5 Stars By Xmeromotu on 2016-05-21
This tough little guy rocks
Wow. I've had a couple of fairly expensive and a couple of inexpensive Bluetooth speakers. This one is the best, and priced in the middle. I'd say that makes it a great deal.
First, let's remember the limitations of Bluetooth speakers:
1. The music source is usually your phone, which has used very "lossy" compression to be stored on your device. So it's not particularly crisp and much of the subtlety has been permanently lost.
2. It requires a digital-to-analog converter to turn the electronic signal into sound. I spent more than the cost of this Fugoo for just the converter in my home stereo (it's a Schitt Bifrost, by the way, also a steal for audiophiles).
3. Bluetooth itself loses a lot of fidelity - compare using a wire and using Bluetooth in your car, if you have the music Bluetooth connection in your vehicle.
Given these significant limitations, the sound from this little thing is amazing! If you need something louder than this, use headphones or wire up some real speakers. I've played opera, hard rock, acoustic, jazz and classical music through it in the first hours, and all are represented quite faithfully.
It has good tonal balance and delivers sound that is as good as anyone could expect from such a tiny box. If you don't think it delivers bass, put it in the corner of a room (this will reinforce the bass for any speaker). I can hear cymbals, sibilance and snares (yeah, I'm a drummer).
Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
5 Stars By Keith Beier on 2014-07-29
Scoured every review on the internet for every top bt speaker in every category and am extremely satisfied with this bad boy.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I have read every review here and accross the internet for the Fugoo, UE Boom, Creative Roar, TDK A33, Libratone Zipp, both Bose, three Klipsch, Nyne Bass, Big Jambox and G-Boom. So many to choose from and no store nearby to hear them all. It really came down to the Boom and the Fugoo because of reviewed sound quality, size, and splash proofedness.
I really wanted to buy the Roar, but its not really a beach/camping/travel type speaker.
The Nyne Bass was simply too big. Maybe if it were just going to sit on a mantle, but I have a receiver and speakers in that case.
The TDK was in the running till the end, but appeared to be a notch or two below the Fugoo and The Boom. Battery tech/life specifically.
I think the Mini Bose is ugly. The Big Bose lacked battery life and sportyness. And honestly not a fan of bose.
I was so concerned about sound, I really considered the Zipp. I really believe it has the best sound quality from my "research", but no bluetooth, 4 hour battery, and its too delicate to toss around in a bag or cooler or have kids play with it.
The G-Boom seems too big also, but such a great price and such good reviews. If it was jobsite only, pretty sure this one would be a no-brainer, but I work in an office.
For the Klipsch 3 its too big. Andrew Luck is a big guy and it still looks huge in his arms. D batteries . . . really?
Klipsch 1 had several bad reviews here on amazon that I believed. One compares it unfavorably to the Boom. If its even in the same sound neighborhood and over $100 more than the Boom . . .
Klipsch Gig, too many bad reviews.
The Big Jambox has been out for like 3 years. They should rev it yearly and call it the Big Jambox III or something, like Bose does, to make me at least feel like they updated the tech. If they had, I probably wouldn't have even done the research and just bought that one right of the bat.
UE Boom and Fugoo checked all the boxes. The only complaint I heard about the Fugoo was loudness which it sounded like it was addressed in several firmware updates. It had the best battery, most water proof, and maybe eensy bit better fidelity. So I bought it. The few days it took to receive, I was concerned that I should have bought the Boom.
I opened the box, paired, put on some pink floyd. It sounded fantastic but definitely played way too quiet. I had it turned up all the way, 3 feet from my wife and she didn't even yell at me to turn it down. From someone who gets angry when I chew too loud, that is saying something. I went to the website, downloaded firmware and put it on there. Painless 5 minutes. I could probably piss her off from the next room now.
I'm very happy. Its impressive engineering that they get the bass and sound quality from something so relatively small. It meets all my needs. I can't say if its better than the Boom, but I'm not really worried about it.
Hope this helps.
