If you are searching for the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market you’ve come to the right place. If you tried to find the right Bluetooth speakers without any previous knowledge of what you should be paying attention to when buying Bluetooth speakers, this article is designed for you. Since we are going to present to you some of the loudest Bluetooth speakers, the most of our article will be related to SPL (Sound Pressure Level), power, their correlation, and their influence on speaker’s loudness. First, we are going to explain what technical specifications you should be taking into consideration when determining how loud is some speaker. After a short introduction, we are going to present to you our list of top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Most people don’t really know what to look for when buying Bluetooth speaker, and the most common thing they want from speakers is to be powerful (and when they say that they usually mean they want speakers to deliver strong, loud, and clear sound). The word powerful implies, in a way, that you should be checking the power rating of the speaker (the amount of power that speaker can handle), which is not completely wrong, but it is also far from being completely correct. Choosing the right (or in our case – the loudest) Bluetooth speaker is slightly more complicated than comparing different power ratings, and if you base your decision only on this fact, you are in danger of making the wrong decision.
If you are interested in buying loud Bluetooth speaker, you should pay attention to at least two things – one is speaker’s power rating and the other is speaker’s sensitivity (or efficiency, to be precise). Only by combining these two features, you will understand how loud some specific speaker can be.
The efficiency of some speaker describes the effectiveness of transforming power into sound. It is expressed in dB of SPL per 1W, and it basically shows how loud sound some speaker can produce for given power of 1 Watt. Manufacturers often give efficiency values in their specification lists, but they mistakenly call it sensitivity (or simply SPL) and express it in dBs instead of dB/W. In order to keep it simple, we will use the same terminology like the manufacturers, but you should be aware of this common mistake. Efficiency is measured with a microphone in a soundproof room at 1m distance (between the speaker and the mic). If you want your speakers to be loud you should be looking for anything above 85dB (or even 90dB). This kind of speakers can be considered pretty sensitive.
The power rating of a speaker, as we already said, describes the maximum amount of power that can be handled by that speaker. Power rating is a bit trickier than sensitivity, and it is probably less important, although it might seem different, and the explanation follows.
Now when we established what is sensitivity and what is power rating, we should determine what kind of correlation exists between these characteristics, and what kind of influence they have on loudness. To simplify things, we can say that sensitivity describes nominal loudness of a speaker, and power rating combined with sensitivity will tell you what is the maximum loudness of a speaker. We will try to explain this through the following example.
Let’s assume that we have a speaker with 90dBs sensitivity and power rating of 500W. The most important thing you should know is that doubling the power increases loudness by 3dBs. So, 1W of power will be transformed into 90dBs, 2W into 93dBs, 4W-96dBs, 8W-99dBs, 16W-102dBs, 32W-108dBs, and maximum power of 500W will be transformed into 117dBs.
Based on what we said, you can probably understand that neither sensitivity nor power rating could describe maximum loudness of some speaker if you observe them separately. Bigger wattage doesn’t have to mean louder sound – if you have, for example, 300W speaker with 93dBs sensitivity, and 1000W speaker with 85dBs sensitivity, 300W speaker will be, in fact, louder (as you can see from the table).
If you want to buy really loud speaker you must take into consideration both values – sensitivity (or nominal SPL) and maximum power.
To conclude, out of two speakers with the same wattage, the louder will be the one with higher sensitivity, and if they have the same sensitivity, the louder will be the one with greater wattage. If two speakers have different sensitivities and wattages, then you can make your own tables and charts and determine maximum loudness on your own, just like we did in the previous example.
10 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers – Comparison Table
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Just two more things before we present to you our list of top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers – In case you already know how loud you want your speakers to be (exact or approximate value in decibels), there is this simple table below, which shows you for how many decibels will be increased nominal SPL for certain maximum allowed power. So, if you have some speaker with nominal SPL (sensitivity) expressed in dBs, and you have the maximum allowed wattage of, let’s say 500W, then you can simply sum the nominal SPL and the increase of SPL from the table (in this case 27dBs), and get the maximum SPL (maximum loudness).
The other thing you should know is that perceived SPL drops as the distance from the speaker increases. Studies showed that by moving one meter away from the speaker decreases SPL by 6dBs. You can see the correlation between the SPL and the distance on the chart below. This is useful to know when installing your speakers – you don’t want them to be too close (especially if they are extremely loud), but also, you don’t want them to be too far because of significant loss in SPL.
You should be aware that loudness is not everything, and that there are some other, equally important features you should pay attention to when buying Bluetooth speakers, but we will talk about that later.
The basic criteria we were using for making this list was combining sensitivity and maximum power and determining maximum loudness based on these two characteristics, but we also paid attention to the price, sound quality, design, and quality of connection (since these are all Bluetooth speakers). We hope you’ll find this list helpful.
Here is our list of top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers in 2018.
1. THE SOUNDBOKS 1
Soundboks is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market. It is made by Danish startup company with lots of experience in building big PA systems, and Soundboks 1 is their first Bluetooth speaker. The speaker has become very popular in such a short time, and you can find all the reasons for that kind of popularity in our review of this incredibly loud speaker.
What’s in the box?
Soundboks 1 come in a pretty large and heavy box (approximately 45 pounds) and inside this box you will find one Soundboks 1 Bluetooth speaker (it is 25.6 inches high, 17 inches wide, and 13 inches deep, and it weighs 33 pounds), 2 rechargeable LiFePO4 batteries (they are also easily replaceable), one charger with detachable power supply cable and DC/DC converter, and one audio cable with 3.5mm gold-plated jacks on both sides (you can use it to connect your phone, player, or PC to a speaker if you don’t want to use Bluetooth for some reason).
The speaker is black and shaped as cuboid with shiny aluminum frame and sturdy black mesh which protects the drivers on the front side. On the left side of the speaker, you will find a slot designed to put battery inside. Placing and removing battery is extremely simple – speaker will be ready for use in literally no time. On the right side you will find two knobs – power knob (with 3 positions – Power OFF/Power saving mode/Boost mode) and volume knob (with 11 levels of loudness), DC Input (used to plug in the charger and use the speaker and charge battery at the same time), and AUX input (you can use it to connect your phone, player, or laptop to the speaker in case you don’t want to use Bluetooth connection). Between the knobs, there is LED indicator which changes colors depending on the mode and battery status – you will see green light in power save mode, blue light in boost mode, blinking red light when battery is almost dead, and constant red light when the battery is actually dead.
Inside the speaker, there are 4 drivers – 2 bass drivers (10 inches large with 96dB nominal SPL), 2 treble drivers (98dB), 4 class D amplifiers (42W each), and 2 bass reflex tubes.
Things we like:
Construction Quality and Durability
Soundboks 1 is really well-built – thick plywood was used for the box, and aluminum was used for the frame reinforcement and for the mesh that protects the drivers. Speaker looks really sturdy and compact, and there were practically no complaints regarding durability in the past. The manufacturer claims that it is weather resistant, so it can be used during light rain or during hot weather, it can also withstand fall from 3ft height or a grownup man dancing on top of it, although we don’t recommend dropping it or dancing on it.
We decided to present to you this speaker for a reason. Soundboks 1 is highly praised as one of the loudest speakers available on the market, and all the things you’ve heard about this speaker are absolutely true. If you turn power knob to Boost mode you will get maximum loudness of 119dB, which is incredibly loud and can be compared to a police siren or a live concert. Although they can be loud, you should be aware of two things – first, the threshold of pain for human ear is 120dB (for some people it is less than that), and second, listening to music at high volumes causes battery to drain much faster than listening at a moderate volume.
The battery is, along with loudness, the best feature of Soundboks 1, and in the package, you will get not one, but two batteries. Depending on the mode (volume level) you choose, battery can last up to 100 hours (at 104dB which is considered medium loudness for this speaker). If you decide to crank up the volume, the battery will die faster – at 113dB the battery can last up to 30 hours, and at 119 dB it will last up to 8 hours. Estimated lifespan of the battery is 3000 cycles, which is 6 times higher than the lifespan of Li-Ion batteries. Recharge takes around 3 hours.
Perfect for outdoor use
Because of its loudness, portability, and endurance, Soundboks 1 is perfect for outdoor parties, events, or any kind of outdoor activity. Its weight is not negligible, so you might need some help to carry it over some longer distance, but once you bring the speaker to the desired location, you can start the party in just a few moments.
