Anker Soundcore Motion Plus review: This bulked-up $100 Bluetooth speaker sounds excellent
Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus came out in 2019 and managed to slip beneath my radar, which is a shame because it’s arguably one of the best-sounding speakers under $100 (£90, $AU175), if not the best. A little larger than many mini Bluetooth speakers, it’s still compact and manages to sound quite a bit fuller than much of the competition under $100, with bigger bass, more volume and better clarity. It’s also fully waterproof (IPX7 rated) and has support for the aptX streaming codec for devices like Samsung’s Galaxy phones that support it.
While we originally reviewed this speaker back in May of 2020, nothing we’ve heard in this class since has impressed us as much. That’s why we’re awarding it an Editors’ Choice.
Weighing 2.31 pounds (1.05 kg), the speaker is equipped with a 6,700-mAh lithium-ion battery (Anker is known for its portable chargers and battery technology) that gives you up to 12 hours of playback time at moderate volume levels. You can also tweak the speaker’s sound using a companion app for iOS and Android, as well as wirelessly link two Motion Plus speakers to create a stereo pair or just expand the volume. It’s an excellent value at $100 — or $103 (£110) for the blue or red versions. (It’s a little strange that they cost $3 or a whopping £20 more than the black color.)
The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 and has USB-C charging, with the port and a 3.5mm audio input hidden under a rubber gasket that keeps moisture from entering. On top there are volume controls, Bluetooth pairing and playback control buttons along with a bass boost button. I always left the bass boost on because the speaker sounds better with it engaged.
I’m away from the office and don’t have quite as many speakers on hand for comparison purposes, but the Motion Plus sounds substantially better than the old UE Boom 2, JBL Flip 5 and Sony’s new SRS-XB23, all of which currently or originally retailed for $100. Not only does the Anker put out more volume and bass, it has a wider soundstage and smoother sound at higher volumes. A lot of these mini Bluetooth speakers can impress you with how loud they can play for their small size, but they still seem constrained; they have their limitations.
So does the Motion Plus, of course, but its ceiling is higher than other portable Bluetooth speakers in this price range. It can’t compete with much bigger and much more expensive speakers like the UE Hyperboom or JBL Boombox 2. But it’s a good compromise if you’re looking for something more affordable that’s a clear level up soundwise from popular mini Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears, JBL, Sony and all the generic sub-$60 models on Amazon (the Motion Plus easily bested the Earfun Go and Tribit Stormbox, both of which are good values at $50).
The Soundcore Motion Plus is only slightly bigger then the new Sony SRS-XB23, but it weighs significantly more.
As I said, it’s a shame I didn’t get a sample of this earlier. But better late than never.
Here are its key specs, according to Anker:
- Hi-Res Audio enhanced by Qualcomm aptX when streaming via Bluetooth (with devices that support aptX streaming).
- Two high-frequency tweeters, neodymium woofers, and passive radiators.
- 30 watts of power
- Frequency range stretches from 50Hz to 40kHz and is paired with an advanced DSP.
- IPX7 waterproof: fully waterproof casing
- 12-hour playtime (6,700-mAh battery)
- USB-C charging
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Audio input for devices without Bluetooth
- Three color options (black, red, blue)
13 Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2023 For Bringing the Tunes Wherever You Go
Sure, wireless headphones exist so you can fully immerse yourself in your favorite music, sans cords, but when you want to share the beats with everyone, the best Bluetooth speakers are the tiny boxes you’ll need to to bring the party wherever you want and whenever you want. These days, almost every audio company worth its salt has released several portable iterations. They’ve figured out how to make them louder without sounding worse, easier to connect with less signal latency, more water-resistant, and less breakable. In fact, portable Bluetooth speakers are getting so good that lots of makers have pivoted to developing multiroom wireless speaker systems (like the good folks at Sonos) and smart speakers with voice assistants.
That’s actually a very good thing for you, a person who wants something that will connect to your smartphone or laptop instantaneously and make whatever music/podcast/audiobook you need to listen to right now sound exactly as it’s supposed to sound. Something that might not have ever been submitted for a design award, but also that wouldn’t embarrass you when unleashed at a casual park hang. There are tons of Bluetooth speakers available right now that would fit your criteria. And they aren’t that expensive.
How We Tested
We tested over 30 speakers, finding several that rise above the rest. And after a long day unboxing, charging, and listening to all of them in our offices, followed by weeks of real-world testing (you can’t really know a speaker until you’ve tossed it into a tote bag and spilled coffee on it) we’ve found several that rise above the rest. It’s a mixture of functional speakers you can throw into a pool without care to more delicate speakers that could actually win a design award. But across the range, they have one thing in common: They sound amazing. Without any further ado, here are our top picks for the best Bluetooth speakers that audiophiles can buy in 2023.
