ION Audio Tiki Sounds Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

Recently we enjoyed the new Surf waterproof Bluetooth speaker from ION Audio, but for those times when we want to enjoy the patio or entertain friends or family, the pool may not be an option. Introducing the Tiki Sounds Outdoor Illuminated Speaker system.

GearDiary ION Audio Tiki Sounds Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

ION Audio Tiki Sounds Pair/Images by David Goodspeed

When I first saw the press release for this item, I thought this was one of the coolest gadgets for summer, and living in the sunbelt we have extended outdoor entertaining seasons. The Tiki Sounds system begins with a Bluetooth speaker unit that also features adjustable LED lighting with a warm glow. The system we received contains two speakers and mounting poles along with hangers, allowing for convenient placement. The units are linkable and can be placed as far as 100 feet from each other. They feature long-lasting rechargeable batteries as well as a solar panel on top for even more convenience. And they are each IPX4 water-resistant rated so even Mother Nature won’t spoil your listening pleasure.

GearDiary ION Audio Tiki Sounds Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

As I write this review, I have one unit playing in the office room with me, and the other hanging on the back porch while my wife works in the yard. I have the music source set to shuffle so we won’t argue about the playlist, and setup of the entire system was a snap on both my iPhone X and my iMac computer. The speakers themselves are rated at 10-watts and play full range music with 360-degree coverage. There are three levels of brightness of the warm white LEDs and there is an optional flicker effect for that authentic “Tiki torch” look. More information can be found at www.ionaudio.com, just look for Tiki Sounds. ION Audio offers a ton of devices so you may find something else you cannot live without there as well. The Tiki Sounds are $69.99 each or $119 for the duo we tested.

GearDiary ION Audio Tiki Sounds Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

This system was so easy to set up and get playing, and the warm glow lighting effect is really nice. This is a great addition to any patio or backyard entertainment area. Would be really cool on front entryways or walks too for special events.

Source: Tiki Sounds review sample provided by the manufacturer

What I Like: Quick setup; Ease of use; Expandability; Nice light/sound combination

What Needs Improvement: Maybe next offer a system with four units


About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.