Things we don’t like:
Soundboks 1 utilizes Bluetooth 3.0 technology which allows you to be 20m away from the speaker and still get good connection. At least that’s what the manufacturer claims. In reality, things are a little bit different – based on the experience of previous users the maximum distance between the device you are using to stream the music and the speaker should not be longer than 5m. Anything farther than that could result in loss of signal. This is, in our opinion, the biggest flaw of Soundboks 1, and manufacturer should really make some improvements regarding connectivity in the future.
Sound quality at low volume
One more negative side of Soundboks 1 is that it shows its full potential only when you crank up the volume up to some 75%, and at this volume you will hear all the punchy lows and super-clean highs, but if you want to use it at moderate volume (to play some background music), you will notice that it doesn’t deliver the same type of sound, and the sound becomes kind of flat. Since Soundboks 1 is advertised as ‘party speaker’’ we don’t think this is such a big problem.
2. Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Aiwa was once Japanese company established in 1951, and it was bought by Sony in 2002. It existed as part of Sony Corporation for 4 years but since it didn’t prove to be a good investment, Aiwa brand was discontinued. In 2014 Joe Born bought the rights to use Aiwa brand and formed new audio equipment company that operates under old and well-known name. The speaker we are going to present to you is one of the trademarks of this new Aiwa company.
What’s in the box?
Aiwa Exos-9 come in a pretty big black box along with one Li-Ion battery, audio cable with 3.5mm gold-plated jacks (in case you want to use speaker in wired mode), and power supply cable. Exos-9 speaker is pretty large for something that is considered portable – it is 11.7 inches high, 19.4 wide, and 7.5 inches deep, and it weighs 13 pounds, so it is much larger than some Bose or JBL portable speakers, but it can still be carried around, although you have to be a little bit stronger.
On the front side of the speaker, there is aluminum grill that protects the drivers, and there are volume knob and screen with equalizer. On the back side, you will find bass reflex port which is right in the middle and in the bottom right corner you will find ON/OFF switch, power input, AUX input, USB port for charging your phone which is a nice addition, and micro USB port for updating the firmware. On the top, you can find touch-sensitive controls which you can use to play/pause songs, adjust the equalizer, and link two Exos-9 speakers, but we will talk about that function later.
Inside the speaker, there are 5 drivers – one 6.5 inches large bass driver (subwoofer) which is right in the middle, two 3 inches large midrange drivers (bottom left and right), and two 1in large treble drivers (tweeters). There are also integrated class D bi-amplifiers.
Things we like:
Maybe it’s just nostalgy, but this speaker irresistibly reminds us of old-school cassette boombox, which brings up some memories, so we kind of have to be subjective and like this mixture of old very recognizable design and some new technology. It might be a little bulky compared to most of other portable speakers, but it still looks really stylish and simple.
Although it is mostly made of plastic and has some really sensitive parts (like touch screen on the top) there have been no complaints regarding durability of this speaker. Our first impression is that it looks robust and compact, and previous users’ experiences allow us to say with certainty that this speaker is really durable.
EQ screen and EQ controls
If you want some specific type of sound you can use EQ control buttons to adjust different frequency bands – you can emphasize bass, mid-tones, or highs. There are 4 preinstalled EQ settings, and 5 frequency bands you can control separately. All the adjustments you make can be seen on the EQ screen on the front side of the speaker next to the volume knob.
This is the point where Exos-9 goes well beyond any expectations. This speaker delivers well-balanced sound with booming bass, full mids, and clean highs. There is almost no distortion (less than 0.1%), and you will be able to enjoy your music without annoying sound ‘’deformations’’.
With numerous big drivers comes loud sound, and that’s the thing you can expect from this speaker. The manufacturer claims that the maximum SPL is above 100dB, which is much less than maximum loudness of the previous model we were talking about, but we may have raised the bar a little bit too high with Soundboks 1. If you compare this speaker to a bunch of smaller models made by Bose or JBL (which are the most popular portable speakers), you will get significantly louder sound. The loudness won’t make your ears ‘’bleed’’, but it is more than enough for home parties (up to 30 people), and probably still not good enough for bigger outdoor events. If you need more loudness, there is one interesting feature we are going to explain in the next passage.
Possibility of pairing two Exos-9 speakers
So, as we mentioned above, if you want more loudness, you can buy 2 Exos-9 speakers, pair them and double the loudness. Pairing is very simple, you just tap the LINK button on the touchscreen which is positioned on top of the speaker and you’re done. There are two modes of pairing – you can choose double stereo mode (each speaker reproduces the same sound), or separated-stereo mode (one speaker acts as the left and the other as the right in order to get great stereo sound). Depending on the position of the speakers and their purpose, you can shift from one to another mode.
Exos-9 speaker uses Li-Ion battery that allows you up to 9 hours of constant listening to music at 85 dB of SPL. You should know that battery won’t last that much if you crank up the volume to the max. There is also an option to buy separately ‘’extended battery’’ which offers up to 18 hours of listening to music. Although this is not even close to Soundboks 1 (which is probably the best on the market when battery is concerned), 9 hours seems just enough for this kind of speaker.
Bluetooth connection and NFC pairing
Bluetooth connection works really well on this one – it allows you to control the playback from as far as 50ft, and there were no reported problems regarding connectivity or signal loss. There is also that option we mentioned above, to pair two speakers via Bluetooth, which is nice thing to have. If you want even faster pairing there is NFC function, so if you have an Android phone, you can just tap the speaker with your phone and pair them in a second.
USB and mini USB port
These ports on the rear panel are really helpful additions – you can use standard USB port to charge your phone (which is a great thing if you are outside), and mini USB port is there for installing firmware updates. The mini USB port is great stuff and it was extremely useful in the past. When Aiwa started producing this model, there was a certain number of small glitches and flaws (there was also one major flaw called ‘’speaker hijacking’’), and based on customers’ complaints people from Aiwa made a couple of updates which fixed all the bugs. That’s why Exos-9 speakers that are produced today don’t really have any significant flaw that would make you wonder if this is a good deal.
Things we don’t like:
As we already said, Exos-9 speaker doesn’t have any major flaws, or at least we didn’t manage to find some. All the important bugs from the past are fixed thanks to firmware updates, but there are some small improvements that could make this speaker even better.
Design of the controls
Although control screen looks really nice, it would probably be better if Aiwa placed EQ screen next to the controls, since you have to tap controls on the top and look at the EQ screen on the front side, and you can easily press the wrong button while looking at the EQ screen.
Sensitivity (responsiveness) of the touchscreen
Sometimes you have to tap control buttons twice or three times or tap them just a little bit harder before you get response (before the music starts playing for example).
No volume level indicator
Since there is already EQ screen on the front side, it would be nice to have a volume level and battery status indicators on the screen. That would be small but really useful additional feature.
No remote control included in the package
Although you can buy it separately and it doesn’t cost too much, it would be fair to get a remote for the money you pay. The same thing applies to carrying bag, which is also available separately.
3. Peachtree DEEPBLUE2 Bluetooth Speaker
Peachtree is an American company established in 2007. At first, they were producing only amplifiers, but a couple of years ago they started making wireless systems and speakers. Deepblue2 is one of Peachtree’s latest products, and with maximum SPL of 102 dB, it is one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market.
What’s in the box
Deepblue2 speaker comes in a large box since this is another bulky speaker – it weighs 16 pounds, and it is 9.1 inches high, 14.2 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep. Along with the speaker, you will get one 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm to RCA cable, optical cable for connecting to your TV (if your TV has digital optical output) or your laptop, power cable, and remote.
Protective aluminum grid covers almost whole front panel of the speaker and near the top, there are 5 LED lights – one for each control button. The upper side is rubberized, there is big Deepblue2 logo on it, and there are also five control buttons – Bluetooth button, INPUT button, Power ON/OFF, and two volume buttons. When you press and release Bluetooth button the LED below the button will light blue for a couple of seconds, and when you press it and hold it for a couple of seconds, it will start blinking which means that speaker is in pairing mode. When you choose Deepblue2 device from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your phone (or PC, tablet, or any other device), the LED will turn to solid blue. Input button is used to switch between AUX and optical input – LED light will be blue if you choose AUX input or white if you choose optical input. On the back, you will find carrying handle at the top and at the bottom there are 3.5mm audio input, micro USB digital input (which is designed for service use only and you should not tamper with it), optical digital input (in case you want even better Hi-Res sound), and AC input.
Inside the speaker, there are 5 drivers –6.5 inches large bass driver, two drivers for mid-tones (each 3 inches large), and 2 small tweeters (each is 1 inch large). Speaker has integrated 440W class D amplifiers.
