In a wireless world portability is king. Where once high fidelity sound was only achieved by monstrous mounted speakers that required power outlets and cables, the same is now possible in a neat, handheld boombox that can provide banging sound for hours on a single battery charge. The major players on the market have worked tirelessly to outdo one another, lending the consumer a veritable smorgasbord of aural sensations for your eardrums to feast on.
JBL has been a formidable name in the Bluetooth speaker market for some time. LINK20 is waterproof, super hardy and features that chest-thumping, signature JBL bass sound. Easily the best value for money on this list if you’re looking to get bang for buck, with the added bonus that when you knock it in the pool, just pull it out and keep on dancing. The LINK20 differentiates itself from other JBL speakers on the market through its clever incorporation of Google Assistant. It’s a high-quality speaker, that’s both portable and waterproof, making it as useful around the home as it is as the beach.
Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST
Following competitors’ trends is an inevitability in a market as saturated as the Bluetooth speaker market, but when you’re known as the best, small improvements is all it takes to stay ahead of the pack. Though Ultimate Ears (previously branded UE) was already known for making speakers that would probably survive a nuclear holocaust, it went ahead and included Amazon Alexa in its latest model (whether or not this feature stays for future releases will be interesting). The MEGABLAST, like all of its predecessors, is built like a brick shithouse, and has one of the best sound quality outputs you’ll find at this price point.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17
In terms of clarity, Bang & Olufsen has long been ahead of the curve, though with a price tag to match. This definitely falls under the “premium” category: don’t go leaving this one poolside for the summer, as you’ll be banging your olufsen against the wall if this one falls in. With a huge output in terms of volume, and some of the most beautifully designed features you’ll find anywhere (the Europeans just know where it’s at). The Beolit 17 is the speaker you take home to Mum, or fang on the shelf of your library. You know – the one with all the leather-bound books.