The Best Bluetooth Speakers, at a Glance
Pump up the jams right the hell now. Here are all of our favorite Bluetooth speakers, without diving into all the bells and whistles.
- The Best Bluetooth Speaker, Overall: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3, $100
- The Best Affordable Bluetooth Speaker: Tribit StormBox, $78
- The Best Upgrade Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears Hyperboom, $450
- The Best Smart Speaker with Bluetooth: Sonos Move, $399
- The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A1, $250
- The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Personal Use: JBL Charge 5, $140
- The Best Bluetooth Speaker for the Poolside: Sonos Roam, $179
- The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Parties: Marshall Middleton, $300
- The Best Bluetooth Speaker with Lights: Balmuda Speaker, $399
The Best Bluetooth Speaker, Overall: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom line might look a bit weird at first glance. Where most Bluetooth speakers are some sort of riff on a rectangular prism or tall cylinder, Wonderbooms are squat and globular. They’re what you’d get if you took a dodgeballs and kind of squashed the top and bottom. This doesn’t make the best design for a speaker: They’re too wide for a cup holder and the water bottle pocket of most backpacks. But what you lose in form, you gain in basically everything else.
A couple years ago, the Wonderboom 2 emerged as the clear favorite among the many Bluetooth speakers of its size that we tested for its exceptional sound quality and compact, durable design. Many of its peers struggled to render a balanced sound that was clean across the frequency spectrum. The Wonderboom 2 didn’t have this problem. Even when we played it at high volume (which is very loud), we found it more than capable of translating any song crisply and cleanly, regardless of the genre or instrumentation. Notes on the higher end all sounded clear and present, without any distracting hiss. And the lower end notes were present and full, but not blown out. You can even download the company’s app to mess around with the EQ and fine-tune your preferences.
In late 2022, Ultimate Ears released a follow-up, the Wonderboom 3, that took the best features of its predecessors and dialed them up. The speaker is IP67-certified, which means that it’s totally enclosed from dust and debris, plus protected from immersion in water that’s up to a meter deep. So if you’re going too hard with your speaker at a pool party and it tumbles in, it’s going to keep playing. It’s also equipped with a few other useful software features like an ability to sync with other Wonderboom models for a bigger, fuller sound. Best of all is the speaker’s extra long battery life: 14 hours of juice to power you through a beach hang, pool party, or a BBQ—and then some.
The Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker: Tribit StormBox
If you want a speaker with similar perks to the Wonderboom, but with an oblong shape and a longer battery life, consider the Tribit StormBox. It doesn’t have quite the same stellar acoustics as our top pick, but the bass response is good and its highs are punchy (though you should avoid its “XBass” mode unless you like overly boomy and distorted low notes). A delicate song like Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” sounds kind of crunchy played through its sound system, especially if you’re paying attention to the high-hat cymbals. Head to head, most would likely choose the Wonderboom, but if you’re not an audio nut, the quality here is just fine.
The StormBox is another Bluetooth speaker that can handle full immersion in water up to a meter’s depth, and pairs up with another speaker if you happen to own two. The biggest difference is its tall, thin, shape (plus its long attachment hook) that makes it easy to slide easily into a bottle pocket, prop itself up in the cup holder of your car, or dangle from surfaces.
The Best Upgrade Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
This Hyperboom speaker is absurdly large and fun, but truth be told, it can only be classified as a “portable” speaker if you have a car. It weighs a whopping 13 pounds (so it’s closer in spirit to a boombox), but performs admirably in a party setting and gets way loud when you need it to. With a 24-hour battery life, you can keep blasting that epic playlist of yours for an entire day before it conks out for a recharge. Like our favorite Ultimate Ears pick, it can also be paired with other speakers for some surround-sound effects.
Its size may have you believe it’s a bass-heavy speaker, and you’d be right, but it also offers well-balanced sound through its 270-degrees of audio. That’s right—unlike the 360-degree sound that Ultimate Ears is known for—the rectangular design of the Hyperboom only allows for 270-degrees of sound. That means it’s better setup against a wall rather than being the centerpiece of the party, but the adaptive EQ of the speaker also means that the Hyperboom will automatically adapt sound to wherever it’s placed.
The Best Smart Speaker with Bluetooth: Sonos Move
Our favorite portable, multi-room Bluetooth speaker the last couple years running has been the Sonos Move. It functions well indoors and outdoors, with lively acoustics and really resonant bass, thanks to the brand’s Auto Trueplay feature that optimizes sound for the listener’s environment. You’ll notice this immediately when you bring the speaker into an echo-y room. After 30 seconds, you’ll be able to hear the sound profile of the Move actually change in real-time.