Things we like
The design is very simple but likable. Speaker is available only in black color so you don’t have much choice, but black can be easily combined with anything. The rubberized top is really nice touch and ads some style. Some people might find it ‘’too boxy’’ but that kind of simplicity is kind of refreshing (at least to us) compared to bunch of futuristic models with flashy lights.
Deepblue2 is mostly made of plastic, but it is sturdy industrial plastic, so it seems really strong and compact. There were practically no complaints regarding durability so we can conclude that this speaker can survive heavy use during long periods of time. Speaker comes with only 1-year warranty, but we assume that it should last at least a few years more.
The manufacturer claims that Bluetooth connection will function great if the device you pair with the speaker is within 33ft range, but in practice, it’s rather 15ft-20ft, and our advice to you is to leave your phone or any other device in that range if you don’t want to experience signal loss. Since most of Bluetooth speakers have similar issues we won’t criticize this flaw too much but you still have to know what are the real capabilities of the device you are buying. If we put this issue aside, Bluetooth connection works great, there is no signal loss or interference, and you won’t be having any problems if you stay within 15ft range. Another great thing about this speaker is that it allows you to pair up to 5 different Bluetooth-enabled devices with it simultaneously. When you want to switch from one to another Bluetooth device you can just press and release Bluetooth control button on the speaker, and if you want to remove all the memorized devices you have to press and hold power button for 10 seconds.
Optical digital input
If you have HDTV, and you want to take advantage of all the features that your speaker and TV offer, you can use optical cable that comes with the Deepblue2, connect your TV and your speaker and get much better Hi-Res sound quality.
Deepblue2 offers clear and well-balanced sound, you can easily differentiate lows, mids, and highs thanks to smart volume function. This function is especially useful for lows and highs because it emphasizes frequencies that would usually be difficult to hear. Although we can’t say that this speaker sounds bad or anything like that, but compared to previous Exos-9 speaker, sound seems just a little bit less natural.
Thanks to 5 different drivers and class D amplifiers this speaker can produce maximum SPL of 102dB and there is no distortion at this volume. Speaker can go a little bit louder than that, but after 102dB, distortion kicks in, and sound quality drops significantly.
Unlike Exos-9, Deepblue2 comes with IR remote. All the controls you can find on the speaker are present on the remote which facilitates controlling the playback, and it is really nice addition to the package.
Things we don’t like
Bass can be adjusted only via remote
One thing you can do only with your remote is adjusting the bass – you can choose to emphasize it or to lower the amount of bass. Bass adjustment buttons are not present on the speaker, which is not such a big deal until your remote gets lost. It would be better if the manufacturer included two more control buttons on the speaker, just in case.
Smart volume issues
The general idea of using smart volume function to improve sound quality is not bad at all, but there are some really annoying issues regarding this feature. Smart volume tracks volume changes on your phone and on the speaker and tries to make balance between different frequencies at any volume. While doing that, it happens sometimes that volume increases or decreases significantly for a moment before the smart volume feature finds the right balance.
Not portable (there is no battery)
Although it has carrying handle and doesn’t weigh too much, which are important things for any portable speaker, this speaker is not really portable since it doesn’t have battery. Because of that, you can use it only at places where you have AC plug nearby.
4. DiamondBoxx Model XL
DiamondBoxx was established in 2014, in California. Although it is one of the youngest audio equipment companies on the market, the people involved in making their most famous models (M, L, XL) have huge experience in manufacturing audio equipment. All their speakers are completely handmade so you can expect first-class quality and only the best materials. Their speakers are indeed premium and they cost a lot, but when you hear the sound, how accurate and loud it can be, you will maybe understand why they cost that much. We decided to present to you their biggest, loudest and most expensive Bluetooth speaker – DiamondBoxx XL. This is probably the loudest speaker on our list, and the reason why we decided not to present it first was the price – we didn’t want to scare you away with the priciest model right at the beginning.
What’s in the box
Diamondboxx XL comes in a huge 50-pound package, while the speaker itself weighs some 40 pounds and its dimensions are 28 inches (width), 19 inches (height), and 11.2 inches (depth). Along with the speaker, you will get big battery charger, audio cable with 3.5mm gold-plated jacks, and the extension power cable.
Most of the features can be found on the front panel of this massive speaker. There is no protective aluminum or plastic mesh like with most of other speakers, and you can see all the drivers immediately. There are 6 5.5 inches mid-range woofers made of neodymium magnets, 8 1in drivers for high frequencies (tweeters) also made of neodymium magnets with heatsink, and 2 3in ‘’wind throb’’ bass ports which enable the sound to go as low as 42Hz. Inside the speaker, there are also 12 separate amplifiers with combined max power of 960W (this refers to peaks, while the RMS is 560W). In the middle of the front panel you will also see power button, volume knob, mode button (there are two modes – SQ and SP), AUX input port for 3.5mm jack, standard USB port (for charging your phone), and there is also one small diamond (actual diamond) and under the diamond there is preinstalled LED light. Depending on the color of the diamond, you will know the status of your battery – when diamond is white – battery is full, when diamond is yellow – battery is low, and when diamond changes its color to red it means that battery is going to die soon and you should recharge it. Near the top, you will see 10 LED ‘’output meters’’. These 10 LEDs also show battery level when you turn on the speaker, and every dot represents 10%, so you can have more precise info on battery status. After you pair your phone or any other Bluetooth device with the speaker and play the first song, LEDs become VU (volume unit) meter that shows peaks of sound in decibels (each dot represents 3dB in SQ mode or 6dB in SP mode). On the rear panel, there is battery charger port, and ¼ inch RMS audio input and output ports which you can use to connect 2 or more DiamondBoxx XL speakers. On the top there is carrying handle made of premium leather, it is very well-made and durable so you don’t have to worry it will snap during transport, although there will be not much carrying around because of the 40 pounds weight.
Things we like
Quality of construction (durability)
Only the best premium materials were used to build this gigantic model – there is a lot of metal, wood (practically without plastic parts), and many titanium reinforcements. Front and rear panel are made from aluminum with Duratex finish. You can even sit or stand on this speaker, and you won’t damage it. DiamondBoxx XL is, without any doubt, made to last and to withstand heavy use during many years, and when you pay that much this is the only normal thing to expect. The speaker also comes with 2-year warranty, while many other speakers come with only 1-year warranty.
Bluetooth connection works like a charm. You can pair DiamondBoxx XL with literally any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhones, Android phones, tablets, PCs, etc.) within 50ft range (it is a little bit shorter in practice, but we won’t make big fuss about that). There were no connection problems (loss of connection, interference) and all the users had only words of praise for Bluetooth connection.
With all the effort involved in combining 16 drivers, it would be a shame not to get incredible result. DiamondBoxx XL is perfect example of well-crafted speaker with perfect sound with no (or minimum) distortion even at extremely loud volume. You can almost feel lows, mids, and highs working together to produce perfectly accurate natural sound.
We have already mentioned that this speaker is loud. The loudness goes to the point where you can consider it insane. Single XL speaker can produce 120dB output sound, and if you are crazy enough and you don’t think that’s too much, you can pair 2 DiamondBoxx XL speakers for combined 126dB output, or you can connect multiple (up to 25) XL speakers, if you really have that kind of money and you don’t care about your ears at all.
SQ and SP modes
Depending on what you need from your speakers you can choose SQ (sound quality) or SP (sound pressure) mode. If you are at your home SQ mode will provide just enough loudness (probably more than you need), but if you are having outdoor party and you need your speaker to be as loud as possible, you can shift to SP mode and get maximum loudness.
3D gravity sensor
3D gravity sensor constantly tracks the changes in position of the speaker and makes adjustments to the sound depending on relative position to earth. Thanks to this sensor, you can even place the speaker vertically and get the same quality of sound, although DiamondBoxx XL has rubber feet only at the bottom, and it will be unstable if you place it vertically (you can always buy additional set of feet from the manufacturer’s website).
DiamondBoxx XL uses new-generation Li-Ion batteries, the exact type that use Tesla cars. The battery is very durable, and it can last for up to 30 hours (at low to moderate volume). If you raise the volume up the battery drains faster, and at maximum volume, it can last for 4-6 hours. You can also buy more powerful battery (462Wh) separately which can last twice as much. Recharge takes 3 hours, and you can use the charger to power the speaker while the battery is charging. The battery is built-in, so you can’t take it out or replace it. One battery can survive 1000+ cycles with minimum losses.
