Bluetooth speakers with rechargeable batteries are mobile and flexible in use. Larger models can fill larger rooms with sound.
Airplay is a nice invention, but unfortunately it is still associated with license costs for the manufacturer and for this reason mobile Airplay speakers are still quite expensive. The Bluetooth standard in loudspeaker systems offers an inexpensive alternative. With a mobile Bluetooth loudspeaker, you can usually stream music from the iPhone or iPad to the loudspeaker in the same way as you can via Airplay - just with a different technical transmission method.
Mobile Bluetooth boxes are equipped with a rechargeable battery or can be operated with batteries in order to achieve independence from the power grid. This makes it easy to take the loudspeaker systems with you to the beach, to a picnic or to the tent, if you want to fill yourself and your friends with the iTunes music collection on the go.
The best Bluetooth speakers with rechargeable batteries or battery operation
I would like to introduce some Bluetooth speakers from different manufacturers, but they have one thing in common: They have been rated very well by customers and tests and have a reasonable sound compared to their size. Please do not pin me down to the term "the best", because that is a subjective feeling of mine and not a general evaluation. ;-)
First of all, I want some here "bigger" bluetooth boxes to introduce. These are portable systems, but they weigh a few kilos and accordingly cannot be compared with the small boomboxes in terms of price and sound. These will then be listed later ...
Bose sound link 2
The Bose SoundLink II is a very popular BT speaker. It has an integrated lithium-ion battery and can play music for up to eight hours. The music can either be fed in via Bluetooth or alternatively via the aux-in socket. The good sound that the Bose device produces despite its compact design is particularly emphasized.
Logitech UE Boombox
The wireless Logitech loudspeaker has a battery that is sufficient for around six hours of music enjoyment. The Boombox UE can memorize up to 3 devices via the Bluetooth interface, which can then take turns playing music without having to be repeatedly decoupled and reconnected. The music can also be fed via a 3,5mm jack input. Some perceive the lack of tone control as a disadvantage, but this is not available with most BT speakers.
Harman Kardon Go + Play 2 wireless
The term portable high-end loudspeaker certainly applies to the HK Go + Play II. You can operate the loudspeaker with batteries / rechargeable batteries or the mains. The attached remote control allows the operation of a connected iPhone. An iPhone 5 can be paired via Bluetooth and thus control music playback directly on the iPhone. The sound of the speaker system from HK is excellent and despite the high price the speaker system can win a lot of good customer reviews.
Beats by Dr. Dre beatbox sound system
The beatbox from Dr. Dre has integrated Bluetooth and a dock for iPhone and iPod - unfortunately without a Lightning connector. The beatbox gets its power from 6 type D batteries or from the included power supply unit. The special construction of the box with beveled corners in the rear area enables the speaker to be placed in a corner of the room, which helps to achieve a powerful bass and a very good sound experience. The included remote control enables functions such as louder / quieter, on / off, mute and play / pause and track forwards / backwards. Another plus point: The beatbox from Dr. Dre keeps the good sound even if you turn it up properly. Other Bluetoox boxes often show weaknesses at high volume.
Altec Lansing inMotion Mix iMT810
BluetoothBoxes (update: have no BT! ... still a good sound system ...) from Altec Lansing have long been among the most popular models of boombox speakers. With the iMotion MIX IMT810, Altec Lansing has again brought a rock-solid loudspeaker onto the market. The boombox has an equalizer and has a clean sound and ultra-rich bass. An iPhone / iPod dock is built into the front of the inMotion Mix, but it is still designed for the old 30-pin interface. iPhone 5 users can ignore the dock and connect to the sound miracle via Bluetooth. JVC RV-NB90BE BoomBlaster with DAB
The JVC RV-NB90 is much more than a simple Bluetooth speaker. Of course you can also play your songs from your iPhone on the JVC via Bluetooth, but you can do a lot more: You can receive digital radio, play CDs, play distorted guitar via the integrated guitar amplifier or music (also MP3 ) play. The old BoomBlaster from JVC was an absolute highlight and the new version with contemporary features such as Bluetooth sets the bar a little higher. If you are looking for a stunning boomblaster with Bluetooth input, the JVC Boomblaster will be a lucky find. For the operation of the sound miracle you need 10 batteries of the type R20 / D.