Beyond Bluetooth, the Sonos Move actually functions primarily as a Wi-Fi speaker within the Sonos ecosystem. That may sound complicated, but it’s a breeze to set up and connect to your home network. Streaming services (like Spotify) will play through the speaker, and the Move will show up as an AirPlay 2-compatible device for broadcasting audio directly from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the speaker.
The Sonos Move also incorporates a built-in microphone, so you can verbally command Alexa or the Google Assistant to play music or adjust your smart home device settings. (If this freaks you out, muting the microphone takes one press of a button. ) The only downside is that the speaker is a little bit heavier, at 6.6 pounds, than other portable speakers on this list. You can still tote it to the park, but it’s certainly going to be an arm day for you. Still, the sleek design and 10-hour battery life make the speaker well worth the hassle. (Want to learn more about it? Check out our in-depth review.)
The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A1
Most Bluetooth speakers are basically a range of colored tubes or boxes, with little to offer aesthetically. Speakers from Bang & Olufsen, on the other hand, feature a lot of lovely design touches that make them look more like art pieces. For its petite size, the Beoplay A1 offers some truly impressive audio, with its clear tones and big sound profile, all wrapped up in a sleek design that helps justify the elevated price point. The handsome leather strap makes you actually want to take this on the road, and because of its IP67 rating, you can hang it in the shower and drown your sorrows in a Lucy Dacus playlist. Plus, with built-in Amazon Alexa functionality, the Beoplay A1 lets you shout out when you want to skip a song if you’re going hands-free. Its hockey puck-like shape is more than just about aesthetics, too. The speaker offers immersive 360-degree sound, so everyone in the park hang gets a taste of the sharp acoustics.
The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Outdoor Parties: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
While the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 and Tribit StormBox are excellent Bluetooth speakers, neither can really generate the kind of sound you might need for a larger outdoor gathering. Throwing a Bushwick rooftop rager? We recommend the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3. The Megaboom 3 has a lot of the same advantages of the Wonderboom 3—great sound, water resistance, the same tip-top acoustics, adjustable EQ, and pairing capabilities—in a much bigger, thinner package.
Compared to our top Wonderboom pick, the Megaboom 3 is a bit gentler on the bass, but not in a bad way. You won’t experience the same face melting vibrations of a subwoofer, but you’ll still be able to hear and feel every note. Plus, the higher frequencies on the speaker sound wonderful, perfectly tuned, and not distorted, even when you’re blasting music over the din of a raucous party. Cue up the speaker’s “PartyUp” setting to combine forces with other Megaboom models and double or triple up your sound.
The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Personal Use: JBL Charge 5
If you want something powerful like the Megaboom, but don’t entertain much, the JBL Charge 5 is another solid contender. It has a slightly bigger bass response, but we found its overall sound to be a little underwhelming. You only hear the Charge 5 mostly clearly when you’re right in front of it. If you’re just planning to bump your tunes from the comfort of your couch, that’s fine—but this is not a party speaker, by any means.
We liked the JBL Charge 5’s full bass response. We also didn’t hear any sibilance in the high end that would make listening to the speaker over a long period of time unpleasant. But we found that anything in the mid-range, like male vocals and most instruments, sounded just a little dull—especially when compared to the same ones played from the Megaboom.
Still, it’s waterproof and supports PartyBoost, which let you pair the speakers with other JBLs to create a fuller soundscape. Plus, as you may have guessed from the name, there’s a USB output that allows it to charge your smartphone, so your playlist never has to die when your phone battery does.
The Best Take-Everywhere Bluetooth Speaker: Sonos Roam
We were really taken by the crisp sound quality of the Roam when it launched in 2021. Then again, why would we have expected anything less from the audio genies at Sonos? We’ve taken this little thing everywhere, from outdoor adventures to pool-side hangs, which is especially easy considering its light weight and slim profile. The IP67 rating is more than equipped to handle some cannonballs, so long as you don’t let it swim there for longer than 30 minutes (or let it sink deeper than three feet). We’ve even used the Roam to connect to a Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve never rocked out to the banger that is the Super Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, then you aren’t living life to its fullest.
The Best Bluetooth Speaker with Lights: Balmuda Speaker
Balmuda’s not exactly known for its audio products—the Japanese brand’s most famous for its $300 toaster oven— but we have to admit that it makes a pretty impressive speaker. We found it to be a little light in its bass range, but it really excels at accentuating vocal-heavy tracks like SZA’s “Gone Girl” or Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska.” Snaps, pops, and transcendent falsettos come out so crisp and clean that you almost feel like you’re getting an intimate concert, which we’re chalking up to the speaker’s 360-degree sound. Like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 below, the Balmuda speaker also offers a vibey LED light show that’s synced up to what you’re listening, and does a great job of following along with your music. Its battery is pretty weak compared to everything else on this list, and there’s no water resistance baked in, but it’s still a mighty fine keep-at-home speaker.
