Gone are the days where traditional and bulky speakers used to dominate the audio/visual market. Today, you can get a good quality speaker that is both portable and even clutter-free with no worries about tangled wires or any fussy setup. That being said, here are the best portable speakers that’s based on the most common criteria you may be looking for.
Looking for a value-for-money portable Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg? Perhaps the Sony XB10 might interest you, which comes in a minimalist can-like design that is lightweight enough for easy portability.
Highlights include a passive radiator with Sony’s very own EXTRA BASS sound system, an IPX5 water-resistant exterior and a durable battery life capable of lasting up to 16 hours of playtime. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth and NFC One-touch connectivity for a seamless wireless pairing regardless of a smartphone or a tablet.
It’s small, mobile, and can even fit in the palm of your hand nicely. But despite its insanely economical price, the Logitech X50 is far from a shoddy portable speaker. It manages to produce better-than-average sound quality with minimum distortion, especially given its ultra-compact size.
Other highlights to look for include its wireless Bluetooth support for up to 30 feet, a rechargeable battery that can last up to 5 hours of playtime and a handy auxiliary input where you can connect the speaker to another player via 3.5mm jack.
From the outlook of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+, it’s easy to mistake it as a thermos rather than a portable wireless speaker. But this unconventional design isn’t just specifically built for aesthetic sake. In fact, the design allows for delivery of robust sound quality, thanks to Bose’s signature 360-degree omnidirectional acoustic deflector as well as its dual passive radiators.
Besides fitting well at home regardless of the living room or bedroom, the speaker’s compact and space-saving design leaves minimal footprint, allowing you to place it anywhere with relative ease.
The speaker has a powerful lithium-ion battery capable of lasting up to 16 hours of playtime. Finally, it allows you to pair your speaker wirelessly with either Android or Apple devices such as iPad and MacBook Pro using the Bose Connect app.
Mini in its size but big on performances, the JBL Go 2 boasts a punchy sound quality that feels like it should have belonged to a larger-sized speaker. The exterior itself houses an IPX7 waterproof design, so you don’t have to worry about playing your favourite music even near the poolside.
The JBL Go 2 is also aesthetically pleasing, especially given its unique soap bar-like design and comes with various choices of vibrant colours such as Cinnamon, Mint and Champagne. One major gripe is its short battery life, which the speaker can only last up to 5 hours of playtime.
The Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 has a unique round-shaped design which makes it an aesthetically-pleasing standout for a laptop or even as a main home speaker. It boasts a combination of 120mm woofer and 25mm tweeter that are capable of producing rich bass and crisp treble with minimum sound distortion.
Other highlights to enjoy it its integrated aluminium handle, which is specially designed for easy portability and a rechargeable battery that can last up to 8 hours of playtime. You can also use the speaker to connect up to 2 mobile devices simultaneously via Bluetooth 4.2 connection for wireless streaming.
Weighing at just 0.5 kg, this cylindrical-shaped JBL Flip 4 stereo speaker is no slouch when it comes to feature-rich performances. It can last up to 12 hours of continuous playtime, an IPX7 waterproof rating and a built-in echo-cancelling microphone where the speaker can be used to answer calls.
The JBL Flip 4 is also compatible with Apple products such as iPad, iPod and iPhone models. All you need to do is simply download the JBL Connect app via App Store for free.
Portability is the right word to describe the compact-sized Samsung Wireless Bluetooth Scoop Speaker, in which you can fit it comfortably in the palm of your hand. The minimalist circular design has a distinctive, casually chic feel while its integrated strap makes it easier for carrying or hooking purposes.
Despite its size, the speaker is capable of producing loud and crisp sound while packing other features such as a built-in speakerphone for hands-free voice calls and a splash-resistant exterior. Its long-lasting battery has up to 9 hours of playtime and supports wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
The JBL Xtreme 2 means business when it comes to producing a full-range sound quality that is both loud while retaining a well-balanced range of bass and treble. This is especially true, given the speaker’s proprietary dual bass radiators and four drivers.
Also, the speaker runs a larger-than-life 10,000mAh Li-ion battery, which can sustain 15 hours of playtime! And most of all, it allows you to connect to two or more speakers by wirelessly linking them to each other using the JBL Connect app.
