A Comprehensive Review Of The Oontz Angle 3 Plus

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.

OontZ Angle 3 PLUS - Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Superior Stereo...
  • HIGH QUALITY CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND distinct mids and highs from our two precision acoustic drivers delivers excellent...
  • LOUDER VOLUME & MORE BASS distortion-free at maximum volume; room filling sound, perfect for home, dorm room, kitchen,...
  • WATER RESISTANT IPX5 splashproof, rainproof, dustproof, sandproof; outdoor shower speaker, perfect for the beach,...

Speaker Design

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.

Performance

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.

Connectivity

Of course, the Oontz Angle 3 Plus has Bluetooth connectivity. But are there other ways you can play music on this device?

Definitely!

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

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is lightweight and easily portable.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is IPX5 water resistant.

Cons

  • It lacks a micro-SD port.
  • The sound quality is not as powerful compared other modern Bluetooth speakers.

Final Verdict

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.

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Are you looking to buy the best loudest portable speakers? Here at LoudestPortableSpeakers.com, we have made it our goal to research, compile, and inform the public on the loudest speakers available!

By contacting manufacturers, pouring through technical information, and listening to these products, we have discerned the list of the best speakers on the market today. Our definition of best as follows: loud, quality of sound, price, and other features specific to the speaker. But before we dive straight in, let’s look at some interesting factors to consider first.

How to Choose the Loudest Portable Speakers

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Before we share the loudest Bluetooth speakers you can purchase right now, there are some important factors you’ll want to consider to make the best choice for you. Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered with an easy-to-follow guide below.

Battery Life

In an ideal world, you’ll have hours of battery life when using your portable speaker. Battery life is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing the best portable unit right now. It’s not ideal to recharge your speaker after each time you use it, or even during use. When researching the loudest Bluetooth speakers, there’s an apparent link between the size of the speaker and how many hours of use it offers.

For example, smaller units only require small batteries so they don’t last for hours of use. On the other hand, larger units can last up to 24 hours non-stop before they need to be charged. Generally speaking, an average portable speaker will last around four hours before you have to charge it again.  During your search, we recommend looking at the type of batteries your chosen speaker required. For example, Li-ion batteries need charging before you can use your speaker so consider if this suits your lifestyle, such as using the speaker for a daily routine or if you randomly have the urge to use it.

Audio Quality

The best loudest portable Bluetooth speaker won’t just have an incredible volume range, but high-quality audio, too. You can purchase a speaker that reaches a loud volume, but the quality becomes distorted as the volume increases. Consequently, we recommend looking for a total harmonic distortion below 1 percent, as well as looking into the frequency response.

The reason why some speakers sound better than others is because of the frequency range. Specifically, look for 100 Hz to 20 kHz to find the best option for you. This incredible range means that your speaker can reach high and low notes without any difficulties. Most of us can’t hear up to 20 kHz, so the top frequency range isn’t as important as the low points. This is particularly true if you like listening to songs with bass.

Style and Size

The best speakers on the market will also look stylish, too. When you like how something is designed, you’ll use it more often and feel proud when it’s on display. During your search, you’ll likely discover that Bluetooth speakers have a wide array of sizes, which can make the search more confusing but provide you with numerous options. Generally speaking, the larger the speaker, the better the stereo sound, but this does affect how portable the speaker is.

Style helps to make your speaker look luxurious, but the style and design can enhance the audio quality, too. Rectangular speakers direct the sound forward, making them ideal for a small room. Alternatively, cylindrical types are an ideal purchase for larger rooms as they redirect the sound in a wider range.

Waterproof Feature

Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are great because you can store them near water and they won’t break. Usually, water and electronic devices don’t usually work together, but we’re impressed that these two features can be combined and work well together. There are even some portable speakers that can be put under water and still work, though this is not a common feature and you’ll have to pay extra for this.

Smartphone Connectivity

Some Bluetooth speakers have more features than simply playing your audio. For example, you can receive phone calls through the speaker without even having to touch your phone. Many speakers on the market also have a microphone incorporated in them which is a useful feature so your conversation is aloud. Although, for some, this isn’t an ideal feature because people can hear what you’re talking about.

Choose From These Loudest Portable Speakers

We are going to kick off the reviewing process with the best portable speakers currently on the market and use it as a basis of comparison. There are many incredible devices to choose from, but we recommend considering the above factors to ensure you’re only purchasing the best one for your needs.

The Marshall Stanmore

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The Stanmore is also the most expensive speaker in our comparison, but it brings some impressive features to the table. With dual .75 inch tweeters (located in the top corners of the unit), a 5.25-inch woofer (located centrally), and an 80-Watt amplifier, this speaker is capable of producing crisp highs with deep and powerful bass notes. It can produce frequencies from 45 Hz all the way to 22,000 Hz, meaning it is able to produce tones at the lowest and highest points audible to the human ear.

The Marshall unit offers three separate tuning features: Volume, Treble, and Bass. This allows the end user to customize the sound coming from the unit to their specific preferences. Turning all three to 10 will produce a wall of sound similar to what you could expect from an entry level sound system, while still maintaining the audio quality.

The unit has a sensitivity of 99 dB (100 MV at 10,000 Hz), which puts it at the top end of our roundup. Obviously, the battery life of the Stanmore cannot be discussed here as it doesn’t have one and relies on AC power. The Marshall unit does offer an RCA input (red and white wires you plug into your old TV), an Optical port, a 3.5 mm input (same as a modern cellphone, iPod, or similar audio playback device), and obviously Bluetooth capability.

X-Mini Me

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Here, we have the incredibly tiny and cylindrical X-mini Me, which measures in at 1.75″ tall and less than 1.5″ in diameter. X-Mini is based out of Singapore with distributors in over 80 countries; the miniscule X-Mini Me features only a $23 MSRP!

It cranks out over 80 dB of sound, which is four times quieter than the AC powered Marshall, but for being over 100 times lighter, 19 times cheaper, and incalculably more portable we will accept this small issue.

These bad boys can be linked together to create a multi-speaker system (boosting sound intensity) and the fact you can fit a bunch in your pocket, making them by far the most portable in the roundup.

They feature 6 hours of audio playback through the 1.5 Watt, 31 mm magnetically shielded driver. The frequency range is not as broad as the Marshall’s, only 200 – 20,000 Hz, but such a small driver cannot physically generate as low of tones as a 5.25″ subwoofer. As a result, you will lose something on the low notes and likely elsewhere too.

All in all, the X-Mini Me turns out some quality loudness for the price, but if you have more money to spend look toward our other options.

Soundmatters FoxL Dash 7 

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The Dash 7 is one impressive unit. It features a thickness of just .75 inches (two iPhone 4s stacked on top of one another) and is only 7.5 in long, 2.13 in wide, and only weighs roughly 7 ounces. It is quite pocket sized and offers a convertible case (think iPad Smart cover) to allow it to stand on the edge and has speakerphone capabilities.

Sound quality is immensely impressive as it can dish out between 95 and 97 dB at half a meter away. Two 25mm (~1”) drivers and a passive woofer offer up a better frequency range than the X-Mini, of between 70 and 20,000 Hz. This will lead to a thicker sound than the smaller Singaporean product, but this is expected with the sizeable price increase.

A 12-hour audio playback (at roughly 76 dB), micro USB charging port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and incredibly knowledgeable reps on the support side all make this unit an incredible offering! The Dash 7 can also be paired (through audio jacks or wirelessly) to Soundmatters’ separate woofer, the foxLO (detailed more later on with the foxL V2). If it is on the expensive side of your budget, they offer the “Dash a” a scaled-back model (decreased battery life, thicker, and a few other metrics) for about a hundred dollars less!

Bose Soundlink III

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Bose needs no introduction in this sort of roundup. Founded by an electrical engineering professor at MIT, Amar G. Bose, the company opened its doors in 1964 and has since been making some of the highest quality audio equipment in the industry!

The Soundlink III is the newest in the incredible Soundlink line up and has some serious shoes to fill. Fortunately, Bose has the technical chops to back it up and has found a way to stuff two high-level drivers, two mid-level drivers, and a subwoofer all into the 10”x1.9”x5.2” Bluetooth compatible speaker. With all of this crammed into such a small box, audio quality and volume are both pretty amazing.

14-hour battery life, over 90 dB volume, 3.5 mm aux jack, and warm, full sound all make this product one of the best in the industry. However, a DC jack (instead of a micro USB) for charging and large price tag kept it from taking top honors in this category.

Jawbone Jambox

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The Jambox, by Jawbone, is another big name in the portable-speaker realm. Its (more) attractive price tag coupled with impressive output (over 90 dB) and a very nice design lead to its place as second in our line up.

The Jambox features a frequency diversity of 85 to 20,000 Hz and utilizes a pair of passive subwoofers and dual drivers. It offers 15 hours of playback, and once the battery is drained, it can be recharged with the ubiquitous micro USB standard cable.

The audio quality is there, but it is not quite what you will get from the Bose nor from the original Marshall. However, the color choice, price, and functionality made it stand out from our other top offerings.

Soundmatters FoxL V2 + foxLO Duet System

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Soundmatters knows how to build a high-quality product! The foxL DUET system pairs the foxL V2 (which by itself is a very cool product) to their bass boosting foxLO unit. These two are capable of being tethered physically (with a 3.5 mm aux cable) or wirelessly (both via the Bluetooth protocol) and together allow a frequency range from 30 Hz all the way up to 20,000 Hz.

This is a more encompassing range than our original Stanmore, which is impressive from a battery powered system! The V2 utilizes 2 25 mm drivers and a passive radiator while the bass has a “Linear Magnetic Driver,” dual passive radiators, and provides 30 watts of amplification.

The two units offer over 12 hours of audio playback and a max volume of over 95 dB. Also the notable (unpaid) endorsement of Black Flag singer Henry Rollins, in numerous positive reviews, compact size, and usage of the micro USB standard led to the foxL Duet system to the top of our review for the portable systems.

Jawbone Big Jambox

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This speaker is, obviously, a larger version of the already well accepted Jambox. It utilizes twin 2.2-inch full range drivers as well as two 2.2 x 3.8-inch passive woofers. With its larger drivers, this Bluetooth speaker is able to turn out 60 to 20,000 Hz and a reported maximum of over 100 dB. This makes it the loudest portable speaker in our roundup.

It also features 10 hours of playback, which is very respectable considering its large size, as well as a micro USB charging port and a traditional 3.5 mm aux cable (in addition to the Bluetooth compatibility). All of these features make it a fantastic unit to fill larger rooms and for occasional transportation.

JBL Lifestyle Xtreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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This is one of our favorite loudest portable speakers on the market right now, purely due to its design. Specifically, the speaker comes with an inclusive strap which you attach around your shoulder to conveniently carry it around with you. This strap is also comfortble to wear and a great way to transport the speaker on your travels.

Another admirable feature of this Bluetooth speaker is its tough design. The grille is sturdy and mainly designed from a nylon fabric along with chunky rubber elements that make this speaker resistant to water.

This JBL speaker comes with an array of handy features to improve your listening experience and usability. For example, the buttons on top of the speaker make it easy to access and you can also connect multiple speakers to this one device to enhance the volume even further.

Get your friends to purchase one, too. The Xtreme 2 version of the JBK speaker allows you to talk to the speaker without the need of a remote control. Simply press the button at the top to use this feature; this is handy if you’re in a busy situation and are awaiting an important phone call.

The JBL unit is one of the loudest portable speakers on our list and a great purchase. The balance between bass and treble is incredible and completely unexpected for such a reasonable price. Also, the bass is powerful, deep and impressive, and drums and guitars carry many realistic qualities to them to make it feel like you’re a part of a live performance.

One of the main reasons this speaker has such an incredible audio quality is that the speaker is larger than most portable units on our list. The sound refrains from distorting, even at high volumes. There’s also a slight edginess we love.

Jabra Portable Speaker

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This waterproof, Bluetooth speaker has many incredible qualities to it. First, we appreciate that you can connect it via USB or Bluetooth to suit your needs. It’s lightweight and compact, making it ideal for transportation, and you can use it for personal use or answering important calls in a conference meeting.

The speaker claims to offer 15 hours of battery power, which is adequate time for the average user. Speak 510 offers high-quality audio – whether that’s throughout music or phone calls, and it even comes with a built-in microphone where you can connect with multiple people in one conversation.

This is probably one of the most exciting loudest portable speakers as it allows you to connect to Siri or Alexa. You’ll need an app to connect these to your speaker, but this is free and easy to follow. The app is worth downloading anyway because it offers additional features such as personalizing the device and adjusting voice functions.

The speaker has a unique design, as it’s exceptionally thin. Decorated with buttons on top, these feature an LED style light so they’re easy to spot and use.

The Jabra Speak 510 offers a clear voice to ensure that everyone is definitely heard during conference calls. The microphone on the top of the unit can sense sounds all the way around the room. Its Bluetooth range offers up to 100 meters, which provides you with ample room if you’re in a room full of people. We’re also happy to report that the Bluetooth signal is strong and won’t lose connection throughout using the speaker.

Infinity One Premium Wireless Portable Speaker

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This Infinity One portable speaker fills a large room with ease. Although it might be one of the smallest loudest portable speakers in this article, its audio quality is one of its best features. Specifically, the speaker has a wide range of audio to offer, making it great for numerous music genres.

Its Bluetooth connection is strong and reliable, too, as you can take it over 20 feet away from its source – even through walls – and its connection will stay strong. Use the speaker for 10 hours at a high volume, without experiencing any draining issues.

Plus, you can use the integrated battery to charge your smartphone once it’s fully charged. Bear in mind that this will decrease the speaker’s battery but it’s a great way to keep your phone fully charged.

One of the best aspects of this portable speaker is its cylindrical design that enables the sound to direct all around the room. It’s also nice to look at and pleasantly produces a thudding bass to your favorite tracks.

When you increase the volume, the sound doesn’t become unbalanced like some of the other loudest portable speakers available right now. It remains committed to eliminating any distortion, making it great to use at an outdoor scenery or perhaps when lots of people are talking around you.

JBL Charge 4

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Another Bluetooth speaker with high standards is the JBL Charge 4. Thanks to the large dual drivers, this portable speaker delivers a mighty punch and provides a deep, sustainable bass, all the while without running the battery to the ground. If you use the recommended 7500mAH battery, the Charge 4 speaker can last up to 20 hours before it needs recharging. We’re also a huge fan of the USB output that enables you to charge your smartphone, or other devices, while you’re on the go.

Built with Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect a range of devices to this Bluetooth speaker, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and everything in-between. Plus, the wireless speaker will still confidently work up to 10 meters away and once you’ve successfully paired the devices, you won’t believe the exceptional sound quality the Charge 4 produces. If your chosen device doesn’t have Bluetooth or it’s struggling to connect for some reason, the AUX input cable also offers a wired connection for these moments.

When you first glance at this speaker, it doesn’t look that different in comparison to the Charge 3, but there are a few minor details that have improved since previous designs. For example, the Charge 4 is bigger and more rounded, but this additional weight (an increase of 165 grams) means it produces a thicker bass. You should still be able to store the speaker in your backpack while you’re walking it, although it’s not suitable for holding during your travels.

On top of the speaker are various playback buttons slightly embossed compared to the Charge 3. Towards the bottom of the Bluetooth speaker are five LED lights that notify you of the speaker’s battery. There’s also a rubber flap that protects all ports should the device come into contact with water.

Sony SRS-XB12

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The Sony SRS-XB12 Bluetooth speaker is relatively small compared to other designs on this list, making it a great device to transport on the go. In typical Sony style, this speaker is equipped with a plastic frame that feels like rubber, making it look luxurious and remain practical for accidental drops. Plus, the wire-mesh that covers this unit is strong and helps to protect the speaker from any impacts. However, although this Sony speaker might be small, it certainly delivers an exceptional punch once you switch it on.

