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Sony - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Description

Pump up the party with the dynamic sound of the SRS-XP700 Portable Wireless Speaker. Sony’s unique X-Balanced Speaker units power MEGA BASS and multi-directional sound that sounds incredible from anywhere, even from behind the speaker. Keep the good times going all day and night with up to 25 hours of battery life plus USB-C quick charging.

13 Features
  • Unleash your inner pop star: Plug in a microphone or a guitar via the mic/guitar with dual inputs in the rear port. When connecting a guitar, the XP700 can be used as a guitar amp.
  • USB play & charge: Plug your smartphone or media device into one of the rear USB ports and play music while it charges via the speaker’s power supply. You can also plug a USB memory stick or flash drive into a USB port to play your digital files.
  • Portable, easy-to-carry design: The built-in handle makes it easy to take the XP700 with you and enjoy music anywhere you go.
  • IPX4 Splash-resistant design: With an IPX4 splash resistance rating, the XP700 speaker can stand up to splashes and spills, so you can enjoy the party with no worries.
  • Stand it up or place it on its side: Whether the speaker is placed horizontally or vertically, a built-in sensor optimizes audio accordingly to maintain sound quality.
  • All-day battery life with quick charging plus Battery Care: Keep the party going with up to 25 hours of battery life on a single charge, and USB-C quick charging gives you up to 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charge time.
  • BLUETOOTH wireless connectivity: BLUETOOTH streaming connectivity makes it simple to stream your party playlist from your Bluetooth-enabled media device.
  • Fiestable app: Download the Fiestable app to control the lighting and turn it on/off. You can also use motion control gestures on your smartphone screen.
  • Bring your music to life with indirect illumination: Give your party a fresh, modern look with the indirect illumination lighting concept of the XP700. The colorful, inviting glow of the LEDs make it a perfect fit for both parties and everyday use.
  • Get things booming with Party Connect: Enjoy the same song, multiplied, with Party Connect. Connect up to 100 wireless speakers with BLUETOOTH technology and the music and lights sync up so everyone dances to the same beat. Set a random pattern or set the lights to blink in a circle.
  • Control the party with the Sony Music Center app: Control the party from the dance floor with the Sony Music Center app. Select your favorite playlists, cue the next song, change lighting patterns and sound modes, and more.
  • Enjoy powerful sound anywhere: With a mid-range speaker for vocal clarity, front and rear tweeters for multi-directional sound, and X-Balanced speaker units for deep, punchy MEGA BASS, the XP700 speaker is tuned to enjoy all different genres of music.
  • X-Balanced speaker units enhance sound quality and provide deep bass: A unique, Sony-developed speaker unit allows for deep, punchy MEGA BASS and higher sound levels while maintaining clarity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cupra, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely Stunning Performance, So Much Bass!

    This Sony SRS-XP700 Portable Bluetooth Speaker has blown me away. Even from the moment I hit the power button, and the warm, deep welcome tone sounded, I sensed this speaker was going to be good.

    Linking to my phone couldn't have been easier, press the bluetooth button on top for 5 or so seconds and then look for it in the bluetooth setting on your phone. Fired up a recent favorite of mine 'Hurt - by One Desire'. The bass was instantly punchy, you could feel it in your chest and your furniture! I was not expecting so much bass from a completely wireless bluetooth speaker. And it is constant bass, it doesn't fade as you turn it up. There appears to be some kind of witchcraft going on inside this speaker!

    The set up consists of front and rear tweeters for room filling, omnidirectional sound, and x-balanced main speaker units combined with Sony's infamous 'MEGA BASS™' system providing a pounding soundtrack. This speaker handles all genres of music thrown at it with ease. The x-balanced speakers are a unique Sony development that enable to keep the bass punch at higher volumes, without sacrificing clarity.

    I have a very open living room with 22ft ceilings, and this speaker absolutely fills the space with a hall like sound, at only half volume. And the beauty is, that being omnidirectional, the sound is everywhere, you can walk around the house and while you know where the speaker is, it is not 'obvious'. There is just sound in the room.

    The speaker does come with a power cord, so you can run it plugged in, but if you want to take it away from the electrical grid, the internal battery lasts for around 25 hours, without compromising the sound quality or that incredible bass. And if you need to 'top it off', a quick 10 minute charge gives you an additional 3 hours of playback time. Great charging technology included in this astounding speaker. There is a button in the center on the back that when pressed gives you a voice prompt of the battery life.

    Along the handle and the base are discrete LED lights that dance and flash along with the music, but they are also completely controllable using the Sony 'Fiestable' app which is a downloadable companion. Install the app and then you can go in and change all sorts of settings on the speaker for full LED control. You an also sync to your phone to use it as an additional light source. You can turn the LEDs off with a button on the back, or using the app.

    And talking of apps, download the Sony Music Center app for complete control of the speaker. You can adjust many settings from the app, including the MEGABASS, Live and Custom equalizer to tune the speaker to your liking control over Bass, Mids and Treble exactly as you want it. You can also see a complete and accurate battery life indicator here.

    On the back under the IPX4 rated cover, there are controls for gain and volume to use this speaker as a karaoke speaker or as a guitar amp, to make this speaker a complete all rounder. Imagine that - hook up your guitar and just take it wherever you want for a full days worth of sound. There are two USB ports under that cover as well, so you can bring your own flash drive with music on it, OR you can create a wired connection to your phone, which not only gives you audio clarity, but also charges your phone from the internal battery. This speaker is so versatile!

    On the top are some simple buttons to play/pause, connect to bluetooth, turn on/ff and control the MEGABASS. These are rubberized to maintain its water resistance. This speaker is NOT waterproof, but water resistant so it can be used near a pool without fear of it being splashed, or having drinks spilled on it. But it cannot be submersed in a pool for example. And also on top is a long slot, which is designed as an iPad/iPhone stand for when you want to have full control using the apps, or if you want to use the speaker in Karaoke mode. A useful addition to the top of the speaker.

    Inside the speaker is a motion sensor, and it has rubber feet on the base, but also along one side. When you change the orientation of the speaker, the speaker adapts and switches the orientation of the tweeter output to maintain it's phenomenal sound. There is a slight pause in the music as the sensor adjusts (half a second) so that you know the sound orientation has changed.

    You can pair this speaker to another one, and assign it a left and right channel, to give full stereo sound, OR just use them both as a 'party chain' to fill an even larger space with sound and light.

    As far as portability, yes, it is completely wireless, but with it's internal battery and unique speakers system, this speaker is not light at a little over 37lbs including the battery. You will be using both carry handles as you move it around. But all in all, I think that is a small price to pay for the incredible sound and stamina that this speaker has.

    The Summary:

    This is absolutely, the BEST wireless, bluetooth, portable speaker I have ever used. I've been blown away by it from day one, the sound is incredible, clear, strong and very bass heavy, which I personally love, it's so versatile and acts as a 'complete system'. Highly recommended!

    Jun 15, 2021 07:50
  • Review by YourMainDude, 10 out of 10
    Big Sound - Great Bass

    The Sony SRS-XP700 portable blue tooth speaker comes in at a nearly 38 pounds and in the upright position, stands nearly 28 inches tall. Does it have a handle so it can be lifted and moved? Surely. Can it run for a phenomenal 25 hours on battery? Absolutely! Would I call it portable? I suppose. But honestly, this thing is a beast and for most people, grabbing it by the handle and moving it around - easily - from location to location isn't going to be fun.

    With that out of the way, the build quality is ALL Sony. Behind the speaker grille is a solid array of drivers that produce the massive sound field. The protected rear port panel is stout and it's protective cover easily swings down, out of the way. In there you will find the AC power cord port, two USB parts, two quarter inch jack inputs - one strictly for a microphone and another that can be switched from microphone to guitar input - and both jacks with separate, dedicated gain controls. Lastly, there is a audio input 3.5mm mini-jack port, to be used for any auxiliary input you choose - even something as rudimentary as hard wiring a smart phone instead of connecting with blue tooth. Above this access panel are buttons to control three features of the SRS-XP700 if you want immediate access without resorting to the Sony Music Center mobile app; party connect pairing, battery care and lighting. Handy for basic connections but if you're using a phone to source your music or streams, load Music Center - it's a well-designed, mature mobile app and gives you complete control over the speaker. I personally give Sony mobile apps the high possible recommendations because they are simply designed & supported brilliantly.

    Pairing the XP700 was a breeze and went off without a hitch. The controls on the top of the unit have nicely presented LED indicators, with a soft but not overpowering glow to them. The Sony SRS-XP700 has an IPX4 water resistance rating that should provide plenty of protection for light spills or light rain - but don't plan on leaving this beast outdoors in the element for any length of time... it's not water proof!

    The sound quality is absolutely no-compromise and I found that the fidelity at moderate to loud playing levels to be just fine without the need to enable Mega Bass. Sound quality is quite subjective and is not only influenced by one’s own personal sense of hearing but also the environment the equipment it located in - but for me - Mega Bass was only needed at lowered volumes levels, for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. When played more 'loudly', Mega Bass was simply just too BOOMY for my tastes. Your personal preferences may vary.

    The lighting elements (horizontal bars) are located at the top and bottom of the unit. They are fairly diffused and not over-the-top. But the color theme options are a bit underwhelming and to me – uninspiring.

    I don't own microphones but I do own an electric guitar - and the input with the guitar plugged in directly was fine, full and clear. I did notice some slight added distortion when using an effects processing box between the guitar and the SRS-XP700, but that's OK. I don't consider this to a replacement for a traditional guitar amplifier - but it does work in pinch.

    Over all I think the SRS-XP700 is a masterfully crafted blue tooth power-house, that offers a great omni directional sound field and plenty of 'punch' for even really large settings or gatherings. I never felt wanting for more treble, mid-range or bass. No matter if it was more run-of-the-mill MP3 sources, high quality FLAC files and even a multitude of streaming channels ... everything was loud, clear and enjoyable. The battery life is phenomenal considering it's size but I would recommend that you turn the lighting off for anticipated, long playing sessions. And to be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of the lights in general anyhow... but that's just me.

    Pros:

    High fidelity, large room filling or large outdoor space sound

    Well-appointed and positioned ports; more than adequate and with the USB ports - a great way to keep the device supplying the source sound powered at all times

    That build quality that only Sony can do; understated but stylish

    The ability to take microphone AND guitar inputs

    Very capable cordless operation with that humongous, built-in battery rated for up to 25 hours

    Very simple and straight-forward, moisture protected buttons across the top panel and along the rear for quick manual control

    Easy pairing and quick connections each and every time

    Can be laid down if preferred or if your ‘environment’ demands it; but only on one side

    The Music Center app

    Notables:

    Uninspiring lighting

    It is heavy, so just know that going into it before you buy

    Cons:

    None

    High Recommended

    Jun 21, 2021 22:10
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    A great entertainment companion

    I’ve used a variety of Sony speakers over the years. They have consistently been reliable accessories for me to connect to for music entertainment. So, when I saw this larger variation available, I decided to add it to our collection. It seemed to be the perfect companion for our newly remodeled patio. After investing quite a bit of money into getting our patio set up for entertaining guests and lounging around in the evening, we wanted to make sure we had a speaker for music to match.

    The speaker is quite easy to get started with. When you first turn it on, it enters Bluetooth mode (indicated by the flashing Bluetooth logo) and you can select it from your Bluetooth menu on your phone, tablet, or other device you are connecting from. Within a few seconds of getting the speaker out of its box, we were playing tunes thru it. There was a decent amount of battery life already on the speaker out of the box and after playing it for several hours, it still had about 50% left. I have yet to test the full 25-hour battery life it boasts, but I haven’t had any issues with the speaker being powered when I need it.

    I love that you have additional options for connecting to the speaker aside from wirelessly. Users have the option of plugging USB memory sticks for flash drives into the rear USB port to play digital files, too. This port can also be used to charge your phone (or other device) from the speaker while you are streaming audio from it. In addition to that, the speaker can be used as an amp or PA, too. There are mic/guitar dual inputs in the rear port.

    The XP700 is quite a hefty party companion. It weighs in at 25 pounds, which is ‘portable’ in a certain sense, but it’s not easy to move large distances without some help. There are also several aspects of the speaker that can be controlled via app. The lighting can be customized, users can connect up to 100 wireless speakers with Party Connect, and the Sony Music Center app helps you to organize your music. It’s a pretty cool set-up for controlling the entertainment.

    While we have taken a lot of care to make sure the speaker is moved into our garage after get-togethers, I’m glad it’s water-resistant. It can withstand light rain and spills from guests - if it happens. We do try very hard to keep the speaker located in an area where guests aren’t gathering though.

    The sound quality is amazing and the volume is outstanding. We had it turned up a couple of times to unbearable volumes and the entire neighborhood could hear it. The bass is well-balanced and everything we played sounded great coming out of it. Several people at our cookouts over the past couple of weeks have commented how nice it was to have music during the events - that everyone could hear. The lights on the speaker are a nice touch, but at times, they seemed underwhelming. I do, however, think this is a great option for anyone who entertains and even for churches, schools, or businesses that host events.

    Jun 06, 2021 14:37
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 10 out of 10
    Powerful, clear sound, w/fun party features

    The SRS-XP700 Portable Wireless Speaker is a beast of a speaker that delivers on the promise of big, hi-def sound on a speaker that’s designed not to be in the background of a party but to take center stage. At nearly 40 lbs and over 2 ft tall when standing up vertically, it’s practically at the margins of what one would consider a “portable Bluetooth speaker,” but packed inside are a pair of Sony's unique X-Balanced woofers which have a square-shaped diaphragm, three front tweeters, a rear tweeter, and 25-hour runtime battery. It can also run off main power if it is plugged in and charging, and just a 10-minute charge can provide up to 3 hours of playback, though a full charge takes approximately 3 hours. The housing is made of a durable, chunky plastic and sports two handles on either side of the speaker grill for carrying and lifting the unit. It can also be placed horizontally on its side, although there are only rubber feet on the bottom and right-hand side of the speaker for laying flat.

    Hidden behind each handle are multi-color LED lights that flash and change to the beat of the music, so you can add a light show to liven up your party. If you want to disable the lights, there is an on/off toggle button on the back of the speaker. The controls on top of the speaker include a power button, Bluetooth pairing button, play/pause, volume control, and ‘Mega Bass’ for adding bass boost. The Play/Pause button also does double duty to skip tracks: double-press for forward and triple-press for back.

    On the back of the speaker, along with the LED light toggle button, are a battery indicator button, which if pressed, the speaker will announce the current remaining battery life in 20% increments, and a “Party Connect” button that allows you to pair and sync other Sony speakers (up to 100!) so that they will all play the same audio and display the same light show simultaneously. Just below those buttons, behind a removable door panel you’ll find two USB ports, the power port for charging, AUX-in port, two ¼” mic input jacks with individual analog volume control knobs; the ¼” jack on the right can be used with an electric guitar by pressing the ‘guitar’ toggle button. In addition to charging your mobile devices, the left USB port can be used as an input source, and you can play audio files stored on the connected device, like a USB drive. The gasket-lined door panel is tethered with two rubber retractable straps, so you can’t misplace it; when it’s closed, the unit remains IPX4 water resistant, and you don’t have to worry if the speakers get splashed with water or rush to cover it if it starts raining.

    Pairing to the speaker is straightforward. Just press the Bluetooth button to enter pairing mode, then select the SRS-XP700 from your device’s Bluetooth menu. Note that for Apple iOS devices, the speaker is only compatible with iOS 10.0 or later. However, the speaker can be paired with up to 2 devices simultaneously (and remember up to 8) but only plays from one at a time. Since the connection is Bluetooth 5.0 there’s virtually no delay between your phone and the speaker, so if you want to watch a movie on your phone but listen to the audio on the XP700, the video and audio are perfectly synced with no noticeable lag. Interestingly enough, you can also prioritize whether or not the Bluetooth sound quality or connection stability is more important to you and switch between “Priority on sound quality” and “Priority on sound connection” modes. On top of the speaker is a 9” long, ½” wide, 5/8” deep groove where you can seat a mobile device like a phone/tablet (without a case) for use as a stand, which works great if you’re streaming from a tablet and want to have lyrics up on the screen for karaoke. Note though that the top of the speaker is tilted back at an angle and not level, so you can’t really place things on top of it and expect them to not slide off.

    As for the audio quality, it is clean and crystal clear even when turned up to max volume with little to no distortion on most tracks. If you have large rooms, open spaces, or are outdoors, the speaker can provide plenty of sound to blanket a large area, but also sounds great at medium to low volume. Toggling on ‘Mega Bass’ mode adds an extra dimension to the lower bass registers with more deep vibrations and low rumbles coming through, though this will consume more battery life faster. You can also press and hold the ‘Mega Bass’ button to swap to ‘Stamina’ mode which disables features like the lights and ‘Mega Bass’ in order to preserve battery life while not impacting the overall sound quality.

    If you download and use the Sony | Music Center and Fiestable apps on a mobile device you can also use additional features like adjusting the equalizer and volume settings, add sound effects, enable ‘Stereo Pair’ mode where you can link the XP700 with a second unit or XP500 and have each speaker play left and right channels separately for better directional 3D sound reproduction, and manually choose the input mode. I didn’t play around a lot with the DJ or motion control functions in the app, but there are also a few “party” functions that let others interact with the speaker from their mobile phones from syncing their screens to display the same colors as the light show to submitting tracks to a “host” shared playlist which play in the order that they are added.

    Overall, this speaker offers a great mix of features for both folks who value quality sound from their Bluetooth speakers and those who wish their speakers could do "more" than just play background music at a party. Its dual mic and instrument input options make this speaker a versatile all-in-one choice as a PA system for solo/duet performances or MC’ing at events, and the ample battery life, fast-charging, and portability factor mean that it can travel, when necessary.

    Jun 21, 2021 17:06
  • Review by Satorikn, 10 out of 10
    Sony was coming back. Now it's here.

    The Sony XP700 is a niche speaker. But when it comes to audio, aren't there so many applications and products that they've all become niches?

    What makes this speaker "niche" is that we're living an era of portability, and while this is a "portable" speaker, this is not something "conveniently loud but portable" you'd bring for a quick picnic at the park, where even my JBL Boombox 2 or my UE Hyperboom was considered huge to some who've believe a JBL Xtreme is as large as it'd get. This is either a "haul, but stays around the house", take it to the backyard, or if have a pool (preferably private one as it gets very loud to annoy others in a community pool). Because if the day comes, and you're taking it to the park, to a friends house for a BBQ, or anywhere else away from your home, it's an event that WILL require planning, and some room in your vehicle.

    Introducing: The Sony SRS XP700. Sony's direct competitor to the JBL Partybox 310, or is it the other way around?

    I read many reviews here and none we're direct comparisons to its only competitor, the JBL PB310. To summarize, i purchased both, listened to them obsessively for a week, kept one and returned the other.

    Looks & Build:

    This speaker is aesthetically pleasing to me. It's got aggressive curves but still looks elegant without making you look like a party animal. Yes it's big, but has a modern touch to it without going far too wild.

    I've never been a fan of lights in speakers. It's a personal preference, yet i really liked the implementation on these ones, something that i didn't like on the PB310 as much.

    I would have much preferred that the handles would have been placed on the rear of the speaker but i understand the design had to do with the lights implementation.

    Both are "splash" resistant IPX4 which means they'll (probably) survive a moderate rain, just don't soak them with a water hose or submerge them.

    Compared to the PB310, which has a retractable handle, and WHEELS, i would have to call it a tie. The build quality is outstanding on both, i like the looks of the XP700 better than the PB310, the 310 looks like a party itself, with Exclamation Marks around (literally), i prefer the low key element of the XP700 over that look, but in this department each has strengths and weaknesses, so i'd call it a tie.

    Sound:

    This is not an audiophile-targeted speaker, can't even call it a "balanced" speaker. It is boomy, even at lower volumes. For indoor use, i had to take the Bass slider on the app to 1/4 of the full bar, and boost the mids and highs so it'd for everyday use and still there's some upper low frequencies that come a little bit strong on the mix due to resonating on enclosed spaces, but don't get me wrong, sounds full and great at all distance, anywhere you're in the house, or in the pool. I've yet to put this thing over 50% volume before i get too self-conscious.

    Comparing the low end of these two speakers, i'd have to give it hands down to the JBL 310. I mean, it's not only louder. It is cleaner and less boomy as it's fuller, it goes deeper (lower frequencies that are just inaudible on the XP700) and i wish they could have made it on the XP700. Why didn't they? I don't know, the sound engineers most likely had a valid reason, probably to save the drivers from themselves or because it'd mud the mix too much. Oh yeah, the MEGABASS feature, or should i call it "gimmick" is something i never see myself using. It's a boost to the upper low frequencies that make the speaker boomier, not bassier, but may be useful for large open spaces like in the middle of a park.

    Now, on the mids and highs, the Sony sounds wider and detailed, while the JBL sounded narrower to me. That extra "omni" rear tweeter helps with the soundstage, and it helps A LOT, and this is something that i appreciate while listening in my living room and walking to the kitchen, the sound is fuller on the XP700 where the 310 gets lost on the bass/low frequencies unless you're listening at higher volumes or head on.

    To pick a winner here would come down to personal preference. If you're a basshead, or plan to throw EDM parties all the time, or are mainly a hip-hop where physical bass/thump is your thing, the PB310 is your choice. It's a physical experience you can feel, it'll be an exciting party.

    On the other hand, the Sony XP700 is a party speaker that will sound phenomenal on most genres, and it's more adjustable (natively) than the JBL PB310, and don't get me wrong, EDM, Hip-Hop and everything else also sounds amazing on this speaker, it's just that for bass-heavy specifics the JBL may have the very slight edge.

    For me, Sony XP700 wins in the sound department, as it allows me to enjoy music with a wider soundstage on a wider selection of genres while enjoying a more detailed sound.

    Controls:

    Physical controls on both speakers are great, straightforward and intuitive. But if we include the App, Sony wins.

    Even if Music Center is not perfect, Sony gives you the option to adjust the sound signature with a paltry 3-band EQ and some "enhancements", JBL gives you NONE. The light customization is straightforward on both apps and can be easily turned on and off on the speakers.

    The XP700 wins, Mediocre EQ beats no EQ. Good job Sony.

    Value:

    At the time of this review, i paid $448 + tax for these speakers. The PB 310 are $499+tax at the time of this review.

    I can't conclude which one is a better value as purpose would make $50 irrelevant if you're buying a speaker with this features.

    However taking into account that these are similar speakers in performance, even with different targets, the XP700 are slightly (-11%) less expensive than the PB310. Both are pricy but a great addition to your everyday enjoyment.

    Connectivity:

    Both speakers are BT 5.0+, connection didn't drop for either of these speakers once, with my walking around all my kitchen and outside around the pool and BBQ even thru some walls. but Sony's XP700 got LDAC on board while JBL's still stuck on SBC. Does it make a difference in the realm of party speakers? I don't know, but Sony again inched JBL by giving you the option to use the codec.

    Conclusion:

    At the end of the day, this is a Speaker. And now it's my "main" speaker.

    I kept the Sony XP700 over the JBL Partybox 310 based on the fact that both are extremely powerful but i preferred the "more balanced" sound of the Sony compared to the deep, deep JBL bass. Soundstage is better, cleaner, sound fill a room more evenly and balanced regardless of distance. I preferred the looks, controls (and EQ in the app) of the Sony, and while i'll miss the wheels and the lower bass, overall, the XP700 was my winner as the heart of my home sound system, that now, it's wireless as well.

    Sep 07, 2021 20:30
  • Review by LindaCT, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound. Very Versatile Compared To Others

    This speaker can be used for music from your phone, MP3 player, do karaoke with it or even use as a guitar amp!! You can even charge your phone with it!

    This speaker is a little over 2 feet high and about one foot in width and weighs in at around 37 pounds. It can be used either by plugging it in or charging it and taking it with you anywhere. It isn’t water proof, but is splash resistant. No big deal if you get caught in the rain.

    The control panel is on the top where you can turn it off/on, Bluetooth your device, turn the volume up and down, fast forward and turn the Mega Bass on/off. The back has a plug for your audio devices, a mic input (you can use for karaoke) with volume control, a guitar input with volume, two USB ports, and the power input. It also has three buttons for turning the light feature off/on, party connect (use this with other compatible Sony speakers) and a battery care button with a voice that tells you know how much battery life you have. You don’t have to look at a gauge to figure out much life is left in the battery.

    This is a multi-directional speaker. It doesn’t matter if you are in front of it or behind it, you will hear clear sounding music. I have had this speaker in the house with the windows open, the volume about half way and could hear it crystal clear about 20 feet from the house. If you turn on the Mega Bass, you can feel the walls of the house shake. I prefer the Mega Bass on and if in the house a bit lower volume. The sound is amazing. If you don’t like a lot of bass, just hit the button to turn it off.

    There are two ways to connect your phone or music device to this speaker. You can either Bluetooth it (need to be within 10 feet of it for this to work) or you can use an audio cable and plug it into the back.

    The battery life on this speaker lasts about 25 hours. if you do not use the light feature. With a quick charge you can get approximately 3 hours.

    I have other Sony compatible portable speakers and with the app you can synch them and have speakers spread throughout your house! The Fiestable app controls the party features. I downloaded this app to control them, but you must have the Sony app to be able to do this. There are so many things you can do with this speaker that you can’t do with other speakers.

    It would be nice if they designed wheels on the back to move the speaker around to make it more portable. It is big, but VERY sturdy. Once in place there won’t be any accidents knocking it over, unless you are a gorilla. It may seem a little pricey, but this speaker is well worth it.

    Jun 17, 2021 19:33
  • Review by Randy, 10 out of 10
    Incredible!

    I have had many Bluetooth speakers over the years and always on the lookout for new/better technology so I decided to give this one a go. For starters, setup is simple and Bluetooth connects quickly. Mine came about 2/3’s pre-charged and was fully charged within an hour or so. The manual says you can get 25 hours of battery life which is very impressive for a speaker of this size, its almost 3 feet tall. If it runs out of battery it has USB-C quick charging which gives you 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charging, pretty impressive. Not only is it big/tall but also a bit heavy, about 25 pounds so its not the most mobile of speakers. Handles on both sides make it easier to transport with a buddy. But all this is water under the bridge. If you’re looking for a great Bluetooth speaker, once you turn it on it is stunning!

    The sound is simply amazing. Mids/highs are great but its strongpoint is pumping out the base. In ‘normal’ mode the base is strong but push the Mega Base button and it really thumps. And it gets LOUD! Three-quarter volume is about all my house (and wife) can handle, and its without distortion.

    And then there are the lights on top and bottom of the speaker, really cool as they sync with the music and change colors. Once you download the Sony Music Center app you can click on “Fiestable” and it gives you a bunch of options to customize the lights. There’s also a Karaoke button, voice control, and other options that I haven’t had time to play with yet but look forward to doing so.

    And speaking of Karaoke, it was an added surprise for me that there are inputs for both a microphone and a guitar. I had no idea, and I play guitar so double-bonus for me! I plugged my Strat into it and it gives a nice clean sound. It also has separate volume controls to increase/decrease volume for the guitar and microphone. I tried adding a distortion pedal from my guitar and plugging into the speaker and it totally worked, so got a new amp with an awesome light show and I can play along with songs, sweet!

    Overall, the best Bluetooth speaker I’ve ever seen by far. My son wants to take it to college with him in the Fall, I’m sure he and his frat brothers would put it to good use and it would kick their parties up a couple notches. But I love this thing and can’t see parting with it. Sorry son :)

    May 27, 2021 16:15
  • Review by J0A0A7, 10 out of 10
    Massive Speaker with a Massive Sound

    Looking for an outdoor wireless speaker with solid battery life and excellent sound output look no further than the Sony XP700. With an IPX4 rating, the rain does not mean the party has to stop. With onboard ambient lighting to set the party lighting. It’s so massive it has 2 handles to give you a nice workout from carrying it around.

    With x2 X-Balanced speakers, x3 tweeters in the front, and x1 tweeter in the rear the SRS XP700 is able to provide a venue with filling sound. The rear tweeter allows it to provide an omnidirectional sound with a nice deep punchy bass provided by turning on Mega Bass. It’s a loud clear sound that goes well with every style of music you listen to. This type of sound is expected from an X-Series speaker, and Sony does not disappoint. There’s also a Live Sound option that is supposed to mimic an outdoor event. Overall, there’s plenty of options to adjust the sound to your liking.

    One of the extra features I like was being able to get 3hrs of playback with just 10mins of charging. Charging is done via a power cable. The good thing about this is no additional brick to carry around. I would have liked to have had the option to charge via USB C. Now, some of the I/O options you get are x2 USB A ports that can be used to charge your phone or plugged in a storage device like a USB memory stick to playback your music files. There’s also an aux input for wired connection for much better sound quality, and what’s a party without some Karaoke? Well the SRS XP700 has you covered with a mic input and guitar input. Whether you want to sing to your favorite song during playback or playback your guitar solo you can do both with the SRS XP700. There's also a knob for each one to adjust the sensitivity.

    Overall,

    Sony does a lot of good things with this speaker to justify the high price. It’s a solidly built speaker with IPX4 water resistance protection from spills and splashes from a light rainstorm. The sound quality is not only top-notch but can get very loud no matter where you sit. It does this while it still manages to provide a solid battery life. If you're someone that throws a lot of parties or just likes to be able to jam out loud to their favorite songs. Take a hard look at the SRS XP700.

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    May 28, 2021 01:18
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    Pump up the party with the dynamic sound of the SRS-XP700 Portable Wireless Speaker. Sony’s unique X-Balanced Speaker units power MEGA BASS and multi-directional sound that sounds incredible from anywhere, even from behind the speaker. Keep the good times going all day and night with up to 25 hours of battery life plus USB-C quick charging.

    13 Features
  • Unleash your inner pop star: Plug in a microphone or a guitar via the mic/guitar with dual inputs in the rear port. When connecting a guitar, the XP700 can be used as a guitar amp.
  • USB play & charge: Plug your smartphone or media device into one of the rear USB ports and play music while it charges via the speaker’s power supply. You can also plug a USB memory stick or flash drive into a USB port to play your digital files.
  • Portable, easy-to-carry design: The built-in handle makes it easy to take the XP700 with you and enjoy music anywhere you go.
  • IPX4 Splash-resistant design: With an IPX4 splash resistance rating, the XP700 speaker can stand up to splashes and spills, so you can enjoy the party with no worries.
  • Stand it up or place it on its side: Whether the speaker is placed horizontally or vertically, a built-in sensor optimizes audio accordingly to maintain sound quality.
  • All-day battery life with quick charging plus Battery Care: Keep the party going with up to 25 hours of battery life on a single charge, and USB-C quick charging gives you up to 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charge time.
  • BLUETOOTH wireless connectivity: BLUETOOTH streaming connectivity makes it simple to stream your party playlist from your Bluetooth-enabled media device.
  • Fiestable app: Download the Fiestable app to control the lighting and turn it on/off. You can also use motion control gestures on your smartphone screen.
  • Bring your music to life with indirect illumination: Give your party a fresh, modern look with the indirect illumination lighting concept of the XP700. The colorful, inviting glow of the LEDs make it a perfect fit for both parties and everyday use.
  • Get things booming with Party Connect: Enjoy the same song, multiplied, with Party Connect. Connect up to 100 wireless speakers with BLUETOOTH technology and the music and lights sync up so everyone dances to the same beat. Set a random pattern or set the lights to blink in a circle.
  • Control the party with the Sony Music Center app: Control the party from the dance floor with the Sony Music Center app. Select your favorite playlists, cue the next song, change lighting patterns and sound modes, and more.
  • Enjoy powerful sound anywhere: With a mid-range speaker for vocal clarity, front and rear tweeters for multi-directional sound, and X-Balanced speaker units for deep, punchy MEGA BASS, the XP700 speaker is tuned to enjoy all different genres of music.
  • X-Balanced speaker units enhance sound quality and provide deep bass: A unique, Sony-developed speaker unit allows for deep, punchy MEGA BASS and higher sound levels while maintaining clarity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cupra, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely Stunning Performance, So Much Bass!

    This Sony SRS-XP700 Portable Bluetooth Speaker has blown me away. Even from the moment I hit the power button, and the warm, deep welcome tone sounded, I sensed this speaker was going to be good.

    Linking to my phone couldn't have been easier, press the bluetooth button on top for 5 or so seconds and then look for it in the bluetooth setting on your phone. Fired up a recent favorite of mine 'Hurt - by One Desire'. The bass was instantly punchy, you could feel it in your chest and your furniture! I was not expecting so much bass from a completely wireless bluetooth speaker. And it is constant bass, it doesn't fade as you turn it up. There appears to be some kind of witchcraft going on inside this speaker!

    The set up consists of front and rear tweeters for room filling, omnidirectional sound, and x-balanced main speaker units combined with Sony's infamous 'MEGA BASS™' system providing a pounding soundtrack. This speaker handles all genres of music thrown at it with ease. The x-balanced speakers are a unique Sony development that enable to keep the bass punch at higher volumes, without sacrificing clarity.

    I have a very open living room with 22ft ceilings, and this speaker absolutely fills the space with a hall like sound, at only half volume. And the beauty is, that being omnidirectional, the sound is everywhere, you can walk around the house and while you know where the speaker is, it is not 'obvious'. There is just sound in the room.

    The speaker does come with a power cord, so you can run it plugged in, but if you want to take it away from the electrical grid, the internal battery lasts for around 25 hours, without compromising the sound quality or that incredible bass. And if you need to 'top it off', a quick 10 minute charge gives you an additional 3 hours of playback time. Great charging technology included in this astounding speaker. There is a button in the center on the back that when pressed gives you a voice prompt of the battery life.

    Along the handle and the base are discrete LED lights that dance and flash along with the music, but they are also completely controllable using the Sony 'Fiestable' app which is a downloadable companion. Install the app and then you can go in and change all sorts of settings on the speaker for full LED control. You an also sync to your phone to use it as an additional light source. You can turn the LEDs off with a button on the back, or using the app.

    And talking of apps, download the Sony Music Center app for complete control of the speaker. You can adjust many settings from the app, including the MEGABASS, Live and Custom equalizer to tune the speaker to your liking control over Bass, Mids and Treble exactly as you want it. You can also see a complete and accurate battery life indicator here.

    On the back under the IPX4 rated cover, there are controls for gain and volume to use this speaker as a karaoke speaker or as a guitar amp, to make this speaker a complete all rounder. Imagine that - hook up your guitar and just take it wherever you want for a full days worth of sound. There are two USB ports under that cover as well, so you can bring your own flash drive with music on it, OR you can create a wired connection to your phone, which not only gives you audio clarity, but also charges your phone from the internal battery. This speaker is so versatile!

    On the top are some simple buttons to play/pause, connect to bluetooth, turn on/ff and control the MEGABASS. These are rubberized to maintain its water resistance. This speaker is NOT waterproof, but water resistant so it can be used near a pool without fear of it being splashed, or having drinks spilled on it. But it cannot be submersed in a pool for example. And also on top is a long slot, which is designed as an iPad/iPhone stand for when you want to have full control using the apps, or if you want to use the speaker in Karaoke mode. A useful addition to the top of the speaker.

    Inside the speaker is a motion sensor, and it has rubber feet on the base, but also along one side. When you change the orientation of the speaker, the speaker adapts and switches the orientation of the tweeter output to maintain it's phenomenal sound. There is a slight pause in the music as the sensor adjusts (half a second) so that you know the sound orientation has changed.

    You can pair this speaker to another one, and assign it a left and right channel, to give full stereo sound, OR just use them both as a 'party chain' to fill an even larger space with sound and light.

    As far as portability, yes, it is completely wireless, but with it's internal battery and unique speakers system, this speaker is not light at a little over 37lbs including the battery. You will be using both carry handles as you move it around. But all in all, I think that is a small price to pay for the incredible sound and stamina that this speaker has.

    The Summary:

    This is absolutely, the BEST wireless, bluetooth, portable speaker I have ever used. I've been blown away by it from day one, the sound is incredible, clear, strong and very bass heavy, which I personally love, it's so versatile and acts as a 'complete system'. Highly recommended!

    Jun 15, 2021 07:50
  • Review by YourMainDude, 10 out of 10
    Big Sound - Great Bass

    The Sony SRS-XP700 portable blue tooth speaker comes in at a nearly 38 pounds and in the upright position, stands nearly 28 inches tall. Does it have a handle so it can be lifted and moved? Surely. Can it run for a phenomenal 25 hours on battery? Absolutely! Would I call it portable? I suppose. But honestly, this thing is a beast and for most people, grabbing it by the handle and moving it around - easily - from location to location isn't going to be fun.

    With that out of the way, the build quality is ALL Sony. Behind the speaker grille is a solid array of drivers that produce the massive sound field. The protected rear port panel is stout and it's protective cover easily swings down, out of the way. In there you will find the AC power cord port, two USB parts, two quarter inch jack inputs - one strictly for a microphone and another that can be switched from microphone to guitar input - and both jacks with separate, dedicated gain controls. Lastly, there is a audio input 3.5mm mini-jack port, to be used for any auxiliary input you choose - even something as rudimentary as hard wiring a smart phone instead of connecting with blue tooth. Above this access panel are buttons to control three features of the SRS-XP700 if you want immediate access without resorting to the Sony Music Center mobile app; party connect pairing, battery care and lighting. Handy for basic connections but if you're using a phone to source your music or streams, load Music Center - it's a well-designed, mature mobile app and gives you complete control over the speaker. I personally give Sony mobile apps the high possible recommendations because they are simply designed & supported brilliantly.

    Pairing the XP700 was a breeze and went off without a hitch. The controls on the top of the unit have nicely presented LED indicators, with a soft but not overpowering glow to them. The Sony SRS-XP700 has an IPX4 water resistance rating that should provide plenty of protection for light spills or light rain - but don't plan on leaving this beast outdoors in the element for any length of time... it's not water proof!

    The sound quality is absolutely no-compromise and I found that the fidelity at moderate to loud playing levels to be just fine without the need to enable Mega Bass. Sound quality is quite subjective and is not only influenced by one’s own personal sense of hearing but also the environment the equipment it located in - but for me - Mega Bass was only needed at lowered volumes levels, for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. When played more 'loudly', Mega Bass was simply just too BOOMY for my tastes. Your personal preferences may vary.

    The lighting elements (horizontal bars) are located at the top and bottom of the unit. They are fairly diffused and not over-the-top. But the color theme options are a bit underwhelming and to me – uninspiring.

    I don't own microphones but I do own an electric guitar - and the input with the guitar plugged in directly was fine, full and clear. I did notice some slight added distortion when using an effects processing box between the guitar and the SRS-XP700, but that's OK. I don't consider this to a replacement for a traditional guitar amplifier - but it does work in pinch.

    Over all I think the SRS-XP700 is a masterfully crafted blue tooth power-house, that offers a great omni directional sound field and plenty of 'punch' for even really large settings or gatherings. I never felt wanting for more treble, mid-range or bass. No matter if it was more run-of-the-mill MP3 sources, high quality FLAC files and even a multitude of streaming channels ... everything was loud, clear and enjoyable. The battery life is phenomenal considering it's size but I would recommend that you turn the lighting off for anticipated, long playing sessions. And to be quite honest, I'm not a big fan of the lights in general anyhow... but that's just me.

    Pros:

    High fidelity, large room filling or large outdoor space sound

    Well-appointed and positioned ports; more than adequate and with the USB ports - a great way to keep the device supplying the source sound powered at all times

    That build quality that only Sony can do; understated but stylish

    The ability to take microphone AND guitar inputs

    Very capable cordless operation with that humongous, built-in battery rated for up to 25 hours

    Very simple and straight-forward, moisture protected buttons across the top panel and along the rear for quick manual control

    Easy pairing and quick connections each and every time

    Can be laid down if preferred or if your ‘environment’ demands it; but only on one side

    The Music Center app

    Notables:

    Uninspiring lighting

    It is heavy, so just know that going into it before you buy

    Cons:

    None

    High Recommended

    Jun 21, 2021 22:10
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    A great entertainment companion

    I’ve used a variety of Sony speakers over the years. They have consistently been reliable accessories for me to connect to for music entertainment. So, when I saw this larger variation available, I decided to add it to our collection. It seemed to be the perfect companion for our newly remodeled patio. After investing quite a bit of money into getting our patio set up for entertaining guests and lounging around in the evening, we wanted to make sure we had a speaker for music to match.

    The speaker is quite easy to get started with. When you first turn it on, it enters Bluetooth mode (indicated by the flashing Bluetooth logo) and you can select it from your Bluetooth menu on your phone, tablet, or other device you are connecting from. Within a few seconds of getting the speaker out of its box, we were playing tunes thru it. There was a decent amount of battery life already on the speaker out of the box and after playing it for several hours, it still had about 50% left. I have yet to test the full 25-hour battery life it boasts, but I haven’t had any issues with the speaker being powered when I need it.

    I love that you have additional options for connecting to the speaker aside from wirelessly. Users have the option of plugging USB memory sticks for flash drives into the rear USB port to play digital files, too. This port can also be used to charge your phone (or other device) from the speaker while you are streaming audio from it. In addition to that, the speaker can be used as an amp or PA, too. There are mic/guitar dual inputs in the rear port.

    The XP700 is quite a hefty party companion. It weighs in at 25 pounds, which is ‘portable’ in a certain sense, but it’s not easy to move large distances without some help. There are also several aspects of the speaker that can be controlled via app. The lighting can be customized, users can connect up to 100 wireless speakers with Party Connect, and the Sony Music Center app helps you to organize your music. It’s a pretty cool set-up for controlling the entertainment.

    While we have taken a lot of care to make sure the speaker is moved into our garage after get-togethers, I’m glad it’s water-resistant. It can withstand light rain and spills from guests - if it happens. We do try very hard to keep the speaker located in an area where guests aren’t gathering though.

    The sound quality is amazing and the volume is outstanding. We had it turned up a couple of times to unbearable volumes and the entire neighborhood could hear it. The bass is well-balanced and everything we played sounded great coming out of it. Several people at our cookouts over the past couple of weeks have commented how nice it was to have music during the events - that everyone could hear. The lights on the speaker are a nice touch, but at times, they seemed underwhelming. I do, however, think this is a great option for anyone who entertains and even for churches, schools, or businesses that host events.

    Jun 06, 2021 14:37
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 10 out of 10
    Powerful, clear sound, w/fun party features

    The SRS-XP700 Portable Wireless Speaker is a beast of a speaker that delivers on the promise of big, hi-def sound on a speaker that’s designed not to be in the background of a party but to take center stage. At nearly 40 lbs and over 2 ft tall when standing up vertically, it’s practically at the margins of what one would consider a “portable Bluetooth speaker,” but packed inside are a pair of Sony's unique X-Balanced woofers which have a square-shaped diaphragm, three front tweeters, a rear tweeter, and 25-hour runtime battery. It can also run off main power if it is plugged in and charging, and just a 10-minute charge can provide up to 3 hours of playback, though a full charge takes approximately 3 hours. The housing is made of a durable, chunky plastic and sports two handles on either side of the speaker grill for carrying and lifting the unit. It can also be placed horizontally on its side, although there are only rubber feet on the bottom and right-hand side of the speaker for laying flat.

    Hidden behind each handle are multi-color LED lights that flash and change to the beat of the music, so you can add a light show to liven up your party. If you want to disable the lights, there is an on/off toggle button on the back of the speaker. The controls on top of the speaker include a power button, Bluetooth pairing button, play/pause, volume control, and ‘Mega Bass’ for adding bass boost. The Play/Pause button also does double duty to skip tracks: double-press for forward and triple-press for back.

