At a time when the iPod speaker dock is so ubiquitous, it’s getting hard to find manufacturers dedicated to designing high-quality audio systems for PC use. Therefore, it's reinvigorating to see an industry bigwig such as Logitech step up to the play and craft one of the best performing 2.1 channel PC audio systems.
Just above the 100-dollar mark, the Z623 doesn’t necessarily come across as a bargain. But it makes up for its hefty price with an outstanding audio output and punching power. As much as movie buffs are lovestruck by the THX certification, the speaker is equally suited for playing music. The thunderous subwoofer can be cracked up for an outdoor party and dialed down for a more refined output.
So, what else does the Logitech Z623 offer?
Being an audio system designed for gaming and watching movies, you would expect the Z623 to have the looks of most speakers in its genre. A typical gaming speaker has extra design elements, curves, and rough edges. Interestingly, the Z623 has none of those traits. It looks more of a powerhouse that you would find in a music studio.
The stereo speakers have dimensions of 7.8” x 5.6” x 5.4” and positioned upright for better desktop usage. On the front panel of the system’s right speaker are three knobs – for adjusting the volume, power, and bass – that are conveniently positioned below the 2.5-inch driver. The positioning of the bass knob is unique since most similar systems have them placed on the rear end of the sub.
The right panel houses a headphone jack an Aux input. A large cable for connecting the speaker to the subwoofer extends from the back.The left speaker is linked to the sub by an RCA connection.
The cables are non-removable, and this presents the first shortcoming to an otherwise perfect design. In most music systems, the cables are the normally the first item to get damaged. If this happens on the Z623, you will be required to buy a whole new set or pay for an unnecessary repair.
The sub is quite huge, measuring 11.9” x 11.1” x 10.4”. In addition to the said connections on the system’s rear panel, the sub also hosts a 3.5mm auxiliary input as well as a stereo RCA input for connecting to the PC.
The Z623 doesn’t come with a remote control despite being an absolute powerhouse. So if you use this beast for a party or video games, you’ll certainly miss the convenience of adjusting the bass and volume remotely.
There’s no doubt that the Z623 is an outstanding performer. The twin satellite speakers deliver crystal clear high notes with incredibly detailed midranges, while the sub cranks out a deep bass that’s powerful enough to rattle everything in your room.
The wattage of this system is simply exceptional. Each of the twin speakers pumps out 35 watts of distortion-free output, while the sub puts out 130 watts of low-frequency sound. With a total wattage of 200, the Z623 will certainly electrify your party with its incredible sound.
Even better, is that you can set the system into “loud” mode by adjusting the bass knob to maximum. In this mode, the mids will still retain their impeccable detail, and the bass response will hit twice as hard.
And what about the THX certification? What does it mean for the 2.1 system’s movie performance?
You must understand that it’s almost impossible to replicate the exact sound of a THX theatre with just one subwoofer and two satellites. In the case of the Z623, Logitech elusively interpreted the THX certification to mean that the system meets high performance, reliability, and quality standards.
That said, the THX hype is very real. The manufacturers have utilized THX standards to modify the speaker's output, much to the delight of movie and game enthusiasts. Watching a movie on the Z623 is the closest you can get to the immersive experience of multi-channel theatre systems. Gunshots and shattering sound more real and conversations are clearer than what you would get with an ordinary 2.1 audio system.
All the features listed in this Logitech Z623 Review makes its price tag look quite cheap. Its sound is robust, deep, and the most 3D output you will ever get with a 2.1 audio system. Considering it achieves all this from a computer’s low-quality built-in soundcard, the Z623 has lived up to the hype.
If you can overlook the cable connection and the lack of a remote control system, this is a great buy. Enjoy!
Yamaha has been known to create some of the best electronics ever since the advancement of modern technology. Over the years, their products have become better and more sophisticated than ever. They always guarantee their customers quality products and this is probably why they are so famous all around the world.
The company has set standards very high with the release of Yamaha NS-SP1800BL. These are top-quality speakers that have created quite a stir in the audiophile world and have even run out of stock in some stores. You are probably thinking of buying it too!
But before you make any hasty decision, here’s everything you need to know about Yamaha NS-SP1800BL.
The NS-SP1800BL is a 5.1 channel speaker system with a powerful sound performance at an affordable price. In fact, they are one of the best surround speaker systems on the market right now.
This set comes with a 2-way center speaker with 2.5-inch woofers and a 0.5-inch tweeter, four 2-way satellite speakers with a 2.5-inch speaker and 0.5-inch tweeter, and an 8-inch 100W high-powered sub-woofer.
These speakers have a magnetic shield and an advanced active stereo technology installed that cancels out any impedance and offers high-quality audio performance. The sound system also has a wide frequency response of 28Hz-50,000Hz to deliver rich, clear surround sound with crisp-clear accuracy.