The buttons on the top of the speaker are firm, though not too difficult to press. You also don’t need to worry about this Sony device coming into contact with water because it’ll still remain intact. We’re not sure how it would perform if you drop it in a pool, but rainwater doesn’t have any impact on it.

The speaker doesn’t get as loud as some of the others on this list, although it can still fill a medium-sized room, making it great for small gatherings in your home or if you live in an apartment. However, if the volume is essential to you, purchase another Bluetooth speaker and you can pair them up for a louder and vibrant sound. Underneath the metal mesh material, you’ll find a monaural speaker at the top that is responsible for pumping the thump in the bass, while the passive bass radiator at the bottom of the speaker enhances the sound even further. Our absolute favorite feature of this Bluetooth speaker is that no matter the volume you use, there’s also a balanced sound to the high and low frequencies and no distortion whatsoever.  Plus, even when this Sony unit is set to a low volume, you can still hear clarity in voices and details in instruments.

Dali Katch

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Dali Katch comes with many features that make this one of the best loudest portable speakers available right now. For example, the aluminum woofers and two soft-dome tweeters help to enhance any audio you’re listening to and the Class-D amplifier attributes to the powerful delivery of music. Not only does this speaker fill a medium to large-sized room, but the sound seems powerful and present no matter where you are in that room. The thumps are colossal and there’s a presentable dynamic that fills the environment you’re in. 

If you look at the top of the speaker, you’ll find a power, volume, and pairing button that are all easy to use and responsive. Even the process of connecting your chosen Bluetooth device to the speaker is swift. Unlike some of the loudest portable speakers on this list, Dali Katch also features an EQ button that provides two placement options for freestanding the device or setting it on a table. This additional feature shows that your speaker’s location has a huge impact on the overall sound quality.

Katch lets you enjoy music for longer, as once it’s charged, the speaker will last up to 24 hours of continuous use. While you’re playing music, you can connect your smartphone to the USB port and it’ll charge your battery at the same time. Plus, for a party atmosphere, you can wirelessly combine two speakers at the same time so the sound can travel farther into the room. But, we understand that audio quality is more important than volume, which is why this Katch speaker features two profiles: Clear and Warm. Clear is a great profile setting for listening to live acoustics, while Warm provides more bunch and is great to enhance bass.

Harman Kardon

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Harman Kardon includes an array of LED lights under the front fabric to notify you when the incorporated Google Assistant is activated and listening to you. We love that appearance of this speaker and its unique shape makes it stand out from the rest of the loudest portable speakers on this list. It’s not designed to hide on a shelf, but have its own sport reserved in a special place in the living room so everyone can see it when they first enter the room. But it’s still petite and elegant to not be in your face or require re-organizing your home.

One flaw about this Harman speaker is that you can’t charge other devices while it’s in use, but it does excel in other areas. For example, the Bluetooth technology is a handy feature for streaming apps as well as connecting your chosen device to listen to music. Also, with the aid of Google Assistant, you can use this speaker to check the weather or ask any on-the-spot questions without scrolling through your smartphone. With six microphones built into the speaker, it’ll concisely hear your voice every time. Plus, the microphones are sensitive enough that you can speak to the unit without being up close to it. 

Bass is definitely this speaker’s best feature, and although the low frequencies are still powerful, they don’t quite deliver an in-depth sound like bass does. It offers weight to any song you listen to, and the richness makes it great for playing heavy electronic music, too. In total, there are only two active drivers pushing the sound, and the volume is more powerful than the Sonos One. Therefore, you can use the Harman Kardon in a party setting and have no problems with people getting up on their feet.

UE Boom 2

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UE Boom 2 is designed to last a long time and is more durable than the previous model. The mesh fabric coating feels durable and protects the speaker from accidental drops and any water or dust entering the speaker. If you’re new to Bluetooth speakers, you’ll require something that is easy to use, and the UE Boom 2 is exactly that. For example, the port flaps sit at the speaker’s base and are easy to open when you need access to charging or wirelessly connecting to your device. 

The most noticeable and beneficial feature of the audio is the 360-degree sound performance that is capable of filling a room. Although UE Boom 2 might look small, the sound is big and fresh so there’s no need to worry about not hearing the audio if you’re sat at the other side of the room.

Connect the speaker to the UE Boom app where you can adjust the volume, bass and use the equalizer effect to your liking. You’ll also use the integrated app to link two or more speakers over Bluetooth for double or triple the sound. Plus, you can use the UE Boom 2 as an alarm to wake up to your favorite song every morning. Also via the app, you can adjust how the speaker responds to your requests. For example, incorporate the tap controls that mean you simply pick up the speaker and tap it to change track. This neat feature is one of the ways Boom 2 has improved from its previous model. 

Aiwa Exos-9

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We’re so excited to present this Bluetooth speaker to you because Aiwa installed five drivers into this incredible speaker. This includes two midrange woofers, two tweeters, and one subwoofer, so you’ll never experience low-quality sound again. Compared to the above speakers, this is the most powerful by far and for a reasonable price, too. This combination of speakers produces a clear, balanced and powerful sound to make it one of the best loudest portable speakers available right now.

Although the sound is something to brag about, this speaker also has an incredible battery life, but you can also purchase an extended battery to further increase the battery for times when you’re running low. The Exos-9 comes equipped with a USB port so you can charge your phone or tablet while listening to your favorite songs. Plus, use the EQ controls to customize your audio settings to your liking. With the choice of two audio modes – including Dual Stereo and Stereo Separated – you can select the best mode for your preferences. For example, Dual Stereo is great for a loud sound, while Stereo Separated separates the audio into two speakers so you can hear the details in your favorite songs.

Finally, the bass is powerful while remaining controlled as you increase the volume. When listening to middle frequencies, you’ll hear every detail of the song, while the highs are crystal-clear. Switch the EQ presets on to emphasize details even further and adjust the settings to suit your preferences. All the while, there’s little to no distortion and the bass doesn’t take over the middle ranges even when being played at maximum volume.

B&O Play 1

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B&O Play 1 is well-made and you can position it at any angle, and it’ll produce the same quality sound. As a result, this is great for keeping the speaker in a tight space and positioning it in fun angles. Plus, the leather straps make it a portable device and means you can also play music while walking around with it. If you prefer, you can even hang the speaker while it’s powered on and it’ll still work just as good as on a table.

Expand your options when listening to music by downloading the B&O Beoplay app. Via the app, you can connect numerous speakers to increase the volume and power, plus you can increase the bass to produce more power during your favorite tracks. The app is also great for adjusting sound styles, such as changing the bright, warm and relaxed tones to suit your mood. Or if you’re searching for guidance, you can use the presets and recommended options to assist you.

The B&O speaker features a built-in microphone, meaning you can retrieve phone calls if the speaker is connected to your phone. Plus, the audio quality is impressive so you’ll always properly understand what people are saying. But, the reason why you purchase one of the loudest portable speakers is for the audio performance, not just the additional features. This B&O unit is more powerful than you’d expect for its size and the balanced middle-range frequencies are clear, well the treble remains smooth and consistent throughout.

So Which Of These Loudest Portable Speakers Is The Best?

All of these speakers allow for high-quality playback, high volumes, and a certain amount of portability.

The best system would have to be the Marshall Stanmore, as it gives the best audio experience, but its lack of mobility and high price range make it ineligible for this roundup.

There is no absolute winner out of the seven systems outlined above, as each has its own personality as well as their own pros and cons, which we have done our best to describe. We will not assign an overall winner, as the true winner will be the end customer if they decide to buy any of these systems.

So enjoy your new speaker and use your new found power wisely! Have any of the above speakers caught your eye? Share your thoughts in the comments to keep this conversation going.

Phaiser BHS-530: Is It Worth It?

Without a doubt, music motivates our exercise regime. This means that for a successful workout, you need a convenient set of headphones. Many exercise enthusiasts prefer headsets that connect to the back of their heads because this helps to keep the device secure when working out and gives you one less thing to worry about.

The Phaiser BHS-530 was made with all kinds of sports in mind, but it's mostly suited for track exercises like running and power walks. That's because this kind of exercise requires very specific features from a headphone for maximum performance and comfort.

This Phaiser BHS-530 review will tell you just how special these Bluetooth earbuds are and whether it’s worth spending your money on them.

Why Did We Choose to Review Phaiser BHS-530 Headphones?

If you’re searching for a reliable set of headphones that will support you through running, you’re going to need many features. Not all headphones are designed for physical activity, as some don’t have integrated controls that means you can change music on the go. Some headphones aren’t waterproof or have adequate bass, which makes them less desirable for using in the rain and outdoor environments. 

Phaiser BHS-530 are a reasonably-priced set of wireless headphones aimed at runners. They’re stylish, attractive, and look luxurious. When you’re using them during your exercise routines, you’ll appreciate how easy they are to navigate on the go and no command is too difficult to use when moving. As these headphones are over-the-ear, they won’t irritate you while running, and they hook over your ears to remain in place and comfortable during the entire time you listen to music. Let’s move on to talk about the best features of these earbuds and why they’re ideal for runners to use.

Phaiser BHS-530 Review of its Main Features

What is in the Box?

everything inside the box of Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones

When you buy this product, expect to find the following items in the box:

  • Phaiser BHS-530 earphones.
  • 1 pair of comply ear tips.
  • Hard-shell case.
  • Phaiser PRO-K energy bracelet.
  • Warranty information.

You can also buy the PRO-K e-bracelet separately. It uses negatively charged ions to boost your energy, relieve stress, and make you feel refreshed.

Sound Performance

Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones for Running, Wireless Earbuds for...
  • PLAY ALL DAY - Crisp Bluetooth 4.1 HD Audio and 11-hour battery life will have you jamming from your morning commute...
  • YOURS EARS, YOUR FIT - Multi-size memory foam EarTips and comfortable over ear hooks will keep your buds in place and...
  • UNIVERSAL BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES - Connect to your iPhone, TV, laptop, Kindle, tablet, or other Bluetooth device

The Phaiser BHS-530 has superb audio quality even at high volumes. The mids are detailed and natural, and the bass is decent and not overwhelming, like in most high-end in-ear headphones. The earphones also produce crisp highs and clear treble to give your music some extra sparkle. This makes working out while listening to music, fun, and enjoyable.

The BHS-530 also have a wide-range frequency that’s suitable for a wide variety of genres – rock music feels powerful and punchy, hip-hop feels hardcore, acoustic feels impactful, and RnBs are smooth. The overall sound quality is quite impressive, given the earbud's price range.

However, the powerful bass slightly takes away a little bit of the sound clarity. You will be able to notice this if you listen to high volumes in a quiet environment. But this is hardly noticeable when you are deeply engrossed in burning calories at a noisy gym.

Design and Build Quality

Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones

The BHS-530 has a special wearing style to hold the buds in place during your vigorous workouts. The earbuds are made with a flexible Memory-Wire technology that easily fits your head regardless of the size. This creates a perfect seal for the ultimate listening experience.

Moreover, these in-ear headphones have a Liquipel Nano Coating that allows them to survive anything from a running session in the rain, an accidental drop into the pool to a sweaty workout. Even better, they come with a warranty for replacement in case they get damaged by sweat.

And what is a modern wireless earphone without a speakerphone? The Phaiser BHS-530 comes with an in-built mic that accurately captures your voice, clearly reads out an incoming call, and automatically mutes your music. When the call ends, the music automatically starts playing again.

Unfortunately, the built quality has some shortcomings too. The earbuds are stiff and rather annoying to put on – they immediately curl up when you insert into your ears or hang around your neck.

Connectivity

Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones for Running, Wireless Earbuds for...

The Phaiser BHS-530 is incorporated with the latest Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth 4.1. This means that you don’t have to go through the tiring pairing process every time you want to listen to music, your music device will always automatically connect to the earphones after the first successful pairing.

The Bluetooth 4.1 also improves consistency and stability while streaming music to enhance the audio performance.

Comfort and Fit

While behind-the-ear headphones are not everyone’s favorite, those who love this design will immediately fall in love with the BHS-530. This headpiece is made to stay secure and comfortable on your head while you are working out. Moreover, you don’t have to deal with annoying tangling cords.

The earbuds also come with replaceable ear tips for a more secure and comfortable fit. In addition, they are sweat-proof, meaning that they won’t dislodge or slip out of your ears.

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • They are quite affordable (under $50 price range).
  • They come with a reliable 7-hour battery life with a 2-hour charge.
  • They utilize the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
  • They come with numerous memory foam ear tips for a more comfortable and secure fit.
  • They are compatible with all devices including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and Kindle.
  • They are lightweight, waterproof, and durable.
  • They come with a lifetime sweat-proof warranty.

Cons

  • The inbuilt mic can cause some static noise when taking calls.
  • To some users, the earbuds are stiff and can be annoying to put on as they curl up when you try to insert into your ears or hang around your neck.

What People Are Saying About Phaiser BHS-520 Earbuds

If you’re interested in purchasing the Phaiser BHS-520 earbuds, you might also like to hear what customers are saying about these. Having looked through the official Phaiser website we came across many positive reviews about these wireless headphones.

Among some of the top comments, customers are pleased by how sturdy these earbuds are. No matter how little you spend on headphones, you still want a device that will work and can remain functionable even after a few accidental drops. The sound, materials used and overall design of these headphones means that they won’t easily break. 

Plus, there are several improvements from previous models of Phaiser headphones. For example, they might take more time to charge, but the battery lasts longer once fully charged. Also, many owners love that you don’t have to be right next to your device for the headphones to connect to your favorite songs. This means you can walk far distances and still receive a quality sound, and any sweat or splashes of rain won’t affect their audio performance or functionality either.

Another positive comment is the fit these headphones provide. If your tired of earbuds falling out of your ears every time you move, you need headphones that offer a snug fit and are comfortable to wear for hours. Thankfully, Phaiser BHS-530 headphones are designed for vigorous workouts, so you can run up and down hill without them falling out and you constantly having to adjust them. Finally, customer service is also an important feature when purchasing from a new brand and Phaiser endeavors to support all of their customers. Should you encounter any issues throughout owning these earbuds, you can contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and they’ll help you accordingly. 

Alternative Wireless Headphones For Running

The Phaiser BHS-530 headphones are a great purchase for runners as they are comfortable to wear and won’t slip off, plus feature a sweatproof design so you can wear them while it’s raining or during intense workouts. But if you’d like to see an alternative range of wireless headphones for running, we’ve provided some of the best models on the market right now for you to choose from. 

Jabra Elite Active 65t

Features

The main feature of these earbuds is the comfort, fit and reliability. When listening to music, there is a small sense of drama and not much excitement, but the additional features in the design (listed in the main section) makes these earbuds a well-worth purchase. The audio performance is enough to keep you motivated while running and the volume reaches a reasonable level that isn’t too piercing nor can others hear your music choice as you run past. 

Perhaps the most favorable part of the audio is the midrange frequency, though you can access the Jabra app to adjust the audio settings and use the equalizer to your liking. These adjustments can make noticeable differences to improve the audio. We positively feel that Jabra Elite earbuds are perfect outdoor workouts, thanks to the noise-canceling feature that helps you to get into the zone during tough moments of your running regime.

When you receive a phone call, you can answer without even touching your smartphone. This ensures that your safety is never put at risk by looking down at your phone. Plus, the audio is crystal clear to ensure that you can accurately hear all conversations.

Design

With no wires to hold these earbuds in place, they’re great for runners to wear for long periods and a convenient method for other activities, too. Thankfully, these earbuds are designed to remain in your ear, which means no slipping out during intense exercises. These earbuds are also water resistant and can keep high-pressure water jets from entering the earbuds. Plus, Jabra Elite keep dust out of the earbuds, which is great for running in busy, polluted areas.