4 More Speakers We Like
Chances are, you’ve spotted Marshall out at a live music show. The brand’s amps are synonymous with rock music, and its recently released Middleton Bluetooth speaker feels like its condenses those epic sounds into something you can port nto your studio apartment. The mid-sized speaker offers beefy sound like the Megaboom, whether you’re bumping to the heavy bass of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” or the high-throttle thrash of Metallica’s “Whiplash” (which just so happens to include the lyrics: “Here on stage, the Marshall noise is piercing through your ears.”)
One of the best parts about the speaker is that you can actually control the bass and treble through controls on the speaker, so you never need to fuss with yet another app. It’s a feature borrowed from Marshall’s guitar amps that makes it a killer party speaker, though it’s certainly a price hike from the Megaboom (which is why we’d still recommend that one as our top pick). If you decide to get another of these puppies, you can pair them together for even bigger and better sound. Hell, if you buy a ton of Middletons, build a literal wall of noise to piss off the neighbors in true rock n’roll spirit.
Three iterations into the JBL Go series, we get this highly durable, bass-heavy bopper that costs just under $50. The pocket-sized Go 3 features front-firing speakers, so it’s not exactly going to fill a room, but it’s compact enough to act as a trustworthy sidekick on the road. It’s also available in a handful of bold hues that help it stand out despite its petite size. You’re a bit limited to what you can control directly from the speaker—volume, pause, play, and skip—but that’s not a surprise since there’s really no room to put more buttons on the Go 3. We also wish it had longer battery life, but hey, for a $40 speaker blessed with JBL’s superior sound quality, how much can you really ask for?
If the Soundcore Flare 2 looks like it was built for a rave, that’s because it is (those party lights are its giveaway). That light show is a little corny, like something you’d expect from a college kid’s dorm room, but it can be fun for a few minutes. And if you really are a student, or just someone on a shoestring budget, you’ll appreciate the sound quality and water resistance that come with your budget speaker. Its IPX7 means it’s as water-resistant as speakers rated IP67, but it lacks the testing to determine that the speaker is actually dust-proof. That means the Soundcore Flare 2 can perform perfectly fine by the pool, but maybe don’t take it to the beach where sand can mess it up. The speaker offers 360-degree sound, but if you’re hoping for more, you can link up to 100 (!) of these together for some true party vibes.
If you know Bose, you know crisp, clear audio quality is the brand’s whole thing, and its SoundLink Flex lives up to that sterling reputation: It’s an intuitive little speaker that manages to pack a decent amount of bass-heavy notes into a small package. One cool feature is that it automatically detects its orientation—whether it’s upright, on its side, or so on—and will adjust its EQ to best suit its environment. At 1.3 pounds, it’s one of the lightest options on this list and its IP67 rating means it’s perfectly capable of performing well in the great outdoors, despite dust or rain. Someone who’s constantly on the road will love having this speaker on hand because it’s so easy to toss into a checked or carry-on bag, without adding much weight or bulk.
Top 15 Best Portable Speakers – Ranking 2023
Undoubtedly, the rapid development of smartphones, tablets and other multifunctional devices, takes away part of the target audience of other devices. However, true music lovers are unlikely to be able to satisfy their needs with the sound quality reproduced by these solutions. Therefore, we present to your attention a rating of the best portable speakers in 2023, among which you can find both budget solutions, including mono, and advanced stereo speakers.
The list was compiled based on recommendations from independent buyers, the popularity rating of the leading manufacturers of such gadgets, as well as on the basis of the main technical parameters of the speakers.
- The best inexpensive wireless speakers 12
- JBL GO 3
- The best portable speakers in terms of price and quality
- Hopestar A20
- JBL Charge 4
- Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB43
- Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore
- Marshall Emberton
- Best Premium Bluetooth Speakers 9001 2
- Dali Katch
- Harman/Kardon Go + Play Mini
- JBL Partybox 100
- Harman Kardon Citation 200
- Marshall Kilburn II
- How to choose a portable speaker?
- What is the best wireless speaker to buy in 2023?
The Best Inexpensive Wireless Speakers
Compact budget speakers are featured in this category. Many of the presented solutions can be found on AliExpress. In doing so, we focused on tests from independent sources in order to collect the best products in this product category.
The top 15 portable speakers are opened by the budget model Sony SRS-XB13, which attracts with a good battery (Li-Ion) and proprietary technologies of the brand, whose acoustics are always appreciated due to excellent sound. Stylish and compact music speaker supports Extra Bass technology, and the body is protected from moisture. The weight of the structure is around 250 grams. We note the high strength of the structure, which is not afraid of minor mechanical damage and shock. At the same time, a decent sound is also due to a large passive radiator, the size of which is 46 millimeters. Connection to gadgets is carried out due to the Bluetooth 4.2 standard. Support for all modern codecs is available, including SBC and AAC.