5 Stars By Debra Houde on 2016-06-15
Small Form but Big Sound
Let's face the facts: 1) I'm a self-proclaimed audiophile 2) I have tried many different headphones, stereos, and Bluetooth speakers, and 3) This is one of my favorite devices.
When the Fugoo Tough arrived at first, I was not sure what to think, because the speaker was quite small, and if you know much about speakers, you know that it is very difficult and quite rare to get a high-quality sound out of a small form. But then I paired it with my phone and started playing some music, and man was I blew away. The thing actually managed to shake the counter it was placed on, and that was before updating it to the new firmware which includes a 'loud mode'. This wasn't your classic Bluetooth speaker sound either, because it actually managed to have extremely high-quality sound throughout the entire volume range. I was especially impressed by the lows coming out of the small speakers. The fact that it has 360 degree sound is another plus, and it makes a great speaker for parties or other activities.
The primary reason I bought this was to take on a boat because it is rugged and waterproof. And for this task, I would recommend no other speaker. The small size actually made it easy to place the speaker where it wouldn't fall or get lost, and it was loud enough to be heard clearly when cruising full throttle over 30 mph. And if the waves splashed at us, I did not need to worry about keeping my new $160 speaker safe, which allowed me to focus more on driving and navigating the waters.
Overall, this speaker surprised me, and now I use it more often than I anticipated, and I would feel confident taking this speaker nearly anywhere with me.
4 Stars By LSM on 2017-08-03
I really wanted to like it, but even after an update
I really wanted to like it, but even after an update, I saw no difference in loudness as promised and tested it with 4 different devices (iOS and Droid). Overall the sound was pretty good, and I do mean pretty good for a speaker it's size, but I own the Oontz Angle 3 Plus (around $35), and although it doesn't have all the bass of the fugoo, it's close. Inside, This would be a very nice speaker, but outside not so much. I must say the packaging of the fugoo is overboard, especially of you're a tree hugger. I do have several friends that have this, and love it for the beach (a beach in Iowa!!), and it's ability to handle many environmental follies you may expose it to. Even though I sent it back, it's a very nice speaker, just not what I was looking for
5 Stars By Jeff on 2017-05-05
Worth paying up for the quality
I am happy with the loudness and the sound quality of this speaker. It is hard to believe it could last as long as 40 hours with how small it is. What sold me on it was the YouTube videos and reviews here along with the idea of the mounting options that come with it, even though the bike mount is maybe the only one I would use. I went with the Tough because while I take care of my things, I don't want to have to buy it again because of some water or a drop. I almost want to buy the XL to see how loud it goes, but I think I will just stick with this one. Other than cheap Bluetooth speakers, this is the only one I own that is of quality, so I cant speak on others in this price range or higher...
I was not a fan of Bluetooth speakers at all because of the poor sound quality you get with them. But I have friends come over and to shoot bball sometimes and thought it would be nice to buy a bookshelf system or a Milwaukee/Dewalt jobsite radio to listen to music while outside. I did some research and came across the Monster outdoor Bluetooth radio and decided to look at higher end portable speakers instead of the $40-$60 range of disappointing crap out there... That's when I found this Fugoo Tough being small and a lot of reviews that said it had good sound. I went with this one because it seemed on Youtube videos that people were saying it had better sound and lived up to the waterproof and drops. I can say that this is not as loud as the Milwaukee jobsite radio that my dad has but it is loud enough to fill a room and the area where we shoot bball (which is not a full court, closer to half). I don't have a song that sounds bad on full volume, unless you don't like that actual sound which is always a debate. I also never fails wherever I put a beverage, phone, or radio that the ball finds a way to hit them so being that it can take a hit and withstand some rain I don't have to worry about it breaking. This probably wouldn't satisfy a backyard party but maybe a patio or just hanging out in a room. One of the pages here kind of implied it was a radio in the "technical details" area, which to me means AM/FM but as far as I can tell this is not an option.
