 5 metres from my phone before you get problems and that is fine. It is a very rugged speaker and although plain looking will last forever.

This is an excellent speaker : dynamic reproduction is warm and full with clear bass (and, thankfully, more than enough high end as well). Battery life is considerable – up to 10 hours on the xl – and quick to charge with usb ports. Bluetooth reproduction is clear and fast, once connected. Aside from that, should you want to connect to a standard audio device without bluetooth, you need to separately purchase a male to male connector which is bafflingly not included as standard – bizarre given the total cost of the item. Other than that, this is a perfect, durable portable speaker with plenty of life in it.

Fills the room with sound for a very reasonable price.

Skullcandy Air Raid Rugged Water and Drop Resistant Portable Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – : Interferes with our WiFi

As big as a brick and as heavy as one, this is, build wise, a serious bit of kit. Splash proof, made of heavy duty plastic and with a removable thick rubber shell, this bluetooth speaker is built for the great outdoors and to withstand knocks and drops. Sound wise, it’s good but nothing special. There is a depth to the sound but to my ears it’s lacking the finesse and subtlety expected from a speaker in this price range. Volume wise, it goes spectacularly loud but even at low volumes i can’t listen to it for more than a couple of hours before having to switch it off as listening becomes uncomfortable on the ear. It’s a bit like listening to an over compressed cd. It paired immediately with my ipad and android phone and the bluetooth range is good. The battery is seriously impressive with an average 12 hours of playback. It has volume buttons that you can also use to skip between tracks (except when streaming music i. When using the amazon music app. Other bluetooth speakers i’ve used costing much less allow you to do this). Despite its weight, this is a speaker made for taking camping or down to the beach, situations where finesse and subtlety are secondary considerations and loudness, along with battery life, is everything.

My husband is thrilled with this bluetooth speaker and has been raving about how good it is to me for days. I’m not really into electronics myself but i have to say from hubby showing me how it works etc that for such as small speaker it is certainly impressive and very powerful. My husbands words about this speaker – “this is what my phone has been waiting for”. According to the product description this is the loudest bluetooth speaker for it’s size (88db) and i can certainly believe it as it booms out the music. We have measured the speaker and it measures 18. 5cm excluding the handle by 6cm by 9cm and it weighs 821g out of the box. The product description advises that it is waterproof and drop proof and hubby has already accidentally dropped it so he has tested that theory accidentally and the speaker still works fine. I wouldn’t think it was submersible waterproof but more splash waterproof as the cover over the usb socket doesn’t look like it would keep out water if the speaker was fully submerged and to be honest i don’t want to test that theory in case it damages the speaker. The speaker has a sort of thick rubber case around it which doubles i think as the protective case and waterproof case as it also has a cover over the usb input socket. The speaker has two handles on it for carrying (one main handle and the other to attach to a strap of some sort such as a rucksack strap maybe).

I am so pleased i got this little beauty. Having recently “upgraded” to a windows 8. 1 laptop i was keen to go the wireless speaker route but couldn’t decide on which until this popped up. It looked so chunky and cool compared to the other options i had looked at. In reality it does look and feel ace with a pleasingly tough and simple design to it. It charged to full very quickly from the usb supplied although i found a plug adapter i already had more convenient than plugging into the laptop itself. I soon found the laptop is classed as the cheaper specification (not cheap to me) so did not include integrated bluetooth thus needed to order a usb plug in adapter. While i waited for that to arrive (cheers prime) my kindle fire and old blackberry linked up easily. The aux direct input was trouble free as you would expect too. The usb solution was equally trouble free when it arrived.

The world of wireless speakers is booming (pardon the pun). From the expensive sonos range down to the average joe bloggs wireless offerings that cost about 4p. So to compete in the market, new speakers need to do something different or do the same but better than the rest. I myself have 2 jongo speakers and a pure speaker. After over a year i still use my jongo’s often, especially at bbq’s and get togethers, the pure speaker not so much. This offering doesn’t do anything really different from whats already out. What it does do though is pretty good, especially for a speaker on this size. It’s about the size of a brick and weighs just as much if not more. This is down to the design, it is a serious tough cookie, made from steel, plastic and thick rubber, so it can take a big battering from being tossed around by the heavy handed teen. Its also waterproof (don’t go diving with it) so you can spill a drink on it and carry on regardless.