Things we don’t like
Well, this is the matter of taste – we don’t find this speaker as appealing as some others we have mentioned, even though we usually like this kind of old-school boombox design. Bear in mind that this speaker is more about sound quality, loudness, and quality of construction than about the looks.
As we mentioned earlier, this is one really expensive piece of equipment. We don’t want to say that it is overpriced especially because it is handmade and offers incredibly good sound and insane loudness. This speaker is worth that kind of money and if you can afford it, you should definitely buy it.
5. Marshall Woburn Bluetooth Speaker
Everybody knows what kind of brand is Marshall. This London-based company has been an integral part of audio and music industry for 55 years, and it has become famous for producing amplifiers. Seven years ago, people from Marshall decided to expand production and start making not only amplifiers but also some other pieces of audio equipment. In 2010 they launched the first Marshall headphones, and that was a big success. Two years later Marshall launched the first speakers called Hanwell and Stanmore. Both models were highly praised for their sound quality and classic Marshall design. We decided to present to you their latest and loudest Bluetooth speaker called Woburn. We honestly think that this speaker deserves place among top l0 (probably top 5) loudest speakers on the market, and it is probably among top 3 when design and construction quality are concerned. To conclude, you can’t go wrong with this speaker, unless you need something portable because this one is not.
What’s in the box
Marshall Woburn comes in a pretty large box, not as large as Soundboks 1 or Diamondboxx XL, but it is still larger and heavier than most of others. The box itself looks like some kind of user manual since you have bunch of instruction and presented features on the side and on the back of the box. In this box, you will find Woburn speaker (it weighs 17.5 pounds, and it is 11.4 inches high, 15.75 inches wide, and 7.8 inches deep), coiled audio cord with gold-plated 3.5mm jacks on both sides, user manual, and two power cables (one for European and one for US customers).
Protective mesh covers the front panel of the speaker, and all the controls are located at the top. On the gold-plated control panel, you will find AUX input, 4 LEDs showing the selected input (Bluetooth, Optical, Input 1 – AUX, Input 2 – RCA), 3 knobs for volume, bass, and treble, SOURCE/WAKE and PAIR buttons, and retro Power ON/OFF switch. On the rear panel, there is standby switch with two modes – Powersaver and Standard. This switch is there because the EU legislation requires that any device made for European market have at most 0.5W power consumption in standby mode. Whichever option you chose, power consumption will be the same while the speaker is in use – speaker goes to standby mode if it’s not been used for 20 minutes, and if it is in Powersaver mode, your electricity bill will be slightly lower. There is, unfortunately, one annoying thing about this standby switch and you can read about that in ‘’Things we don’t like” section. On the rear panel there are also RCA input for connecting your DVD player or any other device that can be connected through RCA cable (you should know that there is no RCA cable included in the package), optical digital input (for Apple TV or any other TV with optical output), and power jack.
Inside the Woburn speaker there are 4 drivers – 2 5.25 inches woofers and two 1-inch tweeters, and at the back, there are 2 bass reflex ports. Speaker also has 3 class D amplifiers – one with rated power of 50W (for woofers), and two amplifiers with rated power of 20W (for tweeters).
Things we like
The speaker has classic Marshall design, it has nice retro vibe, and it’s really stylish. The manufacturer took care of every detail in order to make incredibly visually appealing speaker. Everything looks just like you would expect from Marshall. One more thing you should know is that Woburn is available in two colors – black and cream.
Construction quality and durability
Marshall has made its name by making robust and durable amplifiers, and Woburn speaker is not an exception. Quality wood and vinyl finish were mostly used and there are also some metal parts and reinforcements. There were no complaints in the past regarding speaker’s durability, and based on that and our experience, this is one sturdy, compact, and really durable speaker.
It’s no surprise for some speaker made by Marshall to produce incredible sound. This speaker excels in this department. The sound is crisp and clear, you can practically hear every individual tone, there is nice balance between lows, mids, and highs (you can also adjust bass and treble, but we will talk about that later), and the sound is natural and pleasant.
Since this is the most important criteria for making this list, you can probably guess how loud Woburn can be. This speaker has maximum SPL of 110dB, which is incredibly loud for home use and you are going to use it mostly at your home since there is no battery. One more important thing you should know is that there is a certain amount of distortion at maximum volume (THD is 3%).
Bass and treble knobs
When the bass and treble knobs are at medium level you will get the sound quality we were talking about, but if you want more bass, or you want to emphasize highs, you can use these knobs and adjust the sound to your preferences. Knobs are really nice touch by Marshall and they are probably inspired by all the Marshall amplifiers made in the past. This is one of only a few Bluetooth speakers on the market that has bass and treble controls – some speakers have bass knob, but treble knob is something that you can find on Marshall’s and just a couple more speakers.
Woburn uses Bluetooth V4.0 technology which allows pairing with any Bluetooth-enabled device (iPhones, Android phones, PCs, tablets, etc.). Marshall didn’t make statements on connection range, which is in our opinion, a smart move since it’s pointless to claim that it can be connected to any device within 33ft or 50ft range when it happens so often that the range is shorter than that. This way, you know that there is Bluetooth connection and you can check yourself what’s the maximum distance between the Bluetooth-enabled media device and the speaker. There were no complaints regarding Bluetooth connection in the past, and we also didn’t experience any problems. Pairing is really easy – you just have to choose Bluetooth input by pressing source button, then press pair button, and find Woburn among available Bluetooth devices on your phone. The speaker can memorize up to 6 different devices, so when you connect your phone for the first time you don’t have to repeat the connection procedure every time – the phone and speaker will be paired automatically whenever they are in range.
Optical digital input
If you have TV with optical output or Apple TV, you can easily connect it to Woburn speaker via optical cable and get even better sound quality.
Things we don’t like
Not really portable (no battery)
Although it’s not that big (like DiamondBoxx XL for example), this speaker is not portable, and can’t be used outside, unless you have some power socket nearby. Woburn doesn’t have battery, and it is dependent on external power source, so you can’t take it with you to the beach, or to a picnic. This speaker would probably be even more popular if it would have battery.
Waking up the speaker in Powersaver mode
This is not really an issue, and it’s not something that Marshall doesn’t already know. We explained why is Powersaver mode present, and the thing with Powersaver mode is that whenever you want to stream some music from your phone and the speaker is on standby, you have to ‘’wake up’’ the speaker first by pressing source/wake button. You don’t have to do this when the speaker is in Standard mode.
6. Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Speaker
Bose is an American audio equipment company established in 1964, in Massachusetts. Bose became famous for producing speakers, audio systems, and headphones. The guiding idea of Bose corporation for the last decade or so was combining great sound with the latest hi-tech inventions and new functions. Unlike some companies with more traditional approach (taking care of the sound, design and build quality), Bose is trying to add new functions and gadgets to their devices all the time. Soundtouch 30 wireless Bluetooth speaker is the product of that kind of approach, and it is probably the only speaker on this list that could offer you one-click connection to bunch of music libraries, online music services, and internet radio stations. This is also one of only a few speakers that could be controlled by an app. One thing we don’t like about Bose is the fact that they are not completely transparent when technical characteristics of the devices they make are concerned – if you want to buy Bose speaker or headphones, you really have to dig hard to find technical specifications, and there is always possibility that you won’t find what you’ve been looking for. If you want to find out what’s the maximum SPL of this speaker or some other specs, keep reading this article and we will provide you with all the information you need.
What’s in the box
Bose Soundtouch 30 speaker comes in a large box along with power cord, USB to micro USB cable (for installing updates and setting up the speaker), remote, and user manual (you can consider it your bible for the next few minutes after unboxing, since you really have to read the instructions in order to connect the speaker to the network). Speaker is kind of heavy, it weighs 18.5 pounds, and it is 9.7 inches high, 17.1 inches wide, and 7.1 inches deep.
The front side is covered with protective mesh and there are wi-fi connection indicator, OLED panel, and Bose logo in the middle. The control buttons are placed at the top– there are power button, source button (for shifting between AUX and Bluetooth inputs), 6 preset buttons, and 2 volume buttons. All the other controls are on the remote (2 buttons for skipping tracks, thumb up/down buttons, and play/pause button), and the best way to completely control the playback is to use the Soundtouch app which is available for all Apple and Android phones, and bunch of other devices. On the rear panel you can find ethernet port (for wired internet connection), micro USB and USB ports (for setup), AUX input, and power jack (the only way to power this speaker is through an external power source (wall socket) since there is no battery).