All the units have removable grills that prevent direct exposure of the speaker’s acoustic drivers and keep dust out.
The NS-SP1800BL’s sound performance is pretty impressive. While the system is not suitable for hardcore audiophiles, they have a formidable audio quality that’s acceptable for their price tag.
The satellites produce crystal-clear sound at low to mid volume levels. The sound is evenly distributed to every angle of the room and this creates a nice sound-field that’s easy on the ears. The main speaker offers bright and clear sound that’s just perfect for vocals – the vocals are well-defined and crisp. The subwoofer, on the other hand, produces very powerful bass that can literally shake the entire room when set at high volumes.
The sound from these speakers has little or no distortion at mid to full volume. With deep sound effects and impressive surround sound reproduction, watching your favorite movies with this system feel like being at the actual movies – you can hear even the most minute sound details such as footsteps and after-sounds of shattering glass.
From a speaker of this size and price range, it’s quite surprising how it can produce such clear and detailed sound.
To recap on the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL review, let’s look at the pros and cons.
If you’re looking for a good set of surround sound system for the ultimate listening experience in your home, the Yamaha NS-SP1800BLs are a great choice for you. The speakers create a clear and enhanced sound field that will make you deeply engrossed in the movie or music.
While these might not be the ultimate audiophile speakers, they do a great job in terms of audio quality for a sound system of its size. This set also features a minimalist and simple design with a unique magnetic shield which makes them versatile to be placed anywhere in your home (nearby cables do not interfere with the sound quality).
All in all, in terms of both affordability and quality, the NS-SP1800BL is one of the best surround sound speakers you can find in a 5.1 channel speaker setup.
One of the most common uses of PCs and smartphones today is multimedia consumption. Whether its binge movie watching or listening to music, there’s an increasingly large number of consumers who prefer using mobile devices to large TV screens. However, even with this convenience and portability, the audio output of these devices is quite average at best.
This is where wireless speakers come in. These fun, little gadgets connect to your laptops or mobile phones via Bluetooth for a more enhanced audio playback. The speakers are also portable meaning that you can carry them with you wherever you go.
One of the most outstanding Bluetooth speakers has been the JBL Clip 2. The Clip 2 is an upgraded model of the Clip Plus which offered great sound performance and style for its price range (under $50). The Clip 2 improves all aspects of the previous version – including the rugged design, speaker size, sound quality, portability, and battery life.
Here’s a complete JBL Clip 2 review.
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When unboxing a typical speaker, you’ll need to pull everything apart so that you can get a good glimpse at all the accessories that come with it. But you don’t have to do this with the JBL Clip 2 because all the accessories that matter (the 3.5mm audio cable and the carabiner) are built right into the wireless speaker.
Nonetheless, it does come with a user manual and warranty information.
Design and Build Quality
The JBL Clip 2 is as small as a hockey puck. The front part is covered with JBL’s signature woven fabric and the logo at the bottom. On the top of the speaker, there’s a triangular carabiner that’s attached to the clip by a silicone ring. If for some reason you wouldn’t want the carabiner attached, with a little fiddling, you can have it removed.
The back and sides of the speaker are covered with a soft rubber material that is gentle on hands and is fingerprint- and abrasion-resistant. Indented buttons seamlessly line around the circumference of the speaker. On the right side, there’s the Bluetooth pairing and power buttons with a Micro-USB charging plug between them.
With its flap closed, the JBL Clip 2 is IPX7 waterproof, meaning that you can submerge it in water for 30 straight minutes and it will still function well. This is, however, an increasingly common feature in many Bluetooth speakers today – but a welcomed one nonetheless.
It also comes in a number of beautiful colors including red, blue, black, grey, teal, and camo.
The JBL Clip 2 improves on an already impressive sound quality of the original Clip Plus by delivering good bass, brilliant mids, and impressive trebles with no distortion whatsoever.
The wireless speaker is good, especially on vocals, all thanks to the crisp and clear mid tones – something that many small wireless speakers lack. Whether you are into soft RnB, hip-hop, or metal rock, the JBL Clip 2 has no problem when it comes to satisfying your inner audiophile. It’ll produce a rich, detailed sound that you will enjoy through the years.
Well, it isn’t really much of a surprise that this speaker has a high-quality sound – it’s a JBL model for goodness sakes! However, if you are looking for a very powerful bass, you’ll need to get a speaker with a considerable passive radiator to enhance the low-ends.
Another weak point is the volume. The JBL Clip 2 maxes out only 80 decibels. This is loud enough for home use, but not adequate for a noisy pool party.
Nonetheless, for a Bluetooth speaker of this size and price range, it does a recommendable job. You can rely on it for your day-to-day use.