  • Conclusive Review after use of SkullCandy Air Raid.
  • This is a very good speaker, a little harsh for my liking
  • Five Stars

Skullcandy Air Raid Rugged Water and Drop Resistant Portable Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Black

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  • Loudest portable Bluetooth speaker for its size
  • Drop proof and water resistant, promises to go as hard as you do, regardless of the weather conditions
  • Quick and easy pairing to any Bluetooth enabled device
  • Micro USB cable for rechargeable battery for up to 14 hours of music
  • Stay in control of your music directly from the speaker by using the track functionality feature

I’m not someone who normally goes in for small portable speakers. I’m a casual audiophile, i would generally rather not listen to music at all if i have to listen on a terrible set of speakers. I was surprised to find that the skullcandy air raid, while not an audio quality revelation, actually sounds a lot better than you might expect for the size of it (2x 2 inch 5w speakers). It’s a little “boxy”, which is hard to escape given its size and power, but it projects really well, with surprising clarity and lack of distortion at high levels. It can go pretty loud to boot, more than enough to fill a good sized room. Sound-quality wise, it’s about on a par with a good portable radio, maybe a little bit better. Bluetooth pairing works smoothly, it connects quickly with everything i’ve tried, and it remembers a couple of devices so it can re-pair as soon as you switch it on. I haven’t had any major glitches, except where the bluetooth dropped out on my phone once. I’ve been able to use the device all the way across my flat from the connected device, which is nice. Battery life has proven pretty strong thus far.

Wireless speakers have been around for a while now, so this one is entering a somewhat mature market. Typically, when a new product enters a mature market it has some form of usp or other, sadly for this one it is not the case. The best which can be said is it is easy to use and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  there are no real bells or whistles to these speakers, however i am not convinced that is a bad thing. This is a product which does exactly what it says on the tin and does it well, it is very easy to interface with other devices (1 click synch between the various android and wireless devices etc in the house) and, while these speakers are about the size of a brick, they have been reinforced to be about as tough as a brick too.  the sound quality is good as is the battery life. It is quite clear what each of the buttons, switches etc do and it is highly unlikely that you will ever loose or break the product. It does the basics of being a wireless speaker, but with premium rate sound quality. This combined with the straight forward nature of the controls and the fact that it has up to 14 hours battery life make it really worth taking a look at. Still a little pricey in my book but in general it’s a good product and if you can find it with a decent discount then it’s definitely worth a look, but i remain unconvinced that these speakers are worth the rrp.

I’m very impressed by the quality of sound and the actual product. I only had it for the past 2.

I’m not quite sure what i was expecting when i asked to review this product, however i was expecting something much bigger and not that heavy (might seem like a contradiction). What i actually received was a small black box, not much bigger than a 500g pack of butter, but certainly a lot heavier. I took the liberty of weighing it, and without any packaging or cables, it weighs 822g. It does come with a handle, but if you have largish fingers like me, it’s not the easiest to hold it in that way. It was very easy to connect to my phone (a nokia, but i imagine all other phones would present no great difficulty) as all i needed to do was turn on my bluetooth, and then ask my phone to connect with it. From then on, the speaker will automatically try to connect to any previously connected bluetooth device for up to 5 minutes after switch on. Of course, if you want to connect at any point after this, it’s still reasonably straightforward as you only need to single press the round button on the front of the speaker to re-initiate the search. Of course, if you have a non-bluetooth device, such as a legacy ipod for example, this can still be connected by was of an aux cable (not supplied). The sound quality is good even at very high volumes and does offer a good range between bass and treble and certainly haven’t noticed any distortion, except for when i’ve taken the speaker out of range of my phone. Even in this case, i would estimate that the speaker can be at least 10 metres away from the bluetooth device – i went upstairs and had no problems until i went to the other side of the house from where my phone was.

