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RJ Armadillo Bluetooth Speaker Initial Review: Rugged and Loves the Lows

Yup, RJ Now Makes Bluetooth Speakers!

When the folks over at RJ Electronics reached to us, its safe to say we were shocked to hear that the successful local music store had its own line of Bluetooth speakers, In fact, most of the team asked: “RJ? As in, RJ Guitars?”. Yes, folks. They have their own electronics division now and the first product that they’ve released are the Bluetooth speakers called, the RJ Armadillo.

RJ Armadillo Specifications

  • 2x 5 -Watt Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Shock Resistant
  • IPX6 Water and Dust Resistant
  • 1600mAh Battery
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Working Distance of 10 meters

What’s in the Box?

  • RJ Armadillo Bluetooth Speakers
  • MicroUSB Cables
  • Aux In Cables
  • Carabiner
  • Documentation

Rugged Exterior with a Splash of Color

The RJ Armadillos are touted by the company as “Adventure-Proof Speakers” and its rugged exterior certainly gives off that vibe. The speakers’ chassis looks to be wrapped in durable, rubberized material with the speaker grilles framed by polycarbonate plastic with a fair amount of allen screws to give it that tough vibe. They’re supposed to be shock resistant and it does look like it can withstand a few tumbles. Its rough looks have been offset by the company giving it a splash of color and comes in either: blue, yellow, green, or pink.

Speaking of splashes, the Armadillo has also been given an IPX6 rating for dust and water resistance. This means that the speakers can take a serious hose down if it can’t be helped, just as long as you don’t forget to properly close the cover for the ports. With that, let’s take a quick tour around the device.

Up on top, you’ve got the power, volume, and play buttons with a LED notification light to the left side. The buttons have a soft touch to them compared to the rest of the material used on the device.

On the right side of the Armadillo are the microUSB and AUX In ports. It’s sealed really tightly to prevent water from seeping into the speakers in case of nasty spill or if you’re the type to bring your speakers into the shower. Again, we remind you to always close this up properly if you plan to put it in harms way.

On the left side is a little bracket for your to slide the carabiner on, so you can clip onto your backpack or on the belt loop on your pants.

Easy to Setup and Operate

If you ever had experience working bluetooth speakers before, then pairing the RJ Armadillo to your device of choice should be a breeze. Once you turn it on, you’re device should see the RJ Armadillo on the list of Bluetooth devices on your phone, all you have to do is tap on that and you’re good to go. It has a range of 10 meters and it can even take calls if you’re the type to broadcast your talk time with your BAE. The volume buttons also doubles up as a way to skip or go back to a track, you can tap to find the track you want or hold the buttons down to increase or decrease the volume of the speakers.

Good Thing It’s Shock Resistant

Yes, they’re shock and water resistant but how do they sound? The Armadillo actually sounds pretty good and they can get really loud as well, all thanks to the stereo speakers on board that gives you a total of 10w. There’s a bit of distortion at higher volumes, but you’re definitely going to want to keep it at around 70% percent anyway.

Like the headline says, the RJ Armadillo loves the lows and it can actually cause the speakers to move around the table. It’s a good thing they’re shock resistant because it’s already fallen from our desk at HQ. Generally speaking though, they’re a great pair of speakers that we would happily throw in our bag for a trip to the beach with friends and family.

Powering the RJ Armadillo is a 1600mAh battery that’s rated to last up to 20 hours, and we’re inclined to believe them. While we haven’t had the need to use the speakers for that long, we have been using the unit on and off with its initial charge out of the box for a few days now and its still going strong.

Verdict: Perfect for the Summer Vacay

It’s the Holy Week and most of you are probably already hitting the beach in one of the amazing islands we have in the country. But, if you and your friends still have plans to hit up the beach or hike atop one of our amazing mountains and what some tunes as you climb, then the RJ Armadillos certainly bear some consideration. It has a price tag of Php 2499, which isn’t too bad since it is built to withstand a bit of pounding and drenching; not to mention, they sound pretty good too.

You’ll be happy to know that we’ll also be giving away four pairs of the RJ Armadillos very soon. If you can’t wait to get yours, you can visit the RJ Shop online to purchase them.

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

4 Comments

    1. Pretty good. Good amount of clarity, but it tends to lean towards the lows and there’s a bit of distortion at higher volumes. Konti lang naman but it’s there.

    1. We’ll confirm with them once their open, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t carry these in their shops.

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