The global market for Bluetooth speakers is growing at 10% a year. By next year it is estimated it will be worth almost $8 billion. If you type ‘Bluetooth speaker’ into Google, it already returns a bewildering 336 million results.
For a Bluetooth speaker to stand out in this already crowded marketplace, it has to be something special.
The Aomais Go Bluetooth Speakers have rapidly acquired a vast following despite such massive competition. Thousands of reviewers have given it top marks for its ‘rugged, waterproof design,’ ‘thumping bass’ and ‘amazing battery life.’
How has Aomais Go become the Bluetooth speaker of choice for so many audiophiles, despite the competition?
Many people have never heard of Aomais. But the company has been around for twenty years and has been making speakers since 2016. In four short years since they started, they have sold over a million Bluetooth speakers.
Their current range consists of three speakers, but for this review, I’ll be concentrating on their highly popular Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers, which they have completely updated for 2020.
There are a lot of Bluetooth speaker reviews, but in this Aomais Go Bluetooth speaker review, I’m going to give you the bad as well as the good, so you can make an informed choice whether or not they are for you.
- What do I like about the Aomais Go?
- What don’t I like about the Aomais Go?
- What do you get alongside the Aomais Go in the box?
- How well is the Aomais Go built and designed?
- What does the Aomais Go sound like?
- How long does the Aomais Go battery last?
- Are Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers waterproof?
- What other features does the Aomais Go have?
- How do I connect my Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers?
- Is the Aomais Go good value?
- Are the Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers right for you?
What do I like about the Aomais Go?
- The integral carry handle – makes a nice change from having to have a separate bag for your Bluetooth speakers. Now you can just grab it and go!
- It’s shock-resistant – and pretty much everything else resistant.
- It’s genuinely waterproof – you can drop it in the pool, and it will still work!
- You can use it to charge your device via the USB port – a lifesaver.
What don’t I like about the Aomais Go?
- It could do with a little more power. However, I appreciate that it would increase the price, and you do have the option to link two in tandem.
- I would have liked the speaker grill to have been the same color as the body when choosing a color other than black. But I suppose the two-tone effect appeals to some people, and it’s a minor niggle.
- Try as I might, not much else.
What do you get alongside the Aomais Go in the box?
- A USB charging cable.
- A 3.5mm audio cable.
- An instruction manual.
How well is the Aomais Go built and designed?
Straight off, the construction of these Aomais speakers makes them stand out from the crowd of similar Bluetooth speakers. The best way I can describe it is they look like an old-school boombox which has had a futuristic makeover.
And I love it. It wouldn’t look out of place in the cab of Tesla’s Cybertruck, and it’s about as tough. It’s dustproof, snowproof, mudproof, waterproof, and shockproof. Unlike the Tesla, however, Aomais don’t claim it to be bulletproof. Maybe that’s something for the designers at Aomais to think about for 2021?
With its sturdy integral handle, it’s a doodle to carry around. Especially as it is only 7 X 1 4 X 4 inches and weighs a mere 62 ounces. Originally it came in only three colors, but thankfully, they have increased this to five:
And what is listed as ‘gentle’ blue in the product info, but which is clearly dark blue to you or me. Although, as I said in the ‘what I don’t like’ section, you’ll have to put up with a black grill whatever color you choose.
Speaking of the grill, behind it are two speakers, each with a passive vent. The vents face front and rear to give a fuller, more balanced sound.
On top of the unit are the controls. The four buttons, like everything else on the Aomais Go, are rubber coated. Despite this, they are easy to use, and they efficiently control all the unit’s functions:
- Play/Pause/Call (when using it as a hands-free speakerphone)
- Volume up (short press) /Next track (long press)
- Volume down (short press) /previous track (long press)
- Power on button
There’s also a blue led that comes on to show the Aomais Go is working and two other LEDs. One is a red charging light, and the other is a blue Bluetooth light.
