Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers of 2015

Powerful sound without wires. Choosing best portable Bluetooth speakers of 2015.

This madness started just two or three years ago – almost all manufacturers began to produce large quantities of portable speakers for mobile devices: phones, tablets, mp3 players. Very quickly, portable speakers with battery were suddenly in demand. This gadget is very convenient and cool, and the choice is huge. Today we’ll take a look at the most interesting and popular models.

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What is the secret of huge popularity of portable speakers? Obviously, small gadgets that actually suite people’s needs. You can listen them at home; you can take it to the beach or take with you for summer vacation. At your finger tip disposal is a bluetooth-connection that allows you to use your smartphone, tablet or mp3 player as a music library and in some cases provide numerous additional features and a nice bonus.

Oddly enough, many portable systems have evolved to play very well. Manufacturers developed very complex acoustic system, so that at times we just cannot believe that sound is played via a small box on the table. But let us first consider the general features that determine your choice.

Power and format


As a rule, manufacturers are reluctant to indicate the power of portable systems. On one hand, it is unpleasant, when they hide something from us. On the other hand – we get nothing from these numbers as they are irrelevant. When you selecting speakers to buy, we would recommend to pay attention to information on the number of speakers used and their actual size. For example, if the system has a dedicated bass head or full tweeters (HF-head), it is likely to sound better than the model with a full range speakers.

Do not forget about the size. On the photos, all systems look the same, but in life you may encounter unpleasant features. If you plan to carry a speaker with you all the time, it is recommended to pick the model weighing 300-500g in ergonomic body. Heavier models are more suitable for placing them on a desktop and movement inside the apartment, home or office.

Interfaces


In most cases, Bluetooth is the most common form of connection. Before buying it is recommended to check how many devices can be liked the device. In every household there are several sources, and when the speaker supports multiple labels, the “switch” with a smartphone or tablet to your Smartphone or to the tablet would happen quickly. Otherwise, each time you would be forced to make a connection. Some devices feature very helpful NFC module to pair your portable Bluetooth speaker with just tapping the phone to a special label.

Apple fans are more likely to pick a model with AirPlay technology. It is convenient, and there are a lot of devices that support AirPlay interface. If the portable speaker is being used as the main speakers for a laptop, you can use the auxiliary input. So you would get a longer battery life by eliminating the Bluetooth transition. In addition to this, some systems have power outputs such as USB for charging mobile phones. In other words, they can work as powerbank.

Speakerphone


A microphone, generally provides the option to use speaker in speakerphone mode. You can remotely pick up the phone call and talk to a speakerphone. There are some advanced models with multiple microphones and noise reduction system; they are able to transmit speech clearly even within a couple of meters.

10 Best Models of Wireless Bluetooth Speakers of 2015


To narrow down your choices, we selected the 10 best models of portable speakers. Some of them have already been examined in a detailed overview. And it is worth to say that the simplest models (such as those that are sold for $5-10 on eBay and Amazon) were not included in our review. They do not represent anything special in terms of features, sound quality and other things.

Comparison Chart

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers for 2015
SpeakerOverall Sound QualityBattery Life (hours)Water-ResistantSizeWeightPrice
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Bose SoundLink Mini
100%7 hoursNo2.3 x 7.1 x 2 inches1.5 pounds$199
Beats Pill
Beats Pill
90%7 hoursNo7.6 x 2 x 2 inches11.2 ounces$169
Skullcandy Bluetooth Speaker Bluetooth Enabled
Skullcandy Bluetooth Speaker
90%5 hoursYes5.8 x 3.4 x 8.9 inches1.1 pounds $149
GOgroove SonaVERSE Portable Rechargeable Smartphones
GOgroove SonaVERSE
85%7 hoursNo10 x 4.25 x 4 inches2 pounds$35
RevJams DISCOTEK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
RevJams DISCOTEK
80%5 hoursNo8.2 x 4 x 4 inches8 ounces$59
Omaker M4 Splashproof Shockproof Technology
Omaker M4
80%12 hoursYes3.2 x 3.2 x 1.8 inches8.2 ounces$34
JAMBOX Jawbone Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
JAMBOX Jawbone
75%10 hoursNo6.1 x 1 x 2.3 inches9.1 ounces$99
JBL Portable Wireless Speaker
JBL Portable 2
75%5 hoursNo7.5 x 7 x 3 inches1.6 pounds$138
OontZ Angle Enhanced Ultra Portable built
OontZ Angle Enhanced
70%12 hoursNo5.3 x 3 x 2.7 inches9.1 ounces$27
SoundBlock Portable Bluetooth Speakerphone Rechargeable
SoundBlock
70%10 hoursNo6 x 2 x 1.8 inches1 pound$49

Conclusion


This concludes our brief review of the best wireless speakers on the market. Ahead is the Berlin’s IFA exhibition, which is traditionally announcing huge number of new products. Obviously, the high-quality sound in a portable format is becoming an uptrend. This means that soon we will have to make a new selection of the most interesting models. Stay tuned.