Table of Contents
- 14 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers – Comparison Table
- Max SPL (Loudness) Comparison Table
- 1. The SOUNDBOKS 2
- 2. Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 3. Peachtree Audio deepblue3 Bluetooth 3-Way Speaker System
- 4. DiamondBoxx Model XL
- 5. Marshall Woburn Bluetooth Speaker
- 6. Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Speaker
- 7. BRAVEN BRV-XXL Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 8. ION Audio Road Warrior Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 9. NYNE ROCK Bluetooth Speaker
- 10. Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth Speaker
- 11. Sony GTKXB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 12. Altec Lansing ALP-XP800 Xpedition 8
- 13. JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
- 14. ION Audio Tailgater (iPA77)
If you are searching for the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market in 2020 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 in 2020, 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 14 loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market in 2020.
14 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers – Comparison Table
|Loudest Bluetooth Speakers||Rating||Price||Review|
|The Soundboks 2||4.4||Check Amazon||Read Review|
|Aiwa Exos-9||4.8||Check Amazon|
|Peachtree Audio deepblue3||4.4||Check Amazon|
|DiamondBoxx||5.0||Check Amazon||Read Review|
|Marshall Woburn||4.5||Check Amazon|
|Bose SoundTouch||4.4||Check Amazon|
|Braven BRV-XXL||4.5||Check Amazon||Read Review|
|ION Road Warrior||3.8||Check Amazon|
|Nyne Rock||3.9||Check Amazon|
|Fluance Fi70||4.6||Check Amazon|
|Sony GTKXB90||4.3||Check Amazon|
|Altec Xpedition 8||4.0||Check Amazon|
|JBL Boombox||4.6||Check Amazon|
|ION Audio Tailgater||4.3||Check Amazon|
Max SPL (Loudness) Comparison Table
|Speaker||Max SPL||Playtime (at 50% volume)|
|The SOUNDBOKS 2||122dB||Up to 40 hours|
|Aiwa Exos-9||100dB||Up to 9 hours|
|Peachtree DEEPBLUE3||102dB||No battery/Not portable|
|DiamondBoxx Model XL||120dB||Up to 30 hours|
|Marshall Woburn||110dB||No battery/Not portable|
|Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III||110dB||No battery/Not portable|
|BRAVEN BRV-XXL||104dB||Up to 14 hours|
|ION Audio Road Warrior||113dB||Up to 14 hours|
|NYNE ROCK||107dB||Up to 10 hours|
|Fluance Fi70||113dB||No battery/Not portable|
|Sony GTKXB90||104dB||Up to 16 hours|
|Altec Xpedition 8||106dB||Up to 14 hours|
|JBL Boombox||101dB||Up to 22 hours|
|ION Audio Tailgater||99dB||Up to 35 hours|
Here is our list of top 14 loudest Bluetooth speakers in 2020
1. The SOUNDBOKS 2
Loudest Bluetooth speaker for outdoor parties
SOUNDBOKS 1 was our previous favorite. It was a perfect speaker for all kinds of outdoor events (backyard parties, barbeque parties, tailgate parties, etc.). It was one of the loudest and one of the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers on the market. Now, we have an upgraded version that’s even better. The successor is simply named SOUNDBOKS 2. It is 40% louder than the first version, it has a better battery, the design is slightly improved, and the sound is more detailed and clearer. This is not a cheap speaker – it’s priced around $900.
Things we like
Simple and functional design
The speaker features simple boxy design. There are no fancy details or excessive branding. It’s a simple box with two carrying handles on the left and right panels.
Great Build Quality and Durability
SOUNDBOKS 2 is very rugged. It can definitely withstand all the rigors of outdoor use. The only problem is – it’s not fully waterproof and dustproof (not IPX certified), so you should keep it away from water and other fluids.
The controls are super-simple, maybe even too simple. Some people like speakers with bass/treble knobs and a few playback buttons, but this speaker doesn’t have any. There are only two knobs – volume knob with 11 levels of loudness and power/sound mode knob. You can choose between two sound modes – indoor and outdoor.
