Speakers have evolved vastly since we’ve phased out the 80’s boombox. Not only do speakers come in compact designs, but they can also now be found in pocket sizes and are highly portable.
With today’s portable speakers, you can say goodbye to those frustrating tangled wires and the troublesome setups for good! For that minimalistic and clutter-free workspace or a good music session anytime, here are the best options for every type of music listener out there.
14 Best Portable Speakers in Malaysia
Table of Contents
- 14 Best Portable Speakers in Malaysia
- JBL Charge 4
- Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2
- Ultimate Ears BOOM 3
- Tribit XSound Go
- JBL Clip 3
- Sonos Move
- TaoTronics SK018 Soundbar
- JBL BOOMBOX 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- SONY XB13
- Harman Kardon Neo
- Xiaomi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Mini
- Marshall Emberton
- Bose SoundLink Revolve II
- JBL Xtreme 3
- - Wifi vs Bluetooth speakers; which is better?
- - Choosing a portable speaker
- - Portable Speakers vs Soundbar: Which One?
JBL Charge 4 has surpassed expectations since its predecessor in a variety of ways.
The Charge 4 now uses a more balanced approach in terms of audio performance. It also delivers crisp and loud audio on most vocal and instrumental tracks according to reviewers. But what makes this a great value option is definitely its title as one of the best IP7X rated waterproof portable speakers around.
Essentially, bringing the JBL Charge 4 on beach day would hardly be an issue. It can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, making it a highly convenient choice for those with busy lives. Equipped with both USB-C ports, USB-A ports, and Bluetooth; this speaker scores highly on connectivity scales.
Notably, most reviewers were stunned by the impressive battery life. Those who were new to JBL products were also excited about JBL’s Connect + feature.
That's because this Connect + feature allows users to pair up two or more JBL devices to sync and play tracks concurrently for an amplified listening experience. All in all, the JBL Charge series is a worthy contender in the expansive field of Bluetooth portable speakers.
The team behind the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 speakers has two aspects to prioritise: size and waterproof features.
Since the debut of the original Wonderboom, it had made waves in the industry for its robustness. And now, its successor tops it off by delivering a 13-hour-long surround-sound listening experience featuring exceptionally loud audio for its size.
In terms of performance, the Wonderboom 2 has improved the quality of bass delivered. Complementing the speaker's two 40 mm active drivers is the 360-degrees designed body which is made to deliver better bass performance to make up for its small size.
Speaking of which, the easily portable Wonderboom 2 has made a name for itself as one of the best portable IP67-rated speakers in the market. That rating has given this speaker the ability to survive immersion of up to 3.3 feet of fresh water for up to half an hour. Additionally, UE also claims that the Wonderboom 2 is “drop-proof” from a height of five feet.
If you’ve got your eyes out for a top-of-the-line portable speaker, then you’re looking for the Ultimate Ears Boom 3.
With a remarkable IP67 waterproof and dust-proof rating, this outdoor-friendly speaker can remain submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, as deep as 1 meter! The icing on top of the cake is that this speaker floats, making it a must-have for most beach-goers.
In terms of design, the moisture-friendly speaker preserves a cylindrical build for excellent 360-degree audio that spreads out more freely. 'Loud, punchy, and upbeat' are the words commonly used to describe the audio quality of the UE Boom 3.
Though some reviewers critiqued the quality of the bass, others were very fond of the increase in the Bluetooth connectivity range (from 30m to 45m) compared to the previous generation of the same model.
Through Ultimate Ears’ Megaboom app, users can now connect to multiple other UE devices for simultaneous playback – perfect for a weekend party! Overall, this modest speaker has no issue filling the room with a balanced sound.
Making affordable speakers without compromising on audio quality is what the Tribit has achieved with the XSound Go. In the world of Bluetooth speakers, the XSound Go is a contender in the field of expansive sound.
This portable speaker is able to generate loudness that fills a middle-sized room without distortions on the high notes.
With built-in IPX7 water and dust resistance, this speaker can handle a beach day or a pool day on the go. As a great budget speaker for your mini pool parties, the Tribit XSound Go is definitely a worthy investment for an immersive listening experience.
Due to its size, the quality of the bass has its limits. However, that’s not to say that they don’t perform well for a speaker this size.
Reviews testify that the XSound Go performs beautifully for bass-heavy tracks. When asked about the Xsound Go, reviewers love the extended battery life of 24 hours. With that, the charging time is decent at 4 hours.
Podcast enthusiasts beware – JBL has been actively investing in their research for the perfect portable Bluetooth speakers to provide listeners with improved vocal quality. With that, they managed to cramp it into the Clip 3.