JBL improved the battery life of the Clip 2 model to 8 hours, from 5 hours on the previous model. At a low-to-moderate volume, the Clip 2 can last up to 10 hours. This extra bump in battery life makes this speaker quite reliable since it is actually usable for the most part of your day.
The Li-ion battery is inbuilt and not replaceable.
The JBL Clip 2 is compatible with Andriod, iOS, and Windows devices. Though the Bluetooth range is not stated, the signal will start to break up at around 50 feet from the source. This is a great improvement compared to its predecessors.
It doesn’t have a mobile app from where you can control it from, however, you can pair two Clip 2s together by holding the Bluetooth button on each unit for a few seconds, and enhance the sound performance.
The Clip 2 also comes with a speakerphone which makes communication easier and clearer.
Minor shortcomings aside, the JBL Clip 2 is a great Bluetooth speaker that you should definitely try out. It has great sound and is lightweight to take it with you outdoors.
If you are looking for a small, compact Bluetooth speaker, the Clip 2 is an attractive choice with small but very significant improvements over its predecessors.
Wireless Bluetooth speakers are fast becoming a staple means of enjoying music both indoors and outdoors, even with their inability to match the sound output of a stereo system. Maybe it’s the convenience of their portability and flashy designs.
The reasons for their popularity may vary, but one thing is constant – Bluetooth speakers are here to stay. Being one of the fast-moving items in today’s market, manufacturers are making deliberate efforts to deliver the best possible sound outputs and sleek designs, and the Oontz Angle 3 Plus is no exception.
While it’s certainly not the best performer in the wireless speaker market, the Oontz Angle 3 Plus offers consumers absolute value for money. Here’s an Oontz Angle 3 Plus review to show you just how much a speaker under $50 will offer.
The Oontz Angle 3 Plus will certainly not win any awards because of its design, which is something you would expect from a 35-dollar piece. Nonetheless, it has nice functional perks that improve its appeal. For instance, it is designed to be used in both an upright and horizontal position.
In terms of shape, the Angle 3 Plus comes in a triangular design with smooth edges. The triangular shape makes it easy to pick it up when you want to move it around. Its portability is also enhanced by its light weight of just 13 ounces.
Portability aside, the Angle 3 Plus is equipped with grip contact points made of rubber, minimizing slipping instances on steep surfaces. On the top edge of the speaker is an inbuilt microphone for making phone calls.
There’s also a Bluetooth button with a blue LED light that blinks when the speaker is ready to pair. When it successfully pairs with another device, the non-intrusive light stays blue.
There’s also a red LED light that indicates the amount of power remaining on the battery and the charging status of the speaker. It blinks when the speaker is charging or when the battery is low and stays red when it's fully charged.
On the bottom of the device is a vent for dispersing the heat generated when you play music for a long time.
In addition to the above design perks, this piece of work can resist splash water. Unfortunately, it cannot withstand being completely submerged in water or being left in wet surroundings for a long time. Always remember to cover the AUX jack and micro USB ports with the rubber flap that comes with the speaker when using it in wet environments.
The sound output of the Oontz Angle 3 Plus is pretty amazing for a speaker of its size and price range. It has an output of 10W, which is beautifully delivered by the front dual speakers. It also produces an omni directional sound that fills up the entire room nicely.
It follows up its outstanding audio output with a long battery life of up to 30 hours. It also comes with a USB cable for charging. This cable cannot be used on a wall outlet.
The speaker also comes with a power saving function that shuts down the device if you don’t use it for 15 minutes. However, it automatically switches to regular mode when plugged into a power source.
The Angle 3 Plus is also equipped with a microphone, allowing you to make hands-free calls without too much hassle. There’s nothing special about the mic. It’s functional, and that’s all that matters.
This wireless speaker is also water-resistant up to IPX5, meaning that it is also rainproof, splashproof, sand proof, dustproof and perfect for poolside and beach applications.
Of course, the Oontz Angle 3 Plus has Bluetooth connectivity. But are there other ways you can play music on this device?
The Angle 3 plus comes with a 3.5mm AUX input that allows you to hardwire music from devices that do not have Bluetooth capability. Unfortunately, you cannot simultaneously pair the speaker with more than one device.
Also, you can’t pair the speaker with your phone via Bluetooth when another device is connected to the AUX input. The Bluetooth connectivity is automatically disabled the moment you plug in the audio jack into your phone
Overall, the Oontz Angle 3 Plus is a decent Bluetooth speaker. It may not have the best connectivity or the most powerful sound output in the market. However, it compensates that with an outstanding battery life and interesting design perks.
Anker’s Soundcore 1 was widely regarded as one of the best speakers in its price range, and the Soundcore 2 is has lived up to the company’s heritage. The new offering is a reliable, durable performer. Even better, is that the manufacturer has added extra cool features to this new model, making it an absolute bargain.
The average price for the Soundcore 2 is under $50 on most online platforms. For that price range, you get value for money.
