10 best portable speakers
A bike ride, a picnic, outdoor exercises, friendly gatherings away from the outlet — there are plenty of situations where only a portable speaker can become a source of relatively high-quality sound. Bluetooth speakers are mobile, small in size, fit in the pocket of a backpack or purse, and can be combined into a system of several speakers for surround sound. What can I say… they can help create a sound background when watching a movie or even create a romantic atmosphere for two! Some models are equipped with an NFC module and a power bank function. Which one to choose so as not to regret the money spent? We will advise.
ten JBL GO 2
Compact speaker with a low price tag. There is no carabiner here, but for its price it is even more profitable than the Clip 3 model (a very popular budget option from JBL). GO 2 has an interesting rectangular shape and water resistance. The most suitable purpose of the application is to create a musical background, but for full-fledged dances and dances, it is better to choose a more expensive speaker.
Separately, it is necessary to mention the sound — here it is very decent, to match the famous brand. It seems that there are even more low frequencies than the third «clip». Despite its price segment, this portable speaker can work not only via Bluetooth, but also via an audio cable, and is also equipped with a speakerphone!
Experts do not like the tight plug on the inputs. This provided better sealing, but at the first time of operation it can be notably pissed off.
- Low price with good sound
- Compact dimensions, mobility
- IPX7 water resistant
- aluminum frame
- Variety of colors
- Limited control
- Only 5 hours battery life
9 JBL CLIP 3
The best portable speaker with good bass. Compared to the previous model, this one is slightly larger, but still compact enough to appeal to the lover of hiking, walking and outdoor activities. Thanks to a convenient carabiner, the speaker is easy to carry in a purse or backpack, and it also contributes to a higher structural strength. As for its size, the «clip» produces a loud sound (although distortion is possible at high levels). However, this is definitely not an option for parties. Low frequencies are a little lacking, which bass lovers should understand before buying. Sizes take their…
And again, JBL pleases with the price. Of course, you can find cheaper and smaller pieces of acoustic art on the market, but for the price, the CLIP 3 offers pretty good sound and build quality.
- Interesting design and 10 body colors
- Waterproof IPX7 + carabiner
- Approximately 10 hours of battery life
- Reasonably low cost
- No JBL Connect support
- Lack of bass
eight Sony SRS-XB10
Another mono-column of mobile sizes. The model from Sony boasts a long battery life (up to 16 hours on a single charge) and the ability to place both vertically and horizontally. The ease of use here is really thought out — for this, the manufacturer can confidently put the «five». In addition to Bluetooth, the column received an NFC module for quick connection to sound sources.
The modest size did not greatly affect the capabilities of the device. Tracks of almost any genre are reproduced qualitatively, the emphasis is on rich, but at the same time soft low frequencies, without prejudice to other frequencies. The volume margin is not so hot, but sufficient for comfortable listening in the «outdoor».
- small sizes
- Thoughtful ergonomics
- Water splash protection
- Outstanding autonomy for such a size
- Good frequency balance
- Directional Sound
- Very slick body
7 GZ electronics LoftSound GZ-88
A column with an interesting design in the form of an unidentified flying object. The round section on the rear panel is not only a design element, but also a passive radiator.
These are not very expensive mobile acoustics with imitation of three-dimensional sound (and finally, stereo sound has appeared in our rating!). An excellent choice for a gift for a lover of non-standard solutions. Metal case, original design, decent sound quality — a good set for a portable speaker for less than 5 thousand rubles. For easy pairing with other devices, an NFC module is provided, and it is also possible to connect using a cable. The built-in speakerphone allows you to answer calls.
- custom design
- Robust metal case
- Good build quality
- 3D sound
- Reasonable price for this sound
- Excellent reputation on the Internet
- Distortion at high volume levels
6 JBL Flip 4
Very popular and loved by many music lovers. The best that you can buy from the category of portable acoustics under $100.
The first thing that the buyer will appreciate is the volume margin. Moreover, the sound is characterized by purity, a distinct audibility of high and medium frequencies, and low frequencies do not “fall through” anywhere. The group connection possibilities are impressive — up to 100 of these speakers can play simultaneously, and already two, working in pairs, are enough to sound the sports ground well. It is also water resistant and comes in a variety of body colors to choose from.
More convenience in use will provide indicator lights to show the level of charge in the form of five dots. The battery life is 12 hours, in real conditions the speaker works about 10 hours at maximum volume.
- Loudness and clarity of sound
- Durable, rubberized frame
- Light weight, convenient size
- Variety of colors
- Not a steep price tag
- Acknowledgment by buyers and experts
- Tracks cannot be reversed
5 JBL Charge 3
The model has a stylish, thoughtful design, received several technologies at the disposal of the buyer. It is possible to connect to a powerful stereo system, use the JBL Connect + application, combine into a single system not only new, but also old representatives of the line.
Along with the use of high-quality plastic and silicone, there is an IPX7 waterproof rating. The dimensions of the speaker allow you to put it in a bag, a deep pocket, and it holds confidently in your hand.