Seeing that the Clip 3 comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating, the design team at JBL has really kept shower singers in mind. Redesigned with a carabiner (no, don’t bring it for rock climbing), the Clip 3 takes portability to a different level.
Armed with good battery life, JBL claims that the JBL Clip 3 can last for 10 hours. If you can achieve it, some reviewers were actually able to stretch the battery life for up to 16 hours.
Combining the mesh of affordability and superb emphasis on vocals, Clip 3 has become a crowd favourite for vocal-heavy tracks. Reviewers who actually hung their Clip 3 in showers using the built-in carabiner reported a much more pleasant shower experience! This is truly a bargain for an affordable portable speaker.
Sonos has taken on the challenge of debuting their first-ever Bluetooth speakers with the Sonos Move. While the great outdoors has always presented a struggle for producers of audio equipment, Sonos Move is among the few speakers who can defy all odds to deliver impressionable audio excellence while outdoors.
It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay2 reliably in case you need to be slightly afar from your speaker.
The Sonos Move also has the added advantage of IP56 to stand against rain, snow, salt sprays and dust. It can even stand against UV rays as well as extreme heat and old weather.
There’s also Amazon Alexa built-in, so voice-activation will definitely bring a new experience to those going hands-free while indulging in nature. Connecting to this, hikers who have taken the Sonos Move with them appreciated the convenient and accurate voice control.
Arguably, most reviewers see the Sonos Move as a high-end portable speaker. For this price, the Sonos Move comes with a wide soundscape, deep bass, and automatic True-play tuning. Of which, the latter adjusts music for better listening according to the surrounding.
It’s easy to dismiss TaoTronics’s unusual Soundbar because its design doesn’t exactly scream “speaker” at a first glance. No worries, the SK018 Soundbar doesn’t just stand out for its sound quality, but it’s also made quite a name for itself in online reviews for its design.
Straying from the traditional left and right computer speakers, the SK018 Soundbar sports a convenient volume knob on its side. Sporting LED accents, it also won’t hurt to set up a futuristic ambience with this soundbar. The way the SK018 Soundbar is designed also makes it look expensive.
Design aesthetics aside, TaoTronics hits the nail on the head in terms of sound quality. The SK018 Soundbar offers an impressive soundstage for its size, being capable of delivering loud and balanced audio.
Compatibility-wise, playing music is as easy as plugging into your laptop through a USB port or the main power source. And it’s truly built to deliver cinematic-style, as approved by many users who favours it for movies.
Reviewers were quick to mention how this space-saving model will save you from breaking the bank. Its sleek design has made it a go-to option for those living in small living spaces such as dorm rooms or small apartments.
The original JBL Boombox was so well received, that it made a comeback in this second rendition.
From the looks of it, this speaker is specifically made for those who'd love a good music party in mind. Being one of the best IPX7-rated speakers, you can feel confident even if rain threatens your pool party.
JBL has developed technology that wisely balances out the mids and highs for an exceptionally clear and loud audio profile. It has made waves in the world of speakers as a pool-side patio essential.
Additionally, with features like PartyBoost amplifier and a built-in power bank, users will find the BoomBox 2 a must-have at parties!
When it comes to battery life, reviewers were glad to see that JBL honoured its promise in delivering 24 hours of playback per charge. If you're looking for a waterproof party system that is also outdoor-friendly, the JBL Boombox will definitely not disappoint!
When it comes to portable speakers, you would definitely think that bass isn’t one of the things that it's gonna get right. If so, then prepare to be surprised with the SONY XB13, a tiny but bass-filled piece of kit that will blow your socks off.
Coming in half a dozen different colours from Black to Powder Blue; there's a ton of variety to choose from for the XB13. Yet even with such extravagant names like Coral Pink and Lemon Yellow, their matte finish doesn’t make them stand out amongst the crowd.
Though with its IP67 rating, it can pretty much handle anything you throw at it, from heavy rain to a literal dust storm. This makes it the perfect companion for the great outdoors, not to mention how its small size and included strap means you can just clip it on to your backpack.
But just because the speaker is about the size of a soda can, don’t underestimate its audio capabilities. This little thing packs quite a punch, in both sound and bass, more than you would expect. The passive radiator underneath the speaker allows for enhanced low-end bass tones, and you can even add a separate XB13 to produce a stereo sound.
Charging the speaker for about 3 hours through the USB-C connection can net you about 12 hours of battery, a pretty superb result especially coming from such a small device. There’s even a power saving feature that shuts off the speaker if it doesn’t detect any response from your connected devices within 15 minutes.
