No matter how fancy your sound system, sometimes you just need a portable Bluetooth speaker. When you shoot off on holiday, take a day trip to the beach (well, to the snow at this time of year) or just head out for a picnic in the park, these portable little beauties will keep the music with you wherever you roam. And the good news is there’s one to suit virtually any budget!
No matter what your budget though, the most important features to look for when choosing a new portable Bluetooth speaker are without doubt battery life and sound quality. From Bose to UE Boom and everything in between, here’s our round up of the best 7 on offer:
UE Boom 2
Expect to pay around $140
UE (“Ultimate Ears”) Boom speakers have been around for a while now and the new generation certainly don’t disappoint. With a battery life of 15 hours, the UE Boom 2 is portable but incredibly durable and it’s also waterproof so it won’t mind if your espresso martini gets accidentally tipped over it. This unit features USB charging so you can recharge your phone if you’re caught short on power.
Really anything from the UE range is good quality at a decent price, but if you’re after something a little more powerful, check out the UE Megaboom (around $230).
Expect to pay around $250
The Fugoo Style has to be one of the Bluetooth speaker market’s best-kept secrets. In Australia, your best option to buy this powerful little unit that comes with a whopping 40 hours of battery life is Catch or eBay. It comes with a choice of outer jacket, suitable for different uses (style, tough or sports) and features USB charging.
JBL Charge 3
Expect to pay around $200
JBL have long been a force in the speaker market and the JBL Charge 3 comes packed with a rich set of features (including USB charging) and a pretty awesome sound. It’s waterproof and will give you around 20 hours of battery life. This unit really does punch well above its weight, with a clear, distortion-free sound and an impressive bass.
Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
Expect to pay around $900
Yes this stylish little speaker does look like a Zeppelin, but we think the airship aesthetic is simply rocking. This unit delivers a huge amount of punch and power to the audio, with a beautifully controlled beefy bass. Vocals are crisp and clear and acoustic tracks will make you think the player is in the room with you. A stunning piece of equipment - with a price tag to match.
Bose Soundlink Mini II
Expect to pay around $220
Nobody does sound quite like Bose and no speaker round up would be complete without this iconic brand making an appearance. The Soundlink Mini II is proof that small wireless speakers don’t need to compromise on sound quality. This unit has been around for a while though and it shows in it’s battery life – just 10 hours, about half of what you can expect from newer technology models. But the sound it produces secures the Bose Soundlink Mini II’s position as one of the best wireless speakers on the market.
Bang & Olufsen PLAY A2
Expect to pay around $600
Weighing in at just over 1 kilogram, the B&O PLAY A2 truly is portable enough to take anywhere. Featuring the signature B&O sound, you’ll get up to 24 hours of playtime at normal sound levels, and the unique True360 sound solution means that your music’s sweet spot is everywhere.
Devialet Phantom Gold
Expect to pay around $4,700
We just had to throw in the Devialet at the end of our list – yes it is very, very pricey, but that’s because it’s very, very good. And if you don’t want to go top shelf with the Phantom Gold, you can save yourself around $1,000 by setting your sights on the Phantom Silver. Invented and manufactured in France, 108 patents protect this powerful unit – and it forever changes the world of sound. The ultra-dense sound with physical impact will make you feel like you’re standing at a live rock concert!
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