2 speakers and 2 passive radiators reach a power of 10 W and perfectly play tracks of various genres — both light lyrical compositions and hard rock. The range of reproducible frequencies is from 65 Hz to 20 kHz.
- Tenacious textile surface
- Good sound for the price and size
- Powerful low frequencies
- Working in power bank mode
- Light weight and medium size
- Bluetooth has a short range
- No protection of passive membranes at the ends
four Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 5
If compactness is not the main thing for you and a low price is not a priority, but sound quality is at the forefront, this is one of the best solutions. Despite the slightly increased dimensions, compared to the previous models of the rating, it is also convenient to carry, comes with an aluminum handle, and is pleasant to the touch.
Although there is no stereo here, Studio 5 is quite capable of sounding a space of 30-40 m2 with high quality. The sound is characterized by «meatiness», the predominance of «bottoms» and even some detailing. The speaker actually performs well when playing different styles of music and when scoring movies.
Far from the outlet, the device will work for about 8 hours, there is practically no self-discharge, but the battery charging process lasts as much as 5 hours.
- Interesting design
- Bass sound and clear highs
- Good build quality
- Ease of use
- Convenient transportation
- Special charger
- No stereo
- No protection against water and dust
3 Bose SoundLink Revolve
Probably the best mono portable speaker on the market. It is made of plastic (with a soft-touch coating) and aluminum, which has a rough texture and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Unlike the black Revolve Plus, this version is not as easily soiled and is not as prone to smudges.
The small dimensions of the column contribute to mobility and convenient transportation. With the built-in microphone, you can not only answer voice calls, but also use voice commands via Apple Siri or Google Assistant. Bose also has a proprietary application — Bose Connect, which allows you to control the device via a smartphone.
Users have a minimum of complaints about the sound. It is balanced and clean here. Low frequencies may lack some depth, but they are clearly audible and collected. Medium is characterized by transparency, smoothness, warmth, high relatively detailed and accurate.
- Great sound
- Sound 360 system
- IPx4 protection
- Rich functionality
- Remote control with Bose Connect
- Excellent build quality
- In a pair, such speakers do not always work stably.
- Mono sound
2 Marshall Woburn
The well-known acoustics company Marshall has several excellent portable speakers at once, in particular, Kilburn and Kilburn II, but there are some significant complaints about them. We will consider the no less interesting Woburn model.
The column has its own special style — outwardly, it resembles an expensive guitar amplifier. Also, similar speakers were once used by rock and roll fans. The assembly is high quality, using expensive materials. Unlike many budget options, there are plenty of knobs and keys, allowing you to quickly control the volume or even the bass level.
However, Marshall’s mobility is rather conditional, since the gadget weighs as much as 8 kilograms and has very large dimensions. 2 x 70W speakers deliver superb sound with plenty of headroom. One of them is aimed at playing bass, so everything is in order with the depth of sound.
- 140 W total power
- Crystal clear sound
- Deep low frequencies
- The presence of an optical input
- Original retro design
- Build quality and finish
- No NFC
- High price
- Conditional portability
one JBL PartyBox 300
The best portable speaker with good sound for parties, house parties, country discos, etc. Let the device be portable, but at the same time it has large dimensions — the height alone is 690 mm! The column is quite heavy, it is better to carry it with two strong male hands.
Matte plastic, from which the acoustics case is made, is reliable and not easily soiled, there are no now fashionable soft-touch and glass, but orange inserts branded for JBL are in place. Color light music adds even more effect. It is quite adequate, does not blind the eyes, does not cause irritation and a feeling of cheapness. There are 3 lighting modes, the backlight can be switched off.
What is the most important thing for sounding on a party? Power, deep lows, dynamics. There are no problems with this — the sound here is just that. 2 woofers + 3 tweeters do their job. Not enough bass? Shake windows by activating Bass Boost. The volume reserve is enough for a party of almost any size. At the same time, the sound is quite soft, although a demanding audiophile will find something to complain about. Be that as it may, portability always forces certain compromises to be made.
- Light effects, 3 modes
- Powerful bottoms
- Large headroom
- Bluetooth + RCA + mini-jack + USB
- Up to 15 hours on a single charge
- Durability, build quality
- Convenient playback control
- Long-term charging (about 5 hours)
- Great weight and dimensions
- Delay when working with a guitar or microphone
Which portable speaker is better to choose in 2020?
First of all, the buyer is interested in sound. To get a good sound, you should allocate more than $50 for a purchase, even better — closer to a hundred. If your budget is higher, you can claim relatively high sound quality, but it is important to choose the right model from a trusted manufacturer.
Do I need to look at the power indicator? Yes, if a high maximum volume threshold is important to you. But often the more power, the more overall acoustics. The vast majority of models up to 5 thousand rubles weigh less than 1 kg, have a width of up to 175 mm, which means they are easy to transport.
Autonomy is also important. More than 10 hours of operation without recharging is already good, but keep in mind that in reality this figure may be slightly lower.