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A few weeks ago I read something about this shower radio with Bluetooth connection and then ordered the VicTsing Cantor without further ado because I was still missing a real Bluetooth shower speaker. The fact that he's the best seller on Amazon in its category (shower radios) has encouraged me to keep an eye on the good piece.
I already owned one or the other speaker model that was also waterproof, but the housing was often made of aluminum, so that a fall in the shower tray would certainly have damaged it. For this reason, the little VicTsing Cantor is playing next to me while I am writing this review for you. And no, I'm not sitting in the shower with the MacBook Pro - you can also use it in the kitchen or at the desk! ;-)
For those readers who have followed me for a while: I once had one ACME Batthat I can still recommend. The ACME Bat is purely a Bluetooth speaker and has no radio function, but in principle it would have met my requirements. Some time ago I gave it away to someone in need who didn't have a Bluetooth speaker yet. A state that I cannot understand. How can you live without these things?!? ;-)
The Cantor actually comes with the usual parts that come with Bluetooth speakers: the speaker itself, an AUX cable (3,5mm) and a Micro-USB-Charging cable. In addition, there are instructions that explain how to use the Cantor in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish and a small "cue sheet" that points out that radio reception is of course dependent on environmental influences and may not be great everywhere.
But there is still one special feature: a double-sided suction cup that is intended to be attached to the back of the shower radio and to the shower wall.
I would also like to list the technical data briefly, as readers always ask about battery purchase time or the like:
In terms of optics, the VicTsing Cantor offers no surprises. It is a round plastic loudspeaker that is provided with various operating elements. The back has a smooth, round surface so that the suction cup can be attached. There is a rubberized ring around this surface, which in turn prevents the shower radio from slipping if you place it on a smooth surface.
The controls are light gray and are located both on the front of the box and on the top left edge. At the top right are the AUX and micro USB sockets, which are protected from water with a rubber seal.
The display on the Cantor Bluetooth loudspeaker is basically the same as on old digital watches and consists of orange light elements, with additional small symbols for Bluetooth, FM and battery charge being added.
The processing is ok from my point of view. Unfortunately, the plastic is not rubberized all around, which would provide more protection in the event of a crash. Nevertheless, it is easy to operate using the buttons and the small rubber band on the top of the shower speaker is also a good idea so that it can be hung on hooks in the kitchen or bathroom.
In addition to the suction cup and the fastening tape on the top, the VicTsing Cantor offers two other special features that are less often found in other Bluetooth boxes, but which are not so surprising in a "shower radio". On the one hand, the loudspeaker has a built-in clock that shows the current time on the digital display. To save power, the display can be switched off during operation by pressing a button. If you switch off the box completely, nothing is displayed anyway, but the time (like all other settings!) Is of course saved internally - otherwise the feature would be pretty stupid.
The box also has an alarm clock, which I have not tested, however. I only use the timer and alarm clock via my iPhone and don't need any other device that would require more time to set. I just wanted to mention this for the sake of completeness.
The second nice thing is the built-in FM radio. By means of a station search (pressing the "FM" button to switch to radio mode and then pressing "Play" for 2 seconds), you can have all the stations that can be received fully automatically stored in the channels. You can then move comfortably through the stations using the "Forward" and "Back" buttons on the right-hand side of the radio.
I haven't listened to the radio for years, but rather consume podcasts on my iPhone, but I have to say, every now and then it's nice to be able to listen to current world events and music on the radio. For this reason, I was positively surprised by this option, because I did not think that I would use it so often. But you can hear a bit of the news in the bathroom in the morning. And at the breakfast table there is sometimes music in the background, which my children also like because the music doesn't stop when I leave the house with my iPhone. ;-)
At first glance, I was a bit surprised by the number of control buttons on the speaker. In most cases, the controls on Bluetooth speakers are rather minimalistic. However, here you still have buttons with a sun and FM symbol. Of course, you look critically at first.
After a short trial and error (I only use the operating instructions if I still get stuck after 30 minutes!) I quickly found out that you can deactivate the display with the "sun button" and the FM button between Bluetooth reception and radio mode toggles. If you have plugged in an AUX cable, you can also feed the box via it. In this case, the button switches between FM reception and AUX.
At first glance you miss the buttons for the volume, but the buttons for "Forward" and "Back" have two functions, so that a short press triggers a station or a song back and forth, while a longer press changes the volume. This is also quite easy once you understand it.
Here is a brief summary of how to use the elements numbered above on the VicTsing Cantor:
The loudspeaker boasts of being "waterproof" in the product description with the advertising promise. Something I always like to try out in practice. So I glued it to my shower wall with the suction cup and worked it properly with the shower.
What is immediately noticeable: The sound suddenly becomes so bad that you actually want to switch off the loudspeaker directly. This is because the water droplets clog the openings on the front and the sound can no longer escape unhindered. Some of the water will probably also run through the holes and settle on the speaker's membrane. The result is a sound as if you had put a cardboard box over the loudspeaker.
Fortunately, the acoustics can be quickly normalized again if you tap the water briefly. Nevertheless, I would say that you should hang the Cantor in the shower so that it is not exposed to water. Technically he can handle that without any problems, but the sound is then unfortunately there by the time it is "emptied". A few drops certainly do not trigger this, but if it is "irradiated" directly with the shower, the result can be clearly heard after a second.
The classification with protection class IPX5 means "protection against water jets from all directions". In my opinion, this is something other than "waterproof". Even so, some manufacturers tend to use the word "waterproof" to advertise. I'd rather call it "splashproof" or "waterproof". I think that's more true.
Of course, what is interesting about the speakers is always the sound they offer. At the VicTsing Cantor I would give something between 2 and 3+ if I were a speaker teacher. The bass is a bit flat, but otherwise you can listen to the radio, music or podcasts. There are of course better and more expensive Bluetooth boxes, but you have to keep the size, price and area of application in the back of your mind and then the VicTsing Cantor is not that bad at all.
It's definitely not designed for the garden party or children's birthday party, but that wasn't my intention either. It is ideal if you want a bit of entertainment in the bathroom or in the kitchen while cooking and you like to have a loudspeaker that has no problem with water. It also dispenses with modern touch controls, which experience has shown not to work if you want to operate them with wet fingers.
I was definitely not angry that I bought the VicTsing Cantor. The price is ok with just under 20 EUR and the possible uses, which are offered by the protection against water, are diverse. Since I've had it, the radio has been playing suspiciously often and the display of the current time is also very helpful when you're working in the kitchen and don't always want to wake your iPhone from standby.
If you are still looking for a small doodle box for the kitchen, bathroom or children's room, this is the right place! For lovers of pounding bass, I would rather other boxes . Recommend
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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