The Party Chain feature allows connecting up to 10 XB series speakers in a single network using the Bluetooth, which allows music playback and light FX configuration.
Quite a heavy speaker.
If you are an avid music fan and do not imagine your life without music, but somehow got bored by wearing your headphones, do not deny yourself the pleasure. With a new speaker by Sony, you can enjoy a perfectly clean sound and share it with friends by organizing unforgettable parties.
Bluetooth NFC, 1 x MiniJack 3.5 mm, DC-in (charge), USB (charging only)
Up to 24 hours
228 x 82 x 86 mm
The drivers are placed on both sides of speakers making the music sound flow in all directions 360 degrees.
Probably not the best one for watching films - the sound may be delayed.
The Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 wireless speaker can offer you great sound quality under various conditions, including quite extreme (IPX7 protection), while providing the simplest controls and settings (Siri, Google Now voice integration).
NFC; Bluetooth; 1 x MicroUSB (charge); 1 x MiniJack 3.5 mm
Up to 15 hours
180 x 67 x 67 mm
What Is a Bluetooth Speaker?
Can't spend a day without music and sharing it with others, but your phone/tablet sound just doesn't satisfy you? There is no need to suffer from limitations anymore. Bluetooth speaker is an easy-to-use portable device, which offers its owner a chance to enjoy a high-quality sound at any place and time. Just connect any of your devices - a laptop, a phone, a tablet - and freely listen to music with your friends, during a walk, or on a family picnic. And not only that! A number of models come with a built-in microphone, enabling you to communicate via the speaker.
If you are interested in portable acoustics you might as well want to have a look at our review covering some more advanced models for home use - computer speakers.
What Features to Compare
The first thing we should pay our attention to is the interfaces that our Bluetooth speaker has. All of the modern portable speaker models are able to connect via Bluetooth, usually with a version 4.0 set by a manufacturer, which allows up to 10 m of distance for connectivity. Except for that standard connection, more advanced models are equipped with a high-speed NFC protocol used to synchronise devices simply by touching one of them to another. And there are models that offer you an alternative to a wireless connection - they can be connected via AUX audio cable. The most functional models, of course, have all of those features, wireless and wire-based alike.
When we are done reviewing all the different types of interfaces, next characteristic to note is Bluetooth speaker's performance. The quality and loudness of sound would mostly depend on the general power of the speaker and in order to obtain good and qualitative sounding the power should be not less than 3W. For those who look into buying a speaker for the outdoor use where there are such interferences to the sound as wind, we would recommend getting one with a power between 10W and 20W. Due to the device being portable, its performance depends on the time a model can work on a single charge and also on the amount of speakers inside. The usual operation time for Bluetooth portative speakers varies from 5 to 10 hours, but there are models able to last much longer after being fully charged. The number of drivers is also extremely important, as some may argue that devices with only one driver are unable to transfer the full richness of the original sound. For those who seek the best of sound quality, we would recommend choosing a model with more than one driver and, even better, a subwoofer, to experience everything the sound has to offer.
Now it's time to have a look at other features of the model. For once — size, as the device is designed to be portable. Size and weight play a big role since they influence the comfort the speaker can be carried around with. Some might want to use their speakers near the pool or at the beach. In this case, they might want to consider getting one with some kind of water and/or dust protection. Also, there are models with a high battery capacity allowing not only a long working time but also charging your other devices using its USB port. For comfortable speaker charging some companies provide charging cradles. When you need to find your way through the unfamiliar area the speaker can help with voice navigation tips for some models come with a voice helper installed, which can easily help you search for information, order food, and keep up-to-date with the news.
It Works While You Relax
Many of us had found themselves in a situation where phone speakers were not enough. During a barbeque, a day out on the beach, just spending time outside with friends and family — quality music seems to be something unattainable without a home stereo system. Well, Bose company wants to make sure that good and quality sound is accessible for anyone anywhere. Bose's wireless speaker model makes this possible.
SoundLink® Mini II is a compact mini sound system which you can transport with ease by putting it in your travel bag, thanks to its small size and light weight. You will be able to connect this model to any device that supports Bluetooth and is within the 30-foot range from the speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is especially fit for long trips, as its inbuilt battery allows it up to 10 hours of operation. Plus, the speaker comes with a charging cradle, so you can listen to your music for an unlimited amount of time when you are at home.