Inside the speaker, there are two 50mm Twiddler speakers with 4 Ohms impedance and one 116mm woofer with 1 Ohm impedance. Bose decided to go with sealed enclosure without bass reflex ports. The bass is not affected too much, and it is still very much booming.
Things we like
When design is concerned there is no doubt that you can’t go wrong with any Bose device. Bose takes care of every detail, and what you always get is stylish and elegant-looking product. This speaker is no different from any other Bose device, and it is nicely designed with much patience and attention to details. Speaker is available in two colors – black and white.
Soundtouch 30 is a sturdy, well-constructed, compact speaker. The enclosure is made of welded plastic, and most of the parts are also made of plastic, but it seems really durable, and there were no complaints regarding build quality.
This speaker delivers nice balanced sound with strong bass, articulate mids, and clean highs, although when you compare it to the sound that DiamondBoxx XL or Woburn produce, it sounds a little bit unnatural (and rather shallow), and we like more the other two. Soundtouch 30 is still much better than most of the speakers on the market, and we don’t think that the sound is bad, only that there is some room for improvement. One more thing you should know about the sound is that you can adjust the amount of bass through the app.
Soundtouch 30 can be really loud, much louder than you need for home use. Maximum SPL is approximately 110dB, and because of multiroom functionality you can combine two or more Bose systems (there are unfortunately some problems regarding this feature but we will talk about that later), and get even louder sound. You should be aware that mids and highs get muffled at maximum volume, and it is probably better not to go above 85-90% with the volume.
Bluetooth connection is somewhat neglected due to presence of wi-fi connection which is advertised more than any other feature. Bluetooth works really well if your device is 20ft away from the speaker or closer. Pairing is very easy, and you will be able to stream your music in no time. Speaker is able to memorize devices, so whenever Bluetooth connection is active your device will be automatically paired with the speaker.
Dual-band Wi-fi connection
Wi-fi connection is the most popular function of this speaker, and bunch of other functions is dependent on wi-fi. Speaker can be connected to your home network via ethernet port or via wi-fi. Before using your speaker, you need to connect your speaker to your PC (use the USB cable that comes with the speaker) and set up the speaker. The other option is to install Soundtouch app and use it instead of your PC for setting up the speaker. Soundtouch app is also the best way to control the speaker after the initial setup. On the front side of the speaker, there is wi-fi LED indicator (it will be solid white when the speaker is connected to your home network, solid amber when the system is in setup mode, and blinking amber when the system is disconnected). The connection is stable, although the speaker can sometimes get confused when your MacBook and iPhone, for example, are near the speaker, so if you are streaming something from your phone, it happens sometimes when you turn on the MacBook that the speaker connects automatically to it instead of staying connected to your phone. Bose should make some software improvements to avoid this interference between different devices using the home network (adjusting priority list would probably do the job).
Bose decided to include 6 buttons for presets, which you can use to memorize some of the music services, libraries, or internet stations you are using. That way, you can play the music you like just by pressing one of these buttons and you don’t have to use your phone to access these services at all. Let’s say that you are using Soundtouch app to listen to one of thousands internet radio stations, and you really like the music. If you want your speaker to memorize this station so you could listen to it without searching through the list of available stations every time, you can simply press and hold one of six preset buttons (you can either press the button on your speaker, on the remote, or you can do that with your app). Once the station is memorized, you can simply press the button whenever you want to listen to that station and the music will start – you won’t have to use your phone, access the Soundtouch app, etc. The same goes for any service you use – Deezer, Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, music libraries. Some people complained about the number of presets saying that they need more than six, but we think that 6 is just enough.
Remote is a nice touch, but you are probably going to use your phone and Soundtouch app to control the speaker more than the remote. Remote can still be useful if you want to change, play, or pause the track quickly without taking out your phone, or if you want to include some song among your favorites (thumb up/down buttons).
Things we don’t like
This speaker doesn’t have battery, so you can’t use it outside if you don’t have power socket nearby. This one is designed to be used at home, and it is also very sensitive to rain (Bose even advises their customers to clean it only with dry mop without any chemicals or water).
This is probably the most annoying issue we’ve experienced. If you connect your TV to your speaker (by using Bluetooth) and you start watching a movie, you will notice this sound delay, which is not too big (less than a second) but it is just enough to annoy you. The same thing happens when you connect more Bose speakers together, but it is less annoying when you are streaming music than when you are trying to watch a movie.
Setup takes some time
Although Bose did its best to make the setup as easy as possible with step by step setup procedure, it still takes some time to start using the speaker, and you really have to read the instructions to get the basic idea what to do.
Bose Soundtouch 30 can’t play high-resolution audio files (anything above 16bit/44.1kHz), and if you try to play some high-res WAW, FLAC, or ALAC file, you will get an error message.
7. BRAVEN BRV-XXL Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Braven is an American audio equipment company established in 2011. It makes, almost exclusively, wireless audio devices, and it is probably one of the fastest growing companies in this specific field of audio industry. Braven BRV-XXL is their latest and loudest speaker. It is one-more boombox-like device on our list, but it definitely has some new features that we haven’t seen on other speakers that we’ve mentioned. The most noticeable feature is IPX5 rating, which means it can survive some water splashes (not much though – it certainly wasn’t designed to be used under water, but it won’t get damaged by some light rain).
What’s in the box
Braven XXL is one more large and heavy speaker on the list – it weighs 18 pounds, and it is 20.2 inches wide, 8.25 inches deep, and 8.2 inches high. Based on the contents of the package, you can see why Braven is so popular internationally. Braven was careful enough to include in the package not one or two, but even four power cords, so no matter where are you from, you will be equipped with just the right power cord for your wall socket. You will find in the package one power cable for US customers, one for European customers (TUV), one for British customers, and one for Australian customers. You will also get one AUX cable with 3.5mm jacks on both ends, shoulder strap which can be attached to speaker so you can carry it around (although it is still quite heavy), and battery adapter. On the strap, there is bottle opener attached, which is a nice touch and could come in handy.
Front and rear side of the speaker are practically the same, they are completely covered with protective aluminum grid, on the bottom there is also the same grid that protects the subwoofer, and on the top, you will find rubberized grip which can be used for placing your phone. There is also strong rubberized handle, so you can wear it around if you don’t want to use the shoulder strap. On the right side of the speaker, you can find all the controls. There are 4 buttons – power button, play button, and +/- buttons, and you will also see there 3 LED indicators for bass, treble, and volume, as well as LED meter which shows the volume level, and bass and treble adjustments. You must use only these four buttons for all the functions, so it takes some time to get used to the controls. To turn on the speaker you have to press and hold the power button and when it turns on you will hear short beep. After you turn it on, if you want to adjust the volume, bass, or treble, you have to press and release power button, until the LED indicators for one of these three functions turn on, and then use +/- to adjust the volume, bass, or treble. If you want to pair speaker with some Bluetooth enabled device, you have to press and hold play button until you hear specific sound, and after that, you should just find Braven speaker in the list of available Bluetooth devices, and pair them. On the left side, there are four LEDs which indicate battery status, and below battery indicator, there is rubberized cover. Under this cover, there are AUX input, mic input (if you want to use this speaker as a PA system, or for karaoke party), USB port for charging your phone, and charging port for battery adapter.
Inside the speaker, there are 4 HD drivers, 2 of them are on the front side, and 2 on the back side. On the bottom, there is low-frequency resonator which provides bass. HD drivers are in the corners, of the speaker, and the idea was probably to achieve good stereo separation. Since the drivers are on both sides, so you can get nice 360-sound.
Things we like
As we said, this is one more boombox-like speaker, with quite unusual lines. This speaker isn’t boxy like many others and the shape of the speaker is very interesting, but similarity with old-school boomboxes is still noticeable. It’s available in only one color – black with silver aluminum mesh.
This is one of the most noticeable features of Braven XXL speaker (aside from sound quality and loudness). It is designed for outdoor use, so you can expect lots of reinforcements. The whole speaker is covered with some rubbery material, which makes it shockproof and waterproof (be aware that it has IPX5 waterproof rating), all the ports are also protected with rubberized cover. Braven XXL doesn’t look cheap or fragile, but after all, for the price you pay you shouldn’t be expecting cheap-looking product. It is very sturdy and compact, and it is without any doubt, made to last.
Braven XXL uses Bluetooth 2.1 technology with EDR (which should enable better data transfer and improve sound quality). In theory, this Bluetooth version allows you to pair this speaker with your phone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device within 33ft range, but the things are different in reality and you can read about this issue in ‘Things we don’t like’’ section. Still, if you place your phone on the rubberized grip at the top of the speaker, Bluetooth connection will work just fine, and there will be no connectivity problems.
