A decade or two ago, when we started making our first steps into the 21st century, portable music was limited to one person only. Portable music meant exclusivity: you could only play it on a cassette Walkman, or a Discman, and sharing was only possible if you had those little in-ear headphones, so you could give one to your friend.
And that was it – you could share your music with one person only, at the expense of one ear. And if the music was in stereo, that meant that neither you, nor your friend could listen to the song completely.
Fast forward some fifteen years into the future, and we can see how drastically things have changed. First we got smartphones – those little devices that changed our lives completely. They came equipped with small speakers – questionable in quality and in power, but at least it was a step forward. At least we could play our favorite tunes on the streets, at picnics, in the classrooms and where not, to an audience to more than just one person.
Before that, getting a speaker outside of the house meant either buying a portable cassette player with loudspeakers, or buying a complete sound system and those, although portable, weren’t convenient.
Now we have portable speakers, little wireless devices capable of producing quality sound for an extended period of time that cost fairly little money and bring our favorite tunes outside.
iFox has a speaker that produces a clear and powerful sound. It’s loud enough to throw a dance party in the open space. It’s wireless, and requires no installation. Only one switch is needed, and after just a few seconds it’s ready to go. Besides the Bluetooth technology, the iFox speaker also has an AUX line, meaning you can play songs from your older mp3 players that don’t have Bluetooth technology. It also has a built-in slot for a miniSD card. This means that in case you forgot your phone at home, or it ran out of battery, you can take the miniSD card and play songs from the speaker – directly.
The iFox’s speaker also has a built-in FM radio tuner, so there are plenty of choices which music to listen on this device. It’s lightweight and can be carried round the house, kitchen, garden, car, beach, boat, park, or picnic with ease.
It can be easily connected to Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora and Music Hub for a wide variety of music choices, and can be bought on Amazon for as low as $39.33.
Bolse stereo speaker is technology’s latest cry: it features two powerful 40mm drivers and a large speaker cavity which brings excellent sound. Even though the speakers are tiny, it’s powerful and can fill any room with rich audio.
Bolse features two powerful 6W 40mm drivers that give you a total 12W of sound power.
The unit comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery which offers up to eight hours of playback on a single charge.
But perhaps one of the greatest features of this portable speaker is that it has, besides Bluetooth technology, NFC technology (near-field communication).
It’s also one of the cheaper units on the market, priced at $39.99 with free shipping.
You want life-like quality? You want deep sound? Anker’s got you covered.
To get all the great features of Anker listed here, we’d need a book, and not a single article. However, we’ll focus only on a few of the greatest features of this unit.
First of all, Anker is a box-designed speaker which comes equipped with a 4W / 2in driver and bass port, meaning it will produce some quality bass tones. Like electro, or house music? This speaker is for you.
Anker also comes with a 2100mAh Li-ion battery, which is stronger than some smartphones on the market. And unlike those smartphones, Anker doesn’t have a huge touchscreen that soaks up all the battery life – the speaker can live for up to 20 hours on a single charge.
It’s compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices (2.1 and over), and also comes with a 3.5mm audio port for non-Bluetooth devices.
It’s retail price is $79.99, but can be bought on Amazon for as low as $39.99.
Brightech’s Remix5 is designed primarily for outdoor use: It’s a rough-and-tumble, splash resistant Bluetooth speaker which makes a great companion for sunny days on the beach, by the pool, at a camping trip, or even in the kitchen.
It comes equipped with NFC technology; it gives you the power to “one-touch.” It’s easy to bond your speaker with Bluetooth devices or stream sound from your iPod and smartphone.
The unit is very lightweight: it weighs only eight ounces, but is capable of producing sound up to six hours on a single charge. And the last, but definitely not the least, Brightech’s Remix5 comes with a three-year satisfaction guarantee, which means that if you’re not satisfied with the quality of the sound, you can return it and get your money back. It doesn’t even have to be broken.
This one is for all those living the crazy lifestyle. MeGooDo EARSON is both waterproof and shockproof, meaning you can play music while under rain, you can toss it into the river or pool, throw it around and still get the best possible sound out of it.
It has two speakers capable of producing 2W of power and has a 1500 mA/h Li-ion rechargeable battery lasting up to five hours.
It’s easily connected to all Bluetooth-enabled devices, and also comes with an aux jack, meaning it can be connected to older devices without Bluetooth.
MeGooDo EARSON is also one of the cheapest portable speakers out there, with the retail price of $28.99.