Admittedly, these earbuds aren’t anything that special to look at, but they’re designed to be lightweight and comfortable to wear. However, if appearance is an important feature to you, there’s a choice of blue or black earbuds and both colors feature a copper or former component to emphasize the logo. Designed from plastic, they don’t irritate your ear canals, and thankfully, don’t protrude out of the ears as some other models can. 

The built-in microphone is barely visible but makes answering phone calls hassle-free. The left earbud features two buttons where you can control the volume and song choice. Press the button for longer to skip a track. 

We’re impressed by the battery life on these earbuds. When fully charged, these can comfortably last up to 15 hours, and they also come with a charging case that makes it an easy and convenient process when it’s that time. 

AfterShokz Trekz Air 

Features

The best feature of these wireless headphones is that you can hear what’s going on around you, which improves your safety while running outdoors. This means that you’re aware of someone shouting you, honking their horn, etc. 

We’ll talk in the next section about these headphones design, but its structure means that the audio works in a different way to other wireless headphones. AfterShokz Trekz Air earbuds transmit sound vibrations through your cheekbones to your cochlea to bypass your eardrums, ear canal, and inner ear. This feature works great for people with hearing impairments and those who love a strong bass.

When using the built-in microphone for phone calls, your background plays a huge part in the audio quality. For example, if you’re in a quiet area, you’ll hear the voice crystal clear, but the quality isn’t exceptional enough to completely drown out background noise, which can make some phone calls difficult to hear. However, this still remains an important feature in your safety so you can hear your surroundings.

Design

Trekz Air earbuds only weigh 29.5 grams, making them comfortable to wear. However, the design is sturdy enough to survive accidentally falls and not dig into your ears while you’re wearing them. Trekz Air earbuds are different from other wireless headphones for runners as they don’t cover your ears or go inside your ear canal. Instead, they comfortably rest on your cheekbones with as little irritation as possible.

These headphones feature Bluetooth 4.2 technology that can cover a range up to 33ft, which means that they won’t lose a connection when your phone isn’t right next to your headphones. As a result, it’s a convenient and ideal feature for sports and running. We love that these headphones also support multiple devices so you can pair your phone and someone else’s at the same time to share different music tastes.

Built with a rechargeable battery, these headphones can play for up to six hours before needing a boost. Fully charging them only takes two hours so you will be up and running again in no time. It’s clear that these headphones are built to last a long time as they’re incredibly strong and flexible.

This means you can drop them, bend them and sweat on them without any issues or breakage. Their durable design makes them an admirable go-to for runner’s headphones. This doesn’t mean that they’re heavy though, as they’re lightweight enough to not provide any pressure on your face or ears so you can easily forget you’re wearing them at all.

KuaiFit Sport Headphones

Features

KuaiFit headphones are equipped with 8GB of memory, which means they can easily store 1,500 songs but you can also stream your favorite songs via Bluetooth. Once you’ve programmed your music playlist, you can crank up the volume while still experiencing a high-quality audio along with a solid bass. We understand that you might like to have your music loud when training, which is what makes KuaiFit Sport headphones ideal for runners.

The audio is impressive, but you should remain aware that these earpieces can nearly completely block out any external noise, so you need to be mindful of your surroundings and any traffic nearby. Alternatively, you can lower the volume as you enter a busy neighborhood. These earphones definitely outperform budget devices in terms of audio performance. 

They really shine toward the middle and high-frequency ranges and there’s no sharp, tinny sound as the notes get higher. As a result, Kuaifit Sport headphones are ideal for listening to high-tempo songs including hip-hop and metal. Kuaifit is more than a brand that sells headphones because they also want to motivate you through exercise and expand your abilities. Download their app to gather insights in your performance while exercising.

Design 

These wireless headphones feature an innovative design that is ideal for fitness enthusiasts. Specifically, they are equipped with an integrated heart rate monitor that provides an accurate measurement of your heart throughout any activity. When you’re ready to begin your workout, select the activity via the control buttons and the headphones will begin monitoring your performance via the integrated app on your phone.

The earpieces themselves have an elongated shape so the main part of the earbud can reach fair outside your ear to hold the ear tip in place. Weighing 9.0g in total, these are one of the lightest headphones for runners you can get and outperform Phaiser BHS-530. They’re constructed from plastic which makes them look a little cheaper then Phaiser BHS-530, but they still do the job.

On the outside of both earpieces is a large K logo that adds a customized touch to the headphones and you can also use these as a button; multiple clicks perform different functions. When you’re not charging the earpieces, they remain protected via the rubber seal. This prevents any rain or sweat from entering the jets to leave no harmful, permanent effects. 

Final Verdict of Phaiser BHS-530 Headphones

Priced under the $50 price range, this is certainly a great investment. It offers a quality sound that just enough to motivate you through your workout regime. You’ll also love the durability, versatility, and reliability that it offers. The headphones also come with a lifetime sweatproof warranty that means the manufacturer will replace any earbuds that become damaged from sweat. We also love that Phaiser BHS-530 headphones are compatible with a range of Bluetooth devices, such as a range of iPhones, Apple Watch, multiple other Apple products, PC, Android Wear Smartwatches, and more.

With good music, you’ll tend to work out more effectively. If you exercise regularly, you need to consider the Phaiser BHS-530 for better results. What are your thoughts on Phaiser BHS-530 headphones? Share your thoughts or any additional recommendations in the comments to keep this conversation going.

A Review Of Sony MDR-XB90EX In-Ear Bass Headphones

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Sony is renowned for producing some of the best models of headphones and earbuds. The company offers a wide range of products in this regard – from noise-isolation and extra-bass earbuds to workout and sports earbuds. From their good reputation and history, Sony is earning the much-needed approval of several music enthusiasts because of its innovative features and sound quality.

If you are yet to experience their exquisite sound quality, here is a review of the one of their most talked about in-ear headphones – the Sony MDR-XB90EX. For quite some time now, this particular model has been assuring consumers value for their money.

A Review of the Sony MDR-XB90EX In-Ear Headphones

What is in the Box?

When you buy this product, expect:

  • Sony MDR-XB90EX in-ear headphones
  • 1 Clip
  • Zippered carrying case
  • User manual

Sound Performance

The sound from the ear-piece is very solid, crisp, and detailed. Just like in many Sony products, the sound signature of these earphones feels tight and warm, leaning more towards bass than treble. Unlike other earphones that mix low and midrange frequencies to bloat up the sound, the massive amount of bass pumped out of these earbuds is courtesy of its powerful acoustic drivers.

The highs and trebles are natural, crisp, and clear and don’t feel harsh or recessed at all – there’s actually no sibilance when playing bass-heavy music. For instance, when you play rock and electronic house genre, you find that the sound feels clear, spacious, and well-defined with a relatively high treble response.

You also have the option of adjusting the EQ settings on your device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, and more) to get more bass. However, make sure you do not exceed the distortion limit. Even with the pow​

The sound from the ear-piece is very solid, crisp, and detailed. Just like in many Sony products, the sound signature of these earphones feels tight and warm, leaning more towards bass than treble. Unlike other earphones that mix low and midrange frequencies to bloat up the sound, the massive amount of bass pumped out of these earbuds is courtesy of its powerful acoustic drivers.

The highs and trebles are natural, crisp, and clear and don’t feel harsh or recessed at all – there’s actually no sibilance when playing bass-heavy music. For instance, when you play rock and electronic house genre, you find that the sound feels clear, spacious, and well-defined with a relatively high treble response.

You also have the option of adjusting the EQ settings on your device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, and more) to get more bass. However, make sure you do not exceed the distortion limit. Even with the powerful bass, the earbuds do not feel overwhelming – they are easy on the ears. Bottom line, if you enjoy heavy bass with distinct clarity in your music, you will love these headphones.

Design and Build Quality

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The Sony MDR-XB90EX is somewhat different from your normal earbud. It has a big belly to provide better bass. Even though most of the housing is made from thick plastic, the back is reinforced with aluminum for the ultimate durability. Also, the cables are flat and serrated, meaning that they can’t break easily.

These headphones have a solid build and don’t really contain any design flaws that could affect how these earbuds operate. They’re easy and convenient to carry around with you, and if you want to throw them in your bag, they won’t get tangled up as they’re coated in rubber plastic. These earphones have only two color options silver and black – you’ll have to settle for these two.

Some of the technical specifications include:

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Weight: Approximately 0.3 ounces
  • Plug: L-shaped stereo mini
  • Cord Y-type flat cord
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Diaphragm: PET
  • Frequency response: 4Hz-27,000Hz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Power handling capacity: 200mW
  • Sensitivity: 106dB/mW
  • Driver unit: Dome-shaped (0.63”)

Comfort and Fit

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Despite their bigger-than-average size, these Sony earphones are very comfortable to use and sit well in the ear canal. The earbuds come in small, medium, and large sizes. So make sure you select the correct ear tip size. If you want to have the ultimate bass experience, it is advisable to get yourself some comply foam ear tips for better sound isolation, hence, superb bass.

Unfortunately, the comply foam ear tips do not come with the earphones. You’ll have to get them separately but they’re definitely worth the purchase if you regularly listen to music.

Tangle-Free Cords

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One of the most annoying problems with earbuds is tangled cords. It’s a very common nuisance that many earphone lovers have to deal with just because of poor design. Most times, you will end up with a broken earpiece because of regular tangling. Fortunately, with these headphones, you don’t have to worry about this tangling nuisance. The model is created with a tangle-free, serrated cord.

The main idea here is to keep your earphones’ cable from easily tangling when you throw it into your pocket or bag, thus giving it a long durability. Sony made the cord flat with tiny grooves on the surface for this particular purpose. So when you buy this product, you can be guaranteed mess-free operations.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It has excellent bass.
  • Generally, it has high-quality sound that has clear and well-defined treble and vocals.
  • It has a very good impact.
  • It’s very comfortable to wear and fits perfectly.
  • It comes with a tangle-free cord.

Cons

  • It's rather pricey.
  • The big housing might not be comfortable for some users.
  • It doesn't have any mics or controls.
  • It may feel a little bulky for some users.

Factors to Consider With the Sony MDR-XB90EX Headphones

As with every product, there are some flaws and considerations to make, and the Sony headphones are no different. For example, when we scoured online comments, we found that some people were unhappy with how the earphones bulge out of your ear canal. Compared to competitor brands, these are one of the biggest earbuds on the market due to the battery that is stored inside. Consequently, you won’t be able to comfortably sleep while wearing them or wear a helmet on top of the earphones. But for most activities, this slight bulge shouldn’t become a big problem. 

Another factor to consider is that these headphones are fairly limited in what additional features they offer. For example, there’s no built-in microphone and they generally don’t look like anything significant or luxurious. They also lack a noise-cancellation feature that means there is some audio leakage so people can hear what you’re listening to. As a result, you should consider your environment before wearing these. They wouldn’t be suitable in a quiet office, for example.

Another flaw is the treble. Specifically, it’s not significantly balanced which can cause some issues depending on the music genre you like to listen to. Bass-boosting songs are ideal for these Sony earphones but live acoustics or high-pitched songs can be a little harsh on the ears at times. Finally, some customers experienced stiffness in the buttons after extended use, although Sony is happy to resolve any faults if you contact them. 

In-Ear vs Over-Ear Headphones

The differences between in-ear and over-ear headphones play an important part in your listening experience as well as durability and overall comfort. Let’s take a look at the main difference between the two and which type is right for you.

In-Ear Headphones

In-ear headphones feature tiny drivers, meaning the sound quality is generally worse than over-ear headphones. Sometimes, some brands can be tinny and not produce the best quality of audio you can receive. Thankfully, Sony MDR-XB90EX headphones have a superb audio performance because they’re designed by a reputable brand, so it’s definitely worth investing in a high-end brand if audio quality is something that’s important to you. 

This type of headphone tends to be less comfortable than over-ear since they sit inside your ear canal. After wearing them for long periods, you might notice some discomfort, and it can also be a challenge to find the perfect fit for you, although some brands come with multiple-sized earbuds.

So, what are the main benefits of choosing in-ear headphones? It all comes down to portability. Wearing headphones that you can easily and quickly insert into your ears is great if you’re in a rush or like to walk or run while listening to music. As the designs are smaller, you can conveniently store them in your handbag or even a small pocket without them taking up much room. You might also wish to purchase wireless headphones that are even smaller and easier to store while not in use. 

Finally, some music-lovers prefer wearing earphones that are less obvious, look neater and aren’t a fashion statement. For example, if you want to listen to music or retrieve important phone calls on the go, over-ear headphones might not be a suitable choice for you.

Over-Ear Headphones

Generally speaking, over-ear headphones tend to have better audio performance for a couple of reasons. First, as they’re larger than in-ear headphones, they can block out any ambiance noise so you only focus on the music you’re listening to rather than background talking or footsteps. Also, the drivers are much larger in over-ear headphones, meaning they can produce deeper and clear bass and overall tone.

Over-ear headphones are usually more comfortable than in-ear types because they sit around your ears and don’t offer any pressure inside the ear canal. As they sit on top of your ears, they’re usually covered with foam for ultimate comfort and to prevent any external noise distracting you from your music. This comfort means you can wear them for long periods of time and they’re more suitable for an office environment. Plus, if people see you’re wearing headphones, they’re less likely to disturb you, giving you the opportunity to really concentrate on the audio you’re listening to.

Another reason people tend to choose over-ear headphones is because they’re dramatic-looking and stylish. If you’re someone who loves owning branded clothing and accessories, you can show the world that you own high-end headphones which help to complete your overall look.

Finally, you might find over-ear headphones last longer since they require a case to store them in, meaning you’re less likely to throw them in your bag without any padding. This helps to keep you in good habits, and with thicker materials, and less small, finicky parts, they’re also less likely to break over time.

Alternative Headphones to Purchase

If you prefer to keep your options open and would love to look into alternative headphones to purchase, we’ve searched for the second-best earbuds to purchase. Let’s take a look at our findings. 

SoundMagic E11C

Features 

The best way to enhance your audio performance is to choose the correct tips for your ear size. A snug fit helps to isolate any background noise while ensuring that you only focus on the audio you’re listening to. As a result, you’re left with a well-balanced, fresh sound everyone will appreciate.

SoundMagic E11C hits bass notes with warmth and it comfortably reaches midrange frequencies. High notes aren’t too bright that they become uncomfortable to listen to but still deliver life and energy. If you like your music loud, SoundMagic E11C can produce a high volume without impeding the audio’s quality, although even at a medium volume, they over-deliver and help to reduce the battery life at the same time. 

The headphones perfectly combine separation, tone, and bass that means you can listen to an array of music styles as well as live performances. The latter really enhances these earbuds and really captivates the live vocals and instrumentals. 

Design

SoundMagic E11C headphones feature an angled jack between a straight angle and 90 degrees. Compared to previous editions of this model, they don’t have small plastic features to show which is the left and right earbud, so it’s your duty to remember which earbud is for the correct ear. This headphone is also equipped with a built-in microphone and buttons to control the playback and volume.

Compared to Sony MDR-XB90EX headphones, these don’t come with an extensive range of ear tip sizes, so they’re not suitable for a range of ears. In comparison with previous models, SoundMagic E11C headphones focused on improvements to sound rather than design. However, they do feature a silver-plated copper cable that provides some luxury to the set. To prevent the wires from getting tangled, these come with a storage case which also helps you to keep them organized and in good condition. 

Klipsch R6i II

Features 

These headphones reveal vibrant audio and really enhance live acoustics. Klipsch earbuds are also ideal for listening to piano and guitar instrumentals as you can hear high frequencies with ease and the earbuds make you feel as though you’re in the same room as the audio. Klipsch provides excellent tonal balance and the treble isn’t too sharp, though is more so than Sony MDR-XB90EX. These headphones don’t also have as much weight to the bass either.

Design

Perhaps the most beneficial feature of these headphones is the material and size of the buds. Klipsch claims that the design is to securely and comfortably fit inside your ear canal. Also, the oval tips provide a comfortable seal to provide noise insolation and improve the bass response, too. 

