Limitless Innovations TikiTunes Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 17, 2021 at 08:58 am
Limitless Innovations TikiTunes Picture
5.0
Music
4.6
Videos/Movies
7.0
Podcasts
3.0
Voice Assistant
6.0
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to look like a torch light. It has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this, and it can also be attached to a pole and ground stake using the threaded hole underneath. You can even pair it with another TikiTunes speaker via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, its materials don't feel very premium, and its uneven, muddy sound profile lacks a lot of low-bass.

Our Verdict

5.0 Music

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is disappointing for music. It has an uneven sound profile that muddies vocals and lead instruments while pushing them towards the back of the mix. Sibilants like S and T sounds are alternately piercing and dull, and it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. Unfortunately, there isn't any way to customize its sound profile more to your liking. It has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, and it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • Excellent directivity makes audio clear from all angles.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
4.6 Videos/Movies

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is poor for videos and movies. Due to its uneven sound profile, dialogue is muddy and pushed towards the back of the mix. It struggles to reproduce low-bass, too, so you don't feel the deep rumbles in action-packed scenes. Its high latency with iOS and Android devices isn't ideal for videos, though some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

Pros
  • Excellent directivity makes audio clear from all angles.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
7.0 Podcasts

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is decent for podcasts. Its portable design makes it easy to bring with you outdoors, and its excellent directivity helps make audio clear from all angles. Unfortunately, its sound profile can muddy dialogue and push it towards the back of the mix, and sibilants like S and T sounds may be alternately sharp or dull. There isn't any way to customize its sound profile, either.

Pros
  • Excellent directivity makes audio clear from all angles.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
3.0 Voice Assistant

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes doesn't have a microphone and doesn't support voice assistants.

6.0 Outdoors

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is acceptable for outdoor use. It's portable and lightweight. Also, it has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It also lasts for sixteen hours off of a single charge, which is suitable for long days outside. That said, it doesn't get very loud, and its plastic build doesn't feel very durable. Also, its uneven sound profile is lacking a lot of low-bass.

Pros
  • IP56 rating for dust and water resistance.
  • Can attach to a pole and ground stake using threaded hole.
  • Lightweight, portable design.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • Materials feel dull and plasticky.
  • 5.0 Music
  • 4.6 Videos/Movies
  • 7.0 Podcasts
  • 3.0 Voice Assistant
  • 6.0 Outdoors

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights Yes

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes has a very unique design that makes the speaker look like a torch light. The amber light inside mimics a flickering flame. It has an oval shape, and it's meant to sit vertically. If you're looking for speakers with a similar design, check out the Pohopa EF-B210G speakers.

9.2
Design
Portability
Volume
117 in³ (1911 cm³)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker has an incredibly portable design. It's small and lightweight, making it easy to carry with one hand. Also, since it's battery-powered, you can use it when you're on-the-go.

7.1
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Okay
Water Resistance
Waterproof (IPx5)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes has a decent build quality. It doesn't look very premium, and its plastic materials don't feel very solid or durable. On the upside, it has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. There's also a threaded hole underneath so you can attach it to a pole and ground stake for outdoor use.

6.6
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Decent
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

This speaker's controls are adequate. Buttons on the top let you adjust the volume, play/pause your audio, turn the speaker on/off, and activate the ambient light. You can skip to the next song by pressing the "+" button once or skip back to the previous track by pressing "-" twice. The power button can also be used to pair two TikiTunes speakers together via Bluetooth. While there's some audible feedback for Bluetooth pairing, there isn't any way to monitor the volume level.

Note: Even though the manual claims there's an audible beep once you reach max volume, this didn't happen with our unit in our tests.

Design
In The Box

  • Limitless Innovations TikiTunes speaker
  • Micro-USB cable
  • User Manual

Sound
4.3
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.33
Std. Err.
3.29 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
184.9 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
9.9 kHz

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes has poor frequency response accuracy. It's lacking a lot of low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump, punch, or rumble in your audio. The rest of its range is quite uneven, so vocals and lead instruments are alternately muddy and distant, and sibilants like cymbals are piercing or dull. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features available to help you tweak its sound more to your liking.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
7.2
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
1.54 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

This speaker has a decent soundstage performance. It has excellent directivity, so your audio sounds clear from most angles. It has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive.

6.1
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
75.7 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.79 dB

This speaker has a mediocre dynamics performance. It doesn't get very loud, which can be disappointing if you want to use it at a crowded party. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction. For an outdoor speaker that gets louder, consider the Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR instead.

