Skullcandy Barricade Mini Bluetooth Speaker Review 2021.
Skullcandy Barricade Mini: Are you a freak for music wherever you go? You want to be able to listen to your music without fuse. The Skullcandy Mini Bluetooth might just be be want you need.
It delivers the rugged construction and classic, clean design of it’s bigger siblings, but in an ultra-portable size. Impact and water resistant, this Bluetooth speaker also packs up to 6 long hours of rechargeable battery life.
The key to Bluetooth speakers is knowing what you want. They’re all built for different reasons. The big, heavy-duty ones aren’t the sorts of speakers you want to be putting in your luggage for your trip overseas.
That’s where speakers like the Skullcandy Barricade Mini come in. It’s a genuinely portable Bluetooth speaker as it’s lightweight, robustly built and capable of delivering audio that gives your movies something extra over typical tablet speaker systems.
At 3.6 x 3.8 x 2.6 inches, the Skullcandy Barricade Mini is nicely compact, fitting comfortably in hand luggage or laptop carry case.
The Mini is the smallest of the Barricade family which features the classic Barricade and the Barricade XL.
Skullcandy Barricade Design
The Barricade measures 15.4cm x 8.3 x 22.5cm (HxWxD) and so is quite compact. The Barricade sits between its siblings, the Barricade Mini and Barricade XL.
It certainly looks like it’s ready for adventure. The one I have here is grey with a lime green backplate.
The front is equipped with a steel mesh grille in a gunmetal colour.
Along the top sits minus and plus symbol buttons either side a round multifunction one. The latter also features the skull logo.
Following on from the buttons there is a mic hole and indication light. Finally, literally on the edge, is the power button.
All of the buttons are underneath the outer skin so as not to let any dust or liquid in.
Beneath the power button is a pale grey flap. Here you’ll find an aux in and aux out port, a mini USB port and then a full-sized USB for charging your other devices.
This is a go anyway speaker. It is rugged and portable. The fabric strap makes it easy to carry around.
Its rubberized outer skin not only protects it from the wet stuff but it also shirks off any bumps or knocks.
Then there is the water resistance. Many portable speakers lack this feature. The thing is, especially in the UK, what’s the point of having a portable speaker if have to hide it away when the rain clouds start to loom?
If water isn’t your problem then you probably have friends like mine. With that I mean spilled booze is probably more of a worry. So, water resistance is definitely a selling point for any serious party speaker. Being waterproof is even better!
One thing particularly unique like about this speaker is the fact it’s waterproof. While on a business trip in Europe, you can paused a film and started streaming music through the speaker from the iPad.
Taking the speaker with me into the bathroom while I showered I accidentally dropped the speaker in the shower while it was on and the speaker got soaking wet.
But this well-built audio device took both the drop and the shower like a champion.
It continued playing and, after re-reading the instructions, I understood that the water would have no adverse affect on it because it’s waterproof.
- Can distort on deep bass tracks at high volumes
Whenever you’re talking compact audio equipment, the sound quality will inevitably suffer a bit.
This is simply because there is not enough space for some of the parts that make premium home stereo systems so exceptional.
Audio technology has come a long way, however, and sound quality in portable or compact audio equipment is always improving.
Skullcandy has optimized the Barricade Mini’s sound quality in a few ways.
The first way is through its strategic size. There are a lot of portable speakers out there much smaller than the Barricade Mini, but what these speakers gain in compatibility they lose in sound quality.
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