When you pick up the air raid for the first time you can easily believe that it is tough – it weighs close to a kilo. As advertised, it looks and feels up to anything. Take off the silicon boot and suddenly things are a lot lighter and the edges start to look a little fragile. “water resistant” basically means it would not survive a dunk in a swimming pool, but it can certainly shrug off being thoroughly splashed or rained onturn it on and the speaker plays a sound of a radio tuning in and then says “connected” once or twice depending on how many paired devices are in range. A similar radio sound plays when you turn it off. These effects quickly wear thin and when you’re trying to be discrete (like turning it on at night) it can blast out these noises at high volume. In short, they’re annoying as hell. As for the sound, when i felt the heft and solidity of the thing i had high hopes. To get good sound from a speaker the body needs to be as rigid as possible and the air raid feels like a lump of rock. Sadly, pumping some music through it at different volumes left me a little disappointed; things are a little underwhelming right across the frequency range, with the top end lacking clarity, the mid-range lacking in definition and the bass lacking thump.

Great speaker loud just what i needed would recommend this.

Brilliant good sounds all round.

I own a number of portable speakers of varying quality, so i was excited to try this one out by skullcandy. While the size is fine for portability, it is chunky (built like a brick). It claims to be waterproof, but that is questionable as there is just a rubber cover that goes around the outside. While i haven’t stuck it in water, i’d guess it is water resistant at best. It is extremely easy to pair to a device – i tried with a few different mobile phones (apple and android) and had no problem. For me, all of this is fine but the key is sound quality. I’d say it isn’t bad, but for this price, i wonder if it is worth it. I compare it to my bose soundlink. While that is double the price (259), the sound quality is far superior, and i’m not an audiophile. So as i said, you get what you pay for.

This is a very good speaker, a little harsh for my liking, but still , very well built, and has plenty of volume , little annoying on the “tuning in” sound as it turns on/off. , maybe for a younger person. For me the “tune in” sound kills it.

 first impressions: looks a bit like a toy, especially when the rubber cover is remove. It’s like a small brick, in that it’s denser than you might expect before picked it up. Then turned it on and used it for a few hours. Reaction: wow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️i had mostly used it for voice and was really impressed. As advertised, it was loud and the battery lasted for ages. 📱paring was a doddle – as seen in the video. So, slam dunk?=============i then played a wide range of music and realised that the music reproduction quality was noticeably innacurate. I would value this if i went camping a lot. ❌ i found the tuning in sound grating and gimmicky. (a female voice says “connected”.

The skullcandy air raid is a great speaker to take along outside. The volume on it is enough to fill a fairly large room and would be enough to gather around outside to listen to music. As for the sound, i would never claim to be an audio professional however the sound lacks a smack of bass but is still extremely impressive for the price. (i paid £95)pros:-great overall sound-loud-compact and portable-haven’t tested but claims to be water resistant-feels durable and looks good. Cons:-the sound when it turns on is complained quite a lot here, i find it to be a bit annoying but after a while you get used to it, it has a retro sort of feel to it like a bit of static, which in fairness some may even like, but the sounds are only on for 3 seconds. -don’t feel like it has enough bass, but for the size i’m not massively complaining. Sound is still good for price. Overall i rate it 4 stars, losing half a star for lack of bass and half a star for the obnoxious sound when turning on and off.

Ah, the joys of an item displayed on a white background, i expected this to be bigger than it is. The air raid speaker is compact and rugged is a good description. It’s heavy, with a waterproof rubbery type of covering. Charged, reasonably quickly, through a usb cable, it’s mostly free of bulk. I wouldn’t have said it’s a pretty design, but it’s a good design. It will definitely be safe out and about. It easily pairs with your bluetooth devices, although if you don’t have any, a 3. 5mm male to male jack will also do the job. Starting it up makes a distorty sort of sound.

Happy with this purchase – provides good sound generally and very handy for travelling.

This speaker looks like a mini boom box, and thus my daughters thought it looked very cool. Its rugged looks are certainly noticeable and this item would certainly fare quite well if thrown into a rucksack for journeys (although it is quite heavy for its size so you’d notice that it was there). There is a metal ring on the side next to the on-off switch, so you could attach it to something – if you were on a boat perhaps. There is a removable rubberised cover, and the ports are also covered, so you would feel happy using tho item in places you wouldn’t take a less robust item. Pairing was quite easy – you just need to press the round button in the middle for about 5 seconds, and the lights flash blue and red to let you know that the speaker is in pairing mode. I’ve tried pairing a number of gadgets and they all connect well. The range of the bluetooth connection is about standard for this sort of device but move too far away and you will lose the connection. As soon as i’d made the connection successfully and started playing music, my next job was to figure out the volume controls because this is speaker is really loud for its size. Definitely enough to fill a room in most people’s houses. In fact, probably enough to fill the entire house.