    On the back of the speaker, along with the LED light toggle button, are a battery indicator button, which if pressed, the speaker will announce the current remaining battery life in 20% increments, and a “Party Connect” button that allows you to pair and sync other Sony speakers (up to 100!) so that they will all play the same audio and display the same light show simultaneously. Just below those buttons, behind a removable door panel you’ll find two USB ports, the power port for charging, AUX-in port, two ¼” mic input jacks with individual analog volume control knobs; the ¼” jack on the right can be used with an electric guitar by pressing the ‘guitar’ toggle button. In addition to charging your mobile devices, the left USB port can be used as an input source, and you can play audio files stored on the connected device, like a USB drive. The gasket-lined door panel is tethered with two rubber retractable straps, so you can’t misplace it; when it’s closed, the unit remains IPX4 water resistant, and you don’t have to worry if the speakers get splashed with water or rush to cover it if it starts raining.

    Pairing to the speaker is straightforward. Just press the Bluetooth button to enter pairing mode, then select the SRS-XP700 from your device’s Bluetooth menu. Note that for Apple iOS devices, the speaker is only compatible with iOS 10.0 or later. However, the speaker can be paired with up to 2 devices simultaneously (and remember up to 8) but only plays from one at a time. Since the connection is Bluetooth 5.0 there’s virtually no delay between your phone and the speaker, so if you want to watch a movie on your phone but listen to the audio on the XP700, the video and audio are perfectly synced with no noticeable lag. Interestingly enough, you can also prioritize whether or not the Bluetooth sound quality or connection stability is more important to you and switch between “Priority on sound quality” and “Priority on sound connection” modes. On top of the speaker is a 9” long, ½” wide, 5/8” deep groove where you can seat a mobile device like a phone/tablet (without a case) for use as a stand, which works great if you’re streaming from a tablet and want to have lyrics up on the screen for karaoke. Note though that the top of the speaker is tilted back at an angle and not level, so you can’t really place things on top of it and expect them to not slide off.

    As for the audio quality, it is clean and crystal clear even when turned up to max volume with little to no distortion on most tracks. If you have large rooms, open spaces, or are outdoors, the speaker can provide plenty of sound to blanket a large area, but also sounds great at medium to low volume. Toggling on ‘Mega Bass’ mode adds an extra dimension to the lower bass registers with more deep vibrations and low rumbles coming through, though this will consume more battery life faster. You can also press and hold the ‘Mega Bass’ button to swap to ‘Stamina’ mode which disables features like the lights and ‘Mega Bass’ in order to preserve battery life while not impacting the overall sound quality.

    If you download and use the Sony | Music Center and Fiestable apps on a mobile device you can also use additional features like adjusting the equalizer and volume settings, add sound effects, enable ‘Stereo Pair’ mode where you can link the XP700 with a second unit or XP500 and have each speaker play left and right channels separately for better directional 3D sound reproduction, and manually choose the input mode. I didn’t play around a lot with the DJ or motion control functions in the app, but there are also a few “party” functions that let others interact with the speaker from their mobile phones from syncing their screens to display the same colors as the light show to submitting tracks to a “host” shared playlist which play in the order that they are added.

    Overall, this speaker offers a great mix of features for both folks who value quality sound from their Bluetooth speakers and those who wish their speakers could do "more" than just play background music at a party. Its dual mic and instrument input options make this speaker a versatile all-in-one choice as a PA system for solo/duet performances or MC’ing at events, and the ample battery life, fast-charging, and portability factor mean that it can travel, when necessary.

    Jun 21, 2021 17:06
  • Review by Satorikn, 10 out of 10
    Sony was coming back. Now it's here.

    The Sony XP700 is a niche speaker. But when it comes to audio, aren't there so many applications and products that they've all become niches?

    What makes this speaker "niche" is that we're living an era of portability, and while this is a "portable" speaker, this is not something "conveniently loud but portable" you'd bring for a quick picnic at the park, where even my JBL Boombox 2 or my UE Hyperboom was considered huge to some who've believe a JBL Xtreme is as large as it'd get. This is either a "haul, but stays around the house", take it to the backyard, or if have a pool (preferably private one as it gets very loud to annoy others in a community pool). Because if the day comes, and you're taking it to the park, to a friends house for a BBQ, or anywhere else away from your home, it's an event that WILL require planning, and some room in your vehicle.

    Introducing: The Sony SRS XP700. Sony's direct competitor to the JBL Partybox 310, or is it the other way around?

    I read many reviews here and none we're direct comparisons to its only competitor, the JBL PB310. To summarize, i purchased both, listened to them obsessively for a week, kept one and returned the other.

    Looks & Build:

    This speaker is aesthetically pleasing to me. It's got aggressive curves but still looks elegant without making you look like a party animal. Yes it's big, but has a modern touch to it without going far too wild.

    I've never been a fan of lights in speakers. It's a personal preference, yet i really liked the implementation on these ones, something that i didn't like on the PB310 as much.

    I would have much preferred that the handles would have been placed on the rear of the speaker but i understand the design had to do with the lights implementation.

    Both are "splash" resistant IPX4 which means they'll (probably) survive a moderate rain, just don't soak them with a water hose or submerge them.

    Compared to the PB310, which has a retractable handle, and WHEELS, i would have to call it a tie. The build quality is outstanding on both, i like the looks of the XP700 better than the PB310, the 310 looks like a party itself, with Exclamation Marks around (literally), i prefer the low key element of the XP700 over that look, but in this department each has strengths and weaknesses, so i'd call it a tie.

    Sound:

    This is not an audiophile-targeted speaker, can't even call it a "balanced" speaker. It is boomy, even at lower volumes. For indoor use, i had to take the Bass slider on the app to 1/4 of the full bar, and boost the mids and highs so it'd for everyday use and still there's some upper low frequencies that come a little bit strong on the mix due to resonating on enclosed spaces, but don't get me wrong, sounds full and great at all distance, anywhere you're in the house, or in the pool. I've yet to put this thing over 50% volume before i get too self-conscious.

    Comparing the low end of these two speakers, i'd have to give it hands down to the JBL 310. I mean, it's not only louder. It is cleaner and less boomy as it's fuller, it goes deeper (lower frequencies that are just inaudible on the XP700) and i wish they could have made it on the XP700. Why didn't they? I don't know, the sound engineers most likely had a valid reason, probably to save the drivers from themselves or because it'd mud the mix too much. Oh yeah, the MEGABASS feature, or should i call it "gimmick" is something i never see myself using. It's a boost to the upper low frequencies that make the speaker boomier, not bassier, but may be useful for large open spaces like in the middle of a park.

    Now, on the mids and highs, the Sony sounds wider and detailed, while the JBL sounded narrower to me. That extra "omni" rear tweeter helps with the soundstage, and it helps A LOT, and this is something that i appreciate while listening in my living room and walking to the kitchen, the sound is fuller on the XP700 where the 310 gets lost on the bass/low frequencies unless you're listening at higher volumes or head on.

    To pick a winner here would come down to personal preference. If you're a basshead, or plan to throw EDM parties all the time, or are mainly a hip-hop where physical bass/thump is your thing, the PB310 is your choice. It's a physical experience you can feel, it'll be an exciting party.

    On the other hand, the Sony XP700 is a party speaker that will sound phenomenal on most genres, and it's more adjustable (natively) than the JBL PB310, and don't get me wrong, EDM, Hip-Hop and everything else also sounds amazing on this speaker, it's just that for bass-heavy specifics the JBL may have the very slight edge.

    For me, Sony XP700 wins in the sound department, as it allows me to enjoy music with a wider soundstage on a wider selection of genres while enjoying a more detailed sound.

    Controls:

    Physical controls on both speakers are great, straightforward and intuitive. But if we include the App, Sony wins.

    Even if Music Center is not perfect, Sony gives you the option to adjust the sound signature with a paltry 3-band EQ and some "enhancements", JBL gives you NONE. The light customization is straightforward on both apps and can be easily turned on and off on the speakers.

    The XP700 wins, Mediocre EQ beats no EQ. Good job Sony.

    Value:

    At the time of this review, i paid $448 + tax for these speakers. The PB 310 are $499+tax at the time of this review.

    I can't conclude which one is a better value as purpose would make $50 irrelevant if you're buying a speaker with this features.

    However taking into account that these are similar speakers in performance, even with different targets, the XP700 are slightly (-11%) less expensive than the PB310. Both are pricy but a great addition to your everyday enjoyment.

    Connectivity:

    Both speakers are BT 5.0+, connection didn't drop for either of these speakers once, with my walking around all my kitchen and outside around the pool and BBQ even thru some walls. but Sony's XP700 got LDAC on board while JBL's still stuck on SBC. Does it make a difference in the realm of party speakers? I don't know, but Sony again inched JBL by giving you the option to use the codec.

    Conclusion:

    At the end of the day, this is a Speaker. And now it's my "main" speaker.

    I kept the Sony XP700 over the JBL Partybox 310 based on the fact that both are extremely powerful but i preferred the "more balanced" sound of the Sony compared to the deep, deep JBL bass. Soundstage is better, cleaner, sound fill a room more evenly and balanced regardless of distance. I preferred the looks, controls (and EQ in the app) of the Sony, and while i'll miss the wheels and the lower bass, overall, the XP700 was my winner as the heart of my home sound system, that now, it's wireless as well.

    Sep 07, 2021 20:30
  • Review by LindaCT, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound. Very Versatile Compared To Others

    This speaker can be used for music from your phone, MP3 player, do karaoke with it or even use as a guitar amp!! You can even charge your phone with it!

    This speaker is a little over 2 feet high and about one foot in width and weighs in at around 37 pounds. It can be used either by plugging it in or charging it and taking it with you anywhere. It isn’t water proof, but is splash resistant. No big deal if you get caught in the rain.

    The control panel is on the top where you can turn it off/on, Bluetooth your device, turn the volume up and down, fast forward and turn the Mega Bass on/off. The back has a plug for your audio devices, a mic input (you can use for karaoke) with volume control, a guitar input with volume, two USB ports, and the power input. It also has three buttons for turning the light feature off/on, party connect (use this with other compatible Sony speakers) and a battery care button with a voice that tells you know how much battery life you have. You don’t have to look at a gauge to figure out much life is left in the battery.

    This is a multi-directional speaker. It doesn’t matter if you are in front of it or behind it, you will hear clear sounding music. I have had this speaker in the house with the windows open, the volume about half way and could hear it crystal clear about 20 feet from the house. If you turn on the Mega Bass, you can feel the walls of the house shake. I prefer the Mega Bass on and if in the house a bit lower volume. The sound is amazing. If you don’t like a lot of bass, just hit the button to turn it off.

    There are two ways to connect your phone or music device to this speaker. You can either Bluetooth it (need to be within 10 feet of it for this to work) or you can use an audio cable and plug it into the back.

    The battery life on this speaker lasts about 25 hours. if you do not use the light feature. With a quick charge you can get approximately 3 hours.

    I have other Sony compatible portable speakers and with the app you can synch them and have speakers spread throughout your house! The Fiestable app controls the party features. I downloaded this app to control them, but you must have the Sony app to be able to do this. There are so many things you can do with this speaker that you can’t do with other speakers.

    It would be nice if they designed wheels on the back to move the speaker around to make it more portable. It is big, but VERY sturdy. Once in place there won’t be any accidents knocking it over, unless you are a gorilla. It may seem a little pricey, but this speaker is well worth it.

    Jun 17, 2021 19:33
  • Review by Randy, 10 out of 10
    Incredible!

    I have had many Bluetooth speakers over the years and always on the lookout for new/better technology so I decided to give this one a go. For starters, setup is simple and Bluetooth connects quickly. Mine came about 2/3’s pre-charged and was fully charged within an hour or so. The manual says you can get 25 hours of battery life which is very impressive for a speaker of this size, its almost 3 feet tall. If it runs out of battery it has USB-C quick charging which gives you 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charging, pretty impressive. Not only is it big/tall but also a bit heavy, about 25 pounds so its not the most mobile of speakers. Handles on both sides make it easier to transport with a buddy. But all this is water under the bridge. If you’re looking for a great Bluetooth speaker, once you turn it on it is stunning!

    The sound is simply amazing. Mids/highs are great but its strongpoint is pumping out the base. In ‘normal’ mode the base is strong but push the Mega Base button and it really thumps. And it gets LOUD! Three-quarter volume is about all my house (and wife) can handle, and its without distortion.

    And then there are the lights on top and bottom of the speaker, really cool as they sync with the music and change colors. Once you download the Sony Music Center app you can click on “Fiestable” and it gives you a bunch of options to customize the lights. There’s also a Karaoke button, voice control, and other options that I haven’t had time to play with yet but look forward to doing so.

    And speaking of Karaoke, it was an added surprise for me that there are inputs for both a microphone and a guitar. I had no idea, and I play guitar so double-bonus for me! I plugged my Strat into it and it gives a nice clean sound. It also has separate volume controls to increase/decrease volume for the guitar and microphone. I tried adding a distortion pedal from my guitar and plugging into the speaker and it totally worked, so got a new amp with an awesome light show and I can play along with songs, sweet!

    Overall, the best Bluetooth speaker I’ve ever seen by far. My son wants to take it to college with him in the Fall, I’m sure he and his frat brothers would put it to good use and it would kick their parties up a couple notches. But I love this thing and can’t see parting with it. Sorry son :)

    May 27, 2021 16:15
  • Review by J0A0A7, 10 out of 10
    Massive Speaker with a Massive Sound

    Looking for an outdoor wireless speaker with solid battery life and excellent sound output look no further than the Sony XP700. With an IPX4 rating, the rain does not mean the party has to stop. With onboard ambient lighting to set the party lighting. It’s so massive it has 2 handles to give you a nice workout from carrying it around.

    With x2 X-Balanced speakers, x3 tweeters in the front, and x1 tweeter in the rear the SRS XP700 is able to provide a venue with filling sound. The rear tweeter allows it to provide an omnidirectional sound with a nice deep punchy bass provided by turning on Mega Bass. It’s a loud clear sound that goes well with every style of music you listen to. This type of sound is expected from an X-Series speaker, and Sony does not disappoint. There’s also a Live Sound option that is supposed to mimic an outdoor event. Overall, there’s plenty of options to adjust the sound to your liking.

    One of the extra features I like was being able to get 3hrs of playback with just 10mins of charging. Charging is done via a power cable. The good thing about this is no additional brick to carry around. I would have liked to have had the option to charge via USB C. Now, some of the I/O options you get are x2 USB A ports that can be used to charge your phone or plugged in a storage device like a USB memory stick to playback your music files. There’s also an aux input for wired connection for much better sound quality, and what’s a party without some Karaoke? Well the SRS XP700 has you covered with a mic input and guitar input. Whether you want to sing to your favorite song during playback or playback your guitar solo you can do both with the SRS XP700. There's also a knob for each one to adjust the sensitivity.

    Overall,

    Sony does a lot of good things with this speaker to justify the high price. It’s a solidly built speaker with IPX4 water resistance protection from spills and splashes from a light rainstorm. The sound quality is not only top-notch but can get very loud no matter where you sit. It does this while it still manages to provide a solid battery life. If you're someone that throws a lot of parties or just likes to be able to jam out loud to their favorite songs. Take a hard look at the SRS XP700.

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.

    May 28, 2021 01:18
  • 9.8score
    3
    JBL
    JBL - CHARGE5 Portable Waterproof Speaker with Powerbank - Black
    Description

    Play and charge endlessly. Take the party with you no matter what the weather. The JBL Charge 5 speaker delivers bold JBL Original Pro Sound, with its optimized long excursion driver, separate tweeter and dual pumping JBL bass radiators. Up to 20 hours of playtime and a handy powerbank to keep your devices charged to keep the party going all night. Rain? Spilled drinks? Beach sand? The IP67 waterproof and dustproof Charge 5 survives whatever comes its way. Thanks to PartyBoost, you can connect multiple JBL PartyBoost-enabled speakers for a sound big enough for any crowd. With all-new colors inspired by the latest street fashion trends, it looks as great as it sounds.

    6 Features
  • Bold JBL Original Pro Sound: Take the amazing power of JBL Pro Sound with you. The JBL Charge 5 has an optimized long excursion driver, a separate tweeter, and dual JBL bass radiators, all delivering impressively rich and clear audio. Get that big room sound, even when outdoors.
  • 20 hours of playtime: The fun doesn’t have to stop. Packed with an incredible 20 hours of battery life, JBL Charge 5 lets you party all day and into the night.
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof: To the pool. To the park. JBL Charge 5 is IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so you can bring your speaker anywhere.
  • Wireless Bluetooth Streaming: Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns enjoying JBL Pro sound.
  • Crank up the fun with PartyBoost: PartyBoost allows you to pair two JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers together for stereo sound or link multiple JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers to truly pump up your party.
  • Power up with the built-in powerbank: Don’t put the party on pause. A built-in powerbank lets you charge your devices without taking a break from the tunes.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jeremiah, 10 out of 10
    LOUD!

    Had this speaker for about 2 months, VERY LOUD speaker for its size, I love it!!! Even louder when sitting vertically instead of horizontally.

    Jul 01, 2021 16:58
  • Review by Chelle, 8 out of 10
    Happy with Purchase

    Great quality, nice size, loud enough for me and for my outdoor nature trips; fishing, camping, swimming, boating, tanning… but for it being a JBL I had higher hopes of sound being a bit more intense with the base and music quality. Only reason why I rated a 4. Easy to charge with USB-C in car or at home. Lasts 20 hours played continuously. You will also need the app to update the device once you purchase or it won’t be worth the buy. Be sure you upgrade by downloading the app.

    Jun 25, 2021 12:42
  • Review by Zee1, 10 out of 10
    Awesome speaker

    Awesome sound quality

    Carry it everywhere

    Long lasting battery

    May 21, 2021 14:38
  • Review by JBLChage5, 10 out of 10
    JBL Charge 5 it’s amazing

    the amazing power of JBL Charge 5 Sound. And separate tweeter, and dual JBL bass radiators, and Get that big room sound, even when outdoors. 20 hours of battery life, JBL Charge 5 lets you party all day and into the night. So i always like this product. It’s amazing.

    Aug 28, 2021 23:17
  • Review by Great, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker, make sure to update the software.

    I love it. Great upgrade from the Charge 4, the new tweeter sounds great with the improved bass. The battery life is fantastic. If you’re having issues with it, make sure you update the software by downloading the JBL app, and updating it on the speaker. I got the red, nice color choice (for me), the metal ‘!’ Marks on the sides are a nice touch.

    Apr 19, 2021 13:46
  • Review by Deeds, 10 out of 10
    JBL Charge 5

    Very nice sound and battery life is excellent. I have not tried charging phone due to wanting longer battery life. On mid volume we had it go for 6 hours when speaker shows the orange dying indicator light starts. The levels ins sound are a bit extreme but at half volume it bumps.

    Jun 05, 2021 12:48
  • Review by Mistaneon, 10 out of 10
    Rugged.

    I am very happy with this speaker. It gives out plenty of sound and is loud enough for the outdoors. It fell off my car the second day I had it and did sustain some damage but only cosmetic. Still sounds great.

    Apr 20, 2021 19:17
  • Review by BARRERA, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Love it I use it for my truck it has great sound and I love it because it fit in my cup holder

    May 17, 2021 22:42
  • 9.6score
    JBL - Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Share your adventure playlist with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker. Its IPX7 waterproof rating and rugged housing provide protection against water splashes or immersion, and its voice-assistant integration lets you access Siri or Google Now from a mobile device. Connect to two devices simultaneously with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker for alternating playback.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rich sound you can carry in the palm of your hand: This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 3,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours on a full charge.
  • 16W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • Waterproof design: Waterproof exterior enables use by the lake or out on the water.
  • 70Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 80dB signal-to-noise ratio: Provides clear audio.
  • Built-in microphone: Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AlexJames, 8 out of 10
    GREAT Speaker with very little cons

    First impressions: The packaging was beautiful and sleek. I’ve owned Bluetooth speakers in the past, but I received this speaker as a prize at work & It has been my daily driver since. I know $79 is steep for a speaker, however if you listen to music a lot this is a GREAT investment. You get what you pay for. I do have some negatives and I will get to them. I’ve had this speaker for almost a year now, and let's just say this speaker has taken a beating & it still works the just as good as the day I’ve gotten it. I am beyond impressed. I use it every single day. I do have pretty high expectations for my sound quality, and I listen to every type of music, as well as podcasts. Every genre sounds great. (Rock, jazz, hip hop, pop, alternative). I love how LOUD crisp and clear the sound is. Even on lower volume the sound is so crisp, defined and deep. I admittedly dropped this speaker numerous times at work (Wood flooring) from higher than normal distances and thanks to the rubber materials at the top and bottom, I don’t cringe when it drops. I know it'll be alright. This thing is beyond durable, it just does a little bounce when it drops. The design is rugged and I love the fact that it has a lanyard attached. I am able to hang them outside or practically anywhere I want.. This speaker has been with me everywhere from kayaking, numerous beach trips sitting in the hot sun to camping and multiple other vacations. The fact that it is waterproof is just the cherry on top. After bringing it to the beach sometimes I just rinse the speaker off (although not really necessary as it repels sand just fine, I do it more for the oils) Very recently, I accidentally left one of my speakers out in the rain. It turns on and connects perfectly. It can be immersed in water up to 1 meter (roughly 3 ft) for up to a half an hour (Just make sure the rubber charging flap is closed). It charges using a micro usb cord.. very common. The Bluetooth connectivity is also amazing! I have it paired with an iPhone 10 & it honestly connects lightning speed. The battery could be a better compared to what’s on the market. But don’t get me wrong I get a good 8 hours of use before it starts to die. After I received this speaker, I quickly purchased another (for $99 off JBL). The biggest selling point and incentive for purchasing a second one is because I learned about the connect feature. By pressing the button on both speakers’, the connect button lights up and you get a audio feedback which then simultaneity plays music on the two speakers (without ANY app). Occasionally it has dropped on me, but this has been so rare I almost didn't mention it. I love that you don’t need an app to connect the multiple speakers. They do have an app, the app allows you to use these speakers in stereo mode, which I thought was beyond cool! HOWEVER, the app is absolutely terrible so beware. The stereo mode turns off when your phone locks, (5/5 when it works) This was disappointing, but I did not even know about this feature, so It was not a deal breaker for me. I do strongly think this is a huge missed opportunity. The app seemingly has no support or updates. Another negative is that you cannot connect this speaker with the newer JBL Flip 5. This is a huge disappointment. I feel like this delays user upgrade because now that I have multiple JBL Flip 4’s, I would not want to replace all of them.

    Pros:

    - Functionality (9/10)

    - Ease of use (10/10)

    - Can connect to multiple speakers (10/10)

    - Durability (10/10)

    - Waterproof (10/10)

    - Sound (10/10)

    - Connectivity (10/10)

    - Aux port / Micro USB to charge

    - Siri works with by pressing and holding the play button

    Cons:

    - Battery life (8/10)

    - Terrible App (2/10)

    - Stereo sound doesn't work because app is terrible (1/10)

    - Doesn’t connect to newer models JBL Flips (0/10)

    Overall, the pro list absolutely outweighs the cons (at least for me). My grandma even wanted two speakers for herself. She is so happy with them and they are so easy for her to use. (She is so proud of herself) You just turn it on and it automatically connects to your default Bluetooth device. I absolutely recommend these speakers for ANYONE who listens to music. If my grandma who is older can use these speakers, then that must mean something for ease of use!!

    It is so close to 5 stars, however I am giving it 4 stars only because the JBL connect app is pretty much useless, meaning you are unable to use all the marketed features such as stereo sound. I am also dissapointed they do not cross function with the newer JBL Flip 5's.

    Oct 28, 2020 19:24
  • Review by Lebombadier, 8 out of 10
    The Big Mouth soda can, lol.

    This was an amazing Bluetooth speaker that had brilliant clarity and enough bass to thump it. Although I feel if I dug a little a deeper in my wallet and tried an elite one I just may have blasted my neighbors to Mars. I want so much bass that’ll make my head vibrate. Regardless I highly recommend the JBL series. The reason I gave it 4 stars is that it died (unable to charge) a week shy of a year of owning it. But for some reason I’m not upset about it. I got to blow the roof off for at least 2 or 3 times a week for almost a year. I snoozed on the warranty. Anyway enjoy fellow funkaholics.

    Nov 08, 2020 12:23
  • Review by MtnMike, 10 out of 10
    My Favorite Christmas Present

    Love this solid little speaker. Big sound for a speaker that's about the size of a water bottle. Has worked flawlessly so far. Primarily use it with an iPhone and Spotify while working out or working in the kitchen. One of those rare gadgets that puts a smile on your face,

    Dec 27, 2019 17:56
  • Review by Stanley, 10 out of 10
    Awesome little speaker

    I have always been a fan of JBL & this one didn’t disappoint. Such a full sound comes out of such a small item. I got the medium-sized version & it was perfect for a party of about 30-40 people at our house. Love it!

    Feb 03, 2018 10:18
  • Review by Progress4LF, 10 out of 10
    So far, so good

    We haven't tested the waterproof benefit, but it's been a great speaker for the garage, on the go, etc.

    I'll probably throw it in my backpack on our next snowboarding trip and have tunes on the mountain.

    May 15, 2019 17:49
  • Review by sunnycat, 10 out of 10
    The perfect speaker

    I CANNOT stress enough how amazing this speaker is! The sound quality is stunning. It is extremely loud. The bass is amazing and bass is something i really look for in a speaker. The fact it's waterproof ties the 5 stars in all together. Stays charged for a LONG time, and is easy to use at any occasion. Has a very good range length for bluetooth to work. I own a Beats Pill, and heard my friends speaker (the JBL flip 4) and was completely jealous! The sound beats A BEATS PILL which costs more than double the amount of money. Very happy with this purchase. I wish I could provide at least one con of this product so anyone reading this would know I was not hired to write this, but there is nothing bad about this speaker! I normally don't write reviews, but literally i was so happy with this that I wanted to share this with anyone interested in buying one. DONT HESITATE!! Amazing speaker!!

    Jul 25, 2017 22:49
  • Review by DeJongh, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker with lots of features

    This little speaker offers a plethora of options and I love it!

    The sound quality is amazing and I love the fact that I can receive calls while using it.

    While there are newer versions of the speaker that are slightly bigger, I opted for this one because of the features and it’s awesome!

    I like it so much that after a few weeks of using it, I bought a second one as a gift for someone.

    Dec 06, 2020 15:31
  • Review by Fv3nSLC, 10 out of 10
    A great product at a great price

    The speaker has excellent sound for the size, and being waterproof makes it perfect for summer river rides.

    I've improved some utilities for it. Since speaker doesn't float, I've added a chunk of a swim noodle and it's good to go. I've also made a custom along for it so it doesn't rattle the knick-knacks when I blast epic, soundtrack music.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:45
  • 9.6score
    JBL - Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Listen to music anywhere with this JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker. Powerful drivers and JBL PartyBoost technology help you feel the beat with loud, accurate audio across a wide frequency response range. This JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker connects easily to smartphones and lets you stream wireless audio from up to 33 feet away.

    3 Features
  • Water-resistant design: Meets IPX7 standards.
  • Connect wirelessly from across the room: Pair this speaker with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets and laptops.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Enjoy up to 12 hours of extended playback on a single charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Pily, 10 out of 10
    Noisy Roommate Blocker! Hahaha

    This speaker is SO good! This brand has always been one of the best speaker brands I know, so when I saw this product at Best Buy I knew I immediately had to buy it. This is a purchase you will not regret, not only the monetary value but also the fact that it’s such a comfortable speaker to go around with, the battery life is excellent, the volume has such a wide range. I use it to play calming music when I’m studying, so for college students it really is helpful, if you live with a roommate that is noisy this is AMAZING hahahaha!

    * Best Buy College Crew members receive products to write honest, unbiased reviews. Reviewers have been provided products free of charge and may have received nominal compensation.

    Oct 26, 2021 11:00
  • Review by Margaritadad, 10 out of 10
    Best speaker

    Bought for my husband to play pool side. His comment was “best speaker ever!”

    We owned an older version previously that died, but we definitely got our monies worth out of the first one and expect the same.

    Apr 24, 2020 21:07
  • Review by Hookemmom, 10 out of 10
    Powerful Sound

    I needed a Bluetooth speaker with good sound for when I am in the backyard. Now when the neighbors start mowing the lawn I will still be able to hear my music. So far so good, although I’ve only used it about 3 times.

    Apr 09, 2021 17:25
  • Review by Tenna23, 10 out of 10
    OMG - TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

    Soooo I’m going on vacation and needed a wireless speaker for the beach I had my heart set on getting the Beats Pill because I wanted a small speaker. To my surprise the JBL Flip 5 was on sale and discounted $50 so I said why not, who knew this SPEAKER would be so LOUD I love it thus far, now granted I’ve only had for one day but if you choose this speaker you too will be presently surprised!

    Nov 10, 2020 15:32
  • Review by Rafamiami, 10 out of 10
    The best choose

    Perfect , excellent sound, no need for another one, practice, fits in the cup holder, battery lasts a long time

    Dec 11, 2020 16:45
  • Review by Katie, 10 out of 10
    Love this speaker

    Very good looking speaker. Most importantly great sound. Easy to use. Small enough to set up anywhere. Haven't had any issues so far.

    Feb 05, 2021 17:48
  • Review by Jessiika, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    Really good speaker, very loud long lasting easy to take everywhere you go !

    Jul 03, 2021 17:13
  • Review by BarryH, 8 out of 10
    Flipping Flip 5

    This is great, for what it is. Bluetooth can be irksome with the connection sometimes, but generally a pleasant thing.

    Mar 19, 2021 16:01
  • 9.6score
    Bose - SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    The SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker is engineered to deliver clear, deep sound that’s powerful enough to fill a room and loud enough for outdoor adventures. Whether hanging from a backpack or lying flat by the pool, the speaker’s PositionIQ technology optimizes the sound for natural audio. The SoundLink Flex portable speaker has a sophisticated, inviting aesthetic and industrial design that blends durability, portability, and utility. With its silicone body, powder-coated steel grille, and reliable utility loop, this wireless speaker goes where you go and plays like you play. Listen to music while hiking, camping, or paddle boarding. Its highly durable materials allow it to withstand the elements and accidental mishaps, from drops to shocks. Its utility loop can attach to a clip or carabiner, so you can hang it almost anywhere. And the Bluetooth outdoor speaker has been rigorously tested to meet an IP67 rating, which means it’s waterproof and dustproof. So, don’t worry if it accidentally falls into water or gets caught in the rain. SoundLink Flex also has a long-lasting battery life, offering up to 12 hours of unplugged play time per charge. For even more immersive sound, pair your SoundLink Flex with another Bose Bluetooth speaker, or connect it to a Bose smart speaker to extend your listening experience from inside the home to outside. Available in Black, White Smoke or Stone Blue.

    9 Features
  • Astonishing sound. Wherever life takes you.: The SoundLink Flex portable Bluetooth speaker plays crisp, clear sound that is free of distortions, so you can hear each instrument and nuance in the vocals. The treble and bass are perfectly balanced, allowing you to hear every pitch.
  • Tilt it. Flip it. Hang it.: It doesn’t matter whether SoundLink Flex is upright on the kitchen counter, hanging from a backpack, or flat on its back at the beach. Its PositionIQ technology automatically detects its orientation and ensures natural, lifelike sound in any position.
  • Innovative technology for an inspired performance.: A product of Bose’s state-of-the-art engineering, SoundLink Flex is packed with exclusive technologies. Its innovative transducer is custom-designed to deliver the clearest possible sound and strong, deep bass you can feel in your chest.
  • A rugged exterior that withstands the elements.: With its powder-coated steel grille and silicone exterior, this outdoor speaker is adventure-ready. Premium materials provide a tight seal around electronics, protecting them from water, dust and debris.
  • Elegant design that sets you apart from the crowd.: With its unique ergonomic design, the wireless speaker is easy to hold and feels good in your hand wherever you grab it. Its compact size allows it to fit in a small space or bag.
  • Hang it using the utility loop.: With its rugged utility loop, you can attach this outdoor Bluetooth speaker to a carabiner, hang it from a beach chair, or secure it to a strap on your backpack on a hike. Designed to resist twisting, the loop won’t spin or turn when it’s hanging.
  • Dustproof & waterproof speaker.: Tested to meet an IP67 rating, the SoundLink Flex is a waterproof speaker. Don’t worry if it accidentally falls into water, it will float, so it's easily retrievable. The speaker is also protected against dust, so you don’t need to worry if it gets sandy at the beach.
  • A long-lasting battery that goes the distance.: The rechargeable lithium-ion battery for SoundLink Flex portable speaker offers up to 12 hours of unplugged play time — enough to last throughout the day.
  • Make and answer phone calls.: With a built-in microphone, you can receive and make phone calls through SoundLink Flex. Plus, you can press and hold the multifunction button on SoundLink Flex to access your phone’s native voice assistant, like Siri or Google Assistant.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    Ready for Anything: Solid & Durable Bose Speaker

    Bose recently refreshed its "Revolve" line of Bluetooth speakers but failed to include any meaningful improvements (they still use micro USB and have limited dust and water protection compared to the competition). However, with this new SoundLink Flex, Bose finally has a portable Bluetooth speaker that actually shows some innovation. The SoundLink Flex offers a rugged and portable design with modern features and Bose's signature sound quality.

    PROS:

    - Setup is super quick and easy, especially if you already have other Bluetooth-based Bose products. If you've ever paired a set of wireless headphones or Bluetooth to your phone, you won't have any problems.

    - The SoundLink Flex is extremely durable with a very thick silicone exterior and steel grille. I reluctantly did a "test drop" on my concrete garage floor from about 4 feet, and to my delight, there is not a mark or blemish to be seen anywhere on the speaker and it never missed a beat.

    - The speaker has a tear-resistant loop on its right side that you can pair with a carabiner to hang from a backpack, hook, or anywhere else. According to Bose, the SoundLink Flex automatically detects its orientation to optimize sound quality (Bose calls this "PositionIQ").

    - For me, the coolest part about the SoundLink Flex is that it actually floats. This makes it the perfect speaker to bring to the pool, on a boating trip, etc.

    - The buttons on the top of the speaker are large and easy to press. There are LED lights next the the Power and Bluetooth buttons to indicate battery level and succesful device pairing.

    - Bluetooth range is very good. I walked more than 30 feet away from the speaker before it finally lost connection to my phone.

    - Sound quality is very good for a speaker of this size. The PositionIQ technology is very impressive and the speaker sounds excellent no matter its position. I tested it on my countertop and hanging vertically from my backpack. In both positions, the speaker delivers clear sound with crisp highs & mids and powerful bass. The speaker gets very loud and there is minimal distortion at the highest volumes. Would I use this speaker at a large party? No, probably not. But for personal use or smaller gatherings, it's great.

    - If you happen to own additional Bose Bluetooth speakers or sound bars, you can pair them together to enable "party mode" or a stereo pair for even richer sound.

    - Battery life is excellent, rated at 12 hours for the SoundLink Flex. I haven't had a chance to use the speaker non-stop for that long, but battery life has not been an issue at all in the couple of weeks I've used this speaker.

    - The speaker charges via USB-C. Finally, no need to carry an outdated micro USB cable.

    - The dust and water protection rating of the SoundLink Flex is IP67, which is in line with other rugged/portable speaker in this category and a marked improvement over Bose's other Bluetooth speakers.

    CONS:

    - Most of the speaker's low frequency/bass effects are pushed through an opening on the back of the speaker. If your hand or any other object covers too much of that opening, bass effects will take a noticeable hit.

    - The speaker has a built-in microphone, but it is mediocre at best. I tried answering one phone call using the microphone and the caller said I sounded "distorted" or "far away."

    OVERALL:

    Bose finally has a serious entry in the portable/rugged Bluetooth speaker market. The company has delivered an excellent speaker that will survive almost anything that you throw at it. Sound quality is excellent for such a small, lightweight device, and the durability of the speaker is evident out of the box. Minor shortcomings aside, the SoundLink Flex is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker.

    Oct 18, 2021 18:25
  • Review by Njmomof3, 10 out of 10
    The BEST. EVER.

    There is not much else I will say about this BOSE Bluetooth speaker other than it is simply amazing. I do have a few different brands of speakers, which are all good, but this Bose takes the cake and lives up to its namesake.

    PROS

    - Comes with an easy USBC port and charger

    - The bass is EXCEPTIONAL. It's amazing that so much bass and depth of sound comes from this small handheld speaker.

    - Connectivity was/is quick and easy; takes no time at all

    - It announces how much battery power is left when turned on

    - Battery life is decent, not charging too often

    - It's so portable and compact, it fits right into my pocketbook

    CONS

    - Zero. This is my favorite Bluetooth speaker. An obvious step above its competitors.

    I'm not one to write one sided reviews with no cons unless it's a rare hit out of the park. This one is just that.

    Oct 20, 2021 22:02
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Small, but large sound

    This is a competitively priced, high quality speaker in a crowded market. This speaker is durable, and way louder than it should be for its size (without sacrificing clarity). Bose could have rested on its laurels and slapped a Bose label to any speaker and turn a profit, but it’s clear that’s not the case.

    IN THE BOX

    The box in some respects seems smaller than the speaker. Other than the speaker you get a USB-C cable for charging (thank you Bose for moving to USB-C).

    SETUP

    I typically charge my new products straight out of the box, but this speaker had about 30% battery life out of the box. Either way, setup is as simple as connecting any Bluetooth device to your phone. You simply hold the power button for a moment, then push the Bluetooth button to go into pairing mode. Then follow your phone’s steps and you’re connected.

    Now you could stop there, or you can go the extra mile and download the Bose Connect app. I didn’t, because I like to limit unnecessary apps on my phone. I’ve used Bose Connect app before for my QC35 headphones (which is how you update the firmware). It gives you a little extra functionality which I’ll discuss in a moment.

    DESIGN

    I’m actually mixed on the design. I have the black model and it looks pretty darn basic. But some people might find that appealing (simplicity). And I was also a little torn on the “rubber” coating. It actually feels good to hold, but it just captures weird smudges on it (as you can see in my pictures). This probably will be of little consequence to most people and shouldn’t really affect your decision to buy it. But then, when I learned a little bit more about the coating, I came to appreciate the design, not for the looks but for protecting the speaker itself. This is labeled a durable speaker mind you. The back is a silicon, while the grille is metal and powder coated. Then you realize it’s dirt, water and dust resistant. So yes, you can use it on the beach or at the pool. Heck, it even floats (so they say, I’m reluctant to test that on purpose other than my bathtub which I haven’t done). So, when taking into account the design, there’s more to the Flex than looks. It’s meant to be taken on adventures. I also need to mention that it’s light, around 1 pound.

    SOUND PERFORMANCE

    I’m no audiophile, but I can certainly tell the difference between “puny” or “tiny” sounding speakers, and the “clarity” “range” and “bass” in others. This Bose speaker is remarkable for how loud it gets based on its size. It’s truly deceiving. And the bass, man it packs a wallop. All while producing crisp highs and midtones. From listening to podcasts, to rap music to country, I thought it all sounded wonderful. It won’t drown out a large room of people, but if you are outside or in a room with a few people hanging out and listening to music it will do the trick.

    One of the cooler features is that Bose has some technology in that adapts the sound depending on its orientation. What do I mean? Well, the speaker can be placed on its back (speaker grille pointing up), on its bottom (like a traditional speaker, pointing the grille in a certain direction) or you can hang it by the utility hook and it will be vertical. So the speaker adapts depending on its orientation to deliver the best sound depending on its position. This sound “optimization” if you will seems to work great because you don’t notice it. Meaning, depending on the orientation you get the same sound performance.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    The one area where this speaker falls a little short in my opinion, is battery life. It’s rated at 12 hours for medium volume. This I’m sure is plenty for one time use. But I often use my speaker here and there and don’t always charge it in between. I have a Sony Bluetooth speaker that delivers 24 hours of battery life. But that speaker is larger and much heavier, so the trade off is well worth it. Bottomline is that battery life shouldn’t be an issue for most, but some speakers deliver longer battery life.

    It has some other features, like connecting to other Bose Flex speakers to mirror the sound, or create a stereo (L and R speaker) effect. I haven’t tried this out because I only have one Flex, and I don’t see the point in buying two just to do that. But I guess if one of your friends has one, it could be useful. I don’t want to say that’s a gimmick, but it’s not a big selling point for me. This is meant to be a speaker you throw in your bag to go on a camping trip (or something along those lines).

    It can also connect to Bose soundbars, but I’m not quite sure why you’d want to. Satellite speakers I guess? Last, you can control your phone’s audio assistant and take phone calls. I don’t generally take any calls over Bluetooth speakers (preferring headphones for that) but I’m certain some people will like that feature. I haven’t tried it out to determine the quality of calls, but I’d imagine it’s solid.

    CONCLUSION

    For all the features or things this little speaker can do, it’s just icing on the cake. You don’t need them to justify the purchase. At $149, this is (not cheap by any means) reasonably priced speaker that delivers amazing sound quality, especially given its size. Its durability and IPX ratings means that it should handle the daily throws, drops, bumps that are a part of everyday life and keep on chugging.

    Oct 14, 2021 14:32
  • Review by NinjaTard, 10 out of 10
    Stereo Speaker Smashed Into Portable Body

    It's almost 2022 people, if you ever wanted a bluetooth speaker you have already bought a bluetooth speaker. So why would the Bose Soundlink Flex be any different? I can’t speak to what you may already be using but if your old one broke or you just want to upgrade your sound a bit then let me recommend the Soundlink Flex right here and now.

    About 7 ½ inches long by 3 ½ wide by approximately 2 inches tall and a rubberized texture on all but the front speaker grill the Bose Soundlink Flex is large enough to kick out a plenty loud sound while still being portable. In fact, it comes with a fabric loop on the right side so you can attach it to your carabiner or other attachment hardware to carry on a backpack or bag (or attach to the wall for a small child so it doesn’t get knocked off the shelf). It has some heft but isn’t quite what I would call “heavy” either, it just feels sturdy and compact like a stereo speaker smashed down into a smaller package.

    Setup and controls are typical for modern speakers: push the “action” button to pause, skip forward, or skip back depending on how many presses you do in sequence. The volume up makes the sound go WAY up and volume down when you realize your kid made it too loud. Power and bluetooth are also present. In the box, which is a thick cardboard fold open which I love, is a setup booklet telling you to download the app, a USB-C charging cable, and one of those multilanguage fine print papers to tell you about the laser qualifications and stuff. Barebones but you don’t really need anything else and the speaker is wrapped in plastic to keep it pristine until you’re ready to use it.

    Sound quality is quite good even at the highest volume (I sacrificed my eardrums to personally attest to that for you Best Buyers!) and the buttons are large enough to be found without any accidental presses. The center “action” button has raised bumps so you can always find “home” on the button bar even without looking.

    Its a well built and high quality speaker that will meet just about anyone’s needs, you won’t be using a stack of them at your next concert or rave but its more than loud enough for a beach trip, perfect for family audiobook nights, and an excellent choice for work around the house with tunes to motivate you. I would really recommend checking this out if you’re in the market for a new speaker.

    Oct 19, 2021 14:34
  • Review by jsisko76, 10 out of 10
    Small/Medium Size, HUGE sound

    Bose is well known to produce high quality audio products and this bluetooth speaker does not disappoint. The huge sound fills a room with little effort and it is incredible to think that the sound is coming from such a small/medium sized portable speaker.

    Set up was easy. A quick start guide is provided and installation of the Bose Connect app is required. I'm not a fan of installing apps just to connect a bluetooth device to your phone or other device. But this Bose app does offer some impressive features including the ability to find lost devices like ear buds.

    This speaker seems well built and very durable. It comes with a fabric hoop on one end that you can use to hook to a belt loop or backpack if you are taking it on the go. It is water and dust resistant, which are nice features for outdoor use. Battery life during my testing was excellent. I love how Bose audio products always give you an audible battery life announcement as you turn them on.

    Lastly, I can't say enough about the audio quality. This speaker gets LOUD, and does not distort the quality of that audio even when cranking it up. I listened to music and podcasts and both came through loud and clear with incredible clarity.

    This speaker has a really good price point. I highly recommend it for use in home or on the go. It's a terrific option for nearly any audio needs.

