The VAVA Voom 20 Bluetooth speaker is fantastic. I’ve tested a lot of Bluetooth speakers over the years, and while they are convenient they often lack in the sound department. When I powered up the VAVA Voom 20 and heard the first few notes out of it, a smile instantly hit my face – this was going to be good. Now, it’s not all perfect. There’s one major downside, but for $80 US, this might just be the best Bluetooth speaker dollar for dollar.
VAVA Voom 20 Design
Measuring 7.6″ long (19.2 cm), 2.9″ wide (7.4 cm) and 2.4″ high (6.2 cm), the Voom 20 is similar to the UE Boom 2, the JBL Flip 3 and others. With an all black design, the top and bottom feature a soft feeling rubber. The speakers themselves are covered with a metal grate. The speaker feels durable and somewhat heavy, weighing in at 680g. For comparison UE Boom 2 is 548g and the JBL Flip 3 is 454g. The top features integrated power, battery indicator, play/pause, and volume controls. It also has an indicator light for the Bluetooth and displays where the NFC spot is. The VAVA Voom 20 is IPX5 certified splashproof speaker, meaning it can stand a little water but avoid submerging it. We’ll get more into how some of these features perform below, but design wise – impressed.
VAVA Voom 20 Sound Quality
This is what REALLY matters about a speaker and the first clue about how it performs hits you immediately. When you first power up the Voom 20, it plays a short hum along with a hit of bass. It’s nothing notable in the grand scheme of things, but you HEAR the bass on that tiny sound. It’s a little bit like walking by a bakery – you get the hint of good things. The VAVA Voom 20 has two 8-watt drivers (facing forward), along with two passive subwoofers (one on either side).
Together, they put out some of the BEST sound quality I’ve experienced. We’re talking about crystal clear audio, powerful table vibrating bass and it plays it LOUD! When I say loud I mean it – at its loudest it hit 105 dB. Again, compared to the above the UE Boom 2 hits 88dB while the JBL Flip 3 hits 90dB. It does so without compromising sound quality too – there is little to no ‘hum’ present at higher levels. What’s most amazing is that this is splashproof. Usually, when you start to factor in water resistance, you sacrifice sound quality big time. Does the VAVA Voom 20 offer amazing sound quality? Yes, it does!
VAVA Voom 20 Features
As mentioned, this is an IPX5 splashproof speaker. I took a cup of water and tossed it at the speaker, no problems. Tried it a few more times, same result. The back port covers seem to be the weak point. It’s the clear easiest point of entry for water. Speaking of that cover, you will find three ports underneath. A 3.5mm AUX line, a microUSB charging port, and a 5V/1A USB charging port that enables you to charge your phone. It’s a nice feature – although, if you’re running the speaker and charging at the same time battery life is going to be shorter. (More on that below).
Through Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, you’re able to connect up to two devices making it easy to swap between the two. The NFC addition is also pretty nice and works well. It should also uses aptX for its audio codec. The speaker comes with a lifetime warranty, which is impressive in today’s market of ‘1-year’ offerings. I do have one problem with the feature set – and it’s actually a missing feature that nearly all competitors have: track skipping. Usually, you tap the pause/play button 2 times in a row and it skips the track, the VAVA Voom 20 has no such feature.
VAVA Voom 20 Battery
The Voom 20 packs a large 5200mAh battery, which gives it an advertised battery life between 8-10 hours at 50% volume. In my tests, at about 50% volume, I was getting about 6-8 hours of playback. At full volume, that number was down to about 5 hours. When playing at 50% and charging my phone at the same time it was down under 5 hours.
The numbers aren’t impressive on their own in my opinion for such a large battery, but when you compare it to the sound I’m more forgiving. That said, I’m not impressed with the charge time – 6 hours to fully charge the battery. Again, I get it – it’s a large battery… but 6 hours is a long time.
The VAVA Voom 20 is a great speaker that retails for $80US. It packs a 5200mAh battery, loud sound, IPX5 splashproofing and top notch sound quality. this speaker, dollar for dollar is probably one of the best on the market. There are only two downsides: the lack of a track skip, and slow charging time (6 hours).