AOMAIS may not have the name recognition of Harman Kardon, Bose, or Bang & Olufsen, but in the short time they’ve been in the game, they’ve managed to carve out a niche making affordable speakers that sound like their more expensive counterparts. We tested a few AOMAIS speakers and the Sport II was the clear favorite in the $ category.
Small speakers typically suffer from a tinny sound that completely lacks bass, but the AOMAIS Sport II delivers a relatively rich sound range. It’s not going to rattle the windows, but unlike many others in this range, there was a fullness to the sound that was uncharacteristically deep. While testing, we didn’t just play music — we played everything from podcasts to phone calls, even films. The AOMAIS Sport II punched through the ambient noise and made itself heard, which was no small feat.
The exterior of the speaker has tough rubberized edges and a metal mesh that covers the two 10-watt speakers. Weighing in just under 1.5 pounds, this thing can easily handle a rough-and-tumble life, bouncing around inside a backpack or balancing on bicycle handlebars. We literally threw it against a wall while it was playing and there was no interruption in the sound. It seems to be a glutton for punishment.
Speaker fact: One of the key factors that determine how loud a speaker can get is wattage. A lot of times you’ll see this in the product description: “50-watt subwoofer!” This refers to how much power the speaker draws. Basically, the higher that number is, the louder the speaker can get.
The AOMAIS Sport II packs in two speakers at 10 watts each for a total of 20 watts, a rarity in the $ category. This gives it the power to pump up the volume and still be heard no matter what’s happening around it. The IPX7 rating means that it can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes and suffer no ill effects, as long as you close the charging-port cover.
The battery charges in a flash, provided you define “a flash” as “about 2.5 hours. That charge lasts up to 12 hours, depending on factors like volume; playing it at full volume drains the battery in about seven hours. It can even be paired with other AOMAIS speakers to create a true “surround” sound.
At just under $36, this little thing can’t be beat. It makes a great gift for anyone who wants to bring their music wherever they go. From the beach to the bathroom, the AOMAIS Sport II is an awesome option that sounds like it costs WAY more.