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THE BEST Speakers
iHome’s playful Bluetooth speakers are designed to look like drink flasks. They’re made using metal, so they feel like real flasks, but pack in a speaker, rechargeable battery, and microphone for phone calls. Save 64% on the larger iBT32 speaker in The Awesomer Shop.
Marshall’s beefiest portable speaker offers up to 20 hours of play time on the go, while kicking out plenty of volume to keep the party going all night. It features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, a sturdy carrying strap, and both front and rear drivers to produce a 360º soundfield.
POW’s portable wireless speaker has a couple of nifty features: it can attach to the back of your smartphone using a magnetic mount, and its body is expandable, offering a fuller sound when you want it. The mount also includes a wallet module for times when you’re not carrying the speaker.
The Bose Home Speaker 300 is the little brother of the Home Speaker 500. Like its predecessor, it can be used solo or as part of a multi-room setup with other Bose or AirPlay 2-compatible speakers. It provides 360º sound and booming bass in a compact size. Drops 6/4/19 for $260.
Thomas & Darden’s Kube outdoor speaker has a 350W digital amplifier that allows it to pump out a bone rattling 122dB of sound. It also has a 35L insulated cooler compartment. It can connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or 3.5mm input. It lasts up to 50h per charge and has a USB charging port.
Camino Audio’s upcoming Star Wars Bluetooth speaker is a life-size bust of Darth Vader, complete with his chest computer and a clenched fist. Inside are two 2″ tweeters, two 2.75″ full-range drivers, and one 4″ woofer. It also has four 2.1A USB charging ports at the back.
There are lots of really cheap speakers out there, and most of them sound like garbage. YouTuber Jisaku kōbō shows us how a pair of $3 speakers can sound much, much better when placed into a pair of proper wooden enclosures. Of course, skilled labor is the real cost here.
Cavalier Audio’s Air is a Bluetooth speaker and device charger wrapped in a beautiful leather and wood case. It supports Amazon Alexa and can also connect via Wi-Fi to various streaming services. It also has a USB charging port. Sadly, it doesn’t have a 3.5mm input.
Carry your favorite tunes everywhere with this durable Bluetooth speaker. It’s IPX6 rated to resist splashes, and rubberized to cushion shocks. Plays for up to 24 hours at 80% volume too. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MADNESS15. (through 3/31/19)
Logitech’s 2.0 speakers have looks and sound quality well above their price tag. Their Easy Switch technology conveniently lets you swap sound between a wired device and up to two devices paired via Bluetooth. They also have motion-activated touch controls.
Based on the highly-advanced power armor from the wasteland, this blacked-out Bluetooth wireless speaker is sure to make a statement sitting on your desktop. It stands 7″ tall, and features a gesture control system, much like the one you’d find in a 6-figure BMW.
Q Acoustics’ Concept 300 speakers marry form with function. Its beautiful cabinet and tripod stand are designed to eliminate vibration, with technologies such as a gel separating each speaker cabinet’s layers and springs on the stand mount. Drops 3/2019 for $4,499.
This waterproof LED lantern doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with 360º sound. Its 4400 mAh battery offers up to 24 hours of light, or can recharge gadgets too. Its 400 lumen light source has 5 modes including bright white, red, color fade, music synced, and emergency.
The Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is as thin and light as a smartphone. It’s just 0.43″ thick yet packs a battery that lasts up to 8h. It’s compatible with Siri and Google Assistant and pairs via Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and USB-C. Drops 3/2019 for $149. More here.
This high-fidelity audio system offers everything you need to fill a room with big and bold sound. It’s got six drivers, including dual 8″ subwoofers, 280 total watts of amplification, has a built-in AM/FM radio, and supports Bluetooth, 3.5mm, and digital optical inputs.
Klipsch’s stylish The Three Bluetooth speaker now comes with Google Assistant. Use it for voice control, connect to your smart devices and search for the weather, news and more. It still has the same room-filling stereo sound and mid-century modern design.