    Oct 10, 2021 16:09
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Compact Durable Speaker with Powerful Sound

    Bose’s latest entry to the Bluetooth speaker market is a great step for people who value sound quality but are on the go as well. So far the Soundlink Flex does not miss a beat!

    PROS:

    - The Speaker itself is minimalist but really nice looking! Its sleek and smooth but you can tell there is a ruggedness to it as well. Just the overall build of this speaker feels very high end.

    - On that note, I really like the size of this speaker. Its big enough to produce great sound but small enough to easily hold in your hand and bring with you.

    - Setup for the speaker is minimal! Just download the Bose App (although not completely necessary), turn on your speaker, and hook it up via Bluetooth to your phone/tablet/computer whatever!

    - Right out of the box, the sound quality is really fantastic! The vocals are crisp and clear with deep lows from its dedicated subwoofer on the speaker. I was surprised that it could produce as much sound as it does given its size but it sounds terrific!

    - The durability is another huge pro for me! This speaker is waterproof and dust proof, meaning it can go a little over 3 feet deep in water for up to 30 minutes with no side affects. I think for a speaker like this, you want the peace of mind that it can be at the lake with you, or by the pool, or just generally outdoors with you and not worry about the speaker getting damaged. Seriously great work on the durability!

    - The utility loop on it is another great plus because you can hang it from whatever you need it to if you have a carabiner or something.

    - The buttons on it are also very simple and helpful. You can easily connect to different devices, check the power level, or change the song to forward or backwards!

    - The speaker also charges via USB-C and that’s great as more and more devices shift to USB-C!

    - Lastly, the SoundLink Flex doubles as a speaker phone since it has a microphone on it. I used it on a few calls and it sounded great and the mic worked great as well! Just nice additional functionality to have.

    CONS:

    - The buttons on it could be a little more firm so that you have a better idea on if you are clicking them right or not.

    - Although the utility hook is nice, I wish Bose included a carabiner to use for it. Seems like an easy thing they could have included.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - There is a lot to love with the Bose SoundLink Flex! It is waterproof and durable, packs a lot of high quality sound, and is super portable for any adventure. Bose once again has done a great job checking all the boxes for a great Bluetooth speaker!

    Oct 09, 2021 12:58
  • Review by Selva, 10 out of 10
    Compact and Portable speaker for hiking / camping!

    I have been looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with premium sound quality and got Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker. In the box, it came with Bose SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Quick start guide, and Safety sheet. Setup is super easy and configured with my iPhone via Bluetooth using Bose Connect iOS app. This speaker has a premium and modern design made of silicone body, powder-coated steel grille with signature sound quality.

    I was impressed with the sound output from this speaker. The sound that came out of this speaker is crisp and clear. It is powerful enough to fill the entire room. It has a utility loop that can be used to attach the speaker to the clip. I was using this speaker during hiking and camping trips over the weekend. It is very lightweight and did not add much weight to the bag. It is IP67 rated for waterproof and dustproof. With a single charge, it offers up to 12 hours of continuous playtime in a single charge, and it will take up to 4 hours for a full charge. The battery light blinks white while charging. When the speaker is fully charged, the light stays solid white.

    With PositionIQ technology, it automatically detects the orientation and ensures natural, lifelike sound in any position. With a built-in microphone, I was able to receive and make phone calls through SoundLink Flex and it worked without any issues. Also, the phone’s native voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant can be activated by holding the multifunction button on the speaker. Multiple SoundLink speakers can be connected using the party mode option from the app. Auto-off timer setting can be configured via Bose connect app. This speaker is available in Black, White Smoke, or Stone Blue color and comes with 1-year manufacturer warranty. SoundLink Flex is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker with premium sound quality.

    Oct 19, 2021 00:16
  • Review by Shae, 10 out of 10
    Little size, Big sound

    It sounds great.

    I didn’t expect for this little pill to sound this way. These smaller speakers are really out here shining. This is the smallest weatherproof speaker we own, so we will definitely be taking this along with us where ever we go. It’s compact, lightweight and easy to charge on the go. It also boasts a strap to tether onto something so it’s hands-free. Which makes this perfect.

    It’s made of super durable plastic and a rubberized surround. Which makes the unit much harder slip off of surfaces or out of hands, especially when wet.

    It has one large speaker on the front and a smaller one on the back. It’s sounds great orientated in both laying and standing positions but I like how the bass deepens slightly when resonating off of the surface when laying down. It fills the room.

    It was so easy to set up. You don’t need the app. Just go straight to Bluetooth on your phone after pressing the Bluetooth option on speaker. So you’re up and running in seconds. I did however use the app after that to see if it made a difference in setup. Honestly, it doesn’t so you can skip this step, especially if you don’t want to download yet another Bose app. They need to integrate their apps because I don’t see the purpose for me to have multiple Bose apps for their multiple products we own. The only use for the app that I can recognize is that it allows you to link multiple speakers, activating/disabling voice prompts and timers.

    The battery life seems reasonable. Charging the unit didn’t seem terribly bad either. Just like other products in the Bose lineup, the device will notify you of its battery life once turned on. I like that.

    Oct 16, 2021 08:56
  • 9.6score
    Sony - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Take powerful party sound everywhere you go with the rugged SRS-XG500 Wireless Speaker. Up to 30 hours of battery life and IP66 water and dust resistance make sure the music keeps on going. Play your favorite tracks with the crisp, clear sound of X-Balanced speakers, and keep the mood just right with the subtle glow of the LED ring lighting.

    10 Features
  • X-Balanced Speaker units enhance sound quality and provide deep bass: A unique Sony-developed speaker unit allows for rich, powerful bass and higher sound levels while maintaining clarity.
  • All-day battery life with quick charging plus Battery Care: Up to 30 hours of battery life and quick charging ability means you will rarely have to go without any music. Just 10 minutes of charging provides up to 3 hours of playback.
  • Rugged IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design: Take the XG500 speaker anywhere. With an IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design, the speaker keeps on playing when exposed to water, sand, and dust. Water repellent mesh fabric makes it easy to clean and dry the outside of the speaker.
  • Unleash your inner pop star: Plug in a microphone or a guitar via the mic/guitar input in the rear port. When connecting a guitar, the XG500 can be used as a guitar amp.
  • USB play & charge: Plug your smartphone or media device into one of the rear USB ports and play music over a wired connection while it charges via the speaker’s power supply. You can also plug a USB memory stick or flash drive into a USB port to play your digital files.
  • Lightweight and portable: Made to be lightweight and portable, the built-in handle makes it easy to carry the XG500 with just one hand.
  • Subtle ring lighting: Stylish and subtle LED ring lighting adds a touch of fun to your music.
  • Wireless with BLUETOOTH technology: BLUETOOTH streaming connectivity makes it simple to stream your party playlist.
  • Fiestable app: Download the Fiestable app and you’ll be able to control the lighting on the XG500.
  • Control the party with the Sony Music Center app: Control the party from the dancefloor, with the Sony Music Center app - select your favorite playlists, cue the next song, change lighting patterns and sound modes.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Let the party begin!!!

    The Sony SRS-XG500 portable Bluetooth speaker is an awesome party speaker, its light weight, easy to carry handle, 30 hours of non-stop and amazingly loud undistorted, mega bass boosted, clear pure music for your enjoyment. My experience has been nothing but amazing and I cannot wait to start using it my summer BBQ parties. So, lets go over some of the features, Pro’s, and Con’s of the Sony SRS-XG500.

    Unboxing and Setup:

    In the you get you one Sony SRS-XG500 and the charging brick and cable. The setup process was super simple. My Android phone along with google home immediately pickup the speaker as soon as I powered it on and it was ready to play some music, but to get the best music experience I would highly recommend that you download the Sony Music Center App. The application allows you to make changes to the sound, lights, power options, and Bluetooth options. The app also allows you to access your audio inputs, your music library, music streaming applications, and finally your USB music options. Even though you use the speaker without the Music Center App, I would high encourage you to download and use the app to take full advantage of this awesome portable party speaker.

    Dimensions:

    Height: 12 inches

    Width: 22 inches

    Depth: 11 inches

    Weight: 21 lbs.

    Features:

    IP66 Water-Resistant and Dustproof design: Sony designed this speaker to be used on the go. The speakers mesh is made of water-repellent fabric to keep the water out and easy to wipe off incase it does get wet.

    X-Balanced Speakers-Sony developed speaker unit allows for powerful bass without distortion or loss of clarity. And let me tell you the bass on this unit is amazing.

    Guitar Amp-So, this is a pretty cool feature of the SRS-XG500, this unit can also be used as guitar amplifier. The input in the back allows for a guitar, microphone and audio device plug-in. I don’t own a guitar, so I was unable to test out this option.

    Illumination- The speaker has two color changing ring lights on both bass speakers on the left and right. The lighting was actually perfect for me, its not too much, you can also change the flash pattern or even turn them off completely.

    USB and Audio plugin options- So, you don’t see these options in a lot of the Bluetooth speaker now a days. The SRS-XG500 allows you to plugin your phone, and you can also charge your phone while its plugged into the speaker, you can plug in a USB memory stick, or even a flash drive. This unit allows for multiple input options.

    Party Connect- This is actually a pretty neat feature but unfortunately it only works with other Sony speakers. The speaker has an option to allow for Stereo Pair, in which you can connect two of the same speakers and play in stereo mode, or Party Mode, in which you connect multiple, up to 100 devices, to create a party scene.

    Pros-

    Easy Carry Handle – Portable, Lightweight

    Water resistant and Dust proof

    Multiple Audio Inputs

    Guitar Amp – For anyone that is able or want to use it as such

    Amazing sound quality and mega bass option

    30 Hour batter life – 10 minutes of charging provides 3 hours of playtime

    Cons-

    The only thing I was not happy about with this speaker was the fact that in either party or stereo mode, these speakers only connect to a specific brand. I have tested out other brands as well and they all pretty much do the same exact thing so I can’t blame Sony for doing the same thing but it does start to get pretty annoying. One of the best features one of these speakers could offer was to connect to together any brand device to create a party mode.

    Overall, Sony has done it again with its SRS-XG500 Portable Party Speaker, its has amazing sound quality, great bass, multiple input options, even the option to be used as a guitar amplifier, and even charging your devices while pumping out some beats. Sony is a known name in the industry to making quality products, so definitely check out this product if you are in the market.

    May 25, 2021 00:46
  • Review by LouRevue, 10 out of 10
    Boombox for the new age

    Pretty sweet bluetooth speaker that's consistent with Sony quality.

    Initially I was taken back a bit by the size of this speaker. Most speakers are relatively small and easily portable in a bag or something. This one is quite beefy in size/weight. It measures about 18 inches wide and 11 inches tall. It weighs about 12 pounds so it's got some heft to it. Definitely something you won't be putting in your back/suitcase but still portable.

    The appearance of the speaker is really minimalist. There's a couple buttons on top for power, volume and Mega Bass options and that's it. The I/O port on the back is covered with a rubber plug and has all the ports. There's USB ports, audio in as well as buttons to turn on/off the lights and check battery level. The speaker is IP66 water/dust repellent so it's perfect for taking with you on trips. The cloth covering on the speaker is also pretty cool and looks great.

    The sound of this speaker is fantastic. I really like the Mega Bass feature in all of Sony speakers/headphones and this one definitely lives up to that lineage. The highs/mids are crisp and as they should be. The bass on this speaker is really impressive which I love. The bass can handle all the thumping and booming bass notes easily all without drowning out the highs/mids. That, and this speaker can get loud which is a bonus. This is the perfect speaker to bring along with you on a fishing trip or to the beach. Higher volumes on this speaker sound good without too much distortion.

    There is a companion app you can download for this speaker however it's not required. Personally, I didn't find much value in the app itself. It allows you to control playlists, lights as well as works with the karaoke function on this speaker. I don't do karaoke so I probably won't ever use this feature but the speaker has inputs for that if that's your thing. I found it much easier to pair with the bluetooth on my phone (iPhone) and using the player for controlling the music.

    Overall, this is a great party speaker that can handle the elements as well as the music.

    May 24, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Selva, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Bluetooth Speaker! Great Sound!

    I am a big fan of SONY Bluetooth speakers and looking for one with a handle for the outdoors and camping. I got a SONY SRS-XG500 speaker as it came with a beautiful handle and excellent specifications. It came with the speaker, power cord, and warranty information. Setup is easy by downloading the Music Center app from the app store on iPhone and connected the speaker via Bluetooth. Also, I have downloaded the Fiestable app, which will control the speaker's lights and allow to play a party playlist. Build quality is outstanding and has buttons for power, Bluetooth, play, pause, volume, and mega bass. However, personal EQ settings can be done via the music center app.

    It is lightweight and portable. Battery life is great and provides up to 30 hours of playtime. With the quick charge feature, 3 hours of playtime can be achieved with 10 mins of charge. I was using this speaker in camping and large outdoor parties. It is an IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design, the speaker keeps on playing when exposed to water, sand, and dust. The water-repellent mesh fabric makes it easy to clean and dry the outside of the speaker. Smartphones can be plugged into the rear USB ports to play music over a wired connection which is really nice feature. Also, it will charge the phone at the same time. Music can be played in another way by inserting a memory stick or flash drive which is another great feature to play songs where there is no cell phone signal.

    XG500 can be used as a guitar amp by plug in a guitar via the mic/guitar input in the rear port. The LED ring lighting adds a touch of fun to the music. Sony Music Center app allows controlling the party from the dancefloor, selecting favorite playlists, cueing the next song, changing lighting patterns, and sound modes.

    I was blown away by the sound quality of this speaker. The X-Balanced Speaker Unit achieves high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper, more rewarding listening experience. This speaker is waterproof and dustproof. It is the perfect time to use it in the swimming pool during summertime in Arizona. I was playing a song with full sound and fill the entire living room with great sound quality. The ability to connect more than 100 speakers is a great feature and it will help to place speakers in each room.

    SONY always makes better products in TVs, Cameras and they have entered in audio space with quality products like SRS XG500 Series Bluetooth speakers.

    Well done SONY and it is another outstanding speaker!

    Jun 09, 2021 01:26
  • Review by Woo151, 10 out of 10
    Centerpiece of your next party!

    This Sony Bluetooth speaker is amazing! Great for get togethers, parties or just plain wanting to listen to something where ever you are at. Went over to my neighbors since he has a pool to grill out and chill. 30 hours on a full charge is most than great and the carrying handle makes it super portable.

    In the box comes with the speaker itself, power cord and charging brick and also the usual paperwork regarding instructions and warranty. They do recommend downloading 2 apps, Fiestable and Sony's Music Center. Fiestable lets you add to the party playlist and lets your phone or whatever device your using emit light linked to nearby speaker. Music Center gives you more options directly to the speaker itself like RGB Light settings and an EQ for your personal settings.

    Speaker is IP66 rated for being water resistance and dustproof (as long as all ports are securely closed. Mesh fabric itself repels water nicely when I was using at the pool.

    Though the speaker itself has all the buttons most commonly used like power, BT, play, pause, volume and Mega Bass, I actually preferred just using my phone and personal EQ settings. Btw using EQ disables Mega Bass but just turn up the bass in the sliders for bass, mid and treble and you'll get the same performance.

    Other than BT pairing, you can directly plug into the speaker using 3.5mm Audio Jack and/or USB (and it charges your device too). I don't have a guitar so I couldn't try out that option it comes with but I did have a mic and tried that out. Also can check the status of the battery level from the covered controls in the back as well as lights. There is also Party Connect that allows for multiple speaker connections to create a daisy chain of music for parties but you have to make sure the speakers are compatible with each other.

    RGB rings adds a fun touch to the speaker. Using the Music Center app you can change not only the style of lighting (solid, flashing, phasing, etc) but also many different colors too. Can leave it solid colors or just go ham with rainbow explosions everywhere.

    Sound quality is great and can get SUPER loud with no distortions at all! You can use a bunch of presets depending on the music playing or like me, use your own EQ settings. Bass is deep and heavy without overpowering the music.

    In the end, this all-in-one party speaker exceeds everything I am used to in a portable speaker. Multiple input options, weather resistant, amazing sound, guitar amp, mic for karaoke and eye pleasing light candy. Sony hit a home run with this and I highly recommend.

    May 27, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Knivels, 8 out of 10
    Take the party with you!

    Have you ever wanted to literally take the party with you? Sony’s SRS-XG500 portable wireless speaker can make that happen. It lives up to the standards the manufacturer is famous for and then some more!

    Sony has been making Bluetooth speakers for a while. Besides the thumping bass courtesy of their Extra/Mega Bass (depending on model), they are also renowned for their party lights and party chaining abilities. The SRS-XG500 is part of the brand’s X-Series. It’s a combination of two tweeter (0.98 inches each) and two woofer (4.33 inches each) speaker units enclosed in a water repellent mesh fabric. The unit has an IP66 rating for water resistance and dustproofing. The ports and controls in the rear are protected by a cover that seals them off. It is not waterproof and cannot be immersed in water. You can, however, party in the rain or take it to the beach and not worry. The fabric mesh also appears easy to clean.

    The power, Bluetooth pairing, play/pause and volume controls are all located on the front of the speaker. The circular led lights are located on either side and produce a rather subtle/subdued effect compared to others. There is also a Mega Bass button to get deeper bass. In the rear, beneath the protective cover are five ports: AC Adapter, two USB Type-A, audio in and a mic/guitar in. the USB ports can also charge a connected device. In addition to the ports, there are also four buttons:

    Party Connect: Sony’s feature which allows compatible devices to connect so audio can be streamed simultaneously

    Battery: Provides an audio output of the current battery level

    Light: Toggles light on/off

    Guitar: This activates the guitar mode. There is a volume control for the mic/guitar function

    The biggest selling point to is the ability to take the thumping sound with clear vocals with you. The sound is just as rich outside as inside and the ergonomic handle begs to be held. The Sony Music Center app adds some equalizer settings for your output along with some DJ effects through the Fiestable app. Different lighting options are also available. Battery life is rated for an impressive 30 hours of continuous play but that is obviously based on listening preferences and will vary based on individual use; devices streaming to the speaker will more than likely require charging before the speaker does. Charge from empty is about 3 hours but 10 minutes of charging will also provide 3 hours of playback. To help preserve battery health, the charging capacity can be limited.

    Party Connect is a feature that allows compatible speakers to play the same content simultaneously. I own other Sony speakers that have this feature labeled as “Party Chain”. In summary, I could not group them with this speaker because they are not “compatible". The good news is that Android OS has a feature by default in the later releases (media panel) that helps overcome this hurdle; I have Android 11 by the way. It basically lets a device connect to two wireless speakers and allow simultaneous streaming. My recommendation to Sony would be to allow their speakers to "play" nicely with each other, regardless of family.

    Sony’s SRS-XG500 in my opinion is bound to be a favorite as we start venturing outdoors. What better way to do it but with a solid wireless speaker that delivers solid sound regardless of the environment? It is a hit in my books and I highly recommend it.

    Jun 15, 2021 13:41
  • Review by Dakingindanorf, 10 out of 10
    Worth It

    Sony is a well known name and they make some very nice products. Their audio devices are no different. As you open the box of the new SRS XG 500, you know you’re in for a treat. This speaker is big and well built, weighing in at just over 12 pounds. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take it places easily. The entire top portion of the speaker is a handle that you can grip with one or both hands if necessary.

    Once you get the speaker where it’s needed, it’s very easy to connect and play. With Bluetooth 5.0, wireless connections are stable and hold at long distances. If needed, you can play music through the USB-A, Aux, or instrument connection ports on the back. It’s pretty slick that Sony included the instrument connection port so it can be used as a guitar amp. While only the left USB-A port can be used to play music on the speaker, both USB-A ports can be used to charge pretty much any electronic device. Both charge at 2A. This is a must for a portable speaker.

    The speaker’s IP66 rating keeps it protected from dust, sand, and water (to an extent), making this a perfect pool, beach, and garage-work companion. I personally spilled water on the speaker while I was in the driveway washing my car and it was not a problem whatsoever. The mesh was easy to wipe off so I could keep jamming. The RGB lights are subtle, but really fun. Definitely best in low light conditions when you’re partying with friends. The way the lights cycle can be changed in the Sony Music Center app. An issue that I’ve had with portable speakers in the past is sound quality diminishing with an increase in volume. The SRS XG 500 does not have this problem. Even at maximum volume, I never notice any distortion in sound quality. And the Mega Bass button gives you a little extra thump. It’s an experience. I love how easily this speaker can fill an entire space with loud, clear jams. You’ll have no shortage of music either with a 30 hour playback time and quick charge that provides 3 hours of playback time with a quick 10 minute charge.

    All in all, the Sony SRS XG 500 does come with a premium price tag, but that's because you're getting a premium portable product with incredible sound quality and some bells and whistles too. Despite it’s lame name, this is a speaker I'd highly recommend you pick up in preparation for all the time you're about to spend outside this summer.

    Jun 19, 2021 18:01
  • Review by TechMatcher, 10 out of 10
    Awesome sound and size!

    I don't often give 5 stars, but I'm very happy with the features and performance of this portable speaker. Quite literally, I've used it every day while my landscaping crew gets the job done!

    Bluetooth range is great, sound and bass are full and amazing! The color ring is cool - but obviously in the daylight we don't really notice it.

    There are many features to take advantage off, the best in my opinion would be the Party Mode (if you have more than one of these or your friends do, you can connect them together for an immersive sound experience) and Guitar Amp - where this device can be used as a guitar amplifier for you or your strumming friends! Also, a 30 hour battery life.....really a must have especially if you want to charge your phone on this bad boy. Lastly, the IP66 Water-resistant and Dustproof Design. Since this is on the job landscaping - you can imagine how important this is.

    Overall - very pleased and I'm sure you will be too. Even the dog likes it (see pictures) - also showing relation in size to a 70 lb Labrador retriever

    Jun 16, 2021 10:04
  • Review by Denisik91, 10 out of 10
    Solid Speaker..Indoor/Outdoor it's a party starter

    I'm very impressed with the ergonomics of this Sony Srsxg500 as well with the sound quality and features it has.

    I've been using it in my house when I don't want to fire up the home theatre and it's a joy more then enough to entertain.

    Tried it outside and very pleasantly surprised how good the base and sound quality is.

    Been playing all kind of genres music.

    Battery life is great 30hr of playing plus you get 2 usb ports to charge other devices in case of emergency or to play content of them.

    Also you get Party connect, Lights, Mic/Guitar port .

    Great companion that will bring any party to life. So if you are on the market for a portable great speaker this is the One!

    Ps: it's ip66 rated ... great near pools or on the beach

    Jun 17, 2021 21:25
  • 9.6score
    JBL - JR POP Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Cool Blue
    Description

    Keep children entertained wherever they are with this JBL JR POP kids portable Bluetooth speaker. The compact size increases portability, while the 600mAh rechargeable battery offers up to five hours of music playtime. This JBL JR POP kids portable Bluetooth speaker has an IPX7 waterproof rating, safe for beaches and pools.

    6 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from across the room: Pair this speaker with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets and laptops.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Enjoy up to 5 hours of extended playback on a single charge.
  • Pick it up and play: With the lightweight, portable design.
  • 3W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 190Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 80dB signal-to-noise ratio: Provides clear audio.
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  • Review by Cilla, 8 out of 10
    It’s cool.

    I really liked that I was able to use it on my river raft while floating on the river. It didn’t get damaged.

    I would say that it isn’t too loud, wish it were louder but other than that it’s awesome.

    Jul 24, 2020 16:19
  • Review by Cinnabuns, 10 out of 10
    Great for husband's too!

    Bought this for my husband who is huge into audio equipment for him to use when doing outside chores or outdoor events. Wanted something rugged as he tends to be clumsy. He absolutely loves using it and mentioned that for the size and the fact it is "made for kids" that he would definitely buy another one down the road as this can be hanged from more options rather than the clip. Has good quality and sound, incredible volume control for both indoors and outdoors. The lights can also be turned off to avoid more battery consumption.

    Jul 20, 2020 16:51
  • Review by georgemovie, 10 out of 10
    Great little speaker for the kids!

    I originally bought this for myself to listen to music while cleaning windows, but my two li'l boys enjoyed using it more to listen to music around the house. They also love the flashing lights too!

    Nov 06, 2021 00:15
  • Review by Momma, 10 out of 10
    Great sound

    My son loves it! It has great sound and best part it could get wet and no damage

    Oct 30, 2021 09:56
  • Review by Laptop, 10 out of 10
    Speaker

    Super great, works well at home. Would definately recommend.

    Nov 06, 2021 12:42
  • Review by Unibela, 10 out of 10
    Worth it

    Daughter loves it. Clear sound plus the LED lights.

    Nov 01, 2021 07:22
  • Review by Bing, 8 out of 10
    Protable speaker

    Lovely portable speaker, easy to operate, good price, i highly recommend this

    Aug 27, 2021 17:14
  • Review by Lizz, 10 out of 10
    It's loud

    When I ordered it online and received it in person. It looked like it's cheaply made, but hey, it's for kids. I was surprised how loud it can get and my kids like the lighting of it. Got it on sale and it was totally worth it!

    Jun 11, 2020 17:08
  • 9.6score
    Sonos - Move Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa and Google Assistant - Black
    Description

    Play your favorite tunes anywhere with this weatherproof and drop-resistant Sonos Move portable speaker. The Trueplay automatic tuning adapts and balances the sound based on where you are and what you're listening to. This Sonos Move portable speaker incorporates built-in support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay and the Sonos app to let you stream audio from a smart device.

    14 Features
  • Perfect sound outdoors: Features surprisingly deep bass, a wide soundscape, and automatic Trueplay™ tuning that perfectly balances the sound for where you are and what you're listening to.
  • Built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control: Use voice commands with the speaker to play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered and more. A separate voice assistant is not required.
  • Connect wirelessly from distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Stream over Wi-Fi, and connect this speaker to the rest of your Sonos system at home.
  • Rechargeable battery: Enjoy up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playback on a single charge (pausing, volume level, Bluetooth, heat exposure, and other factors will cause battery life to fluctuate).
  • Durable construction: With an IP56 rating, it protects your device from humidity, rain, snow, dust, salt spray, UV rays, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Two Class-D digital amplifiers: Perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.
  • Sonos app: Makes setting up, installing, and controlling your Sonos speaker easy.
  • Apple AirPlay 2 enabled: Works with AirPlay 2 on Apple devices with iOS 11.4 and later.
  • Integrated into cabinet mid-woofer: Ensures faithful playback of mid-range vocal frequencies, plus deep, rich bass.
  • Downward-firing tweeter: Creates a crisp, clear high-frequency response that disperses evenly for 220° of coverage.
  • Audio controls: The responsive audio chime lets you know that your Sonos Move has heard you and is working on a response.
  • Built-in microphone: The far-field microphone array uses smart voice capture and noise cancellation.
  • Complete privacy: An illuminated LED indicator light ensures you're always aware when the microphone is active.
  • Top panel: Features capacitive touch controls for volume up/down, previous/next track, play/pause, and microphone status. The LED light indicates the speaker status, microphone status, and voice feedback.
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  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    A Must Have Smart Home & Portable Speaker

    Smart Home Speakers and Portable Speakers are something that have become such an easy way to help you at home or enjoy music. There are so many options for both styles of speakers that it can be hard to narrow it all down. Thankfully, Sonos has combined these two speakers in magnificent fashion with the Sonos Move! Here is what I think...

    SET-UP:

    - Taking the Move out of the box your first impression is this thing is heavy duty. It's big but compact, heavy but easy to carry, and just overall feels very high quality. In the box you have the Move, charging base, and a nice Sonos brand clothing carrying bag for the Move.

    - An initial thought is I really like the charging base for this. It's very simple and nice because it makes the Move a permanent fixture in your house but you can just lift the Move on and off the base for portability. I also really like how forward thinking Sonos was to include a port for USB-C so you can more easily charge the Move on the go instead of the charging base. However, no USB-C cable is included with the package.

    - Setting it Up for Music was very easy! Just set it on the power base, download the Sonos App, and complete set-up through the app. The Sonos app will hook you up to the WiFi, sign you into any music apps, and set up your speaker to Google Assistant / Alexa (I used Google). I can't say enough how you should absolutely set up Google Assistant / Alexa with the Move, it just adds a tremendous amount of value to an already exceptional speaker.

    - The buttons on the Move are very subtle and simple by having controls for connectivity, power, microphone on/off, play/pause, and volume controls. All very slick and smooth but I do wish there was an easy way to tell battery life besides the Sonos App or asking Google what the battery level was.

    FEATURE PERFORMANCE:

    - Once set up, the Move works very smoothly. You can play music through the Sonos app, ask Google to play music for you, Apple Airplay, or since it’s a WiFi speaker - most music apps / phones will let you connect and play music through it regardless of using the Sonos app which is nice. Of course you can also use Bluetooth when you are off Wifi which is very easy to use as expected.

    - It's important to note that Sonos speakers uses "Trueplay" which is where it uses the microphones in your phone to set up the acoustics in a room. The Sonos Move uses the microphones on top of the speaker itself to automatically perform Trueplay whenever you move the speaker and set it back down. This is a huge benefit and makes using a Sonos so much more easy.

    - Sonos really nailed the Portability side of the Move. The battery life is great at 10 hours and it's very durable and ready for the elements which is great so you can bring it by any lake/pool, or out in the rain, or even outside in hot days or cold nights. You can't completely submerge it in water but that's not something I need from this speaker anyways. Regardless, it is a huge plus for a portable speaker to know it's not always going to be in dry normal conditions.

    SOUND QUALITY & SMART HOME

    - The Sound on the Sonos Move is by far the best sound quality I have ever experienced on a Portable Battery Powered Speaker or on a Google Assistant Speaker. The sound is so crisp and clear but the lows and bass are so powerful that you don't understand how they could do all that in a relatively small package. Also the sound quality is so great because it can really fill a space without having to turn it up even that high.

    - My only complaint with this Speakers sound is that the Move really has one forward firing speaker. So it's apparent that you get the best sound when you are facing the front side of the speaker compare to the back or even sides. I will say this isn't an issue when it's stationary in your home and the sound quality is so high that it still makes a room sound great, but it just would have been nice if they had more of a 360 degree effect for outdoor situations like other portable speakers do.

    - As far as Google Home integration, it's like you are using a Google Home as it will do almost everything that a normal Google Home will do (there are a few minor settings that actual Google Homes have that the Move doesn't but it's a non-issue for me). The Microphone button on top also works as a Toggle button to turn on/off the Mic in case you don't want it listening which is a nice feature to have

    BOTTOM-LINE:

    - If you are a Smart Home User that loves music at home and on the go, this is an absolute must have. The sound quality alone beats out any Smart Home Speaker I have heard of while still remaining relatively small and out of the way. Even with being such a great sounding smart home speaker, you can literally take this on the go whether it's around the house or backyard which will still stay connected to WiFi, or brave the elements on the go since its super durable and can connect with Bluetooth. I really think the Sonos Move is a homerun and you will be very satisfied!

    Oct 11, 2019 09:24
  • Review by CrysisComplex, 10 out of 10
    A feature-rich utopia of sound.

    First I want to say this is my first venture into a Sonos Product. The next thing I wanna say is I never want to go back to other speaker manufacturers. I hate to say it but Bose is in big trouble this is the kinda quality that others are putting out because this is the first speaker in my entire life that I have seen so many outstanding useful features. And. They. All. Work. Flawlessly.

    I’ll start with the elegant packaging that Sonos have here as it is ensured that nothing will be broken by the time it gets to you. Everything is snug and packed with pristine that it’s mind-blowing. I normally don’t pay too much attention to the presentation of the device but Sonos gave it a wow factor. What you get in the box is a few documentations here in there to get you started and easy with setup, the Speaker itself with a cloth carrying bag to put it in, and the charging base.

    Setup here was extremely intuitive, but it just downright work with the Sonos App. There weren’t any headaches or Frustrations with the app. The Sonos App walk-through through the setup process which is quick and easy. Sonos did a great job conveying instructions to the user while letting the app be smooth and useable. There is always an audio chime to let you know your voice or touch has been registered. You would think this would be easy for other manufacturers to follow but they don’t.

    Design is ultra-modern with touch-sensitive buttons. The speaker looks great in any area of the house. I like the smooth texture matte texture on the device. I love the design element that Sonos made this Move but the downside is if you are looking for a white version for your all-white Sonos setup there is none just yet. Play/Pause, VOL Up/Down and a "Mute Mic" for the voice assistants are all located at the top of the device. while on the back is Bluetooth, Wifi, and Power buttons are on the back. USB-C port for charging is also there and can be useful when you are not around the charging base.

    This comes with something called auto “Trueplay” which the Move comes with six microphones on the top of the device to Automatically fine-tune the sound to your rooms preference when on Wifi. The speaker then auto set the EQ giving you rich sound no matter where you are and they work! It’s subtle but the adjustments are there. I heard before on other Sonos speakers that true play forces you to use your phone to fine-tune the speaker to the environment. Well here everything is automatic and you don’t have to go waving your phone around the room all day looking like a madman.

    Sound quality is a game-changer as this one speaker can out preform and even outdo my own over a grand surround system. I have never witness sound so good, so perfect, so clear in all my days of owning speakers. I honestly didn’t know what I was expecting from a speaker at this price but I was floored with how the Bass can really move everything on its own. Everything from a pin drop to full layered Orchestra piece tracks. The drives Drivers and acoustics play well with each other delivering the sound you will be happy with. One mid-woofer integrated into the speaker; mid-range vocal with super deep bass.

    You can feel and hear it all coming from the Sonos move. Airplay 2 worked just perfectly with iOS 13 and played with the rest of my home setup. Not only does this one speaker fills up an entire living room but can fill up my whole downstairs with sound. I have no doubt this will be perfect for parties or barbecues at your home...because not only you can move the speaker around the house but you can also take the Move to wherever you want with the added Bluetooth inside the speaker. That’s right you can finally move your Sonos speaker outside the home and off of Wifi. I will be real and say the implementation of Bluetooth is pretty basic here but at least it’s here! Now you can have that same Sonos sound inside your home to the beach, skatepark, work, party, friend's house or just anywhere.

    I have moved the speaker several times around the house and haven’t had any issues with weight. It is quite heavier than any speaker of this size that I own but I don’t mind the weight of the device. It gives you a feeling of “huff” to the device as you move it around, even if you happen to drop this thing it does withstand drops and falls. I would give Sonos five stars on durability alone if I could. The speaker is weatherproof but the charging base is not so I wouldn't leave it on a patio table at all times. You can pair two Moves on WiFi for stereo sound if you have them so that's nice and No, the Move doesn't pair with Sonos Sub because this is designed to be moved around.

    The battery is great for Sonos' first attempt to get into the portable sound field. I found that battery was the weakest part of this product but it held enough stamina to get me through the day. All features turned on got me around 9.5 hours at full charge with Wifi and about 30 minutes less with Bluetooth on the go. Just when you really getting into the speaker the battery dies, this is the only area I can see them improving on but the Charging Base charges up the speakers fast to get you out of the door. Again to the Speaker has a USB-C charging on the back so the base isn't required for charge. Trust me you gonna need this if you plan on partying with this speaker all night somewhere. Also maybe this is me asking for too much but if a device is this feature-rich at this size I mean why not just put a Qi/Wireless charging inside the top of the device and/or NFC for easier pairing for Android users? no matter what you get here is amazingly done from Sonos.

    Voice Assistance pushes this device over the edge with its features and voice commands Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are here on this Sonos Move making life much easier. Yes, Voice assistance here is useful. I was able to change songs on my Apple music Playlist with my voice without using another iOS device since the speaker was on Airplay. Doing dishes, gardening, or crafts with my hands being so busy I was able to do it all by voice with Alexa. Alexa allow me to do all kinds of useful things from turning on the Xbox, Guard dogging my house, tell me flights, and I was quite impressed with the Sonos implementation of her. Google Assistant I don't use but I suspect that it's just as good on this speaker. I love the one-touch button on the speaker to turn on or off Alexa/Google when needed on the fly.

    As you can tell I love this Sonos Move, it's one of the best speakers I've ever used. In fact, I also used it on Apple TV as a way to have a home theatre experience and it kept up with my own expensive soundbar/woofer! This is not only feature-rich but it just works while being elegant and modern. With the added fact that everything is intuitive without a steep learning curve. Let us not forget they fair well in updating their software so you will always be up to date. All my time of reviewing products this is not easy for companies to do. Sonos have me as a new customer and if they keep up the hard work many more will come.

    Oct 11, 2019 10:10
  • Review by sgriesch, 10 out of 10
    Great Portable Speaker

    About Sonos Move

    Sonos Move is the first portable speaker in the Sonos line-up. It’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and even claims that it’s drop resistant (though I’m not willing to test this feature since I like the speaker so much). It’s feature-rich and high quality, and exactly what Sonos needed to add to its series of products.

    What It Comes With

    Sonos Move is pretty simple. Most everything is housed within the speaker casing. In addition to the speaker it comes with a charging base and a bag to tote the speaker in. The charging base is a ring that the speaker sets on. The base, cord, and charging plug are all one proprietary connected piece. The casing even has a handle built into the back side for you to carry the speaker.

    Set Up

    For me, the set up was really easy. I already had the Sonos app installed on my phone. It was up and running in just a few minutes. For those that don’t have the app already installed, you’ll need to download and set up the app, get connected to the WiFi, and connect any services (like Spotify or Pandora, etc). You’ll also want to update the speaker software when you set up. That takes a few minutes to accomplish typically. Other than the app I just set the base down, plugged it in, and set the speaker on the charging base. Not much to it.

    Features

    This portable speaker is feature-rich. It works on both WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can really use this about anywhere. It’s as easy as pushing the button on the back to switch between WiFi and Bluetooth. It also has a microphone with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in. There’s an option to turn the microphone off for those don’t want to use this or just want their privacy. There are also touch sensitive buttons on the speaker to control play and volume. This speaker can be used both indoors and outdoors. I think that this may be perfect for a bathroom since it’s designed to be weatherproof.

    Also, with any Sonos product, don’t forget about the grouping feature that the Sonos app has. If you have another Sonos product you can group the multiple products together and stream your audio to the group. I tried this with a Play:5 in the Kitchen, and it worked well. Then, I tried this with my Sonos/Sonance Patio system, and it was awesome. I could move this speaker to exactly where I wanted a little more sound. It was a great addition to the existing set of speakers. As for battery life, I used the speaker for about 20 minutes outdoors, and it used around 5% of the battery life. Battery life shows up in the Sonos app so you can see where you stand as you play.

    Sound Quality

    I tested the speaker both indoors and outdoors, and I used a variety of music to see if it catered to one type more than another. I have to say that this speaker was really well balanced (especially for a portable). In my opinion, and for those who have listened to Sonos products previously, it sounded better than a Play:1, but not quite as good as a Play:5. Rightfully so considering the price difference with these speakers. The Sonos Move had much better bass than I expected. In fact, it may have had better bass than the larger Sonance speakers installed on my patio. I was pretty impressed.

    Here is a quick list of Pros and Cons for the Sonos Move.

    Pros

    *Everything is in one package

    *Sound quality is really good – lots of bass and is balanced

    *Sonos quality (sound and features)

    *Has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

    *Sonos app connects with several different audio sources

    *Sonos app allows this speaker to be grouped with others

    *Indoor and Outdoor use

    *Has a handle built in to the back of the speaker and a bag to tote it

    *Battery life of speaker is good

    Cons (Not Many)

    *Charging base and cord is a proprietary set up

    I’m giving the Sonos Move 5 stars. It’s the best portable speaker that I’ve used so far. The sound quality is really good, it has all of the Sonos app functionality, and I can use it almost anywhere. Sonos did a great job with this product.

    Oct 11, 2019 22:34
  • Review by CraigB, 10 out of 10
    Big sound in a small package

    Pros

    Surprising sound range and bass from a small speaker

    Sleek and secure carrying handle

    Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming

    Charging rings makes charging easy

    Backup USB-C for charging without ring

    Water, dust, and drop resistant

    Supports Google Assistant and Alexa

    Includes automatic Trueplay tuning

    Battery is replaceable when it wears out

    Sturdy feel

    Cons

    Volume up and down button graphics the same

    Volume buttons don’t light up

    Midrange slightly weak

    Tons of options get complicated with limited instructions

    Battery indicator only shows up when the battery is low

    For fans of Sonos that have been wanting a portable speaker, Sonos finally answered with the Move. The Move is a portable speaker offering a ton of features and is targeting higher end customers.

    Design and Features

    The design is understated. If you have seen other Sonos speakers and how the style is very simple, then you get the idea. The matte black color is a little different than the rest of the lineup. Early reports say they chose the particular shade of black to help keep the speaker cooler in the sun but it’s still black so only time will tell if this is true. It’s IP56 water and dust resistant for use outdoors. It has a downward firing tweeter, mid-range woofer, and far field microphones. It’s just a little under 10 inches tall and has capacitive microphone mute, play/pause, volume up, and volume down button on top. Inside the carrying handle, which is handy considering its weight, are a power button, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi button, and Join Button. Inside the front of the speaker grill is a power and battery indicator, which only seems to light up when the battery is low. You charge it via a charging cradle, but Sonos mercifully realized we don’t want to carry that on the go and included a USB-C charging port on the back as well. No need to bring another charger in your car. A nice touch is that the battery is replaceable. The specifications say it lasts for 900 charges or about 3 years. After that point, you can purchase a replacement and install it yourself. If you would like to have portable stereo sound, the Move can be paired with one more Move. It will not pair with any other Sonos speaker. It supports too many streaming services and protocols to list. More than likely it will support your favorites.

    Performance and Usage

    Sound quality can be very subjective, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that the Sonos Move sounds like a much larger speaker than it is. Depending on the room it is placed in, the amount of bass it can generate can be surprising. Even when compared to larger portable speakers, the sound output was not only louder, but more refined. The automatic Truetone is supposed to adjust the sound based on the area. Although it was difficult to recognize any difference with it on or off, the speaker was able maintain good quality sound even outdoors. Of course, there are limits to what you can do in such a small package. You aren’t going to be getting any hard-hitting bass and mid tones seem slightly muted but mid-bass and highs were good. Overall, the sound quality is quite pleasant for such a small package. People are often surprised when you show them that this little speaker is what they are listening to.

    Although it was hard to tell how well the microphones worked for automatic Truetone, its safe to say they worked very well for the integrated assistant role. Google Assistant had no problems hearing commands clearly and responding correctly.

    Overall, the Sonos Move is well thought out and feels like a quality product. Like every product, it still has room for improvement. The app feels overly simple to start where it doesn’t initially even help you set up your preferred assistant. Once you dig deeper, you will find many options broken down into confusing sections with options buried several layers deep within. There is the option to download the manual from the website, but it seems like some careful planning and renaming of options could do a lot to improve navigation. In other areas, it’s just assumed you know features and they don’t tell you about them while labeling buttons with non-standard graphics. For example, volume up and down or both a set of four squares. This means the two buttons look identical and unlike the mic and play/pause button, the volume buttons don’t light up. Something else you likely won’t realize unless you dig through the manual is swiping left or right between the volume buttons will skip forward or back a track. Once you know it, it’s not a big deal but a small adjustment to the graphics or even a single page graphic in the app could fix this.

    Final Thoughts

    Sonos has never been known to be a budget brand or the ultimate of high-end audio but rather somewhere in the middle. Of course, if you are a Sonos fan and want a portable speaker, the Move will provide the same type of experience you love. If you are in the market for a portable speaker and you value compact size with good sound and build quality, thoughtful features, and don’t mind spending a little extra for it then the Move is also worth checking out.

    Oct 11, 2019 00:42
  • Review by AirGrand, 10 out of 10
    Music Anywhere!

    Thank you Sonos for (1) further enabling me to add more Sonos speakers to my wife’s dismay and (2) allowing me to move it more frequently and anywhere I want to go! No more unplugging and waiting for it to reconnect - or for that matter even finding a plug. The Bluetooth option is wicked smart too. Thanks again Best Buy & Sonos.

