Bluetooth Speaker Reviews
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On this site you’ll find my top 20 choices for the best Bluetooth speakers on the market today, as well as a couple of bonus articles in which I discuss the best Bluetooth speakers under $50 and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100, for those looking for a quality product while trying to minimize the cash output. There are also some great informational articles that describe features you’ll want to look for in your Bluetooth speakers.
To get things going I’ve put together a list of my top 8 choices for the best Bluetooth speakers out of the top 20 – I guess you’d call it a best-of list. In my opinion these 8 speakers stand out a little bit from the crowd. If they’re not quite what you’re looking for, I encourage you to check out the other 12 full speaker reviews on this site as well as the under $50 and under $100 pages as well. I’m confident you’ll find something that fits your needs on the site. Let’s dive right in with our top eight picks now.
Best Home Audio Bluetooth Speaker
Peachtree Audio DEEPBLUE2 Bluetooth Powered Speaker
If you’re looking for a speaker that pumps out powerful audio sound capable of filling your rooms with your favorite music, there’s no better option than the Peachtree Audio DEEPBLUE2. This Speaker has five speaker drivers that create a deep rich sound covering the full range of human hearing. You’ll experience all the high notes as well as all of the bass notes – so no matter which type of music you listen to this speaker will satisfy your home audio needs.
Easy Bluetooth Connectivity
The DEEPBLUE2 connects easily with your smart device using a simple button on the top of the unit. There are no extra pins or passwords that need to be entered – you simply have to activate it on your Bluetooth-enabled smart device. I’m a big fan of simplicity, so this definitely works.
Sometimes you still want to connect an older audio device with your new Bluetooth speaker and that’s entirely possible with this model. On the back of the unit is a 3.5 mm Aux-in port which will connect to older devices such as earlier iPod models and record players. There is no need to leave your old music collection behind.
Best Bluetooth Speaker under $200
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Bluetooth Speaker
With the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 you don’t have to break the bank to experience great portable audio. This Speaker can be purchased for under $200 and has a great rich sound that you’d expect to find in a much more expensive stereo system. If you want to control your spending but still have the best music option available, then this is a great choice.
This speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives you the freedom to take it with you anywhere you go. In a world where we’re always on the go we don’t want a stereo system that will tie us down to one place, which makes the Roar 2 an ideal choice. As long as you charge it in advance of your next outing you’ll get hours of listening pleasure before you have to recharge it again.
Built-In SD Card
When it comes to your musical collection you have a lot of different options for how you might listen to this speaker. As with any other Bluetooth speaker you can connect your smart device to it and listen to your collection found on that device, but it also has a built-in SD card which you can load up with your favorite music and leave in the device, freeing up your smart phone or tablet for other activities.
Best Speaker for an Outdoor Barbecue
Harman-Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Wireless Speaker System
If your main concern when purchasing a Bluetooth speaker is finding the best option with great quality sound, the Harman-Kardon Onyx Studio 2 definitely fits the bill. There’s nothing flashy about this speaker, but it’s well-designed and produces a balanced distribution of sound which will fill any area with the sound of your favorite melodies – even a backyard barbecue.
In reality this speaker only produces about 15 watts of power, but through the use of some advanced technological tricks it will sound to the ear like 60 watts as it distributes that sound over four separate channels. Personally, I’m not too concerned with how the technology works as long as it does, and if this speaker can produce sound that for all intents and purposes is this powerful, it’s good enough for me.
When your phone rings and there is music blaring in the background it can be a little annoying, so this speaker has a built-in mike that allows it to double as a speakerphone. When you hit the button to accept a call the music is automatically cut off and the speakerphone takes over. If you’re in the middle of a party your guests might not be too satisfied, but it’s a great option if you’re listening to music by yourself.
Best Speaker for Pairing
with Multiple Speakers
UE BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
If you really want to take the party to the next level it’s a great idea to have an audio system with multiple speakers but, unfortunately, most of the Bluetooth speakers on the market today don’t afford you that option. One that does is the UE BOOM 2. You can pair more than one of these speakers together in order to create a richer stereo sound that will fill any room or outdoor event.
360 Degrees of Sound
This speaker has a unique design that allows it to distribute the sound emanating from it in 360 degrees – which means no matter where you’re standing in a room you’ll experience the same quality of sound as anybody else. While speaker systems that project the sound in one direction are okay, it can be a little frustrating having to turn your speakers around when you move around the room. With a setup like this you don’t have to worry about that.
