The boom in small and portable Bluetooth speakers is over. The ranks of smart loudspeakers such as the Homepod, Amazon-Echo or Google-Home have been overtaken the little roaring cubes. Nevertheless, conventional Bluetooth speakers still have a right to exist. After all, the smart relatives are not as mobile as they usually depend on an existing WiFi connection.
Features such as watertightness or a particularly robust construction are also missing and ensure that everyone who does not want to do without their music library for sound outside, needs another Bluetooth speaker.
Table of Contents
- Bluetooth speakers: Flexible companions
- Bluetooth -Speakers: what should you look out for when buying?
- Anker Soundcore Boost
- Bose Soundlink Mini II Special Edition
- JBL Flip 5
- JBL Xtreme 3
- Marshall Stockwell II
- Sonos Move
- Sony SRS-XB12
- Sonos Roam
- Devil Boomster Go
- Devil Rockster Cross
- Tribit Maxsound Plus
- Ultimate Ears Boom 3
- Bluetooth speakers: The most important questions and answers
Bluetooth speakers: Flexible companions
Bluetooth speakers can be used in very different ways. Whether it’s a party in your own four walls or a barbecue in the park: Bluetooth speakers make it possible to enjoy music together.
The practical thing about the portable speakers is that they are powered by a rechargeable battery and can therefore be taken anywhere. Some of the boxes tested even offer a power bank mode that can be used to charge the smartphone on the go if it runs out. Almost all of the devices we tested are at least compact enough to fit in your backpack. Despite the comparatively small dimensions, some of the Bluetooth boxes offer a surprisingly good and powerful sound.
Bluetooth speakers: What should you look out for when buying?
Regardless of whether you are now interested in very cheap speakers or higher-priced ones – you should consider a few aspects before buying right. For one thing, the size of the boxes themselves plays a role. If you only want to operate the loudspeaker in your own four walls, it can be a bit bigger – provided that it then delivers a correspondingly better sound. However, if the speaker is to be part of the park from time to time, a more compact model is ideal. Speaking of portability: The battery life also plays a major role.
One of the main selection criteria for Buying such a box is of course the audio quality. Even if we give you information about the sound of the speakers we tested, that’s quite subjective. What we like doesn’t have to sound good to your ears. If possible, you should try the speakers for yourself. Pay particular attention to how the sound quality is at lower volumes – this is much more informative with regard to the sound quality of a speaker than the full droning.
Anker Soundcore Boost
The soundcore Boost from Anker offers sufficient sound for such a small box. The performance of 20 watts is just as impressive as the running time of around twelve hours. This Bluetooth speaker from Anker is waterproof and allows you to adjust the bass at the touch of a button.
A special feature of the Soundcore Boost: It can also be used as a power bank for charging mobile devices via USB cable. The box has an AUX connection.
• Per: 12 hours of playtime, waterproof, power bank mode, low price
• Cons: Sound could be better
• Price: 60 euro*
The Soundlink Mini from Bose is also one of the long-established Bluetooth speakers. The original model appeared in 2013 and the Soundlink Mini II followed in 2015. In 2019, Bose launched the Soundlink Mini II Special Edition instead of a Soundlink Mini 3. In contrast to the very solid predecessor, not too much has changed. The innovations include a USB-C connection and a slightly improved runtime to twelve hours.
In contrast to many of the other speakers presented here, this speaker is less suitable for outdoor use and its advantages primarily come into play indoors. The Soundlink Mini II Special Edition is impressive in terms of sound. Only at higher volume does the bass get a little out of hand.
• Per: USB-C, Multipoint Bluetooth
• Cons: Price too high for what is offered, only partially suitable for outdoor use
• Price : 110 euros
JBL Flip 5
For the low price of just under 100 euros, the sound of the JBL Flip 5 is definitely convincing. The speaker is waterproof and also quite robust. The Flip’s battery lasts around twelve hours and, thanks to USB-C, is fully charged again after a little over two hours. Two devices can be linked to a stereo system.
• Per: USB-C, low price
• Cons: More sufficient Sound
• Price: 90 euros
Tip : Also not a bad figure makes the JBL Flip Essential. This Bluetooth speaker is also waterproof and comes close to its big brother, the Flip 5, in terms of battery life. The box is always on sale at Amazon and costs regularly around 60 euro*. Twice as much battery life, better sound and the integration of a power bank are available with the JBL Charge 5 – but also for around 170 euros .
JBL Xtreme 3
Even the predecessor JBL Xtreme 2 impressed not only with a balanced sound, the quality of which remained constant even at maximum volume. This makes the loudspeaker suitable for both outdoor use and large rooms. As is usual with many boxes, two devices can be linked via app to provide stereo sound.
The battery of the Xtreme 2 only ran out of power after about 19 hours in our test. For the JBL Xtreme 3, however, the manufacturer specifies a battery life of 15 hours. This time there is also a USB-C connection on board.
• Per: Great sound, waterproof, power bank mode, battery life
• Cons: Heavy
• Price: 240 euros
Marshall Stockwell II
As usual with Marshall Bluetooth speakers, the design of the Stockwell II is based on the manufacturer’s amplifiers. The workmanship is absolutely convincing: metal mesh and silicone ensure a robust exterior. The sound of the Marshall Stockwell II convinced us in the test. Only at higher volume did the bass decrease noticeably.
The Stockwell II offers aptX and a Total running time of just under 20 hours. Marshall has also given the box a kind of fast charging mode, which guarantees up to six hours of operation with 20 minutes of charging time.
• Pro: aptX, solid Processing, fast charge mode