The first SOUNDBOKS had the max SPL of 119dB, but the new version can go up to 122dB, which is more than enough for a big outdoor party. This is, if not the loudest, one of the top three loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market. The only speaker, that we know about, that’s capable of reaching these SPL levels is Rockster made by the German audio manufacturer called Teufel. Unfortunately, Rockster is not available in US stores but you can order it from the German Amazon or from the manufacturer.
The battery on this thing is pretty impressive. The capacity is rated at 7.8Ah which is enough for 40 hours of continuous listening at moderate volumes (40-50%). You will get 8h at full volume which is more than enough, even for the longest parties. If that’s not enough for you, you can buy an additional battery. Replacing/removing the battery is incredibly simple and takes just a few seconds. The recharge takes approx. 4 hours.
Bluetooth connectivity + AUX input
SOUNDBOKS 2 features Bluetooth 3.0 which is not something we were delighted with. The first SOUNDBOKS had the same Bluetooth version and we have expected an upgrade. After all, that should be one of the cheapest upgrades. The Bluetooth connection works as advertised (33ft advertised range, 20ft actual range) and the pairing is simple, but you won’t get any of those nice additional Bluetooth features (NFC pairing, automatic pairing, multipoint pairing, etc.). If you don’t want to use Bluetooth or if you want to connect a non-Bluetooth device, you can use the standard AUX input.
Powerful bass – perfect for outdoor use
Loudness alone is simply not enough. This speaker also delivers pretty clear and detailed sound, even at high volumes. The bass is definitely the greatest highlight, especially when the outdoor mode is enabled. The outdoor mode basically boosts the bass frequencies and improves the loudness a little bit. The sound is just a little bit clearer in indoor mode. In the outdoor mode, bass tends to bleed into the midrange and makes some lower midrange frequencies muddy. The distortion is not a huge issue, but you can notice it if you crank up the volume (if the volume is set at 9,10, or 11).
Things we don’t like
You have to use your phone for everything – there are no control buttons on the speaker
As we have said, some people might like those simple volume and power/mode knobs, but others want more control. If you prefer the speakers with more control buttons, this one is not for you. If loudness and sound quality are your only concerns, SOUNDBOKS 2 is one of the best options.
You can’t pair two/multiple SOUNDBOKS 2 speakers in Bluetooth mode
We have already mentioned this. You can’t pair two or more SOUNDBOKS 2 speakers wirelessly and play them in stereo or party mode (due to older Bluetooth version). If there’s going to be the third SOUNDBOKS version, updating the Bluetooth version should be one of the manufacturer’s top priorities.
2. Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Loudest and best-sounding speaker under $300
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 punchy 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 2. 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 2 (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.
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).
3. Peachtree Audio deepblue3 Bluetooth 3-Way Speaker System
Loudest 3-way Bluetooth speaker for your room
Things we like
This is another boombox-like Bluetooth speaker. The front panel is not completely flat – the sides (left and right) are slightly angled backward. That kind of design is supposed to improve the dispersion of the sound and provide better stereo separation.
Deepblue3 is entirely made of plastic, but it looks and feels very solid. Nothing looks cheap or flimsy and that is definitely reassuring. The grille on the front panel is very hard. It’s not transparent and it’s not flexible. The top panel is rubberized.
Simple and responsive controls
The control panel is very nice. All the buttons are backlit and they are all responsive. You will know how to use them even without the manual – everything is pretty much self-explanatory.
You don’t even have to get up if you want to change the source – the remote is included in the package and it’s a really convenient detail. The remote is simple and easy to use. One thing you can do with the remote but cannot do with the control buttons on the unit itself is the bass adjustment. You can boost or decrease the bass level by pressing the Bass+/Bass- buttons. There are no treble and mid adjustment buttons.
Deepblue3 can get really loud for its size. The speaker can reach 102dB. It can actually go even higher, but that’s the moment when the distortion becomes really obvious. Still, 102dB is pretty impressive for a speaker of that size.
Digital and analog inputs
You will find an AUX input on almost all the speakers, even the cheapest ones, but you won’t find digital optical input on that many Bluetooth speakers. That’s one of the advantages of deepblue3. You can connect it to your new TV if you are not happy with your TV speakers, or you can connect it to any other digital audio source.