    Dec 12, 2020 08:33
  • Review by Satisfied, 10 out of 10
    Sonos Move

    Bought this so we could move the speaker around the house. It pairs with the Sonos bar and speakers. If the TV is on and I am in another room I can silence the TV and only have the sound coming from the Move. I can control the sound from my phone.

    Jun 05, 2021 07:13
  • Review by PatioSpeakers, 10 out of 10
    Great Speakers

    Great speaker. Once you figure out how to use airplay connecting multiple speakers is a breeze. We use these speakers outside on the patio next to the pool. Blasting my neighbors bad music out!

    Jun 11, 2021 18:47
  • Review by SamG, 8 out of 10
    Portable Speaker for Home

    I like the Sonos Move. It’s all got the great sound and features that Sonos is known for, plus a battery that lets you move it around. With Bluetooth built-in you can technically take it anywhere, but for me this is mostly going to live in its base at home, occasionally moving somewhere else when the situation calls for it. The portability is the major thing you should consider when looking at this because I think there are better-sounding smart speakers out there for the money, but with them you are always tethered to where they are plugged in.

    Setup was very easy. This is my first Sonos speaker and my first experience with the app and I’m really impressed with how it is setup. I was able to get connected to the network, add all my music services, and connect Google Assistant in under 5 minutes. Most of the other speakers in my house are Google Homes or Cast-enabled, so I was anticipating using the Move in a similar way, but the app is also really nice for queuing up and controller music as well.

    The sound from the Move is great. It’s detailed and a good, but not overwhelming, amount of bass. With the Autotruplay, which uses the microphones to tune the speaker to the environment, it sounds great wherever it is and the effect is noticeable. It had no problem filling my first floor with sound, but as good as the single tweeter and woofer sound I think it would sound even better as a pair in true stereo, though spending another $400 to make that happen is a tall order.

    The speaker itself is quite stout. The handle in the back works well for picking it up and carrying it short distances, but it’s just not the sort of thing I can imagine toting around outside my house. The Bluetooth sound quality is good, though not as good as it is when it’s connected via WiFi and you lose most of the features in Bluetooth mode. It’s also missing support for the higher quality Bluetooth codecs like aptX HD or LDAC. It feels like it’s most at home… at home; going with you to whatever you’re doing, whether it’s out in the garage, in the backyard, folding clothes in the laundry room, etc. The portability, while you do pay a price for it, does negate the need to have a smart speaker in all the rooms you want because you can just take this one with you. The battery life is quoted at 10 hours - I never had a chance to really run it down because most of the time it ended up back in its base after 20 or 30 minutes of using it somewhere else.

    Other items:

    - The WiFi connection is solid and I never had any issues keeping connected to the network, but I was surprised to find out it only has 802.11n, not 802.11ac. It’s not a problem by any means, but it’s a little disconcerting that it’s using last-generation (and soon to be last-last-generation) WiFi.

    - Chromecasting seems to work well at first, but I found that my phone would lose it’s connection to the Move after a short time. I know Google Assistant and Casting are a recent addition for Sonos, so I’m just chalking that up to a bug that will get fixed at some point later on.

    The speaker is extremely well built and the buttons all have nice feedback to them (even the capacitive buttons up top)

    Overall I really do like the Move. I think it’s a great speaker with great features, but for the price you could get 2 Sonos One’s in and do a stereo pair, or you could spend $100 more on a Play:5. That’s not even counting the non-Sonos options. If you get the Move, get it because you want a really great speaker that’s not too hard to move around

    Oct 11, 2019 17:57
  • 9.6score
    Ultimate Ears - WONDERBOOM 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Waterproof/Dustproof Design - Crushed Ice Gray
    Description

    Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 rocks a surprisingly big sound and features an all-new Outdoor Boost. Packing 13 hours of battery life, it’s waterproof, dustproof, and it floats. Pair two WONDERBOOM 2 speakers to party louder or enjoy true stereo sound — inside, outside — literally anywhere.

    7 Features
  • Surprisingly bigger 360° sound: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker with surprisingly bigger 360-degree sound and additional bass.
  • New outdoor boost: Push the OUTDOOR BOOST button on this ultra-portable speaker to instantly increase loudness and clarity for outdoor listening.
  • Up to 13 hr battery life: Powering 13 whopping hours of killer sound, the long-lasting battery sees you through day trips, beach detours and biking adventures.*
  • Waterproof, dustproof & floats: IP67 rating means it’s waterproof, dustproof and it floats! Use it in the pool, the beach or as a shower speaker.
  • Super portable & rugged: Sporting a convenient loo, dirt resistant and drop-proof — it’s ready for bikes, backpacks, and big adventures.
  • Easy Play / Pause / Skip: Easily control your music right from the speaker, without having to reach for your phone.
  • Connect wirelessly from across the room: For audio playback: smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Rugged Little Speaker

    The UE Wonderboom 2 is smallest entry in UE’s lineup. It replaces the outgoing Wonderboom. The overall design hasn’t changed much, but there are a few notable tweaks (see below).

    Design

    The Wonderboom 2 is a compact Bluetooth speaker that is slightly larger than some of its peers. Sound is provided via dual 40mm active drivers and dual 46.1 x 65.2mm passive radiators. The speakers and radiators are positioned around the body to provide a 360° sound stage. Only the charging port (Micro-USB) resides behind the gasket at the bottom-rear of the speaker. The cover must remain closed for the WB2 to keep its IP67 rating. The battery life receives a bump overall the original (10hr) to a 13hrs.

    Controls are divided up into 3 locations. The top of the speaker as the pairing, play/pause/skip/double up, and power buttons. The play/pause/skip/double up button works as follows: 1 press to play/pause, 2 presses to skip, and (with 2 WB2 units) press and hold to pair the speakers together to give you stereo sound. The signature UE oversized volume controls are located on the front body. Lastly the bottom carries the Outdoor Mode button. Activating this feature sets a custom EQ and boosts output designed for use in an outdoor acoustic setting.

    The entire unit fits in your hand with just under a 4” diameter. That diameter restricts you from using a cupholder to hold the speaker – i.e. in a golf cart or in a patio chair. Its small size makes it very portable, and easy to bring along in a bookbag, or purse. I like to go on camping and backpacking trips. Its size limits me on where I can store it. I cannot fit this into the mesh drink pouches on my pack. Instead I have to stuff it down in my pack (can’t use it then) or hang it off the side with a carabiner. Not ideal since I can feel it bouncing around while I'm walking. However, the speaker is light enough to hang from the canopy of my tent for some music (or white-noise) to fall asleep to. The 360° sound is really nice in this setting, and fills the tent with sound.

    The Wonderboom2 feels pretty rugged as well. The speaker carries an IP67 rating (submerged 1 meter, for 30 minutes), as well as some drop resistance (safe from a 5ft drop). The speaker can also float, like the original. The 2-tone cloth exterior looks great, and it feels like a nice quality exterior material. The bungie strap is well made, and it is securely attached. The rubber grip does more than just show the brand name, but it provides a decent amount of extra grip to the strap. It also helps to cup your finger a little bit and make it a more comfortable to carry.

    Sound

    The sound quality of the Wonderboom 2 is really good for such a small speaker. The 360° sound stage works well enough that you can tuck the speaker in a corner, in any orientation, and it still sounds great. As far as volume goes, it can jump up to 86 dB (as loud as a blender), which is plenty loud enough. I had no problem filling my basement (800 sqft) with the speaker at 75% volume, so I know it can keep up with even larger spaces. I never able to push the speaker to the point of clipping or distortion, so I assume the max volume cutout is doing its job. The bass had enough punch to be heard, but it wasn’t super deep or rumbling – pretty much what I would expect out of a speaker of this size. I played a decent variety of music through the WB2. Pop music sounds the best, and its apparent that the EQ is designed for that genre. However, rock, alternative, and hip hop also played well on the WB2. The bass isn’t as concentrated for hip hop, so you are going to get a deep rumble out of it. Instead the bass is a little more punchy, which is why pop sounds pretty good.

    Other Areas

    The Bluetooth connectivity works well. Reported range is up to 100ft – I have only tried it out to about 40 ft, and it was still working fine from that distance without cutting in/out. You can pair 2 different devices to it at the same time under a feature UE calls multi-host.

    The buoyancy of the speaker is pretty nice. About 1/3 of it floats above the waterline. Your sound is severely impacted at this point, but thanks to the 360° sound you can still hear it well enough. My kids brought the speaker into their bath, and had fun dunking it and hearing the music play under the water. That’s a cool novelty for most usage, but I can see this being a real benefit when used around a pool, or out on a float trip.

    Overall

    I think the UE Wonderboom 2 is a terrific little speaker. It has an attractive design, and a couple of nice features to have. I never had any issues with playback or pairing – it was dead simple and easy to use. The shape of the WB2 makes it difficult or impossible to stick in a cup holder, which is unfortunate for me if I want to bring it in a golf cart for a round. The extra size though allows the enclosure to house 2 speakers and 2 radiators, as well as keeping it buoyant. There are tradeoffs to consider, but this little UE unit has a number of things going for it. I truly didn’t find any issues with the speaker or its operation, and the only negative for me was not fitting in a cupholder. That’s a pretty nitpicky thing to be honest.

    Jun 28, 2019 01:05
  • Review by ReviewedByPhil, 8 out of 10
    Small size but big sound output, great for travel

    The Wonderboom 2 is surprisingly small, about the size of a softball, and probably one of the smallest speakers that I own, but is also quite dense, weighing just under 1 pound. However, the sound it outputs is full and well-balanced with a decent amount of bass, and the volume can be turned up quite loud, more than enough to fill a small to medium sized room and for use outdoors. That being said, when paired with my phone, pushing the speaker to the max volume results in a bit of distortion, particularly in the upper ranges where cymbal crashes and female vocals can start to clash and sound a bit muddy. But even with the volume backed down a couple steps, the speaker is still plenty loud, and I really like how clearly voices and individual instrumentation are reproduced in general.

    With the speaker being a single-point source, it’s no surprise that left and right track separation is difficult to distinguish if not absent completely, but that can be resolved by pairing a second Wonderboom 2 speaker for true stereo output using its “Double Up” feature, which can be activated via a simple button press and doesn’t require a mobile app. I have to disagree somewhat that the speaker has full 360-degree projection though, because the sound isn’t exactly uniform depending where it’s facing. There’s definitely a difference listening from each “side” but thankfully, no clear dead zones; so even though you might hear a little more treble or bass from one angle to another, you can still enjoy the music no matter where you’re oriented in relation to the speaker.

    There’s a small pine tree shaped symbol on the button on the bottom for “outdoor mode” which boosts the levels, so the bass can travel farther in outdoor settings, but in my opinion throws off the balance and manages to make it sound “boxy” up close, though this is less noticeable from a distance. Even so I much prefer this setting off, and I think it sounds just fine outdoors without it. The speaker is pretty minimalist in terms of design and outside of the power button, Bluetooth pairing button, center button for playback control and button for outdoor mode, the only other functions you’ll find are the large plus and minus on the front for volume adjustments. The center button can play/pause a track, skip to the next track, or activate Double Up mode.

    As a travel speaker its compact form and lightness make it easy to pack. It also has a small rubber loop for hanging to a backpack or belt loop with a carabiner (not included). The best feature though is that the speaker is fully waterproof and floats in water with an IP67 rating. I tested this out in a swimming pool and it surely does float (though it doesn’t sound great while floating). It certainly isn’t afraid of getting wet! This means you can feel secure about using it by the pool, at the beach, or even in the shower/bath. The rubber and fabric wrapped exterior is also fairly durable making it rugged enough to survive an accidental fall to the ground, and it dries surprisingly quickly.

    A bit disappointing though, is that at its price point, it doesn’t have some more advanced features like built-in smart assistant support (e.g. Alexa/Google), NFC pairing, or even wireless charging for that matter. You’ll still need to open a rubber door to access the microUSB port for charging and make sure that door is fully closed before it makes contact with water, making this a potential failure point in terms of its water resistance. Interestingly, the speaker is able to pair with two mobile devices simultaneously, and is able to switch between the two, allowing two DJs the opportunity to share and take turns playing music. It also automatically shuts off after 15 minutes of inactivity, to save battery, though I found that a full charge is more than capable of lasting a full 12 hours at a moderate volume level. Overall, though, I think it’s a solid Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound performance, durability, and design.

    Jul 07, 2019 19:59
  • Review by SamG, 10 out of 10
    Small Wonder

    This is my new favorite bluetooth speaker. It doesn’t have a lot of things that other speakers have, but it nails everything a great Bluetooth speaker should be. It sounds great, it’s infinitely portable, and it can go pretty much anywhere you can. I’ve used it in so many more situations where I would usually not even bother to cart out one of my other speakers.

    I’m going to start off by listing things the Wonderboom 2 does NOT have:

    An aux input

    NFC

    A microphone

    An app

    Bluetooth 5 or any high resolution audio codecs

    I’d normally have something to say about most of these things, but using the Wonderboom has made me realize that I just don’t care about them. I’ve had NFC Bluetooth speakers in the past and I’ve maybe used it one time to pair something, but it doesn’t really add much convenience. I’ve never used any Bluetooth speaker to take a phone call. It’s getting to the point that almost everything has its own app now and it’s refreshing that I don’t need to download anything on my phone to unlock functionality or download a firmware update every few months. The aux input may be a big miss for some, but it’s another feature that I never really used on my speakers that have it. There’s no mention of what Bluetooth version is on this speaker - I have to assume it’s a 4.something variety based on the fact that it isn’t listed, but the Bluetooth version and audio codecs don’t mean a thing if the sound isn’t good in the first place and there’s no issues with that here.

    Going to what the Wonderboom 2 DOES have:

    A great design that’s compact, dust/waterproof, and durable

    Great sound, especially for its size

    A reliable connection and nice easy to press buttons

    Long battery life

    I love the design of the speaker. It’s got this stark simple look with the 2 giant volume buttons on the front of it. It reminds of something from IKEA. The main body of the speaker is covered in a fabric all the way around and the tops and bottoms are a rubberized plastic material. It’s about as tall as a soda can, but a bit fatter. The small size makes it easy to hold and easy to pick up and move around. It also feels like it could take a drop or two, but I did not test that firsthand. There’s a small loop for hanging the speaker; it can stretch a little, but you probably don’t want to hang it off anything much larger than its neutral size. The speaker is IP67 dust and waterproof - I took it in the shower with me and even sprayed it directly and it kept going, which is a nice peace of mind if you’re going to be at the beach or the pool (it also floats). The buttons are all easy to find and press, though the giant volume buttons on the front really aren’t all that giant as the actual pressable areas are more towards the center of each button.

    The sound quality was much better than I was expecting it to be. Lots of small speakers can get loud, but most of them don’t have that ‘big’ sound the larger speakers have and that always gravitates me back to larger less portable options. The Wonderboom doesn’t have that problem; the sound is crystal clear even at very high volumes and the bass is excellent, though certain surfaces you set it on can mute the base a little bit. It’s loud enough to fill most any room easily and there’s an “Outdoor Boost” mode that gets it even louder - it seems to sacrifice a little bit of audio clarity to get there, but it’s not a difference that I really noticed when I was outside with it. I generally kept my phone well within the 100ft stated range, but I didn’t notice any skips or dropouts as I carried my phone around with me.

    Battery life is also excellent. I’ve yet to run it down below 50% since I initially charged it and have had about 3 or 4 longer listening sessions lasting 1-2 hours each. It seems ontrack to make it’s 13 hour rated battery life, though I have not found a way to check the actual percentage battery left on it - you can check the battery on the speaker itself by pressing the up and down volume buttons at the same time, but it just gives you a single or two tone sound to indicate whether the batter is below or above 50%. My phone will often tell me the battery level of other devices connected to it, but it doesn’t show me one for the Wonderboom. If I had any real gripes with this speaker this would be it since you never really know where you’re at on the battery.

    This is what a Bluetooth speaker should be. It’s something I’m now using in my everyday life, not just when I’ve got people over. Even if you’ve got a little more to spend, I'd still recommend this one.

    Jun 16, 2019 17:42
  • Review by Greatspeaker, 10 out of 10
    Great for its size!

    Great sound for its size and easy to use. Purchase price was good and availability of color options was good too.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:28
  • Review by Quiterio, 10 out of 10
    Great 360 super portable sound

    Great sound,super portability super easy to pair with other Wonderboom 2 to stereo sound.My other is the crushed ice gray.Perfect for the outside when you need something very portable and with 360 sound.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:07
  • Review by Smartbuyer, 10 out of 10
    Happy with my wonderboom 2.

    Love it. I used it at the beach and it was loud enough. Very resistant. My teeage daughter stole it from me, so I plan to get another one.

    Nov 06, 2020 16:05
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Ultra Portable Crisp Powerful Speaker

    Bluetooth Speakers are becoming more and more common so companies need to do something to truly stand out. UE has really done it again with this Wonderboom 2!

    PROS:

    - I really like the design of this! It's basically the size of a softball and looks really sleek.

    - Set Up is very basic and straight forward: sync with the Bluetooth button and you're connected to your Mobile device.

    - The simplicity continues with the controls. You can play/pause/next song, change the volume, and there is a dedicated button to boost the sound outdoors. It's also worth noting that the volume buttons sync up with your mobile device unlike some speakers.

    - For such a small speaker, it produces great sound! It's loud with bass and clarity - and it really impressed with how it can fill an indoor or outdoor space.

    - The portability is a major selling point. You can carry it in one hand with easy, strap it to your belt, or your bike. This is really a speaker that will provide a big addition to your day without having a large footprint.

    - Lastly, I love how durable this speaker is! You can drop it on the ground, mud, or in the lake without breaking or damaging it. It floats too which is great if you have the speaker pool or lake side.

    CONS:

    - My biggest issue is that it charges with Micro USB and Not USB-C. USB-C is the becoming the standard and it's pretty disappointing that UE couldn't get with the times.

    - With it's size, it of course doesn't get as loud or bassy as UE's bigger speakers but that's too be expected for the portability aspect.

    - The speaker has no Voice prompts as in "Power On/Off" or "Battery at 90%". Instead it just makes pings that don't make a ton of sense.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - If you want a super portable speaker that can handle the elements and fits in the palm of your hand, this speaker will blow you away with it's quality and sound!

    Jun 11, 2019 20:52
  • Review by Beth, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Excellent speaker! Much better quality and sound than many other larger comparable speakers. Would definitely buy again! It’s so cute too!

    Jul 02, 2021 19:04
  • 9.6score
    Bose - S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker and PA System - Black
    Description

    Whether it's streaming music wirelessly or plugging in a microphone, keyboard or guitar, the S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker and PA System is designed to be your go-anywhere music system for nearly any occasion. With rugged, lightweight materials, the S1 Pro speaker is designed to travel. A convenient carry handle makes it easy to get to the party, and once you're there, let the S1 Pro make it look easy. Place it on the ground, on its side, tilted back, or elevated. The speaker's unique multi-position design and built-in Auto EQ ensure that the music always sounds the way it should and that everyone can hear it. For the ultimate freedom, play for up to 11 hours using the internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery and go wherever the fun is happening. So, when it's your turn to bring the music, bring a pro. Bring the Bose S1 Pro.

    8 Features
  • S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker and PA System: Delivering higher performance and portability to make big sound more effortless. Whether it's a party, group event, or outdoor get-together, it's the all-in-one Bluetooth speaker to take anywhere.
  • Sound like a pro easily: Be the DJ with Bluetooth streaming, make announcements clearly with the microphone jack, or jam out with your favorite keyboard or guitar.
  • Built-in ToneMatch® processing and Auto EQ: Make it easy to get great sound anywhere.
  • S1 Pro's built-in sensors and multiple aiming positions: Make sure you have optimal sound in nearly any position - whether it's on the ground, on its side, tilted back, or elevated.
  • Grab and go: The S1 Pro portable speaker was designed to be out and about. The lightweight, rugged enclosure with the built-in handle makes it easy to carry and transport.
  • Included lithium-ion battery: Bring big sound wherever the fun is, with up to 11 hours of playback. Use the Quick Charge function when you need to recharge in a hurry.
  • Bose® Connect app: Access additional options and features like Party Mode, so that you can wirelessly stream audio to a second system for even more sound.
  • Accessories: Slip cover, play-through cover, and backpack accessories sold separately.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jusora24, 10 out of 10
    Very Loud

    This Bose speaker is very Loud fun to listen to and you can use it for party or anything that you want thats the Best part Of it . It’s very Loud

    Jan 11, 2020 13:43
  • Review by Nate, 8 out of 10
    Almost Perfect

    I am not a DJ, an artist, or any other type of professional. I bought this mostly for playing in the back yard or for family get togethers, and I even use it in my home when I'm just chilling. That being said, I feel the Bose S1 Pro has great clarity, gets rather loud, and the battery lasts quite a long time. I really wish there was a bass/treble adjustment on the bluetooth/aux input. I would like to be able give this some extra kick when playing rock or metal that doesn't have quite as much bass as pop/hip hop/rap. Also, I would love to see Bose come out with a battery powered Sub for this. The S1 has a 1/4" auxiliary output, so you could technically connect a filtered powered sub to it (I've tested this), but it would be amazing to have a battery powered sub to compliment this battery powered speaker for outdoor use. My only other gripe is that the Bose Connect app doesn't seem to stay connected, even though the speaker is still streaming music over bluetooth. For me, this is not really a big deal, or a dealbreaker bu any means, just annoying. Sometimes it takes a little effort to get the app reconnected, occasionally requiring you to force close the app. I do appreciate that it shows you the battery life percentage, so you know if you need to plug it in soon, or if you need to charge it before going outside with it.

    Jul 06, 2020 07:28
  • Review by JSmooth, 10 out of 10
    Bose Quality To-Go!

    Rule #1, you can’t beat Bose quality....period. This Bose S1 continues that legacy in what’s purported to be the company’s smallest PA system to date. Coming in at just under 16lbs, this compact system is the best choice if you’re on the Go or just don’t have the budget/capacity to purchase and haul around large speakers. Uniquely, it can operate standing as well as on its side, and the emblem turns to match the position. While it is small and portable, there are some limitations. The device does well with full figured instruments such as keyboards, guitar, etc., but DO NOT get carried away with your volume or try to compete in loudness with the man next to you, this device isn’t made for that. Small rooms and gatherings, solo events, board room meetings, are the ideal target for the S1. The speaker is not baddy, but it does sound bright in tone. When cranked up, it will distort slightly and become flat. The S1 is better enjoyed at moderate to low volume, which is where it really shines. Tone match is good, but I feel it definitely holds the device back in certain small situations. This speaker is a bit pricey compared to the JBL EON ONE COMPACT, but not by much. It also lacks a few small features when compared to the JBL, like the mixing mode with effects, phantom power, and an additional input. If wanting to keep things small in events/gigs that are less than the same, this is a good choice. The S1 has its place and big events or large crowds/gatherings is not its strong suit and there are other powered speakers in this price range that can satisfy that need. In closing, for portability and that Bose signature sound at normal volume, this is the way to go!

    Feb 20, 2021 07:58
  • Review by Nickp, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    For camping this is a must have I highly recommend

    Jun 21, 2019 16:31
  • Review by Bear, 10 out of 10
    Bose should be proud of this design, sound....

    I purchased and tested 4 units. The other that compared to this was the EU Boom...in the showroom at Best Buy it promised the best bass the loudest undistorted sound....

    Once home and compared to the Bose the Bose simply outperformed the EU...

    Bass reflex openings and overall midrange, vocals and highs performed as if it was made by people serious about quality.

    The box is rugged...the handle comfortable and best of all...this box offers input channels for a microphone or instrument...

    The channels offer sound tuning bass and treble...the unit charges and lasts an entire day...

    Outside at an open pool area the S1 filed the space incredibly...

    While it sells for 2 times the EU...it is worth every dime...

    I listen to a lot of R&B lots of bass and vocals...

    loud volume and I could not be happier...

    Bear

    Sep 18, 2020 07:37
  • Review by Congratulationfdghhjjjgbk, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Customer service

    Beautiful design. I love how the product were designed.

    Jun 28, 2019 18:52
  • Review by BetterSoundTechnology, 10 out of 10
    Better Technology Speaker

    Indeed, the best PA/Karaoke/Bluetooth portable battery operated speaker in the current market. The sound quality on both vocal and music is superb. Nothing will beat Bose in this category. I won't go on to the details, but go see and experience yourself. Do not waste money on cheap high wattage speakers out there. Its not the wattage, its the technology that makes it better.

    Aug 08, 2021 11:51
  • Review by TechMatcher, 10 out of 10
    Excellent warm sound! Easy to use and carry!

    The device is perfect for me. For my job, I do lots of presentations to both small and medium sized audiences. On the side, I co-chair a local Technical User Group, coordinate the meeting, setup the venue and provide audio/video needs for the group. Enter the Bose S1 Pro Portable speaker! It’s Awesome!

    Both corded and battery powered, Bluetooth enabled (so I play warm up music before my presentations right off my phone), and 2 input channels for which I use one for a microphone and the other for computer sounds. Just perfect. How’s it sound? Crisp, clean and full. The 4 speakers in this unit produce beautiful, even sound – even from the microphone.

    For playing music – it’s not the loudest device – much quieter than you’d expect for its physical size but adequate for small rooms, ceremonies and gatherings.

    I love that the speaker can be used in multiple positions – mounted on a stand, set on the floor, angled on floor or cabinet.

    Overall – great warm sound, super easy and convenient to setup and use! I love it!

    May 05, 2018 22:01
  • 9.6score
    Bose - SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Stone Blue
    Description

    The SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker is engineered to deliver clear, deep sound that’s powerful enough to fill a room and loud enough for outdoor adventures. Whether hanging from a backpack or lying flat by the pool, the speaker’s PositionIQ technology optimizes the sound for natural audio. The SoundLink Flex portable speaker has a sophisticated, inviting aesthetic and industrial design that blends durability, portability, and utility. With its silicone body, powder-coated steel grille, and reliable utility loop, this wireless speaker goes where you go and plays like you play. Listen to music while hiking, camping, or paddle boarding. Its highly durable materials allow it to withstand the elements and accidental mishaps, from drops to shocks. Its utility loop can attach to a clip or carabiner, so you can hang it almost anywhere. And the Bluetooth outdoor speaker has been rigorously tested to meet an IP67 rating, which means it’s waterproof and dustproof. So, don’t worry if it accidentally falls into water or gets caught in the rain. SoundLink Flex also has a long-lasting battery life, offering up to 12 hours of unplugged play time per charge. For even more immersive sound, pair your SoundLink Flex with another Bose Bluetooth speaker, or connect it to a Bose smart speaker to extend your listening experience from inside the home to outside. Available in Black, White Smoke or Stone Blue.

    9 Features
  • Astonishing sound. Wherever life takes you.: The SoundLink Flex portable Bluetooth speaker plays crisp, clear sound that is free of distortions, so you can hear each instrument and nuance in the vocals. The treble and bass are perfectly balanced, allowing you to hear every pitch.
  • Tilt it. Flip it. Hang it.: It doesn’t matter whether SoundLink Flex is upright on the kitchen counter, hanging from a backpack, or flat on its back at the beach. Its PositionIQ technology automatically detects its orientation and ensures natural, lifelike sound in any position.
  • Innovative technology for an inspired performance.: A product of Bose’s state-of-the-art engineering, SoundLink Flex is packed with exclusive technologies. Its innovative transducer is custom-designed to deliver the clearest possible sound and strong, deep bass you can feel in your chest.
  • A rugged exterior that withstands the elements.: With its powder-coated steel grille and silicone exterior, this outdoor speaker is adventure-ready. Premium materials provide a tight seal around electronics, protecting them from water, dust and debris.
  • Elegant design that sets you apart from the crowd.: With its unique ergonomic design, the wireless speaker is easy to hold and feels good in your hand wherever you grab it. Its compact size allows it to fit in a small space or bag.
  • Hang it using the utility loop.: With its rugged utility loop, you can attach this outdoor Bluetooth speaker to a carabiner, hang it from a beach chair, or secure it to a strap on your backpack on a hike. Designed to resist twisting, the loop won’t spin or turn when it’s hanging.
  • Dustproof & waterproof speaker.: Tested to meet an IP67 rating, the SoundLink Flex is a waterproof speaker. Don’t worry if it accidentally falls into water, it will float, so it's easily retrievable. The speaker is also protected against dust, so you don’t need to worry if it gets sandy at the beach.
  • A long-lasting battery that goes the distance.: The rechargeable lithium-ion battery for SoundLink Flex portable speaker offers up to 12 hours of unplugged play time — enough to last throughout the day.
  • Make and answer phone calls.: With a built-in microphone, you can receive and make phone calls through SoundLink Flex. Plus, you can press and hold the multifunction button on SoundLink Flex to access your phone’s native voice assistant, like Siri or Google Assistant.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    Ready for Anything: Solid & Durable Bose Speaker

    Bose recently refreshed its "Revolve" line of Bluetooth speakers but failed to include any meaningful improvements (they still use micro USB and have limited dust and water protection compared to the competition). However, with this new SoundLink Flex, Bose finally has a portable Bluetooth speaker that actually shows some innovation. The SoundLink Flex offers a rugged and portable design with modern features and Bose's signature sound quality.

    PROS:

    - Setup is super quick and easy, especially if you already have other Bluetooth-based Bose products. If you've ever paired a set of wireless headphones or Bluetooth to your phone, you won't have any problems.

    - The SoundLink Flex is extremely durable with a very thick silicone exterior and steel grille. I reluctantly did a "test drop" on my concrete garage floor from about 4 feet, and to my delight, there is not a mark or blemish to be seen anywhere on the speaker and it never missed a beat.

    - The speaker has a tear-resistant loop on its right side that you can pair with a carabiner to hang from a backpack, hook, or anywhere else. According to Bose, the SoundLink Flex automatically detects its orientation to optimize sound quality (Bose calls this "PositionIQ").

    - For me, the coolest part about the SoundLink Flex is that it actually floats. This makes it the perfect speaker to bring to the pool, on a boating trip, etc.

    - The buttons on the top of the speaker are large and easy to press. There are LED lights next the the Power and Bluetooth buttons to indicate battery level and succesful device pairing.

    - Bluetooth range is very good. I walked more than 30 feet away from the speaker before it finally lost connection to my phone.

    - Sound quality is very good for a speaker of this size. The PositionIQ technology is very impressive and the speaker sounds excellent no matter its position. I tested it on my countertop and hanging vertically from my backpack. In both positions, the speaker delivers clear sound with crisp highs & mids and powerful bass. The speaker gets very loud and there is minimal distortion at the highest volumes. Would I use this speaker at a large party? No, probably not. But for personal use or smaller gatherings, it's great.

    - If you happen to own additional Bose Bluetooth speakers or sound bars, you can pair them together to enable "party mode" or a stereo pair for even richer sound.

    - Battery life is excellent, rated at 12 hours for the SoundLink Flex. I haven't had a chance to use the speaker non-stop for that long, but battery life has not been an issue at all in the couple of weeks I've used this speaker.

    - The speaker charges via USB-C. Finally, no need to carry an outdated micro USB cable.

    - The dust and water protection rating of the SoundLink Flex is IP67, which is in line with other rugged/portable speaker in this category and a marked improvement over Bose's other Bluetooth speakers.

    CONS:

    - Most of the speaker's low frequency/bass effects are pushed through an opening on the back of the speaker. If your hand or any other object covers too much of that opening, bass effects will take a noticeable hit.

    - The speaker has a built-in microphone, but it is mediocre at best. I tried answering one phone call using the microphone and the caller said I sounded "distorted" or "far away."

    OVERALL:

    Bose finally has a serious entry in the portable/rugged Bluetooth speaker market. The company has delivered an excellent speaker that will survive almost anything that you throw at it. Sound quality is excellent for such a small, lightweight device, and the durability of the speaker is evident out of the box. Minor shortcomings aside, the SoundLink Flex is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker.

    Oct 18, 2021 18:25
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Small, but large sound

    This is a competitively priced, high quality speaker in a crowded market. This speaker is durable, and way louder than it should be for its size (without sacrificing clarity). Bose could have rested on its laurels and slapped a Bose label to any speaker and turn a profit, but it’s clear that’s not the case.

    IN THE BOX

    The box in some respects seems smaller than the speaker. Other than the speaker you get a USB-C cable for charging (thank you Bose for moving to USB-C).

    SETUP

    I typically charge my new products straight out of the box, but this speaker had about 30% battery life out of the box. Either way, setup is as simple as connecting any Bluetooth device to your phone. You simply hold the power button for a moment, then push the Bluetooth button to go into pairing mode. Then follow your phone’s steps and you’re connected.

    Now you could stop there, or you can go the extra mile and download the Bose Connect app. I didn’t, because I like to limit unnecessary apps on my phone. I’ve used Bose Connect app before for my QC35 headphones (which is how you update the firmware). It gives you a little extra functionality which I’ll discuss in a moment.

    DESIGN

    I’m actually mixed on the design. I have the black model and it looks pretty darn basic. But some people might find that appealing (simplicity). And I was also a little torn on the “rubber” coating. It actually feels good to hold, but it just captures weird smudges on it (as you can see in my pictures). This probably will be of little consequence to most people and shouldn’t really affect your decision to buy it. But then, when I learned a little bit more about the coating, I came to appreciate the design, not for the looks but for protecting the speaker itself. This is labeled a durable speaker mind you. The back is a silicon, while the grille is metal and powder coated. Then you realize it’s dirt, water and dust resistant. So yes, you can use it on the beach or at the pool. Heck, it even floats (so they say, I’m reluctant to test that on purpose other than my bathtub which I haven’t done). So, when taking into account the design, there’s more to the Flex than looks. It’s meant to be taken on adventures. I also need to mention that it’s light, around 1 pound.

    SOUND PERFORMANCE

    I’m no audiophile, but I can certainly tell the difference between “puny” or “tiny” sounding speakers, and the “clarity” “range” and “bass” in others. This Bose speaker is remarkable for how loud it gets based on its size. It’s truly deceiving. And the bass, man it packs a wallop. All while producing crisp highs and midtones. From listening to podcasts, to rap music to country, I thought it all sounded wonderful. It won’t drown out a large room of people, but if you are outside or in a room with a few people hanging out and listening to music it will do the trick.

    One of the cooler features is that Bose has some technology in that adapts the sound depending on its orientation. What do I mean? Well, the speaker can be placed on its back (speaker grille pointing up), on its bottom (like a traditional speaker, pointing the grille in a certain direction) or you can hang it by the utility hook and it will be vertical. So the speaker adapts depending on its orientation to deliver the best sound depending on its position. This sound “optimization” if you will seems to work great because you don’t notice it. Meaning, depending on the orientation you get the same sound performance.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    The one area where this speaker falls a little short in my opinion, is battery life. It’s rated at 12 hours for medium volume. This I’m sure is plenty for one time use. But I often use my speaker here and there and don’t always charge it in between. I have a Sony Bluetooth speaker that delivers 24 hours of battery life. But that speaker is larger and much heavier, so the trade off is well worth it. Bottomline is that battery life shouldn’t be an issue for most, but some speakers deliver longer battery life.

    It has some other features, like connecting to other Bose Flex speakers to mirror the sound, or create a stereo (L and R speaker) effect. I haven’t tried this out because I only have one Flex, and I don’t see the point in buying two just to do that. But I guess if one of your friends has one, it could be useful. I don’t want to say that’s a gimmick, but it’s not a big selling point for me. This is meant to be a speaker you throw in your bag to go on a camping trip (or something along those lines).

    It can also connect to Bose soundbars, but I’m not quite sure why you’d want to. Satellite speakers I guess? Last, you can control your phone’s audio assistant and take phone calls. I don’t generally take any calls over Bluetooth speakers (preferring headphones for that) but I’m certain some people will like that feature. I haven’t tried it out to determine the quality of calls, but I’d imagine it’s solid.

    CONCLUSION

    For all the features or things this little speaker can do, it’s just icing on the cake. You don’t need them to justify the purchase. At $149, this is (not cheap by any means) reasonably priced speaker that delivers amazing sound quality, especially given its size. Its durability and IPX ratings means that it should handle the daily throws, drops, bumps that are a part of everyday life and keep on chugging.

    Oct 14, 2021 14:32
  • Review by Njmomof3, 10 out of 10
    The BEST. EVER.

    There is not much else I will say about this BOSE Bluetooth speaker other than it is simply amazing. I do have a few different brands of speakers, which are all good, but this Bose takes the cake and lives up to its namesake.

    PROS

    - Comes with an easy USBC port and charger

    - The bass is EXCEPTIONAL. It's amazing that so much bass and depth of sound comes from this small handheld speaker.

    - Connectivity was/is quick and easy; takes no time at all

    - It announces how much battery power is left when turned on

    - Battery life is decent, not charging too often

    - It's so portable and compact, it fits right into my pocketbook

    CONS

    - Zero. This is my favorite Bluetooth speaker. An obvious step above its competitors.

    I'm not one to write one sided reviews with no cons unless it's a rare hit out of the park. This one is just that.

    Oct 20, 2021 22:02
  • Review by Shae, 10 out of 10
    Little size, Big sound

    It sounds great.

    I didn’t expect for this little pill to sound this way. These smaller speakers are really out here shining. This is the smallest weatherproof speaker we own, so we will definitely be taking this along with us where ever we go. It’s compact, lightweight and easy to charge on the go. It also boasts a strap to tether onto something so it’s hands-free. Which makes this perfect.

    It’s made of super durable plastic and a rubberized surround. Which makes the unit much harder slip off of surfaces or out of hands, especially when wet.

    It has one large speaker on the front and a smaller one on the back. It’s sounds great orientated in both laying and standing positions but I like how the bass deepens slightly when resonating off of the surface when laying down. It fills the room.

    It was so easy to set up. You don’t need the app. Just go straight to Bluetooth on your phone after pressing the Bluetooth option on speaker. So you’re up and running in seconds. I did however use the app after that to see if it made a difference in setup. Honestly, it doesn’t so you can skip this step, especially if you don’t want to download yet another Bose app. They need to integrate their apps because I don’t see the purpose for me to have multiple Bose apps for their multiple products we own. The only use for the app that I can recognize is that it allows you to link multiple speakers, activating/disabling voice prompts and timers.

    The battery life seems reasonable. Charging the unit didn’t seem terribly bad either. Just like other products in the Bose lineup, the device will notify you of its battery life once turned on. I like that.

    Oct 16, 2021 08:56
  • Review by NinjaTard, 10 out of 10
    Stereo Speaker Smashed Into Portable Body

    It's almost 2022 people, if you ever wanted a bluetooth speaker you have already bought a bluetooth speaker. So why would the Bose Soundlink Flex be any different? I can’t speak to what you may already be using but if your old one broke or you just want to upgrade your sound a bit then let me recommend the Soundlink Flex right here and now.

    About 7 ½ inches long by 3 ½ wide by approximately 2 inches tall and a rubberized texture on all but the front speaker grill the Bose Soundlink Flex is large enough to kick out a plenty loud sound while still being portable. In fact, it comes with a fabric loop on the right side so you can attach it to your carabiner or other attachment hardware to carry on a backpack or bag (or attach to the wall for a small child so it doesn’t get knocked off the shelf). It has some heft but isn’t quite what I would call “heavy” either, it just feels sturdy and compact like a stereo speaker smashed down into a smaller package.

    Setup and controls are typical for modern speakers: push the “action” button to pause, skip forward, or skip back depending on how many presses you do in sequence. The volume up makes the sound go WAY up and volume down when you realize your kid made it too loud. Power and bluetooth are also present. In the box, which is a thick cardboard fold open which I love, is a setup booklet telling you to download the app, a USB-C charging cable, and one of those multilanguage fine print papers to tell you about the laser qualifications and stuff. Barebones but you don’t really need anything else and the speaker is wrapped in plastic to keep it pristine until you’re ready to use it.

    Sound quality is quite good even at the highest volume (I sacrificed my eardrums to personally attest to that for you Best Buyers!) and the buttons are large enough to be found without any accidental presses. The center “action” button has raised bumps so you can always find “home” on the button bar even without looking.

    Its a well built and high quality speaker that will meet just about anyone’s needs, you won’t be using a stack of them at your next concert or rave but its more than loud enough for a beach trip, perfect for family audiobook nights, and an excellent choice for work around the house with tunes to motivate you. I would really recommend checking this out if you’re in the market for a new speaker.

    Oct 19, 2021 14:34
  • Review by jsisko76, 10 out of 10
    Small/Medium Size, HUGE sound

    Bose is well known to produce high quality audio products and this bluetooth speaker does not disappoint. The huge sound fills a room with little effort and it is incredible to think that the sound is coming from such a small/medium sized portable speaker.

    Set up was easy. A quick start guide is provided and installation of the Bose Connect app is required. I'm not a fan of installing apps just to connect a bluetooth device to your phone or other device. But this Bose app does offer some impressive features including the ability to find lost devices like ear buds.

    This speaker seems well built and very durable. It comes with a fabric hoop on one end that you can use to hook to a belt loop or backpack if you are taking it on the go. It is water and dust resistant, which are nice features for outdoor use. Battery life during my testing was excellent. I love how Bose audio products always give you an audible battery life announcement as you turn them on.

    Lastly, I can't say enough about the audio quality. This speaker gets LOUD, and does not distort the quality of that audio even when cranking it up. I listened to music and podcasts and both came through loud and clear with incredible clarity.

    This speaker has a really good price point. I highly recommend it for use in home or on the go. It's a terrific option for nearly any audio needs.

    Oct 10, 2021 16:09
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Compact Durable Speaker with Powerful Sound

    Bose’s latest entry to the Bluetooth speaker market is a great step for people who value sound quality but are on the go as well. So far the Soundlink Flex does not miss a beat!

    PROS:

    - The Speaker itself is minimalist but really nice looking! Its sleek and smooth but you can tell there is a ruggedness to it as well. Just the overall build of this speaker feels very high end.

    - On that note, I really like the size of this speaker. Its big enough to produce great sound but small enough to easily hold in your hand and bring with you.

    - Setup for the speaker is minimal! Just download the Bose App (although not completely necessary), turn on your speaker, and hook it up via Bluetooth to your phone/tablet/computer whatever!

    - Right out of the box, the sound quality is really fantastic! The vocals are crisp and clear with deep lows from its dedicated subwoofer on the speaker. I was surprised that it could produce as much sound as it does given its size but it sounds terrific!

    - The durability is another huge pro for me! This speaker is waterproof and dust proof, meaning it can go a little over 3 feet deep in water for up to 30 minutes with no side affects. I think for a speaker like this, you want the peace of mind that it can be at the lake with you, or by the pool, or just generally outdoors with you and not worry about the speaker getting damaged. Seriously great work on the durability!

    - The utility loop on it is another great plus because you can hang it from whatever you need it to if you have a carabiner or something.

    - The buttons on it are also very simple and helpful. You can easily connect to different devices, check the power level, or change the song to forward or backwards!

    - The speaker also charges via USB-C and that’s great as more and more devices shift to USB-C!

    - Lastly, the SoundLink Flex doubles as a speaker phone since it has a microphone on it. I used it on a few calls and it sounded great and the mic worked great as well! Just nice additional functionality to have.

    CONS:

    - The buttons on it could be a little more firm so that you have a better idea on if you are clicking them right or not.

    - Although the utility hook is nice, I wish Bose included a carabiner to use for it. Seems like an easy thing they could have included.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - There is a lot to love with the Bose SoundLink Flex! It is waterproof and durable, packs a lot of high quality sound, and is super portable for any adventure. Bose once again has done a great job checking all the boxes for a great Bluetooth speaker!

    Oct 09, 2021 12:58
  • Review by Selva, 10 out of 10
    Compact and Portable speaker for hiking / camping!

    I have been looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with premium sound quality and got Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker. In the box, it came with Bose SoundLink Flex Portable Bluetooth Speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Quick start guide, and Safety sheet. Setup is super easy and configured with my iPhone via Bluetooth using Bose Connect iOS app. This speaker has a premium and modern design made of silicone body, powder-coated steel grille with signature sound quality.