Although Harman Kardon is more well known for their excellent home speakers, their latest entry into the portable speaker market is one to pay attention to. Not only have they brought the same impressive sound quality from their bigger speakers, but also their design philosophy when it came to making the Harman Kardon Neo.
Coming in copper, blue, and gray, there aren't a lot of options when it comes to the Neo’s colorway. Still, its stand out design is more than enough to differentiate it from its competitors.
Sleek, modern, and premium to the touch, the Harmon Kardon just looks like it's made of sterner stuff, perfect for anywhere you bring it, whether it’s the outdoors, home, or even the office.
In fact, Harman Kardon may have had office workers in mind when they were designing the Neo, as the included speakerphone would suggest. The onboard microphone is equipped with echo canceling technology that makes your voice as clear as it can be through the otherside.
When using the speakers, the level 80% is probably the volume you wanna go for, as sounds are as nice and clear as it can be. Any higher and you’ll experience some tearing and muddling with the sound. It definitely excels when it comes to projecting clarity of vocals, but instrument separation is a whole other story.
The 10 hour battery life is also as impressive, along with the IPX7 rating which means you don’t have to be afraid of getting the speaker a bit wet. One disappointing thing about the speaker comes down to its Bluetooth, which is still 4.2, meaning it’ll be slower and more likely to disconnect than latest variations.
Small, light, and affordable; these are the first things that come to mind when you think about the Xiaomi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Mini. There’s a whole lot to like about the device, but there are a few things to think about.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Xiaomi Mini when it comes to its looks. That doesn’t mean it's a bad thing, as the solid round design and orange strap is a great minimalistic choice that can blend in just about anywhere. Still, it would have been great if there were a few more other colour options, especially a white one.
The IP67 rating means it's also great for outdoors, though we personally wouldn’t consider it a shock-proof speaker. In terms of UI, there’s not a whole lot to say. There’s a single LED light, a USB-C charging port, and a power button on the bottom. The power button is also multifunctional, as you can use it to answer phone calls, play/pause your music, and of course, power down your speaker.
All in all, the speaker does an excellent job when it comes to sound quality. It's loud, punchy, and has decent separation between instruments. Although it isn’t the greatest thing in the world, it's definitely a lot more than you would expect from something this small and cheap.
And that is really the whole selling point of this Xiaomi speaker, the fact that it performs so well for a ‘budget’ option makes it a strong option if you’re looking for a portable speaker.
For the times when you’re disappointed with the on-board speakers on your laptop, you might be thinking of getting an external speaker to ramp things up. This is where the Marshall Emberton comes in, a great little speaker that can act as a replacement for your laptop’s.
Marshall has always been the best when it comes to implementing classic vintage designs for their products, and the Emberton is no exception. Looking like something straight from the 1960s, the Emberton is just dripping in style.
Its retro aesthetic isn’t the only thing going for it though, as the speaker itself is small and light enough that you can pretty much carry it anywhere.
With an IPX7 rating, this means you don’t have to worry about getting the speakers wet, but we wouldn’t exactly call this an outdoor speaker. Although the materials used feel premium, they don’t exactly inspire confidence when it comes to their resilience.
As always, Marshall delivers when it comes to sound quality. Vocals and mids sound absolutely great, though it doesn’t really get as loud as we would have liked. Though that’s understandable coming from such a small device.
Battery life is a bit disappointing, however, with only 9 hours of use, determined from real life testing. This is 11 hours less than the 20 hours Marshall advertised, but it's still a decent duration.
But the biggest drawback of the Emberton is its lack of an AUX port, which means you have to rely on a Bluetooth connection if you wanna pair it with your laptop. While this is fine if you’re just listening to music or a podcast, movies and TV shows may get a little distracting when the audio is out of sync.
Packed with smart features and good sound quality, this speaker is never gonna let you down.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve II doesn’t fail in any of the qualities of a fantastic portable speaker. It has excellent bass profiles and the omnidirectional acoustic deflector means that sound comes out evenly around all sides of the speaker, giving you a great 360° listening experience.
Additionally, their Party Mode feature makes it so that you can connect other SoundLink speakers together, allowing for a great makeshift sound system for movie nights or parties!
- Size: 15.2 x 8.2 x 8.2 (cm)
- Weight: 660g
- Input: Micro-B USB port, 3.5 mm auxiliary
- Transducer: Downward-facing full-range
- Passive bass radiators: 2
- Bluetooth: 4.1 (9m range)
- Battery life: 13 hours
- Charging time: Up to 4 hours
- IP55 rating
- Omni-directional acoustic deflector
- NFC Compatible
Who is this for
It’s perfect for the frequent movie night-haver, as the multiple-speaker connections feature can create a mini surround-sound system for that thrilling experience.