- great design;
- well-known manufacturer;
- quick sync;
- good bass.
- midrange quality.
Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker mini
Sufficiently high-quality and realistic sound (as far as possible in the ultra-budget class) allows you to recreate the Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker model. This is a light invention of compact dimensions with a built-in microphone. Speakerphone is relatively good. The product weighs less than 200 grams, attracts with a modest price tag. The compact size did not prevent Chinese engineers from installing a 2000 mAh battery. Accordingly, there are no questions about autonomy. However, as well as low frequencies. The bass is quite rich for a speaker of this size. The convincing sound at the same time can be explained by the support of a good dynamic radiator, as well as a passive resonator, which is responsible for the enhanced bass.
- build quality design;
- good bass;
- good autonomy;
- affordable price.
- not found.
Nomi Play 2
This year’s list of good portable speakers includes the Nomi Play 2 with a good class G amplifier. This model features two active 6W speakers. Most budget solutions do not have such a bundle. The latter element guarantees an increase in depth, while enhancing the quality of bass reproduction. There is an AUX IN connector and a Bluetooth standard (support for version v5.0 is provided). The battery capacity is enough for 6-10 hours of battery life. Also worth noting is the easy synchronization with other portable speakers that support stereo sound. Among other things, it is worth noting the presence of a built-in microphone, as well as the AAC codec.
- sound at 12 W;
- light weight;
- excellent bass;
- autonomous operation.
- not found.
Another model with IPX7 moisture protection. In this case, we are talking about a good portable budget music column, the battery capacity of which is 1000 mAh. This indicator is enough to listen to your favorite music compositions without stopping for 5-8 hours without charging. The kit includes carabiners for tightly fixing the portable speaker on the backpack. Of the options, it should be noted the possibility of creating a stereo pair from a pair of such speakers. In this way, you will be able to use True Wireless Stereo technology. The case attracts with high strength, the bottoms are not bad, although the power is only 7 watts. Without the second column, this is a rather low figure.
- stylish case;
- pair can be connected;
- protected housing;
- good sound.
JBL GO 3
The best value portable speaker of 2023 is the JBL GO 3, which boasts IP-67 water and dust resistance. In addition, the novelty boasts support for modern Bluetooth 5.1, as well as the USB Type C interface. A small but powerful speaker weighs around 200 grams (a little more), and is available in different colors. The device boasts a durable case, as well as a good dynamic emitter, the power of which reaches 4.2 watts. The frequency range can be from 110 to 20,000 Hz, and this is enough to play different genres of music. It takes about 2.5 hours to charge the battery, and the battery life reaches 5 hours.
- good battery;
- modern standards;
- protected housing;
- great sound.
- not found.
The best portable speakers in terms of price and quality
This section presents stereo music speakers. We did not try to find the most powerful solutions for buyers who want to get the most, because we are aimed at users who value good value for money, not marketing.
Definitely a good portable speaker from the Hopestar A20 with a rugged housing and excellent sound quality. Model A20 series supports the installation of memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 gigabytes. In addition to powerful, clear sound, users note the high power of the device, which is argued by the presence of two low-frequency and one 35-watt broadband drivers. The frequency range is from 100 to 10000 Hz. Can play music from SD. The battery capacity is 6000 mAh, which, as indicated in the comments, is enough for 5 hours of continuous operation.
- carrying strap;
- powerful speakers;
- good design;
- sound quality.
- is not the most popular brand.
JBL Charge 4
The top of the portable speakers adds to the excellent model in terms of price / quality ratio of the JBL Charge series with a battery life of up to 20 hours. Such a reserve is associated with the use of a capacious 7500 mAh battery, but this did not particularly affect the size of the device, which is especially pleasing. It is extremely easy to charge the battery at the same time due to the usual USB interface. Separately, we note powerful speakers, the power of which is 30 watts. Drivers operate at a frequency of 60 to 20,000 Hz, and the maximum noise reaches 80 dB. Fast synchronization with the sound source is carried out via Bluetooth 4.2. The gadget weighs less than 1 kilogram.
- large battery;
- frequency range;
- volume level;
- light weight.
- there are more powerful lines.