Active Features
6.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
16.5 hrs
Charge Time
4.0 hrs
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
Micro-USB

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes has an okay battery performance. Though it's advertised to last for just six hours, in our tests, it lasted for over sixteen hours off of a single charge. Unfortunately, there isn't a power-saving feature that automatically shuts it off after some time of inactivity, so you need to turn it off yourself to conserve its battery life.

Note: We conduct our battery tests for speakers at 80db. However, even at max volume, this speaker didn't reach 80db. We tested it at its max volume instead.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
0
Active Features
App
App Name
No App
iOS
No
Android
No
EQ
No
Stereo Pair Mode
No
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No
Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No

This speaker can't be used wired. It comes with a micro-USB cable, but that's just for charging the speaker.

6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
294 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
218 ms
Bluetooth Range
188.6 ft (57.5 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes' Bluetooth connectivity is alright. It has a superb range, so it can play audio from your paired device even if it isn't very close to the speaker. However, its latency with iOS and Android devices is likely too high to be suitable for watching videos. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary. If you're looking for an outdoor speaker that has better latency performance and Bluetooth range, consider the Theater Solutions B83GR instead.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

This speaker isn't Wi-Fi compatible.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes comes in 'Black'; you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is a budget-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker with a unique torch light design. It's intended for outdoor use, and it even has an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. That said, it isn't as well-built as some of the other outdoor speakers we've tested, and it has a very uneven, muddy sound profile. See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.

JBL PartyBox 310

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better overall speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. This large speaker gets a lot louder, and it even comes with customizable RGB lights as well as extra features for musicians, such as guitar and microphone inputs. Its sound profile is better-balanced, it reproduces more low-bass, and it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. That said, some users may prefer the TikiTunes' smaller, more portable design and its unique torch light style.

Pohopa EF-B210G

The Pohopa EG-B210G Speakers are better than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. They are two speakers that can be paired to each other, with LED lights that alternate to the beat of your music. They have a slightly better-balanced sound profile and can get louder than the TikiTunes. However, the TikiTunes speaker has better directivity, so audio sounds clear from most angles, which makes it better suited for those who enjoy listening to podcasts.

Theater Solutions B83GR

The Limitless Innovations TikiTunes is a slightly better speaker than the Theater Solutions B83GR. The TikiTunes has a significantly better battery performance and is more portable. However, the B83GR can get louder than the TikiTunes. That said, both speakers are designed to blend nicely with the outdoors, the TikiTunes is designed to look like torch light and the B83GR is designed to look like a rock.

Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR

The Alpine Corporation QLP542SLR-GR is slightly better for outdoor use than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Alpine Corporation gets louder with less compression at max volume, has a longer battery life, and supports multi-device pairing. Some listeners may prefer its rock-like design, which comes with a built-in solar panel, while others may prefer the torch light style of the TikiTunes. The TikiTunes is also smaller and more portable, and its 360-degree design offers better directivity for its soundstage.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a better overall speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Anker can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, and it has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. Thanks to its graphic EQ and presets, it offers more sound customization features, and it also supports voice assistants from your paired smartphone. It gets louder, too, albeit with more compression at max volume. That said, some users may prefer the TikiTunes' unique torch light design, which can blend in more easily with your outdoor decor.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Anker is better-built with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and it also has a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize its sound. Unlike the TikiTunes, it can play stereo content without downmixing it, and it supports voice assistants from your paired smartphone. That said, the TikiTunes has longer battery life.

OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA

The OontZ Angle 3 ULTRA is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The OontZ has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and thanks to its bass and treble adjustments, it has more sound customization features. It can play stereo content without downmixing it, it gets louder, and it has longer battery life. You can also use it with voice assistants from your paired smartphone. However, the TikiTunes has better directivity, so sound is clearer from all angles.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Ultimate Ears is better-built with a more neutral sound profile. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it into mono, unlike the TikiTunes, and it can get louder. That said, the TikiTunes has longer battery life, and some users may prefer its torch light design.

Sony SRS-XB12

The Sony SRS-XB12 is a better speaker than the Limitless Innovations TikiTunes. The Sony is better-built, and its sound profile is more neutral. It also has a better soundstage performance, and it can support voice assistants from your paired smartphone. That said, some listeners may prefer the TikiTunes' unique torch light design with LED lights and its long battery life.

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