To look at, these earbuds are more attractive than Sony MDR-XB90EX, thanks to the aluminum elements and white cable that helps to add some shine and glamour of the earbuds. 

So your finger can easily remove the earbuds from your ears, the back of the earbuds are curved. Klipsch R6i II is perfectly optimized for Apple products as the playback and volume controls, although these don’t work with Android devices. 

Final Verdict of Sony MDR-XB90EX Headphones

Sony MDR-XB90EX in-Ear Extra Bass Headphones (Japanese Import)
  • The Advanced Direct Vibe Structure forms an acoustically-tight seal around your ears, maximizing sound isolation to...
  • With the angled-duct, you can hear clear high-range sound that complements your extra bass.
  • Enjoy maximum comfort while also keeping the ear buds from falling out.

While they are quite pricey, the Sony MDR-XB90EX is still an undisputed champion of bass in-ear headphones on the market. The phenomenal bass combined with natural, smooth, and well-detailed highs and mids, making it one of the best investments you’ll ever make. The in-ear extra bass makes these headphones stand out from competitor models while ensuring that they’re fun to listen to. 

The only downside is that they may feel a little bulky and heavy when worn in the ears, but this shouldn’t be a barrier between you and quality sound, should it? Looking after these headphones is easy since they feature a tangle-free serrated wire to reduce any tangling. This is a useful feature for anyone who regularly uses headphones and tends to throw them in a drawer to then use them an hour later.

If you don’t mind these little shortcomings, the Sony headphones will be one of the best and most durable in-ear headphones you’ll ever own. If you take your music seriously, make sure you purchase headphones that will help to bring out the details of the songs. What are your thoughts on these headphones? Do you own a pair? Or perhaps you know some excellent alternatives to the Sony headphones. Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments to keep this discussion going.

Logitech Z623 Review: An Audio System For Home Theater And Gaming

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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 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?

A Logitech Z623 Review

Size and Design

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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 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.

Sound Output

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 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.

Logitech Z623 Review Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Good performance with movies and games.
  • Powerful bass.
  • Good overall sound quality.
  • Simple but attractive design.
  • Works with many input devices.
  • THX certification.

Cons

  • No remote control.
  • Not good enough for musical performance.
  • Hardwired cables can complicate the setup.
  • It's difficult to position the subwoofer due to its size.

Logitech Z623 vs Creative Gigaworks T40

There are many reasons to purchase Logitech Z623, but you might be wondering how its audio and design compares to some other speakers on the market. For example, Creative Gigaworks T40 is another popular home theatre speaker that has many impressive qualities to it, but how does Logitech Z623 stand next to this popular unit?

Size and Build

Creative Gigaworks T40 has an impressive bass for its size and built. As a result, this speaker is best suited for a medium-sized room such as a living room or bedroom, and the audio performs best indoors as ambiance noise can absorb some of the audio. Creative Gigaworks T40 has an outstanding volume for its size, too, and you can turn it to the maximum level without any issues with distortion. Compared to Logitech Z623, these speakers aren’t as powerful and the bass doesn’t have as much of a punch. But, it’s ideal to enhance your computer’s sound or even use with portable devices including an iPod or even your smartphone. With that being said, Creative Gigaworks T40 isn’t light enough to carry around with you, so you’ll definitely need an allocated space to store it.

Alternatively, Logitech Z623 produces a high-quality sound within a small package and the speakers are an excellent size compared to the huge subwoofer. As a result, you’re left with a thicker sound than Creative Gigaworks T40. The bass is also loud to fill a larger room while the speakers are easier to store than Creative Gigaworks T40 because they’re slimmer.

Audio

Creative Gigaworks T40 produces a fairly full sound with a great balance of frequencies that make it ideal for listening to music and watching movies. However, this home theatre speaker doesn’t direct the sound waves in all directions like Logitech Z623 does, meaning the sound doesn’t carry as far. Also, the low frequencies on Creative Gigaworks T40 aren’t as noticeable, making the bass less transparent so hip-hop lovers have to enjoy minimal bass. On the positive side, there is excellent clarity to instrumentals.

Controversy, Logitech Z623 has an excellent surround sound and produces thumps toward low-end frequencies. Also, if you like to move around the room while you’re listening to music, you’ll appreciate how the sound follows you - even more so if you use it in a small room. This speaker’s best quality is reaching an upper range of music as the notes remain crisp and transparent. However, Creative Gigaworks T40 wins the battle of protection as this model can separate between middle and high frequencies effortlessly.

Features

Creative Gigaworks T40 automatically turns off after a set amount of time if the speakers aren’t being used. This is a great way to save the battery and ensure that the speakers aren’t being overused. Once the speakers detect sound, they’ll automatically switch back on after three seconds. Featuring a power adapter, this is fairly large but you can hide it behind your set-up if you’d prefer. Spend some quality time doing this to prevent any hums and vibrations that could disrupt your audio.

Logitech Z623 is an ideal size and shape for standing next to your desktop without having to adjust the position each time you use the speakers. If you’d like to add more power, you can purchase booster packs to further enhance the sound and make these speakers ideal for more than just listening to people talking or watching videos and have a mini party in your office.

Logitech Z623 vs Klipsch ProMedia 2.1

Another popular laptop speaker is Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. Let’s take a look at some of the ways these speakers differentiate between one another.

Size and Build

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is a larger speaker than Logitech Z623, although this bigger design also means incredible power and a wide volume range. Consequently, you can fill a large room with a rich sound and deep bass that’ll have everyone tapping their toes. However, this doesn’t mean it’s so powerful that the unit can outdo a bookshelf speaker, for example, it’s just given that the size is small and the weight is light.

On the other hand, Logitech Z623 exudes a punchy bass for a speaker of this size and design, and the subwoofer is large to fill a medium-sized room.

Audio

Klipsch ProMedia produces nice low frequencies that is great for watching movies and making you feel as though you’re in the room with the action. By offering impressive lows and mid-range frequencies, this speaker has an excellent sound and design quality for its price range and size. To further enhance the high frequencies, this speaker is filled with micro horns throughout its design that tend to be more accurate and powerful than cheap tweeters in most speakers of this size.

Klipsch ProMedia doesn’t produce a really loud volume toward the lower middle frequencies, but when the notes hit the low frequencies, the subwoofer kicks in to enhance the power.

Features

Klipsch ProMedia powers on quickly and there are only a couple of seconds loading time for the speaker to connect to your chosen device. These speakers take some powering to fully charge, but once you’re ready to use them, they can rattle decorations on your work surface. This is also down to their weight as the speakers are bulkier than Logitech Z623.

Buyer’s Guide for Laptop Speakers

This Logitech Z623 review has focused on this speaker’s features, but what are some important factors to bear in mind when purchasing laptop speakers? Below, we’ve outlined the most essential characteristics to consider throughout your search.

Portability

Sometimes it’s important that you can easily move your speakers around with you - especially if you tend to travel with your laptop. This could be among the rooms in your house, or even across different countries, or perhaps you like to regularly adjust your work set-up in your office. Sometimes, it’s important that your speakers are small and light enough to take with you on the go, but this isn’t an essential feature for everyone. You should consider that a smaller speaker means less power, so think about what’s most important to you: audio performance or design?

What You’ll Use The Speakers For

To make the best choice for you, it’s important that you have a solid idea of what you’ll use the PC speakers for. Is it to listen to music? Watch movies? Play games? You might not have considered how important the activity is, but it certainly is to make sure you have the best surround system for you. If you intend on using your speaker for multiple uses, choose a PC speaker that is versatile enough to cover all bases.

Functionality

Another factor to consider is how functional the speakers are. Specifically, are you searching for a device that can play music from your tablet, television, and smartphone as well as laptop? Or are you happy enough for only one use? Another option to consider is if the speaker is compatible with your laptop. For example, not all speakers can work with Windows and Apple products. Plus, do you like to regularly update your laptop? If so, does this mean also updating your speaker often?

Bottom Line

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!

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Laptop in Windows 10

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It’s safe to say that we now live in a wireless world. People are moving from traditional stationary computers to mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, wireless headphones, and portable speakers.

Bluetooth is now a ubiquitous technology that’s has helped us get rid of cables in our homes and offices. Today, connecting your speaker to your laptop is quite simple, and it’s even easier with Windows 10, but not everyone knows how to do it. So, how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to laptop Windows 10?

Here’s How To Connect Bluetooth Speaker To Laptop Windows 10

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To connect your wireless speaker to your PC, follow these steps:

Step 1 

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Ensure your Bluetooth speaker is on and is ready to pair. Some speakers use their On/Off buttons. But for others, you may need to hold down a button for some seconds until you see some little flashing light which indicates the device is ready to pair. Modern speakers have gone the extra mile and are now using voice command to turn on Bluetooth.

Step 2

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On your laptop, click on the “Start” button, then choose “Settings,” and click on the “Devices” icon. When the “Devices” page appears, you’ll see a list of all installed devices. On the left side of the Device window, you’ll see the Bluetooth icon. Click on the icon and let your computer start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. Your speaker should be among the detected devices. If it doesn’t appear, head back to the first step and check whether your speaker is still on and ready to pair.

Step 3

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When the PC detects your speaker, you’ll see it listed under the “Add a Device Button” bar. Click on it. Most times, you will need to put in the Bluetooth speaker’s code to pair. Here is where things get a little bit sticky. For security purposes, you’ll need to prove that you are actually sitting in front of your PC and that you are not an imposter trying to break in.

Different Models Employ Different Techniques

Most times, you might be needed to type in a secret passcode into both the computer and speaker (the code is usually somewhere in the speaker’s manual). On some other devices, you’ll have to hold a button for some seconds. While on others, you’ll have to click the pair button on the display screen.

The Universal Bluetooth Code

If nothing is working, try to type in “0000” on your computer. This is often recognized as the universal Bluetooth code for frustrated devices that don’t pair. Once the speaker successfully pairs, its name and/or icon should appear on the “Devices” page.

See? That’s how easy it is to connect Bluetooth speaker to laptop windows 10.

Troubleshooting Tips for Bluetooth Speakers that Do Not Pair

Sometimes your wireless speaker might not connect to your Windows 10 laptop.

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Sometimes your wireless speaker might not connect to your Windows 10 laptop, but don’t panic, because there are other strategies you can follow.

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If you have religiously followed the steps and nothing is working, consider these troubleshooting tips:

  • Download a driver: If your speaker does not pair with your computer, you might be lacking the appropriate driver on your PC. The easiest way to solve this is by searching online for the name of the speaker, along with the word “driver.” Make sure you download drivers from credible and reputable sites only.
  • Incompatibility: Though this is rarely an issue, your speaker might not be compatible with your PC. Some brands clearly spell out what they can connect with and what they can’t connect with. Check your user manual for the complete details.
  • Move your speaker away from the USB 3.0 port: The USB 3.0 can interfere with the Bluetooth connections. This is especially true for newer laptops with high-speed USB 3.0 ports. Try pairing the speaker away from your PC.
  • Get the speaker and laptop away from the Wi-Fi Router: Another Bluetooth pairing obstacle is Wi-Fi connections. Wi-Fi connections use the same spectrum as Bluetooth connections; hence, they can easily cause interference. So, make sure both your PC and speaker are not close to the router. Alternatively, you can switch off your Wi-Fi router.
  • Delete the Bluetooth speaker from your PC and reconnect it: If your computer detects the speaker’s Bluetooth connection but does not pair, simply remove the speaker from the list of connections on your PC and start from step 1 again. To remove the speaker, click on its name and tap “Forget.”
  • Fully charge both devices: Some speakers and laptops have smart power management systems that disable any Bluetooth connections if the battery is too low. Make sure both devices have at least a 50% charge.
  • Switch off likely Bluetooth interferers: If another device – say your phone – has its Bluetooth on, this could be the problem. Laptops tend to connect to older Bluetooth connections quickly than newer ones automatically.
  • Power both devices off and then back on: A simple reset could do the trick.
  • Bring the devices closer to each other: Sometimes, your speaker’s Bluetooth connections might not be strong enough to handle the distance. Bring the devices closer together and try to pair them once more.

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The Best Speakers For Laptops

Now that we’ve discussed the best strategies to follow to connect your speaker to your laptop, let’s look at some of the best portable speakers to use for laptop use. There are numerous devices on the market that can stream audio from your phone, tablet or laptop, but the products we’ve found are dedicated to laptops and computers.

Logitech Z205 Portable Computer Speaker

Features

Once you’ve connected the speaker to your laptop, you can adjust the audio settings in your Windows’ Control Panel and these will automatically save for each time you use the speaker. For such a reasonable price, this Logitech computer speaker has an audio performance you won’t be disappointed with. Plus, it’s not complicated or overwhelming to use.

Keep it attached to your computer and use it each time you listen to music, watch videos or play games; it’s a great compact speaker that looks stylish and you’d believe cost more than what it is.

Design

We love that this Logitech Z205 is lightweight and easily clips onto your laptop or notebook, making it convenient to carry around with you. Setting up this speaker is easy and painless. Once you’ve attached it to your laptop, simply plug the USB cord into your laptop and you’re ready to use the speaker.

These speakers are 7 inches long are presented in a black plastic case to ensure that they last as long as possible. The feet underneath the device clips to the top of your laptop so you can direct the soundwaves toward you. If you want to adjust the volume settings at any time, you can do this via the top of the speaker, where there’s also a power button once you’re ready to switch the speaker off.

GoGroove SonaVerse Laptop Speaker

Features

For a portable speaker, you aren’t going to get the power of bookshelf speakers or home theatre speakers, but we’re impressed by the quality this laptop speaker offers. When you increase the volume, you’ll experience a punchy bass, although some high-end frequencies can be slightly piercing on the ears. But if you generally like playing warm, acoustic tracks, GoGroove will bring the sounds to life and make it feel like you’re experiencing a live performance.

As laptops are becoming smaller and smaller, you’ll find you need additional speakers to enhance the sound. There isn’t much bass with the GoGroove laptop speaker as the frequency response is between 135Hz and 20kHz, but there’s more emphasis on electric and acoustic bass and treble than a thumping beat. Although this might not be a huge advantage for listening to rap and hip-hop, it’s an ideal feature when listening to vocals.

Design

The Gogroove portable laptop speaker features a white plastic with blue LED lights and a black grille on the front of the drive. Weighing only a total of 2.5 pounds, this speaker is one of the lightest you can buy, and it measures 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.7 inches to provide a comfortable fit on your disk. You won’t believe it by the bass response, but the passive radiators are made from paper. The left speaker showcases the GoGroove logo, while the right is more simple, so it’s easy to differentiate between the two when setting up the speaker.

To connect the speaker to your laptop, there’s a five-foot USB cord that runs from the back of the left speaker and connects to your device. If you’d prefer not to have cord on display, you can purchase a separate AC adapter to go wireless. At the back, there’s a volume knob, which might be out of place for some, but once you’ve found the appropriate volume level, you can keep it like this.

Anker Classic Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Features

Although this Anker Classic portable laptop speaker might be a small unit, it produces a powerful sound. The two inches driver and 3 watts of power create some serious sound and there’s also no distortion as you increase the volume. Throughout the frequencies, the audio is fresh and clear so you’ll never misunderstand what someone says again. When you’ve fully charged it, this Anker Classic speaker will last up to 20 hours and it only takes a couple of hours to reboot the battery to completely full.

You can connect your smartphone to the speaker so any incoming calls will come through this device. Plus, the built-in microphone makes it convenient for answering important calls without having to move from your desk. Once you’ve hung up, the speaker will automatically continue your playlist from its last point.

We love that Anker Class speaker has wireless technology and connects via Bluetooth to your laptop, but you can also use this on mp3 players, Apple products, Windows, your smartphone, etc. at your own convenience.

