There are hundreds (if not thousands) of portable speakers on the market for every taste and color. How to find the one that is best for you, and what to look for in the selection process? In this guide, we will analyze all the subtleties in detail.
The main question is how the column will be used
The choice of any gadget should begin with the question: “How will I use it?” Wireless speakers are no exception to the rule. Do you take it for home, trips out of town, or hiking? Does she need protection from moisture and shock? How powerful should it be? Do you need additional features like a microphone for hands-free calls or a backlight? Think in advance which sound source you will connect the bass speaker to and from which cable you would like to charge it. And only after that does open the catalog. We assure you: that setting up filters will become much easier.
Sound quality and budget
Step two: Estimate the budget for the purchase. It’s worth remembering right away that there is no Hi-Fi sound in a portable class. Premium audio solutions are always designed for indoor use and require a wired connection. Bluetooth in them, as a rule, is only a rarely used additional function. If we talk specifically about mass portable Bluetooth speakers, for which we have gathered here today, then the main price range is from several hundred dollars to several tens of thousands.
Weight and dimensions
How it will be used directly depends on the weight and dimensions of acoustics.
- A huge disco column, like the Sony SRS-XP700 (16.9 kg) already mentioned above, will take up a lot of space in the apartment, and you will have to carry it by car.
- The tiny Xiaomi Mi Portable (185g) is good for traveling, but its volume is hardly enough for campfire dancing on a camping trip.
- And Harman/Kardon Aura Studio 3 (3.6 kg) does not imply going outside the apartment at all, but it pleases with its fashionable design and interesting sound.
If it is difficult to determine exactly, then you can try to pick up something universal. For example, JBL Xtreme 3 (1.97 kg) is powerful, protected, with some difficulty, but still fits into a backpack (you can take it with you to the country) and at the same time it is great for constant use at home.
Power is an indicator that conditionally indicates how loud wireless speakers will be. Conditionally, because the perception of loudness is subjective. And it is important to understand that power does not directly affect the sound quality. There are many nuances about how real the watts indicated in the specifications, and the formulas for calculating power for a certain space, are, but none of us really needs to go into such a jungle. Just start from conditional guidelines.
Charging and battery life
If you decide to take wireless acoustics with a battery, then it would be logical to estimate in advance how long it will work on a single charge. This is where manufacturers’ guidelines come in handy.
Do not forget that the battery must be periodically charged, and the connector on the gadget’s body is used for this is very important. Ideally, if this is the most common USB Type-C today, charging from most smartphones and laptops is suitable for the column. If the gadget has micro USB, then I advise you to look for an alternative – the interface is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.