In the test: VicTsing Cantor - the bestseller of the waterproof Bluetooth shower radios on the test bench

The scope of delivery: shower radio, cable, instructions - and very important: a suction cup for fastening in the shower!

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 scope of delivery: shower radio, cable, instructions - and very important: a suction cup for fastening in the shower!

The scope of delivery: shower radio, cable, instructions - and very important: a suction cup for fastening in the shower!

What's in the box

The Cantor actually comes with the usual parts that come with Bluetooth speakers: the speaker itself, an AUX cable (3,5 mm) and a micro USB charging cable. In addition, there are instructions that explain the operation of the Cantor in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish and a small "cuesheet" that indicates that radio reception is of course caused by environmental influences and may not be great everywhere.

You have to get used to funny German in instructions. But in principle you understand what they mean: the quality of radio reception depends on the environment. ;-)

You have to get used to funny German in instructions. But in principle you understand what they mean: the quality of radio reception depends on the environment. ;-)

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.

The packaging of the VicTsing Cantor shower radio already provides information about some technical details (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

The packaging of the VicTsing Cantor shower radio already provides information about some technical details (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Technical specifications

I would also like to list the technical data briefly, as readers always ask about battery purchase time or the like:

  • Net weight: 146 grams
  • Dimensions: 99 x 99 x 36 mm (99 mm = diameter)
  • maximum range: 10 to 15 m
  • Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth V4.0
  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, SPP, BAS, DIS, FMP, HRP, HRS, HTP, IAS, LLS
  • Bluetooth frequency: 2.4 GHz - 2.480 GHz
  • Loudspeaker: Ø = 50 mm; 4 Ω / 5 W.
  • Sensitivity: -87 dBm @ 0,1% BER
  • SNR: ≥ 80 dB
  • Distortion level: ≤ 0,4% @ 1W
  • Battery: 3,7V / 1.000 mAh; built-in lithium battery
  • Ongoing operation: ≤ 600 mA (max.volume)
  • Operating voltage: 5,0 V / approx. 500 - 600 mA
  • Standby time: 2.160 hours
  • Charging time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Continuous operation: 10 hours at 70% volume
  • Protection class: IPX 5; Protection against water jets from all directions
It doesn't look like it was designed by Jony Ive, but it still works flawlessly: The VicTsing shower radio is not a design object ...

It doesn't look like it was designed by Jony Ive, but it still works flawlessly: The VicTsing shower radio is not a design object ...

Design and workmanship

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 back of the shower loudspeaker is provided with a rubberized ring, which also has a slip-resistant effect on wet surfaces.

The back of the shower loudspeaker is provided with a rubberized ring, which also has a slip-resistant effect on wet surfaces. The double suction cup in the background is also included.

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.

A digital light display that has not been seen in a long time. ;-)

A digital light display that has not been seen in a long time. ;-)

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.

Here you can see the AUX and USB ports for connecting external audio sources and charging the device.

Here you can see the AUX and USB ports for connecting external audio sources and charging the device.

Nice features: clock and FM radio

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 display of the time often saves you having to look at the iPhone, which you have to bring out of standby by tilting it in order to read the time. The rubberized keys allow reliable operation even with wet fingers.

The display of the time often saves you having to look at the iPhone, which you have to bring out of standby by tilting it in order to read the time. The rubberized keys allow reliable operation even with wet fingers.

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. ;-)

The control buttons are distributed on the edge and on the front of the box. The rubber coating of the buttons helps when pressing the buttons.

The control buttons are distributed on the edge and on the front of the box. The rubber coating of the buttons helps when pressing the buttons.

Once looked at, the operation is quite intuitive

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.

Control elements and connections of the VicTsing Cantor Bluetooth loudspeaker (details here below!).

Control elements and connections of the VicTsing Cantor Bluetooth loudspeaker (details on this directly below!). The graphic was photographed from the instructions.

Here is a brief summary of how to use the elements numbered above on the VicTsing Cantor:

  1. To switch on and off: Hold down for more than 2 seconds.
  2. Setting the brightness or time: Press briefly to switch the display on or off and hold it down longer to enter the mode in which you can set the time (with buttons 9 and 10).
  3. Play / pause / lose weight: press briefly to switch to phone mode; press briefly during playback to pause / play; long press to answer a call
  4. Mode button: Press briefly to switch between FM radio, Bluetooth or AUX (only if AUX input is used)
  5. Internal microphone: for the hands-free option
  6. AUX input: for feeding in audio via a 3,5 mm cable
  7. Reset button: if the loudspeaker hangs up, you can press here with a 1 mm wire (paper clip)
  8. Micro USB charging socket: for charging via a USB cable
  9. Previous track / lower volume: press briefly to go back a station or a song; long press to decrease volume
  10. Next track / increase volume: press briefly to skip forward a station or a song; long press to increase volume

My compulsory water test

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.

How does the Cantor loudspeaker do in the shower? My test with water jets will show ...

How does the Cantor loudspeaker do in the shower? My test with water jets will show ...

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 water jets of the shower cannot harm the technology of the VicTsing Cantor, but it does not do the audio quality any good, as the water droplets cover the holes in the housing or water on the speaker membrane interferes with the sound transmission.

The water jets of the shower cannot harm the technology of the VicTsing Cantor, but the audio quality is not good because the water droplets cover the holes in the housing or water on the speaker membrane
disturb the sound transmission.

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.

The sound - school grade 2 to 3+

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.

Thanks to the loop, the Bluetooth speaker can also be stored in the kitchen to save space.

Thanks to the loop, the Bluetooth speaker can also be stored in the kitchen to save space.

Summary

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.

The VicTsing Cantor shower radio is the bestseller on Amazon for a reason. I can also recommend the device with a clear conscience.

The VicTsing Cantor shower radio is the bestseller on Amazon for a reason. I can also recommend the device with a clear conscience.

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

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Nadine Grünschlag says:

    Hey,
    I have problems pairing the speaker with my laptop (Windows7). It wasn't a problem with the cell phone. But the laptop can't find a driver, so pairing doesn't work.
    Can I find the driver anywhere or do some other workaround?
    Thank you,
    Nadine

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Nadine!

      I don't have a clue about Windows, but you don't need a driver for Bluetooth speakers. You put the speaker in pairing mode and then you have to look for the Bluetooth settings in Windows. There you may find the speaker waiting to pair with your PC. Unfortunately I can't tell you details because I only have Macs. : D LG! Jens

  2. Alexander Ewering says:

    What one should perhaps mention (spontaneously didn't find it in your article): in FM mode the part is MUCH quieter. This is because the internal voltage converter is then switched off to avoid interference with reception, and therefore only 3 (cell voltage of the battery) instead of 5V are available for the amplifier (small technical detail for those interested;)).

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Thanks for the addition! In fact, I didn't notice that at all. I have the thing hanging with me in the kitchen and only play the radio with it. The HomePod does everything else. : D

  3. Julia says:

    The alarm clock has switched on for me and now I unfortunately don't know how to switch it off again ... do you happen to know how it works?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Julia! I would turn off the entire alarm clock. : D No, unfortunately I have no idea how to set the alarm clock. I always use my iPhone for this. But you can also use a paper clip to reset the speaker to the factory settings, as described in the article. Then the alarm clock should be deactivated.

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