So, what’s in Anker’s latest soundbox?
The Soundcore 2 has maintained the same compact build as its predecessor. It takes after the older version’s simple brick design, although its curves are more subtle.
However, there are few alterations to the design. For instance, the charging and Aux ports—which were exposed in the earlier model— now have a cover to protect them from dust and water. You can easily open this flap whenever you want to use the ports, thanks to the small protrusion that extends over it.
The speaker is also not entirely waterproof. However, it can withstand raindrops and splash water, so don’t be afraid to use it at the beach or poolside.
In terms of size, Anker’s new offering is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, with dimensions of 6.6” x 1.85” x 2.2” and a weight of 14.6 ounces. It’s small and lightweight build is a huge boost to the device’s portability. You can easily carry the new model around in your pocket or bag.
If you prefer speakers that fit seamlessly into the theme color of your home decor, you will definitely love the color choices offered by the Soundcore 2. It comes in red, black, grey and blue.
Anker’s Soundcore 2 has an impressive Bluetooth 4.2 technology that has a range of up to 66 feet.
In addition to its Bluetooth connectivity, the Soundcore 2 allows you to connect your non-Bluetooth devices through its auxiliary input. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with Wifi connectivity, but this should not come as a surprise considering the speaker’s price tag.
You can make calls through the Soundcore’s inbuilt microphone. Don’t expect a smartphone-like performance in this regard, however, it is functional and the sound quality it’s sufficient for short conversations.
One of the few things that Anker is popular for is it’s top-quality charging accessories. As such, the Soundcore 2 follows suit and doesn’t disappoint with its 5,200mAh Li-ion battery.
The battery life lasts for almost 24 hours. However, this will depend on your playback time will and usage. Of course, you can’t expect to play music at full blast and still enjoy the maximum battery life.
Bassheads have been crying out for a richer, louder booming bass on portable Bluetooth speakers, and Anker has pleasurably obliged. You can instantly feel the difference between the Soundcore 2 and Anker’s earlier models. The bass is deeper and stays clear of distortion even at maximum volumes.
Anker combined the “BassUp” technology with a patented spiral bass port to produce a speaker that takes low-frequency beats to new depths without losing clarity and intensity. The incredible sound of the Soundcore 2 is beautifully delivered by twin subwoofers that take its bass to a whole another level.
The custom-designed dual drivers deliver 12 watts of stereo sound and the Digital Signal Processor offers a dynamic range control mechanism to allow you to hit maximum volumes without any changes in sound quality.
Additionally, the speaker boasts of an impressive sound distribution, courtesy of its Soundcore Boost technology that produces crisp, room-filling audio. However, the Boost is automatically disabled when the device is on a low battery.
It’s pretty easy to connect your smartphone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth device to the Soundcore 2 and quite straightforward to connect non-Bluetooth devices to the Aux input.
The impressive feature that takes the Soundcore’s convenience to the next level is its ability to automatically connect to the device that was used last to play music. This means you don’t have to set up a connection every single time you want to listen to music.
In case the last source device is not within range, the Soundcore 2 auto switches to pairing mode, allowing you to connect another device.
Absolutely! Paying anything less than $50 for a device with its ability is an absolute bargain. But if you are a serious audiophile and yearn for something much more powerful, it’s advisable to stretch your budget for a bigger, more expensive Bluetooth speaker.
Music enhances experiences – be it a poolside party, a scenic drive out of town, or an outdoor gathering with family and friends. Since you want to concentrate on having fun, you wouldn’t want to stress about your speaker getting damaged by raindrops or poolside splashes.
As such, it’s important to take water resistance capability into consideration when buying a wireless speaker. But are there enough options for you to choose from in this regard?
Here are 25 Bluetooth speakers that are not afraid to get wet:
The Skullcandy comes in a rugged design with a rubber shell that enables it to withstand tough weather. It follows that up with a long playback time of up to 14 hours.
The Panasonic SC-NT10D is all about outstanding performance and toughness. Its rugged design enables it to withstand shock, splash water, and dust.
The BM101 pumps out an amazing sound for its small size and modest price. It also comes in a unique, water-resistant design, making it a pool party favorite.
The JBL extreme is not your average speaker. Its 15-hour playback time and 10,000mAh battery capacity are way above the industry’s standards. It matches its monstrous battery with a powerful sound output.
It may have a short playback time of just six hours, but its powerful audio makes up for this shortcoming. It’s also small and easy to carry around.
This is the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker in terms of battery life. You can crank it up for 50 straight hours before you need to recharge. It also has an excellent sound quality and a classy design.
Braven’s 8,800mAh battery capacity is 700% higher than what your average speaker will offer you. It also waterproof and doesn’t damage when it falls into the pool.