Based on customer feedback, one of the best Bluetooth speakers in terms of price / sound quality is Sony’s Extra Bass SRS-XB43 series. Today, virtually all representatives of this line are popular at the level of JBL products. As for this portable speaker, we immediately note the protected housing from moisture according to the relatively modern IP-67 standard. As usual, the manufacturer took care of the powerful sound, which is achieved through the use of EXTRA BASS technology. In addition, the specialists have equipped a small speaker with powerful X-Balanced Speaker dynamic drivers (vocals or mids deserve special attention). Another advantage is the technology for pairing with smartphones: it supports all popular codecs from AAC to SBC. The battery lasts for about a day of battery life. Of the shortcomings, we note that the model is far from new, but it has not particularly fallen in price.
- powerful emitters;
- Extra Bass technology;
- popular codecs;
- medium frequencies;
- protected case.
- is not a new line.
Bang&Olufsen Beosound Explore
Another secure wireless loudspeaker with high sound quality. One of the famous European manufacturers of Hi-Fi products is engaged in the production of this product, but it is not yet very popular in Ukraine. Nevertheless, we have seen the tests of this gadget, and we can note a really clear sound, which can be explained by the implementation of the advanced True360 proprietary technology. At the heart of the gadget is two large speakers of 1.8 inches. The case is protected according to the IP67 standard, which implies the possibility of immersing the column in water, up to 1 meter, and its further operation after that. The battery allows the column to work up to 27 hours, and it takes about 120 minutes to charge, which can be explained by the use of the USB Type-C standard.
- compact size;
- pure sound;
- protected housing;
- convenient form factor;
- relatively fast charging.
- is not a very popular brand in Ukraine.
The best portable speaker in 2023 in terms of price / quality is the Emberton line from one of the market leaders, Marshall. Traditionally, this brand delights customers with omnidirectional clear sound, which was achieved through the development of proprietary True Stereophonic technology. At the same time, the compact device has a waterproof case built on the basis of an aluminum chassis. In addition, the engineers of the well-known brand have equipped their gadget with heavy-duty black silicone. The built-in battery lasts for 20 hours of autonomy, and there is progressive charging, with which you can restore the energy reserve in just 20 minutes to increase the speaker’s operating time by another 4-5 hours. This model works according to the modern Bluetooth 5.0 standard, which guarantees a stable signal at a distance of up to 10 meters.
- IPX7 protection;
- Bluetooth 5. 0 standard;
- pure sound;
- good bass;
- implementation quality.
- not found.
Best Premium Bluetooth Speakers
This category features flagship speakers, including SMART solutions with additional features up to power bank. At the same time, their main advantage is a clear and powerful sound, which is provided by proprietary technologies of different brands.
The list of flagship acoustic speakers is replenished with the Dali Katch line, designed primarily for the female audience of music lovers. It is clear from the design that this is not only a high-quality, but also a stylish gift, equipped with all the necessary options for comfortable listening to music: there is Bluetooth v 4.0, a headphone jack, an NFC chip, and even a strap for comfortable transportation of the product. The clear sound is due to the use of two bands and powerful radiators – vocals sound especially pleasant. It should be noted support for the aptX codec, which guarantees good synchronization with iPhones without loss of sound quality. Sensitivity level reaches 95 dB, and the frequency range is adjustable between 49 and 23000 Hz. Inside there is a 2600 mAh battery, which is enough for a day of autonomy.
- can be used as a power bank;
- there is a strap;
- clean vocals;
- excellent pairing with iPhones;
- high capacity battery.
- the design is not for everyone.
Harman/Kardon Go + Play Mini
The top wireless speakers this year, according to our editors, is the Harman/Kardon Go Play Mini, which attracts with its bright design and excellent sound quality. It’s worth saying right away that this model was released a few years earlier, but the price-to-sound quality ratio does not allow us to ignore the fact that this is an almost perfect device, with a total power of 45 watts. The gadget supports frequencies from 40 to 20000 Hz. There is a wireless Bluetooth interface for synchronization with PC, smartphones or tablets. It is worth pointing out the support for the company’s Wireless Dual Sound function, which allows you to synchronize two different speaker systems with each other.
- proprietary technologies;
- high power;
- high frequency range;
- value for money;
- stylish appearance.
- is not a new model.
JBL Partybox 100
If you are looking for a powerful portable speaker with good sound, take a look at the JBL Partybox 100 model, the total speaker power of which is 160W. The model supports frequencies from 40 to 18000 Hz. To use it, you need to use almost any gadget that supports Bluetooth. You can connect a guitar or a microphone to this speaker – there are corresponding outputs. The built-in battery is 2500 mAh, which is enough for 12 hours. It is worth noting that it takes about 6.5 hours to charge the device. Another advantage is the bass boost function, as well as the backlight. True Wireless Stereo technology deserves special attention.
- large battery;
- stylish design;
- good illumination;
- high power.
- is not a new system.
