At about the size of a to-go coffee mug, House of Marley’s Chant Sport portable speaker offers some big sound with a water-resistant design that makes it a great candidate for use by the pool, beach, or bathroom.
Despite its almost literal pint size, the Chant Sport’s sound is quite impressive with two 4.5-watt 1.75″ drivers along with two passive radiators. This makes for a crisp sound that really works outside, especially because of its 360-degree audio output. It gets very loud without crackling or sounding hollow. My only tiny complaint is that it lacks the deep bass other more expensive speakers offer. You aren’t going to get a lot of lows with this speaker, but since it’s meant to be outside, that doesn’t really matter anyways. What it lacks in bass, it makes up for in useful features.
The Chant Sport is IPX7 water resistant up to one meter and can float, so you don’t have to be a nervous wreck using it around water, be it at the pool or at the beach. I think it’s a great addition to a bathroom, so you can listen to music while getting ready without having to worry about wrecking it with sprinkles of water when getting out of the shower. Battery life isn’t as good as some other competitors, but at eight hours, it’s serviceable.
The look and feel of this speaker is an interesting juxtaposition of natural and synthetic materials. The main body is a blended bio-plastic that has that typical recycled paper look. The silicone top houses the controls — just four simple buttons — and the aluminum housing pulls the look together with a nice Marley logo. It is easy to operate and has a built-in microphone, allowing you to use the Chant Sport as a speakerphone. Audio will mostly be coming in over a Bluetooth connection, but wired connections are possible thanks to Micro USB and 3.5 mm audio ports.
For about $120, the Chant Sport is a solid portable bluetooth speaker. It doesn’t boom super low with bass, but its sound is full, crisp, and loud, without crackling. Being water resistant, it’s also very versatile. Included with the speaker is a cute little carabiner clip, and a USB charging cable. See House of Marley for more info.
The Good: Water-resistant, lightweight, fun design, easy to use, reasonably priced
The Bad: Bass is a little weak