Water Is Not a Problem
The other big selling point of this speaker system is that it’s completely waterproof. There are quite a few speakers on the market that are water resistant, but they can’t handle being submerged in water – this one can. You probably won’t want to go swimming with it tied to your shorts, but if it happens to fall in the shallow end of the pool it will more than likely keep playing on.
Best Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker
JBL Pulse 2 Portable Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker
There’s nothing more annoying than having to run inside when you’re enjoying a nice day on the patio because of a little sun shower in order to protect your speaker system – that’s not necessary with the JBL Pulse 2 as this speaker is splashproof. It’s not designed to handle being fully submerged, but that quick summer storm shouldn’t pose any problems.
A Little Light Show
A feature of this speaker that really caught my attention was its built-in light show. It actually has lights that react to the sound waves from your speaker and flash in time to the rhythm. It also has a prism color lens that allows you to control which colors take center stage. In essence you can become the director of your own backyard concert with a full light show.
Respectable Battery Life
This is another speaker with a great rechargeable battery. On one charge you can expect the battery to last for about 10 hours at mid-range levels. If you prefer to listen to music cranked up to full volume you’re likely to still get at least eight hours of listening time on one charge.
Best Speaker with Built-in Equalizer
Aiwa Exos-9 Bluetooth Speaker
If you like to have full control of the sound that your speaker produces you’ll definitely want to look for a speaker with a built in equalizer, and the Aiwa Exos-9 has you covered in this respect. This speaker system allows you full control of both treble and bass; it doesn’t hurt that it has about 200 watts either! If you like powerful, controlled sound this is perfect for you.
Bluetooth technology is somewhat limited in its range, so no matter which system you choose you won’t be able to walk a couple hundred feet away and still get the same quality of sound. If you want to get the most out of your speaker’s range, though, that’s another great reason to choose this model. It has a range of up to 50 feet – which is far superior to most other Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Along with two tweeters and two midrange drivers, this speaker also has a powerful subwoofer for that pounding bass sound that’s essential for some great rock tracks that you probably have in your library. There’s nothing like a pounding bass rhythm to get your party rolling and this is a speaker system that can set you on your way.
Best Speaker with
Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
If long-lasting battery power is one of your primary concerns then you can do a lot worse than the Jawbone BIG JAMBOX. This speaker has a battery that will last up to 15 hours – that’s a lot of listening time! There may be the odd time when this might not quite get you through the day, but I’m sure the days when any of us are listening to our music for 15 hours consecutively are few and far between.
This model has a big advantage over its competition because of a technology called LiveAudio – this actually allows the speaker to produce music with a 3-D quality to it. No matter where you’re standing in the room you’ll feel fully immersed in the sound. It’s the type of feature that you simply have to hear to appreciate how impressive it is.
No matter how good a speaker is, eventually it will become a little outdated and with this in mind the Jawbone BIG JAMBOX allows you to connect with its website via a USB port connected to your smart device, to download the latest updates to its software. This allows you the advantage of having access to any improvements they’ve made since you purchased your speaker.
Best NFC Technology Speaker
Sony SRSX55/BLK Powerful Portable Bluetooth Speaker
I’ve owned a lot of Sony products over the years and I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of their offerings. One thing Sony always does well is to include the latest technologies and they’ve continued that tradition with the SRSX55 Bluetooth speaker. This speaker has the ability to pair with your smart phone or tablet using NFC technology. If you’re not familiar with this technology, it actually allows you to tap your smart phone on the speaker to automatically connect the two devices.
Plenty of Power
The problem with a lot of Bluetooth speaker systems is that they simply can’t put out enough sound to fill a large area – the Sony SRSX55 can. This speaker has a system of drivers that allows it to produce 30 watts of digitally-enhanced sound. For most of us that’s more than enough to satisfy our listening pleasure.
A Little Clarity
On occasion you’ll come across an audio file that sounds a little distorted or just isn’t up to par for some other reason. This Sony speaker has built-in sound boost technology that allows you to clarify the sound when you run into this type of problem. It’s especially useful if you’re listening to an older track that needs some cleaning up.
A Tough Decision
It’s not easy making a decision when you have so many choices and there are certainly a lot of Bluetooth speakers on the market these days. Hopefully the best picks on this page will give you a good starting point, and don’t forget to take a look at our full reviews for some other great options. Your Bluetooth speaker will become the focal point of your home entertainment system, so it’s good idea to look at as many options as you can before making that final purchase decision.