I’ve never tried skullcandy products before. I do have a rechargeable wired speaker but it doesn’t offer much in terms of volume. When the opportunity presented itself to review the skullcandy air raid bluetooth speaker i couldn’t pass it up. First impressions are promising. The packaging is first rate but when you lift the box, it’s like lifting a brick and that’s a good sign. Taking the speaker out of the box, i was amazed by the sheer robustness of the speaker. You could really cause some serious damage wielding this around so be careful not to drop it on your foot or other delicate surface. Except for the front panel, the enclosure is covered in a hard wearing silicone skin. The usb charging socket and 3. 5mm aux input are concealed behind a flap that says ‘pry here’.

Excellent speaker solid well built and loud with a great sound .

Ok, whilst other people have tested this to a certain degree around the house, having read the adventurous side of things within the description, i put it to the test on a bit of a trek. That is to have it playing as i marched up scarfel pike (which from home is about a 3 hour drive. ) so having charged it overnight and having sorted out the connection to my phone, (along with a few snacks and drinks) began my trek up the fell. The first thing i found was that the speaker in itself is a bit on the heavy side, although with a backpack that did make it a lot easier. So strapping it to the top, i started out playing the music on a low to mid level so i wouldn’t disturb other trekers, began the ascent. The sound quality was very good and whilst i wasn’t expecting great quality (due to previously owned speakers), i was surprised at how good it was. The music was clear, had a good sound to it and all round made the journey enjoyable and whilst i do worry at the price of these things, i have found that the quality of the speaker is dependent upon the amount of money you spend. All round, upon reaching the top, i had a track of victory, took in the view and then came back down. It took the journey very well, (even surviving me slipping and falling over) and all round is going to be my take out item whenever i go back up there. So much so that next summer i’m planning a few day trups up with my other half and a picnic or two.

Skullcandy SCS7BUGW-445 Locals Only Collection Soundmine 2015 Rugged Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker – Glow in the Dark/ – good sound quality

For something so small, this speaker really packs a punch. It is excellent value for money. The speaker is quite loud for what you get and the sound quality is really good. I would recommend this speaker to anyone. I took mine on holiday and me and my friends enjoyed listening to music on the beach and in the room. Don’t be afraid make the purchase you won’t be disappointed,.

Not bad, not exactly the best sound quality.

Very loud, good sound quality, i love it. Here are the specifications for the Skullcandy SCS7BUGW-445 Locals Only Collection Soundmine 2015 Rugged Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker – Glow in the Dark/:

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  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Enhanced durability
  • Track control functionality
  • Glow in the dark

Love it nice n loud as all skull candy items are instructions are there you gotta really look tho lol.

I bought this as a christmas present for my sister and thought it was so great i bought one for myself too. The sound this thing produces is immense, you wouldn’t believe something that small could get that much volume but it does.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent!!
  • Recommended
  • Great little portable speaker

Good sound given its small size.

Good sound, but difficult to pair with many devices including apple and samsung phones and tablets.

Bought this for my daughter’s ipad. Very easy to connect and good sound. Not too loud but excellent for her bedroom where she can listen to her tunes without worrying about headphones. Most importantly she loves it.

So easy to connect to my iphone. Amazing sound as good as skull candy headphone 😃10/10.

Brilliant speaker, sound quality is good (and loud) connects easily to most devices, can’t recommend enough.

Sounds good and volume is decent. Can only connect to one device at a time. Everytime you want to connect another device you have to keep holding button which is annoying if you have to change device.

Good product, fast delivery.

Ideal for taking on holiday.

Bought as a present for my 11 yo son who loves it.

Easy to setup and pair, it looks great and sounds pretty good for its size. It won’t fill the room with sound, but its perfectly adequate and good for picnics, small gatherings etc. It’s great to toss in your bag and have handy for when you want to play something for friends on the go, for example.