It may be quite expensive, but the 26-hour playback time and water-resistance on the Riva Turbo X is worth every penny.
Not many speakers in the market are lighter than 0.3 pounds, which is exactly how much the FreshETech Splash Shower Tunes weighs. Its battery life, portability, and splashproof design make it a great personal companion.
Apart from having a reliable playback time and being waterproof, the Fugoo Sport is incredibly light, weighing only 1.1 pounds.
The Cocoon comes with both Airplay and Wi-Fi connectivity, but it’s heavier than most speakers on this list—7.2 pounds. It also pumps out quite an impressive output, which you can only enjoy for 5 hours straight.
The 0.39-pound weight is one of the most impressive features of the rugged, (yet attractive) Boombotix Boombot Rex. It can be fully submerged in water and still work well.
Here comes a budget option for those looking for an affordable waterproof speaker. It only weighs half a pound and delivers a good sound.
The Fugoo Tough matches the 40-hour battery life of the Fugoo Sport and follows it up with an impressive sound output and reliable water-resistance.
This piece can hit maximum volume without even the tiniest bit of sound distortion, courtesy of its dual-firing driver. Don’t let its lightness fool you, the ShoqBox is extremely tough and durable.
The TDK A33 matches its price and size with a robust sound and a tough, splash-proof design. The only downside to this speaker is the short battery life of six hours.
With a 240 wattage, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 cranks out a high-quality sound, creating an immersive music experience that you will absolutely love. The playback time on this speaker is an impressive 24 hours, making it an ideal choice for a pool party.
Despite its small size, the Ultimate Ears Roll delivers a loud, high-quality sound with no distortions. It also comes with a unique design that’s very water resistant.
It has an incredible sound output, a decent 14-hour playback time, and a tough, rugged design to handle anything thrown in its way.
The third member of the Fugoo series boasts of a 40-hour playback time, robust audio, and a rugged waterproof design.
The Omni S2R comes with both Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, and a battery life of 10 hours. It also delivers a loud, rich sound that can handle the ambient noise of a pool or beach party.
In addition to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and wired connections, the Archt Audio One comes with Airplay capability offering you the much-needed flexibility.
At 2.75 pounds, the DK TREK Max A34 is heavier than most portable waterproof speakers. However, its sound is so rich that you will not mind the extra pounds.
You could soak the JBL Charge 3 in water for over 10 minutes and it would still function well. This piece is cylindrical in shape and comes with powerful bass radiators that put out an impressive sound.
This compact speaker delivers a thumping bass for a long time, courtesy of its 16-hour playback time. For extra decibels, pair it with other XB10s and you will have yourself the best pool party ever!
Skullcandy Air Raid
Life n Soul BM101
TDK TREK 360
Minirig Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Riva Turbo X
FreshETech Splash Shower Tunes
Denon Cocoon Portable
Boombotix Boombot Rex
Philips ShoqBox Mini BT2200
TDK A33 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15
Ultimate Ears Roll
Polk Audio Omni S2R
Archt Audio One
DK TREK Max A34
JBL Charge 3
If there’s something these speakers show you is that the market is bursting with diverse types and brands of waterproof Bluetooth speakers. The prices also vary, so you can be sure to find something that not only fits your budget but also reliable.
The Jawbone Jambox was one of the biggest pioneers of portable wireless speakers when it was first introduced in 2011. In barely a year, Jawbone introduced another bigger and more expensive Bluetooth speaker known as the Big Jambox.
However, with the ever-changing trends of convenience and style, the Jawbone is now going the opposite direction by making the Mini Jambox – a much smaller version of its predecessors.
This little, portable speaker is designed to be a constant audio companion to your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet. If you want to make a visual and sonic statement without breaking the bank, the Jawbone Mini Jambox is a great Bluetooth speaker to consider.
While it’s all about fitting high-quality sound into a small box, the Mini Jambox doesn’t compromise on style.
It comes in different beautiful colors with a variety of speaker grilles. Each grill has a slightly unique design and style. The mix of style and colors is intended to give some sort of personalization which was missing in previous models.
The build quality of this Jawbone speaker is also exquisite. It is a single piece of aluminum with soft-to-touch panels on each edge. This not only enhances the look and feel, but also helps to prevent rattling sounds at high volumes.
The Mini Jambox uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology which consumes very little power to transmit data. These significantly increases the battery life of the speaker by up to 10 hours. The battery is charged using a standard Micro-USB port on the side of the speaker.
It is also pretty convenient and portable than average – it can easily fit into your pocket. However, you wouldn’t want to keep it in your pocket often, it is just a little bit thick for it. Instead, your bag or jacket pocket would make a nice home for the Mini Jambox.
This speaker has a number of buttons, but none of them stands out too much since they are all seamlessly fitted and neatly color-matched to the outer finish. The volume controls and Play/Pause button sit on top of the speaker.