NFC function is often used today for pairing devices (if they have this function), and it is always nice addition since it is much easier way of pairing than Bluetooth. Braven XXL has this function and it works great – pairing takes just a second or two.
Braven XXL provides great sound quality with emphasis on lows on highs. At high volumes you will hear slightly muffled mids, and there will be some amount of distortion. The good thing about the sound is that you can adjust bass and treble to your preferences by using control buttons, so if you are into techno music you can crank the treble up, or if you are into drum and bass you can add some bass.
This speaker is not as loud as some previous models, but it is definitely not quiet. It can reach max SPL level of 104dBs, which is probably more than enough for most people. Thanks to 360 stereo-like sound and maximum loudness of 104dBs, this speaker is great choice for picnics, smaller beach and pool parties, or outdoor events in your backyard. It is also more than loud enough for any indoor use.
Braven XXL have built-in lithium-ion battery with rated charge of 15,600mAh, which allows up to 14 hours of listening to music at moderate volume level. If you crank the volume up to the maximum, the battery drains much faster, and it can last up to 5-8 hours. It takes some 3 hours to fully recharge battery. If the battery drains, the speaker can be powered through the battery adapter, and you can listen to music while the battery is charging.
Things we don’t like
Works only as a standalone speaker
There is no way to connect two or more Braven XXL and create stereo sound impression or get louder sound, while many other Bluetooth speakers have this feature, and some speakers allow connecting up to 25 units. Having this in mind, we have to consider lack of this feature a flaw.
We’ve already mentioned that Bluetooth works well when your phone is close to the speaker, but the maximum range is significantly shorter than what Braven claims. It is at most 15-20 feet, and some customers had problems even at 10 feet distance. You should be aware of this issue before buying Braven XXL. There is a lot of pros, especially the sound quality, loudness, and construction quality, but you have to take into consideration all these negative things we noticed also.
8. ION Audio Road Warrior Portable Bluetooth Speaker
ION is US based audio equipment company established in 2003. ION is not really known for making high-end equipment, but rather decent-quality products that don’t cost much. They are known for combining old-school design and new technology. ION makes DJ equipment, microphones, turntables, Bluetooth speakers, lighting equipment, etc. The speaker we decided to present to you is one more from the BEAST category, at least when loudness and dimensions are concerned. If we observe only these two features, this speaker could be compared with DiamondBoxx XL or Soundboks 1, and it is much less expensive than they are. But, of course, there is always a catch. Although it is very loud there are some pretty big deal-breakers, especially when sound quality and battery durability are concerned. Keep reading our review, and we will try to mention all the good, but also all the bad things about Road Warrior.
What’s in the box
Road Warrior comes in a huge box, along with AUX cable with 3.5mm jacks, AC power cord, DC power cord (for charging the battery through your car charger), and user manual. The speaker itself is very heavy, it weighs almost 30 pounds, and it is 27 inches wide, 13 inches high, and 9.75 inches deep.
The first thing you are going to notice when you look at this speaker are definitely two huge 10-inch woofers on the front side covered with protective aluminum mesh. They really look impressive, and you will instantaneously get an impression that the sound is going to be really loud. In the top left and right corners of the front panel there are two small 1-inch tweeters, and in the middle, there is nice-looking round-shaped control panel with a small display. Control panel is really well-designed with simple and easy-to-use controls, with 9 different buttons – TUNE+ and TUNE- (for searching radio stations), VOL+ and VOL- (for adjusting volume), MIC+ and MIC- (for adjusting mic volume), SOURCE button (for shifting between radio and Bluetooth mode), Bluetooth button (only for disconnecting Bluetooth device), and LIGHT button (which is really nice addition and it is used to turn on nice flashing lights inside woofers to create real party atmosphere). Small display shows only battery status, volume status, and mode (FM or Bluetooth). On the left and on the right side of the speaker, there are 2 strong carrying handles. On the top panel, there are NFC logo (used to pair Android phones with speaker by taping it), USB port (for charging phones), and rubberized radio antenna. On the rear panel there are AUX port (for 3.5mm audio cable), ¼ inch microphone port, DC input (for charging battery and powering speaker through your car’s power outlet), AC input (for charging battery and powering speaker through wall socket), ON/OFF switch and small LED light which indicates that battery is charging, and when the charging is completed it turns off).
Inside the speaker, as we already mentioned, there are 2 10-inch woofers and 2 1-inch tweeters. On the rear panel, there are 2 bass reflex ports, which is always better option than sealed enclosure when there is huge amount of air moving, and when the speakers are this big. Inside the speaker, there is also built-in battery, which can’t be replaced (and this is not the biggest problem when battery is concerned, so keep reading).
Things we like
Design and flashy lights
This speaker has classic boxy design and it is visually appealing but there is nothing too special until you turn on the lights which can light constantly (not so interesting option) or follow the beat which is really fun option and makes this speaker really special, particularly during the night.
Build quality of the housing
Housing is really sturdy, it is mostly made of hard industrial plastic and wood, there are some aluminum parts, and some metal reinforcements (frames, handles). The whole housing really looks compact and seems like it could take some beating. You can be sure that this housing is made to last, and if everything was built as good as the housing, this would be one of the best speakers on the market, but it would probably be much more expensive.
The manufacturer didn’t provide the info on what version of Bluetooth was used, but claims that the maximum Bluetooth range is 100ft. In reality, it is much shorter than that, but the process of pairing and streaming music is very simple (you can practically intuitively pair your device with the speaker, without reading the manual), and we didn’t experience any problems regarding connection – no connection loss or interference.
NFC pairing works like a charm, you just have to tap the NFC logo at the top of the speaker with your phone and you are connected and ready to stream some music. There were no complaints regarding this function. This is probably the only function that works well on almost every Bluetooth speaker.
This thing can get really loud and that is the most important feature of Road Warrior. There is, unfortunately, one not so small problem. Drivers are not so great, and you can notice some distortion even when volume is at 60%. When you raise the volume up to some 85% the distortion becomes annoying. The good thing is that even at 80% volume, maximum SPL reaches 113 dBs, which is still incredibly loud.
DC power input and DC power cable
This is really nice feature, and we would like to see it more often, especially with this kind of monster speakers. It is really nice to have a backup option when you want to make some outdoor party and the battery is just not enough. DC power cable that comes in the package, and DC input on the rear panel really come in handy – party doesn’t have to stop, you just have to connect the speaker to your car’s power outlet and proceed.
Using radio is maybe not so popular today as it was 30-40 years ago, but still, you have one more option, at least in case your phone breaks and you are somewhere outside. ION made really strong rubberized antenna, which can pick up some radio signals wherever you are.
Things we don’t like
We have already mentioned this issue. The sound quality is at least questionable, and we think that ION should’ve done much better job. Mids suffer a lot because of strong bass, especially at high volumes. Even bass can get a little bit muddy when you crank up the volume. Highs are probably the best thing about the sound of this speaker, and they are pretty clean. The mids are definitely the biggest problem, so if you like bass-heavy music or techno music you might be satisfied with Road Warrior, but if you need well-balanced sound this one is not for you.
Drivers quality and durability
This is closely related to the distortion we mentioned earlier. Because of so much distortion at high volumes, we can only conclude that woofer and tweeter are not well-built, and it happened in the past that speakers got blown. Some previous customers complained about this exact issue.
The battery is the biggest issue along with sound quality. The manufacturer claims that battery can last up to 14 hours at moderate volume, and as you already know, higher volume means shorter battery life. At really high-volume, battery will last up to 5-6 hours, but only at first. It will weaken very fast, and after a couple of months it could become unusable – at least that’s something many customers complained about. The manufacturer says that this is lithium battery, but some customers expressed their doubts that this is, in fact, lead-acid battery.
No RCA ports
This speaker looks like something that DJs would like to have for some smaller gigs, especially because of the lights which really change the atmosphere. Unfortunately, ION didn’t include RCA port so there is no way to connect mixer or turntable.
9. NYNE ROCK Bluetooth Speaker
Nyne is another young American audio equipment company. Nyne headquarters are in California, but we assume that most of their models are made in China. That doesn’t have to imply that Nyne makes poor quality products, and in fact, we’ve found one model that looks and performs really well. We are talking about their latest and loudest model of outdoor Bluetooth speakers – Nyne Rock. This is one nice-looking (maybe just a little bit weirdly shaped), durable speaker designed for outdoor use, which means it is rugged, weather resistant and loud enough.