Good sound quality + smart volume feature
The sound quality is surprisingly good for the size. The bass is impactful and thick, but can’t be compared to an actual 8-in or 10-in subwoofer. If you prefer powerful, extended, or even overemphasized bass, this thing might sound tiny to you. The midrange is nicely fused with the bass. It’s well defined and very detailed. The highs are a bit brighter but not harsh.
The separation between the left and right channels is pretty impressive, especially considering the size of the speaker.
Depblue speakers also feature something called smart volume. This feature basically brings the balance into your music. It will elevate the bass response at low volumes in order to add some definition to your music. It will also recess the bass and treble levels and remove most of the peaks at high volumes in order to prevent distortion and make your music more balanced and more natural.
Things we don’t like
Volume and bass reset
When you turn off the speaker, the bass and volume levels will reset to default values. Ironically, the speaker will remember all the Bluetooth devices (5 of them) and it will reconnect to the last device, but it won’t remember your customized volume/bass settings.
It lacks battery – It’s not portable
This thing has to be plugged in all the time. There’s no battery and it can’t be used on the go. Deepblue3 is supposed to be a desktop speaker.
4. DiamondBoxx Model XL
Loudest and best-sounding Bluetooth speaker
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).
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
The most refined Bluetooth sound for your room
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.
6. Bose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Speaker
Loudest Bluetooth speaker with wi-fi connectivity
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.
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.
7. BRAVEN BRV-XXL Portable Bluetooth Speaker
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.
8. ION Audio Road Warrior Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Loudest Bluetooth speaker for tailgating
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.
9. NYNE ROCK Bluetooth Speaker
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
Loudest speaker for your home
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 2 (or even some smaller speakers), and it is in disproportion to its size. Maximum SPL level reaches 112-113dB, 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.
11. Sony GTKXB90 High Power Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Loudest party speaker with lights
Things we like
XB90 is one of the best-looking speakers on this list, even when the lights are off. It’s boxy but the edges are nicely rounded and the whole speaker is slightly angled upward. When you turn on the lights, the shape and design don’t matter that much. All you can look at are those crazy lights.
Some of you might want something simple (like the SOUNDBOKS 2), but if you want more features, you will have to deal with more buttons. After a few days of use, you will get used to all those buttons.
XB90 utilizes Bluetooth 4.2 and the advertised range is 33ft. You can pair your phone with the speaker in no more than 10s or you can use the NFC quick pairing feature and you will be ready to play the music in less than 5 seconds. The Bluetooth connection works flawlessly as long as you are within the range. XB90 can also be wirelessly paired with another or multiple XB90 speakers and you can choose between stereo and party modes. The manufacturer also claims that you can pair it with other speakers from the XB series, but we have experienced some issues.
Besides the Bluetooth, there is one RCA input so you can connect any non-Bluetooth analog audio source. Also, there’s a USB port and you can use it to play the music from a USB flash drive. In the end, you even have a mic input. If you want to make a karaoke party, you will have to buy some microphone (it’s not included).
There is one 2,500mAh battery inside the speaker. This is not an impressive capacity for the speaker of this size. You can get 16 hours at moderate volumes, but only 3-4 hours at max volume. You can prolong the playtime by activating the stamina feature, but that will limit the max volume and make the speaker really quiet.
XB90 can go up to 103dB which is not comparable to SOUNDBOKS 2 or DiamondBoxx XL, but it’s pretty loud. If you are about to make a large party, you will need at least 2 (preferably four). The only problem is that the sound becomes distorted (because of too much bass) at high volumes. It’s still bassy but the mids are muddied.
Bassy sound – perfect for parties
This speaker is made for parties and it’s tuned to be bassy. Even without Extra Bass, the lows are punchy and powerful. The mids and highs are recessed and lack some clarity. The mids are pretty clear at low volumes, but when you crank it up, the bass becomes too strong and it tends to overshadow a great portion of the midrange.
Comes with 2 apps – Fiestable and Sony Music App
You don’t really need Fiestable. It’s used only for some DJ sound effects. I mean, it’s fun at first, but it’s not really useful. If you want to adjust the lighting (change colors) or make EQ adjustments, you should use the Sony Music app.