On the right edge, there is a pinhole mic, meaning that you can use the Mini Jambox as a speakerphone. Since it uses a single omni-directional mic, there’s no traditional active noise cancellation. Instead, there’s pure software-based echo cancellation.
The Jawbone Mini Jambox is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows devices. To switch on Bluetooth, you have to hold the button with two opposite arrows for a few seconds until the speaker’s power light flashes red.
From your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, you should see “Mini-Jambox” as one of the nearby Bluetooth devices. Connect to it and you will hear a small chirp, indicating successful.
Jawbone has free apps for both Android and iOS platforms. From the app, you can conveniently control your playlist, check the battery level, as well as dial a contact.
Even better, you can pair more than one device with the speaker concurrently. However, only one device will use the speaker at a given time. This feature is particularly useful if you constantly switch between devices.
One of the biggest problems of older Jawbone models was the sound distortion at high volume levels. The Jawbone Mini Jambox doesn’t have much of a bass punch, however, its sound is free from any distortion whatsoever, even at high volumes.
This speaker has a treble-heavy/ mid character that you can definitely rely on on your day-to-day activities. All through the range of volumes, the passive bass radiator and two drivers push out smooth sonic waves that are easy to the ears.
The Mini Jambox has its own EQ, compression and loudness-compensation algorithm to personalize the music to your liking. There’s also the LiveAudio setting for 3D sound, however, this feature is not as effective.
Even with all the improvements made in the Jawbone Mini, it still suffers some fatal flaws from its predecessors. One of the most common ones is that it isn’t loud enough to be used in places with moderate ambient noise. The speakerphone’s volume is also low.
Nonetheless, the level of clarity and volume of the Mini is still pretty impressive for a speaker its size.
The Jawbone Mini Jambox is not the most affordable wireless speaker on the market, but is also not ridiculously overpriced. The combination of quality sound, iconic design, and compact size make it a solid choice for a portable speaker.
If you are looking for something small, lightweight, easily portable, and has good sound, this is the Bluetooth speaker for you. However, if you are willing to go for a slightly bigger speaker, you can get more powerful sound for less if you shop right.
Bookshelf speakers are compact loudspeakers that are sold as part of a home theatre package. Due to their small size, they often need to be placed on a bookshelf. But despite what the name suggests, you don’t necessarily have to place a bookshelf speaker on a bookshelf—any other raised surface will do.
Over the years, manufacturers have been working hard to design the next big thing in the bookshelf speaker market much to the delight of consumers who now have a wide selection to choose from. However, this is not all good news.
Because there are so many types of bookshelf speakers on the market, it’s more difficult for the ordinary consumer to filter out subpar options and zero in on sublime masterpieces.
Fortunately, here’s a compiled a list of the best bookshelf speakers of 2019 to help you choose wisely.
The NHT SuperZero 2.1 Mini-Monitor Speaker comes in the compact design of a rugged, braced cabinet. It also boasts of a 1” silk dome tweeter that complements the power of its 4.5” pulp cone woofer, which has an inbuilt 12db/octave crossover.
The Audioengine P4 Bookshelf Speaker pair combines quality sound and great looks in a 2-way passive piece. It comes with a magnetically shielded Kevlar woofer, 5-way binding posts, and silk dome tweeters.
The speaker, which is also compatible with tube amps, boasts of a 58Hz-22kHz frequency response.
Edifier R1280T Powered Speakers have an inbuilt tone control that allows you to adjust bass and treble to your liking. They also have a 100-240 voltage range, 42W output, and 13mm silk dome tweeters that augment a 4” woofer.
Polk Audio TSi200 speakers feature a 1” silk dome tweeter and 5.25” cone woofer that has a 43Hz-25kHz frequency response. For optimal performance, it's recommended to pair the TSi200 with a 150W amplifier.
The R-14M delivers a powerful home theatre output albeit its small size. Its outstanding audio quality is courtesy of the speaker’s Injection Molded Graphite, which reduces sound distortion. It is also fitted with a 90x90 Tractrix Horn that connects to the tweeters and the 4” IMG woofer to create crystal, clear sound.
Exceptional rigidity and lightweight construction are what the RP-160M is all about. It also has a good audio quality and a removable grill.
These speakers have wooden casings that house high-end drivers and tuned ports, and are bound by removable grills. The system has a wattage of 80W for a rather powerful sound performance.
The two Bluetooth connected speakers feature a 19mm dome tweeter, a 4” bass driver with a range of -6b to +6db, and two aux inputs. They also have an RCA input.
Every speaker in this 3-way system is fitted with 3 drivers and a magnetic shield that you can use with your home theatre. The audio quality is incredible both at high volumes and low volumes.
The Mackie CR Series CR3 is equipped with Bluetooth streaming capability, an aux input, and high-output drivers, making it ideal for home studios.