Amazing speaker :d for 12 pounds this speaker sounds like it’s worth much more x3.

Very good design, easy to use but no perfect sound.

This speaker is hands down the best bluetooth speaker i have ever owned. It gets really loud, and on max on both the speaker and my phone, it doesn’t distort the audio. This item is a must have for and audiophile.

Easy to carry, light and cool one.

Impressive sound for such a tiny speaker. I can’t get my computer to work with it, but fine with apple iphones, samsung phones and ipods.

Skullcandy Shrapnel Splash and Drop Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Rechargeable Portable Speaker – Camo/Olive/Slate – Fantastic sound quality

I have had it around a week now and i use it around the house. Its sturdy, really easy to use and i’ve paired it up with all my devices at home. Its good that you can take a call on it, i haven’t had the need to do this yet but seems a useful extra. It’s loud enough for its size and the sound quality is good. I can see it being a really good item to take on your travels with you. I got mine for £25 so i feel it was a bargain.

Love this speaker so much i bought another one, excellent product turns your phone into a boom box. On full volume no distortion. You will not be disappointed.

Sound is not as clear as i expected. Haven’t tested shock and water yet, but otherwise seems good as promised. Will update my review as soon as i try the rest of the features.

This is an awesome piece of kit. Its surprisingly loud and is good quality. The battery life is excellent, i charge it via my phone micro usb and i use this everyday when i am getting ready for work and i charge it about once a month, battery life is excellent. Skullcandy have really delivered on this and i absolutely love it.

A decent product for the price. Brilliant sound quality and volume. Connects easily and quickly. The advanced features (microphone, track skip, pause, etc) put this above any other speaker i’ve purchased before.

We travel a lot and we needed a sturdy wee bluetooth speaker and this is brilliant. I love skullcandy products and this did not disappoint. The sound quality is really good, it feels sturdy and the battery life is great.

  • I love it.
  • Great piece of kit!
  • Great wee speaker.

Bought for my husband for christmas to listen whilst fishing. Great size, easy to set up and being camouflaged is a bonus for a fisherman. Only used at the weekend so can not comment on battery life.

Brilliant speaker, well built, sound quality is better than any bluetooth speaker i’ve ever had. It’s so good this is the second one i’ve purchased and the first one is still going strong. I’ve taken it abroad and it’s usually found at the bottom of my backpack so takes a good beating. Also used at pool side so is splash proof too.

Sound is good until you compare with jbl or boss, sound is 5w it suitable for small rooms.

Features of Skullcandy Shrapnel Splash and Drop Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Rechargeable Portable Speaker – Camo/Olive/Slate

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  • Bluetooth ready – stay connected up to 33 feet
  • Up to 10 hours of playback
  • Splash and drop resistant – can combat the elements
  • Built-in mic for taking calls
  • Beast mode – hold + and – to get even louder

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Skullcandy Shrapnel Wireless Portable Speaker

Tough as Nails with Sound That Hammers

Get the party started wherever you go with Shrapnel. This drop-resistant, splash-resistant Bluetooth speaker is light enough to carry around and tough enough to withstand abuse. You can easily answer calls with the on-board mic. Go ahead, turn it up.

Perfect for:

Strap it to your belt when you rock climbing or hook it to your backpack while going hiking. This portable speaker is great for everyday use around the house.

Skullcandy 2015

We celebrate the risk-takers; innovators and pioneers; those who break from the herd and forge their own path. We celebrate them living life on their terms and the soundtracks that inspire them. They motivate us to be uncompromising, unapologetic, to express ourselves and stay true to who we are no matter the consequences.

To live at full volume.

Features:

  • Drop-Resistant
  • Splash-Resistant
  • Bluetooth Wireless
  • On-Board Mic for Calls
  • Supreme Sound
  • Track Control Functionality
  • Rechargeable Battery

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Bluetooth ready –

Up to 10 hours of playback

Splash and drop resistant –

Built-in mic for taking calls

Skullcandy Barricade Mini Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – /Dark /Tan, Five Stars

Well amazed with this speaker, great sound and great battery life. Highly recommend it to everyone.