The speakerphone feature was not really necessary since this is a party speaker, but it’s useful and works as it’s supposed to.
Things we don’t like
Not as rugged as some other party Bluetooth speakers
To be honest, the construction quality is on par with the price and it’s pretty good when you compare it to other large speakers at this price point. We just don’t think it’s on par with other speakers of the same size. It’s not rugged, the grille doesn’t seem thick enough, and the speaker is not waterproof.
It lacks digital inputs and AUX input
You won’t find any digital inputs on the rear panel. Also, you won’t find AUX input (which is one of the most common inputs), but you can always connect your audio source with an AUX output (mp3 player, for example) to the speaker via 3.5mm to RCA cable.
12. Altec Lansing ALP-XP800 Xpedition 8
Loudest waterproof Bluetooth speaker
Things we like
The speaker has the same basic shape as the XB90 with a slightly upward-angled enclosure. In our opinion, XB90 has a little bit more sophisticated look, while the Xpedition 8 features more rugged and more robust design. What makes Xpedition 8 really interesting is the light show, which is basically the same as the XB90’s light show.
This is one of the features that make Xpedition 8 really special. Some of the previous speakers were rugged and durable, but Xpedition 8 is one of the rare speakers that’s actually completely waterproof and dustproof and it has IP67 certificate to confirm that. On top of all that, Xpedition 8 can float. So, if you accidentally drop it into the pool, or if you throw it intentionally, it won’t sink to the bottom.
The control buttons are nicely arranged, responsive, and very simple to use. You won’t be able to adjust the bass, treble, or midrange or to play with different EQ modes/presets, but you can always install some EQ app and change the sound signature with your phone.
You can pair your phone with the Xpedition 8 wirelessly via Bluetooth. The advertised range is around 100ft (it gets shorter with obstacles and interference but you should be able to get at least 50ft). If your phone features NFC, you can simply tap the NFC logo on the speaker and you will be paired in seconds. The speaker also supports daisy chaining. You can pair two Xpedition 8 speakers and get a louder sound. You cannot pair multiple speakers together and you cannot choose between stereo and party mode when two speakers are paired together.
The battery capacity is 5,000mAh. It’s significantly larger than the battery inside GTK-XB90 and it can deliver 14h of playback at moderate volumes (40-50%) if the lights are turned off. You can get up to 5 hours at 80% volume (with the lights on), which is pretty good. It’s not recommended to go over 80% or 90% volume – the distortion becomes really noticeable, especially in BEAST mode.
USB charge out port
This is a nice and useful feature. It’s not the most important one, obviously, but it’s better to have it than not to. In case your phone runs out of juice, you can always open that waterproof cap on the back side, and charge it.
Who doesn’t like the lights? The light show is similar to XB90 and it’s really fun to look at. If you don’t want to buy or rent lighting equipment for your parties, buying a speaker (or speakers) with built-in lights is a convenient and cost-effective option.
When it comes to loudness, this one doesn’t come close to SOUNDBOKS 2 or DiamondBoxx XL, but it’s still pretty loud. We’ve pushed it to 106dB. That’s the point when the distortion kicks in really hard. There was 10-15% of volume left and you can definitely get a few more dBs if you crank it up, but the distortion is really noticeable.
Things we don’t like
It lacks mic input
If you are into karaoke, this is not the speaker for you since it doesn’t have a mic input. If you are looking for a large, loud, and portable karaoke speaker with lights, you should check out Sony GTK-XB90.
13. JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
Loudest portable JBL speaker
Things we like
JBL Boombox is basically a supersized JBL Charge. It basically features the same kind of recognizable cylindrical shape. The only difference is that the Boombox has a handle. It’s very likable, just like all the previous JBL portable speakers.
Impressive construction quality (IPX7-certified)
As we’ve said, the whole speaker is wrapped in waterproof fabric which protects the drivers and other internal components. This fabric makes the speaker fully waterproof (IPX7-certified). It also makes it perfect for pool parties and outdoor parties in general. It’s maybe not as rugged as Xpedition 8, but it looks solid and very durable.