Organize Your Own Party
Stylish backlight, powerful bass, and moisture protection make the SRS-XB Series speakers by Sony, an excellent option for partying by the pool or on the beach. For all music fans who do not want to limit themselves to using headphones, we recommend considering the middle-tier model of the series, which is the Sony SRS-XB30. The updated design of the device looks sterling: the body of a high-quality soft-touch plastic with carbon inserts, rubber control buttons and a plastic bezel around the grille of the speakers - favorably distinguish it from competitors.
As for the sound, Sony is known for surpassing expectations. With the Extra Bass technology that uses two passive radiators, which amplify the lower frequencies and makes the lower register sound much deeper and more intense. And if you have two or more speakers of this series, you can combine them into one powerful audio system with multi-channel sound and arrange amazing music parties at home by the pool or on the beach. Forget about worrying about protecting your speakers from water splashes, as they offer a full water protection in accordance with the IPX5 standard. What you should not forget about are the built-in lighting with strobe lights and the ability to change the color that will make your party even brighter.
As for the device controls, they are simple and easy to understand for absolutely everyone. The built-in NFC tag allows you to quickly connect your smartphone to the speakers via Bluetooth. In this case, you can control the basic functions both from the player and the buttons on the speaker case and by installing the Music Center application by Sony you can control not only the playback but also adjust the backlighting and the modes of the portable speaker.
To prevent your phone or a tablet PC battery from draining in the middle of the party - this model has a separate USB connector that is designed to charge mobile devices. And given that the built-in battery allows the system to continuously work for up to 24 hours - you can perfectly relax with friends by the pool throughout the night.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2
The Ultimate Ears UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is the best purchase for those who can't imagine their life without music. A couple of 45-mm active drivers and two additional 45x80 mm passive radiators located on either side of the speaker ensure a quality sound 360° around the speaker. Everyone gathered around will hear the music perfectly.
You can wirelessly connect this speaker to not only one but two devices at a time, and with a special app on your smartphone, you will be able to gather all the UE BOOM 2 speakers around and play your music through all of them simultaneously. Just imagine having ten of these things placed all around the room. It's a surround sound! This model also supports both Siri and Google Now so you can control the playback with your voice and not bother about finding where you've placed the source. Furthermore, an IPX7 water protection allows taking the Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker to the pool or when you go kayaking. And to remember the fun you had on your trips even years later, you might want to also obtain a waterproof camera.
JBL Pulse 2 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker
You'll Love It
It's hard to overestimate the JBL wireless speaker. While a variety of colours may seem superficial in the long run, it can still highlight your style and hint at your character. Besides, this is not the only thing worth mentioning in this particular speaker. Far from it, even. For starters, theJBL Pulse 2 can be used it any weather as its cover is splashproof. The speakerphone feature is a great deal for talking, and it features noise and echo cancelling so your communication will be flawless, loud and clear.
Bluetooth 4.1 support empowers JBL to connect to virtually any modern mobile device, and to three item simultaneously at that! So if you're meeting up with your friends and you want to share some music, you can do it without much struggle. And if your music collection is too large to be stored on your smartphone and your computer lacks any built-in Bluetooth support, there is always an option of an external Bluetooth adapter.
Anker SoundCore Dual-Driver Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker
Followed by Music
Every portable device needs charging, and often it's at the most inappropriate moment, of course. Our life is pain and suffering, the world is unfair, etcetera, etcetera. Well, now we've got something for you! With the Anker SoundCore Dual-Driver Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker, you will have next to no situations like that. That is because, you won't believe it, but this portable Bluetooth speaker can play the music for like 24 hours! Wow! That's like, the longest trips few can endure. Imagine driving for 24 hours without sleep. Crazy, yeah? Better not try it. So, what we're trying to say is that with some breaks, this speaker will hold for days just fine. (If you still need more music time, there are always power banks to charge your devices)
Now, what about the sound quality? It is pretty good! Two 3W drivers are good enough for a portable device, and the patented spiral bass port design will present you some good low-frequency sound. Cover it all in a minimalistic matte soft-touch material with convenient buttons on the top — and here you go!
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