    I was impressed with the sound output from this speaker. The sound that came out of this speaker is crisp and clear. It is powerful enough to fill the entire room. It has a utility loop that can be used to attach the speaker to the clip. I was using this speaker during hiking and camping trips over the weekend. It is very lightweight and did not add much weight to the bag. It is IP67 rated for waterproof and dustproof. With a single charge, it offers up to 12 hours of continuous playtime in a single charge, and it will take up to 4 hours for a full charge. The battery light blinks white while charging. When the speaker is fully charged, the light stays solid white.

    With PositionIQ technology, it automatically detects the orientation and ensures natural, lifelike sound in any position. With a built-in microphone, I was able to receive and make phone calls through SoundLink Flex and it worked without any issues. Also, the phone’s native voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant can be activated by holding the multifunction button on the speaker. Multiple SoundLink speakers can be connected using the party mode option from the app. Auto-off timer setting can be configured via Bose connect app. This speaker is available in Black, White Smoke, or Stone Blue color and comes with 1-year manufacturer warranty. SoundLink Flex is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker with premium sound quality.

    Oct 19, 2021 00:16
  • 9.6score
    13
    JBL
    JBL - Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Share your adventure playlist with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker. Its IPX7 waterproof rating and rugged housing provide protection against water splashes or immersion, and its voice-assistant integration lets you access Siri or Google Now from a mobile device. Connect to two devices simultaneously with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker for alternating playback.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rich sound you can carry in the palm of your hand: This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 3,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours on a full charge.
  • 16W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • Waterproof design: Waterproof exterior enables use by the lake or out on the water.
  • 70Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 80dB signal-to-noise ratio: Provides clear audio.
  • Built-in microphone: Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AlexJames, 8 out of 10
    GREAT Speaker with very little cons

    First impressions: The packaging was beautiful and sleek. I’ve owned Bluetooth speakers in the past, but I received this speaker as a prize at work & It has been my daily driver since. I know $79 is steep for a speaker, however if you listen to music a lot this is a GREAT investment. You get what you pay for. I do have some negatives and I will get to them. I’ve had this speaker for almost a year now, and let's just say this speaker has taken a beating & it still works the just as good as the day I’ve gotten it. I am beyond impressed. I use it every single day. I do have pretty high expectations for my sound quality, and I listen to every type of music, as well as podcasts. Every genre sounds great. (Rock, jazz, hip hop, pop, alternative). I love how LOUD crisp and clear the sound is. Even on lower volume the sound is so crisp, defined and deep. I admittedly dropped this speaker numerous times at work (Wood flooring) from higher than normal distances and thanks to the rubber materials at the top and bottom, I don’t cringe when it drops. I know it'll be alright. This thing is beyond durable, it just does a little bounce when it drops. The design is rugged and I love the fact that it has a lanyard attached. I am able to hang them outside or practically anywhere I want.. This speaker has been with me everywhere from kayaking, numerous beach trips sitting in the hot sun to camping and multiple other vacations. The fact that it is waterproof is just the cherry on top. After bringing it to the beach sometimes I just rinse the speaker off (although not really necessary as it repels sand just fine, I do it more for the oils) Very recently, I accidentally left one of my speakers out in the rain. It turns on and connects perfectly. It can be immersed in water up to 1 meter (roughly 3 ft) for up to a half an hour (Just make sure the rubber charging flap is closed). It charges using a micro usb cord.. very common. The Bluetooth connectivity is also amazing! I have it paired with an iPhone 10 & it honestly connects lightning speed. The battery could be a better compared to what’s on the market. But don’t get me wrong I get a good 8 hours of use before it starts to die. After I received this speaker, I quickly purchased another (for $99 off JBL). The biggest selling point and incentive for purchasing a second one is because I learned about the connect feature. By pressing the button on both speakers’, the connect button lights up and you get a audio feedback which then simultaneity plays music on the two speakers (without ANY app). Occasionally it has dropped on me, but this has been so rare I almost didn't mention it. I love that you don’t need an app to connect the multiple speakers. They do have an app, the app allows you to use these speakers in stereo mode, which I thought was beyond cool! HOWEVER, the app is absolutely terrible so beware. The stereo mode turns off when your phone locks, (5/5 when it works) This was disappointing, but I did not even know about this feature, so It was not a deal breaker for me. I do strongly think this is a huge missed opportunity. The app seemingly has no support or updates. Another negative is that you cannot connect this speaker with the newer JBL Flip 5. This is a huge disappointment. I feel like this delays user upgrade because now that I have multiple JBL Flip 4’s, I would not want to replace all of them.

    Pros:

    - Functionality (9/10)

    - Ease of use (10/10)

    - Can connect to multiple speakers (10/10)

    - Durability (10/10)

    - Waterproof (10/10)

    - Sound (10/10)

    - Connectivity (10/10)

    - Aux port / Micro USB to charge

    - Siri works with by pressing and holding the play button

    Cons:

    - Battery life (8/10)

    - Terrible App (2/10)

    - Stereo sound doesn't work because app is terrible (1/10)

    - Doesn’t connect to newer models JBL Flips (0/10)

    Overall, the pro list absolutely outweighs the cons (at least for me). My grandma even wanted two speakers for herself. She is so happy with them and they are so easy for her to use. (She is so proud of herself) You just turn it on and it automatically connects to your default Bluetooth device. I absolutely recommend these speakers for ANYONE who listens to music. If my grandma who is older can use these speakers, then that must mean something for ease of use!!

    It is so close to 5 stars, however I am giving it 4 stars only because the JBL connect app is pretty much useless, meaning you are unable to use all the marketed features such as stereo sound. I am also dissapointed they do not cross function with the newer JBL Flip 5's.

    Oct 28, 2020 19:24
  • Review by Lebombadier, 8 out of 10
    The Big Mouth soda can, lol.

    This was an amazing Bluetooth speaker that had brilliant clarity and enough bass to thump it. Although I feel if I dug a little a deeper in my wallet and tried an elite one I just may have blasted my neighbors to Mars. I want so much bass that’ll make my head vibrate. Regardless I highly recommend the JBL series. The reason I gave it 4 stars is that it died (unable to charge) a week shy of a year of owning it. But for some reason I’m not upset about it. I got to blow the roof off for at least 2 or 3 times a week for almost a year. I snoozed on the warranty. Anyway enjoy fellow funkaholics.

    Nov 08, 2020 12:23
  • Review by MtnMike, 10 out of 10
    My Favorite Christmas Present

    Love this solid little speaker. Big sound for a speaker that's about the size of a water bottle. Has worked flawlessly so far. Primarily use it with an iPhone and Spotify while working out or working in the kitchen. One of those rare gadgets that puts a smile on your face,

    Dec 27, 2019 17:56
  • Review by Stanley, 10 out of 10
    Awesome little speaker

    I have always been a fan of JBL & this one didn’t disappoint. Such a full sound comes out of such a small item. I got the medium-sized version & it was perfect for a party of about 30-40 people at our house. Love it!

    Feb 03, 2018 10:18
  • Review by Progress4LF, 10 out of 10
    So far, so good

    We haven't tested the waterproof benefit, but it's been a great speaker for the garage, on the go, etc.

    I'll probably throw it in my backpack on our next snowboarding trip and have tunes on the mountain.

    May 15, 2019 17:49
  • Review by sunnycat, 10 out of 10
    The perfect speaker

    I CANNOT stress enough how amazing this speaker is! The sound quality is stunning. It is extremely loud. The bass is amazing and bass is something i really look for in a speaker. The fact it's waterproof ties the 5 stars in all together. Stays charged for a LONG time, and is easy to use at any occasion. Has a very good range length for bluetooth to work. I own a Beats Pill, and heard my friends speaker (the JBL flip 4) and was completely jealous! The sound beats A BEATS PILL which costs more than double the amount of money. Very happy with this purchase. I wish I could provide at least one con of this product so anyone reading this would know I was not hired to write this, but there is nothing bad about this speaker! I normally don't write reviews, but literally i was so happy with this that I wanted to share this with anyone interested in buying one. DONT HESITATE!! Amazing speaker!!

    Jul 25, 2017 22:49
  • Review by DeJongh, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker with lots of features

    This little speaker offers a plethora of options and I love it!

    The sound quality is amazing and I love the fact that I can receive calls while using it.

    While there are newer versions of the speaker that are slightly bigger, I opted for this one because of the features and it’s awesome!

    I like it so much that after a few weeks of using it, I bought a second one as a gift for someone.

    Dec 06, 2020 15:31
  • Review by Fv3nSLC, 10 out of 10
    A great product at a great price

    The speaker has excellent sound for the size, and being waterproof makes it perfect for summer river rides.

    I've improved some utilities for it. Since speaker doesn't float, I've added a chunk of a swim noodle and it's good to go. I've also made a custom along for it so it doesn't rattle the knick-knacks when I blast epic, soundtrack music.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:45
  • 9.6score
    Bose - SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    When a portable speaker this small sounds this good, you'll never leave it behind. The Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth speaker delivers unmatched sound for a speaker of this size. Its rugged design and durable strap let you take it everywhere you go. It's waterproof from the inside out, so even if it falls in the pool, just pull it out and keep on playing.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TVchick, 10 out of 10
    Worth the price

    I bought the little Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth speaker as a "temporary fix" when I purchased a turntable to play my old LPs. I didn't know the turntable didn't come with speakers and I hadn't done any research so I got the little Bose speaker to use until I could figure which "real" speakers to buy. That was more than a month ago and I'm still using the little Bose speaker because it has great sound and excellent range. The audio is crisp, with a rich sound and deep bass. Sound quality is great at low volume, but if I have to turn the volume up I don't hear any distortion or loss of quality. I've since used it for its intended purpose: portability, and I love it for that, too. The Bluetooth pairing to my iPhone or my turntable was easy and painless. The only downside I'd say is the charging cord is very short. But the battery holds a long long charge, so that's good. (specs say 6 hour charge) I use it out by the pool and although I haven't tested it, reviews say it is waterproof - a bonus!

    Jul 27, 2021 01:41
  • Review by Tres, 10 out of 10
    Best Pocket Speaker I Own

    I own several Bluetooth speakers but this one Takes The Cake, specs say 6hr batt. life but I get twice that at least, plays for a constant 10hr shift, and most of the next, I Love This Thing

    Mar 18, 2018 07:44
  • Review by 2months, 10 out of 10
    It really is water proof!

    This this is amazing!!!!! I had lost this outside in flood season for 2 months. Then I found it on my uncovered patio! I seriously thought it was a goner. It worked perfectly! There were two different floods in the 2 months.

    Mar 03, 2021 12:45
  • Review by abigail, 10 out of 10
    basic and amazing

    i love this speaker and you can listen to music in the shower ! sorry mine is a bit dirty lol

    Mar 09, 2021 12:50
  • Review by RJCJ, 10 out of 10
    Great sound for the price and size

    Amazing battery life, sound is great.

    Light weight.

    Easy to carry even in the pockets.

    Sep 13, 2019 16:31
  • Review by ngtdn, 10 out of 10
    Durable and portable speaker, great for the price.

    #1 feature about this speaker is that it’s waterproof. Pictures are worth a thousand words so they speak for themselves. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I had this strapped to my bag and accidentally dropped it into the river for like 30 seconds while kayaking, but to my surprise it was still playing the entire time.

    The name micro is misleading because it fits perfectly in my palm and sound quality is solid. Sound starts fading out at peak so best to keep volume below 80-85% to keep it crisp and balance. It has better than average bass for a speaker this size, but don’t expect too much out of it.

    I like the durable tear resistant strap and the outer shell design. So far, I haven’t encountered any problem with strapping it to my bag or bike, but to the on the safe side I would loop another strap around it because it’s not a cheap speaker and I wouldn’t want to lose it.

    Batter life has been great for me ranging ~5 hours continuously playing. Make sure to download Bose Connect to get the best out of it because it offers “party mode” in which you can connect multiple speakers together. Unfortunately, I am the only one in my group that has this speaker so I don’t get to use this functionality, yet.

    Oct 06, 2017 22:59
  • Review by leanwolf, 10 out of 10
    Little speaker that packs a punch

    We all have come across multiple small portable speakers and am sure everyone owns a few of them. Bose soundlink micro is a small portable speaker but with a difference - excellent sound.

    The packaging itself is as simple as it gets. The box includes speaker and a micro usb charging cable. The chaging indicator has 5 leds that turn solid when the speaker is fully charged and lasts around 6 hours of playtime.

    The speaker has a built-in strap that works really well when attaching to a bag or to a bike handlebar. It is really good quality that seems will last.

    The top has 3 buttons - dedicated volume up, volume down and a multifunction button that changes function based on what you are using the speaker for. WHile playing music it can be used to skip forward or go back and in call mode it can be used to answer calls.

    The side of the speaker has the bluetooth pairing button as well as the power on/off button. The speaker itself is rated at IPX7 waterproof and works well. The sound has excellent base that does not fade at high volume. The audio quality is crisp and makes this speaker a no brainer.

    This little bose speaker has raised the bar for all micro speakers.

    Sep 22, 2017 21:32
  • Review by phoenixfta, 8 out of 10
    Tough Buddy for the Outdoors

    I've held off on acquiring a Bluetooth speaker for quite a long time. After seeing the pros and cons of those owned by friends, I decided to give the Bose Soundlink Micro a try.

    I'm really pleased with this little guy. It has the sound quality we've come to expect from Bose. Nice midrange, highs that aren't tinny and decent bass (actually exceptional bass for its size). IThough sized for personal use, the volume has enough oomph for others to enjoy it while at pool party or hiking/biking. You can control the volume via your source (phone, computer or other Bluetooth origin) or via two indentations/buttons on the Bose.

    The Soundlink is covered in a satin silicone coating for resilience and waterproofing (IP7!) This means you can have it outdoors in the rain,

    or accidentally drop it into a puddle, ice chest or your drink (you know you have!) and it comes out like a champ. Of course, you shouldn't drop it because it has an integrated flexible strap allowing you to wrap it around a handlebar, backpack strap, etc.

    Another cool feature is that the Soundlink has a microphone so you can use it as a speakerphone. It looks good enough for an office environment. Pretty cool.

    Sep 25, 2017 15:26
  • 9.6score
    Sony - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Take powerful party sound everywhere you go with the rugged SRS-XG500 Wireless Speaker. Up to 30 hours of battery life and IP66 water and dust resistance make sure the music keeps on going. Play your favorite tracks with the crisp, clear sound of X-Balanced speakers, and keep the mood just right with the subtle glow of the LED ring lighting.

    10 Features
  • X-Balanced Speaker units enhance sound quality and provide deep bass: A unique Sony-developed speaker unit allows for rich, powerful bass and higher sound levels while maintaining clarity.
  • All-day battery life with quick charging plus Battery Care: Up to 30 hours of battery life and quick charging ability means you will rarely have to go without any music. Just 10 minutes of charging provides up to 3 hours of playback.
  • Rugged IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design: Take the XG500 speaker anywhere. With an IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design, the speaker keeps on playing when exposed to water, sand, and dust. Water repellent mesh fabric makes it easy to clean and dry the outside of the speaker.
  • Unleash your inner pop star: Plug in a microphone or a guitar via the mic/guitar input in the rear port. When connecting a guitar, the XG500 can be used as a guitar amp.
  • USB play & charge: Plug your smartphone or media device into one of the rear USB ports and play music over a wired connection while it charges via the speaker’s power supply. You can also plug a USB memory stick or flash drive into a USB port to play your digital files.
  • Lightweight and portable: Made to be lightweight and portable, the built-in handle makes it easy to carry the XG500 with just one hand.
  • Subtle ring lighting: Stylish and subtle LED ring lighting adds a touch of fun to your music.
  • Wireless with BLUETOOTH technology: BLUETOOTH streaming connectivity makes it simple to stream your party playlist.
  • Fiestable app: Download the Fiestable app and you’ll be able to control the lighting on the XG500.
  • Control the party with the Sony Music Center app: Control the party from the dancefloor, with the Sony Music Center app - select your favorite playlists, cue the next song, change lighting patterns and sound modes.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Let the party begin!!!

    The Sony SRS-XG500 portable Bluetooth speaker is an awesome party speaker, its light weight, easy to carry handle, 30 hours of non-stop and amazingly loud undistorted, mega bass boosted, clear pure music for your enjoyment. My experience has been nothing but amazing and I cannot wait to start using it my summer BBQ parties. So, lets go over some of the features, Pro’s, and Con’s of the Sony SRS-XG500.

    Unboxing and Setup:

    In the you get you one Sony SRS-XG500 and the charging brick and cable. The setup process was super simple. My Android phone along with google home immediately pickup the speaker as soon as I powered it on and it was ready to play some music, but to get the best music experience I would highly recommend that you download the Sony Music Center App. The application allows you to make changes to the sound, lights, power options, and Bluetooth options. The app also allows you to access your audio inputs, your music library, music streaming applications, and finally your USB music options. Even though you use the speaker without the Music Center App, I would high encourage you to download and use the app to take full advantage of this awesome portable party speaker.

    Dimensions:

    Height: 12 inches

    Width: 22 inches

    Depth: 11 inches

    Weight: 21 lbs.

    Features:

    IP66 Water-Resistant and Dustproof design: Sony designed this speaker to be used on the go. The speakers mesh is made of water-repellent fabric to keep the water out and easy to wipe off incase it does get wet.

    X-Balanced Speakers-Sony developed speaker unit allows for powerful bass without distortion or loss of clarity. And let me tell you the bass on this unit is amazing.

    Guitar Amp-So, this is a pretty cool feature of the SRS-XG500, this unit can also be used as guitar amplifier. The input in the back allows for a guitar, microphone and audio device plug-in. I don’t own a guitar, so I was unable to test out this option.

    Illumination- The speaker has two color changing ring lights on both bass speakers on the left and right. The lighting was actually perfect for me, its not too much, you can also change the flash pattern or even turn them off completely.

    USB and Audio plugin options- So, you don’t see these options in a lot of the Bluetooth speaker now a days. The SRS-XG500 allows you to plugin your phone, and you can also charge your phone while its plugged into the speaker, you can plug in a USB memory stick, or even a flash drive. This unit allows for multiple input options.

    Party Connect- This is actually a pretty neat feature but unfortunately it only works with other Sony speakers. The speaker has an option to allow for Stereo Pair, in which you can connect two of the same speakers and play in stereo mode, or Party Mode, in which you connect multiple, up to 100 devices, to create a party scene.

    Pros-

    Easy Carry Handle – Portable, Lightweight

    Water resistant and Dust proof

    Multiple Audio Inputs

    Guitar Amp – For anyone that is able or want to use it as such

    Amazing sound quality and mega bass option

    30 Hour batter life – 10 minutes of charging provides 3 hours of playtime

    Cons-

    The only thing I was not happy about with this speaker was the fact that in either party or stereo mode, these speakers only connect to a specific brand. I have tested out other brands as well and they all pretty much do the same exact thing so I can’t blame Sony for doing the same thing but it does start to get pretty annoying. One of the best features one of these speakers could offer was to connect to together any brand device to create a party mode.

    Overall, Sony has done it again with its SRS-XG500 Portable Party Speaker, its has amazing sound quality, great bass, multiple input options, even the option to be used as a guitar amplifier, and even charging your devices while pumping out some beats. Sony is a known name in the industry to making quality products, so definitely check out this product if you are in the market.

    May 25, 2021 00:46
  • Review by LouRevue, 10 out of 10
    Boombox for the new age

    Pretty sweet bluetooth speaker that's consistent with Sony quality.

    Initially I was taken back a bit by the size of this speaker. Most speakers are relatively small and easily portable in a bag or something. This one is quite beefy in size/weight. It measures about 18 inches wide and 11 inches tall. It weighs about 12 pounds so it's got some heft to it. Definitely something you won't be putting in your back/suitcase but still portable.

    The appearance of the speaker is really minimalist. There's a couple buttons on top for power, volume and Mega Bass options and that's it. The I/O port on the back is covered with a rubber plug and has all the ports. There's USB ports, audio in as well as buttons to turn on/off the lights and check battery level. The speaker is IP66 water/dust repellent so it's perfect for taking with you on trips. The cloth covering on the speaker is also pretty cool and looks great.

    The sound of this speaker is fantastic. I really like the Mega Bass feature in all of Sony speakers/headphones and this one definitely lives up to that lineage. The highs/mids are crisp and as they should be. The bass on this speaker is really impressive which I love. The bass can handle all the thumping and booming bass notes easily all without drowning out the highs/mids. That, and this speaker can get loud which is a bonus. This is the perfect speaker to bring along with you on a fishing trip or to the beach. Higher volumes on this speaker sound good without too much distortion.

    There is a companion app you can download for this speaker however it's not required. Personally, I didn't find much value in the app itself. It allows you to control playlists, lights as well as works with the karaoke function on this speaker. I don't do karaoke so I probably won't ever use this feature but the speaker has inputs for that if that's your thing. I found it much easier to pair with the bluetooth on my phone (iPhone) and using the player for controlling the music.

    Overall, this is a great party speaker that can handle the elements as well as the music.

    May 24, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Selva, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Bluetooth Speaker! Great Sound!

    I am a big fan of SONY Bluetooth speakers and looking for one with a handle for the outdoors and camping. I got a SONY SRS-XG500 speaker as it came with a beautiful handle and excellent specifications. It came with the speaker, power cord, and warranty information. Setup is easy by downloading the Music Center app from the app store on iPhone and connected the speaker via Bluetooth. Also, I have downloaded the Fiestable app, which will control the speaker's lights and allow to play a party playlist. Build quality is outstanding and has buttons for power, Bluetooth, play, pause, volume, and mega bass. However, personal EQ settings can be done via the music center app.

    It is lightweight and portable. Battery life is great and provides up to 30 hours of playtime. With the quick charge feature, 3 hours of playtime can be achieved with 10 mins of charge. I was using this speaker in camping and large outdoor parties. It is an IP66 water-resistant and dustproof design, the speaker keeps on playing when exposed to water, sand, and dust. The water-repellent mesh fabric makes it easy to clean and dry the outside of the speaker. Smartphones can be plugged into the rear USB ports to play music over a wired connection which is really nice feature. Also, it will charge the phone at the same time. Music can be played in another way by inserting a memory stick or flash drive which is another great feature to play songs where there is no cell phone signal.

    XG500 can be used as a guitar amp by plug in a guitar via the mic/guitar input in the rear port. The LED ring lighting adds a touch of fun to the music. Sony Music Center app allows controlling the party from the dancefloor, selecting favorite playlists, cueing the next song, changing lighting patterns, and sound modes.

    I was blown away by the sound quality of this speaker. The X-Balanced Speaker Unit achieves high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper, more rewarding listening experience. This speaker is waterproof and dustproof. It is the perfect time to use it in the swimming pool during summertime in Arizona. I was playing a song with full sound and fill the entire living room with great sound quality. The ability to connect more than 100 speakers is a great feature and it will help to place speakers in each room.

    SONY always makes better products in TVs, Cameras and they have entered in audio space with quality products like SRS XG500 Series Bluetooth speakers.

    Well done SONY and it is another outstanding speaker!

    Jun 09, 2021 01:26
  • Review by Woo151, 10 out of 10
    Centerpiece of your next party!

    This Sony Bluetooth speaker is amazing! Great for get togethers, parties or just plain wanting to listen to something where ever you are at. Went over to my neighbors since he has a pool to grill out and chill. 30 hours on a full charge is most than great and the carrying handle makes it super portable.

    In the box comes with the speaker itself, power cord and charging brick and also the usual paperwork regarding instructions and warranty. They do recommend downloading 2 apps, Fiestable and Sony's Music Center. Fiestable lets you add to the party playlist and lets your phone or whatever device your using emit light linked to nearby speaker. Music Center gives you more options directly to the speaker itself like RGB Light settings and an EQ for your personal settings.

    Speaker is IP66 rated for being water resistance and dustproof (as long as all ports are securely closed. Mesh fabric itself repels water nicely when I was using at the pool.

    Though the speaker itself has all the buttons most commonly used like power, BT, play, pause, volume and Mega Bass, I actually preferred just using my phone and personal EQ settings. Btw using EQ disables Mega Bass but just turn up the bass in the sliders for bass, mid and treble and you'll get the same performance.

    Other than BT pairing, you can directly plug into the speaker using 3.5mm Audio Jack and/or USB (and it charges your device too). I don't have a guitar so I couldn't try out that option it comes with but I did have a mic and tried that out. Also can check the status of the battery level from the covered controls in the back as well as lights. There is also Party Connect that allows for multiple speaker connections to create a daisy chain of music for parties but you have to make sure the speakers are compatible with each other.

    RGB rings adds a fun touch to the speaker. Using the Music Center app you can change not only the style of lighting (solid, flashing, phasing, etc) but also many different colors too. Can leave it solid colors or just go ham with rainbow explosions everywhere.

    Sound quality is great and can get SUPER loud with no distortions at all! You can use a bunch of presets depending on the music playing or like me, use your own EQ settings. Bass is deep and heavy without overpowering the music.

    In the end, this all-in-one party speaker exceeds everything I am used to in a portable speaker. Multiple input options, weather resistant, amazing sound, guitar amp, mic for karaoke and eye pleasing light candy. Sony hit a home run with this and I highly recommend.

    May 27, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Knivels, 8 out of 10
    Take the party with you!

    Have you ever wanted to literally take the party with you? Sony’s SRS-XG500 portable wireless speaker can make that happen. It lives up to the standards the manufacturer is famous for and then some more!

    Sony has been making Bluetooth speakers for a while. Besides the thumping bass courtesy of their Extra/Mega Bass (depending on model), they are also renowned for their party lights and party chaining abilities. The SRS-XG500 is part of the brand’s X-Series. It’s a combination of two tweeter (0.98 inches each) and two woofer (4.33 inches each) speaker units enclosed in a water repellent mesh fabric. The unit has an IP66 rating for water resistance and dustproofing. The ports and controls in the rear are protected by a cover that seals them off. It is not waterproof and cannot be immersed in water. You can, however, party in the rain or take it to the beach and not worry. The fabric mesh also appears easy to clean.

    The power, Bluetooth pairing, play/pause and volume controls are all located on the front of the speaker. The circular led lights are located on either side and produce a rather subtle/subdued effect compared to others. There is also a Mega Bass button to get deeper bass. In the rear, beneath the protective cover are five ports: AC Adapter, two USB Type-A, audio in and a mic/guitar in. the USB ports can also charge a connected device. In addition to the ports, there are also four buttons:

    Party Connect: Sony’s feature which allows compatible devices to connect so audio can be streamed simultaneously

    Battery: Provides an audio output of the current battery level

    Light: Toggles light on/off

    Guitar: This activates the guitar mode. There is a volume control for the mic/guitar function

    The biggest selling point to is the ability to take the thumping sound with clear vocals with you. The sound is just as rich outside as inside and the ergonomic handle begs to be held. The Sony Music Center app adds some equalizer settings for your output along with some DJ effects through the Fiestable app. Different lighting options are also available. Battery life is rated for an impressive 30 hours of continuous play but that is obviously based on listening preferences and will vary based on individual use; devices streaming to the speaker will more than likely require charging before the speaker does. Charge from empty is about 3 hours but 10 minutes of charging will also provide 3 hours of playback. To help preserve battery health, the charging capacity can be limited.

    Party Connect is a feature that allows compatible speakers to play the same content simultaneously. I own other Sony speakers that have this feature labeled as “Party Chain”. In summary, I could not group them with this speaker because they are not “compatible". The good news is that Android OS has a feature by default in the later releases (media panel) that helps overcome this hurdle; I have Android 11 by the way. It basically lets a device connect to two wireless speakers and allow simultaneous streaming. My recommendation to Sony would be to allow their speakers to "play" nicely with each other, regardless of family.

    Sony’s SRS-XG500 in my opinion is bound to be a favorite as we start venturing outdoors. What better way to do it but with a solid wireless speaker that delivers solid sound regardless of the environment? It is a hit in my books and I highly recommend it.

    Jun 15, 2021 13:41
  • Review by Dakingindanorf, 10 out of 10
    Worth It

    Sony is a well known name and they make some very nice products. Their audio devices are no different. As you open the box of the new SRS XG 500, you know you’re in for a treat. This speaker is big and well built, weighing in at just over 12 pounds. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take it places easily. The entire top portion of the speaker is a handle that you can grip with one or both hands if necessary.

    Once you get the speaker where it’s needed, it’s very easy to connect and play. With Bluetooth 5.0, wireless connections are stable and hold at long distances. If needed, you can play music through the USB-A, Aux, or instrument connection ports on the back. It’s pretty slick that Sony included the instrument connection port so it can be used as a guitar amp. While only the left USB-A port can be used to play music on the speaker, both USB-A ports can be used to charge pretty much any electronic device. Both charge at 2A. This is a must for a portable speaker.

    The speaker’s IP66 rating keeps it protected from dust, sand, and water (to an extent), making this a perfect pool, beach, and garage-work companion. I personally spilled water on the speaker while I was in the driveway washing my car and it was not a problem whatsoever. The mesh was easy to wipe off so I could keep jamming. The RGB lights are subtle, but really fun. Definitely best in low light conditions when you’re partying with friends. The way the lights cycle can be changed in the Sony Music Center app. An issue that I’ve had with portable speakers in the past is sound quality diminishing with an increase in volume. The SRS XG 500 does not have this problem. Even at maximum volume, I never notice any distortion in sound quality. And the Mega Bass button gives you a little extra thump. It’s an experience. I love how easily this speaker can fill an entire space with loud, clear jams. You’ll have no shortage of music either with a 30 hour playback time and quick charge that provides 3 hours of playback time with a quick 10 minute charge.

    All in all, the Sony SRS XG 500 does come with a premium price tag, but that's because you're getting a premium portable product with incredible sound quality and some bells and whistles too. Despite it’s lame name, this is a speaker I'd highly recommend you pick up in preparation for all the time you're about to spend outside this summer.

    Jun 19, 2021 18:01
  • Review by TechMatcher, 10 out of 10
    Awesome sound and size!

    I don't often give 5 stars, but I'm very happy with the features and performance of this portable speaker. Quite literally, I've used it every day while my landscaping crew gets the job done!

    Bluetooth range is great, sound and bass are full and amazing! The color ring is cool - but obviously in the daylight we don't really notice it.

    There are many features to take advantage off, the best in my opinion would be the Party Mode (if you have more than one of these or your friends do, you can connect them together for an immersive sound experience) and Guitar Amp - where this device can be used as a guitar amplifier for you or your strumming friends! Also, a 30 hour battery life.....really a must have especially if you want to charge your phone on this bad boy. Lastly, the IP66 Water-resistant and Dustproof Design. Since this is on the job landscaping - you can imagine how important this is.

    Overall - very pleased and I'm sure you will be too. Even the dog likes it (see pictures) - also showing relation in size to a 70 lb Labrador retriever

    Jun 16, 2021 10:04
  • Review by Denisik91, 10 out of 10
    Solid Speaker..Indoor/Outdoor it's a party starter

    I'm very impressed with the ergonomics of this Sony Srsxg500 as well with the sound quality and features it has.

    I've been using it in my house when I don't want to fire up the home theatre and it's a joy more then enough to entertain.

    Tried it outside and very pleasantly surprised how good the base and sound quality is.

    Been playing all kind of genres music.

    Battery life is great 30hr of playing plus you get 2 usb ports to charge other devices in case of emergency or to play content of them.

    Also you get Party connect, Lights, Mic/Guitar port .

    Great companion that will bring any party to life. So if you are on the market for a portable great speaker this is the One!

    Ps: it's ip66 rated ... great near pools or on the beach

    Jun 17, 2021 21:25
  • 9.6score
    Samsung - Sound Tower Powered Wireless Speaker (Each) - Black
    Description

    Get the party started with this Samsung T70 sound tower. The powerful speakers fill the room with up to 1500W of bi-directional sound, and the built-in 10-inch woofer delivers loud, impressively detailed bass. This Samsung T70 sound tower has integrated LED party lights that enhance any gathering with a variety of rhythmic lighting effects.

    5 Features
  • 1500W nominal power handling: Helps ensure rich, dynamic sound.
  • Two 1" tweeters: Offer crisp high frequencies.
  • Built-in Bluetooth: Offers easy connectivity to your compatible device.
  • 3.5mm jack: Enables easy connection of a microphone.
  • Remote: Lets you make adjustments from across the room.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kris, 8 out of 10
    Great speaker with a couple issues

    The Samsung Sound Tower is a beast of a Bluetooth speaker in 3 ways; It's loud, heavy and expensive. It arrived shrink wrapped to a wooden pallet and I helped a rather diminutive driver get it off the pallet, down off the truck and to my front door. BestBuy.com lists it at 58.4 lbs. and it's every bit of it. There are handles in the back at the top and bottom of the speaker but it's awkward to carry. BestBuy.com lists the speaker at 25.6" tall but my tape measure says it's 35 1/8" to the top of the display at the top of the unit so basically a full 3 feet. I'm a 6'2", 200 lb. contractor and even for me, carrying a 3 foot long, sixty pound triangle horizontally is cumbersome. For my wife it's a deal breaker. Watching her try to get it in the suburban the first time was hilarious but I got in trouble and I have loading duty from now on. Some wheels on the unit would have been a welcome addition.

    Once we got it hooked up the sound was very good. It's plenty loud but I felt that the mid-range was slightly lacking. There was plenty of bass for most songs, the treble was fine and there is more than enough volume to violate any noise ordinances your community has. I turned the volume up high enough that it was uncomfortable and only noticed a slight distortion.

    The final beastly thing about the Sound Tower is the price. Is this a $700 speaker? I don't know. It sounds great, it's easy to use an. d is plenty of speaker for indoor or outdoor entertaining but $700 is a lot to ask. We also have a Sony V71 High-Power Speaker from Best Buy. It's almost 3" taller but weighs 10 lbs. less, costs $200 less at $499 and has wheels. We're not really "lights" people but if you are, the Sony's light show blows the Samsung away according to my kids. However, I prefer the more subdued lights on the Samsung. Ultimately though, the Samsung is the better sounding speaker. If you can swing $700 you won't be disappointed in the Samsung Sound Tower. It'll do everything you want it to in spades. Just eat your Wheaties before hauling it out to the back yard and watch the door frames...

    Aug 02, 2020 21:44
  • Review by Ersanchez, 10 out of 10
    Amazing speaker from Samsung...!

    This speaker is amazing. The sound quality is unreal and the subwoofer is so loud and powerful. I use it with my TV as a soundbar for movies and also for karaoke time with YouTube and of course with my cellphone for music. I highly recommend it..!

    Oct 29, 2021 21:46
  • Review by ExcellentSpeaker, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Speaker

    Excellent Speaker none better to buy the sound is off the charts

    Aug 23, 2021 06:35
  • Review by NotJustAnyDad, 10 out of 10
    Life of the Party!!!

    As a former DJ the power that comes out of this well-designed box is surprising. I couldn't wait to turn off the lights and turn up the music. My two girls and their friends threw a pretend concert in the house when they saw the lightshow. I highly recommend downloading the app to customize and play with lighting effects. I'm considering getting a second unit to play simultaneously inside and outside when entertaining friends and family. Pick a spot in any room or outside and start the music. If I placed this in my Driveway and blasted it we’d have a block party, Halloween is too far away! I will be using this for our backyard movies parties. Pros: Fun to use!!! Extremely loud and clear even at peek volumes Easy setup and use, via the app or included remote control Feels very well built Cons: Limited integration into smart things Limited apps support like Alexa and Spotify For some it's not going to be easy to move around. "I received this item at a discount for my honest review"

    Mar 01, 2021 12:03
  • Review by TOPHER, 10 out of 10
    No more DJ needed with this bad boy!!!

    All I can say is WOW. I purchased this speaker with high hopes of the perfect speaker and I’m glad to say it did not disappoint. Overall I really enjoyed the speaker. It is a little larger than I expected, even after reviewing the dimensions, I was still a bit shocked with the size upon delivery. Set up was extremely quick and easy, ultimately a one man job. Following set up I was eager to hook up via bluetooth and hear the sound. Connecting to bluetooth was quick and painless. However, the speaker itself has USB ports to connect with as well, if Bluetooth isn’t for you. The sound was amazing and no shocker here, but It’s loud. The sound is just as clear on the lower volume as it is on the highest setting and it gives off a pretty crispy sounding tune. The speaker has a ton of bass/treble which can be easily set to your preference. I myself am pretty tech savvy and although the speaker comes with a remote, I found the app to be more useful. The Samsung Giga Party Audio Speaker app allows you to control the settings for both the audio and lighting. The lighting LED could be a bit brighter but that would be my only nit picking of this system. The speaker itself also has hook up for two mics making it perfect for karaoke night with your spouse or friends. This honestly would be the perfect speaker for any setting, and my family and i can’t wait to use it for a party or get-together in a Covid free time. It’s nice to have a large speaker that I don’t have to worry about water damage with near the pool but is also able to connect to my indoor appliances. I went into this purchase looking for a speaker for my yard, however i am already looking into purchasing a second to place indoors due to the easy compatibility and set up of the first one. I will definitely be recommending this appliance to anyone in search of a great sound system.

    Mar 01, 2021 12:15
  • Review by xupr4, 10 out of 10
    Pretty Loud and Heavy

    Great speaker for gatherings and or if you like listening to loud music by yourself.

    Note: if you are looking to buy this speaker for like a bedroom, this might be a little too much in a good way.

    Pros- Pretty loud and clean sound no even on higher volumes.

    -Easy to use UI and navigation buttons on the speaker

    -Great bluetooth connectivity at mid to long range

    -The option to connect another one of these speakers which i cannot imagine how loud it would sound.

    -Casing is good quality with a metal grill protecting the speakers

    Cons

    - The LEDs might not be as bright as some would want them too, but it is mostly nitpicking

    Overall this speakers is serious business, great for outdoors if you have a big backyard or gathering (which at the time of this review would not recommend). Sound is clear and crispy with the option to boost the bass. The only time I would not recommend this is if you want it for a small room.

    Jul 23, 2020 18:11
  • Review by Elrico, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Lots of bass very clear sound everything i was looking for in a party speaker lights could’ve been alot better

    Jun 11, 2021 18:25
  • Review by JBTechfanatic, 10 out of 10
    It towers above the Rest

    My Mind My Music loving personality is absolutely blown away. When my new Samsung MX-T70 1500W SoundTower Giga Party Audio Speaker Arrived. I was truly giddy by the size and weight of the speaker tower. I immediately knew Samsung had Unleashed something very special. Diving into the well packaged box. I got my first look at the sound Tower I could not wait to get started and Hear it. I'll never forget the moment I attached my Samsung S21Ultra phone via Bluetooth and put on my favorite song. The power from this 5 speaker 10in Sub Tower Made my heart start racing. The biggest smile ever came over my face and I got chills. Right Then I knew The sound tower that Samsung had created is no joke. I thought wow this thing is not just loud. it's pure excitement in an all-inclusive package. With DJ mode party mode. And if you want to sing karaoke you can. Solo or With A friend with two mic inputs. Touches like RGB lighting to bring out the party. Even if you want to have this by your pool? Not only are you going to be the talk of the neighborhood. You're not going to have to worry about it getting damaged by a few splashes. Samsung has even made it splash-proof. Often those of us that buy lots of tech get kind of numb to the same Tech that comes out over and over again. I'm so happy to say. Samsung's brand new MX-T70 1500W sound tower has literally rocked my Family's world. It's a quality built masterpiece heavy duty and pretty in all the right places. It's the little things like the RGB lights in the sub and the tablet or phone holder on the top. Samsung even created it's very own DJ app Remote Inc. This is a product not only do I recommend. I also believe it will blow your mind once you hear it yourself! I forgot to mention you can connect three Towers at the same time. oh my I could not even imagine. So I will be ordering two more to complete probably one of the best sounding experiences in a home you can buy! But if you're not like me and you just want one? I recommend placing it in the corner as this uses omnidirectional sound with a flat back and try triangle shape front. Perfectly shaped to send Quality Sound and Bass through your entire home. Even if you have a massive home this will likely blow your socks off. My recommendation buy this as quick as possible. If you love music or Karaoke? Want a well built feature packed masterpiece? Grab a SoundTower MX-T70 you won't regret it. Come see and hear it in action on my YouTube channel JBTechfanatic

    Feb 11, 2021 15:07
  • 9.4score
    17
    JBL
    JBL - GO3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Speaker - Black
    Description

    JBL Go 3 features bold styling and rich JBL Pro Sound. With its new eye-catching edgy design, colorful fabrics and expressive details this a must-have accessory for your next outing. Your tunes will lift you up with JBL Pro Sound, it’s IP67 waterproof and dustproof so you can keep listening rain or shine, and with its integrated loop, you can carry it anywhere. Go 3 comes in completely new shades and color combinations inspired by current street fashion. JBL Go 3 looks as vivid as it sounds.

    5 Features
  • Original JBL Pro Sound: JBL Pro Sound delivers surprisingly big audio and punchy bass from Go 3’s ultra-compact size.
  • Bold style and ultra-portable design: JBL Go 3’s ultra-portable design goes great with the latest styles, and its colorful fabrics and expressive details make it look as great as it sounds.
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof: To the pool. To the park. JBL Go 3 is IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so you can bring your speaker anywhere.
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming: Wirelessly stream music from your phone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • 5 hours of playtime: Don’t sweat the small stuff like charging your battery. Go 3 gives you up to 5 hours of playtime on a single charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Chokr, 10 out of 10
    GO3 = SPORTY SPEAKER

    Okay I have multiple speakers!

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    ZoeeTree D12

    W-King D9

    But I take my JBL GO 3 absolutely every where. Perfect for beach walks, hikes, bike rides, etc.

    Also JBL GO 3 has very little latency. I watch netflix and youtube without lagging issues.

    Out of the 10 speakers I bought this year this 30 dollar speaker is actually my favorite to to take along my daily adventure with my favorite REGGAE jams.

    C port charging. About a full works day of music. So I've used the battery from 11am- 8pm comfortably untiyit died late in the day. No complains. And I'm also the Biggest JBL HATER.

    Dec 31, 2020 07:46
  • Review by BMunster, 10 out of 10
    Love the loop to hang on a carabiner hook...

    Love this little thing. Finally they made something to loop around a carabiner hook. The ones built into the "Clip" broke easily. The speaker sounds amazing for its size and weight. Great for hiking & biking. Especially for the $29 sale price!

    Dec 14, 2020 22:54
  • Review by ClaudiaGA, 10 out of 10
    Exactly what I needed

    I live this speaker I take it everywhere, great sound and size. Battery pretty durable

    May 14, 2021 20:17
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Perfect sound

    Sound is great also the color and its easy to carry everywhere. Worth buying for.

    Dec 16, 2020 03:41
  • Review by Brighteyes, 10 out of 10
    Amazing portable JBL speaker

    Great little portable speaker sound just right for personal use. The battery last longer then the 5 hours .I've fully charged it and the battery lasted 9 hour i was blown away. Don't think about it just buy it . Its worth it.

    Great to travel very light weight.

    Jul 09, 2021 17:54
  • Review by Basilbarca, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Little JBL Speaker !

    I was really impressed by how great this JBL Go 3 sounds and it’s really easy to pair with my ipad -iPhone! Plus it’s water and dust prof.

    Dec 29, 2020 04:44
  • Review by Nennifer, 10 out of 10
    Great little rugged speaker!

    This is a great buy! Relatively inexpensive for the great sound that comes out of this thing, and it’s really nice to know that it’s pretty durable and waterproof. We took it kayaking and paired it with my Apple Watch so neither of us had to worry about losing our phones in the river. The Bluetooth connection was solid, even from kinda far away. Really happy with this purchase!

    Sep 24, 2021 19:47
  • Review by Kett, 8 out of 10
    Great low tier speakers.

