REVIEW: Ampcaddy Bluetooth Speaker

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Ampcaddy is bringing music to the course in a fun way.

There’s a lot, and I mean A LOT of people who think music has no place on the golf course. I’m not one of those people. Thankfully Ampcaddy isn’t one either. I am a traditionalist in some aspects of the game but most of all I’m about enjoying yourself when playing golf. Be it drinking some adult beverages, having some side bets on the match or just having a good time with some good friends.

That doesn’t mean I’m OK with people making an ass out of themselves or being entirely disrespectful to others who may not be open-minded as I am. Music can be a great way to relax and enjoy your time spent on the course, but let’s all maintain some shred of decency.

What is the Ampcaddy?

It’s a speaker. That’s it in a nutshell. So what’s the big deal? Ampcaddy has taken the Bluetooth speaker and tweaked it a bit. Here’s a list of features from the Ampcaddy website:

  • Built-in clamp easily attaches and detaches your Ampcaddy to a golf or pushcart in seconds
  • Multi-directional swivel allows you to choose the direction. You get better clarity and immersive sound with less volume
  • Rechargeable Lithium Battery with 8-hour lifespan on a single charge
  • Bass Booster w/ two speakers
  • 33′ signal range
  • Multiple EQ settings to customize your sound if desired
  • Weatherproof: Withstands rain and splash
  • Shockproof: Built sturdy for the outdoors, including protective outer layer

The weatherproof and shockproof case is what makes the speaker ideal for golf. More than once I’ve been playing with someone, and their speaker goes flying out of the cart when you hit a bump. Or even worse the cart path. Not sure if I’ll ever get to experience the Ampcaddy in the rain. I may have to wait until the monsoon season in late summer to see how well it does in a rainstorm.

The battery life I can certainly agree with, it’s no joke. I had the Ampcaddy shipped to my work, and once it arrived, I plugged it in and let it charge. That was the last time I plugged it in to charge. It’s been several weeks now, and the damn thing still has a charge.

Here’s what comes in the box via the Ampcaddy website:

  • Ampcaddy Bluetooth Speaker with mount/clamp
  • Velvet pouch to carry and store your Ampcaddy
  • Installation/Operation manual (link to PDF)
  • USB/Mini USB Charging cable
  • Auxiliary cable for “wired” sources
  • A different experience on the course
Setup is simple.

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Plug the speaker in and let it charge up. Turn it on, pair your phone and you’re good to go.

How does it sound?

I think it sounds excellent. It’s nothing you’re going to use to set up an underground nightclub. But, I think the sound quality is right on par with other Bluetooth speakers and better than most that are the same size. I attached the Ampcaddy to my fence the other day while I was doing some backyard maintenance and I was impressed with how well the sound traveled outdoors.

The directional feature is a bonus. When I switched from cleaning one side of the yard to the other, a simple pivot of the unit and boom, directional audio in a flash.

I know it’s hard to relate audio via an Instagram post, trust me though, it cranks it out.

Big sound from a little box

I’ve been following Ampcaddy for a while on Instagram for a while. I guess I never really took into consideration the size while scrolling their feed. I say this because I was surprised by the size of the speaker, I was expecting it to be bigger, almost like one of the JBL Tubes. The speaker is rather small. It measures only seven inches across and two inches high. With the mounting hardware, the Ampcaddy is five and a half inches deep.

Get out of the way

I think the biggest advantage Ampcaddy brings to the table is the mounting. I’ve used some Bluetooth speakers to the course, and you just lose space. Be it in a cupholder or the storage area. With the ability to mount on one of the roof supports?? (I have no idea what the proper name is for them) The speaker is entirely out of the way, and it is no longer a concern.

Ampcaddy explains this theory on their website with this statement:

The Ampcaddy was developed to make the game more fun by combining two of our favorite things, music, and golf. A speaker rattling in the cubbies of the golf cart or taking up the valuable real estate in the cup holder where the sound is muffled just wasn’t enough for us. The answer was clear; we needed to find a solution that was going to allow us to secure a speaker that was out of the way and trajects in the direction of our choice, and of course with great audio quality.

Overall the Ampcaddy Bluetooth speaker is a win-win.

You just can’t go wrong with this speaker in my opinion. It has all the wants you would crave in a portable speaker. Size, sound, ease of use, etc.

The Ampcaddy sells for $159.99 But right now (as of 1/5/2018) you can save $30.00 and purchase the speaker for just $129.99.

A quick search on Amazon showed me there are a ton of waterproof Bluetooth speakers out there. They range in price from $20-$200. The cheaper ones I’m not sure I’d waste my money. I’ve had small, low priced speakers in the past and all of them were not even close to the sound quality you’ll get from the Ampcaddy.

You’ll have to decide if the price point is right for you. I feel based on the performance and features you get from the Ampcaddy it is price accordingly. But, with technology these days expanding so quickly and changing on the hour, I wouldn’t be surprised to find another company coming out with something to compete with Ampcaddy.

If you’re looking for a speaker for the course this is the one.

Head on over to the Ampcaddy website if you’re interested. As a bonus for checking out this review, you can save an additional $20.00 by using the discount code thebreakfastball at checkout.

If you have an Ampcaddy leave a comment below and share your thoughts on the speaker. Or if you have any questions about anything I’ve said here please leave a comment as well.

 

Follow Mathew Wangrycht:

Writer and founder of the golf blog The Breakfast Ball. My wife will tell you I'm obsessed with the game, she's right! It's that obsession which drives me to become a better player and make this site enjoyable for everyone.

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