Pioneer PCR-BS10 Portable Speaker Review


Product Requirements:
Portable CD, Mini-Disk, Tape or MP3
player and four AA batteries

One of the first things that happened when I got my
digital music player, was that I
realized I didn’t always want to listen to music over headphones. Thankfully, I
do have several options. When I am sitting at my computer, music can be played
through my desktop. When in the car, I can
broadcast music through an FM
radio station. When I am at the beach this Christmas, I will be able to use a
self contained portable music speaker system.

How can I brave taking my digital music player and a speaker system to a
place where it will probably get wet, you ask? Because I have a water resistant
and splash-proof

Pioneer PCR-BS10 Portable Speaker
. Yah baby, bring me another piña
colada while I listen to Keane!

Available in translucent green or red plastic, this speaker system measures
approximately 10.5" long x 7" tall x 3" thick.

Photo courtesy of the
Audio Cubes

Powered by four AA batteries, the Pioneer features a clamshell design that
puts two 2.25" 8 Ω speakers and a volume knob in the front compartment.

The speakers appear to be made of some sort of clear springy plastic. This is
most likely because they are water resistant.

Inside the inner rubber-gasket protected chamber is the battery panel, as
well as an approximately 9.5" long x 6" tall x 1.5" wide hollow to stow any
music player that will fit. A 3.5mm mini-plug is taped to the inner wall. When
it is plugged into the headphone jack of the inserted player, music will play
through the speakers.

The only downside to this chamber is that it is not padded in any way. If you
put your player inside, then it will most likely rattle around a bit, depending
on its size in relation to the chamber. With that in mind, it is best to keep
your player inside a case of some sort. Here you can see my HD1 in its cheesy
little slip-case, which is at least better than nothing.   

Before shutting the clamshell with the folding locking clasp, the user’s
preferred settings for the music player must be selected.

Once the case is closed, the only adjustments that can be made are to turn
the speakers on or off,  and the turning of the exterior knob to the
desired speakers’ volume. When the speakers are turned on, a red light will glow
directly above the volume knob. If the volume knob is turned off, then the
player will continue to run. So unless you don’t mind killing your battery, you
must remember to also turn off the player.

Sound though the speakers is not bad at all. I believe that the quality of
the recording being played bears a direct relation to how it sounds through the
speakers. With that said, I have been listening to music for the last three
hours here at my desk and outside. I believe that the player will work
wonderfully indoors, and it will be more than loud enough for personal use
outdoors. Obviously this speaker system will not play loud enough for a pool
party, but it will be perfect for setting on a table as rays are soaked up by
the pool.

The back of the Pioneer has a raised round disk onto which a plastic ring
clips. This ring is great if you have a hook you want to hang everything from,
or if you have a shoulder strap you can attach. The ring can also be removed,
should the user prefer.


Since I am never one to believe that something is so, just because I am told
it is, I had to see if the Pioneer was indeed "water resistant and splash
proof." After all, what good would it be for me to pack it for the trip if it
wasn’t going to perform as advertised.

With that goal in mind, I squirted the front of the player with water.
Through it all, the speakers continued to play without distortion. When I opened
the clamshell case, I found the interior to be completely dry. Not too shabby!

I have been using the Pioneer for over five hours straight now, and the
batteries are showing no sign of giving up. I am not sure what the total battery
life will be, but I would guess that it should be sufficient for a long day at
the beach. I do think it would be wise to invest in some rechargeable AAs,

Okay, that settles it – the Pioneer is coming with me to Hawaii! If you are
looking for a portable, self-contained way to play your music in a less than dry
environment, then you should definitely take a look at the Pioneer.


Pioneer PCR-BS10 Portable Speaker
is available from
Audio Cubes and other retailers.

Price: $49.00

Water resistant and splash proof
Amplified Sound
Easy to pack
Easy to carry
Easy to use

Lack of access to the player while it is in case


Product Information

  • Water resistant and splash proof
  • Amplified Sound
  • Easy to pack
  • Easy to carry
  • Easy to use
  • Lack of access to the player while it is in case
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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Judie December 9, 2004, 11:44 pm

    Post your comments on the Pioneer PCR-BS10 Portable Speaker here.

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  • DanZeman December 10, 2004, 2:49 am

    I wish this was available last summer as the cheese speaker setup I made with my MP3 player got soaked at our local lake beach. Odd that you should mention the band Keane. That was what I was listening to when I went to the gadgeteer web site and read your review. Hopes and Fears is my favorite of their CD’s. I really like their piano/Tom Chaplin vocals, with a Gin and Tonic. 😀

  • Judie December 10, 2004, 2:55 am

    Dan, I have just about worn my Sony out, playing that CD! I love it!!!

  • DanZeman December 10, 2004, 3:05 am

    Judie, do you know if the speaker box is made from a tough plastic like lexan or is it just acrylic plastic?

  • Judie December 10, 2004, 3:18 am

    Hmmm – it is listed as ABS on the Audio Cubes website. All of the manual is in Japanese and so is most of the writing on the item itself. I honestly don’t know what to tell you. 🙁

  • madkins007 December 13, 2004, 9:34 pm

    Heck, for $19.95, you can get the ‘Boom Boom Multi-Box’ from Walgreens in several colors.

    Very similar in function to the Pioneer, but no external controls of any kind and the overall sound quality is about what you’d expect from an under $20 set of waterproof speakers (tinny, distorted at volume, etc.)

    I’ve been using the Boom Boom Box now for several months. Picnics, gym, poolside, even IN the pool. It works well for my needs.

    This thing looks sort of like a bug-eyed plastic lunchbox, and is made from the tough, springy plastics that toys are often made of. It closes with a big tough latch on top and two lesser tabs on the sides.

    Inside, it has a small, seperate amp that uses 4 AAA batteries and has its own on/off. There is a Velcroed elastic strap to retain your MP3 player or CD player, and a ‘well’ and sleeves for CDs to be carried safely.

    It includes a funky clip/hook to hang it in the shower, etc.

    In use, I find it handy and totally waterproof. It is a bit annoying to have to adjust volume on both the player and box, AND on/off in both places (easy to forget something and run down the batteries). The size of the Boom Boom box lets me carry other stuff inside- spare batteries, lotion, googles, etc. Handy!

    Now- as a tinkerer, I’ve modified mine. I’ve rigged up an external headphone jack so I can swim and wear cheap headphones while towing this and listening to my tunes in peace and privacy- better sound quality as well. (Inside, I left the 1/8″ stereo plug so I can plug into the amp OR the MP3 unit directly). I’ve also rigged up internal spare battery storage.

    Problems: besides the tinny sounds and no external controls, the only problem i have had is that one time, when I dropped it, the internal amps mount broke and I had to Velcro the thing in place.

    Links: (main site),1759,1661930,00.asp (review) (odd but fun site!)

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