Design

This Bluetooth speaker comes in a cute, small design that you can carry around with you. This also means it doesn’t take up much room on your desk. Anker Classic speaker is available in grey, blue, black, and white, so everyone can pick a color they’ll love.

Anker purposely created this unit with the driver facing up to direct the sound up and toward the listener rather than into your desk or a wall.

Minirigs Minirig 2

Features

If you’re searching for laptop speakers on a budget, Minirigs Minirig 2 has all the technology you could need while not costing you the earth. To get this speaker ready for action, it’ll take between two and three hours to charge and last up to 10 hours of audio time.

The laptop speaker shines during the midrange frequencies and breathy vocals are often clear and detailed; this is a great feature if you love listening to music while working. As you become more aware of this speaker’s audio quality, you’ll find that there are multiple dimensions to songs. For example, some lyrics are presented at the center of the speaker, while others sound more to the back. This versatility makes helps to make you feel as though you’re in the middle of the action.

Design

To put this speaker’s size into perspective, it’s around the height and shape of a soda can. It’s a fairly small speaker with a 15W amplifier powering the sound. Compared to the previous selections we’ve shared, this isn’t one of the most attractive speakers you can spend your money on. However, it’s made from anodised aluminum and comes in a healthy selection of colors, while remaining splash resistant. This means it isn’t quite waterproof to store near open water but can withstand a few accidentally spillages from time to time.

Using Your Phone as a Bluetooth Speaker

With these steps and troubleshooting tips on how to connect your speaker to a laptop Windows 10, your pairing should be successful. But did you know that you can also use your phone as a Bluetooth speaker and fair this with your laptop?

Begin by downloading SoundWire – an app you download to your Windows laptop (compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10). Make sure your Bluetooth connection is switched on on your phone. This should automatically connect, although you might have to accept this connection manually on your phone. Once you’re ready to play music, you can adjust the volume and switch songs conveniently your laptop.

Do you have any advice on how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a laptop? Or do you know any additional laptop speakers that produce high-quality? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments to keep this conversation going.

Yamaha NS-SP1800BL Review: A Reliable Home Surround System

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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!

Benefits of Owning a Home Theatre Speaker System

The Yamaha NS-SP1800BL speaker is great for almost any home, and an impressive home theatre system if you love chilling and watching movies. But, why own a home theatre system? Here are some of the top benefits:

An At-Home Theatre Experience

Do you love attending the movies but hate the hassle, limited viewing times or cost of going? When you own a home theatre system, you never have to spend money on a movie or pay for overpriced snacks again. Remain in the comfort of your own home, with people you love, munching on your favorite foods.

With a surround system, it’s like being at the front row at the movies, the theatre or even at a live performance. With a big screen and impressive surround sound, you get the feeling that you’re right in the action without having to leave your own living room.

Adapt Technology to Suit You

A high-quality surround system enables you to adjust the settings (bass, treble, volume and more) to suit your preferences. Do you prefer having a low bass that vibrates the room when a song kicks in? Adjust the settings accordingly.

Also, when home theatres systems are designed, they have the intention of recreating a movie theatre, so you experience acoustics as they’re supposed to be. You can position the speakers and your furniture to ensure that your home theatre system has the best chance of performing to its highest standards.

The Benefits of Buying Speakers From Yamaha

Before we look at the features of the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL, you might be wondering why we chose a speaker from this particular brand. What makes Yamaha such a great home choice? This world-renowned company designs speakers that provide exceptional performance in an array of environments, such as a school, church, home, and more. Specifically, they adjust their design and audio features so that everyone can get the most out of these speakers.

We’re a huge fan of the appearance of Yamaha speakers, because not only are they pleasing to look at, but they’re also designed to successfully fill the entire room they’re in. But all the while, you can own a Yamaha speaker for an affordable price, making them highly accessible for everyone. This brand has a diverse range of speakers with all kinds of features and accessories, but we don’t want you to get lost in the world of speakers. So in this article, we’re focusing on an honest review of the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL.

But before you make any hasty decision, here’s everything you need to know about Yamaha NS-SP1800BL. We’ve endeavored to provide an honest review of this theatre speaker system and will take a look at its most influential features.

A Review of the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL

What’s in the Box?

  • One center speaker
  • Two rear surround speakers
  • Two front speakers
  • One subwoofer
  • Four non-skid speaker pads
  • A user manual
  • Warranty information

Speaker Design and Build Quality

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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 subwoofer.

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.

Sound Performance

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 a 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.

Special Features

  • Magnetic Shield: The center speaker, subwoofer, and all four satellite speakers have a magnetic shield that prevents picture-sound interference when placed near a TV cable or dish.
  • Advanced YDT technology: This is a Yamaha-exclusive technology which involves the amplifier and speaker working together to completely cancel out any impedance so that the sound produced is in a near-perfect linear motion. This technology enhances overall performance and guarantees the highest sound pressure levels.
  • Excellent Surround Sound: This Yamaha sound system can produce a frequency response of between 28Hz to 50,000Hz. This range is well-balanced and matched to allow the rear, front, and center channels to blend seamlessly.

Pros and Cons

To recap on the Yamaha NS-SP1800BL review, let’s look at the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Good quality for its price.
  • All the speakers are magnetically shielded.
  • The center channels offer exquisite quality sound.
  • The speaker comes with an Advanced YDT technology to completely cancel out impedance.
  • High-quality surround sound, perfect for home applications.
  • The design is sleek and looks good.
  • The 100W subwoofer delivers very powerful bass.
  • The system is easy to set up.
  • The speaker sound is sharp, crisp, and very clear.

Cons

  • The sound may get distorted, especially at full volumes.
  • The speaker wire is very thin.
  • Not recommended for serious audiophiles.

Alternative Home Theatre Speaker System to Purchase

If you’d like to keep your options open and look at an alternative theatre speaker system, the Polk Signature Series is an ideal purchase for numerous reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the advantageous features of this theatre speaker system.

Design

This home theatre speaker system stands tall on the floor and is finished in a contemporary, black-washed walnut finish. Its appearance gleams with a glossy black panel that frame the drivers. We love that the grille is magnetic to provide a modern finish, while the curved edges help to soften the overall appearance. The design aesthetic helps to improve the audio quality as the gap in the cabinet’s base increases the speaker’s overall surface area. As a result, you experience less distortion and vibrations from the bass.

Thanks to the dual rubber feet, you can place this home theatre speaker system on carpets or hard floors, depending on your home interior. This device is also compact compared to some other home theatre speaker systems on the market right now, to provide you with more options for storing it in your home. The speakers are equipped with rigid MDF that comfortably fit together to provide a rigid and robust finish. Finally, the speakers also come with wall-mount configurations so you can attach them to the wall if this fits better in your home and provides a fuller sound.

Sound Quality

This home theatre has an impressive sound system, making it great for a variety of homes and social gatherings. Specifically, the two power ports provide a smooth sound that isn’t muffled or distorted, and these features also expand the sound’s surface area. The extended bass port helps to eliminate any turbulence and distortion so all vocals and instruments are clear and detailed.

This speaker features a dome tweeter to provide a clear high frequency up to 40 kHz; a range that is higher than most home theatre speaker systems. Thanks to this feature, you can experience a realistic and honest interpretation of instruments and vocals to make it feel like you’re receiving a live performance in your living room. Everyone wants a full, rich sound, which is why the S35 theatre speaker system is great for almost any occasion.

Another alternative to Yamaha NS-SP1800BLs is the Sonos Playbar. Let’s take a look at some of the best features of this theatre speaker system. 

Features

We love that there are many options to display and play this theatre speaker system. For example, you can mount it against the wall, although we suggest positioning it on the thin edge so it doesn’t stick out too far. Setting up the speaker is a fairly simple process, and if you connect the Android or iOS app, this should only take a few minutes as it comes with step-by-step instructions throughout the process. Should you wish to connect this theatre speaker system to a smart TV, you can use the ethernet cables that come with this unit, but while not in use, these ethernet sockets tidily tuck behind the back.

Design

We love the Sonos’s design because it’s sophisticated and luxurious, and will suit an array of homes. Essentially, this theatre speaker system is designed for under your TV or on a table. Measuring a total of 90cm in width, it’s ideal for TVs measuring 42 inches or even wider. All in all, it’s an attractive speaker that has stylish elements to it. For example, the soft fabric grille is made of aluminum, unlike some home systems that are simply covered in plastic. It’s also fairly light, as it weighs 5.4kg, but is constructed from high-quality materials.

Sound Quality

Most importantly, let’s get to the audio performance. On the left, right and the center of the soundbar are two drivers and a tweeter designed to fire the audio as far and wide as possible. This home theatre speaker also has a bigger focus on higher-frequency sounds than lower sounds, making it important that you position the speaker in the correct place in your home.

This Playbar creates a loud and clear sound with plenty of detail, although you’ll find that different positions can affect the overall tone and volume. For example, positioning the soundbar upright helps to present more powerful audio. Also, considering the shape of this speaker, it produces a wide range of mid-bass tones with impressive power, but some low bass and sub-bass audio are unfortunately missed.

Overall Thoughts on The Yamaha NS-SP1800BLs Speaker

If you’re looking for a good set of surround sound system for the ultimate listening experience in your home, the Yamaha NS-SP1800BLs is 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 theatre speaker 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).Enhance your home theatre experience with clear and powerful dialogue. Compared to other speakers in this price range, the speaker’s subwoofer of 50 watts is an adequate rating.

Overall, if you’re searching for a high-quality home theatre speaker system on a budget, this is a great option for you. What are your thoughts? Share your feedback in the comments. 

The Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50

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On the lookout for the best Bluetooth speaker under $50? We’ve got you covered! Outdoor social gatherings can never be complete without great music. For the ultimate outdoor fun with family and friends, you need a portable wireless speaker that can last long and produce high-quality sound.

But does that mean you have to spend big bucks to enjoy crisp and clear music? Absolutely not! We'll give you our list of the best Bluetooth speakers under $50. While it's true that expensive, high-end wireless speakers have quite impressive outputs, there are cheaper options on the market today that can also deliver quality sound. Even better is that these options are quite diverse, meaning you won't be limited to a handful of brands just because your budget is $50. 

How to Choose a Cheap Bluetooth Speaker

To help you find the best Bluetooth speaker under $50, there are some important considerations you’ll need to make. You won’t get the same features as an expensive speaker (to be expected!), but that doesn’t mean cheaper brands are less reliable or exciting. Here’s a brief guide to follow during your search.

Portability

Many cheap Bluetooth speakers have a small and lightweight design that makes them portable to carry around with you. Generally speaking, the smaller a speaker, the less powerful the sound, but it’s definitely a bonus that cheaper speakers are more portable.

During your search, look at the shape and size of the speakers and consider if this is suitable for your needs. Do you just want a speaker that you can easily move from one room to another, or is it important that the device easily fits in your luggage case for traveling?

Battery Life

Keeping with the idea that you’re looking for a portable and compact speaker, you’ll likely need a device that can last for hours without needing to be charged. This feature means that you can use the speaker away from a power source without worrying that it’ll run out of battery.

Thankfully, the average model under $50 lasts up to 10 hours of standby with just a single charge. There are many factors that affect this time, such as how loud you play your music so consider the reasonable amount of time you can go without charging the speaker again.

Finally, another factor to bear in mind is how easy and efficient the speaker is at charging. Does it take two hours to fully charge, or can you use the cheap Bluetooth speaker after 30 minutes and it’ll last a while? There are also different ways to charge the device, such as a USB port, which is convenient to keep on top of the speaker while you’re working in your office.

Handsfree Features

Imagine this scene. You’re casually listening to your favorite song and then someone rings your phone. What would you ordinarily do in this situation? Pause the music to answer the call? In this scenario, you might even miss the phone call because the music is blaring over it. However, even the best Bluetooth speaker under $50 will be equipped with a handsfree feature, enabling you to answer any important calls at the click of a button.

For some, this feature might not be as important as audio quality or portability, but if you receive a lot of phone calls, it can be a handy feature. Plus, this means you can use the speaker in a conference meeting to have loudspeaker calls among employees so everyone can hear.

Usability and Simplicity

So many of us are busy all the time that we appreciate when technology makes our lives easier. Does this summarise your life, or are you happy to put in some effort for yourself? Perhaps you’re not technologically-minded and appreciate having some assistance. If so, many cheap Bluetooth speakers are made simple for you to operate - plus these kinds of devices are also the cheapest options on the market.

For example, are you content with only being able to skip a track? Or would you prefer to adjust the volume from the speaker? If you listen to music while you’re cleaning the house, you won’t be in close proximity of the device so having a volume button won’t be much use to you anyway. Therefore, changing the songs and adjusting the volume via your smartphone is more suitable for you anyway.

Waterproof Settings

Your budget might be fairly low compared to the range of Bluetooth speakers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t aim high. If a waterproof, portable speaker is a necessary quality when listening to your music, don’t neglect this feature. Consider the environment where you listen to music. Is it in the shower? Is it by the pool? If so, these situations call for a waterproof protective layer. Many cheap Bluetooth speakers feature rubber materials surrounding the device to protect them from splashes, although given the $50 budget, you likely won’t be able to submerge the device in water.

While its true that expensive, high-end wireless speakers have quite impressive outputs, there are cheaper options on the market today that can also deliver quality sound. ​

ven better is that these options are quite diverse, meaning you won’t be limited to a handful brands just because your budget is $50.

So, what can $50 get you in today’s wireless speaker market?

Comparing the Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50 

Product

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Details

Our Rating

Price

AOMAIS Sport II​​​​

Best Bluetooth Speakers under 50 dollars AOMAIS Sport II

Functional even when submerged in a 3-feet water pond for 30 minutes

Anker Soundcore

Best Bluetooth speakers under 50 dollars Anker Soundcore

Chosen for its 24-hour battery life

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

Passive subwoofer design allows for an evenly distributed sound frequency.

ZENBRE Z3

best bluetooth speakers under 50 ZENBRE Z3

Elegant user friendly controls sets it apart from it's competitors

DOSS Touch Wireless Speaker

best bluetooth speaker under $50

This speaker is powerful enough to deliver a deep bass

Soundcore Motion Q

best bluetooth speaker under $50

This speaker is easy to use and suitable for all types of people

Sony XB20

best bluetooth speaker under $50 Sony XB20

This speaker is ideal for a party scene

Amazon Basic

best bluetooth speaker under $50 Amazon Basics

Offers a rich, powerful bass

Comiso 

best bluetooth speaker under $50 comiso

Ideal if you tend to listen to music for long periods of time

AY Portable

best bluetooth speaker under $50 ay portable

Ideal if you love listening to music with a bass

Discover The Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50

1. AOMAIS Sport II

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features 

If you prefer sporty speaker designs, the AOMAIS Sport II is meant for you. You can submerge it in a 3-feet water pond for 30 minutes, and it will still be functional. It can also float in water, making it the perfect beatbox for a pool party. It comes with a floating accessory so you can swim with it in the pool!

The battery is built into the speaker with a rechargeable lithium-ion device that means the speaker lasts a long time once it’s fully charged. When you’re ready to boost the battery, simply plug the cord into the USB port to begin the process. This speaker enables you to answer phone calls and the Bluetooth V4.0 technology is compatible with a range of devices, such as an iPhone, Samsung, iPad, Amazon Echo and more. You can also play music from your laptop and mp3 player via the inclusive cord. This is a handy feature to add some diversity to your speaker as not all cheap Bluetooth speakers offer this.

The overall sound quality of this speaker is exceptional, although as you increase the volume, consider that there will be some distortions. These distortions aren’t completely disruptive to your music, but they can put a slight dampener on a party atmosphere. But, Sport II wants you to have fun while listening to music, which is why you can combine two or more of these speakers together to create a surround sound. Increase the volume and improve the audio quality at the same time.