What’s in the box
Nyne Rock speaker is available in only black color. It comes in a pretty large box since this is not small and easily portable speaker, but it isn’t as big as some other ‘’monster” speakers on our list. It weighs 12 pounds, and it is 21 inches wide, 9.75 inches deep, and 6.75 inches high. Along with the speaker, you will get one AUX cable with 3.5mm gold-plated jacks (jacks are straight on one side and L-shaped on the other), power cable with battery adapter, and four different international power plugs.
The whole front panel, as well as the right and the left panel, are wrapped in flexible black aluminum mesh which protects the drivers, and on the sides, you will see rubberized bumpers which should provide additional protection. All the control buttons are located at the top – there are power button, speakerphone button (you can use them to answer/end calls), play/pause button, forward and rewind buttons (for skipping tracks), + and – buttons (for adjusting volume), and NFC pairing tag (for all the Android users). All the control buttons have bright LED backlights. On the rear panel, there is reinforced carrying handle at the top and rubberized cover at the bottom. Behind the cover there are AUX port (to connect your phone through 3.5mm audio cable), line out port (for connecting 2 or more Nyne speakers together to create a system), USB port (for charging your phone), Battery indicator button (when you press it, four battery status LEDs next to it will turn on), and in the corner, there is charging port.
Inside the speaker there are 4 drivers and large subwoofer – subwoofer is in the middle, 2 woofers are symmetrically positioned right and left from the subwoofer, and 2 small tweeters are below the subwoofer. All the drivers are grouped in the middle, so you won’t get illusion of stereo sound, and it would be a good idea to buy 2 speakers and use one as the left and the other as the right speaker. On the left and right sides of the speaker, you will find 2 bass reflex ports, designed to improve the low-end sound. The battery is also built inside the speaker, so there is no option of replacing it.
Things we like
Nyne Rock speaker has really distinctive design, and there is no chance that you could possibly mistake it for some other. It almost looks like a part stolen from the Batmobile or something like that. If you like unusual things, you will love the shape of this speaker. It is not simple, but it is unique, and from the moment you see it, you can’t help but imagine yourself somewhere outside, at some park or at the beach, lying out there and listening to music.
Durability and IPX3 rating
Nyne Rock is mostly made of rubberized plastic with some metal reinforcements, but in spite of all the plastic, there were no complaints regarding durability. Most of the plastic parts are covered with some rubber-like material which provides additional protection. Thanks to that rubber and aluminum mesh, this speaker got IPX3 weather resistant rating (resistant to dust and water, and could also survive fall from smaller heights). IPX3 rating doesn’t mean that you can swim with it, the speaker won’t survive some significant amount of water, but a couple raindrops or maybe even accidental spilling of smaller amount of water should not damage it.
Sound quality at low and moderate volume (up to 70%)
Nyne Rock offers decent sound quality. It is definitely bass-oriented, and it is great choice for all of the bass heads. Mids are articulate, but not perfect, while the highs are pretty clean. So, the sound isn’t perfect but it is more than acceptable for most people. If you are an audiophile, this really isn’t the best choice for you.
This speaker is one of the loudest in its price range (the same price range like AIWA EXOS9), although we don’t recommend cranking the volume up to the max since there is significant amount of distortion. Distortion isn’t unbearable, but it is noticeable, especially when you use it indoors. The maximum SPL reaches 107 dBs.
Possibility of connecting up to 4 Nyne speakers in a system
If you want even louder sound there is always an option to connect up to four Nyne Rock speakers together thanks to the line out port. This way, you will get nice surround sound, and enough loudness for bigger parties for up to 100 people.
Bluetooth connection and NFC pairing
Nyne Rock uses Bluetooth version 4.0, and it can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device within 33ft range. The connection works just fine, there is no interference or signal loss, although the maximum range varies depending on the walls, weather conditions, etc. Speaker memorizes the last connected device and it will stream music automatically from this device whenever it is in range. Pairing is really simple, you just have to press and hold power button until the Bluetooth activates, and then find Rock speaker among the available Bluetooth devices and pair with it. There is also NFC function for Android users, so if you have Android phone just tap the NFC tag with your phone and you are ready to stream some music in 2 seconds.
Speaker has built-in lithium-metal battery which offers up to 10 hours of listening to music at moderate volume level. Duration of the battery significantly shortens if you crank the volume up, and it can last up to 5-6 hours at maximum volume. The battery is not replaceable, so if your battery stops working, you will have to either use the speaker only with AC adapter all the time or take it to some licensed repair center, so they could replace it for you.
Speakerphone button and built-in mic
This is one simple but handy additional function. Speakerphone button allows you to answer or end calls, and mic is built inside the speaker, and you can find it at the back, behind the rubberized cover. In spite of the odd position, the mic picks up voice just fine, and we haven’t experienced any problems in communication while using it.
Things we don’t like
Distortion at high volumes
We’ve given you a hint about this issue already while we were talking about sound quality. Whenever the volume level goes above, let’s say 80-85%, there is very noticeable distortion, which is not that annoying, but it is present, and we don’t really recommend listening to music at such a high volume because it will shorten the lifespan of your speaker a lot, and you definitely won’t enjoy that sound, especially if you are using it indoors.
10. Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth Speaker
Fluance is Canadian audio equipment company established in 1999. Fluance makes home theater systems, music systems, and turntables. The company made its name by making high-quality products from the best available materials and combining these materials with some hi-tech solutions. People from Fluance pay much attention to details and really work hard to make well-designed speakers. Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth speaker represents everything we said about Fluance. It is intriguingly designed speaker, with great sound quality and loudness, and great functionality. It is made for indoor use, and if you want to buy some home theater system or home music system this is truly great choice.
What’s in the box
Fi70 speaker comes in a large box, and when we say large we mean huge. The weight of the box with all the contents is well over 90 pounds, so you will probably need some help to get the box into your home. Speaker itself weighs 81 pounds, and it is 29.5 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 23.2 inches high, and these are the dimensions without stand that comes in the package, and you can use the speaker with or without this stand. If you decide to assemble the stand and place the speaker on it, the height will be 36 inches. As you can see, this is one bulky speaker, and you will have to dedicate some space to it so if you have small house this speaker is probably not the best option. Along with the speaker and the stand, you will get remote, 3ft long AUX cable with 3.5mm jacks on both ends, radio antennas, user manual, and 2-year warranty.
On the front panel, there is black aluminum grid that is magnetically attached to the speaker and can be removed easily. You can choose to use this grid or not, whatever suits best your aesthetic criteria – majority of customers prefer the looks without this grid. Near the top, there is small display which shows only some basic info – selected source (BT, AUX, AM, FM, OPTI) or clock. All the controls are on the top panel, these are touch-sensitive controls and they are not backlit which would be a nice detail. There are 8 buttons on the control panel – power, source, settings, track management buttons (rewind, play-pause, forward), and volume buttons. All the input ports are on the rear panel – there are AC input (which is the only way to power this speaker since there is no battery), ON/OFF switch, AUX input, Optical digital input (for connecting Apple TV or any device with optical output), radio inputs (for FM and AM antennas), and USB port (which can be used only for charging phones, and you can’t play the music from USB storage).
If you decide to remove the aluminum grid, you will see 6 drivers – 2 1-inch tweeters, 2 5-inch midrange drivers, and 2 8-inch subwoofers. At the back, there are 2 bass reflex ports in the upper left and upper right corners. Amplifiers are integrated and have rated power of 280W.
Things we like
Fi70 is probably the speaker with the most interesting design on this list, and it is one of the most interesting speakers on the market. This kind of elegant design have only some Harman-Kardon speakers and maybe some Bose speakers (although Bose prefers kind of futuristic design). You can consider this speaker not only a piece of audio equipment but also a piece of furniture. Speaker is available in three colors – black ash, lucky bamboo, and natural walnut.
Durability and quality of construction
Fi70 looks and feels very well made – it is compact, made mostly of wood, and there were no complaints regarding durability. It maybe looks slightly unstable when mounted on the stand, and you will have to be careful around it (not that it could fall if you even breed in its direction or if you accidentally push it, but you should still be careful).
This speaker provides incredibly clear and well-balanced sound. Bass is strong and punchy, mids are full (drivers need some time to burn in for better midrange-frequency response) and highs are clean and sparkling. There is also an option to adjust bass and treble, and you can find these controls on the remote (not on the speaker’s control panel). When sound quality is concerned, this speaker is definitely among the top 5 on this list.
