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Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2014 Review
Bluetooth Speakers are the newest advancements within the wireless portable device world. Using the same Bluetooth technology that enables you to share music and files on your mobile smart phone, these speakers provide a top quality listening experience while not using any wires.
As far as wireless technologies go, Bluetooth offers a compelling performance. There are many wonderful benefits of owning a Bluetooth speaker. To start, they are very portable. Which allows you to use them while traveling, hanging out on the beach, sitting down at a park, or on a day hike.
They are super power efficient, in spite of the great audio quality they produce. The sound that resonates from these are quite impressive. Especially considering the incredibly small form factor they are usually packaged in.
You can also see just how incredibly easy they are to use, no fuss required as they automatically adjust and pair to your favorite mobile phone, tablet, and any Bluetooth enabled device you may own.
They come in various sizes, and delicious shapes and colors, so beautiful, you wont be able to stop yourself from showing them off to your friends. Thankfully, wireless Bluetooth speakers don’t cost you an impressive fortune either. They are moderately priced and available at a discount at most online stores.
What to Look for in a Bluetooth Speaker:
Portability its always a factor. Do you plan on placing this on your desk at work without needing to move it much, or will you need something smaller, and more rugged for outdoor adventures? Be sure to pay attention to it size and construction.
Most Bluetooth speakers will carry an internal battery life of four to ten hours. Make sure that if you plan on using it for extended amounts of time, that it packs enough juice. All of the more recent Bluetooth versions are backward compatible.
So if your phone supports version 2.0 but the speaker you choose supports 2.1, for example, the two devices will still work together; you just can't benefit from 2.1's enhancements as both devices must support the newer spec for the added features to have effect. Also, be aware of working ranges.
Your paired Bluetooth speaker doesn’t need to be in direct line of sight to function properly and maintain their connection. Last but not least is the range they carry. Most Bluetooth speakers will belong to the Class 2 group. On this kind of class, you typically get a working range of up to roughly 33 feet (10 meters).
My 5 Favorite Portable Bluetooth Speakers Under $150
JBL Charge Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
JBL has been around the car audio business for quite sometime, so you know that they understand quality speakers. The JBL Charge Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Grey), can really pack a punch.
Because they are so small, Bluetooth speakers might have trouble producing quality bass. With two 1-5/8-inch (41-millimeter) full-range drivers and a built-in bass port, it produces full-range JBL sound with exceptional bass, that really makes your music bump.
The design of this speaker makes it a great companion for your desk at work, but is rugged enough for use on the road. One of the greatest features is the 12 hours of continuous playback time you can get out of just a single charge.
They even put a USB port hidden on the side, which can be used to plug in, and charge your mobile devices on the go. I can’t tell you how handy this comes in when my phone is getting close to running out of juice. For the quality of sound, nifty USB charger, and very long battery life, buying this speaker is an easy choice.
Digital ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The Grace Digital ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Orange), is for all the outdoor enthusiasts out there that want to play the soundtrack of their adventures on a speaker that will stand up the punishment it will surely receive. I have yet to see a more rugged design.
The biggest feature is the ECOXBT comes acoustically engineered with a sealed speaker enclosure. That’s right, 100% waterproof. This is huge if you are out fishing, hanging out on the beach, or even on a float trip down the river. Furthermore, it will last all day on that river adventure with ten straight hours of beautiful music with it’s built in rechargeable battery.
Once it runs out, a simply USB connection to your computer, laptop, or wall power will get it ready for the next adventure. This speaker provides flexibility even if you don’t have a Bluetooth device, you can still connect your MP3 player with the built in auxiliary port hidden away.
You can also use the built-in waterproof microphone to enjoy hands free calls when you need to tell the office you can’t make it in because the fishing is just too good. I love this device for camping; it takes a beating, and keeps on singing! Highly recommended.
Soundfreaq SFQ-06 Sound Platform 2 Speaker System
I think it’s safe to call the Soundfreaq SFQ-06 Sound Platform 2 Speaker System, a deluxe model Bluetooth speaker system, as it comes with so many great features. At 17 x 6.9 x 9.1 inches, and weighing 6.2 pounds you probably won’t be lugging this device around too often.
It makes a great speaker for the office, kitchen, or any other place you generally don’t have easy access to your music. Easy to use Bluetooth support, or the aux-in 3.5mm line in jack (which accepts input from any device with a standard headphone jack), makes this a versatile speaker-allowing playback from any of your favorite music playing devices.
For added sound, and range, this features DSS (Dual System Streaming) that can connect two devices to play left and right audio simultaneously. Convenience is key. Sometimes you just can’t be troubled to walk over to the speaker to adjust volume, change tracks or make other adjustments.
Thankfully Soundfreaq has made available a free remote control add available for iPhone and iPad. Finally to bring it all together, this speaker features a universal device tray, with cable management for routing USB power, or line in from the rear ports, to the tray. This speaker stands proud on my desk, and it isn’t going anywhere soon. A great buy.
Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers Reviews
JBL Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
When talking about Bluetooth speakers, portability is king. The JBL Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black), is fantastic on the go. At 6.3 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches, and only 12.3 ounces, the versatile and portable design allows you to either lay it flat, or save surface space by standing it up on it’s side, and comes with a fantastic neoprene material carrying pouch when your on the go.
Even with such a small design, it carries a lot of sound. JBL is known for quality audio products, and with dual drivers, DSP, and built-in bass port, this baby sings with clear, rich, and loud sound.
Because it is Bluetooth capable, and features a built-in mic, you can also use this speaker to make hands free calls, from apps like Skype, or FaceTime. I love bass, I love JBL products, and I love the Flip Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.
Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Good things come in small packages. The Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black), is a sweet little speaker, packed with so many innovative features, I could go on for days. The Beats by Dr. Dre brand is known for style.
I’m sure you’ve seen the popular headphones in commercials, music videos, and around town. Looking so fresh when I pull this beauty out, you can tell just by looking at it, it’s build with quality. Let's start with Bluetooth, it’s easy to use and pair with all your favorite devices, but the Pill takes it one step further, by adding NFC support.
NFC allows you to simply tap your phone, or any other NFC capable device, to automatically pair it via Bluetooth, so easy you don’t even have to mess with Bluetooth settings ever. Another great feature that you won’t find in many Bluetooth speakers, is that the pill comes with both audio in and audio out jacks, so even if you don’t have a Bluetooth, or NFC device, you still have the option of playing music from just about any audio source out there.
I can then expand by taking this speaker, hook it up to my home stereo, and stream my music from my phone, enjoying the sound produced from my large home theatre speakers. But wait, there’s more.
With a built-in microphone, I can also use it as a hands free speakerphone, jumping between calls and music with ease. When it comes to size, I wasn’t expecting big sound out of such a small device. It comes in at 9.5 x 6.1 x 3.3, and only weighs 10.9 ounces, but it handles it’s own no matter where I am, like a champ.
Overall this is probably the one of the best speakers on the market today. The flexibility to use it how you want, the power you get in such a small package makes this a no-brainer.
Are Bluetooth Speakers Worth the Money?
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