The control buttons look the same as control buttons on other JBL speakers. They are responsive and simple to use. You don’t even have to read the manual – everything is pretty much self-explanatory.
JBL Boombox utilizes Bluetooth 4.2 with a 50ft range (under ideal conditions – line of sight). The connection is stable and strong. The pairing is done in a few seconds. Quick pairing (NFC) is not supported.
Wireless daisy chaining
In case you have two or more JBL Boombox speakers, you can pair them wirelessly and play the music in stereo or party mode. Theoretically, you can connect more than 100 JBL Connect+ speakers (not only 2 or multiple JBL Boomboxes).
Additional AUX input for non-Bluetooth devices
If you want to connect your mp3 player or some other non-Bluetooth device, you can use that AUX input located beneath the flap. It’s important to remember that the speaker is not waterproof if the rubber flap is open.
Very large battery – excellent playtime
This is one of the biggest highlights of this speaker. The manufacturer packed a huge 20Ah battery inside the Boombox. Thanks to such a large battery, you will get approx. 22h at 50% volume and up to 10h at max volume. The recharge takes 6-7 hours.
USB powerbank ports
JBL Boombox features 2 powerbank ports, which means that you can charge two phones and listen to music at the same time.
The speakerphone feature is not really that important for a party speaker, but it can be useful sometimes. The mic delivers satisfying performance.
It comes with the JBL Connect app
You can use this app to choose between stereo and party mode when two speakers are paired wirelessly. Also, you can use it to pair multiple Boomboxes together and you can use it to control the playback and change/select the sound mode (indoor or outdoor).
JBL Boombox can’t compete with the monster speakers (SOUNDBOKS 2, DiamondBoxx XL), but it can be pretty loud and it’s comparable to other speakers within the price range. We have managed to get 101dB at approx. 90% volume. Anything higher/louder than that will cause too much distortion. Even before you reach 90% (somewhere around 70%), you will notice some distortion.
Things we don’t like
It doesn’t deliver 360-degree sound
In a way, the shape of this speaker implies that it can deliver 360-degree sound, but that’s not going to happen because all the drivers are located on the front panel.
14. ION Audio Tailgater (iPA77)
Loudest PA Bluetooth speaker
Things we like
Simple boxy design
There’s nothing flashy about the design. It’s black and it’s boxy. If you prefer something fancier or something with lights, you should look elsewhere and, you should probably pay more.
Pretty good construction quality
iPA77 is not the most durable speaker on the market but it’s pretty rugged. The enclosure is thick and hard, and every corner is reinforced with aluminum which is a simple but important detail. Unlike some other outdoor speakers, this one is not waterproof/dustproof which could be a deal breaker for some buyers. All in all, the build quality is actually quite impressive considering the price.
iPA77 utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 with up to 100ft range. The speaker also supports fast pairing (NFC feature). It doesn’t support multipoint pairing and you can’t pair two or multiple speakers together for louder sound, but that’s not you should expect at this price point.
AUX input for non-Bluetooth devices + MIC input
If you want to connect a non-Bluetooth device, you can use the AUX input and if you want to throw a karaoke party, you can connect your mic to the MIC input. The manufacturer was thoughtful enough to include one wired microphone. It’s not the best mic you could get, but it’s good enough for occasional use.
The battery is pretty good. It has the capacity of 5Ah and it can deliver up to 35 hours at moderate volumes. You will get less than 8h at full volume. Our only complaint regarding the battery is that the manufacturer used Lead-acid battery and not Li-ion (we will discuss this in the next section).
USB powerbank port
There’s one powerbank port on the control panel and you can use it to charge various devices.
AM/FM tuner is one of the common features of ION Audio speakers. Most of us are probably more into internet radio and podcasts than into old-school radios, but there’s at least 5% of people that like doing things the old way and they will know to appreciate this feature.
iPA77 is pretty loud for its size. It can go up to 99dB without too much distortion. It can actually be a little bit louder than that, but the distortion becomes really noticeable, almost distracting around 100dB.
Things we don’t like
No EQ presets/settings
This is not a big issue since you can always download and install some EQ app from the App Store and play with sound.