Bought this for my son to use for something that won’t break easily and can live up to the lifestyle he has and it has not failed. It’s a great 5 watt speaker with clear sound that doesn’t become muffled when you turn up the volume to full. It is light and can take a battering and it’s great that it’s really water proof so he take it to the beach and not need to worry about it. Lovely little speaker and great value for money, we did by the skull candy shrapnel but it wasn’t loud enough for him. Definitely worth the extra £10 for the extra two watts. Would recommend this for people with a budget of £50 and below.

Awesome for such a small speaker.

Comments from buyers

“I tried 4 speakers side by side get this one!
, Good speaker , fair price
, Good base

Amazing sound and base for such a speaker.

Brought as a replacement for one that had stopped charging up. Previous one had lasted for years, hope this one does too. Excellent sound and quality, would recommend to anyone.

The sound is great for this size. I’m really pleased with the product.

12 year old son very pleased with the sound.

Great for the price, use all the time.

Loved it so much i bought a spare for my daughter who kept stealing mine. Really good sound quality and easy to connect.

Excellent just need to try it next but christmas present so will have to see now tried and tested easy to set up and great sounds would recommend.

Perfect for my son’s bedroom.

I send a lot of time traveling due work and work in some harsh weather conditions which can change day. Have dropped it, flooded it and it still keeps banging out those tunes while i work.

Great sound and easy to set up.

If you are after quality, don’t bother with this one. I bought 4 different speakers from amazon (3 from warehouse and 1 brand new) to test. Long story short, get the skullcandy barricade mini. Anker soundcore mini sounded very. Jbl go+ was very good by itself, but next to the skullcandy, it’s not good enough. Sc barricade sounds a bit richer, more ‘meat’ to the sound comparatively.

Great product from skullcandy, slightly larger than expected but more than happy with it.

Easy to use, great sound quality.

Skullcandy Barricade Mini Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – – Great speaker, good quality

Loved it so much i bought a spare for my daughter who kept stealing mine. Really good sound quality and easy to connect.

I send a lot of time traveling due work and work in some harsh weather conditions which can change day. Have dropped it, flooded it and it still keeps banging out those tunes while i work.

Excellent just need to try it next but christmas present so will have to see now tried and tested easy to set up and great sounds would recommend. Here are the specifications for the Skullcandy Barricade Mini Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker –:

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  • Delivers seamless integration with any Bluetooth enabled device
  • Skip the cord and listen longer with up to 6 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • With emphasis on the low end, a passive radiator helps create powerful and dynamic sound across all types of music
  • Unphased by a little water, the adventure-ready, IPX5 water-resistant design is ready for anything
  • Play, pause, control volume and cycle through tracks

Great product from skullcandy, slightly larger than expected but more than happy with it.

Perfect for my son’s bedroom.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • I tried 4 speakers side by side get this one!
  • Good speaker , fair price
  • Five Stars

If you are after quality, don’t bother with this one. I bought 4 different speakers from amazon (3 from warehouse and 1 brand new) to test. Long story short, get the skullcandy barricade mini. Anker soundcore mini sounded very. Jbl go+ was very good by itself, but next to the skullcandy, it’s not good enough. Sc barricade sounds a bit richer, more ‘meat’ to the sound comparatively.

Amazing sound and base for such a speaker.

Easy to use, great sound quality.

Great for the price, use all the time.

Well amazed with this speaker, great sound and great battery life. Highly recommend it to everyone.

Great sound and easy to set up.

Bought this for my son to use for something that won’t break easily and can live up to the lifestyle he has and it has not failed. It’s a great 5 watt speaker with clear sound that doesn’t become muffled when you turn up the volume to full. It is light and can take a battering and it’s great that it’s really water proof so he take it to the beach and not need to worry about it. Lovely little speaker and great value for money, we did by the skull candy shrapnel but it wasn’t loud enough for him. Definitely worth the extra £10 for the extra two watts. Would recommend this for people with a budget of £50 and below.

The sound is great for this size. I’m really pleased with the product.

Awesome for such a small speaker.

12 year old son very pleased with the sound.