Harman Kardon Citation 200
Another good premium Smart speaker that impresses with its good performance despite its compact size. Unlike many analogues, this gadget supports voice commands – you can control it without using buttons via Wi-Fi. In addition, it should be noted the high sound quality, which is felt in a small area of up to 40 square meters. This gadget is clearly not suitable for hiking, but you can organize a good party at home. In particular, this can be explained by the presence of a large tweeter of 2 centimeters and a woofer of 8.9centimeters. Another advantage is a digital amplifier, the power of which is 50 watts.
- voice commands;
- good power;
- sound quality;
- robust assembly.
- battery lasts for 8 hours.
Marshall Kilburn II
The best wireless speaker of 2023 in terms of price / quality is the Marshall Kilburn II model, which costs significantly less than the new generation of the line, but attracts with the actual same parameters. It should be noted proprietary technology for adjusting bass and treble, as well as expensive brand speakers. In addition, the American manufacturer has taken care of the support of modern standards: Bluetooth 5.0 is used, fast charging is available, and the aptX codec is supported. At the same time, the two-way speaker has high power and attracts with D-type amplifiers. There is a separate low-frequency speaker, as well as two 7.5 W tweeters. This concept with a retro design is devoted to a huge number of reviews on the net – if you want to make sure that the model is in its place in our rating.
- speaker quality;
- modern codecs;
- proprietary technologies;
- the most popular model in the world.
How to choose a portable speaker?
In fact, modern speakers are the heirs of the old overall tape recorders. The difference in sound quality, functionality and size. And these are the main parameters that you need to consider if you do not know how to choose a quality Bluetooth speaker.
Undoubtedly, one of the main parameters is directly the quality and quantity of the speakers, and not the frequency, which is most often used as a marketing ploy. Quality indicators include the physical dimensions of the speakers, the signal-to-noise ratio, the capacity of the built-in battery, and the Bluetooth standard that regulates the speed of connecting to a power source.
Please note that if you intend to operate the equipment in difficult conditions (in the pool or at sea), you will need a case with moisture protection. Denoted by the IP-XX standard.
Another important parameter to consider when choosing this technique is the column manufacturer. Today, the products of such companies as JBL, Harman / Kardon, Philips, Jeka, and Xiaomi are considered the most popular on the market.
What is the best wireless speaker to buy in 2023?
Buying a speaker requires an understanding of where you will use the equipment, what quality you want for the sound, how much money you are ready to allocate. We didn’t really dive into the review of all kinds of technologies and parameters, since today there are only a few really advanced brands on the market that delight with high-quality sound. Considering this circumstance, our conclusion is the following:
- Best budget wireless speaker – JBL GO 3;
- Most reliable model – Harman/Kardon Go Play Mini;
- Price/quality ratio – Harman/Kardon Go Play;
- JBL Partybox 100 is the most powerful portable speaker. present day.
TOP 16 best Bluetooth speakers from Aliexpress in 2023
The best choice for music lovers would be to buy a good Bluetooth speaker. A simple but very convenient portable device will allow you to enjoy your favorite tracks anywhere. At the same time, the sound quality and volume of modern portable devices can easily compete with the usual stationary devices. Let’s talk about the 16 best Bluetooth speakers presented in 2023 on Aliexpress, and tell you which model is best to choose for different occasions.
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How to choose a good portable speaker on Aliexpress
Today’s shop windows are full of numerous Bluetooth speakers of various sizes, colors and shapes. However, their prices are also different. To navigate the sea of proposals, you need to know a few nuances of evaluating technical characteristics.
What should be evaluated when choosing Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress:
- Power . Determines the performance and technical capabilities of the device. The mini versions are usually around 5 watts, so don’t expect too much volume from them. For serious audio systems, you need to start from 20 watts.
- Frequency range . Responsible for the sound of low and high sounds. For bass, the lower limit should start at least from 60 Hz.
- Autonomy . Directly depends on the battery.
- Functionality . This includes various options: from the presence of a radio to connectors for external memory.
- Control . An important parameter that displays the ability to customize the sound. It is optimal when the device supports voice commands, has a clear application and keys on the body.
- Dimensions . Impressive, but productive systems are better suited for the home, and for morning runs, you need to choose mini-models.