This set only operates via Wi-fi connectivity. You can control the speakers remotely via the Sonos app on your phone. Their 6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69-inch dimension and 4.08-pound weight makes them one of the most portable bookshelf speakers in on the market.
The Micca COVO-S speakers are equipped with a 3-inch woofer, which has a waveguide cone design for efficient tweeter dispersion. The transition between the tweeter and the woofer is enhanced by a 3.2kHz frequency response and a 6dB/octave crossover.
These speakers come with a 5.5” subwoofer and a Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. They also boast of aux and optical inputs.
The ELAC B6 has taken the sound quality of the Debut Series to a whole another level with its new bass dollop, making it a must-have for all bassheads. Other features include Deep-Spheroid waveguide, customized drivers, and an Aramid-Fibre woofer.
This 6.5” masterpiece pumps out exemplary sound albeit its small size. It comes in a distinctive black pica vinyl body with an easily removable grill.
NHT SuperZero 2.1 Mini-Monitor Speaker
4.5” pulp cone woofer
Audioengine P4 Bookshelf Speakers
boasts of a 58Hz-22kHz frequency response.
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers
100-240 voltage range, 42W output, and 13mm silk dome tweeters that augment a 4” woofer.
Polk Audio TSi200
1” silk dome tweeter and 5.25” cone woofer
Klipsch R-14M Bookshelf Speaker
4” IMG woofer to create crystal, clear sound.
RP-160M is all about. It also has a good audio quality and a removable grill.
Sound Appeal 6.5-Inch Bookshelf Speakers
80W for a rather powerful sound performance.
4” bass driver with a range of -6b to +6db, and two aux inputs. They also have an RCA input.
Yamaha NS-6490 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers
The audio quality is incredible both at high volumes and low volumes.
Mackie CR Series CR3
Equipped with Bluetooth streaming capability, an aux input, and high-output drivers, making it ideal for home studios.
6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69-inch dimension and 4.08-pound weight
Micca COVO-S Compact 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers
The transition between the tweeter and the woofer is enhanced by a 3.2kHz frequency response and a 6dB/octave crossover.
These speakers come with a 5.5” subwoofer and a Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. They also boast of aux and optical inputs.
ELAC B6 Debut Series
the sound quality of the Debut Series to a whole another level with its new bass dollop, making it a must-have for all bassheads.
Dayton Audio B652 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker
This 6.5” masterpiece pumps out exemplary sound albeit its small size. It comes in a distinctive black pica vinyl body with an easily removable grill.
When choosing bookshelf speakers, be on the lookout for two key things. One of them is the finish. You want to settle for something that seamlessly fits into your home decor.
Second, pay attention to the size of the drivers – they are the little magicians behind the speaker’s sound quality.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to this – Bluetooth speakers. Whether you want a decent set of headphones that don’t tangle up each and every time, a surround-sound home theater system, or a portable speaker that you can use at a pool party, wireless speakers are the way to go.
However, they have a limited range and may not produce good sound if they do not have a strong signal. Moreover, some retro audiophiles may not find them so satisfying. Maybe if these naysayers know how the wireless speakers work, they might appreciate the technology a little bit more.
In order to understand how Bluetooth speakers work, you’ll first need to learn one or two things about sound.
Basically, sound is just vibrations. When an object vibrates, it pulls on and pushes against surrounding air molecules. In turn, these air molecules affect other surrounding air molecules and a chain reaction is created.
As a result, you get a wave of air pressure fluctuations which extends outward from the vibrating object. If you are within the range of this wave, your eardrums will vibrate in response to the air pressure change, and your brain will interpret these signals as sound.
Both wired and wireless speakers produce sound through these vibrations – all they need is a little magnetism and electricity that pumps the voice coil and cause the vibrations.
Sound can travel through gases, liquids, and solids, but not vacuum. For instance, if you put your ear down on a table and someone hits it on the other end, you will hear the sound loud and clear. This is because sound travels better through solid than gases.
If this is the case, why do many Bluetooth speakers sound way better than wired speakers? That’s because Bluetooth doesn’t this way.
So, how do Bluetooth speakers work?
For Bluetooth to work, both devices (phone and wireless speaker) should be equipped with Bluetooth hardware and software connectivity components. On the hardware side, they need an antenna chip that will send and receive signals at a specified frequency.
The software, on the other hand, interprets incoming signals and sends them out in ways other Bluetooth devices can read and understand. Therefore, the phone will send the audio files and relevant information that the speaker will interpret and produce sound.
In more technical terms, Bluetooth uses short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4-2.485GHz and builds a PAN personal area network to establish a sharing connection.
When both devices have their Bluetooth turned on, the speaker will automatically be set to be discoverable. This means that it will show up as one of the Bluetooth devices on your phone. Once you successfully pair, you can remotely control the speaker using your Bluetooth phone.
