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In the test magazine of Stiftung Warentest there was a new Bluetooth loudspeaker test that gave interesting results for popular brand models. While some speakers with Bluetooth connectivity are made for mobile use due to their long battery life, low weight and robust design, other BT boxes are only suitable for stationary use in the house or apartment due to their weak battery and fragile housing.
In the following I show you an excerpt of the results as well as the top places of the Bluetooth speaker test 1/2019 by Stiftung Warentest. There is also the Amazon bestseller list as well as further tips and information for buying BT speakers.
In the magazine test 1/2019 of Stiftung Warentest you will find the test results and experiences for a total of 48 devices in the “Multimedia” section on pages 53 to 19. The speakers with Bluetooth connectivity, according to these statements, have different qualities, advantages and disadvantages.
While they are in each category Ton (Sound inside and outside), Handling (Instructions for use and operation), stability (Workmanship and material) as well Accumulator (Runtime and charging time) cut off differently, there was a device-wide judgment: the information on dust and water protection was always correct. Whether splash water, rain or completely waterproof - the manufacturer's information could be tested positive.
The results for the Bluetooth speaker test are shown under the heading “Bluetooth speakers: Two sound very good, but only one is ahead”. To present the entire table with all test results and grades would go beyond the scope and probably also trigger copyright discussions. However, I can at least show you the top 5 with some advantages and disadvantages:
|Bluetooth speakers||Notes||Benefits||Disadvantages||Amazon product page|
|B&O Beoplay P6||Good (1,7)||Very good sound inside and outside||Instructions for use only "sufficient", not the most mobile box||Get Tickets here!|
|Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus||Good (1,8)||Great sound quality, only a small trigger outside||Instructions for use only "Satisfactory"||Get Tickets here!|
|B&O Beoplay A1||Good (2,0)||Great sound quality, only a small trigger outside||Loss of quality with greater distance, instructions for use||Get Tickets here!|
|Denon Envaya DSB-250BT||Good (2,0)||Good indoor and outdoor audio quality||Lateral listening area and handling could be better||Get Tickets here!|
|Devil Rockster XS||Good (2,0)||Sound quality good to very good; good start-up||Less made for mobile use||Get Tickets here!|
All information without guarantee, spelling and interpretation errors possible; Source: here
The following devices were also tested and rated (sorted by placement): Bose SoundLink Revolve, Libratone Too, Marshall Stockwell, Sony SRS-XB41, JBL Charge 3, JBL Pulse 3, Ultimate Ears Boom 2, Dockin D Mate, Fresh 'n Rebel Rockbox, Ikea Eneby, LG PK5, Canton Musicbox XS, Cambridge Audio Yoyo (S), Sony SRS-XB21.
At 18th place, the Bluetooth speaker Cambridge Audio Yoyo in the S version, by the way, it is the second box with very good audio quality (grade 1,2). The maximum volume of 86 dB that can be achieved without distortion noise also ensures a good rating. However, the handling score of 3,5 and the battery life, which is only rated as sufficient, cause the device to be devalued. Incidentally, it is not only the unprotected membranes that speak against mobile use, but also the English wool covering. What is too little for one person seems just enough for another: the battery life is around 4,5 hours.
Since Stiftung Warentest listed “only” 2019 models in its test report on the most popular Bluetooth speakers in January 19, you should also use other sources for research when looking for the next Bluetooth box. You will not only find one and the other test and experience report here in the blog (see below), but also numerous customer reviews as well as customer questions and answers on the Amazon product pages of the respective devices. In addition to the links above, there is also the current Amazon bestseller list for the search term "Bluetooth speakers":
|1||JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker in black - waterproof, portable boombox with integrated ...||179,00 EUR 139,00 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|2||Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker, fantastic sound, enormous bass with dual ...||41,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|3||JBL GO 3 Small Bluetooth Box in Blue and Pink - Waterproof, portable speaker for...||39,99 EUR 32,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|4||JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Box in Black - Waterproof, portable speaker with stunning ...||139,00 EUR 99,98 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|5||Bluetooth speaker, W-KING 60W large Bluetooth 5.0 box music box bass boost, loudest ...||129,99 EUR 95,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|6||Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II - Portable Bluetooth speaker (water-repellent), gray||139,95 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|7||Heysong Bluetooth speaker with light, music box Portable Bluetooth box with IPX7 waterproof, ...||375 Reviews||49,99 EUR 37,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|8||Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker, enormous bass with dual bass drivers, 24h battery, ...||35,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|9|| ||27,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
|10||Anker Soundcore Boost Bluetooth speaker upgrade with fantastic sound, BassUp, 12 hours...||59,99 EUR||Buy it at Amazon|
Finally, here are some test and experience reports from the blog. All devices shown have their advantages and can therefore be recommended. If they only had disadvantages and would not have made a recommendation, I would not have bothered to write an article about them:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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