5 Stars By Roy on 2017-07-20
Great Little Speaker
I purchased this to connect to my phone or Echo dot for better sound, and it does not dissapoint. The sound is clear and full for a speaker this size, and it gets plenty loud. I can connect it to my dot and take it anywhere in the house to keep the sound with me. It doesn't go far outside, but not much does through my metal siding. If the source us also outside, it goes pleny far for my yard.
Although I can't confirm the battery life as I use it over many days for different durations, it blows my previous speakers away. I won't go out of my way to test it's durability (many videos available for that), it does feel solid, and I feel confident in bringing it anywhere knowing that it would survive a drop or a dunk.
The icing on the cake was I found out this was originally a $200 speaker from other reviews, and now it's only $90 at my time of purchase. A great deal as I think it sounds just as good as the ones in the store closer to the original price.
4 Stars By Georgie on 2016-10-29
I love this little guy!
This speaker is perfect for my needs. I have an off the grid vacation cabin with no electricity, so a 40 hour battery sounded like heaven. The sound is great (sorry, no technical reviews from me, just a happy music listener) the battery has been lasting for loooong times (although I haven't actually timed it), it's an inobtrusive size - it's pretty perfect. My one and only complaint is that every time you turn it on or off it tells you that it's powering on or off - and it does so very LOUDLY. And that has nothing to do with the volume you have the speaker set to. It's just flat out LOUD and annoying. There is absolutely no need whatsoever for that. But, other than that, after using it for a month, I love it.
4 Stars By J. Choponis on 2017-09-23
This is a great find - had been looking at several other speaker types for awhile and was underwhelmed by features & price combinations.
This one had a great price (for under $100) and runs for a long time and is loud enough to be useful.
The only thing that annoys me a bit is the power on/off sounds that say "speaker is on", etc. - this seems unnecessary and makes extra unwanted noise. You can't turn this thing on or off without everyone around you knowing about it. I can live with that though.
3 Stars By Carol Robinson on 2015-12-18
Fugoo gonna get 'dat wallet! Not so fast!!!
Talk about HYPE! I ordered this thinking that if my JBL Flip 2 sounded great at $80 or less, this surely would be incredible at $150 plus! Placed them side by side and gave them a good hour to convince me. The Fugoo is fine. Nothing crappy about the product. But when you read the hype I read, you expect some pretty amazing sound. As an audiophile, the sound of the Fugoo seemed far less pleasing to me than the sound of a $80 Flip 2 ($60 in TJMaxx here lately.) And for those who will state I need to install the firmware update? I did. As soon as I paired mine and it crackled a bit. The firmware fixed the crackling, and I got the cool Australian lady's voice, instead of the dude. But in the end, I packaged that Fugoo up and it went back out to 2DayDeliver today. I just don't get how reviewers could set this so far above the other options. Battery life is reviewed as pretty incredible. However, the Fugoo Style should have been pulled from placement the moment price became a factor. No chance this thing is worth what it is priced at. Really disappointed...
5 Stars By fla-gal on 2015-01-12
Rugged little speaker!
Bought this for my husband for Christmas. He had been looking at portable bluetooth speaker that could stand up to a lot. He already has a Bose Sound Dock with a bluetooth dongle that he uses around the house. It is an incredible speaker but large & not very durable.
He wanted something to take on the boat & to the sand bar without having to worry. This little speaker really fills the bill. He uses it everywhere. We use it on the boat now instead of the boat stereo. We don't have to worry about getting it wet or sandy.(or dropping it!) Just be careful not to drop it overboard as it doesn't float!
The sound is very good. It's not like the bigger Bose, or our home stereo, so don't expect that. But for the size, it sounds great. Also, the volume increased quite a bit after downloading the new firmware. They way it has speakers all the way around, everyone can hear it.
There are videos on youtube demonstrating the durability. Dropped from 14' on concrete, submerged in water for 30 minutes, put in freezer for 5 hours, run over by a mini van. I got the Tough case because I knew it might get some abuse.
Also bought the mount pack so he could use it anywhere. He seems to use the one for the bicycle the most as it also works on the boat rails.
Great little speaker. Hubby is very happy!