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[Review] Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth Speaker

Back in April of this year, I had the chance to review a Bluetooth speaker from an up and coming company in the portable speaker business. I reviewed their flagship model, which is now known as the Vava Voom 21. Read my review HERE.

After some great success, they have expanded and have introduced another speaker to their lineup – the Vava Voom 20, an ultra compact version similar to their first model, yet it is also has IPX5 waterproof protection.

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So what do I think of the new speaker from VAVA?

Well, first of all, I do a lot of outdoor work at my home, and I often worry that I will forget to bring an expensive bluetooth speaker inside at the end of the day only to find it has been ruined in a rainstorm overnight. This speaker has IPX5 protection. Not familiar with the IPX scale? Well, IPX5 means the speaker can withstand a 6.3 mm spray of water (12.5 liters per minute) in any direction for at least 3 minutes. It also offers a higher degree of dust protection than a normal bluetooth speaker would offer. This gives me some assurance that the speaker will not get damaged in the occasional rainfall that it may be exposed to.

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How does it sound? 

Well, the original speaker has exceptional sound quality. This speaker offers a very compact, yet full sound. It puts out a surprising amount of bass – and you’ll find that you can accentuate it even further by placing the speaker on a hard surface, in a corner, on a wooden shelf, etc. For the small size of this speaker, it really pumps. I previously owned the Bose Soundlink Mini, yet I sold it after finding out about the VAVA lineup. These speakers provide all the bass, portability, and acoustics that I need to throw music around my small, single family home.

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Things I really like about this speaker:

The size is just about perfect, in my opinion. It’s compact, yet hefty. The buttons are under a layer of silicone, and they press firmly. The speaker has a small tone for powering on and off, but doesn’t have any other annoying indicators. It charges with a standard micro USB cable and can also double as a phone/tablet charger. (I also use this speaker to power a small USB powered fan while I camp!) I also like that the speaker can rest on the bottom, or can stand up on either end to save space on a desk or small countertop.

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Suggestions:

I’ve noticed that the VAVA speakers connect easily to my iPhone, yet they don’t display the amount of battery left in the speaker (as many other bluetooth speakers conveniently do). While I like that the speaker doesn’t have any annoying ‘low battery warning’, it would be nice to be notified of a low battery somehow so I can prepare for more music playback during the day.

At the end of this day, this speaker gets two huge thumbs up from me. After using it for a while, I am still impressed by the bass. I have had it playing in an upstairs bedroom and heard the bass from the first floor. The design of the speaker (as well as the packaging) is sleek and attractive.

I give the Vava Voom 20 five out of five stars.

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[REVIEW] VAVA Voom Bluetooth Speaker

A few things I read online had me really excited to try out the VAVA voom speaker. It won the Red Dot Award for product design in 2016. It has built in EQ settings, including a surround sound option. It uses the same power amplifier chip as JBL, Bose, and Creative speakers.

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But I was still prepared to be disappointed. Why? Because I have tried SO MANY Bluetooth speakers in the past 2 or 3 years, and I have found so few that I feel are worthy of keeping. They so often fail to deliver the impressive sound quality that they claim to have. That’s why my main speaker for the past 2 years has been the Bose Soundlink Mini. It delivers amazing sound in a tiny little package, and have since been looking for another brand that can compete with it.

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After opening the heavy duty, yet cleverly designed, packaging, I was able to pair the VAVA Voom with my phone in less than a minute. The manual said to use the passcode “0000” if a code was requested, but I didn’t need one. I turned on some Hippie Sabotage – great music for testing out new speakers because it has a good mix of bass, treble, and different tones of audio samples. I listened for about 15 minutes and was very underwhelmed. And then I remembered the EQ settings! With one click, I was sold on the VAVA Voom. Once ‘standard’ mode switches to “party mode”, the bass kicks a little harder and the sound is just louder and punchier. One more click turns the “surround sound” mode on, which allows the sound to travel in every direction, instead of just out the front of the speaker.

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With any Bluetooth speaker, placement is going to make a big difference in what you hear. I usually try to place mine on a wooden counter, in front of a wall. This ensures that the sound will sound rich and warm, and will allow the sound to bounce off the wall and travel around the room better.

After my first couple days with this speaker, I was completely sold. As far as I am concerned, this is a solid competitor to the Bose Soundlink Mini – at half the cost. It has similar build quality and also has the heft of the Bose speaker. It is very well constructed, solidly built, and even some of the small features such as the rubber base that set it apart from other speakers in the same price category.

From my experience, the “standard” EQ mode works great for softer music, podcasts, or videos. The “surround sound” EQ mode is great for keeping the speaker in the middle of a room and trying to create a lively atmosphere. I use the “party” EQ mode the mode, as it provides a very full sound – it really emphasizes all aspects and really sounds like a small entertainment system.

Other things I love about this speaker:

· It can charge using the supplied power cord OR with a micro USB cable. The power cord will charge in about half the time as the USB cable, though.

· The 6700 mAh battery gives 10 hours (maximum) of music playback. There is also a port on the back of the speaker to charge your phone or device with the speaker.

· The audible notifications are soft and subtle (for powering on, connecting and disconnecting to Bluetooth, etc).

To be honest, I haven’t found a speaker that sounds quite as good as the Bose Soundlink Mini. But the VAVA Voom sounds incredible, and the price cannot be beat. If this were around (and I had heard it) a couple years ago, I would have bought this instead of my Bose speaker.

I give the VAVA voom 5 out of 5 stars. It’s the best bluetooth speaker I have heard in years, and the company stands behind their well-built product with a 180 day money back guarantee. They know they’ve made something great, and it’s nice that it’s not wildly overpriced!

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First, check out the VAVA voom on their website HERE, and then

youu can purcahse the VAVA voom on Amazon HERE.

Full disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product to test and review. This hasn’t influenced or changed my rating or opinion.