Allowing for up to 15 hours of playtime, the JBL Xtreme 3 comes with four drivers and two JBL Bass Radiators. This means you can enjoy great sound quality with superior bass. Additionally, it has a built-in power bank so you can charge your devices while listening to music.
It can also connect up to two smartphones at the same time so more than one person can control the songs. Plus, its IP67 rating lets you take it to the pool or beach and not worry about splash damage or sand damaging the speaker!
- Frequency Response: 53.5 Hz - 20k Hz
- Dimensions: 29.8 x 13.6 x 13.4
- Bluetooth: version 5.1
- Battery: 15 hours of playtime
- Charging: 2.5 hours
- IP Rating: IP67
Who is it for?
One thing that every party needs is music, a good quality speaker and a bomb playlist. With this Bluetooth speaker, you can connect two JBL Speakers at once with PartyBoost to make sure that everyone enjoys the playlist.
- Wifi vs Bluetooth speakers; which is better?
Wifi speakers are a pretty recent addition to the audio market, and although they sound rather similar to bluetooth speakers, there’s actually a valley of difference between them.
- As the name would suggest, wifi speakers operate off wifi, whether that is your home’s or elsewhere.
- This means that without a wifi connection, your speaker becomes an overpriced tech decoration.
- It has certain advantages over bluetooth speakers, namely in how it can seamlessly work with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa.
- Bluetooth speakers, on the other hand, can seem a lot more limited. But their strength lies in the fact that they don’t require a wifi connection to work.
- That means Bluetooth is a lot more versatile in connecting to almost anything at any time, even if their functions are a bit more limited.
- This is why they’re great for any outdoors trip while wifi speakers are not.
All in all, it really depends on how you’re going to use that speaker. If you’re going to be traveling a lot, a bluetooth speaker is for you. But if you’re just going to be mostly at home, you’ll probably be happier with a wifi speaker instead.
- Choosing a portable speaker
Over the past decade, the market for portable speakers has become saturated with options, which makes them a tricky investment to navigate. To help you find the best portable speaker, Bluetooth or not, keep an eye out for these top three-pointers!
- One of the topmost important criteria for portable speakers has to be battery life.
- Depending on what activities you will use it for, pick a speaker that can last as long as you need it to.
- For outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, a speaker that can last up to 15 hours would be preferable. And at a minimum? Best have them go past 7 or 8 hours.
- A key parameter to consider is also the speaker’s size. Portable speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days.
- Generally, larger speakers are said to deliver better quality audio as they are likely to be fitted with bigger drivers.
- Another thing to narrow down a portable speaker from this perspective is where it will be placed or stored.
- For home use, a larger sized speaker wouldn’t be an issue.
- However, for those frequent flyers, a more travel-friendly option would be smaller-sized speakers.
- In terms of audio quality, there are many parameters we can assess – namely, the output power, frequency range, sound system, and impedance.
- Getting speakers that output between 15 and 20 watts and are able to emit around 20,000 Hz would be ideal.
- Portable Speakers vs Soundbar: Which One?
In the last decade, TVs are visibly thinner. While such a silhouette is designed to fit into your living/entertainment room aesthetically, this means that there's little room for a proper audio system built into the TV. Often, we now have to buy an external audio support system
Aside from your standing speakers, the top two go-to speakers for most consumers are portable active speakers and soundbars.
- While it sounds weird to compare portable speakers with soundbars, today there are many portable speakers giving the latter a run for their money.
- Due to their popularity, many are designed with advanced built-in audio technology in order to produce a balanced music profile.
- There are also many brands that offer inter-connectivity for speakers within the same brand whether it's from different ranges and collections to mainly amplify the volume.
- You can also easily pair them wirelessly (or with analogue wires) to your smart devices. This offers convenience in connectivity.
- A downside for portable speakers is that the louder ones are usually bigger in size, and they aren't cheap.
- Moreover, to truly get a loud volume for your entertainment set up, you'll have to likely invest in a pair of portable speakers.
- Meanwhile, soundbars are simplified audio equipment that is meant to offer enough volume for your listening needs.
- And because of their simpler built, they are often the cheaper option for those who just want a speaker for their simple entertainment needs.
- They are also loud enough that you'd only need a single unit to fill the whole room with enough volume.
- However, their single-body unit means there's little flexibility in arranging where you want your speaker to be placed.
- Since portable speakers can be arranged easily, you'd have the chance to get above-average audio quality, whereas soundbars are made to just play audio in one direction.
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