Poor AM/FM reception
Well, this actually depends on your location. There’s a lot of static noise, especially in the AM spectrum. FM is significantly better and we’ve been able to find 15 perfectly clear stations.
Q: Which portable speakers are the loudest?
A: Our top choices when it comes to loudest portable speakers are the SOUNDBOKS 2 (or the upgraded NEW SOUNDBOKS), DiamondBoxx Model XL, and Teufel Rockster.
Q: What is the best loud Bluetooth speaker?
A: That depends on your preferences and a specific set of features you are looking for. Do you need it to be rugged, do you need the longest possible battery life, do you want a speaker with lights? Do you want a party speaker with a bass-heavy sound or a speaker with a more balanced sound reproduction?
If you want a party speaker, any of the speakers mentioned above (SOUNDOKS, DiamondBox XL, Teufel Rockster) will do the job. They are all incredibly loud, very rugged, and battery-operated. If you want the longest battery life SOUNBOKS (either SOUNDBOKS 2 or NEW SOUNDBOKS) is the best option but Diamond Box XL and Teufel Rockster are also great.
If you want a large party speaker with lights, your best options are Sony GTKXB90, Altec Xpedition 8, JBL PartyBox 1000, and ION Audio Road Warrior.
If you prefer more balanced and more detailed sound, you should try Marshall Woburn or Aiwa Exos-9.
Q: How can I make my speaker louder?
A: You can’t really make your speaker louder than it is. You could try playing with the EQ settings on your source device and create a sound signature that can be perceived as louder. You could also try moving the speaker around and placing it closer to the wall to increase the bass response. However, you can’t increase the max SPL of a speaker. In some cases, you can pair two speakers (or more speakers) and that would give you a few more decibels. Only some speakers support this feature (wireless or wired daisy-chaining) – NEW SOUNDBOKS, Aiwa Exos-9, Xpedition 8, JBL PartyBox, Sony XB90.
Q: How many Watts is good for a speaker?
A: There’s no definite answer to that question. As mentioned in the introduction, wattage itself won’t tell you how loud a speaker can be. Comparing only wattages of two speakers, won’t tell you which one is louder. You have to take the sensitivity of the speakers into account, too.
For example, a 500W speaker with 90dB sensitivity will have higher max SPL (it will be louder) than a 1000W speaker with 86dB sensitivity. The loudest speakers on our list have more than 200W RMS. Teufel Rockster has 440W RMS and DiamondBox XL has 560W RMS.
Q: How can you tell how loud a Bluetooth speaker is?
A: If you want to know the exact value of the max sound pressure level (aka max loudness or max SPL), you can either calculate the max SPL or measure the loudness with a sound level meter (aka decibel meter). In some cases, the manufacturers publish the max SPL levels (but that rarely happens).
If you want to calculate the max SPL, you have to know the wattage (peak power output value) and the sensitivity of a speaker. You can use the method explained in the introduction.
If you don’t have both values, you can only measure the loudness. If you are trying to compare the loudness of two speakers, try to perform the measuring under the same circumstances (same distance between the sound level meter and the speaker, same room, same measuring equipment).
Hello, my name is James Longman.
I’m a writer and editor at AudioReputation. I disassembled my first portable AM/FM radio when I was only 8. At the age of 11, I burned the circuit board on my old boombox cassette player. I’m not going to explain how but it was reckless and stupid.
Since then, I have become much more careful around radios, boomboxes, and other audio devices (at least, I like to think so) but I have never lost the passion for audio equipment. Throughout 20 years of my professional career, I’ve been working for various audio equipment manufacturers and even started building speakers on my own in my little workshop.
I love the work we do here at AudioReputation. Testing, comparing, and evaluating all kinds of audio devices (speakers, soundbars, headphones, home theater systems, etc.) is something I truly enjoy. I try to be unbiased and give you my honest opinion on every piece of equipment I test. Still, you should take my reviews with a pinch of salt and always be just a little bit skeptical. The fact that I liked some speaker or soundbar doesn’t mean that you are going to love it. If you have the opportunity, you should test it/hear it before buying it.