Design

In addition to its sleek and sporty look, it boasts of an impressive IPX7 water resistance rating. Specifically, the speaker can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes at one-meter deep without breaking. Most cheap Bluetooth speakers can handle some rainwater, but not all designs can promise such an incredible feature. This unit is also mudproof, snowproof, rainproof and dustproof, making it great for a variety of environments and ensuring that the device lasts a long time. We also love that Aomais designed this with wind and noise-canceling features so it continues to deliver excellent audio quality in a range of settings.

This speaker is equipped with a rubber coating to make it solid and durable, and even prevent any damage or cracking should you accidentally drop it. These smooth rubber features also provide a sleek and modern appearance to the device. However, some users might be put off that this is one of the heaviest units on the list, as it weighs around 21 ounces, making it less portable than competitors.

One of our favorite features of this speaker is the screw on the bottom which means you can mount it to your bike while cycling. You can also attach the speaker to other devices, giving you a wide selection of occasions to use the speaker.

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Pros

  • Hands-free function to answer phone calls
  • Good acoustic sound and crystal clear balanced bass
  • Waterproof and of highest incursion protection degree of IPX7
  • Comes with a floating accessory so you can lounge with it on the pool

Cons

  • Only downside is that the battery takes several hours to charge up and may not hold for too long 

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2. Anker Soundcore

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features

Next in our list of the best Bluetooth speakers under $50 is the Anker Soundcore. It’s relatively small, but it has an incredible battery life. It can last you a whole 24 hours when fully charged. It’s also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and a 66-feet connectivity range, which is above average.

We’ll keep the sound quality honest; the Anker Soundcore is an average speaker and the audio quality isn’t anything to jump about at. However, we will praise that the audio is perfectly balanced between bass and treble, but as you increase the volume past the mid-way point, there is some noticeable distortion.

This speaker is designed for chilled set-ups, rather than parties, as the volume doesn’t increase that much. In a silent room, you can hear the details within the audio, but in a room with background noise and people talking, the quality becomes slightly lost and the volume isn’t loud enough to drown out people’s voices. This volume limit can be a disadvantage to some, although it mainly depends on the environment you like to listen to your music.

We’re impressed at the additional features this cheap speaker offers. For example, it has the ability to retrieve phone calls and is also equipped with voice assistants such as Google and Siri. To activate the phone assistant, merely press and hold the pause button and this feature will begin working for you. When you receive a phone call, the volume is loud enough to hear it from another level in your home, and the voice quality is clear and concise enough that you can understand conversations.

Design

However, it doesn't have an equally impressive design, which is totally fine for a speaker of its price. This speaker doesn’t have any extravagant features that make it stand out from the crowd, as it’s fairly generic-looking. But, the simple black coloring actually makes the speaker more versatile to everyone and means it can blend into any room and environment.

The speaker comes with only a handful of buttons, including a playback, volume controls, and power option, all of which are located at the top of this device. Only having a few buttons makes this user-friendly and less complicated than some of the other speakers on this list. Towards the front of the speaker, you’ll notice a black metal grille and a water-resistant flap on the side that protects the speaker should it come into contact with water or accidentally fall on the floor.

When looking for the best Bluetooth speaker under $50, you should consider its usability rather than just appearance. The Anker SoundCore 2 is dedicated to withstanding any abuse from accidental droppings and it can cope with water splashes from an outdoor pool. The speaker measures 165mm x 54mm x 45mm, which is an ideal size to store in your bag and travel around with, without it taking up a large amount of space. It’s also lightweight, meaning it won’t inconvenience you on your travels.

Finally, you can only connect one device to the speaker at one time, and you don’t have the option of combining two or more speakers together. However, given that the volume doesn’t reach a high level, it’s apparent that this unit is for chilled get-togethers where volume wouldn’t be the most important feature for you anyway.

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Pros

  • 24 hour-battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Easy Bluetooth pairing and maintains a strong connection up to 66 ft

Cons

  • Distorts at high volume and bass resonance can be improved by placing them nearer the wall

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3. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features 

The 5-inch Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 comes with an IPX5 water resistance rating, meaning that it can withstand splash water and rain. Inside the OontZ Angle 3 is a 2200mAh battery that allows you to enjoy music for 15 hours non-stop. It also boasts of a stereo output of 10W and an evenly distributed sound frequency, thanks to its passive subwoofer design. Additionally, this cheap Bluetooth speaker has dual drivers that are strategically positioned upwards to give you a better listening angle.

As you begin to increase the volume, you might experience a tinny sensation as the speaker struggles to reach high volumes while maintaining excellent audio quality. It can certainly reach a wide number of people in a room, but it can be slightly piercing on your ears, depending on the music genre you listen to. For such a small size, this speaker is ideal for a small number of people sitting near to the speaker, but it doesn’t quite present enough power to host a large gathering.

This is the best Bluetooth speaker under $50 on our list so far that offers adequate bass. The passive bass radiator is positioned behind the grille and works together with the woofers to improve the overall clarity of instruments and vocals. It’s definitely a suitable at-home speaker that can exude power to a large room and the 14Watts of power prevent it from distorting. Many speakers of this size present difficulties with reaching midrange frequencies, but the Angle 3 is comfortable at offering a clean treble along with balanced tones.

Design

If you’re getting bored with the same old blocks designs, you can mix things up a little with a triangular model. This is one of the best cheap speakers on this list, and one of the reasons we’re excited to present it to you is because it’s small and lightweight. Its incredible design means you can transport it anywhere with you without any hassle, and the tough, rugged exterior doesn’t require a case either, so it’s definitely the type you can throw in your bag and not worry about.

The triangular shape is exciting and unique, and you can play the speaker stood up or lay down. The rubber feet protects the device when it’s placed on hard surfaces and you can also place it on top of furniture without worrying it’ll damage the upholstery. It also weighs around 15 ounces, so you can comfortably hold it in while walking or backpacking for some background interludes. Measuring 6.4” x 2.8” x 2.75”, it’s also a reasonable size to keep in your backpack or store in your drawer until the next use.

Use this speaker for up to 20 hours of continuous use without needing to charge it. Plus, you can continue to use it even when it’s charging. Finally, all the important inputs - such as the micro USB charging port - are protected with a rubber flap, which not only keeps dust and debris from entering these ports but protects the design should you accidentally drop it or it comes into contact with water.

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Pros

  • Serves as a speakerphone 
  • Splashproof, rainproof, dustproof and sandproof
  • Portable and stylish 

Cons

  • Pairing can be a bit of a hassle when multiple devices are connected
  • No option to change tracks or adjust the volume on the unit itself 

Quality

Price

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4. ZENBRE Z3

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features 

ZENBRE Z3 is a versatile speaker with an impressive range for its size and price. Whether you want to enjoy your special playlist, listen to the radio, or enjoy your favorite streaming service, ZENBRE has got you covered. In addition to its Bluetooth capability, it also has an AUX input and a TF card slot. In terms of power, it comes with a 10W output that can comfortably cover a range of 33 feet.

The best Bluetooth speaker under $50 should make your life easier and be user-friendly and convenient to use. We’re impressed that ZENBRE Z3 presents such exciting features, including a speakerphone and hands-free option so you can talk on the phone without having to be up close to the speaker. This is great for both personal and business use. Plus, thanks to the 2200mm mAh battery, you don’t have to charge the speaker all the time, and it provides up to 15 hours of battery life.

If you like your music loud, ZENBRE Z3 is your best friend as it’s equipped with 2 x 5W drivers and a bass resonator that has 15W power. This combined total produces a powerful sound that will impress your guests. The bass is one of the best features of this speaker and it’s great for playing hip-hop and rap music. Plus, the thumping bass and crystal-clear audio enhance details in songs you’ve probably never heard before.

Design

This speaker is small and sleek enough to not inconvenience you as you carry it around. Plus, it’s great for carting between rooms in your room should you transition from the gym to the living room. Overall, this is an attractive speaker that is portable enough to keep in your work bag and light enough to carry for walks in the park.

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Pros

  • Built-in 2600mAh rechargeable lithium battery for up to 20 hours playtime 
  • Easy to control sensitive touch buttons
  • With TF card slot to play music by Micro SD card

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not sturdy enough
  • Longer battery-charging time

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5. DOSS Touch Wireless Speaker

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features 

ZENBRE Z3 is a versatile speaker with an impressive range for its size and price. Whether you want to enjoy your special playlist, listen to the radio, or enjoy your favorite streaming service, ZENBRE has got you covered. In addition to its Bluetooth capability, it also has an AUX input and a TF card slot. In terms of power, it comes with a 10W output that can comfortably cover a range of 33 feet.

The best Bluetooth speaker under $50 should make your life easier and be user-friendly and convenient to use. We’re impressed that ZENBRE Z3 presents such exciting features, including a speakerphone and hands-free option so you can talk on the phone without having to be up close to the speaker. This is great for both personal and business use. Plus, thanks to the 2200mm mAh battery, you don’t have to charge the speaker all the time, and it provides up to 15 hours of battery life.

If you like your music loud, ZENBRE Z3 is your best friend as it’s equipped with 2 x 5W drivers and a bass resonator that has 15W power. This combined total produces a powerful sound that will impress your guests. The bass is one of the best features of this speaker and it’s great for playing hip-hop and rap music. Plus, the thumping bass and crystal-clear audio enhance details in songs you’ve probably never heard before.

Design

This speaker is small and sleek enough to not inconvenience you as you carry it around. Plus, it’s great for carting between rooms in your room should you transition from the gym to the living room. Overall, this is an attractive speaker that is portable enough to keep in your work bag and light enough to carry for walks in the park.

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Pros

  • Small and sleek design
  • Attractive speaker that is portable enough to keep in your work bag
  • The bass is one of the best features of this speaker and it’s great for playing hip-hop and rap music

Cons

  • Not the most powerful speaker
  • Not as sturdy as other designs
  • Takes a while to charge

Quality

Price

Our Rating

6. Soundcore Motion Q

best bluetooth speaker under $50

Features 

This speaker is easy to use and suitable for all types of people. Specifically, the control panel is simple and you can quickly make adjustments to your music and audio at the end of your fingertip. Plus, connect the speaker to a virtual assistant such as Google or Siri, and this instantly transforms the unit into a smart speaker. Thanks to the built-in microphone, you can answer phone calls without your smartphone in sight.

Anker’s Soundcore device functions through Bluetooth technology, and the 20-meter range is an accurate space to use the speaker without having to be right next to it. Bear in mind that transitions between songs aren’t as smooth as some of the other speakers on this list as loading time takes a few seconds. Plus, we also suggest sticking to music and not streaming videos as the speaker can begin to glitch.

For this speaker to perform at its best standard, keep the volume at 50 percent and not much higher. Otherwise, you’ll experience slight distortions and the balance between bass and treble becomes more distinctive. This speaker really shines around the midrange frequencies and the treble is impressive throughout all these ranges. If you like to listen to music in a quiet environment, this speaker is designed for you as the fewer disruptive noises, the better chances of hearing details in songs. When using this device outdoor, avoid when the weather is poor as you’ll be more likely to increase the volume and thus cause distortion.

Design

The Soundcore speaker might not have a dust protection over the USB ports, but the woven cloth surrounding the speaker provides more than enough protection you could need to keep debris and dust away. Also, this material makes it comfortable and convenient to pick up the speaker when you’re traveling with it. The cyclinder shape is one of our favorite design features of this speaker because its unique and provides an exciting look. However, the flat base tends to slide around on polished surfaces, so bear this in mind when you’re playing sounds with a lot of bass.

We love that this speaker is waterproof, making it ideal for listening to your favorite tracks by the pool or in the shower. The buttons on the speaker are raised so you can find them without even having to open your ears. Plus, the arrangements makes it easy to locate and get used to them. When you’ve found your chosen button, you only need to tap gently to save any discomfort on your fingers. You’ll know when the device is ready to operate when the LED light is a solid blue.

Considering this unit is compact and sleek, it pumps out incredible volume, and more than enough to cover a 360-degree area. The best place to use the speaker is in a small room indoors, since the sound waves can push through enough air to cover two or three rooms.

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Pros

  • Small and sleek design
  • Attractive speaker that is portable enough to keep in your work bag
  • The bass is one of the best features of this speaker and it’s great for playing hip-hop and rap music

Cons

  • Not the most powerful speaker
  • Not as sturdy as other designs
  • Takes a while to charge

Quality

Price

Our Rating

7. Sony XB20

best bluetooth speaker under $50 Sony XB20

Features 

This speaker is easy to use and suitable for all types of people. Specifically, the control panel is simple and you can quickly make adjustments to your music and audio at the end of your fingertip. Plus, connect the speaker to a virtual assistant such as Google or Siri, and this instantly transforms the unit into a smart speaker. Thanks to the built-in microphone, you can answer phone calls without your smartphone in sight.

Anker’s Soundcore device functions through Bluetooth technology, and the 20-meter range is an accurate space to use the speaker without having to be right next to it. Bear in mind that transitions between songs aren’t as smooth as some of the other speakers on this list as loading time takes a few seconds. Plus, we also suggest sticking to music and not streaming videos as the speaker can begin to glitch.

For this speaker to perform at its best standard, keep the volume at 50 percent and not much higher. Otherwise, you’ll experience slight distortions and the balance between bass and treble becomes more distinctive. This speaker really shines around the midrange frequencies and the treble is impressive throughout all these ranges. If you like to listen to music in a quiet environment, this speaker is designed for you as the fewer disruptive noises, the better chances of hearing details in songs. When using this device outdoor, avoid when the weather is poor as you’ll be more likely to increase the volume and thus cause distortion.

Design

The Soundcore speaker might not have a dust protection over the USB ports, but the woven cloth surrounding the speaker provides more than enough protection you could need to keep debris and dust away. Also, this material makes it comfortable and convenient to pick up the speaker when you’re traveling with it. The cyclinder shape is one of our favorite design features of this speaker because its unique and provides an exciting look. However, the flat base tends to slide around on polished surfaces, so bear this in mind when you’re playing sounds with a lot of bass.

We love that this speaker is waterproof, making it ideal for listening to your favorite tracks by the pool or in the shower. The buttons on the speaker are raised so you can find them without even having to open your ears. Plus, the arrangements makes it easy to locate and get used to them. When you’ve found your chosen button, you only need to tap gently to save any discomfort on your fingers. You’ll know when the device is ready to operate when the LED light is a solid blue.

Considering this unit is compact and sleek, it pumps out incredible volume, and more than enough to cover a 360-degree area. The best place to use the speaker is in a small room indoors, since the sound waves can push through enough air to cover two or three rooms.

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Pros

  • Small design
  • Can play the speakers loud indoors and outdoors
  • The ​dual drivers also enhance details and quality 

Cons

  • Not ideal for songs with a lot of bass
  • Audio quality isn't the best when you're far away
  • Can take a while for the device to charge

Quality

Price

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8. Amazon Basic

best bluetooth speaker under $50 Amazon Basics

Features 

The Amazon Basic speaker is one of the cheapest on our list, but that doesn’t mean its audio will disappoint you. It’s an ideal purchase if you’re never owned a Bluetooth speaker before or prefer owning devices that are easy to operate and set up. Not only is this speaker affordable, practical and portable, but the audio is incredible value for money. Specifically, the bass is deep and the highs are crisp and detailed. If you love listening to the detail in voices, this Bluetooth speaker really helps the human voice come to life in your living room. Even if you increase the audio, you won’t experience any distortions or lose impact from your music. 

Head 33 feet away from the speaker and it’ll remain connected to your Bluetooth device. This is great if you like to move around your home while listening to your favorite tunes. But if you like listening to podcasts and other audio formats, this Amazon Basic speaker can cater for all ranges. No matter the type of audio, it’ll deliver a high-quality sound every time you switch it on. 