Skullcandy Barricade Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – /Transparent : Great quality portable waterproof speaker – a little limited in bass and quite pricey

I’ve had quite few bluetooth speakers at various price points. This one is quite expensive for a smaller speaker, but i think it is good value as i have found the performance to be outstanding. The dimensions are fairly square. It’s a little shorter than and iphone 6 and a little wider, and the depth is about the same as the width of the iphone. It sits nicely either landscape or portrait. There are simple controls along one side with power, volume, and connect/answer (i’ve not used it for voice calls). There is a rubber cover to the ports (as the speaker is water resistant) offering aux in and out, the charging port and a usb out to charge other devices (not really much use). Taking into account the size of the unit i think the sound quality is excellent and smooth. Bass will never rattle the windows on small speakers but i found it perfectly acceptable. The kids really like it to take out with them and for a bedroom speaker it’s a great option.

Easy to set up, despite fairly poor instructions being provided. Volume up and down controls are obvious. I prefer to use my tablet or phone to change tracks, although this can be done using the volume controls. Sound for a box this size is excellent and certainly loud enough for my needs, although some other reviewers have questioned this. Haven’t dunked it to see if it’s waterproof, but have used it out in the garden and wouldn’t be too worried if it was caught in a shower. Overall, very good, versatile little speaker. Don’t know i’d want to lug it about on walks and the like, but for static outdoor activities, camping, caravaning, fishing and the like, it certainly would be a useful addition. Skullcandy barricade portable speaker – black/transparent.

Skullcandy Barricade Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Black/Transparent

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  • Delivers seamless integration with any Bluetooth enabled device
  • Skip the cord and listen longer with up to 8 hours of rechargeable battery life
  • A 10 W speaker and dual passive radiators work in concert to create powerful, dynamic sound with low end bass
  • A rugged design that’s impact resistant, buoyant and IPX7 waterproof up to 3 feet underwater
  • Multi-speaker connect: Connect multiple speakers for music as loud as you like

Lots of connectivity options: aux, aux out, micro usb and usb. I have tested it listening to trance from the ‘markus schulz – global dj broadcast’. Kick drums and basslines sound very punchy. I really liked using this for netflix. You can hear all small details. Moving the speaker face up will help disperse the sound. Filling a bigger area, making it more immersive.

Good sound quality goes about aloud as my sonos 1. Slightly bigger than expected but at the same time nicely compact.

I’m very, very pleased with this. I started off by using it in our kitchen while cooking, paired with my windows mobile phone (a nokia lumia 930). Mainly for things like podcasts and audio books – and the occasional blast of music. It pairs very quickly with my phone, has great sound quality, and when you want to blast out a few songs, has actually pretty impressive power for it’s size. Just that, on it’s own, was enough to make it an incredibly useful addition to our kitchen. And then i figured out that you can actually make calls with it. If i receive a call on my phone, the music / audio book stops, and when i answer the call the barricade acts as a handsfree bluetooth unit – and according to my wife, the quality on the other end is actually pretty good. These two things are pretty awesome, and totally sell the unit to me. And then i figured out that it can take an 8 hour charge, and that i could take it with me in the car, or on a camping trip, or to a hotel room. On top of that, it looks good, and it’s robust. Skullcandy – it’s a great product, really. Very pleased to have one, and i’d give it six stars if i could.

Skullcandy Barricade Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Black/Transparent : Good quality for the money very pleased.

Very handy and sturdy device. I haven’t tested it in water yet as i don’t want to really test fate. It’s not too big either so i can pack it to take away as i can’t sleep without something playing in the background so this is very handy. As it runs off a rechargeable batteries so don’t have to scrabble around for a nearby plug. It has a nice clean sound and can get very loud as well so i can use it at guide meetings.

Amazing sound quality for such a compact speaker.

The skullcandy barricade is an excellent portable speaker. It’s reasonably small – about 10 by 12 by 8 cm – yet the 10w speaker still provides a loud punchy sound, more so than its dimensions might suggest. The speaker grill is metal, the main body plastic with a rubberised top, bottom and edges. A rubber port protector over the various sockets, rubberised buttons on top and a raised rubber ridge on the base means it sits firmly wherever it’s put. Advertised as ipx7 water resistant – which actually means it should survive full immersion. With that in mind it would easily withstand a heavy rainshower with no trouble. The aforementioned ports consist off a 3. 5mm out (allowing dual connection of speakers), a mini usb port for charging the speaker and a full size usb port which can be used to charge another device.

