Portable speakers are a must-have for any music lover. Their lightweight, rugged and sleek designs make them a versatile piece of kit that deliver a high quality sound.
Wether you're on the go or in the garden, a portable speaker is fantastic option for enjoying your music.
The challenging thing is finding the best one to suit your needs. With the amount of products out there it's often hard to find the right one. That's why we at Outdoor Speakers have compiled our list of the top 5 portable speaker you can buy in 2021.
1. UE MEGABOOM 3
The UE MEGABOOM 3 Has built upon its predecessor's selling point of a rugged,sleek and powerful speaker.
The speaker has an IP67 Rating. This means it's dustproof and waterproof, and can handle submergence in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Previous BOOM Speakers were only rated IPX7, meaning they were tested for water but not dust.
The sound is powerful enough to fill a large room and the BOOM App allows for customisation of your sound, including a five-band EQ.
The Sturdy Cylindrical design is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing, oh, it also floats, so no need to worry about dropping it in the pool!
The Incredibly loud sound, extreme durability and sleek design are just some of the reasons why we think this is the best portable speaker to buy at the moment. Accompany that with a good value price tag, you cant go wrong.
2. JBL XTREME 3
The latest speaker from the Xtreme range sees significant improvements from the JBL Xtreme 2. Increased power (20 Watts to 25 Watts), faster charging (3.5 hrs to 2.5 hrs) and a wider frequency range (53.5 hz to 55 hz) are just some of the new features this speaker has to offer.
A beast of a speaker, its large size make it stand out, however, its weight has surprisingly decreased from its predecesor. The JBL Xtreme 3 is advertised as 15 hours of charge, but that is only when the speaker is playing at 50% loudness. A real world figure would be more like 8/9 hours which is not bad at all.
When it comes to connectivity… the Xtreme 3 has been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.1, it a can also can be connected to 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time so you and a friend can both be DJ.
The Xtreme 3 has dual frontward firing woofers, dual frontward firing tweeters and dual passive radiators that shoot out its side. This allows the speaker to sound open and have hard hitting basses which is perfect for music lovers.
This beast of a speaker is perfect for a party indoor and outdoor. The passive radiators on the side enhance the bass and give a visually pleasing experience as well as sounding fantastic. For people who want a very loud speaker and like to show-off!
3. BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE +
The Bose Soundlink Revolve + uses a heavier frame to deliver exceptionally loud sound that can easily supply a big party. The speaker boasts an ipX4 water resistance meaning that it can withstand splashes of water.
The speaker has a remarkable 24-hour battery life which is one of the highest battery life's of any speaker on the market today, however this does mean it's weight is increased at 964g.
The Speaker Combines deep and resonant bass with crystal clarity and the ability to hit even the highest notes without clipping, everything from heavy metal to acoustic numbers to podcasts sound great on this speaker. The speaker also wraps around 360˚, meaning you can plop it in the middle of a group of friends and everyone will get the same volume and sound quality.
The Soundlink offers a great volume which is also one of the best in-class of most portable speakers. It has a sturdy handle on top which facilitates easy carry.
A beautifully crisp and high quality sound gives this speaker a fantastic clarity and immense volume. However its size and weight reduces its portability. Perfect for people looking for an alternative to multi-room audio.
4. JBL FLIP 5
The perfect balance between portability and quality. The JBL Flip 5 offers a light waterproof structure that doesn't compromise on sound making it a jack of all traits.
For a small speaker the sound quality is surprisingly good. Most songs sound clear and the bass is enough to get down to! It also boasts a IPX7 Rating making is completely waterproof. This allows the speaker to sound good and handle the elements.
The speaker is impressibly loud considering its shape and size. The battery life states 12 hours but has been found to smash that time with some tests finding the speaker to last for 27 hours which is astonishing.
A perfect speaker for those looking to take a speaker to the beach, long walks or a small gathering of friends. Rugged and portable, a great speaker for those who like to be out and about. All this at a very reasonable price.
5. BANG & OLUFSEN BEOSOUND A1
Excellent sound and quality, however a premium price. Bang & Olufsen charge a hefty price on this small portable speaker. Despite this the speaker offers extraordinary sound quality and a stunning design, synonymous with Bang & Olufsen.
The Beosound A1 (2nd gen) is the worlds first bluetooth only Alexa assistant speaker. Alexa connects to your smartphone and can be summoned either by the wake word or by the Alexa app. The Bluetooth 5.1 connection means connectivity is fast and seamless.
The speaker is gorgeous. The design is sleek and tidy. It also comes with an IP67 Rating meaning it is dust and waterproof. The lightweight design boosts portability and the leather strap allow for interesting placement of the speaker.
The sound for the size of the speaker is remarkable. It delivers clear sound and powerful bass.
Dynamically it’s really good, capable with the quiet moments and explosive when it needs to be, with a musical tone and character that’s well-suited to a wide range of genres. It can be bombastic without over-egging it, full of energy but still poised and creates a big sound but is also rather intimate. It’s a wonderfully expressive speaker.
A classy looking and classy sounding portable speaker. Bang & Olufsen design shines through on this one delivering an incredible sound in a small package. The one downside could be the price, however you're paying for what you get.