Bear in mind that this speaker involves some work from you, too. Specifically, as the battery begins to run low, you won’t experience as much power compared to a full charge. So spare 3-4 hours of charging time to enhance your listening experience. Even though this might be longer than some of the other best Bluetooth speakers under $50 on this list, this is still completely reasonable given the price of the device. And once it’s fully charged, it can last eight hours of continuous play.

Design

Perhaps one of the flaws of this speaker is its design. It’s evidently built for performance and usability rather than appearance. However, it’s still got a rugged design that protects the speakers during accidents. The glossy plastic looks impressive, but when you get up close to the unit, this amplifies that the speaker isn’t expensive.

With that being said, the design isn’t a flaw in how you use the device. It has all the buttons you need, but no extras. On the side is a power button, a charging port and Aux-in feature where you combine multiple speakers for a powerful sound. At the top of the speaker are important buttons such as playback and volume, as well as for Bluetooth pairing, pausing songs, and accessing the speaker phone when you’re on a phone call. 

If you receive a phone call while listening to music or when the device is switched on, press the function button to answer the call. Not everyone needs or uses this feature, though it’s handy to have if you can’t locate your phone. 

You can purchase this Amazon Basic speaker in a range of colors, although we feel it looks more expensive in a simple black shade. For some, simplicity is a preferred appearance and we appreciate that this target audience has something to purchase. 

Pros

  • Available in a range of colors
  • A rugged design that protects the speakers
  • You can combine multiple speakers to increase the sound and power

Cons

  • No extra, special features that some other speakers offer
  • Audio quality isn't the best when you're far away
  • Calls aren't that crystal clear

Quality

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9. Comiso

best bluetooth speaker under $50 comiso

Features

Comiso speaker is exceptionally priced given its features. If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth speakers under $50, this brand offers a rich sound with a full bass that is suitable for a range of music genres. The digital audio enhances the clarity and details towards the middle and high frequencies. With a combination of 10 Watts, this small speaker is surprisingly loud and can fill a medium-sized room with your favorite tracks. With built-in stereo drivers and a bass radiator, this Bluetooth speaker can be played at a maximum volume without any distortion. 

If you have a household full of people, you’ll love this wireless speaker as you can connect up to eight devices and it’ll remember every one. This might mean it’ll take several minutes to set up each time you use it if every device is in the room at the same time, so bear this in mind. But it’s a great feature and no customers have reported issues with the Bluetooth connection flicking off during use.

Design 

With a built-in rechargeable battery, this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers under $50 to last for hours without needing to be charged. If can last 20 hours, although as you increase the volume, you’ll notice that the volume deteers, so slightly reducing the sound means it’ll last for longer. In as little as three hours, you can fully recharge this speaker and it’ll be ready to go again. 

The hands-free and built-in microphone enable you to answer phone calls while you’re on the go. As a result, you can use the Comiso speaker around your house or in a business environment during conference calls. By promising excellent audio clarity, you won’t miss an important word again.

Most users love that it’s lightweight and portable so you can conveniently transfer it around rooms. Although it isn’t waterproof, it’s robust and can even withstand some accidentally falls to the floor. This is all thanks to the high-quality materials that contribute to its design. Plus, its base is sturdy so the device won’t slide around on the surface when high-bass songs are playing.

Pros

  • Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery
  • Suitable design for personal and business use
  • A built-in microphone makes it ideal for phone calls

Cons

  • Takes three hours to recharge
  • It isn't waterproof
  • Not as powerful as some other speakers

Quality

Price

Our Rating

10. AY Portable

best bluetooth speaker under $50 ay portable

Features

This speaker is everything you’re looking for if you need if you’re on a budget but like listening to music that has a bass. Equipped with a BassUp technology, this device intensifies low-end bass, making it ideal for social environments. AY Portable also has a TWS feature that means you can use two speakers at the same time for double the volume and bass. The dual drivers are customized and produce 30w of power, while the Digital Signal Processor ensures that there’s no distortion and the bass remains rich and balanced, even as the volume increases.

Design

Play your favorite music on the go and outdoors, thanks to the IPX7-rated protection exterior that defends the speaker against rain, snow, and dust. The AY Portable speaker features beautiful curves that make it pleasing to look at and ensure that it’s comfortable and easy to hold in your hand. It’s also light and small enough to carry everywhere with you, making it a great companion for the beach or backyard parties. 

This Bluetooth speaker comes with a 5000mAh rechargeable battery, so you don’t need to worry about the device’s battery dying while you’re listening to music. With up to 24 hours of constant playtime, this is the perfect amount for anyone, and charging it from a low battery only takes a couple of hours.

Pros

  • Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery
  • Suitable design for personal and business use
  • A built-in microphone makes it ideal for phone calls

Cons

  • Takes three hours to recharge
  • It isn't waterproof
  • Not as powerful as some other speakers

Quality

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Manage Your $50 Expectations

When shopping for speakers below $50, it’s best to keep your expectations in check to avoid disappointments. So this wraps up our list of the best speakers under $50. If you are looking for more power, more creative designs, and better sound quality, you would want to consider increasing your budget.

 

Check out our reviews of the wireless speakers under $100. Finally, if the budget is really an issue, you can check out the Bluetooth speakers from Monoprice. They have a wide range of speakers that you can buy for $35!

A Complete Marshall Kilburn Review

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.

Marshall Kilburn is a perfect example. This modern 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, Marshall Kilburn will definitely appeal to fashion-conscious consumers, just as much as it will to audiophiles.  

Reasons to Purchase The Marshall Kilburn Speaker

Before we go into detail of the Marshall Kilburn review, let’s discuss a few of the benefits of owning this specific device, and why you need a Bluetooth speaker in your life.

Eliminate Cords and Hassle

This Bluetooth speaker doesn’t require any cords to function, aside from when it’s charging. You can play your favorite tunes without any hassle of having to locate a plug socket or find a safe location where no-one will trip on the cord.

Bluetooth speakers are also quick and effortless to set up, and once you’ve programmed your chosen device into the unit, it’ll remember it every time. This means you only have to switch on your Bluetooth settings and the speaker to get the music going. Marshall Kilburn allows you to walk away from the speaker so that you don’t have to be standing right next to it for a solid connection.

Take it Anywhere With You

Like listening to music in the bedroom when you’re getting ready for a party? But then want to take the speaker in the living room with you? Marshall Kilburn makes this possible as the speaker is portable and lightweight enough to carry around with you. But don’t just keep it in your home, as you can also listen to your favorite album outdoors (just check the weather beforehand).

Another great feature of this portability is that you don’t have to reprogramme the speaker or even switch it on and off when relocating it to another room. Simply keep your device within the range and it’ll continue playing your music, interrupted.

Marshall Kilburn Review

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Pros

  • Adjustable treble and bass
  • Reliable battery life
  • Retro style design
  • Easy setup
  • Excellent sound output 

Cons

  • It isn't water resistant
  • It’s a little too heavy for a portable speaker
  • It's quite expensive
  • It doesn't support a speakerphone
  • It doesn't show the battery life

Check out this comprehensive Marshall Kilburn review: 

Design

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 speakers that weigh less than 2 pounds, the Kilburn is like a brick with a leather strap.

Inside the speaker, there is a 4” woofer and two 0.75” tweeters, which evenly spread the sound to all angles.We’re a huge fan of how the speaker looks because a device you’re proud of means you’ll love having it on display for others to see.

Take your pick from a black or cream appearance, or you can also choose steel for a metallic finish. No matter which color you opt for, the logo on the front shines to be the highlight of its appearance.

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. Nevertheless, the Kilburn focuses on quality music in a hard-core way.

Sound Performance

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.

This Bluetooth speaker offers an incredible frequency range from 62Hz to 20,000Hz. A typical speaker begins at 90, which makes Marshall Kilburn ideal for hearing (and even feeling) low notes. By extending the range, you can feel the vibrations of the bass on the side.

If you wish to enhance the sound performance, you can purchase a separate amplifier to provide more bass. However, this makes the unit less portable but is a great ideal for a permanent setup.

Setup

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.

You can easily adjust the bass and treble settings on the speaker to suit your music tastes, and this is a great feature that not all brands offer.

Battery Life

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. 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.

Supplied Accessories

The Marshall Kilburn package comes with:

·       Marshall Kilburn speakers

·       3.5mm coiled cable

·       Power cord

·       User manual

Marshall Kilburn vs Ultimate Ears Megaboom

To write this Marshall Kilburn review, we felt it’s important to compare this unit to some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. One particular example is Ultimate Ears Megaboom. Let’s take a look at some ways these speakers are different.

Portability

These two speakers have a very different size and weight. The UE Megaboom speaker weighs under two pounds and measures 8.9 inches in length, making it more lightweight than Marshall Kilburn. As a result, the UE Megaboom is a suitable design if you’re searching for a unit you can carry around your home or take traveling with you.

Although this might sound like an incredible advantage, bear in mind that size is advantageous to audio quality, meaning that Marshall Kilburn can be turned up much louder without any distortions.

Audio Performance

During this Marshall Kilburn review, we’ve been massively impressed with its sound quality. In particular, this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers to create a generous balance between a high volume and incredible bass. As a result, you won’t experience any distortion that could ordinarily ruin your listening experience.

Although this is still a portable speaker, its audio performance can outweigh some stereo systems, as it offers rich low mid frequencies and produces a full sound with both voices and instruments. On the other hand, the UE Megaboom speaker creates a much thinner sound that isn't as warm.

However, we want to be fair on both sides and outline that the UE Megaboom device also doesn’t become distorted when the volume is increased. Marshall Kilburn performs exceptionally well by accentuating details in music as well as precision and exuding smooth tones.

In comparison, Megaboom is equipped with a 360-degree speaker that can direct sound all around a room, easily. For a speaker of its size, this is a useful and unique feature that is ideal if you have numerous guests over. 

Durability and Design

It’s evident that Marshall Kilburn is a solid and robust speaker that is designed to last a long time, but it’s not waterproof. For some, this isn’t a massive disappointment, as the waterproof-less features make the speaker more pleasurable to look at and mean the sound carries farther.

Alternatively, if a speaker with a waterproof feature is important to you (should you enjoy listening to music outside such as by the beach), UE Megaboom allows you to submerged the speaker in up to 30 meters of water.

The rubber cap ensures that the ports are protected so the speaker properly charges and continues to charge efficiently. 

Battery Durability

Thankfully, both of these portable speakers have a reasonable battery life of around 20 hours, although the volume can make a huge difference to how long this battery lasts.

If you like your music loud or engage in lots of home parties where the speaker will play almost non-stop, Marshall Kilburn is an ideal purchase because this can comfortably last for over 16 hours before the battery needs a boost. On the other hand, UE Megaboom last two hours less. 

Connectivity and Technology

Speakers have gone beyond simply playing music, and it’s important for many users that these units can connect to your phone so you can retrieve phone calls on the go.

If you’re a technology-lover and want to talk on the phone via the speaker, Megaboom enables you to do so, as this is considered a ‘smart speaker’, ie. its capabilities go beyond just playing music but give you the option to talk on the phone and connect it to multiple devices at the same time. 

For example, you can connect Megaboom to Siri, Alexa, and Google Now, making it a great choice if you lead a busy lifestyle. But, with all this complexity and additional technology features, you need to have a reliable Internet connection.

UE Megaboom also has an app you can download on your iPhone or Android phone to run multiple speakers at the same time to increase the sound performance and audio. This is a great addition to an outdoor party or if you have a large home and wish for the sound to carry farther in your rooms.

Marshall Kilburn vs Marshall Kilburn II

We hope the above Marshall Kilburn review has emphasized the main features of this speaker. But, you might be wondering about the Marshall Kilburn II speaker and the comparisons between these Bluetooth speakers.

Well, let’s take a look at these exciting differences and the developments made to the newer version. 

Design

Marshall speakers, instruments and other musical accessories are designed to stand out and look striking. The new speaker, the Kilburn II, has some additional stylish pointers that left us completely in awe of this modern speaker.

Its look is overall solid and stylish, although it definitely carries features from older periods. Similar to the Marshall Kilburn speaker, it is equipped with a carrying strap, though the speaker is only available in black. 

If you take a look at the second version, you’ll find mounted corner caps to protect the speaker against accidental damage should you wish to use it outside. Although the newest version is bigger, it’s surprising lighter by 0.05kg.

This is an incredible component that we’re all excited about since a larger design typically means additional weight. 

The design change also means that the buttons are presented differently. For example, Kilburn II doesn’t have a power button, and you have to move the knob to adjust the volume.

We’re not overly excited that the LED light indicators have been removed, although the battery level indicator is a useful feature so you’re always aware of how much charge is left.

Audio and Performance

Aside from design, the most important feature of speakers is audio quality. We’re grateful to discover that the audio has undergone some massive improvements. This includes multi-directional sound that delivers audio waves right to you so everyone in the room can hear their own solo performance of the music.

Unfortunately, the 360-degree feature is no longer present which means that the sound doesn’t travel as far as Marshall Kilburn.

But, an important component to address is that the audio is generally more powerful and richer than its predecessor. Kilburn II shares a frequency response between 52Hz and 20kHz, which is a  lower frequency level as well as thicker bass.

Overall Features

Audio performance and design are important features of Bluetooth speakers, but so are additional features that help to customize the unit and make it personal to the owner. Marshall II can keep going for over 20 hours, compared to the first version which needs charging at around 19 hours.

There are many factors to consider when using Kilburn II, such as the tempo of the song and volume you listen to your music. But, even when the battery starts to run low, it only takes a 20-minute charge for it to play for a further three hours. That’s incredible!

Also, Kilburn II will still function after coming into contact with some water. However, this doesn’t mean you can sit in the rain with it switched on or expect it to work should it fall in water. But, a few splashes won’t impact its operation.

Kilburn II has a better Bluetooth connection and range, making it less likely to lose a signal. You can also connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at one time and swiftly transition between the two; this is a handy feature to use with friends at a party.

If you stand 30 feet away, the speaker remains connected to your chosen device, but you also have the option of wireless connectivity should you wish to manually connect.

What Are Your Thoughts on This Marshall Kilburn Review?

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. Our favorite feature is its retro vibe but mixed with modern technology. As a result, it’s a luxurious speaker that has an impressive audio performance. But when it’s not switched on, you can effortlessly carry it around without feeling any shred of embarrassment.

You can tweak this speaker to your liking, which is a unique feature. There isn’t a single section of the speaker that feels or looks cheap. Instead, all the fine details are what makes this speaker so unique. This includes the logo, knobs, and materials.

What are your thoughts on this Marshall Kilburn review? We’d love to hear your feedback if you own one of these Bluetooth speakers. Continue the discussion in the comments.

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25 Best In Ceiling Speakers

Do you want to completely transform your home’s sound experience? Look no further than in-ceiling speakers. These speakers are compact, concealed, and do not leave any ugly wiring in your home.

So, what are the best in ceiling speakers on the market right now?  