This speaker is not as loud as some other huge speakers. Its loudness can’t be compared to DiamondBoxx XL or Soundboks 1 (or even some smaller speakers), and it is in disproportion to its size. Maximum SPL level reaches 102-103dB, which is not impressive for that size, but it is still not that bad, especially when you bring sound quality into the equation.
One more feature of this speaker is the onboard equalizer, but you can’t really control different frequency bands, only bass and treble through Bass+/Bass- and Treble+/Treble- buttons on the remote control. If you are a bass-lover this feature could be quite handy.
Bluetooth and NFC pairing
Fi70 uses Bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR, and it works pretty good when you are within 15ft range, but anything further than that, especially if there are walls, will cause the loss of signal. This is probably the feature that needs some improvements, and newer Bluetooth version would be good solution. If your device stays in 15ft range (maybe 20ft), you won’t be having any problems. There is also NFC function available for Android phones, so you can pair your phone even quicker with the speaker just by tapping the NFC tag.
Along with the speaker, you will get 2 antennas – one FM and one AM. You can search the stations by pressing forward and rewind buttons while you are in FM/AM mode, and you can even memorize the stations you like and set them as radio presets – whenever you find some station you like you can press the settings button until the MEM letters appear on the LED screen, and after that press forward-rewind buttons to choose the preset channel. When the screen start flashing, you should press settings button again, and you will have your radio preset.
Digital optical input
Since this speaker can be used only indoors as a music system or home theater system, it is only logical to connect it to your TV, so if you have optical output on your TV, this is the best option to connect these two devices and get the best possible sound. There is always an option to use Bluetooth for connecting your TV and speaker, but be aware that there will be some small sound delay (picture will be faster than the sound).
Remote is a nice touch, and it has also some additional buttons (bass and treble), so it is definitely not just a substitute for speaker’s controls, but really handy tool, especially when you consider control panel issue (read about this issue in ‘’Things we don’t like’’ section).
Clock, alarm, sleep timer
Even though these are really simple functions, no other speaker we mentioned has them, so we decided to give Fi70 some credit. Functions are really nice touch, and you can easily set the time, sleep timer, and alarm by using settings button and forward/rewind buttons.
Things we don’t like
Aside from disproportion between size and loudness (which is really not such a big issue), the only problem we experienced with this speaker is related to the controls on the top of the speaker. The idea to include touch-sensitive controls is not bad, and the buttons look really stylish but they seem not sensitive enough, or there is some specific way of pressing them that we haven’t mastered. Anyway, it is probably smarter to use the remote whenever you can, and not get annoyed by the control panel.
This was our list of top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers. We have tried to present to you all their important features, but also some flaws we managed to discover. Although we were guided by the loudness of the speakers we didn’t neglect other characteristics like sound quality, connectivity, and available ports, and you shouldn’t also. Loudness is definitely not everything, and there are many other things you should pay attention to when buying Bluetooth speaker. Just like we explained all the important things about loudness and speakers’ power ratings in the introduction, we are now going explain some other things you should look for in a Bluetooth speaker depending on your needs.
So, let’s now list all the possible purposes Bluetooth speakers could have.
The majority of people are looking for portable Bluetooth speakers that could be carried wherever they go. If you want a speaker that could be used outside, at picnics or when camping, you should be looking for a lightweight speaker, with durable battery, good sound quality, and stable Bluetooth connection (like Peachtree DEEPBLUE2 and NYNE Rock). All the other functions can be considered a plus, but these we mentioned are absolutely necessary. If you need the speaker for outdoor use, and not for some smaller events (like picnics) but for parties (pool parties, beach parties, barbeque parties) you should add loudness to the list of required features and probably remove lightweight, since really loud speakers tend to be really bulky (like Soundboks 1 or DiamondBoxx XL). Great additional feature for any loud (party) speaker is any kind of IPX splash-proof/waterproof/dustproof rating, and IP67 would be the best you can get (completely waterproof and dustproof). When the speaker has only IPX3 or IPX4 rating, it’s a good thing, but it means that the speaker could only survive small splashes of water or some light rain. Speakers with IPX7 rating are perfect for pool parties since they can even survive serious immersion, but for beach parties you should have speaker that is also dustproof.
If you are planning to use your Bluetooth speaker indoors, then the weight, battery durability, or waterproof/dustproof rating are not really that important, but the sound quality and connection quality become even more important, along with loudness. You can use your indoor speakers as a music system, home theater system, or multi-room system. If you want to use your speakers as a music system, then Bluetooth speakers might be really good option, but if you want to use them as home theater system or multi-room system Bluetooth connection might not be the best option. If you have Apple TV or some other modern HDTV, and you want to buy Bluetooth speakers and use them as home theater system, you should be looking for speakers with digital optical input, since you will get much better sound and no sound delay. In case you connect your TV and your speaker via Bluetooth, you will definitely get some sound delay (picture will be faster than the sound), and depending on the Bluetooth version delay can be really noticeable and annoying (newer versions are of course better than the old ones, but we will elaborate on that later). For the same reason, Bluetooth connection is probably not the best option for multi-room system since there is great possibility that you won’t be able to synchronize all the speakers (you will experience delay issues again). So, if you want to install multi-room system, it would be better to use speakers with wi-fi connection (like Bose SoundTouch 30).
Important features you should be looking for when buying Bluetooth speakers (depending on the purpose)
Is the Bluetooth version important?
You have probably noticed that we’ve been mentioning Bluetooth connection quality quite a lot, and in case you’ve been wondering why, here is an explanation. Every audio that comes out of a Bluetooth speaker has to be compressed to some extent, and as a result of that compression, the audio quality gets diminished. Newer Bluetooth versions have higher data transfer rates, and as a result of that, less compression is applied and audio quality is better. The oldest Bluetooth version that is still in use is V2.1, and it has the ability to transfer data at speeds of 2Mbps, and the maximum distance between the Bluetooth enabled device and the speaker must be less than 33ft. The newest Bluetooth version that is in use is V4.2, and it allows much faster data transfer and transmission distance (up to 100m). In 2017, version 5.0 was released, and this version should allow even faster data transfer and larger transmission distance. One more thing that depends on Bluetooth version (except the audio quality and connection range) is battery durability (or power consumption). Older Bluetooth versions have higher power consumption, so if your Bluetooth speaker is battery-powered, the battery will last longer if your speaker uses newer Bluetooth version. Based on what we’ve said, it is always better option to buy speaker with newer Bluetooth version – audio quality will be better, connection distance will be longer, and power consumption will be smaller (battery will last longer).
What are tweeters, woofers, and subwoofers?
These are the terms that we have also mentioned more than once. So, in case you’ve been wondering what are tweeters, woofers, and subwoofers, here comes the explanation.
All three of them are speakers, and you can differentiate them by their size and by the sound they produce. Tweeters are the smallest (usually 1-inch or a little bit larger) speakers and they are in charge of producing high-frequency sound, usually everything above 2kHz or 3kHz. Woofers are much bigger speakers (the size can vary from 4 inches to even 15 inches in diameter), and they are in charge of producing low-frequency sound (from 20Hz to 2kHz or 3kHz). Woofers must be enclosed in their own housings in order to increase low-frequency sound quality and reduce distortion by preventing sound waves from crossing and ensuring that woofers can always get enough air for all the movement they do. These enclosures can be divided into two groups – sealed and ported. In sealed enclosures, the air that woofers produce stays inside, and you will usually get cleaner and crispier sound with sealed enclosures, but speakers with sealed enclosures can’t get really loud. Ported enclosures allow air to escape through the ports (usually at the rear panel of the speaker), and speakers with ported enclosures usually produce muddier bass, but they can be much louder. Some speaker systems have one more speaker called subwoofer, which is in charge of producing only really low-frequency sound (from 20Hz to 200Hz). The subwoofer can be essential component of a well-balanced speaker system, and can add impact and depth to the bass (so if you are watching a movie and you have your home theater system hooked up to your TV, you will really feel the explosions or earthquakes if you have good subwoofer). In order for all these speakers to produce the sound appropriately, there is one more device called crossover inside the speakers. Crossover ‘’decides’’ which speaker should produce which sound. They are basically electronic circuits with set border frequency, and they assign the signal with lower frequency than the border to a woofer, and the signal with higher frequency to a tweeter. The border frequency is usually set at 2 or 3kHz.
This concludes our article on top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers. We hope that after all the things you’ve read, you have at least slightly better understanding of what are the most important features to look for when buying loud Bluetooth speaker.