Smaller boomboxes for on the go and less money
If the above-mentioned Bluetooth speakers are too heavy and too big for you, you can look at inexpensive, smaller Bluetooth boxes. These are usually well below EUR 100 and are usually small enough to be carried in a backpack or sometimes even in a jacket pocket. You can note that all devices work with Bluetooth A2DP and have a range of approx. 10 meters.
Update 06.08.2013/100/XNUMX: A new addition first, because I think it's very good, even if the price is over XNUMX EUR:
Marmitek BoomBoom 260
The Marmitek BoomBoom 260 is something special because it is waterproof, shockproof (so it can also fall off), resistant to dirt and sand and it can even swim. This makes it the perfect companion for the beach and other areas where things can get wet and dirty. Its battery lasts up to 10 hours and the built-in microphone also enables hands-free calling if you have just put the iPhone away.
Raikko Dance Bluetooth Vacuum Speaker
The Raikko BT loudspeaker has an integrated lithium polymer battery that provides enough power for 8-12 hours of running time. The BuddyPlug is interesting, as it enables any number of these mini speakers to be connected to one another and fed with a music source. So you can increase the volume and, for example, use the mini speakers together with friends. The built-in microphone also allows it to be used as a hands-free device with a smartphone.
Logitech UE Mobile Boombox Bluetooth
The Logitech mobile boombox allows two Bluetooth devices to be connected at the same time. A battery is integrated in the device, which is charged via the USB interface and offers up to 2 hours of music enjoyment. A microphone in the Logitech system allows it to be used as a hands-free device.
JBL Flip - portable stereo active loudspeaker
The JBL Flip also has a built-in microphone for use as a hands-free device. There is even an answer button for telephone users. The stereo playback is also interesting. The active loudspeaker is operated by an integrated Li-Ion battery that offers 5 hours of running time.
FoxL V2.2 mini speaker with speakerphone
The FoxL active loudspeaker works with the Bluetooth 2.2 version, which supports A2DP. The integrated power source is based on a lithium-ion battery that provides power for up to 8 hours. And thanks to the microphone, this box also offers a hands-free option for making calls. The sound has been praised by customers, but unfortunately the price is high.
Creative D100 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The D100 has a compartment for four Mignon batteries (AA), which supply it with power, but you can also connect a power supply unit as an alternative. In battery operation, one charge lasts up to 25 hours. The design of the active box is appealing and functional. In terms of size, however, the speaker is larger than the Logitech Mini-Boombox and therefore perhaps less mobile.
SoundWave SW50 bluetooth speaker
The integrated rechargeable battery provides 400 hours of hands-free talk time and power for 400 hours of music. The Bluetooth connection can accept up to two devices at the same time. The sound is very good compared to the size. And the sound quality during hands-free calling is also praised by customers.
LEPOW Modre Bluetooth speaker with drinking cup
Yes, you read that right: this mini speaker comes with a drinking cup. This is not a gag, but rather a waterproof transport option for the speaker. The lithium-ion battery offers a runtime of up to 4 hours. The elephant trunk shape with angled head is intended to ensure a high level of sound dominance in rooms. This loudspeaker does not offer a hands-free option.
Sound 2 Go Big Bass
The mini speaker with A2DP Bluetooth and jack input bears the addition of BIG BASS for good reason. It's hard to believe what kind of oomph this little thing has. The built-in lithium-ion battery has a running time of up to 8 hours and a charging time of approx. 3 hours. The loudspeaker has function keys for volume up, down, play, pause, forward and back. You don't have to play around on your smartphone anymore.
Also worth mentioning is that "Splash" waterproof Bluetooth speakers from Sony Ericsson, which may not score with the best sound, but because it can be used outdoors or in the shower, it is definitely justified to appear here in the list:
Update: splash-proof outdoor speakers
I would like to give this post an update that is worth mentioning, because the Philips Shoqbox has recently been on the market. This Bluetooth speaker is splash-proof and very robust. I think he is perfect as a shower speaker! Hence my mention here. Of course you can also use it in the garden, when camping or in the outdoor pool, but I think the market was still lacking a good shower speaker.
Philips Shoqbox SB7220 / 12
This speaker has a good sound image, a ring for a carabiner and is even shockproof and protected from splashing water. A small marvel of technology. :-)
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