At this point, the two devices have a unique address and signal from which they transmit data. However, Bluetooth signals have limited ranges. When the phone is far from the speaker, there are massive amounts of wavelength interruptions which distort the sound of the speaker. For it to work properly, ensure the two devices are close together – probably in the same room.
Over the years that it has been in existence, Bluetooth has evolved to be the most convenient mobile connectivity option. Probably because it does not consume a lot of energy. The last thing you’ll want is to have a drained battery when playing your favorite playlist.
Bluetooth chipsets have a maximum range of about 30 feet. For industrial uses, there are chipsets that can have ranges of over 300 feet. The speed of data transfer is also not particularly high, meaning that it’s not really suitable for transferring large amounts data, but it’s strong enough to connect to your speaker for crisp and clear sound.
Even better, Bluetooth now has a newer low-power and faster upgrade, the Bluetooth 4.0. This new option allows wireless devices to run for a long period of time, even on the smallest battery life. This is especially useful for smart home devices such as countertops, ovens, and showerheads.
The most recent version of this protocol, the Bluetooth 4.1, enables very powerful wireless connections while offering better communication and versatility of connected Bluetooth devices.
Now that you have a hang of how a Bluetooth speaker works, you can impress everyone at your next party by explaining to them how their smartphones can send music to the speakers without being physically connected.
For a long time, Marshall has been known for making top-notch audio equipment designed to recreate the vintage looks of guitar amplifiers and speakers. But don’t let these retro looks fool you – they produce high-quality sound for days.
The Marshall Kilburn is a perfect example. This modern Bluetooth speaker not only sounds great, but also has a number of functionalities that you can use to tailor your favorite tunes.
While the speaker market is somehow saturated with a wide variety of options, the Marshall Kilburn will definitely appeal to fashion-conscious consumers, just as much as it will to audiophiles. Unlike most design-focused products that sacrifice performance for style, the Kilburn looks as good as it sounds.
Here a comprehensive Marshal Kilburn review:
With a mesh grill over the drivers and a black/cream tolex vinyl covering, it looks like a smaller version of a retro guitar amplifier.
The Kilburn has three vintage-style controlling knobs for volume, treble, and bass on the top side of the speaker. The knob-turning mechanism makes it easier to tweak the bass or treble to your liking. There’s also an auxiliary port for wired devices.
The speaker is switched on/off using a power toggle – there is usually some sort of satisfaction when you flick your speaker off compared to pushing a power button.
Still on top of the speaker, there are some indicator lights for battery life, input, and Bluetooth connectivity that sit between the volume knob and aux input. You can switch the input using the “Source” button, which puts the speaker to a power-saving mode.
With a 9.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” dimension and 6.6-pound weight, the Kilburn is on the larger side for a portable speaker – you wouldn’t want to go hiking with it. Compared to most Bluetooth speakers that weigh less than 2 pounds, the Kilburn is a like a brick with a leather strap.
Inside the Bluetooth speaker, there is a 4” woofer and two 0.75” tweeters, which evenly spread the sound to all angles.
Even with all these positives, the Kilburn still has some little flaws. For starters, it is not water resistant and doesn’t have a speakerphone. Moreover, it can’t connect to an app from where you can control it from. Nevertheless, the Kilburn focuses on quality music the hard-core way.
The Marshall Kilburn produces high-quality natural sound. You can tune the knobs to your preferred sound preference. The volume can get really high, clear, and crisp without any distortion. This is all thanks to its 4-inch woofer.
The speaker produces full-bodied bass with natural highs and detailed mids for the ultimate listening experience, regardless of your type of music.
However, since this Bluetooth speaker comes with a single woofer, the sound separation is not top-notch, but you’ll get a well-defined and distortion-free sound.
Setting up the Marshall Kilburn is simple and straightforward. This speaker has a dedicated pair button that you have to press to turn on the Bluetooth connectivity.
For older audio devices that don’t have Bluetooth connectivity, you can use the 3.5mm aux jack to connect. It’s compatible with all devices including Andriod, iOS, and Windows.
The Marshall Kilburn can play up 20 hours on a full charge at a 50% volume. When the battery gets below 20%, the battery indicator lights on the top of the speaker blink. But until it gets there, you will have to guess the battery life.
This speaker comes with a power cord that you have to connect to a wall plug for it to charge – it does not come with a USB cable like most portable speakers. However, its battery is replaceable – a unique feature for a wireless speaker. This means that you can always change it for a more efficient one.
The Marshal Kilburn package comes with:
If you love quality sound and your gear old school, then you will easily fall in love with the Kilburn. It is a smart and spunky Bluetooth speaker with plenty of attitudes.
Even with its little shortcomings, the Kilburn simply rocks in its own way.