The Sony SRS-XB32 is specifically built with a party atmosphere in mind. It boasts Sony’s EXTRA BASS technology that combines dual passive radiators and two full-range speakers to deliver incredible sound quality regardless of pumping up EDM or rock music. This speaker also has a unique LIVE SOUND button, offering you a more immersive 3D audio listening pleasure.
At the back of the speaker, you will find various controls and ports behind the captive plug. That includes a Type A USB port, which comes handy enough in case you need to charge other mobile devices. Another unique feature about the Sony SRS-XB32 is its vibrant multi-coloured flashing lights, which can be adjusted depending on your mood.
Let’s face it, setting up a multi-room sound system isn’t for the weak-hearted (read: it costs a lot of money). Which brings us the Bose SoundTouch 10, a portable wireless speaker capable of producing rich, room-filling sound reproduction with the help of a passive radiator and four active drivers.
It comes with a built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connection for wireless pairing purposes using the Bose SoundTouch app, which can be downloaded for free via Google Play or App Store. You can use it to organise your favourite music playlist, access popular streaming services like Spotify or even personalising different presets using the six dedicated buttons.
The US-based Klipsch is no stranger to producing high-quality speakers and sound systems, especially given its illustrious history stretching way back in the late 1940s. If you don’t mind splurging on one, you might want to consider their Klipsch The Three.
This speaker comes equipped with two 1/4” full-range drivers along with a 5.25” long-throw woofer and dual passive radiators. The combination allows for superior bass reflex as well as crystal-clear audio clarity and warm sound regardless of playing pop songs or even good old classical music.
In terms of its build quality, the speaker lives up to its high-end reputation that combines the wooden top with a premium-looking black mesh grille. It certainly looks great on a table or wherever you put it. Finally, the speaker’s Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities allow you to make full of wireless streaming using the Klipsch Stream app.
Being a flagship, the otherwise hefty-priced Sonos Play:5 sounds just as great as it looks. It boasts a total of 3 tweeters that covers both left, right and middle as well as 3x long-throw mid-woofers. What you will get here is a rich and vibrant sound reproduction capable of handling all kinds of music from fast tempo to slow ballads.
The minimalist black-and-white bookshelf design makes the Sonos Play:5 all the more premium, while it features a solid build quality made from the scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell. The speaker also supports Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to stream your favourite music wirelessly.
The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker is built with portability in mind, complete with a rugged exterior made from a durable silicone rubber material and an IPX7 waterproof rating capable of withstanding minor harsh elements such as raindrops and water spills.
For a speaker of such a compact size, the SoundLink Micro is capable of producing sufficient highs and midrange tones. What’s more, you can also utilise the speaker’s built-in speakerphone to make a hands-free voice call.
It’s easy to dismiss that the unusual dome-like design doesn’t exactly scream “speaker” upon a first glance at the Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2. But that’s the beauty of it, which makes this speaker all the more unique to look at.
Performance-wise, the Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 features a 1.5” high/mid-range transducers and 4.5” subwoofer. These two solid combinations helps amplify the overall sound quality, complete with a crisp treble and deep bass reproduction. In turn, this also enable listeners to enjoy their favourite music as if it is played live in front of them.
Forget about the old-fashioned wired speaker setup for your TV set. With the Samsung HW-MS650, you can enjoy surround sound performance that’s clutter-free and wireless via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi streaming connection.
It also boasts a total of 9 built-in three-channel speakers, complete with Samsung’s very own Distortion Cancelling technology which helps to minimise distortion. This, in turn, enables you to hear crisper and clearer sound regardless of watching your favourite movie or even listening to music.
For a reliable and presentation-friendly speaker, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Charge 4. It boasts a stylish cylinder design that comes in a different range of colour such as teal, blue and black. Not to mention, its rugged exterior is made to withstand accidental spills or minor water submersion, thanks to the speaker’s IPX7 rating.
The speaker has a durable 7500mAH battery life capable of lasting up to 20 hours of playtime. It also has a passive bass radiator that delivers robust and crystal-clear sound quality even if you are in a noisy environment. In terms of connectivity, it utilises Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless streaming.
The Sonos One isn’t just a portable speaker that looks great for your desktop PC. It is also a smart speaker altogether, complete with a built-in Amazon Alexa that allows you to perform hands-free activities like playing music or setting up the alarm clock using voice control system.
Performance-wise, the Sonos One sports two Class-D digital amplifiers along with a tweeter and mid-woofer that helps to produce a deep bass response and crisp vocal clarity. You can also stream your music.
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