    This speaker brings the mid tier experience with a lower tier price. If you want something that's portable and strong, this is it. The battery life is standard, running a little low sometimes depending on how loud the music is on average, however its worth the price. I'd definitively grab it on a sale though, this speaker at $30 or lower is a steal. Personally, for a great experience in the jbl speakers range I'd recommend the charge 4. This speaker definitively slides around and the position of the sound is ideal only when it's facing straight up. If you're on the go thats a different story as the loop is terrific.

    Sep 11, 2021 13:43
  • 9.4score
    Ultimate Ears - HYPERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Party Speaker withWaterproof Design - Black
    Description

    HYPERBOOM rocks a supermassive sound that takes your party into the stratosphere. Believe the hype—it’s got extreme bass and an adaptive EQ that automatically customizes the sound to fill any space. Four input channels let you easily switch music between different devices, while the rechargeable battery rocks the party for up to 24 hours.

    10 Features
  • Big loud pristine sound plus extreme bass: Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a portable Bluetooth speaker with massive, beautifully rich sound with big booming bass.
  • Easy music sharing: Play music from four different devices and easily switch between them with just a press of a button. Connect via two Bluetooth inputs, one auxiliary, and one optical input.
  • All day 24 hour battery life: HYPERBOOM sports an up to 24-hour rechargeable battery that keeps the party pumpin’ wherever you take it. Or plug it in to rage for the rest of time.*
  • Spill and splash resistant: Got a spill or splash - this speaker will handle with that. Simply wipe it off, and you're good to go.
  • Adaptive equalizer: This party speaker does all the heavy lifting to rock a pitch-perfect sound anywhere. Its adaptive EQ literally reads the environment - and automatically customizes the sound to whatever space it's in.
  • Party up: Connect HYPERBOOM with any BOOM, MEGABOOM, or even another HYPERBOOM speakers to kick-start a party.
  • USB charge out: The speaker is the party powerhouse that even gives your phone a boost. Flip open the weather door, plug into the USB charge-out, and keep banging' while your phone's powering up.
  • One-touch music control: HYPERBOOM lets you play, pause, and skip tracks directly on the speaker. You can also set up one-touch to your playlist via the app.**
  • Take your show on the road: Built-in carrying handle enables easy portability.
  • 45Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Samrio, 10 out of 10
    Solid Sound with a great design

    I've owned previous UE speakers, and all of them have performed well, especially the smaller Boom speaker. This easily blows the previous smaller speakers out of the water.

    First thing you'll notice, upon opening the box, is the power cord and AC/DC power brick, and a quick reference manual. The speaker comes packaged very well, and includes a nice sticker on the top to show you the basic controls; making setup super easy. You'll also notice some really good rubber feet on the bottom, which do a great job of keeping the device in place with no audible shaking.

    Once paired, my iPhone on iOS 13, immediately prompted to install the Ultimate Ears (UE) app from the app store. After install, I quickly noticed the extra features; such as the EQ settings and ability to connect with your favorite playlist on Apple Music or Amazon Music. There is also an option to add a "Deezer" music service for any users that utilize it. Just keep in mind, that once you select a playlist and hit the "play button" on the device it will just start playing songs listed in the playlist. You won't be able to navigate the playlist in the app, and will need to select a specific song using the service you selected. In my case, hitting play on my Apple Playlist, it would start auto playing, and I'd use the Apple Music app to select a specific song.

    One of the best app features, is the ability to toggle on and off the speaker in app. When you hit the power button in the app, your device automatically connects over bluetooth to the speaker, and turns it on in about 1 or 2 seconds. It's pretty quick. You'll notice a volume toggle, and the ability to change the source between optical or bluetooth devices. The app even tells you what options are toggled.

    EQ settings are fairly easy to toggle between "modes," with "Adaptive EQ" enabled by default. In my testing, Adaptive EQ seemed to offer the best balanced audio, and the app claims that is automagically optimizes based on the environment it's in. This seems to work almost seamlessly, and depending on the type of music played, you probably won't notice the audio settings change. For those who want to set their own EQ, independent of the Adaptive EQ setting, just move the sliders between Bass and Treble to your desired choices.

    The default EQ modes: Bass Boost, Game/Cinema, and Podcast, offer their own advantages in clarity for some basic uses. Bass boost works well in Low to Med-High (75%) volume, and when at max, you'll feel the pressure of the sound if you're nearby. Game/Cinema does a pretty good job when you you're playing games or movies over Bluetooth and when using the Optical connection. It does a good job of balancing bass and treble, meaning the gratifying sound of action based games, but still able to hear the dialog spoken in game/movie. The podcast setting cuts the bass down significantly, making voice dialog clear and with no audio clipping or distortion. You can also set and save your own EQ settings in the app, making switching between modes easy.

    The first thing you're probably wondering, is if this plays audio over 360 degrees. You'll notice quickly that the stereo audio really only comes from the front, but you'll hear it fairly well regardless of where it's placed. The built in handle is made of soft rubber, which makes it easy to slide up or down to create or hide the handle. The carry handle doesn't feel like it's going to fall off, and with the rubber material it means it won't distort or cause vibration when it's in either position. The back rubber cover for the connections is also not super difficult to open or close.

    Now, let's talk buttons on the top. You'll notice a power button, a source toggle button with a play/pause button, the volume buttons which are incorporated into the design and are touch sensitive. When you toggle the volume buttons, you'll notice your device volume adjust. If you're not using the app, you can simply use the buttons or the devices volume settings to turn it up or down. There was no distortion in the lower or higher volume settings in my testing, but found that volume in the 75% range offered the best audio quality for my use. If you're using this speaker at a party, and need to keep your phone on you, you'll probably notice this doesn't lost connection. Walking around my 2000 sq foot house, I didn't notice any signal drop or skipping.

    This speaker also has a built in battery, making it easy to charge using the power brick included. It also has a USB power out, which makes charging your device easy. I was able to connect my iPhone 11 without issue using the iPhone's lightning cable. When I received the speaker, it was only charged to about 20%, but I was able to listen for almost an hour before that 20% went down to 19% at 50% volume. In my testing, after full charge, this thing seemed to never run out of power, even after using it for about 12 hours straight. According to the site, and included materials, this thing will last 24 hours, and I believe it. At 12 hours of use, it still had about 60% power remaining, and that was with my iPhone connected with the USB port. Also, a neat feature, if you don't have your device and need to check the power left, just hit the up and down volume buttons at the same time and it will tell you how much is left.

    Since this allows two bluetooth devices to be paired, it makes toggling source 1 or 2 easy. This means you won't need to worry about pairing/unpairing you and your signficant others phones (or roommate) when either of you wants to use it. Just toggle the bluetooth source, and the device is ready to go immediately.

    I also want to add, that this device supports the setting of alarms. That's right, want this to be a loud wonderful alarm clock, just set the time. You can select to play the last played song as your alarm sound, or select a specific song in your devices library. It works really well, it turns itself on, using the app, and just starts playing the selected music. Given the smaller form factor of the speaker this makes sense for a bedroom or dorm, and it's very effective. You can select any song in your music apps playlists or on the device, and you can even preview what it sounds like. The only thing I wish they'd add, is the ability to schedule the alarm for specific days, the only option offered is a "daily" toggle for everyday, but not specific days.

    Overall, I'm really really impressed with the audio clarity on this speaker, and it easily bests some larger boom boxes I own. Carrying the device is easy using the built in handle, it can charge your phone during use, and it's rated as splash proof; which means it can sit by the pool; just don't submerge it. The UE app is surprisingly great, and in my use I have yet to have the app crash or mishandle the connection. The app also allows you to chain another UE speaker, making this system expandable for even more audio at a party. I strongly recommend this speaker, and I don't give a strong recommendation often. The Ultimate Ears sound engineering team did a pretty great job with this speaker.

    Mar 07, 2020 11:52
  • Review by MoGJ, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful Speaker With Excellent Sound

    I like to think I start parties. THIS starts the party! No really, this speaker not only looks nice but can get loud as well.

    Design

    With big buttons atop the speaker and mesh type material surrounding the physical speakers, you can tell thought went into the design. The tactile volume buttons are a nice touch! Drinks can be placed on it and you wouldn't have to worry about the speaker getting wet or the drinks tipping over. Of the design changes made, I loved how it includes a rubber strap on the side that makes it easier to transport around since it is larger than the UE Megaboom or your typical smaller type portable speakers. Another design touch I noticed was the rubber at the bottom of the speaker. Its a nice touch to keep it from scratching or hearing a loud thud when placing it on the floor or a countertop.

    Audio

    Out of the box, I like the current audio configuration; not overly boomy from the bass in songs and it can hit highs without fatiguing your ears. When playing songs at the highest volume, I did not get any distortion. This speaker can definitely fill up large room and even a house! Is it a replacement for your DJ equipment for music at dance halls? Definitely not, but it's not meant to be. Although larger than most portable speakers and the UE Megaboom, the speaker drivers sure compensate for it with the ability to play music for over 20 hours and play it multidirectional. With it being square, you can place it on the floor and expect to hear music from behind and the sides of the speaker.

    Features

    The Boom and MegaBoom by UE app is great; a user can turn the speaker off/on, change the volume, and change the EQ settings of the speaker right from their phone. If you prefer more bass, you can change it from the app too. It also comes with an adaptive EQ setting that I found to play music to my liking also. A cool feature added was the ability to connect multiple devices to it and play music from each device (one at a time). No more passing the phone or device around to switch songs! Another thing I particularly liked of the Hyperboom was that it had multiple inputs (digital, aux) and even a USB out for the ability to charge devices as well.

    Overall

    This speaker does well at checking the right boxes - portable but powerfully sounding speaker, water resistant, and super long battery life. This will last for years to come and that is the reason why I recommend it over others.

    Mar 11, 2020 22:13
  • Review by Demikids65, 10 out of 10
    HiFi finally meets up with BIG Bluetooth sound!

    I have always been into electronics and gadgets. I was the kid with the 8 battery boom box in the 70’s. I got into home audio in the 80’s and 90’s, and home theater in the 2000’s. I love high end sound in my home, and in my car. About 10 years ago I started playing around with Bluetooth tech. I’ve even converted old speakers, headphones and guitar amps into Bluetooth with portable BT receivers.

    The first decade of major retail BT was mostly with speakers about the same size used in headphones. The portability, user friendly extras and sound quality has come a far way in that time. Then we got a lot of companies trying to go bigger with their sound, and extra goodies.

    My favorite portable BT’s are my JBL (Flip4 & Charge 3). My fav portable stereo pair are my Soundcore Flare+. And, my fav outdoor rocker is my Marshall Killburn 2.

    I like to browse for the new BT’s coming out. You know how you start searching YouTube on one thing, and then it leads you all over. Well, a few weeks ago I found the UE Hyperboom.

    I was so excited by the reviews for the Hyperboom that I spontaneously stopped at Best Buy to get one. My local BB didn’t have it yet, but the one a few towns away had just one in inventory (this was just a couple days after they were released for sale to the public).

    I wish you could see the smile on my face the first time i fired it up... WOW! The sound quality and power reminded me of my Polk Audio studio monitors.

    I love the speaker placement and the Auto EQ (the stereo separation is wide and clear). I love the app where you can power on the speaker and save your own customized EQ settings. Bass is perfect with a healthy punch, the mids are full and clear, and the highs are crystal clear. You hear everything, perfectly... and then some!

    Pink Floyd, Mac Miller, Fleetwood Mac, Snoop Dogg, Andre Bocelli, Metallica, Post Malone... all are full sounding and pitch perfect at all volume levels. With the adjustable EQ on flat it’s all good indoors, and outdoors. It is amazing how portable and easy it is to use too.

    I am glad it doesn’t have speaker phone as I hate using my phone over the speaker. It’s not like I’m driving with this speaker. Lol. All your hard earned money goes to mind blowing sound, battery life, and quality (UE designed and tested all internals and durability in house).

    I’m okay with IPX4 rating because I believe higher ratings can dampen sound quality (IPX4 can take up to your average rain and major spills). If I’m going to the pool or beach, I take my JBL. This is my current goto for inside/outside the house and for parties and gatherings.

    I am looking forward to it going sale so I can get another to pair in stereo for the ULTIMATE back yard sound. ENJOY Ya’ll!!!

    Mar 18, 2020 00:00
  • Review by Beradon, 10 out of 10
    Party Speaker is Right!

    If you're like me, what you expect to see when you look at an Ultimate Ears speaker is a cylindrical brightly colored unit, almost garish in its color choices. They sound great but are usually on the small-to-medium size side of things.

    Enter the UE Hyperboom. This device looks unlike anything else in the UE catalog. It is not cylindrical, it is not brightly colored, and it's massive. The unit is over a foot tall and is rather hefty. They do market this as a portable device, and fortunately they were thinking about it when they said that. There's a beefy rubber strap attached to the side that collapses flat to the unit when not in use.

    Something else that this has going for it over UE's other offerings is the connectivity. Of course it is bluetooth, and it even has an aux jack for standard audio cables, however this takes it a step further with an optical jack. You might ask why this is on a unit like this, can it really support the quality that an optical jack provides? I can say unequivocally, yes.

    What's interesting about that as a connectivity option is TVs. Most of us are familiar with sound bars for TVs, but some of us, and I've been in this situation, just dont have a place to put the sound bar for whatever reason. The form factor of this, being vertical standing (btw, this is ONLY vertical standing, the feet are on the bottom of the end of the unit, there are no feet on the sides) could potentially lend itself to a situationally better position than many sound bars because of their form factor. And it falls within the price range of equivalent sounding sound bars as well (this probably gets louder).

    Which brings me to the point of the sound. First and foremost, this thing gets LOUD. It is marketed as a party speaker, and you can literally have a party with it all by itself. On medium settings within 10 feet of the unit the volume can approach painful levels, so jacking it up to the max would be nigh on earth-shattering. I can really appreciate this because so many speakers say they can or should be used outdoors, but once you get them outside they fall flat without walls to bounce the sound off of. There's no chance of that with this unit. On top of that, if you're really crazy, it is compatible with pairing with other UE devices to create a truly multidimensional and immersive experience. I dont have any other UE devices, but it definitely sounds like it would be fun to do.

    The sound quality is fantastic. Due to the size of the unit they really did not have to skimp on the size of the speakers. One of the most important things about speakers, particularly as it relates to bass and midrange speakers is the size. Some units claim to have "booming bass" but those same units are no larger than your hand. This device has a true subwoofers in it, and they deliver. The mids and highs are impressive too, as again, a device of this size does not have to skimp.

    An important note on the size of those speakers is that it also means at high levels they are less likely to distort. I can attest that when I jacked the volume way up, the device was still exceptionally clear.

    On top of it all, the device is splash proof. I wouldn't drop it in the pool or anything, but it should still be safe to use outdoors and you'll be alright if it gets a bit moist.

    Really in all of this I only have one negative comment. The sound is definitely directional. Most of the UE devices taut 360' sound. The sound from the Hyperboom definitely comes out of the front two sides (the side opposite the hand strap). The cutaway view on the UE website shows the internals and direction of those speakers, so positioning will be important. Honestly, with as loud as this thing gets, it's really being nit-picky, because you wont have any trouble hearing it from behind.

    This thing is fantastic. Just understand that it is not small, so portable means take it with you, put it on a table and get out of the way. You won't want to carry it around with you.

    I've uploaded an image of it next to a first generation Amazon Echo just so you understand what you are getting. By the way. These are not competing products. The UE Hyperboom is not a smart speaker (which I actually appreciate, I think too many devices have 'smart' functionality built in where they don't need it) and the Amazon Echo is not portable.

    Mar 03, 2020 20:06
  • Review by Strangemom850, 10 out of 10
    Another hit from Ultimate Ears!

    I had read many good reviews for months about UE products, so finally for Christmas I got my first, the Megaboom 3. It did not disappoint. Then a couple months later, UE releases the Hyperboom, so I started reading reviews from customers and tech reviews, concerned mostly that it was a little pricey. Let's face it, $400 is alot to drop for a bluetooth speaker! After a month of it being on the shelves, I decided I had to have it. And the Hyperboom as well did not disappoint! To let you know up front, it is a large speaker and bulky, not just something you're gonna throw into your backpack. If you want that, stick with the Megaboom 3. But it's not so large that you cant bring along to the next tailgate or pool party, in fact...its the perfect speaker for those because it's the speaker that you can actually HEAR with a large group of people or in a large area. Anything smaller minimizes the music in the room to barely background noise, where the Hyperboom brings the music back where you want it to be, front and center...commanding attention, hyping the mood, supporting the exact reason to even take a speaker along in the first place. And it also pairs easily with my megaboom 3, so if I put them on opposite sides of the house and pair them I have music through the whole house, easily. If you love your music, then your music needs the Hyperboom. And if you don't have ANY of the Ultimate Ears speakers yet, please do yourself a huge favor and go buy yourself one of them...it doesn't have to be as high priced as the Hyperboom to understand that Ultimate Ears makes quality speakers in many sizes for many different occasions, and once you hear your favorite song on one of their speakers, never again will you want to hear it on another speaker, it just can't compare...I'm hooked, I'm glad I invested the $400 on my happiness, and I will never use another brand of speaker again. I've given away or sold my Bose sound link 2, my sound core flare, my jbl charge 3 and 4 and also my jbl flip 4.

    May 28, 2020 00:03
  • Review by BIGASN, 6 out of 10
    Good Portable Speaker, Potential To Be Great

    The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is so close to being awesome it kills me. It's well built, simple to use, sounds great, gets loud and clear, can go a whole day on a single charge, can charge your USB devices, is easy to carry, looks great, and is splash proof so I can bring it to the pool party with confidence. So why am I down on it? Simple. It won't hook up to my phone.

    Yes, I have an older phone (LG V20) which could be the issue, but I've never had an issue with the bluetooth connecting to a device. From cars, to headsets, to speakers, to headphones, to printers, to computers, to tablets, to my smartwatch, the bluetooth on my phone has never given me an issue, yet with the Hyperboom it does. They'll pair up just fine, but as soon as I play any audio the bluetooth on my phone crashes and is forced to restart only to keep reconnecting and crashing as soon as another sound is played. I've tried clearing my bluetooth data and cache, and reinstalling the UE Boom app, but nothing fixes it. Which is a shame, because I've connected the Hyperboom to other devices and it sounds great and would be awesome to use, if only it would work with my main device. It's a new release, so I'm hoping a firmware update will be out soon to clear this up. Could easily be the star of a few parties after the covid19 outbreak clears and I envision a lot of fun days at the beach with this speaker, but only if I can connect to it wirelessly. However, if you're in the majority that don't own an LG V20, you're in luck!

    Aside from the V20 bluetooth failure, I'm happy to say the bluetooth connects perfectly with the iPhone XR, Lenovo Tab2 Android tablet, and Alienware R9 Windows 10 PC. The latency seems low as I don't notice any delay in the audio when playing corresponding video. This means that it'll also make a good multimedia speaker, and I'm already excited about pairing it up with my Mars projector and a laptop for outdoor movie and game nights. With a battery that's rated for 24 hours on a single charge, and realistically probably 6 hours blasting it outside, the Hyperboom can go about a whole day on a single charge and only takes about 2.5 hours for a full recharge. What's nifty is that UE includes a USB port to charge your devices to ensure the party keeps going. The port is for charging devices only, so no playing mp3s off a flash drive, but it's hard to complain about inputs when there's 4 included.

    The Hyperboom has 1 optical, 1 auxiliary 3.5mm, and 2 bluetooth inputs. It's a bit odd to find an optical audio input on a portable bluetooth speaker, yet with the size, volume, and sound quality of this speaker, I think it reinforces the notion that Ultimate Ears envisioned this as a multimedia speaker. Optical makes an easy hook up to a Playstation, Xbox, laptop, or cable box for clean digital audio. And while I couldn't wirelessly connect my phone to the Hyperboom, it sounded great connected through the headphone jack, especially since I get to take advantage of the V20's 32bit Quad DAC hooked up this way.

    Visually, the Hyperboom is an attractive 14" tall black square with rounded edges. If you're an audiophile, it looks a lot like the Definitive Technology BP tower speakers, but obviously shorter and with matte surfaces. It's a high quality finish that's attractive without being flashy and should fit in with any decor. I especially love the hidden handle at the back corner. It's thick, sturdy, hides well and should hold up for a long time. Feeling along the speaker fabric, you'll notice all the speakers are protected by a sturdy cage so you can have peace of mind carrying it around without accidentally damaging a speaker cone. Great job UE engineers!

    If you're connecting the Hyperboom to an Android or iOS device, definitely download the UE Boom app. It could use some work, but it unlocks a 5 band EQ and an adaptive EQ feature. While this isn't needed to play audio through the speaker, the customizable frequency settings definitely help cater the audio to your liking.

    So, how's it sound? Fantastic! I think the bass extension is going to depend on the setting you're in, but a single speaker is plenty loud enough to power a casual patio party or cookout. The bass response is a lot more full and balanced indoors, but it'll play loud and clear just about anywhere and it def gets loud. Feed it good quality audio and it'll surprise you with its range and balance. However for a speaker in this price range and quality, I'm disappointed it doesn't use the high quality aptX bluetooth codec.

    Overall, I want to love this speaker, because it's likely a firmware update away from being great, but for now, it is what it is. 3.5 stars with a potential for 5. Make sure it connects with your device before buying it, and if it does, you have a great sounding, versatile, wireless, portable speaker.

    Mar 19, 2020 18:14
  • Review by Victor, 10 out of 10
    Mega Speaker!!!

    Like other comments!! It is WOW!! Quality TOP! Sound TOP. You will do nothing wrong with this purchase! I own truck and this was the best what I bought!

    Feb 15, 2021 02:56
  • Review by Rokufan, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Sound and Quality at a Great Price

    I love this speaker for its beautiful design and its easy carry concealed handle.

    This beauty, delivers unbelievable sound with pre-sets and customizable sound patters via an easy to use in app EQ.

    Easy to use on unit bottoms with tactile volume control to help reducing wears. Also, holding up-down volume simultaneously, announces battery level on speaker. Love it!

    I love 2 Bluetooth input options which allows playback from 2 different sources; great for patties! As well as a 3.5 mm jack and an optical input great for gamers to connect a TV.

    I like the dedicated USB port to charge your phone or tablet.

    Splash proof, concealed inputs to guard from water and dust, a very easy to use app that controls volume, pause, On-Off, and inputs switching.

    The app offers music servers support (at the time of this review Amazon and Apple)

    Overall, this Ultimate Ears Hiperboom speaker, was a great buy. I personally recommended!

    Mar 28, 2021 11:11
  • 9.4score
    Sony - SRS-XB33 Portable Waterproof & Rustproof Speaker with USB Charging Port - Black
    Description

    Stay entertained with this Sony EXTRA BASS portable speaker. The IP67 rating protects against harsh elements and dirt for safe outdoor use, while Bluetooth connectivity lets you listen to music wirelessly from paired devices. This black Sony EXTRA BASS portable speaker has a battery life of up to 24 hours for uninterrupted playtime.

    11 Features
  • Feel power of EXTRA BASS: Live Sound⁵ mode for immersive 3D sound experience.
  • Party Connect⁶: Lets you connect up to 100 compatible speakers with Bluetooth technology so the music and lights sync up, and everyone dances to the same beat.
  • Speakerphone function: Offers a convenient way to talk hands-free, whether it's a conference call for work or a chat with friends.⁸
  • Rugged, IP67 waterproof² and rustproof⁷ design: Allows you to safely use it around water.
  • Connect wirelessly from up to 98.4' away: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device, or use NFC³ for a quick, seamless connection.
  • X-balanced speaker unit: Features a non-circular diaphragm to deliver high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper listening experience.
  • Control beat with Sony Music Center app⁵: Select your favorite playlists, cue the next song and sound modes.
  • Fiestable app⁴: Simply control the lighting on XB33, even turn them off.
  • USB Type-C and USB charging ports: Let you charge your portable speaker and charge your smartphone or other small devices via USB connection.
  • Rechargeable battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 24 hours on a full charge, and up to 14 hours¹ in EXTRA BASS mode.
  • Mood lighting: Boost your party with speaker light and multicolored line lights.⁴
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Wishkid, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Portable Speaker

    This Sony SRS-XB33 is an excellent portable speaker with an outstanding sound, and cool lighting feature. The speaker is just a little bigger than its predecessor XB32 and weights little over 2 pounds. When carrying you definitely will not feel the weight. The built quality is excellent, on the corners where the bass drivers are it is made of plastic. Surrounding the rest of the speaker it has cloth mesh that feels soft on the hands. On the top are the control buttons and on the back there is a rubber cap that covers other several buttons, and USB ports. Connecting the speaker with my smartphone via Bluetooth was a breeze, you can also connect it using the NFC by placing your phone on top of the NFC logo.

    I was quite impressed with the sound quality, it was very well balanced and the voices are heard clearly especially with the Live Mode on. The bass was pretty good, nothing out of this word but for the size of the speaker it kicks pretty well. One thing I noticed the further you are from the speakers you hear less of that dep bass. Volume wise this thing can get pretty loud that impressed me as well. if you really want to get the best sound out of this speaker is all about placement. If you put it in a corner where the sound can bounce off walls you will be impressed how great it sounds and how loud this thing can be. This speaker not only sounds great but also supports Sony’s LDAC “ high quality wireless listening”.

    The speaker comes with several features like Stereo Pair you get stereo sound when paired with another XB33. With Party connect you can connect up to 100 sony speakers. I tried to use the party connect feature with an XB32 and MHC-V71 but it didn’t work. I tried using the pair button on the back and the Music app and nothing. This feature did not work right out the box hopefully they enable it with a future update because this feature is awesome. The speaker has multi color lights, which can be turned on and off, they look pretty cool in the dark. Using the Fiestable app you can control the light colors and make Dj sounds.

    This speaker battery power is rated to last 24 hours. I am pretty confident it will because after 3 straight hours of listening the battery was still at 100%. This is very relieving to know that you don’t have to worry about charging it while at an extended party, gathering or just hanging out. If you are worried about your cell phone or other battery powered accessory running low on juice, no problem just plug it to this speaker it will act as a charging device. Be advised that, doing that it will deplete the speaker battery power. I do like the fact they finally added USBC to charge the speaker which finally I can use my phone charging cable.

    Overall is an excellent product with great built quality, outstanding sound and IP67 waterproof, I would definitely recommend it. In the box it comes with the speaker, manual and USBC cable, unfortunately it does not include a power brick but you can use the one from your phone.

    Jun 10, 2020 21:51
  • Review by Ponskippa, 10 out of 10
    Booming Sound, great battery life

    I’ve had the pleasure of listening to music and movies with the Sony SRS-XB33 speaker for the last 48 hours and I am pretty impressed with it. It is a little bigger than I was expecting it to be, but it is still very portable. The speaker has little rubber feet on the bottom that keep the speaker from sliding or vibrating too much off smooth surfaces. Build quality is very strong and sturdy. It feels like it would definitely survive multiple drops. It is splash proof and dust proof, I feel confident that I would be able to take this to the beach , leave out in the back yard while grilling and keep it poolside without worrying about dust , dirt or water damaging the speaker. It charges with a USB-C cable and charged to full in just a couple of hours. Sony doesn’t provide a charging brick but you can plug in the cable to any USB port or plug you might already own. The speaker has a built in usb charging port that will charge your phone! Very neat and convenient feature. The one thing it is missing though is an aux port. So you will only be able to connect the speaker with Bluetooth capable devices. I’ve been using the speaker to listen to music while out in the yard and on the patio. The speaker gets very loud and has good thumping bass. The free downloadable app will let you control the EQ and party lights on the speaker. The lights sync and flash / strobe with the music. You can turn them off if they bother you. I connected the speaker to my projector via Bluetooth, and the movies I watched sounded great through this speaker. I watched about 6 hours worth of movies and shows with this speaker on and the battery held up like a champ. I still haven’t needed to charge it after two days of use. Would I recommend this to a friend? Definitely. Every genre of music I streamed through the speaker sounded great. I am definitely taking this speaker everywhere with me.

    Pros: Great sound quality

    Long battery life

    Rugged build quality

    Party lights provide cool ambience, and can be tweaked to your liking within the free app.

    Cons : No Auxiliary port.

    Jun 10, 2020 17:21
  • Review by Tito, 10 out of 10
    Sony Speakers

    Excellent electronic article with spectacular quality. how ever this electronics store is the best in the country. always with articles of an unsurpassed high quality. I hope you are always in our community to reach and obtain so many benefits. We enjoy this product in each party and immemorial time alone or in family

    May 22, 2021 11:16
  • Review by pauldar, 10 out of 10
    Excellent BT Speaker For Summer FUN & Pool

    'Party-Time' is what Sony should have named this latest in the line of its Bluetooth speakers. Sony has built this unit with all of the most desirable features I could ever ask in a BT speaker. It is IP67, waterproof and dustproof rated, which allows me to use this FUN party machine outside around my pool and hot tub. WoW! It is also shock-resistant, and can take some bumps and falls too. It has a speakerphone function with voice assist, rustproof, completely washable, and can be used around salt water too. Add all these features with a downloadable, phone app, which let's me create dazzling light shows, DJ effects, and customized sound effects, too equals 'Party-Time'. WooHoo!

    ** SOUND QUALITY – This XB-33 delivers rich, robust, and resounding bass. It will take high volume levels without distortion. Since I use this speaker outside a lot I keep the sound level a little higher then moderate. It reproduces the mid-ranges with vibrant instruments and clear voice. For the size of this speaker the bass frequency is outstanding, low and dynamic. It features five sound modes: Clear Audio+, DSEE, LIVE SOUND, EXTRA BASS TM, and STAMINA MODE. STAMINA will give me the most battery life while using moderate volume levels. Clear Audio+ is what Sony recommends for the most simplest operation. EXTRA BASS is the highlight of this speaker and also my Grand Kids favorite sound setting. And, using the Sony Music App I can set the EQ for different genres of music to further heighten and customize the sound quality I want. My Grand Kids love this baby for its reverberating bass over all its numerous sound features. This speaker reproduces the BT music choices from my cell phone into near CD quality. My Grand Kids found out that the already deep bass can be further pronounced by placing this speaker in a corner. YIKES! For musical enjoyment around my pool and anywhere outside this XB-33 is my 'Go-To' choice.

    ** SOUND ENGINEERING - The Sony SRS-XB33 Portable BT Speaker has been totally redesigned to deliver live, breathing, extra bass. The Sony engineers built two side passive radiators on either end of this speaker to enhance the richness of the delivered bass output. This speaker sits front-facing at an slight angle to project the Live Sound as a three dimensional experience to my ears. Sony uses its own proprietary DSP chip (Digital Signal Processing) to intensify the listening area of the speaker and improve the width and depth of the projected sound. The Live Sound feature is what sets this BT speaker above all others. Another FUN feature is that this speaker can stand on its end, or even upside down. It has two non-slip, extended supports, on its bottom, which give this speaker the angle it needs to project Live Sound and keep it stable too. This XB-33 has the SBC, AAC, LDAC codecs, which reproduce sound the closet to that of CD quality.

    ** SONY MUSIC CENTER APP – This is a feature-packed app, which can be downloaded for Free from the Google Play or Apple Stores. Also included in this download is the Fiestable App. Together these two apps create the 'party' atmosphere, and make it so interactive. The Music Center App also allows me to access my personal Music Library (must give this app permission to access) like Pandora, Spotify, or Tune-In, etc. The Fiestable App is absolutely awesome. This app allows me to enable DJ Control by customizing my music genres using Isolator, Notch, Noise, and Jet. I can also add Drums, Scratch, Audience, Voice (Cool Sayings), Phaser, Reggaehorn, and Rhythm by simply tapping or using my finger swirling around on a circle on the pad of my Smartphone when I enable DJ Controls. My Grand Kids can make these effects in sync with both the music and lighting. Illumination Controls feature Party-Flash and Custom Color, which is unbelievable. Again, tapping or swirling my finger around on a circle on the pad of my Smartphone that appears when selecting this setting makes these fantastic party effects. My Grand Kids love to dance with their cell phones in hand and change the light show to the rhythm, beat, add DJ effects, or, anyway they choose using the Fiestable App. They do this with the Motion-Control by swinging their phones back and forth, side to side and pivoting them. It is absolutely fascinating to watch and see what effects they can do in sync with the music. I don't have the talent for this, but they make it look so easy and FUN to do. YooHoo!

    ** BATTERY LIFE – After fully charging this speaker I got a full 18 hours before I had to recharge it again. But, in fairness I play the volume above moderate levels. And, the illumination effects are only used when the Grand Kids come over at night for a dip in the pool, and to dance to the music on our deck. This speaker can be charged with the included USB Type-C cable. There is also a USB port for me to charge my cell phone or any other device. Using the lighting mode and effects along with EXTRA BASS decreases the available battery reserve.

    ** OTHER FEATURES – Hands free calling using my voice assistant, Siri, is an nice option, that I really do not use it. But, it is available, and I might use it on my upcoming fishing trip. At the back of the unit is a Party Connect button, which will allow up to 100 (Sony select models, compatible speakers) to be connected over Bluetooth. How cool is that? This speaker only weighs approximately two and half pounds, making it extremely portable. I am taking it along on my boat for my next fishing trip for entertainment. I only need to figure out what music I need to play to catch fish?

    ** CONCLUSION – I enjoy using this speaker outside by my pool the most. I highly recommend it. Since it is waterproof I have NO worries about it getting splashed on. My Grand Kids absolutely love it and all the FUN party features. And, I am so pleased watching them enjoy this party machine. This speaker would make a great gift to a young teen, family member, or friend, who enjoys spending time outdoors.

    Jun 26, 2020 20:27
  • Review by SRSXR33, 10 out of 10
    My SRS-XR33

    I like the SRS-XR33 SONY speaker it comes in handy and useful very easy to use

    Jun 11, 2021 16:11
  • Review by NoThanks, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful and Durable, battery needs improvement.

    Overview:

    I purchased this speaker to take in a camel-back while I snowboard, it gave me the extra sound I needed while shredding down the slopes and it’s bass is clear when the “live” or “extended battery” are disabled, when active they both reduce quality to conserve battery. I also used this speaker to play Christmas music for the residents of the assisted living I work at. They thoroughly enjoyed the music more than if it had come out of the tv and I couldn’t have been happier to see them sing along!

    I was between this speaker and the JBL charge and this has been a worth while purchase, I may still get this charge and use this as a house speaker for the reason of the battery- see below.

    Pros:

    Really clear sound, bass is strong (can be felt if volume at max and you are within 4 feet) but be thoughtful of what you set the speaker on to play music as the powerful bass can reverb off and distort sound pretty easy, lights add ambiance when you are relaxing-not great party lights IMO, multiple modes to choose quality/battery, built in mic to give hands free calls when snowboarding.

    Cons:

    My biggest issue is the battery life, I take quality of battery every time and this drains the battery within 6 hours which is nothing when on the slopes, I should mention the cold can also reduce this time but It’s hard to know exactly what the battery level is (you just have a light for “charge” that appears and the speaker will say “needs charge” when battery becomes low, but again what level is this at?!)

    Weight is another thing I would say is a con, it’s light given it’s size and durability but it’s 5+ lbs and this isn’t something you can just toss in a pack, you need to plan it specially if you need to include the charger. Lights are cool but very unnecessary as you can’t personalize it much and it just drains the battery more. With the app you can get it so it does blink or flash to the beat but RGB lights inside of the speakers instead of white would be a huge improvement if possible.

    Jan 02, 2021 06:01
  • Review by Androidaholic, 10 out of 10
    Great Bluetooth Speaker with a lot of features!

    The Sony SRS-XB33 speaker is a great choice for a portable Bluetooth speaker. The XB-33 has great full-range sound and cool lighting that you can customize by downloading the Sony Music Center app and the Fiestable app. I like that you can add the apps of your choice into the Sony Music Center app so all of your entertainment apps are right there in one place. The XB-33 has passive radiators built into each end of the speaker to give you that extra Bass punch. It has a USB-C charging port which is the latest tech and is what new phones use. Additionally, it has a USB-A out port so you can charge your phone, headphones or other devices with it. The Sony SRS XB-33 has great range and a lot of clarity especially with the LDAC high-quality wireless Bluetooth feature turned on under Bluetooth settings on your device. I have found it sounds best to me with the live feature turned off. Furthermore, you can connect up to 100 more Bluetooth speakers together to play simultaneously. I am very impressed with the sound quality of this speaker and it is a great choice for outdoor use whether you are by the pool or out in a boat the IP67 water rating will keep it going without issue if it gets wet. I would not hesitate to recommend this speaker to anyone looking for one in this size range. With all of the Bluetooth speakers out there these days choosing one can be difficult. For the price of this speaker, it is a great choice that I feel anyone would be happy with!

    Jun 14, 2020 13:18
  • Review by Randy, 10 out of 10
    Awesome!! My new favorite bluetooth speaker

    Sony has been killin' it lately in the premium audio products sector. I own multiple styles of their latest headphones and love them all. This is my first Sony bluetooth speaker and it continues the trend.

    The XB33 is on the smaller side so it is very portable, but it puts out big sound. Its got 3 sound modes, Extra Bass, Live, and Stamina for long playing. To me the Extra Bass mode sounds best and it definitely delivers the bass for a smallish audio device. Another thing I like about it is when you press the 'on' button it turns on immediately, no delay in waiting for the speaker to power up. And connecting to your bluetooth device takes literally 2 seconds, its very fast. Sony advertises that it is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof so it will stand up to the elements when outside. They also say the battery will last up to 24 hours with the lights turned off, but I always have them on because it looks awesome.The light show syncs with the music, its constantly changing colors, and it is a lot of fun to watch. I love this speaker, tons of fun and sounds fantastic!

    Jun 09, 2020 09:05
  • 9.4score
    Marshall - Acton II Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Experience high-quality audio and precise control with this Marshall Acton speaker. Its dual tweeters and subwoofer provide exceptional sound quality despite its small size, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity keeps you in control with no wires required. This Marshall Acton speaker is compatible with the Marshall Bluetooth App, so you can customize your listening experience from a distance up to 30 feet.

    7 Features
  • 60W nominal power handling: Helps ensure rich, dynamic sound.
  • 2-way speaker system: Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.
  • Built-in Bluetooth: Offers easy connectivity to your compatible device.
  • 3.5mm jack: Enables easy connection of a microphone.
  • Bass reflex enclosure: With a rear-firing port promotes optimal performance.
  • 50Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • Volume control: Lets you easily adjust the listening level to suit your preferences.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cupra, 10 out of 10
    Stunning attention to detail! Solid bass!

    When I received my Marshall Acton II Bluetooth Speaker, I just loved how it looks. The design is almost identical to Marshall's world renowned guitar amp/speaker sets. It really looks the part.

    The quality and attention to detail are fantastic. From the rough elephant hide style textured cover, to the heavy-duty switches and knobs, everything looks and feels 100% authentic. Such a great piece of kit to have almost anywhere, but looks fantastic in our somewhat steampunk inspired dining room.

    But you don't just look at speakers, you listen to them. And here, the Marshall Acton II also faithfully represents the type of sound you can expect from a Marshall amp/speaker set up, sounding unlike any other Bluetooth speaker I've owned in the past.

    Powering on the speaker is a delightfully tactile spring loaded toggle switch. With power comes a satisfying guitar riff, when you turn on the speaker, when you turn it off and when you are connected. Really nice touches that add to it's authenticity.

    Download the Marshall Bluetooth App to get started. The speaker pairs pretty much like any other speaker does on the market, but the App gives you more control over the speaker, including a nice equalizer which really enhances the sound, options to turn on and off the guitar licks (sounds) and the LED brightness of the dials on the speaker. You can also register the speaker, sign up for updates, amongst other things. Be forewarned, if you are using an iPhone, at this time, there is a software issue causing the '...' (dot menu) to show for the additional functionality. The button is still there, to the right of the speaker's name within the app, but you have to blindly tap on the right to get to it in order to access the equalizer, led brightness etc. I ended up having a quick chat with tech support in order to figure this out.

    Aside from that glitch in the app at this time (which is in the process of being rectified) the app works reasonably well. It's responsive, quick to adjust the settings on the speaker remotely.

    The sound, as mentioned, gives you a real feel of being at a concert, the way that the speaker delivers the sound is truly impressive. And this speaker needs to be cranked up, to deliver its best, at a lower volume, it sounds like a Bluetooth speaker, but between 8, 9 or 10, it sounds like a Marshall. The bass is incredible the louder it gets, whereas typical Bluetooth speakers, the bass drops off the louder they get, leaving tinny, high end sound and a hollow bass. NOT THE MARSHALL! The bass is deep and room filling the louder you get. And with physical 'BASS' and 'TREBLE' controls on the speaker, coupled with the 5 band equalizer built within the app, you have a wide gamut of frequencies to choose from to really dial in the sound to your personal liking. My father in law was blown away by the speaker, and I had to agree with him, apart from one thing... to me, it didn't sound loud enough. I felt that is should be able to be turned up to 11 (without a physical 11 on the dial!!). The sound is really superb from this speaker, but I did just expect it to be a little louder. I found myself listening to the speaker most of the time on 7 or 8, when I'd typically have a regular Bluetooth speaker at 5 or 6, meaning that it came across as a little quieter than other speakers.

    Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the speaker, the build quality is above and beyond, you feel like you are buying a professional piece of equipment, the bass is incredible for it's size, especially as the volume increases.

    My only cons would be that I felt it should have been just a little louder, and that the app needs to be tweaked to really make this an all round package, but the latter is a simple software update.

    I'd highly recommend this speaker to a friend!

    Nov 19, 2019 23:45
  • Review by TheDuke, 10 out of 10
    Small & Simple with Quality Sound & Build

    Marshall has been making amplifiers and speakers for more than 50 years and their expertise truly shines in the Bluetooth speakers they have begun making in recent years. The company has done an exceptional job at combining their classic styling with current technology to produce Bluetooth & Wi-Fi speakers that truly stand out for all of the right reasons.

    The Action 2 is my 3rd Marshall speaker - and while it is the smallest, it still truly holds it own. Like all Marshall speakers, the Action 2 is beautiful, but still produces crisp, clear audio that gets quite loud (without becoming distorted). Though it is about half the size of my Stanmore 2, I have still been quite impressed by the solid bass! The Action 2 is excellent for single rooms (or any room if you decide to pair it with a 2nd Marshall speaker for stereo sound). It is absolutely worth the investment as it is a quality speaker that will absolutely delight your ears for many years.

    I personally appreciate that the Action 2 maintains simplicity while keeping the same impressive build quality as the other speakers it produces. It is a speaker that just works. Either use Bluetooth, or manually plug into the 3.5 mm auxiliary port. This speaker cannot be used to answer your phone. It does not connect to Wi-FI. And, it does not have any voice assistant built in. It is a beautiful speaker that produces excellent sound - period.

    My main complaint with the 2nd generation of Marshall speakers is in the controls. Instead of the metal mechanical power switch of its original speakers, the updated versions have a metal lever that feels soft and gummy. No more flipping the switch up for on and down for off, you simply squish the lever downward until the unit powers up – which has no tactile feedback. The dials now have rubber grips and they rotate indefinitely. The original had traditional speaker knobs that you could turn up from 1 through 10. Now there is no way to know what the volume is until the unit is powered on. Instead of having an arrow on the knob (which points at the numerical volume level), the Action 2 has multiple red LEDs that illuminate as you rotate the knob. It works, but it feels very digital – which is not what is expected from a classic style Marshall Speaker. (But, I do appreciate that the companion app allows the user to adjust the brightness of the LEDs.)

    While I appreciate that Marshall is trying to take their classic design and move it into the future, I believe that adding digital functionality cheapens the experience. As the Action 2 seems to focus on simplicity, I would have preferred the same manual (non digital) knobs and switches of Marshall’s original speakers and amps.