Best portable speakers with Aliexpress in 2023 power, W
Dynamic. range, Hz/kHz Bluetooth version Aliexpress 5 T&G 157 to 25 — 4.1 go 4 M&J MELODY & JOURNEY to 2 5 25-30 4.2 Jump 3 BL Flip 5 Bluetooth – – – go 2 Tronsmart T7 to 25
905 39 20-20
5. 3 Go 1 Mifa WildBox Bluetooth 50-99 60-23 5.3 Go 90 565 TOP 5 best mini Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress 5 PANTXIKE 400-499 60-23 – Go 4 JBL GO3 – 9 0542 — — Go to 3 Adin 26w Vibration 25-49 — 4.0 Go 2 9 0542 Xiaomi 5.0 IP67 to 25 – – Go TOP-3 best cheap bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress 3 Retro Bluetooth Speaker HM11 to 25 50-20 5.0 Go 90 539 2 SkyBeats Boombox U to 25 2-20 5.0 Go 1 NBY 18 Portable to 25 85-20 5. 0 Go
TOP 3 best Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress for home 3 KTV Soundbox 200-299 60-23 5.0 Go
2 XDOBO 25-49 20-20 — Go 1 Tronsmart Halo 100 to 25 45-20 5.3 Go
TOP 5 best Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress at the price of quality
Most often, Bluetooth speakers are selected to be able to listen to music anywhere, so portable models are especially popular. They are able to provide good sound and at the same time easily fit in a bag. They are also very easy to carry with your phone. It is about such models that we will tell in more detail in this group, taking into account their cost. So, we present 5 good portable Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress in terms of price-quality ratio.
5. T&G 157
Features: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Dynamic range: Others, Bluetooth version: 4.1, View all .
4. M&J MELODY & JOURNEY
Features: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Dynamic range: 25Hz-30KHz, Bluetooth version: 4.2, View all .
3. BL Flip 5 Bluetooth
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2. Tronsmart T7
Characteristics: Total power (W): up to 25W, Battery capacity [mAh]: 7.4V/2000mAh, Dynamic range: 20Hz-20kHz, Weight [g]: 1220, Bluetooth version: 5.3″, View all .
1. Mifa WildBox Bluetooth
Features: Total power (W): 50-99 W, Dynamic range: 60Hz-23KHz, Bluetooth version: 5.3″, View all .
TOP 5 best mini Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress
Miniature speakers are indispensable when it comes to taking a device to play music in a limited space. They can come in handy during sports, hiking or on a regular beach holiday. Their main advantage is a good reproduction of the sound track with very small dimensions. Let’s talk about 5 good mini-format Bluetooth speakers that you can consider buying on Aliexpress.
Features: Total power (W): 400-499 W, Dynamic range: 60Hz-23KHz, View all .
4. JBL GO3
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3. Adin 26w Vibration
Features: Total power (W): 25-49 W, Battery capacity [mAh]: 1400, Dynamic range: Others, Weight [g]: 760, Bluetooth version: 4.0, View all . Aliexpress
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2. Xiaomi 5.
Specifications: Total power (W): up to 25W, See all . Aliexpress
1. Tronsmart Trip
Features: Total power (W): up to 25W, Battery capacity [mAh]: 2000mAh, Dynamic range: 20Hz-20kHz, Weight [g]: 400, Bluetooth version: 5.3″, View all .
TOP 3 best inexpensive Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress
Those who simply enjoy familiar songs on a walk or during everyday activities can save money and purchase an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker. There are a lot of models with acceptable technical characteristics on Aliexpress. The main thing is to know what to choose from. We will talk about three interesting options.
3. Retro Bluetooth Speaker HM11
Features: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Dynamic range: 50Hz-20KHz, Bluetooth version: 5.0, View all .
2. SkyBeats Boombox U
Features: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Battery capacity [mAh]: 1200mAh, Dynamic range: 2KHz-20KHz, Bluetooth version: 5. 0, View all . Aliexpress
1. NBY 18 Portable
Features: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Dynamic range: 85Hz-20KHz, Bluetooth version: 5.0, View all .
TOP 3 best Bluetooth speakers on Aliexpress for home
In addition to compact portable versions, there are impressive and powerful equipment among Bluetooth speakers, with which you can easily organize a music party or equip a home theater. They are less mobile, but at the same time they are able to provide a better immersion in music. We selected 3 models of Bluetooth speakers for home on Aliexpress, which will easily satisfy even the most serious customer requests.
3. KTV Soundbox
Features: Total power (W): 200-299 W, Dynamic range: 60Hz-23KHz, Weight [g]: 1800, Bluetooth version: 5.0, View all .
Features: Total power (W): 25-49 W, Dynamic range: 20Hz-20kHz, Weight [g]: 0. 8, View all .
1. Tronsmart Halo 100
Characteristics: Total power (W): up to 25 W, Battery capacity [mAh]: 12000mAh(7.4V/6000mAh), Dynamic range: 45Hz-20KHz, Weight [ g]: 2720, Bluetooth version: 5.3″, View all .
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On Aliexpress, you can find many decent Bluetooth speakers that can satisfy a wide variety of requests. There are powerful speakers for organizing noisy parties on the beach, and mini-versions for individual listening to melodies, and serious systems for home theater equipment. The TOP leader in the price-quality category is the portable Mifa WildBox Bluetooth model, which has an excellent reliable connection (generation 5.