The sound quality and volume ranges are very good. The connection via bt is ok – i live in a flat and can get a signal 2 thirds of the way from one end to the other (or if i put my tablet in the middle i can move the speaker to every room and with doors shut). There are only a couple of buttons and the work intuitively this is not too small but also not obtrusive. Currently it is hanging on a kitchen cupboard door. This is a marked improvement over listening to my tablets speakers. It loses a star because i would love it to have micro sd card reader and then it would be perfect.

What’s good:sturdy and well-madewaterproofergonomic controlsthoughtful design toucheswhat’s not so good:output power for charging a device is too low to be usefulbass performance is limitedan integral card-reader would have been a nice featureexpensive compared to competitionpackaging could be betteri really like this little speaker. What it lacks in bass performance and wholesome sound, it easily makes up in sensible design and seemingly great build quality. After demolishing the outer packaging to get in (which could really be improved upon) you are presented with a nice compact boxy speaker which has a good sturdy feel about it. There are slightly rubberised feet on two sides to help it sit stably on a surface, and there is a useful canvas hook on one side. The controls are simple with a power button, a plus and minus button which double up as track advance and track rewind, and a middle button that functions as the play/pause or call answer button. Under a water-sealing flap there are the charge in micro usb socket, as well as a full-size usb output socket – this is a bit of a non-starter for me because it cannot put out enough power to make it useful, especially given the power draw of most modern audio-hosting devices such as smartphones. For an older phone that doesn’t require strong charging power it might be sufficient. Connection can be made either with a 3. 5mm audio jack (in which case the waterproofing will be compromised), or via bluetooth. I generally use bluetooth and found the performance to be perfectly adequate.

Skullcandy SCS7BUGW-446 Speckletacular Soundmine 2015 Rugged Wireless Rechargeable Bluetooth Portable Speaker – /Mint/Grey – Bought for my daughter (15) and she is very happy with it

I bought this as a christmas present for my sister and thought it was so great i bought one for myself too. The sound this thing produces is immense, you wouldn’t believe something that small could get that much volume but it does.

Exactly as described , quite powerful and good looking.

Easy to carry, light and cool one. Here are the specifications for the Skullcandy SCS7BUGW-446 Speckletacular Soundmine 2015 Rugged Wireless Rechargeable Bluetooth Portable Speaker – /Mint/Grey:

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    by entering your model number.
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Enhanced durability
  • Track control functionality
  • Supreme sound

Cant wrong for price most social even are ne wit out one of these, better in small plaes thou.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent!!
  • Bought for my daughter (15) and she is very happy with it
  • Recommended

This speaker is hands down the best bluetooth speaker i have ever owned. It gets really loud, and on max on both the speaker and my phone, it doesn’t distort the audio. This item is a must have for and audiophile.

Good sound given its small size.

Its a strong little speaker, not much to say about it really. The design is fun and the sound quality is excellent.

Love it nice n loud as all skull candy items are instructions are there you gotta really look tho lol.

Bought for my daughter (15) and she is very happy with it. Sound quality is great for the size, the build quality is excellent, and battery length is very impressive. One thing to note is that the buttons are actually on the bottom and double as feet, the symbols on the top are just decorative, therefore it needs to be on a flat surface so that when you press the symbol on top the button is pushed underneath.

Good product, fast delivery.

Great quality, very easy to use.

Use it almost everyday for watching things on the laptop.

Very good design, easy to use but no perfect sound.

Sounds good and volume is decent. Can only connect to one device at a time. Everytime you want to connect another device you have to keep holding button which is annoying if you have to change device.

So easy to connect to my iphone. Amazing sound as good as skull candy headphone 😃10/10.

Bought this for my brother, he loves it, works well and not bad sound quality.

Very loud, good sound quality, i love it.

Impressive sound for such a tiny speaker. I can’t get my computer to work with it, but fine with apple iphones, samsung phones and ipods.

Not bad, not exactly the best sound quality.

Ideal for taking on holiday.