    Marshall’s speakers are absolutely worth purchasing as their build quality and audio quality far surpasses the majority of Bluetooth speakers on the market – but, it may take some time to research and figure out what size will truly suit you best. If you have an open floor plan, or simply like your music extra loud, you will want to purchase one of Marshall’s larger speakers (my Stanmore 2 works great for virtually any room). If you want Wi-Fi, or a voice assistant built in - you will need to move up to a larger option and pay quite a bit more. The Action 2 does not disappoint and is a great way to introduce yourself to the impressive build and sound quality that Marshall has maintained throughout its half century.

    PROS:

    + Excellent Audio Quality

    + Prominent Bass (uses One 30 Watt Class D amplifier for the woofer)

    + Beautiful Design

    + Superb Build Quality

    + Can be paired to a 2nd Marshall Speaker for stereo sound

    + Equalizer options available within the app

    + Updates can be installed via the Marshall App and the Bluetooth connection

    + The brightness of LED lights can be controlled within the app

    + Easy to connect via Bluetooth

    + Bluetooth 5.0 allows a true indoor range of over 30 feet – even through walls

    + Easily connects to two audio sources

    + Can be pulled out of hibernate/sleep mode via phone

    CONS:

    - High Price

    - No longer comes with matching 3.5 mm audio cable

    - Does not have NFC (Near Field Communication) to help set up Bluetooth connection

    - Does not have any optical input

    - Does not have Fast Forward/Rewind or Track Forward/Back buttons on the physical speaker.

    - Does not have Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, & Google Assistant options

    - No option to answer phone calls with the speaker

    - Knobs and dials are controlled digitally/electronically which deviates from the classic feel. These functions lead me to believe that the functions could theoretically malfunction (unlike a manual dial).

    Nov 23, 2019 12:27
  • Review by mobilelawyer, 10 out of 10
    Yeah baby, Hendrix gave me this!

    I jumped at the chance to test the Acton II Bluetooth speaker. It looks just like a Marshall Amp. Well, it IS a Marshall amp- just not for guitars, and it is gorgeous to behold. It is on the smaller side of several such Bluetooth speaker models offered by Marshall, but the concept is the same: Marshall speaker grill and logo on the front, tough grain covering for the sides (Mine was black. White and Brown are also available), and sturdy, practical switches and controls. Bring this one home and you will be asked about it. It is an instant conversation starter. The Acton II is just plain cute and wait until you turn it on!

    Let's differentiate this model from its Marshall siblings. It does not have a battery or a handle. You plug it in to the wall. It is designed to be placed on a table or a shelf, and it is small enough (about 6 inches high, 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep) to afford many placement options. It is not heavy, but very solid. The connection to this speaker is via its Bluetooth radio or through a 3.5mm RCA plug (supplied). It does not operate over Wi-Fi. There is no built in Alexa or Google, but you could use the Marshall as the speaker for an Echo or Google device. It allows a tiny Echo Dot, for example, to completely fill a room with sound, via the RCA plug or Bluetooth.

    The sound. Turn it up! That's clearly what the designers intended, and the Marshall delivered as expected. This speaker throws the sound forward- it's a Marshall amp, after all. There is plenty of bass, enhanced by design with a port on the back of the speaker. There is a bass driver and two tweeters, but both tweeters cover the same frequency range in the two-way design. Stereo? Not unless you buy two of these and use them for your left and right channels. You could do it, but why would you? This speaker is clearly not intended for that purpose. The typical user will connect it with a smartphone or other Bluetooth device to share the sound from the device over a much larger area and potentially to many more than two ears.

    The instructions are sparse, but you won't need much help setting up this speaker. You must first install the Marshall app on your smartphone which will allow you to connect with and control the speaker. You then pair the speaker with your device, and you are done. All the audio from your device is routed to the speaker. I accessed the mp3 files from my smartphone and used the Napster app on the phone to stream that service’s music to the Marshall. Through your device, Spotify and any music service you may have subscribed to are at your beck and call. So is Alexa or the Google assistant if you have those services installed on your device.

    I have listened for hours to diverse types of music on the Marshall and have not been disappointed once. It can certainly pump out the bass. There are also bass and treble controls, but I have kept them at their mid positions. Male and female voices are fine. The bass is not boomy at all. This speaker plays loud, if you want it loud. I listened to a wide variety of music, played at full volume, and I failed to make the speaker distort. Nor did I get tired or fatigued after listening for extended periods at high volume. I had fun using it.

    The Acton II has some interesting controls. There is a single button that can be used to pause, fast forward or rewind the file you are listening to on your digital device, depending on the number of presses on the button. I don't think I have ever seen that feature in a device before. LED's on the panel indicate the status of the function switches and illuminate in segments to show the position of the bass, treble and volume controls.

    I very much liked this Marshall. If you think you'll be attracted to it based on the pictures- yes, you certainly will. And be prepared to demonstrate its audio acumen to your friends and family. It has the potential to bring many years of musical pleasure and be the life of more than a few parties. I am headed back to listen to mine now!

    Nov 19, 2019 08:42
  • Review by SimpleLiving, 10 out of 10
    Excellent speaker

    I love to listen to a variety of music genres, and this Marshal Acton speaker performs exceptionally well. The unit comes with two types of power cables, standard type A (North America/Japan) and type C (Europe/Asia), and it supports a variant power supply (100-240V, 50/60 Hz, 36 W). The unit size is perfect for any size room; the dimensions are as follows: 26 cm length x 15 cm width x 15.5 cm height. Four premium rubberized feet are high quality, the rubber incases a metal part, it doesn’t feel like a rubber sticker feet, and these are tight in place with a screw. The top plate with the control buttons, dial knobs, and power lever has gold color metal. All three adjusting knobs, bass, treble, and volume, don’t have a start and end positions, they continuously turn. When the unit is turned on, the adjustment starts at a certain point, and the user will use this point as a reference to adjust the settings.

    The sound source connection can come from Bluetooth or 3.5 mm AUX. Switching from a source, one must press a button next to the AUX port; it does not change automatically. To experience the most of wireless Bluetooth connection, I highly recommend using the Marshall App. This a great feature because it allows the user(s) not only to adjust the volume, bass, and treble with easy but also pause and play (with some media players, skip and the previous song is controllable). The unit does have a click button to pause and play that works with both Aux and Bluetooth sound sources. With a wireless connection, the unit can get music from multiple hosts, which is excellent for any gettogether event. To power on/off the unit, the power lever must be press and hold for a few seconds, a small LED light next to the lever will indicate the unit is either on or off. When turning the unit on/off, it will make a light guitar jingle sound. The unit box feels extraordinarily sturdy and tight built; it feels like the casing is made from high-quality hardwood.

    I mostly use this unit in my bedroom, which is a medium-size room and does an excellent job of filling the room. What I like most about the speaker is that it is hard to break the sound in terms of setting the volume at the max level. I find minimal distortion in the music, which is a good thing. The volume cranked at max, there is no perceptible distortion, and since it is high quality having at this setting for hours, the speaker would continue to work perfectly fine. What is most impressive about the sound is the low distortion, smooth mid-range, and musical base. Everything from the low to the high is tight and controlled. I listen to many types of music, and I feel that this unit successfully handles a wide variety of genres, from electronic to Jazz and from classical to rap. The base is above average for this type of speaker, and it is impressive how much bass is produced from such a small speaker. You can feel the airflow coming in through the speaker.

    Although it is not able to shake the walls like a complete sound system, the kick sound still comes through with plenty of force and

    Nov 28, 2019 16:10
  • Review by TheStigenator, 10 out of 10
    "These go to eleven..."

    The Marshall Acton II Bluetooth speaker reminds me of the Marshall Origin Series amps. These speakers look very much like their bigger brothers. From the moment you turn it on, your senses are tuned to the fact there is something special here. The beautiful leather-covered wood box, the rubberized knobs on a polished bronze plate, to the knurled power switch. There is a distinct lineage that reverberates from the moment it's turned on, the grunt that it's ready to rock and roll.

    The Acton II series has three versions, I am reviewing the Bluetooth only version. Marshall also sells versions that have wifi integration that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Regardless of the version, all versions include a 3.5mm audio input and a 60W three discrete Class-D amplifiers, powering a 4-inch woofer (30W) and two ¾-inch tweeters (15W each).

    The Marshall companion app is recommended to get the most of the speaker's full abilities. You can pair your phone to the speaker without the app, but you miss out on some critical features that the app provides. The first reason is that this app allows for the update of the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) firmware (which takes about 20 minutes). The app also allows you to set the brightness of the LED and adjust sound profiles. Advanced options include the ability to add second speaker to allow for “stereo” or “ambient” sound profiles. The app is functional but does have some quirks, including the location of the “equaliser” settings.

    On first turn-on, the default factory sound profile is “flat”, which is very balanced and perfect for a broad range of listening. The Bass & Treble controls only affect the 160Hz and 6250Hz frequencies on the equalizer, leaving the 400Hz, 1Khz, and 2.5Khz at the middle of the range. However, if you change the sound profiles to anything other than “flat” within the app, and then change of the Bass & Treble controls, it could adversely affect the sound quality based on what you are listening to. For example, if your equalizer is set to “electronic” and you listen to “hip hop”, the audio may not be your liking. For this reason, having the app paired is helpful to keep on hand. The ability to pair to phones at the same time is unique but requires pairing both units and manually switching the phone to override the pairing with the speaker. Good thing is that the speaker mutes when there is an incoming call.

    Talking of sound quality. The overall sound is very good, barring some distortion at higher volumes (where you may have to tone down the bass or treble). Depending on what you are listening to, the sound quality varies. The speaker does not support AptX format but it does support Bluetooth 5.0. I found that sound quality varies based on the source for audio between Amazon Music, Pandora and Spotify, the audio quality differences were very distinct even for the same songs. For testing, I used “Scumbag” (Lounie Reyes), “Baba O’riley” (The Who), “China Grove” (Doobie Brothers), “Jukebox Hero” (Foreigner), “The Metro” (Berlin), “Winelight” (Grover Washington Jr). The differences have to do with the encoding and individual app sound optimizations. The sound quality is very good regardless of where it's coming from. It's loud and clear, and has plenty of power left when you need to go to eleven.

    The design of these speakers are strangely familiar to someone exposed to high-end audio design. Zound Industries, which has licensed Marshall branding, also owns AudioPro, which makes a set of speakers of similar design. However, that’s where the design similarities end with the Marshall specific DSP and discrete amplification of a higher wattage over the AudioPro units. Overall this speaker is a very good value for the price. I wish it was a bit more portable as it does need a power plug to operate. The universal power (110/220v 50-60hz) is nice to have, and you could travel with it to another part of the world.

    Nov 23, 2019 20:08
  • Review by BestbuyGuy210, 10 out of 10
    5 stars for style-4 stars for sound

    This little Marshall Bluetooth speaker is beautiful. Such thought was put into the design and I love it.

    Now the sound is something different. Not bad at all. Balanced and clean. Just a bit heavy in the highs. Bass is great and vocal are solid. I just don’t enjoy the overly done highs. But not a big deal as you can turn down the treble and bass to your liking with the old school dials which are very nicely made. Bluetooth is strong.

    Only downside is that this speaker is not portable. If it had that option this would be even better. But it’s fine. Overall a trendy and with while investment. And at this price point everyone will compliment you in its looks.

    Nov 19, 2019 01:40
  • Review by JinOH, 10 out of 10
    Man Cave or She Shed ready!

    If you are already looking for a speaker and made it to this page to check it out. The pictures are not enough to justify how much you need this Marshall Speaker. It has style in spades. Looks cool. Excellent big room (small house) filling sound. Has enough bass to satisfy most listeners.

    Once you dial in your apps equalizer and if using high quality mp3 or source music(streaming service of choice). This and your air guitar will make your inner rock star come out. Classic amp looks and textures(real fabric speaker grill), modern sound that is very clean sounding all the way up to 10 on the volume knob, which btw is when the bass shines. I know I enjoy music just a bit more when chosing this speaker for playback. Just make sure you are using high quality music. I noticed I had a few lower bitrate songs and this speaker let me know it right away.

    When you buy this speaker, be ready to play it loud! And don't be afraid to slide around the house in your socks( aka Tom Cruise Risky Business slide).

    Nov 18, 2019 21:07
  • Review by Quincy0980, 10 out of 10
    Big sound from a little package

    When I picked up the Marshall Action II I was expecting big sound. I wasn't let down. The unit easily connects to Bluetooth and also provides the you with a mini jack for external devices. Out of the box you need to download the Marshall app to your Iphone and you are prompted to update the Action II firmware. Once updated and connected to your Iphone Bluetooth you are off to enjoy. The Marshall has a rich full sound and It will fill a small to medium sized room with great sound. It has the look of a vintage Marshall Amp.

    Nov 25, 2019 21:31
  • 9.4score
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    JBL
    JBL - EON ONE Compact_Portable Bluetooth Speaker and PA System - Black
    Description

    The JBL EON ONE Compact packs a professional-grade loudspeaker, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and Bluetooth audio streaming and control into our most compact battery-powered PA yet, weighing in at just under 18 pounds. Quickly and effortlessly get great sound with the integrated premium effects and presets that can be customized right from a phone or tablet using the JBL Compact Connect app. Presenters, fitness instructors and emcees will appreciate EON ONE Compact’s ducking feature, which lowers background music volume when speech input is detected. Get amazing sounds fast with Lexicon and dbx inspired effects and presets. Whether you’re a singer-songwriter, DJ, presenter, fitness instructor, or you just want to enjoy amazing sound on the go, the JBL EON ONE Compact delivers big sound in a highly portable package. And swap out batteries in seconds with EON ONE Compact's tool-free, 12-hour battery. You'll keep the party going long after the sun goes down. Additional batteries available separately.

    14 Features
  • Professional Performance In a Small Package: Small enough to carry in one hand with sound big enough to fill the room. You’ll be amazed at the 112 decibels of rich, crystal-clear sound produced by this ultra-compact system. The highest volume in its class.
  • JBL Compact Connect App: The JBL Compact Connect app allows for quick setup by selecting and controlling effects and presets right from a phone or tablet. Broadcast Bluetooth provides the ability to sync and control up to four EON ONE Compact units from one single source for music playback.
  • Included lithium-ion battery: Play more sets and teach more classes with up to 12-hour battery life. Swap out batteries in seconds—no tools necessary. Charge batteries in just 2.5 hours,.You can even charge while the system is in use! **Additional batteries available separately.
  • Robust and Reliable: The EON ONE Compact undergoes 100 hours of stress testing to ensure that it’ll perform flawlessly in real-world conditions. The system is encased in a light, durable polypropylene shell that’s rugged enough to handle the toughest gigs yet elegant enough to display in a home.
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming and Control: Pair a Bluetooth device for audio streaming to and DSP control of up to four units using the JBL Compact Connect app, available for iOS® and Android™ devices.
  • Pro Mixer Features: 4-channel digital mixer is fully loaded with dbx and Lexicon-inspired professional effects including 4-band EQ, reverb, chorus and delay; quick-recall settings get you sounding great, fast, in any environment.
  • One-touch ducking: One-touch ducking feature automatically lowers music volume when speech input is detected, ensuring every word is heard clearly
  • Class-Leading Connectivity: Connect mics, instruments and playback devices with two XLR/TRS combo jacks, one 1/4-inch hi-Z guitar input and one 3.5mm (1/8-inch) aux input
  • Two USB Power ports: High Power USB 3.0 ports allow high-speed charging of tablets, phones and select DJ devices
  • 8" Subwoofer: Deep low-frequency repsonse down to 37.5Hz
  • Two performance orientations: Monitor and vertical; tuning and mixer displays automatically adjust
  • Built-in tilting tablet and device stand: Orients to front or back of system
  • Stand Out and Be Heard: Presenters, fitness instructors and emcees will appreciate EON ONE Compact’s ducking feature, which lowers background music volume anytime you speak to ensure your audience hears every last word, loud and clear.
  • Package Components: Accompanied by eon one compact personal pa, 1 x rechargeable battery, 1 x iec charging cable, 1 x quick start guide
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by stoptheclocks, 10 out of 10
    The Portable JBL EON ONE PA System is Feature Rich

    The JBL EON ONE Compact Portable PA System is much more than its name implies. It is extremely easy to use, has amazing versatility and once you get one, you will think, “Why I didn’t I have this before?”

    • The JBL EON ONE weighs around 18lbs, that is really light for a PA system. Features include an easy carry handle on top, dimensions are only a 15in H x 10.5in W x 11in D (great size for mobility) and it lays on its side or stands up. Depending on your use this is a great way to position the PA system. I mostly had it on its side for playing guitar and listening to music. But there really isn’t a bad way to position it.

    • Bluetooth connectivity helps you set up your Smart Phone or PC for streaming music services. All you need to do it hold down the Bluetooth button for about 5 secs until it flashes, then pair with your device. The button is located next to the channel 4 input. I had no issues and found it simple to go back and forth my PC and Smart Phone. You will need the Bluetooth connection to open up the JBL EON ONE software. I was able to stream Pandora on my Smart Phone and have it charge up completely (one of the 3.0 USB ports) while being on Bluetooth from the JBL EON ONE.

    • The JBL EON ONE lets you personally set it up to your specifications through its downloadable software, JBL Contact Connect. Once you have the app, make sure you are Bluetooth connected to the EON ONE and your phone. Your phone acts like a controller to set up the Input mixer, FX, EQ Out and Snapshots. The input mixer allows you to link the software to the EON ONE. Once that is done you can play with the FX, EQ and load saved EQs. I chose to set up the EQ with a little down in the middle up on the Treble and Bass. The software is a very nice compliment to the EON ONE. It is also worthy to note you can do this manually on the EON ONE knobs.

    • The knobs control master volume, gain, treble, bass and reverb. Now the green lit circle around each of the knobs has a bright spot. It is not a defect, JBL choose this to show where you are on the spectrum around the knob. So if the bright spot for the bass knob is underneath at 6 o’clock and you turn the knob to clockwise to 12 o’clock the bright spot will increase bass response. If the green lit circle is totally green then you at the max.

    • Master Volume knob is used for the overall sound control. Be sure to turn it down before you turn it on because it can get pretty loud! The Gain knob controls how much intensity is used, especially helpful when playing the guitar aspect. Treble and Bass knobs do just what they say. If you need more treble simply turn the Treble knob to increase clarity. The Reverb knob trails the sound used with the guitar for effect.

    • Using the JBL EON ONE as an amplifier for guitar is awesome. I set the EON ONE on its side and plugged in my guitar with the ¼ in jack and began to play. I was impressed! For all the things this EON ONE does well, add guitar to that list. The sound was very good and I could add reverb, delay or chorus if I wanted to. It was enjoyable to hear guitar come through an 18 lb amp!! For anyone who plays guitar, amps are usually very heavy (way more than 18 lbs), so this is great when you need to load the EON ONE speaker up and move from location to location.

    • Connections are not complicated and include two microphone connections, a ¼ in input, a 3.5mm jack, a ¼ in pass through input, 2 USB 3.0 inputs and the charge input. These connections connect open up the world of the EON ONE. You can charge your phone or other device through the 2 USB 3.0, You can connect your microphone easily and adjust the controls on the fly for your preferences. Hooking up a guitar or even a pair of headphones makes this unit so versatile. To go between the inputs, hit the channel select button to go down the list.

    • I just want to add that the power button is a little touchy. I suggest holding it down for 5-8 seconds and then release. If it does turn on, just tap the power button. This is what has worked for me. At first I thought it was a defect but it is not. It is how the power button works on the EON ONE.

    • Now just below the channel select buttons there are these options: microphone, phantom and ducking. The microphone selects which microphone you want, phantom aids when using a condenser microphone model for extra power. Lastly the ducking mode allows you to speak over music. This is another great feature when you need to talk while music is playing. The sound of the music gets quiet enough for announcements or to share information.

    • The 12hr battery life is good but that is not at full power. With the EON ONE it’s easy to take out the old battery by turning a knob located on the back of the unit. It only takes 2.5 hrs to charge up the battery and if you have two batteries, play using one and then charge the other.

    • The sound of the JBL EON ONE is excellent. It has a nice balance between the 8” woofer and 1” dome tweeter. It is super loud (112 db) with low bass and the attention of the tweeter should appeal to most listeners.

    • Options are extra batteries and stands. Located on stands, the EON ONE sounds more well rounded and with the extra battery you can have limitless play. You can also add another EON ONE to get stereo sound. Setup up a max of 4 EON ONE to surround yourself or others in music.

    • The versatility is outstanding on the JBL EON ONE! Groups, weddings, talks, speeches, guitar playing, parties, any type of get together will benefit from the EON ONE.

    Feature rich, easy to move, lightweight, sound options, software app and great sound make this JBL EON ONE perfect for just about any purpose.

    Jun 17, 2020 18:36
  • Review by TechGeek, 10 out of 10
    Compact, portable, and yet a powerful PA system

    This a new compact battery powered PA system that JBL released early this year. This falls into compact PA system which is good for small gatherings, backyard parties, and performances. Its rugged, light, and can be easily handled with one hand (weighs about 17 pounds) that comes with a swappable battery ($99 additional battery) for extended use. It is packed with features that you want in a PA system for multi-use - Home Speaker, Karaoke or connect it to various musical instruments for performances. I did get to test few features and am impressed with its performance. This has lot of features and needs some learning to fine tune the settings to match your room settings or preferences. It didn't come with a user manual but you can download it from their website. I took it out for a presentation and was impressed with its battery life (lasted 8+ hrs) and the powerful sound it delivered in a 15X80 feet conference room. Recommend getting a pole mount/tripod stand to maximize its performance in larger rooms. Also, I liked the fact that it had a battery level indicator so you know if you are close to running out of battery and the two USB ports on it are handy and keep your mobile devices charging while using the speaker.

    Features:

    • App - Recommend downloading the app before you start using it. The app offers customizable settings to match your room settings. It took me a while to learn the features on the app and it has a Demo mode for you to get acquainted with the settings. I had my friend borrow it for a performance at a backyard wedding party. He used his iPad (rested on the speaker slot) to fine tune the settings, as its lot more convenient to play with the controls on a iPad screen and not have to reach out to the PA system to access the knobs on the back. It took him about 5 minutes to fine tune the PA system and be ready for the performance.

    • Features: It’s a 4 channel digital mixer with 4 band equalizer for each channel with ton of options to match your settings. I used the perform and speech mode with different band settings that automatically set the Gain, Freq and Width. Be sure to check out the LEXICON & dbx effects on the app if you are a music professional. One thing I noticed when I was using it for Karaoke (with two mic's connected) is that it lowered the background music when the performers started to sing and this enhanced our karaoke experience and made it more lively. All the controls and knobs on the back of the system are illuminated with LED/circular green lights which serve as indicator on the current settings you have it tuned for. Recommend spending some time with the user manual to figure out all the settings and controls for the PA system. I dabbled around with the settings on the app and the system, and found it difficult to get it tuned to the right settings the night I wanted to use, and eventually took to reading the manual to figure out the right settings I needed to match my tastes. The bass levels were a little lower even at max volume which was a little odd given the size of the speaker. I briefly tried the guitar input and was amazed by the sound quality it delivered. I let my friend, who owns a bass guitar, borrow it for a day. He was impressed and blown away with its performance and decided to get one for himself. I use it as bluetooth speaker for my day to day use and have it connected to my phone all the time.

    Overall I recommend this PA system and its designed for all different occasions and packed with ton of features and provides with the ability to fine tune the settings to match your tastes.

    Jun 20, 2020 15:53
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 8 out of 10
    GREAT PORTABLE SOUND - MODERN CONTROLS – POOR APP

    GREAT PORTABLE SOUND - MEETS MODERN AGE CONTROLS – BUT APP NEED WORK

    REVIEW: JBL - EON ONE Compact Portable PA System - Black

    Best Buy Tech Insider Network

    SUMMARY:

    I have to be honest I had some reservations and difficulties at first, but once I powered my way through them I am mostly satisfied. (See Tips below). Myself, being old school, I was a little taken aback by the lack of knobs and buttons compared to my previous experience with JBL PA systems (from around 2005). The old systems had an overwhelming amount of knobs and buttons to exactly zero in on the sound you were trying to project. Well, guess what, this one does as well, but they are all digital in your phone or tablet. Sure, this has a few basic knobs on the unit itself (Bass, Treble, etc) as well as 4 inputs most of which can be selected between various types of inputs (mic, aux, Bluetooth). The unit does a good job of balancing the needs of us old folks as well as the flexibility needed in a modern setting.

    Like the old school knobs, you have to know what you are doing even with the app and digital buttons. There are multiple sound bands (8) that you can precisely control in the mixer / fx app for the phone (including gain, frequency, and width). I did not like the default sound it puts out for music, but after some experimenting with the mixer app, I was able to get the PA exactly where I wanted it.

    My only beef is that there should be more factory presets beside Music, Speech, Etc. But if you think of this as the starting off point you will be better prepared to fine tune the settings. This is not a toy, this is not casual Bluetooth speaker.

    I am impressed overall and would recommend this to anyone who is serious about their PA/AMP needs, especially if they need strong sound from a relatively portable unit with battery power.

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    It could not be any easier to unbox and setup. It was ready to go out of the box. I really like that it has a standard (PC Style) plug that you can find anywhere. It was easy to connect to my devices through Aux, Mic, or Bluetooth, no manuals or apps needed for basic functionality.

    It took me a while to accept that the physical knobs are all digital. You won’t find an analog control on the unit. Even the on/off button is like a computer button on a laptop. One issue I found was that when you use the EON ONE outdoors in bright full sunlight, you can’t see the rings of lights around the digital knobs, so you don’t know if you are at 100% gain or 0% gain. This led to lots of unexpectedly loud noises. Again, being old school, this makes me a little nervous with the controls being all digital. That means there is a computer inside this beast that could glitch out and render the entire unit useless. At least with old school devices you had a decent chance that if once input or control died you could still use the others. I just have to get over it and join the modern age

    INITIAL SETUP / TIPS:

    TIP1: FIRMWARE UPDATE

    Every device (in my opinion) should get the latest firmware update. JBL did not make this easy. First, I had to find the right app on the Google Play Store, then I paired my phone, and the App it asked if I wanted to update the firmware. Sounds great / easy. However, no matter what I did it would not move the % complete past 0%. I tried EON factory reset (Press and hold Duck and Phantom). I uninstalled and reinstalled everything. I paired and unpaired my phone. After a few hours I gave up.

    Flash forward a few weeks, and I wanted to write the review, so I tried something a little different. I paired the Bluetooth to my Amazon Dot so it was playing music from the Dot to the EON. While it was playing music I launched the JBL App, and told it to update firmware. This time it worked! It still took about an hour, but at least the % bar was moving this time. All good right? NOPE, even though the app said Firmware updated successfully, now the APP would not control the speaker at all. The firmware version showed “????????” (see pic) in the app. I tried 3 more times to update the firmware. Each time it said it was successful and each time the app stopped working. Finally, I did another factory reset on the EON, updated the firmware, and rebooted my phone, unpaired and re-paired the device.

    FINALLY! I have the latest firmware and full control again from the App. I don’t know what finally worked, but I’m glad it did.

    There is virtually no support on the JBL website. I opened a ticked 2-3 weeks ago and heard nothing back. I reached out to the JBL channel rep. No response. OK difficult times, COVID, etc.

    TIP2: LEARN THE APP

    I don’t love the app. I find it hard to use. You really need to spend some time with the App, and make sure you understand basics of PA, AMP, Mixer principles, then you will be fine. The more time you spend with the App, the more you will be able to make it do what you want. It is probably better on a tablet than a phone, but I feel this app is just scratching the surface of how this could be used. I see no reason why this could not evolve into a full featured digital sound board in the future.

    TWEAKING THE SOUND

    The best way to tweak the sound is through the mixer, which is fine, but SNAPSHOTS on the app (which I assume are like presets) have some strange behavior. After I played with the mixer to get the sound I wanted, I saved a SNAPSHOT. But afterwards, none of the mixer presets worked (speed music etc) all defaulted to “my new music mixer settings”. So then I loaded the Factory Snapshot. OK now the mixer was completely flat, and still none of the presets worked. Between the snapshot function and maybe the firmware update, I lost all my presets. It would be nice to be able to rename the presets in the mixer to something more meaningful than Music, Speech, etc. I assume future app / firmware updates will help.

    SUMMARY:

    PROS:

    Portability

    Battery Life

    Physical Build Quality

    Sound is GREAT

    CONS:

    App and Digital Support are fair at best, trending towards poor.

    Technical Support does not exist online or via help desk

    Lights around knobs are too dim for bright light outdoor use

    Not waterproof or even water resistant. Strong warnings everywhere don’t get wet.

    Considering you are forced more or less to use the phone app to do anything meaningful with the device, it is the weakest link. OK, it is just software, they can fix it if they want to. It is usable just not great or living up to its full potential. I would love a simple mini page of presets that I can instantly choose from on a whim without having to “load” a snapshot, wait for it to load, and then fuss with volume which gets reset to 0 when you load a snapshot. Just let me put a page of 10 or so presets that I can modify and save and activate with a button press and I would be over the moon happy.

    I would recommend this for anyone who needs portability and long battery life with great sound. Just pack your patience along with this great speaker. This is an investment, and I hope JBL will make the app better over time.

    Jun 17, 2020 20:08
  • Review by vrs99, 10 out of 10
    "Rock and Roll Wherever You Go"

    The JBL Eon One Compact boasts many features in a small form factor. For starters, this portable PA system has a frequency response range from 37.5HZ to 20KHZ and an 8-inch woofer which pushes a max SPL output of 112dB. Inputs include 2 XLR Combo jacks, a 3.5mm jack, 6.3mm jack, and Bluetooth. Outputs include a 6.3mm jack for connecting another Eon One Compact in stereo, and a 3.5mm jack for headphones. Additionally, there are two USB charging ports, nice.

    Clocking in at 17.6lbs, this system is nowhere close to light, but weight is somewhat alleviated by the large, textured handle on top. The back of the unit is home to a swappable lithium-ion battery which lasts 12 hours and takes 2 hours to charge.

    Tested with a guitar and Bluetooth music playback right out of the box, the Eon One sounds fantastic, with integrated dials for bass, treble, and reverb. Other great features include easy integrated mixing, smart ducking, and phantom power.

    Although not required, the JBL Compact Connect app unlocks the full potential of the system by enabling Bluetooth connectivity (rarely found in PA systems), extra fx including delay and chorus, an input mixer, and a highly tunable EQ. Preset EQ tunings and savable custom configurations make it quick and easy to switch among different functions. My favorite features of the app are the ability to change the frequency width for EQ bands and individual EQs for each input.

    The Eon One has been doing double duty filling in for my other Bluetooth speakers in my workshop, very nice.

    The JBL EON One system is brilliantly designed with an incredible array of capabilities, looks that rock in the studio or on stage.

    Overall, the JBL Eon One Compact is the perfect choice for any gig.

    Jun 19, 2020 16:31
  • Review by Posted1, 8 out of 10
    Very Good PA / Music Speaker

    I've always been a fan of JBL and this system did not disappoint.

    Packaging was great, sound quality is very good and ease of use is simply intuitive as expected.

    We had a gathering at a campsite high in the Rocky Mountains, 10 miles from the nearest cell tower and 13 miles in on a washboard, rough County Road. At our group campsite, we used this speaker not only to play music, but also in the retirement ceremony of a 35-year careered firefighter. We used this to celebrate his career in stories and mentions of appreciation. There were 15 families and probably 90 or so people and this did a great job.

    Also important to mention, there was no electricity within at least 2 miles and this fully charged speaker lasted the weekend no problem.

    If you are looking for a great, portable, batter powered (or plugged in) option, I would recommend it to a friend.

    **PLEASE NOTE** This product was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review is exactly that: Honest and unbiased. The price played no role in the tone or honesty of this review.

    Jun 23, 2020 19:09
  • Review by TechReviews, 10 out of 10
    * * * * * A W E S O M E * * * * *

    JBL EON ONE Compact PA System review

    I’ve reviewed upwards of 30 products here, but none has brought me the joy this JBL Eon ONE Compact has after a couple weeks of ownership.

    First as a Bluetooth speaker.

    The unit was delivered just as I was about to shower. Why not Jam some Music right quick? I hastily opened the box, placed the Eon ONE on the bathroom counter, power cord to the wall (unit ships without charge on the battery, 2.5 hours to full),

    The whole process is incredibly intuitive, literally press power, then Ch Select Input to Ch 4 Aux, and tap Bluetooth button next to it. Sync your phone or iPad, pick your music and Rock out. No manual needed to get up and running in a pinch.

    Sound quality is crystal-clear, strong and solid. I own several other Bluetooth speakers. But none pumped the music over the glass shower door like this. I could feel the bass but also with a tweak of the treble control, I could intelligibly make out vocal lyrics loud and clear, despite the shower head “WHOOSH” that usually drowns out other speakers I’ve tried.

    As a musicians output device

    As a guitar player I find it best to avoid impedance mismatches whenever possible.

    Here is a sample Input channel layout

    Ch 1 offers Phantom Power (required for condenser microphones <but not most other dynamics, or ribbon> )

    Ch 2 also combo XLR , dynamic mic or instrument

    Ch 3 employs a 1/4-inch Hi-Z instrument input (guitar, bass, keyboard)

    Ch 4 aux input w/ “Ducking” feature, quiets backing audio for voice mic

    Connection can be direct from an instrument (guitar, keyboard, etc) or indirect from say a laptop running Logic Pro X 10.5, Ableton Live, or Main Stage 3. This option on a 2015 MBP really let me sculpt my tone with custom IRs (impulse responses)

    JBL claims 6 total inputs (2 are combo XLR- ¼” ) but you can connect multiple sources, say microphone on Ch 1, keyboard Ch 2, Guitar Ch 3, and Aux on Ch 4. With one master volume it took me a minute to learn how to enter “MIX MODE”.

    To enter MIX MODE - Press and hold Ch Select for 2-seconds. Now the 4 knobs prev for gain, treble, bass, reverb, control the volume for respective inputs 1, 2, 3, and 4 (as marked Mix Mode in the right most column)

    Power users however will get benefit (necessity) from the JBL Compact Connect app. It’s imperative to get the latest release, early June or later that resolves a firmware update that plagued pre 5.0.8 firmware, now 5.1.1 as of this writing.

    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jbl-compact-connect/id1464116044

    Here you are put in charge of the four-channel digital mixer, and have bidirectional control of volume with visible feedback, plus the other features available from the units’ device controls are adjustable onscreen.

    One scenario where App control can be a game changer is in a live setting (I remember when we had live music). Pop open the app and you have remote EQ capability, without the need to disrupt guests and physically locate yourself next to the speaker for tweaks.

    I’ve had limited experience with Bose S1 Pro and Fender PA systems, but with more inputs, longer battery life (no Bose S1 ‘battery drain’ issue here), yet costing less money, this JBL EON ONE Compact is a winner.

    POSSIBLE USAGES

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    _ Small Venue Concerts

    _ Parties, Raffles, Bingo

    _ Fitness Instructors

    _ Religious Worship

    _ DJ live events

    _ Outdoor buskin gigs

    _ Weddings, receptions

    _ Karaoke parties

    _ Professional sounds engagements

    _Life of the Party Bluetooth Speaker (portable outdoors)

    PROS

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    JBL Compact Connect App pluses

    + JBL Compact Connect app (link above) is a game changer

    + maintain linkages to multiple units (up to 4 EON Ones)

    + 4-channel input mixer - mic, line-level, phantom pwr (ch 1), Duck (ch 4)

    + full EQ equalization controls including Flat, Speech, Music and Perf presets

    + 8-band EQ with gain, frequency, and width faders

    + FX Send and FX Return level adjustment knobs

    + Reverb (on/off, room size S M L and level of reverb)

    + Delay (on/off, time and amount of delay in the mix)

    + Chorus (on/off, oscillation speed and level)

    + Mix Mode - hold Ch select 2-seconds, for discrete vol control of ch 1-4

    + Save 8 Snapshot configurations (7 + factory defaults)

    + Firmware updateable via app, 5.0.8 —> 5.1.1 as of review

    JBL EON Compact One Physical Hardware

    + BATTERY LIFE is AMAZING

    + Crisp clean distortion-free sound

    + Sexy, Sleek, and Portable, amazing appeal

    + Omni-directional speakers prevent sound localization

    + One Touch Ducking dims bg music for enhanced voice clarity

    + Auto Power-save Standby mode, wakes via BlueTooth streaming

    + Sound quality blows Bose FS1 out of the water imho

    + 120 watt, 112 decibel output, much louder than Bose.

    + 1” high-frequency horn tweeter for crystal-clear top end

    + 8” LF low-frequency woofer, deep bass extension to 37.5 Hz bottom

    + 48-volt phantom power for condenser mics on input 2

    + ¼ inch Hi-Z input for guitar and bass instruments

    + 4-channel mixer, 8-band EQ, onboard digital effects, chorus, delay, reverb

    + 6 total inputs - (2) XLR combo ¼ inch, (1) ⅛ inch 3.5mm aux, (1) RCA stereo

    + Wire free Bluetooth 5.0 , useful at parties or when dancing is involved

    + (TWO 2) USB 3.0 high-speed ports to charge your iPad, iPhone, etc

    + Simply astounded, even for corded, but it’s BATTERY POWERED for 12-hours !!

    + New Firmware 5.1.1 now allows charging when the unit is OFF

    + Upright Vertical speaker or Horizontal monitor placement

    + Headphone jack for private monitoring of sources

    + Wireless Sync between up to 4 units

    + Weights under 18 pounds

    CONS

    ———

    -No XLR line outs (RCA only)

    -not as powerful as dedicated tube guitar amp

    -It could benefit from external mixer for complex gigs

    -horizontal placement could benefit from adjustable support

    -intermittent Bluetooth drops (near dead iPad battery likely culprit)

    -possible problems w/ BT Broadcast to stereo units from app (not tested)

    -iPhone 8 and newer devices with BT 5.0 seem to maintain better connectivity

    -FX delay, chorus, reverb are Global, can not isolate reverb voice and guitar chorus

    -too many Pros to list, now I want another one for stereo (or three more for quad)

    -JBL should offer 2 and 4 pack bundles, and packages that include PA Stands

    CONCLUSION

    This unit is nothing short of amazing; features, portability, sound quality. Incredible versatility. I use it with a mic, and either an acoustic guitar straight in, or an electric guitar processed by Overloud’s amazing TH-U iPad amp sim. The family enjoy Karaoke on it, and kids use it as a super powerful portable Bluetooth sound system.

    Jun 17, 2020 17:26
  • Review by amarks94070, 10 out of 10
    Great Portable PA System

    I got this PA for my business. We sometimes need a sound system for meetups and other small events. This unit fits the bill quite well. It's compact, easy to set up, and easy to use with great sound quality. I've used it as a stand-alone for speaking engagements and also plugged my electric guitar into it for musical performances.

    I love the portability and battery life. Definitely a great find and a good buy.

    Jul 06, 2020 10:01
  • Review by Quincy0980, 10 out of 10
    Great mobile way to have PA and music

    I picked up the JBL - EON ONE to use for my local community gatherings. The EON ONE is easy to set up and use. With different mic inputs you can use a verity of microphones and mix it with blu tooth music. The unit itself is not too big, but produces loud clear sound. This is a must for outdoor gatherings or as way to be heard in larger rooms for meetings and parties. The iPhone app allows your to tailor the sound and control the mix on the fly.

    I love this system and recommend it highly because of it's portability.

    Jun 17, 2020 13:24
  • 9.4score
    Sonos - One (Gen 2) Smart Speaker with Voice Control built-in - Black
    Description

    Enhance your media experience with this Sonos One (Gen 2) smart speaker in black. Powered by a four-core processor, this speaker can connect to Wi-Fi and stream your favorite podcasts, radio stations and music with high-quality sound. This Sonos One (Gen 2) smart speaker includes Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use it completely hands-free.

    11 Features
  • Enjoy the music your love in one place: The Sonos app works with 80 streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music and YouTube Music to make listening to music as simple as possible.
  • Brilliant clear sound in any room: With Sonos, you can create a wireless multiroom audio system with simple control and wide functionality. Pair two speakers in the same room for stereo separation and more detailed sound.
  • Manage your sound system from any device: The Sonos app is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows devices.
  • Smart speaker with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: Allows you to start and control your music with your voice.
  • Make your life easier with Alexa and Google skills: You can check traffic, find a recipe for dinner, play games, or make announcements for a whole home.
  • Wireless connection: Connects to your home Wi-Fi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast-capable router for uninterrupted wireless streaming.
  • Apple AirPlay support: With AirPlay, stream directly from your Apple devices or ask Siri to play your favorites from Apple Music throughout your home.
  • Two Class-D digital amplifiers: Tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.
  • Compact speaker combines woofer and tweeter: Ensures rich sound with high-frequency response, faithful playback of mid-range vocal frequencies and deep bass.
  • Four far-field microphones: Provide advanced beamforming and echo cancellation.
  • Convenient top panel: Use capacitive touch controls for volume up/down, previous/next track, play/pause, microphone mute. The LED indicates the status, mute status, and voice feedback.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by tomjung19, 10 out of 10
    Perfect housewarming gift

    Bought a pair of Sonos One speakers for my niece and her fiancé. They just bought a new house and were listening to music and podcasts through a tiny Jawbone speaker in their kitchen. Their kitchen had two perfectly placed outlets and now they listen to music and podcasts in stereo. They absolutely love them and I am her favorite uncle. Okay, I'm her only uncle, but she loves me even more now.

    Jan 30, 2021 07:10
  • Review by Chris, 10 out of 10
    Used as stereo pair with subwoofer

    I tried a more expensive speaker first. It was ok, but my friend suggested using two Sonos one speakers w the Sonos sub. I have used Ones as a single speaker to have an easy way to get tunes in a room.

    But add the sub and these turn into a high end setup. They do something with snare drums and guitar that gets buried in the mix on other speakers.

    Very happy.

    Apr 08, 2020 17:41
  • Review by GadgetCPA, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker understands plain sentences

    Have used Sonos speakers and Sonos Connects to A/V amplifiers for several years. Recently purchased the Sonos One to control various connected smarthome items, especially bathroom lighting, overhead bathroom heater, and house thermostat. Speech recognition is excellent, using normal speaking volume. Connected to Google Home and synced with WINK Hub so that we can control switches and/or plugs that do not directly connect to Google Home/Assistant. (Note: in the pic that is a recessed light above the Sonos, not the Sonos indicator light)

    Jul 12, 2019 23:01
  • Review by NeatWallTV, 10 out of 10
    From Neat Wall TV

    We’re a small business Home A/V Installation Service that focuses on practical solutions that are future proofed to a certain degree. Sonos offers ease and practicality with a level of precision like no other. I tell my customers all the time it won’t literally happen but on the level of product comparison; Sonos has the tech and product level that redefines music and could put Bose in their place to out of business. Sonos is to retail shopping what Amazon has done to the world.

    Sep 08, 2021 11:22
  • Review by NeatWallTV, 10 out of 10
    From Neat Wall TV

    We’re a small business Home A/V Installation Service that focuses on practical solutions that are future proofed to a certain degree. Sonos offers ease and practicality with a level of precision like no other. I tell my customers all the time it won’t literally happen but on the level of product comparison; Sonos has the tech and product level that redefines music and could put Bose in their place to out of business. Sonos is to retail shopping what Amazon has done to the world.

    Sep 06, 2021 22:42
  • Review by SDee, 10 out of 10
    World of difference!!

    I added the One’s to my Sonos arc and Sub, I must say it makes a world of difference when it comes to atmos and surround sound. The arc is impressive by itself but nothing really replaces have speakers across the sound spectrum. I just returned the ambeo soundbar two days ago before switching to sonos!

    Jul 17, 2021 17:02
  • Review by CreateAdisplayName, 10 out of 10
    Great speakers for the price, really

    Great speakers. Use them with the sonos sound bar with the tv and use with iPhone for music.

    Oct 15, 2021 14:38
  • Review by BrainGary, 10 out of 10
    Sonos Surround

    I tried different smart speakers for a total surround experience in my home and found that for the price and quality Sonos was hands down, the best choice.