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Bose Virtually Invisible 791 In-Ceiling Speaker II (White) Bose Virtually Invisible 791 In-Ceiling Speaker II (White)
Acoustic Audio R191 in Ceiling/in Wall 5 Speaker Set 2 Way Home... Acoustic Audio R191 in Ceiling/in Wall 5 Speaker Set 2 Way Home...
Klipsch CDT-5800-C II 8' In-Ceiling Pivoting Speaker (Qty 5) + Klipsch... Klipsch CDT-5800-C II 8" In-Ceiling Pivoting Speaker (Qty 5) + Klipsch...
Polk 70-RT in-Ceiling Speaker - The Vanishing Series with Surprisingly... Polk 70-RT in-Ceiling Speaker - The Vanishing Series with Surprisingly...
Bose 742898-0200 Virtually Invisible 591 in-Ceiling Speaker (White) Bose 742898-0200 Virtually Invisible 591 in-Ceiling Speaker (White)
Pyle PDIC60 In-Wall / In-Ceiling Dual 6.5-Inch Speaker System Pyle PDIC60 In-Wall / In-Ceiling Dual 6.5-Inch Speaker System
Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each) Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each)
Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8' Round Speakers, Set of 2... Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
Definitive Technology Uewa/Di 8R Round in-Ceiling Speaker (Single) Definitive Technology Uewa/Di 8R Round in-Ceiling Speaker (Single)
Theater Solutions TS80C in Ceiling 8' Speakers Surround Sound Home... Theater Solutions TS80C in Ceiling 8" Speakers Surround Sound Home...
5.25” Ceiling Wall Mount Speakers - Pair of 2-Way Midbass Woofer... 5.25” Ceiling Wall Mount Speakers - Pair of 2-Way Midbass Woofer...
Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8' Round Speakers, Set of 2... Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
Klipsch R-1650-C In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each) Klipsch R-1650-C In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each)
Yamaha NSIC600WH 110-Watts 2-Way RMS Speaker - White (6 Speakers +... Yamaha NSIC600WH 110-Watts 2-Way RMS Speaker - White (6 Speakers +...
82C Silver Ticket in-Wall in-Ceiling Speaker with Pivoting Tweeter (8... 82C Silver Ticket in-Wall in-Ceiling Speaker with Pivoting Tweeter (8...
Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5' 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker System (White, Pair) Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5" 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker System (White, Pair)
Micca M-8C 8 Inch 2-Way In-Ceiling In-Wall Speaker with Pivoting 1'... Micca M-8C 8 Inch 2-Way In-Ceiling In-Wall Speaker with Pivoting 1"...
Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8' Round Speakers, Set of 2... Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
Klipsch R-1800-C In-ceiling Loudspeaker White Klipsch R-1800-C In-ceiling Loudspeaker White
MartinLogan ElectroMotion IC (Ea.) 6.5-inch in-Ceiling Loudspeaker MartinLogan ElectroMotion IC (Ea.) 6.5-inch in-Ceiling Loudspeaker
Leviton AEC80 Architectural Edition powered by JBL 8-Inch In-Ceiling... Leviton AEC80 Architectural Edition powered by JBL 8-Inch In-Ceiling...
SpeakerCraft PROFILE AIM 8 FIVE In-Ceiling Speaker ( Bundle of 4) SpeakerCraft PROFILE AIM 8 FIVE In-Ceiling Speaker ( Bundle of 4)
OSD Audio 70V Commercial Speaker - In-Ceiling Sound System - C1090VK OSD Audio 70V Commercial Speaker - In-Ceiling Sound System - C1090VK
BIC America HT8C 8-Inch Acoustech Series in-Ceiling Speaker (Each) BIC America HT8C 8-Inch Acoustech Series in-Ceiling Speaker (Each)

Best In-Ceiling Speakers to Buy

1. Bose Virtually Invisible 791

Bose Virtually Invisible 791 In-Ceiling Speaker II (White)
  • The best Bose in-ceiling speaker has one 7" woofer and two strategically positioned 1" tweeters
  • High-quality, full-range performance that most other installed speakers can't match
  • Exclusive Stereo Everywhere speaker performance covers the room with balanced stereo sound-no drop-offs

These speakers offer quality sound that’s hard to beat. The two 1” tweeters and 7” woofer are strategically positioned to produce incredible sound. They also have a unique “Stereo Everywhere” technology that evenly balances the sound in a room.

2. Acoustic Audio R191

Acoustic Audio R191 in Ceiling/in Wall 5 Speaker Set 2 Way Home...
  • Acoustic Audio R191 in ceiling 2-way speakers, recommended power is 20-200 watts per speaker, frequency response is...
  • 5.25" woofers with high rigidity polypropylene cones and extended throw assembly, butyl rubber surrounds for increased...
  • Paintable frames and grills, low profile housings designed for easy installation, integrated wall-lock mounting system,...

Offering between 20W to 200W of power per speaker, the Acoustic Audio R191 is a versatile set that will take your home theater experience a notch higher.

3. Klipsch CDT-5800-C

Klipsch CDT-5650-CII In-Ceiling System #9
  • You Will Receive: 1 ONKYO TXNR636 5 CDT5650CII 1 SW310 SUB
  • With integrated whole-house audio systems becoming more popular than ever, Klipsch designed the CDT-5650-C II to meet...
  • Pound for pound, the SW-310 subwoofer is amongst the best in its league. Featuring a BASH Digital Hybrid amplifier and...

The CDT-5800-C is one of the best in-ceiling speakers that money can buy. Powered by an 8” cerametallic woofer and a 1” titanium tweeter, Klipsch offers a beautiful and high-performing sound system that you will love in every way.

4. Polk Audio 70RT

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Polk 70-RT in-Ceiling Speaker - The Vanishing Series with Surprisingly...
  • Hi-Fi SOUND WITH BROAD COVERAGE & DEEP BASS even at low frequencies. Powered by Dynamic Balance & Polk's patented Power...
  • Designed to offset reflective surfaces with no sound distortions, this 3-way driver array produces BIG, FULL-RANGE...
  • EASY TO MOUNT AND INSTALL - PERFECT FIT TEMPLATES, a precision flange, (available) pre-construction brackets and the...

The Audio 70RT is outfitted with a wafer-thin sheer-grille that secures the speaker onto the ceiling. It comes with a one-cut, drop-in feature for easy installation and fit.

5. Bose 742898-0200

Bose 742898-0200 Virtually Invisible 591 in-Ceiling Speaker (White)
  • This quality Bose in-ceiling speaker has one 5" woofer and two strategically positioned 3/4" tweeters
  • High-quality, full-range performance that most other installed speakers can't match
  • Exclusive Stereo Everywhere speaker performance covers the room with balanced stereo sound-no drop-offs

This Bose speaker seamlessly blends into the ceiling and offers an ideal combination of looks and performance. The 5” woofer and 0.75” tweeters offer quality sound enhanced by the exclusive “Stereo Everywhere” technology by Bose.

6. Pyle PDIC60T

Being one of the most affordable in ceiling speakers on the list, the Pyle PDIC60T delivers an incredible two-way sound. The 8-ohm impedance and 6.5” design help to boost the sound while making it ideal for your home theater system.

7. Klipsch CDT-5650-C

Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each)
  • 1" Titanium Tweeter
  • 6.5" Pivoting Cerametallic Woofer
  • Horn-loaded technology

Offering premium sound and easy installation, this Klipsch speaker is a must-have accessory for your home. It features a 6.5” pivoting cerametallic woofer and 1” titanium tweeter that produce great sound to every corner of your home.

8. Polk Audio RC80i

Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
  • Hear seamless Audio quality and Polk's excellent sound reproduction with these timbre-matched overhead speakers that...
  • Experience more balanced and lifelike sound that you will love! Equipped with an 8 inch dynamic-balance woofer that...
  • The rubber seal drives better response and prevents moisture access, a key feature for use in a bathroom, kitchen, Sauna...

Made from a durable and moisture-resistant material, the Audio RC80i is not only a terrific choice for home applications, but also for a pool area or sauna. It comes with a 1” swiveling tweeter and an 8” dynamic subwoofer that fills the entire room with crisp and clear sound.

9. Definitive Technology UEWA Di 8R

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Definitive Technology Uewa/Di 8R Round in-Ceiling Speaker (Single)
  • In-ceiling speaker
  • Simple to install, no spackle work required
  • Flangeless design and micro-perf grille minimize visibility

These speakers offer great audio performance that will nicely integrate with high-end home theaters. Their powerful sound performance will make feel like you’re at the movies.

10. Theater Solutions TS80C

Theater Solutions TS80C in Ceiling 8" Speakers Surround Sound Home...
  • Theater Solutions TS80C in ceiling speakers, recommended power is 10-250 watts per speaker, efficiency is 92dB,...
  • 8" woven fiber bulletproof cone woofers with butyl rubber surrounds, pivoting silk titanium dome tweeters, 2nd order...
  • Paint-able frames and grills, low profile housings designed for easy installation, unique wall locking mounting system,...

With an 8-ohm driver and an 8” extended Kevlar cone, the Theater Solutions is capable of producing high definition sound that’s easy to the ears.

11. Pyle PDIC51RDBK

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5.25” Ceiling Wall Mount Speakers - Pair of 2-Way Midbass Woofer...
  • 80Hz - 20kHz FREQUENCY RESPONSE: Pyle 5.25" speaker system has a directable 1" polymer dome tweeter and frequency...
  • 2-WAY MOUNT SPEAKER: The pair of 5.25" stereo sound speaker has two way of installation: in-wall or in-ceiling flush...
  • FLUSH MOUNT DESIGN: A pair of flush mount design midbass stereo sound speaker for simple and easy in-wall / in-ceiling...

This set works well for both casual and office commercial applications. While they might not be the immediate choice to connect to high-end home theaters, they are perfect if you just want quality and crisp sound.

12. Polk Audio TC80i

Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
  • Hear seamless Audio quality and Polk's excellent sound reproduction with these timbre-matched overhead speakers that...
  • Experience more balanced and lifelike sound that you will love! Equipped with an 8 inch dynamic-balance woofer that...
  • The rubber seal drives better response and prevents moisture access, a key feature for use in a bathroom, kitchen, Sauna...

The Polk Audio TC80i is way more expensive than Audio RC80i. However, with its Surround Sound setup, it sounds like a million bucks. The Audio TC80i also has a wider audio response and an exception build for top-notch performance and durability.

13. Klipsch R-1650-C

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Klipsch R-1650-C In-Ceiling Speaker - White (Each)
  • Perfect for those who want excellent performance, reliability and durability at an affordable price, the R-1650-C brings...
  • The R-1650-C employs a 6.5-inch polymer-cone woofer and a large motor structure for high sensitivity. A coaxially...
  • The speaker’s mounting system makes installation a breeze, while its paintable aluminum grille provides added rust...

These speakers produce very detailed and clear sound quality, especially when they are used as stereo speakers in the living room or as rear speakers for a Surround Sound setup.

14. Yamaha NSIC-800WH

When you connect these in-ceiling speakers to your home theater receiver, you’ll be blown away. With a little tweaking of the EQ settings, you can get high-quality sound performance that will make your ears yearn for more.  

15. 82C Silver Ticket

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82C Silver Ticket in-Wall in-Ceiling Speaker with Pivoting Tweeter (8...
  • One speaker 2-way in-ceiling with an 8" mica polypropylene cone woofer with rubber edge and a 30oz magnet delivers...
  • The 20mm silk dome tweeter produces silky-smooth sound and 15-degree pivot for perfect sound placement
  • Frequency Response: 47 Hz - 20,000 Hz, Sensitivity: 89+/-2 dB, Impedance: 8 ohms, Crossover: 12dB per octave; Power...

With crisp highs, detailed mids, and really deep bass, these ceiling speakers outdo themselves. Their sound performance is only comparable to high-end speakers. This is another budget in-ceiling speaker that you should definitely consider.

16. Yamaha NSIW-280CWH

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5" 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker System (White, Pair)
  • 6.5" Polypropylene mica cone woofers (two per package)
  • Dual 3/4" dome tweeter with SoundMax technology
  • 100-Watt maximum input capability

When connected to a receiver, these Yamaha speakers can pump out tremendous amounts of volume without any kind of distortion whatsoever.

17. Micca M-8C 2-Way

Micca M-8C 8 Inch 2-Way In-Ceiling In-Wall Speaker with Pivoting 1"...
  • 2-way in-ceiling speaker with a high excursion 8" poly woofer and a 1" soft dome tweeter
  • Perfect integration between the tweeter and woofer is achieved through a 6dB crossover network
  • Smooth and natural sound signature with robust bass output for impactful listening experience

For its design, the Micca M-8C has a surprisingly impressive sound quality. It produces crisps highs and nice punchy lows for a relaxing Surround Sound listening experience.

18. JBL SP8CII

Polk Audio RC80i 2-way Premium In-Ceiling 8" Round Speakers, Set of 2...
  • Hear seamless Audio quality and Polk's excellent sound reproduction with these timbre-matched overhead speakers that...
  • Experience more balanced and lifelike sound that you will love! Equipped with an 8 inch dynamic-balance woofer that...
  • The rubber seal drives better response and prevents moisture access, a key feature for use in a bathroom, kitchen, Sauna...

For extreme bass lovers, these are the in-ceiling speakers for you. Watching movies and listening to your favorite music will be a lot more fun with this sound system – it won’t disappoint you.

20. Klipsch R-1800-C

Klipsch R-1800-C In-ceiling Loudspeaker White
  • Good sensitivity and power handling
  • Paintable to match ceiling
  • Packaged individually

The R-1800-C gives out bright highs and appropriate portions of bass and mids, thanks to its 8” woofer. It also has a 1” dome tweeter that ensures the vocals do not crack even at high volumes.

21. MartinLogan ElectroMotion IC

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MartinLogan ElectroMotion IC (Ea.) 6.5-inch in-Ceiling Loudspeaker
  • Folded Motion Tweeter
  • Suitable for any application in average to small rooms
  • Quick, trouble-free installation

A simple glance at the ElectroMotion IC is enough to tell you that you’re in for a treat – everything about it screams elegance. It is also easy to install and produces crisp, clear sound even at high volumes.

22. Leviton AEC80 Architectural Edition

Leviton AEC80 Architectural Edition powered by JBL 8-Inch In-Ceiling...
  • Pair of 8" Two-Way In-Ceiling Loudspeakers, 100 watts, 8 ohms
  • JBL Titanium-laminate drivers for maintaining musical accuracy and clarity even at frequency extremes
  • Straight-line Signal Path (SSP) crossover network for minimal signal distortion

These speakers are easy to install and have incredible audio output given their price. Their price tag, combined with their sound quality, make these Leviton speakers one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

23. SpeakerCraft AIM8

The AIM8 has an impressive build and exquisite sound quality. This is all thanks to its adjustable tweeter and 8” woofer.

24. OSD Audio MK840

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OSD Audio 70V Commercial Speaker - In-Ceiling Sound System - C1090VK
  • COMMERCIAL: OSD Audio's C1090VK is perfect for in-ceiling commercial use in restaurants, hotels, retail shops, office...
  • SOUND QUALITY: The speaker produces powerful, rich sound or quiet background music for all your needs. The dual woofer...
  • POWER: A dual 70/25 volt transformer is wired to provide 5, 2.5, 1.25, 0.63, and 0.25 watt taps for smooth powered...

These speakers come with a pivoting 1” titanium tweeter and propylene 8” cone woofer for an awesome sound experience.

25. Bic America BICHT8C Acoustech Speakers

BIC America HT8C 8-Inch Acoustech Series in-Ceiling Speaker (Each)
  • Two-way in-ceiling round speaker system
  • 0.75-Inch pivoting titanium tweeter and 8-inch polypropylene woofer
  • 10-175 watts per channel, 375 watts dynamic peak

These speakers are easy to install, durable, and have a thermal cutoffs that self-rest to prevent thermal overload.

Get the Best In-Ceiling Speakers for Your Home

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Today, home entertainment is just as important as food. You, therefore, need a top-notch audio system. Consider these 25 in-ceiling speakers for the ultimate listening experience.

DKnight MagicBox II Speaker Review

Quite often, consumers are thrust into a sea of wireless speakers whose product descriptions promise the best sound quality, only to deliver disappointing outputs.

There are also those that stand out from the rest, but their price tags can be quite intimidating. As an audiophile trying to find a high-quality means of enjoying music, you can’t help but notice how pricey most wireless speakers are on the market.

Luckily, the DKnight MagicBox is here to save you from the nightmare of spending a fortune on an expensive speaker for your audio needs. This lofty, cheap portable speaker combines outstanding performance with a unique beatbox design, and consumers are going crazy about it.

With so much hype surrounding the new model of the Dknight Magicbox II, there’s never been a better time to own one.

If you’re still skeptical, here’s a DKnight MagicBox II review to show you why buying this magicbox will be the best investment you’ll make this year.