Take your music with you with a portable Bluetooth Speaker.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to take those awesome audio waves with you everywhere. Compatible with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, Bluetooth speakers will make sure that, as long as your phone, tablet, or laptop is around, your music is loud!
We’ve rounded up some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you just about anywhere!
- Sony SRS-X55
- Bose Soundlink III
- UE Boom 2
- JBL Xtreme
- Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
- Marshall Kilburn
Sony has a whole line of Bluetooth speakers that vary in size, but, if we are talking about the best portable speakers, it would be a shame to forget about the SRS-X55.
Let’s get to the most important part of any speaker: the sound quality. It works on a 2.1 channel system, meaning it has a dedicated driver for bass to deliver a great low-end without muddling the rest of the sound at all, which, from this 2.5 pound machine, is impressive to say the least.
Sony clearly had functionality on the brain when designing the SRS-X55. Not only does it work with Bluetooth, but it also has NFC compatibility and a standard 3.5 millimeter jack, so you should have no problem getting all your favorites devices to play through it. On top of what you can plug into it, Sony has also thrown in a USB port for charging your phone or tablet on the go, making the SRS-X55 one of the most versatile Bluetooth speakers in its class.
Top this all off with 10 hours of playing time and you have a portable Bluetooth speaker that keeps pumping out the jams well into the night!
Amazon link: Sony SRS-X55
Bose Soundlink III
Bose has always focused on sound quality before anything, and that mantra continues with the Bose Soundlink III. Whether you are listening to your music directly from your phone or tablet via the AUX input or you’re wireless playing via Bluetooth, the sound quality is truly impeccable. And, at only 2 pounds, the Soundlink III feels very light for its size, so it’s not a pain to lug around in any way.
Although the Soundlink III doesn’t have the ability to charge via Micro-USB and lacks some more fancy features you may see in other portable Bluetooth speakers, the sheer performance with regard to sound quality is practically unmatched. The bass that pumps out of this small speaker is incredible, and we mean that wholeheartedly. The low-end sounds always sound warm and full even at high volumes which can typically be a problem for speakers this size. Also, if you love blasting your music as loud as possible, the Soundlink III delivers in spades, perfect for keeping the party bumping!
This speaker is perfect for audio-junkies who want a simple great sounding speaker.
Amazon link: Bose Soundlink III
UE Boom 2
Living up to it’s onomatopoeic name, the UE Boom 2 is impressive, offering 360 degree sound in a truly portable package.
The Boom 2 has a very high water-resistant rating, allowing it to be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and come out just fine. It’s also protected against dirt and mud, but you can hand-wash the speaker with warm, soapy water just in case it gets messy.
UE Boom 2’s battery will last you approximately 15 hours of playing time and has a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, giving you more than enough time and space to enjoy all the sounds you want to hear. Plus, if you find yourself lacking the volume you want from just one UE Boom 2, you have the option to set up another one to make a stereo pair and really raise the roof.
The UE Boom also has the added pleasure of a controller app that can you can use to skip songs, adjust volume, and pause music, without having to touch the speaker at all.
Amazon link: UE Boom 2
High performance wrapped in a stylish, durable shell
JBL’s Xtreme offers stellar sound performance and a long-lasting battery to keep the beat going for up to 17 hours, depending on how loud you listen to your music. It’s suited for the outdoors with a splashproof design and is a smart choice if you don’t want to sacrifice sound quality for durability.
I’ve been doing a lot of comparing between the JBL Xtreme and the Infinity One, and while JBL’s super-sized speaker does enough to set itself apart, I’d ultimately go with Infinity’s for its superior sound fidelity. The One is much more fragile and thus is more suited as a coffee table centerpiece than the Xtreme. But, its sound profile is more balanced and rich, pumping through more accurate bass performance. However, there is one sacrifice: its 5,000mAH battery, which powers music playback for only up to 10 hours.
Extending outside its immediate family, there are a bunch of speakers available that do everything that the JBL Xtreme can do for less money. Candidates like the UE Boom and the TDK Trek Flex offer a similar style and splashproof capabilities, and can act as a speakerphone, too. However, JBL’s speaker smashes them all with superior sound quality and battery life, coming together to make for a smart purchase, if you have the money.
Amazon link: JBL Xtreme
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
The Creative Sound Blast Roar 2 has five drivers in total: three top-end drivers that deliver a great room-filling sound and two passive bass radiators so you can see, hear, and even feel the low end. Plus, you can play all your favorite music through the Sound Blaster Roar 2 four different ways! With Bluetooth and NFC compatibility, USB and AUX ports, and even a MicroSD card slot, Creative’s speaker is virtually omni-compatible.
Creative went out of its way to really make this the speaker that can do everything you need it to. Want that great sounding bass at low volumes? Tap the Roar button once. Need to turn it up as loud as it can possibly go? Pressing the Roar button twice will activate the second amplifier.
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is a fantastic speaker that has really been built with the consumer in mind. If you’re looking for an all-in-one speaker that delivers great quality sound and has tons of features, this could be your dream machine.
Amazon link: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
The Marshall Kilburn’s vintage guitar amp look may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying its power. It weighs quite a bit at about 6 pounds, so it may be a little less portable than some of the others in our roundup. However, what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in battery life. Twenty hours of playing time is the longest battery life on our list, and is more than long enough to last through the entire party.
The sound quality is just as good as all the others on this list, but its real advantage comes with its ability to customize the sound on the speaker itself. Just like a guitar amp, there are knobs to adjust the treble, middle, and bass levels, allowing you the luxury of manipulating the sound to suit your ear.
Amazon link: Marshall Kilburn