With this minimalist approach to the controls, it’s great that the LEDs alters to display different functions, rather like the lights on your home router.
Underneath the unit, housed behind a rubber cover, are three connectors:
- A micro USB port.
- A USB port.
- A 3.5mm audio input.
There are also prominent warning stickers you can remove, telling you to ‘remember to seal up the flap for the USB and AUX ports. While you use it in the water, it will damage the device.’
Thankfully, Aomais are better at making Bluetooth speakers than they are at writing warning stickers.
What does the Aomais Go sound like?
The unit comes with two Aomais speakers. They are 45mm, 15-watt full-range drivers, and for 2020 there’s also a new 10-watt tweeter. There are also two passive radiators (the vents I mentioned earlier).
40-watts (the original model had 30) may not sound that much, but the sheer volume the Aomais Go can put out is impressive for such a small unit. It will quickly fill a medium-sized room with punchy party sounds.
And what’s even more impressive is that, unlike some Bluetooth speakers, there’s minimal distortion, even at high volume, which is something of a bugbear of mine. So many Bluetooth speakers have the power in theory, but you can’t use more than two-thirds of it without the music being distorted out of all recognition.
What makes the Aomais Go stand out, though, is the amount of undistorted bass it can kick out with less than 1% total harmonic distortion. A speaker this size is never going to be able to produce an intense bass, but it certainly doesn’t embarrass itself when playing bass-heavy tracks.
The treble is not sacrificed either, being clear and crisp, while the middle ranges are balanced and full. It means the Aomais Go is equally at home playing rap or Mozart, pop, or jazz.
How long does the Aomais Go battery last?
The Aomais Go’s rechargeable battery is another upgrade for 2020. Up from 8800mAh to 10000mAh, it can stream music for a stunning 40 hours, 10 hours longer than the previous version.
Granted, this is at half-volume, but even if you kicked it up to full, that’s still 20 hours, long enough for an all-night rave.
And you won’t have to wait until the following night to start the party again. The battery takes only 3-4 hours to recharge fully, even when fully discharged.
So, it means the Aomais Go is still going to be going strong long after most partygoers have called it a day.
The power led I mentioned earlier tells you different information about the state of the battery:
- When the power indicator light flashes quickly, the battery needs to be charged.
- When the power indicator light flashes slowly, the battery is charging.
- When the power indicator light is stable, the battery is fully charged.
Once the battery is fully charged, the red led will also switch off after a while.
Are Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers waterproof?
Absolutely. It is approved as an ‘IPX7’ waterproof device. IPX7 is an international standard that means the Aomais Go can be fully submerged in water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes without damage.
The only requirement, as I mentioned before, is that you remember to close the waterproof rubber cover that protects the audio in and USB ports from water damage.
So you don’t have to worry about a passing shower if you take your Aomais Go to the park. And you won’t have to pay out for a new one if someone splashes water over it at a pool party. It’ll just shrug it off.
You can take the Aomais Go with you sailing, kayaking, surfing, wakeboarding, or whatever watersports you’re into.
And if you do knock it into the water, that handy handle gives you the best chance of grabbing it before you do lose it.
What other features does the Aomais Go have?
Aomais have built several extra elements into their Go Bluetooth speakers. For a start, they can be used as a hands-free speakerphone.
It also has an excellent karaoke mode for parties. Simply plug a microphone into the audio socket and sing through the speaker. Now you can annoy your roommates and neighbors.
Perhaps best of all, you can pair two speakers together to produce 80 Watts of pumping music. The pairing is straightforward.
- Bring the two speakers within 3 feet of each other.
- Turn both speakers on.
- Push and hold both volume buttons at the same time.
- You will hear a beep from one of the units.
- You will then hear a repeated ‘ding’ from the other unit.
- You can then pair that unit with your Bluetooth device (the blue led flashes faster on the unit you can pair with), and you’re good to go.
Another handy feature is the ability to charge your device from the Aomais Go via the full-sized USB port. I’m forever going out and finding my phone is as near to death as makes no difference exactly when I need it most.
As the Aomais Go’s battery holds its charge so well, there’s usually plenty of juice left over to recharge it. Again it shows just how carefully Aomais have thought about every detail of this speaker. After owning one of these, it would be hard to buy another Bluetooth speaker without this facility.
How do I connect my Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers?
There are two ways to do this, both of them easy. You can use the supplied audio cable if your device has a 3.5mm audio out. If it has an audio out, you can buy a convertor cheaply to change it down.
To connect your device using the cable, simply plug one end into your device’s audio out and the other end into the Aomais Go’s audio in, which is housed at the bottom of the unit.
The red LED will come on and stay on as long as the cable connects to the device. You have to make sure the Aomais Go is not paired to a Bluetooth device, and while your device is connected via the audio cable, the Bluetooth function will not work.
If you want to use your Bluetooth device, then it’s very straightforward:
- On your Bluetooth device go to ‘settings’ and ‘Bluetooth’
- Make sure Bluetooth is on
- Select ‘Aomais Go’ under devices
- The speaker will connect and the blue light flash
That’s it; you’re done. The only thing to remember is not to go more than 33 feet from your Aomais Go. Otherwise, you may lose your pairing.
The 2020 makeover to the Aomais Go also included an upgrade to the Bluetooth. It is now compatible with any Bluetooth 5.0 device or earlier.
You can also use your Aomais Go with Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot:
- To connect for the first time, use the Alexa app on your device.
- Open the app and go to the home menu (press the 3 bars in the upper left corner)
- Press ‘setting’
- Select your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot under devices
- Press Bluetooth
- Select ‘Aomais Go’ under ‘available speakers.’
And you’re set.
If you have the Aomais Go plugged into a USB wall charger, you can even switch it off by saying, “Alexa, disconnect my speaker,” and after 30 seconds, it will turn off.
If you then want to use the Aomais Go again, you’ll need to switch it on manually and then say “Alexa, connect my speaker” or simply “Alexa, pair.”
Is the Aomais Go good value?
Compared to other Bluetooth speakers on the market in the same price band, the Aomais Go Bluetooth speaker price is very reasonable. In fact, in my opinion, the Aomais GO is probably the best Bluetooth speaker for the money. There’s little else that can match it.
- Fully waterproof
- Shock, dust, snow, mud resistant
- 40 watts of bass-driven sound without appreciable distortion
- Handy carry handle
- Funky looks
- Up to 40 hours of playback
- Ability to charge your device from Aomais Go’s USB port
- Karaoke function
- Hands-free speaker
- Ability to pair with another Aomais Go for 80 Watts of pure stereo sound
- Ease of use
The FUGOO Style 2.0 (here at Amazon), for instance, is fully waterproof but has no carry handle and a battery life of only 10 hours, compared to the 30 hours of the Aomais Go.
Similarly, the JBL FLIP 4 (here at Amazon) has no means of easily carrying it around, and for $10 or so more, it still only has 12 hours of playback.
But what about the Aomais Go Bluetooth speaker vs. the JBL Boombox (here at Amazon)? Well, the JBL is certainly as waterproof as the Aomais Go and has more power, but the price puts it out of most people’s budget.
In summary, the Aomais GO Bluetooth speakers are waterproof, portable, and usable indoor and outdoor. All in all, the Aomais gives the most bang, and boom, for your bucks.
Are the Aomais Go Bluetooth speakers right for you?
Yes, if you’re looking for:
- a funky Bluetooth speaker that can fill a room with party sounds at a reasonable volume.
- a rugged, easily portable Bluetooth speaker for the great outdoors.
- a genuinely waterproof Bluetooth speaker to use for watersports or pool parties.
And if you want to check out Bluetooth speakers under $50, here is my top ten list for 2020.