    Aug 15, 2020 20:37
  • 9.4score
    Bose - SoundLink Color Portable Bluetooth Speaker II - Soft Black
    Description

    The SoundLink Color Portable Bluetooth speaker II was engineered to deliver bold sound wherever life takes you. From the pool to the park to the patio, its rugged, water-resistant design lets you enjoy the music you love in more places. Voice prompts make Bluetooth pairing easy. And up to 8 hours of listening per battery charge lets you keep your playlists playing.

    10 Features
  • Instant home office: Built-in speakerphone for clear conference or personal calls and access to your phone's Siri or your Google Assistant.
  • Connect wirelessly from up to 30' away: Pair two speakers together for Stereo or Party Mode playback.
  • Add more sound around the house: With Bose SimpleSync technology, listen to the same music in different rooms by grouping a Bose Home Speaker with a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker and play them both in perfect sync.
  • NFC pairing: For easy connection.
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 8 hours on a full charge.
  • Two 40mm full range drivers: For clean and powerfull sound.
  • Durable, portable and water resistant: Wherever you're headed, SoundLink Micro is designed to tag along with a silicone rubber exterior, tear-resistant strap and IPX7 waterproof rating allows it to survive a fall into the pool or ocean. There's no need to panic if you drop it.
  • 3.5mm auxillary port: Allows simple wired connectivity. Universal Micro-B USB port.
  • Bose Connect App: Helps manage paired devices and gives you a personalized experience.
  • Siri and Google voice commands: Don't have your phone nearby? Don't worry. Just press and hold the multi-function button to access the voice input for your phone's Siri or your Google Assistant right from the speaker.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Aarondr, 10 out of 10
    A Good Upgrade

    While I don't own the first iteration of the Bose Soundlink Color, I do own other Bose Soundlink devices. Generally Bose isn't my go to for sound equipment, but boy - these guys know how to make something small sound big. The color 2, while being a simple monular speaker, includes a decent battery, full sound, and great features.

    Sound quality is actually pretty good. If you sit too closely it sound pretty bass heavy - but this is by design. Once you back up a few feet, the sound mellows out and sounds quite balanced and is loud enough for a small gathering. The sound isn't as good as my original Soundlink from years ago, but it's significantly cheaper as well. The speaker element is well shielded from the elements by both the silicon housing and a internal structure I can't quite make out without disassembly. I will say the silicon body does seem quite durable, as I let my 16 month old son play with it and it came out unscathed.

    The build quality is excellent. The device is wrapped in silicon with an attractive color (mine is blue). The buttons are seamless and set apart by both LED (on the power, bluetooth and aux in) and slight ridges. From left to right you have power, bluetooth, aux, volume down, multi-function, volume up. The top also has a microphone that can be used for calls, and Siri/Google Now. One short press pauses, two short goes next track, three short goes previous, and hold for 1 sec start's your device's voice assistant. The device charges via a micro usb on the right side towards the bottom. Right above it is a 3.5mm mini jack for auxiliary in.

    Interestingly enough, the software experience is more sophisticated than your standard bluetooth speaker. You can download Bose's Connect app, which gives you stats like battery status in percentage, and allow you to connect multiple bluetooth devices. The connection gets choppy if you try to use two Bluetooth sources at once, but if you are careful enough to use one at a time, it's a much better experience than trying to connect a particular device and having them fight to be the active connection. The app also can update the firmware and control other settings, like the voice prompts and auto power down in minutes. All in all a huge improvement over my old 2011 Soundlink.

    This speaker is definitely a contender. It brings Bose quality along with light weatherproofing. It's a decent step above most in sound quality in it's price range. And from personal experience, I can vouch for longevity of Bose's portable speakers. This is a definite recommend if you're in the market for an outdoor portable bluetooth speaker!

    Oct 12, 2016 20:29
  • Review by MarkusKong, 10 out of 10
    Tiny but Powerful

    What's on the box?

    Bold, portable sound. Water-resistant (IPX4-Rated) for real-life use. Durable soft-touch silicone exterior. Enhance with the Bose Connect app. Voice prompts for easy pairing. Make and answer calls with speakerphone. 8 hours per charge.

    What is inside the box?

    - 1x Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker II Aquatic Blue 5V

    - 1x USB to Micro USB Cable

    - 1x Instruction Manual

    - 1x Important Safety Information Manual

    - 1x Bose Support Contact Number(s) sheet

    Testing/Setup/Impressions:

    So the packaging itself is nothing to gloat about. Its pretty standard when it comes to the way it was packaged. So for some of you (like me) that enjoys the way certain things are packaged, you won't be "WOW'D" by the packaging. But... As I mentioned, its for some of you. People that don't care about packaging; who cares? The unit comes in a solid built box and there's a plastic cover that protects the unit itself. When opening the plastic cover, you'll notice the build quality of this little guy. Its quite heavy for its size but I'm sure its heavy because of the way the build quality is. The material is as advertised, a silicone type of rubbery feel. Personally I like the material because you don't get any finger prints! But... You may end up getting a lot of dust, lint, or random stuff on it; pretty easily I must say. As far as cleaning it goes, I'm sure if you run a paper towel or napkin over it; it may end up leaving some paper remnants. If you use a towel it may leave some lint. I haven't tried it but based off of the material as I have other things in my household with this material, you get left overs when you're trying to clean it with. You get a standard USB to Micro USB cable which is nice but there's no AC adapter. I understand the whole concept of "on the go" but it would be nice to include an AC adapter. That is my personal opinion on the charging method for this unit. I typically don't like plugging stuff into my computer directly to charge it. You get your standard manuals and other information included within the box. So setting it up, it was SIMPLE. Setup was a breeze and I was able to download the app off the store (depending on if you're using an Apple or Android device). You can still use the device if you don't download the app, its not mandatory which is nice for some people. But, I'd recommend downloading the app as its nice to have the standard features managed through an app. The unit itself performs exceptionally well. The voice is clear when listening to music, the base has a great "oomph", and the unit can go quite high in volume to bother your downstairs neighbor. The device is small, but it's raw power as I've posted on the title of my review. I didn't get a chance to test this thing with the IPX4-Rated water-resistant feature. I mean... Why would I? Its a electronic device so its not like I am going to splash water on it purposely. But, IPX4-Rated is supposed to mean that you can basically do things like take it into the shower (bathroom) and the steam and water splash here and there won't damage it. You can have it near the pool and if water splashes on it here and there it won't damage it. You of course can't submerge it or run it under water, its not waterproof; it's water resistant. Being said though, why would you do that to you electronic device...? So for normal day to day usage, you don't have to worry so much about splashing liquids on it (listen to music in the rain). So my wife has the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker at work, well her co-worker does. The sound quality on that unit vs this one, its comparable and almost similar. The battery on the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker supposedly lasts Monday-Friday with 3-4 hours of listening per day. The Soundlink Color II I haven't tested how "long" the battery lasts, but I'm sure it'll be somewhat comparable to Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker. Overall, I enjoy this little beast. Its great to carry around to family picnics, pool parties, hang outs, etc. Its a great day to day unit. I would definitely recommend it as the price isn't too damaging on your wallet and it performs excellently. The only "gripes" I have about this unit is that there was no AC adapter and there are NO information at all on the technical specifications of the unit itself. Personally for me when buying ANY electronic device, I love to know what the technical specifications are. The other thing "which is an opinion as well" is the packaging and the material of the unit. The packaging was very basic. For me, I like being "WOW'D" when opening up a new electronic device. The material is really nice as I HATE FINGERPRINTS but it does attract dust and lint which I also don't like. But with these minor "issues", I would still recommend this device.

    Conclusion:

    Buy it. If you're looking for a unit that can perform, is portable, and can endure the normal day to day usage of carrying around a speaker; its a no brainier. The cons I provided above is nothing drastic of a REAL con which is why I still gave the unit 5 stars in my opinion. I like the unit, I would use the unit daily, and it has that "BOSE" quality even though its tiny. Spend the money and get it, you won't be disappointed.

    Oct 06, 2016 23:14
  • Review by VADarkstar, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound If Your Expectations Are Right

    Most “portable” bluetooth speakers are either (1) very small novelty speakers that have poor sound and unimpressive battery life, or (2) are very large and have great sound and mediocre battery life (or are AC-dependent). Portability always comes with sacrifices. The best bluetooth speakers are not sensibly portable - they are bulky and typically require AC power. The weight and size usually contribute to the quality of the bass in the music and AC power is usually needed to push-out an impressive volume.

    This Bose Soundlink Color II portable speaker is designed around smart compromises: it focuses on clarity of sound over powerful volume and packs that sound into a portable size with an impressive battery life.

    I found that if you use the speaker according to the directions, you can get clear reproduction of your music even at maximum volume. The front of the speaker is full range and the bass is pumped-out from the back of the speaker (like a tiny subwoofer) - you get the best sound if the speaker is slightly elevated with the back of the speaker near a wall (or something solid that will reflect the bass). Again, what is impressive is the clarity, not the volume of the music and I’m very OK with that.

    The bluetooth reception is great - the guidelines recommend keeping your bluetooth music source within 30-ish feet of the speaker and in a clear line of sight but I was able to stream without dropouts from two rooms away (at 30+ feet with two walls separating my iPod and the speaker). The speaker also takes input from an aux cord.

    When the speaker is paired with a smartphone, it can be used as a speakerphone (the speakerphone feature works really well!) and you can do simple navigation of your music tracks using the buttons on top of the speaker. The speaker allows you to connect to two mobile devices at once - so, for example, you can connect with your smartphone and stream music from someone else’s bluetooth device (that’s one of those features that sounds excessive until you use it the first time).

    The exterior is a soft silicone that is water resistant - the buttons have a soft feel to them and work very well. The specifications for the speaker advertise an 8 hour battery life per charge - I have never been in a situation where I have tested it for that long but I’ve gone 5 hours at full volume with no sign of it quitting on me. So there’s that.

    There are only two issues I have had with the unit so far and neither one is a deal breaker. The first issue is that it took the speaker longer to charge than I expected - but I think my expectations might have been off base with that (not everything can charge fully in an hour). The second issue is a strange one - on the top of the speaker is a button that is not identified in the literature that comes with the device - it is an input selector button that changes the input from bluetooth to the aux input - I had to go to the full user’s manual online to figure out what that button was for (the quick setup guide included with the speaker neither identifies nor describes what the button is for).

    But back to expectations. I’m not aware of any speaker that can push-out volume and rich bass in a battery-driven device with a small footprint. This speaker is truly portable and solid (the Bose web page describes the weight as being “just a little more than a football”) - the sound is very clear and you can fill a room with sound but don’t expect to rock-out your whole house - the speaker adds a clean layer of bass to supplement the music (it fills-out the music but it won’t rattle the furniture). Bose has focused on clarity of sound, portability of size, and the utility of having a dependably long battery life. This Soundlink Color II is magnificent for what it is - but you have to be realistic with your expectations - if you want more power or more bass you’re going to need a much bigger unit (probably an AC unit).

    Oh…and the aquatic blue is definitely the best color!

    Oct 10, 2016 13:10
  • Review by Jazz, 10 out of 10
    The perfect all purpose speaker

    I use these everywhere. I’m a Chaplain and I find that music is helpful when spending time with people with dementia. Having this very light weight, speaker that connects to my iPhone (or any phone) is absolutely great!

    Nov 28, 2018 16:23
  • Review by BuyAmericmproducts, 10 out of 10
    Best small Bluetooth speaker you can get

    One of the best small Bluetooth speakers I have ever bought I bought another one to pair with it very durable weatherproof great sound a product fair price

    Nov 19, 2020 04:01
  • Review by Cerberus, 8 out of 10
    Slightly Disappointed

    I love the sound of Bose products. This is no exception. But I was surprised to find a small strip on the back of the speaker, that sends out hardly any sound whatsoever. This portable speaker is only good for one person.

    Oct 13, 2021 10:05
  • Review by Picoluvx19, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Got this today in I love it

    So far Bose are Great !

    Jul 10, 2021 17:28
  • Review by Daniel, 10 out of 10
    Bose-SoundLink

    Delivery was delayed, however,, it arrived before holiday.. Great product. Easy to setup and use by my wife.

    Dec 25, 2020 19:16
  • 9.4score
    Bose - SoundLink Color Portable Bluetooth Speaker II - Soft Black
    Description

    The SoundLink Color Portable Bluetooth speaker II was engineered to deliver bold sound wherever life takes you. From the pool to the park to the patio, its rugged, water-resistant design lets you enjoy the music you love in more places. Voice prompts make Bluetooth pairing easy. And up to 8 hours of listening per battery charge lets you keep your playlists playing.

    10 Features
  • Instant home office: Built-in speakerphone for clear conference or personal calls and access to your phone's Siri or your Google Assistant.
  • Connect wirelessly from up to 30' away: Pair two speakers together for Stereo or Party Mode playback.
  • Add more sound around the house: With Bose SimpleSync technology, listen to the same music in different rooms by grouping a Bose Home Speaker with a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker and play them both in perfect sync.
  • NFC pairing: For easy connection.
  • Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 8 hours on a full charge.
  • Two 40mm full range drivers: For clean and powerfull sound.
  • Durable, portable and water resistant: Wherever you're headed, SoundLink Micro is designed to tag along with a silicone rubber exterior, tear-resistant strap and IPX7 waterproof rating allows it to survive a fall into the pool or ocean. There's no need to panic if you drop it.
  • 3.5mm auxillary port: Allows simple wired connectivity. Universal Micro-B USB port.
  • Bose Connect App: Helps manage paired devices and gives you a personalized experience.
  • Siri and Google voice commands: Don't have your phone nearby? Don't worry. Just press and hold the multi-function button to access the voice input for your phone's Siri or your Google Assistant right from the speaker.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Aarondr, 10 out of 10
    A Good Upgrade

    While I don't own the first iteration of the Bose Soundlink Color, I do own other Bose Soundlink devices. Generally Bose isn't my go to for sound equipment, but boy - these guys know how to make something small sound big. The color 2, while being a simple monular speaker, includes a decent battery, full sound, and great features.

    Sound quality is actually pretty good. If you sit too closely it sound pretty bass heavy - but this is by design. Once you back up a few feet, the sound mellows out and sounds quite balanced and is loud enough for a small gathering. The sound isn't as good as my original Soundlink from years ago, but it's significantly cheaper as well. The speaker element is well shielded from the elements by both the silicon housing and a internal structure I can't quite make out without disassembly. I will say the silicon body does seem quite durable, as I let my 16 month old son play with it and it came out unscathed.

    The build quality is excellent. The device is wrapped in silicon with an attractive color (mine is blue). The buttons are seamless and set apart by both LED (on the power, bluetooth and aux in) and slight ridges. From left to right you have power, bluetooth, aux, volume down, multi-function, volume up. The top also has a microphone that can be used for calls, and Siri/Google Now. One short press pauses, two short goes next track, three short goes previous, and hold for 1 sec start's your device's voice assistant. The device charges via a micro usb on the right side towards the bottom. Right above it is a 3.5mm mini jack for auxiliary in.

    Interestingly enough, the software experience is more sophisticated than your standard bluetooth speaker. You can download Bose's Connect app, which gives you stats like battery status in percentage, and allow you to connect multiple bluetooth devices. The connection gets choppy if you try to use two Bluetooth sources at once, but if you are careful enough to use one at a time, it's a much better experience than trying to connect a particular device and having them fight to be the active connection. The app also can update the firmware and control other settings, like the voice prompts and auto power down in minutes. All in all a huge improvement over my old 2011 Soundlink.

    This speaker is definitely a contender. It brings Bose quality along with light weatherproofing. It's a decent step above most in sound quality in it's price range. And from personal experience, I can vouch for longevity of Bose's portable speakers. This is a definite recommend if you're in the market for an outdoor portable bluetooth speaker!

    Oct 12, 2016 20:29
  • Review by MarkusKong, 10 out of 10
    Tiny but Powerful

    What's on the box?

    Bold, portable sound. Water-resistant (IPX4-Rated) for real-life use. Durable soft-touch silicone exterior. Enhance with the Bose Connect app. Voice prompts for easy pairing. Make and answer calls with speakerphone. 8 hours per charge.

    What is inside the box?

    - 1x Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker II Aquatic Blue 5V

    - 1x USB to Micro USB Cable

    - 1x Instruction Manual

    - 1x Important Safety Information Manual

    - 1x Bose Support Contact Number(s) sheet

    Testing/Setup/Impressions:

    So the packaging itself is nothing to gloat about. Its pretty standard when it comes to the way it was packaged. So for some of you (like me) that enjoys the way certain things are packaged, you won't be "WOW'D" by the packaging. But... As I mentioned, its for some of you. People that don't care about packaging; who cares? The unit comes in a solid built box and there's a plastic cover that protects the unit itself. When opening the plastic cover, you'll notice the build quality of this little guy. Its quite heavy for its size but I'm sure its heavy because of the way the build quality is. The material is as advertised, a silicone type of rubbery feel. Personally I like the material because you don't get any finger prints! But... You may end up getting a lot of dust, lint, or random stuff on it; pretty easily I must say. As far as cleaning it goes, I'm sure if you run a paper towel or napkin over it; it may end up leaving some paper remnants. If you use a towel it may leave some lint. I haven't tried it but based off of the material as I have other things in my household with this material, you get left overs when you're trying to clean it with. You get a standard USB to Micro USB cable which is nice but there's no AC adapter. I understand the whole concept of "on the go" but it would be nice to include an AC adapter. That is my personal opinion on the charging method for this unit. I typically don't like plugging stuff into my computer directly to charge it. You get your standard manuals and other information included within the box. So setting it up, it was SIMPLE. Setup was a breeze and I was able to download the app off the store (depending on if you're using an Apple or Android device). You can still use the device if you don't download the app, its not mandatory which is nice for some people. But, I'd recommend downloading the app as its nice to have the standard features managed through an app. The unit itself performs exceptionally well. The voice is clear when listening to music, the base has a great "oomph", and the unit can go quite high in volume to bother your downstairs neighbor. The device is small, but it's raw power as I've posted on the title of my review. I didn't get a chance to test this thing with the IPX4-Rated water-resistant feature. I mean... Why would I? Its a electronic device so its not like I am going to splash water on it purposely. But, IPX4-Rated is supposed to mean that you can basically do things like take it into the shower (bathroom) and the steam and water splash here and there won't damage it. You can have it near the pool and if water splashes on it here and there it won't damage it. You of course can't submerge it or run it under water, its not waterproof; it's water resistant. Being said though, why would you do that to you electronic device...? So for normal day to day usage, you don't have to worry so much about splashing liquids on it (listen to music in the rain). So my wife has the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker at work, well her co-worker does. The sound quality on that unit vs this one, its comparable and almost similar. The battery on the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker supposedly lasts Monday-Friday with 3-4 hours of listening per day. The Soundlink Color II I haven't tested how "long" the battery lasts, but I'm sure it'll be somewhat comparable to Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker. Overall, I enjoy this little beast. Its great to carry around to family picnics, pool parties, hang outs, etc. Its a great day to day unit. I would definitely recommend it as the price isn't too damaging on your wallet and it performs excellently. The only "gripes" I have about this unit is that there was no AC adapter and there are NO information at all on the technical specifications of the unit itself. Personally for me when buying ANY electronic device, I love to know what the technical specifications are. The other thing "which is an opinion as well" is the packaging and the material of the unit. The packaging was very basic. For me, I like being "WOW'D" when opening up a new electronic device. The material is really nice as I HATE FINGERPRINTS but it does attract dust and lint which I also don't like. But with these minor "issues", I would still recommend this device.

    Conclusion:

    Buy it. If you're looking for a unit that can perform, is portable, and can endure the normal day to day usage of carrying around a speaker; its a no brainier. The cons I provided above is nothing drastic of a REAL con which is why I still gave the unit 5 stars in my opinion. I like the unit, I would use the unit daily, and it has that "BOSE" quality even though its tiny. Spend the money and get it, you won't be disappointed.

    Oct 06, 2016 23:14
  • Review by VADarkstar, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound If Your Expectations Are Right

    Most “portable” bluetooth speakers are either (1) very small novelty speakers that have poor sound and unimpressive battery life, or (2) are very large and have great sound and mediocre battery life (or are AC-dependent). Portability always comes with sacrifices. The best bluetooth speakers are not sensibly portable - they are bulky and typically require AC power. The weight and size usually contribute to the quality of the bass in the music and AC power is usually needed to push-out an impressive volume.

    This Bose Soundlink Color II portable speaker is designed around smart compromises: it focuses on clarity of sound over powerful volume and packs that sound into a portable size with an impressive battery life.

    I found that if you use the speaker according to the directions, you can get clear reproduction of your music even at maximum volume. The front of the speaker is full range and the bass is pumped-out from the back of the speaker (like a tiny subwoofer) - you get the best sound if the speaker is slightly elevated with the back of the speaker near a wall (or something solid that will reflect the bass). Again, what is impressive is the clarity, not the volume of the music and I’m very OK with that.

    The bluetooth reception is great - the guidelines recommend keeping your bluetooth music source within 30-ish feet of the speaker and in a clear line of sight but I was able to stream without dropouts from two rooms away (at 30+ feet with two walls separating my iPod and the speaker). The speaker also takes input from an aux cord.

    When the speaker is paired with a smartphone, it can be used as a speakerphone (the speakerphone feature works really well!) and you can do simple navigation of your music tracks using the buttons on top of the speaker. The speaker allows you to connect to two mobile devices at once - so, for example, you can connect with your smartphone and stream music from someone else’s bluetooth device (that’s one of those features that sounds excessive until you use it the first time).

    The exterior is a soft silicone that is water resistant - the buttons have a soft feel to them and work very well. The specifications for the speaker advertise an 8 hour battery life per charge - I have never been in a situation where I have tested it for that long but I’ve gone 5 hours at full volume with no sign of it quitting on me. So there’s that.

    There are only two issues I have had with the unit so far and neither one is a deal breaker. The first issue is that it took the speaker longer to charge than I expected - but I think my expectations might have been off base with that (not everything can charge fully in an hour). The second issue is a strange one - on the top of the speaker is a button that is not identified in the literature that comes with the device - it is an input selector button that changes the input from bluetooth to the aux input - I had to go to the full user’s manual online to figure out what that button was for (the quick setup guide included with the speaker neither identifies nor describes what the button is for).

    But back to expectations. I’m not aware of any speaker that can push-out volume and rich bass in a battery-driven device with a small footprint. This speaker is truly portable and solid (the Bose web page describes the weight as being “just a little more than a football”) - the sound is very clear and you can fill a room with sound but don’t expect to rock-out your whole house - the speaker adds a clean layer of bass to supplement the music (it fills-out the music but it won’t rattle the furniture). Bose has focused on clarity of sound, portability of size, and the utility of having a dependably long battery life. This Soundlink Color II is magnificent for what it is - but you have to be realistic with your expectations - if you want more power or more bass you’re going to need a much bigger unit (probably an AC unit).

    Oh…and the aquatic blue is definitely the best color!

    Oct 10, 2016 13:10
  • Review by Jazz, 10 out of 10
    The perfect all purpose speaker

    I use these everywhere. I’m a Chaplain and I find that music is helpful when spending time with people with dementia. Having this very light weight, speaker that connects to my iPhone (or any phone) is absolutely great!

    Nov 28, 2018 16:23
  • Review by BuyAmericmproducts, 10 out of 10
    Best small Bluetooth speaker you can get

    One of the best small Bluetooth speakers I have ever bought I bought another one to pair with it very durable weatherproof great sound a product fair price

    Nov 19, 2020 04:01
  • Review by Cerberus, 8 out of 10
    Slightly Disappointed

    I love the sound of Bose products. This is no exception. But I was surprised to find a small strip on the back of the speaker, that sends out hardly any sound whatsoever. This portable speaker is only good for one person.

    Oct 13, 2021 10:05
  • Review by Picoluvx19, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Got this today in I love it

    So far Bose are Great !

    Jul 10, 2021 17:28
  • Review by Daniel, 10 out of 10
    Bose-SoundLink

    Delivery was delayed, however,, it arrived before holiday.. Great product. Easy to setup and use by my wife.

    Dec 25, 2020 19:16
  • 9.4score
    Marshall - Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Take music wherever you go with this Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker. It produces clear midrange sound with deep, powerful bass, and it provides 20 hours of playtime on a single charge, so you can listen to playlists all day. This Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker has a solid metal grille for durability.

    6 Features
  • Bluetooth 5.0 aptX technology: Play music with any Bluetooth device at a range of up to 30 feet away from the speaker.
  • Rechargeable battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 20 hours on a full charge.
  • Multi-directional sound: Offers a sound that will immerse you in your music indoors or out.
  • 25W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 62Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • Auxiliary audio input: Allows simple wired connectivity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by gadgeTT, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound, Great Battery Life, Cool Retro Design

    Pros:

    * Clear sound that gets loud yet stays clear.

    * Great battery life.

    * Convenient and useful analog sound control knobs.

    * Compact yet powerful.

    Cons:

    * Volume knob is independent of volume on music device (phone, etc.).

    * No local playback controls (play/pause, skip, etc..)

    * No microphone for voice calls/voice assistant.

    * Charging via provided AC power cord and not the more standard USB charging.

    This compact, portable speaker has a TON going for it. It’s definitely designed to be a portable music speaker and not a general-purpose speaker in that it doesn’t have a microphone and there are no local controls for play/pause, voice assistant, etc… What it does do, it does exceedingly well. First and foremost, it sounds great! Clear highs and powerful bass. There are even analog knobs on the top to adjust the bass and treble to your liking.

    The battery life is excellent, too, with a really nice LED battery level display. This speaker has a good weight to it; heavy enough to imply quality construction and solid innards, yet light enough to carry around by the swanky (and removable) black/red leather carrying strap. There are rubber feet ensure that it won’t mar any surface its on and keep the shaking bass from rattling anything but your ears.

    The cool retro styling is a hallmark of the Marshall line of music equipment. The analog knobs, the corner bumpers and the Marshall logo all say “Music-focused.” There’s a 3.5mm aux in jack for those who want a wired connection instead of Bluetooth.

    My few complaints are really minor in an otherwise great speaker. Most speakers of this type have local volume buttons that essentially control the output volume of the device that is playing the music (phone, tablet, etc.). The knob on this speaker is fully independent, though. It adjust the volume of the speaker regardless of the volume of the music device. Since most bluetooth devices send a variable rather than line-out volume, you’ll most likely just max out the volume of the phone and adjust the speaker’s volume as you like. This can be a tad confusing and maybe even a bit of an issue if you do end up setting your phone’s volume high and then disconnecting the speaker. Anyway - it’s not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

    Also, most speakers of this type have a standard USB cable for charging. Probably due to this speaker’s large battery, there’s a built-in AC adapter and a provided AC power cord instead. The cord is removable and the power socket on the speaker is normally covered by a rubber flap to keep moisture out. At least there’s no power adapter (rug bump or wall wart) so it’s just the AC cord. If you’re traveling and want to charge on-the-go, just remember to carry along the provided AC cord and don’t expect to charge from a car unless you have a suitable power inverter handy.

    Overall, this is a really great sounding and great looking portable music speaker.

    Sep 01, 2018 08:36
  • Review by Capshroud, 10 out of 10
    The little speaker that can

    I’m not prone to superlatives in reviews, and I’m not sure I’ve ever given a 5 star rating, but this speaker is truly amazing.

    You’re either going to love the retro, guitar amp look, or wonder “what is this thing” if you haven’t seen amps with the big Marshall logo on stage. I rather like it right down to the corner caps, steel grill, and removable leather carrying strap. Yes, this speaker is expensive, a bit heavy at 6 lbs, and larger than most portables, but it delivers. You won’t throw it in your backpack to carry around, but for indoor or outdoor listening and parties, it’s perfect, and it can play very loud if you wish.

    Beyond the look there is a fabulous sound coming out of this boxy portable speaker. The mid-range and highs are crystal clear with a presence and stereo separation you just don’t hear coming from most portable wireless speakers. The bass is clean and strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm or muddy the mids and highs. You can turn the bass all the way up if you just want a thumper, but I think it’s unnecessary and gives unrealistic sound. I found that I like to be at least 8-10 feet from the unit to really appreciate its room filling sound and balance. It handled all genres of music from rock to classical with equal ease.

    There are volume, bass and treble knobs on top that control the bass-reflex 20 watt woofer and two tweeters with separate 8 watt amps. That’s 36 watts of music power coming from this little box with a big enough battery for 20 hours of play. There’s a bar led display to show you how much charge you have. It can fully recharge in 2 ½ hours or play while plugged in. The charger is built so the AC cord plugs directly into the back behind a silicon flap. Why the flap? Because the unit has an has an IPX2 water-resistant rating. The only other control is a single button that controls Bluetooth pairing and switching between Bluetooth and the rear AUX input jack.

    The Bluetooth is a step above most speakers including the previous Kilburn. It has Bluetooth 5.0 aptX which adds high quality audio for Android devices. (I don’t think Apple yet supports aptX.) It also allows two devices to be paired at once. You can take turns with a friend sending music to this guy. Even though it has an AUX input, I found it gave no better sound than Bluetooth, and that’s a definite step up in wireless. Pairing went without issue and the range is very good.

    The Kilburn II gives good, clear, warm music with a room filling presence that’s amazing … and all coming from a modest little wireless box. It’s a great and funky speaker.

    Aug 30, 2018 15:00
  • Review by MadSquabbles, 10 out of 10
    Most amazing BT Speaker I've owned

    If only I had gotten this speaker before I bought the 5 others I wouldn't have wasted my money. All the others were too bass heavy, too bright, too low volume, etch. I'm no audiophile but I have a very picky ear and have a hard time settling with a speaker that doesn't sound just right to me. With the built in tone control this can make a perfect speaker for almost anyone.

    First of all the Kilburn II is a hefty little device. I don't know if it's just the case that's sturdy as heck or if it's the insides that hold the weight. Either way it feels like it can take a good beating... give one!

    It comes with two power cords, one US and one EU. I was kinda bummed that it wasn't micro USB or USB 3.1 like most devices that are available, but on the plus side it uses a standard power cord. 7a 125v figure 8 2 prong (probably better known as a PS4 power cable). I pulled the cable out of my console and plugged it in the Kilburn with no problems.

    I cracked open the unit because unlike the previous version there isn't an easy to open spot to replace the battery. You have to take the back off to get to the battery. It's pretty easy to remove and replace the hard part would be find a replacement battery itself. This will keep it from being a disposable unit like so many devices are trying to become.

    Along with BT there's also an 1/8" analog input in the back so you can hook up older devices or if you just want a higher quality audio input.

    And the quality is AMAZING! It out puts frequencies low enough to put some subwoofers to shame -though without the power. You hear the lows, just can't feel them. You have to balance the sound though. Too much bass and it sounded box to me, too little and it got to bright. My left ear is extremely sensitive to high pitched sounds so being able to tweak the sound just right is a huge plus. Even out the box is sounds very good. It's also a loud speaker. It filled a 600sqft room at work with so much sound one guy at lunch took his headphones off to see what was going on. This was without distortion at bass at 6. I put in my workout room filled the house from one end to the other with sound. I can't say how this compares to higher end BT speakers as I've only heard them at BB and not in my listening areas but compared to 5 other speakers ranging from $50 to $200 this Kilburn II blows them far far away, not just in volume but quality.

    If you're thinking about getting this speaker, do it! If I had done it earlier I would have 4 speakers gathering dust around the house (I gotta use one for working out!).

    Aug 29, 2018 12:25
  • Review by Ace254687, 8 out of 10
    Great quality speaker!

    The first thing you'll notice about the Kilburn 2, is the quality. This speaker is one of the nicest bluetooth speakers that I've seen yet. The Kilburn 2 is made out of high quality material, all throughout the entire box. From the metal grill in the front, to the leather casing around the speaker. It really gives that look and feel of the classic Marshal brand, plus, its packed with some of the latest technology. With that being said, I'm not sure I would agree with the way they designed some of the parts of the speaker. Such as, the volume knob and the placement of the bass, but I will get more in depth with that later on.

    The Sound of the Kilburn 2 is good, it tends to sound a little muddy at times, but nothing major. The Kilburn 2 reaches extremely loud volumes, as well as pack some heavy bass. The only problem with the bass is, (depending on where you place it) you either hear way too much bass, or not enough bass. I found that the Kilburn 2 sounds best, when it's placed on a bookshelf near a wall. This creates a good position to bounce off some of the bass.

    The Kilburn 2 is loaded with many great features. One of the best features, is the 20+ hrs of battery life for long play times (which it really does last that long). Another great feature, is bluetooth 5.0, which lets you stream wirelessly over longer distances, as well as stream to multiple sources at once. Then there's the knobs, the volume, bass and treble. While the bass and treble knobs are very welcome, the volume knob is more of an inconvenience. I do see why they added this, but trying to combine nostalgia with modern technology, takes away from the portability factor of bluetooth. This becomes an issue, when you turn the knob all the way up and plan to control the volume with your phone - the volume becomes distorted. Therefore, you must fine tune the knob to your liking, which in my case, requires walking over to the bookshelf.

    Overall, the Kilburn 2 if a great bluetooth speaker with only a few minor flaws. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality bluetooth speaker.

    Aug 31, 2018 22:40
  • Review by Mirvana, 10 out of 10
    Great Portable Speaker. This Thing is LOUD!

    This Kilburn II model from Marshall is fantastic. Having had some experience with portable speakers but always wanting just a little bit more from all of them, I was pleasantly surprised to find this model from Marshall and test it out. It does not disappoint.

    First of all, I love having the ability to adjust treble and bass independently to cater to the particular source that’s feeding it. Right out of the box, with both set to “0”, music still sounds better than many portable speakers I’ve used before. Bass is quite good when set proportionally to volume, past a volume level of 5, middle bass is still fine but low punch and high bass notes start to fall off fairly quickly. Treble holds on much longer but starts to lose some of it’s “brightness” at higher volumes (7+). Being independently adjustable though allows you to set them wherever they compliment the music rather than having to live with muddy bass at high volumes.

    All that said, good luck to you if you want to listen to this thing anywhere in your house higher than that (6-7+). If loud is what you’re looking for, look no further. It will probably be louder than you’ll be able to stand inside your home at 10. Take it outside and you might have to crank it up a tiny bit but this thing just keeps slamming your ears anyway. I would imagine that it could hold its own with some of these massive speakers I’ve seen people bring to the beach or to house parties. It’s not going to be as loud as those but for its size, it punches well above its weight class. Well above.

    I’m generally not a fan of Bluetooth as I’ve found it to be, for me at least, a fairly unreliable way to do much of anything. Thankfully, pairing this speaker with a Bluetooth source is painless and quick. The connection seems to be very solid with no issues so far, even while keeping my phone on me and walking throughout my house.

    Battery life is great, at a volume of 2 for a total of about 3 hours I saw only one bar drop off from a full charge. Obviously, going louder will drain the battery more quickly.

    In short, the sound is great, bass and treble are independently adjustable which is a huge win in my opinion and they both contribute significantly to the sound. It’s plenty loud enough for outside parties, the beach, etc. and the Bluetooth connection seems really solid. Aesthetically, this is what I’ve been looking for in a portable speaker. Set it on a shelf or desk and I doubt anyone will assume it’s a portable speaker. It’s well worth the price tag if you want something portable, loud, and rugged enough to take outside or to the beach. 10/10

    Aug 31, 2018 10:22
  • Review by Porsche, 10 out of 10
    Compact Bluetooth Speaker for Rockers!

    If you're a rocker, you're already familiar with the Marshall brand of amplifiers. In recent years, they've expanded their brand to headphones, cellphones and bluetooth speakers like this one.

    The Kilburn II is the cute baby brother to the Stanmore, but don't let that fool you. It still sounds great. There's plenty of bass and enough volume to satisfy your everyday needs. This will have a permanent place on my kitchen table, synced to my iPad, for all of my breakfast entertainment. Speaking of syncing, I had no issues syncing this to my iPad Air 2. All I did was push the Bluetooth button on the top and pairing began immediately. When turning the iPad back on, all you have to do is turn the speaker on, and it pairs automatically.

    If you're an audiophile, you can adjust bass and treble controls to get a better sound. I recommend starting at noon on both and see if it sounds like it should. I turned the bass down a tad, and the treble up a tad. In terms of loudness, when turned all the way up, it's nowhere near as loud as an old Plexi, but it's definitely loud enough for rock and roll!

    It's worth noting that it is IPX2 water-resistant rating, so it’s able to withstand a little bit of water, so you could bring this to the beach if you wanted to. Fully charged, the battery lasts about 20 hours, which should be enough for day at the beach and an evening camping. It looks like it's built to be able to handle the travel also!

    The Marshall Kilburn II looks cool, sounds great and is highly portable. My only ding is that it's a little bit overpriced.

    Aug 31, 2018 20:20
  • Review by Obitronathon, 8 out of 10
    Great sound, but not for everyone.

    This speaker has a surprising amount of power and bass for its size. This allows it to sound very good relative to its size.

    I purchased this speaker to place in my ‘63 Ford Falcon so I can have music without making drastic modifications to my interior.

    The build quality of this unit seems top notch for the price category, though I don’t know if I can go as far as saying it’s tough. I choose not to test those limits, and though I do carry it around regularly, I am always mindful of protecting its good looks.

    There is a premium to be paid for those good looks and I believe the same amount of money could go further with a less eclectic choice. Expensive and rare, but perfect for some people.

    Jun 06, 2020 15:55
  • Review by MrShinyCadillackness, 10 out of 10
    It's a Marshall!

    As a guitarist of many years and owning other Marshall products, this product fits into my lifestyle perfectly. I own several other BT speakers of many sizes for different occasions. While the Kilburn II isn’t the smallest, or lightest speaker I own, it is certainly the best sounding, which to me is the most important thing anyway.

    The controls are minimal (volume/bass/treble), but are very effective, and all that are needed to dial in the sound you prefer. My preferred EQ setting (bass at 7, treble at 5) works well for all of the music I listen to. The Marshall also sounds excellent at any volume, making it a great choice for any situation. It actually cranks up pretty loud and doesn’t break up, but that’s not very surprising considering it’s a Marshall. I’ve pushed everything from Britney Spears, Meshuggah, and Pink Floyd through this thing and it handles all of it with absolute ease.

    Once paired and EQ set, all you really need to worry about is the Volume knob. It acts as the power knob and volume in one. On, off, and volume with one knob. What could be easier.

    The battery life is also tremendous, as I’ve had this over a week and haven't had to charge it once. The battery level is also clearly visible on the top of the unit with red LED bars so you’ll always know how much juice you’ve got in the tank. Speaking of tank, you could say this is a tank, or built like one at least. I guess that’s why it is a tad heavy though. Again, the weight isn’t an issue to me at all. I actually feel like that makes this even more attractive considering the build quality is so good. You can “feel” the premium when you pick it up. Solid construction with attention to detail. It even has the red felt under the hand strap giving it a really cool vintage musical instrument vibe. In a VERY overcrowded BT speaker market, I can appreciate all that Marshall has done with this excellent line of products. Simply outstanding in every way.

    On another note, you can plug other devices into the 3.5mm mini jack, but I don’t plan on using that feature very much since BT pairing is so quick and easy. It sees my Note 8 within seconds of powering on and once I launch my cloud music service app, I am all set.

    Lastly, this is most likely on display at your local Best Buy, so I highly recommend taking a listen next time you are in. If you have a musician in the family, consider this as a gift and watch them open it up with delight.

    Turn it up to 11 and rock on \m/,

    Sep 07, 2018 18:47
  • 9.4score
    26
    JBL
    JBL - CLIP4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Clip and Play. Cool, portable, and waterproof. The vibrant fresh looking JBL Clip 4 delivers surprisingly rich JBL Original Pro Sound in a compact package. The unique oval shape fits easy in your hand. Fully wrapped in colorful fabrics with expressive details inspired by current street fashion, it’s easy to match your style. The fully integrated carabiner hooks instantly to bags, belts, or buckles, to bring your favorite tunes anywhere. Waterproof, dustproof, and up to 10 hours of playtime, it’s rugged enough to tag along wherever you explore.

    5 Features
  • Rich JBL Original Pro Sound: JBL Pro Sound delivers surprisingly rich audio and punchy bass from Clip 4’s compact size.
  • Bold style and ultra-portable design: JBL Clip 4’s ultra-portable design goes great with the latest styles, and its colorful fabrics and expressive details make it look as great as it sounds.
  • Upgraded integrated carabiner: With a redesigned carabiner that’s integrated into the speaker itself for extra protection, take your JBL Clip 4 anywhere and everywhere. Just clip on on a belt, strap, or buckle and go explore the world.
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof: To the pool. To the park. JBL Clip 4 is IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so you can bring your speaker anywhere.
  • 10 hours of battery life: Don’t sweat the small stuff like charging your battery. JBL Clip 4 gives you up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Izzy, 10 out of 10
    JBL portable speaker

    Great sound and love the caribeaner clip. Being water resistant is a huge plus!!!!

    Jun 26, 2021 21:18
  • Review by Nyny, 10 out of 10
    Great Speaker for on the go

    Absolutely love this speaker & design. Long battery life and great sound. The bass is exceptional for such a small package. I love this speaker! Well done JBL!

    Mar 26, 2021 20:06
  • Review by Shortie, 10 out of 10
    Awesome buy

    It's excellent base and sound thinking of getting another soon.

    May 28, 2021 18:22
  • Review by Itsmeman, 10 out of 10
    Perfect fit!

    perfect solution for what I needed it for! I golf and this clips right to my bag and sounds great! Thoughtful design and quality is pretty good. I wish it had a battery measurement on my phone as most blue tooth speakers do today and the clip could be more sturdy if it wasn't made of plastic.

    Oct 29, 2021 18:35
  • Review by sbsmth, 10 out of 10
    Portable garage/shower podcast and music speaker

    Very convenient, hangs on a suction cup hook in the shower or on a hook in my garage. Room filling sound; you won’t feel, but it’s loud. $30 less than than cheapest Bose and a pound for pound contender w the best in the small bt speaker space.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:44
  • Review by Vick, 10 out of 10
    Little Speaker, big punch

    Great speaker that I can easily take anywhere. It's small enough to carry around in my backpack, belt loop or anywhere else but loud enough to play by the grill and buggy down by the pool. I do have a larger speaker that I could use but this one is way more convenient especially if it's not a party type of get together.

    Aug 31, 2021 15:52
  • Review by Memaw, 10 out of 10
    Worth every penny

    Bought this speaker on spare of the moment for my son’s party, clipped it onto the canopy and it lasted for hours and was out of the way!

    Nov 05, 2021 04:15
  • Review by ktm2234, 10 out of 10
    Let's play music and adventure!

    I love this speaker so much. It is perfect to take along with me to the beach, my backyard BBQs, and to photoshoots. My favorite feature is the clip because it makes it easy to hang and I don't have to worry about the clip falling off which happened to my last speaker. When I get sand in it, a nice rise underwater is so easy to clean it off. I recommend it to those who love music on their adventures.

    Jul 20, 2021 11:33
  • 9.4score
    Sony - SRS-XB43 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Enjoy dynamic sound with this black Sony EXTRA BASS speaker. Dual passive radiators deliver booming bass, while the 4900 mAh battery provides up to 24 hours of power for uninterrupted playtime on the go. This Sony EXTRA BASS speaker has Bluetooth compatibility, letting you listen to music wirelessly from paired devices, and the IP67 construction protects against water damage.

    12 Features
  • Feel power of EXTRA BASS: Comes with Live Sound mode for an immersive 3D sound experience.
  • Party Connect³: Lets you connect up to 100 compatible speakers with Bluetooth technology so the music and lights sync up and everyone dances to the same beat. Set a random pattern or set the lights to blink in a circle.⁶
  • Speakerphone function: Offers a convenient way to talk hands-free, whether it’s a conference call for work or a chat with friends.⁸
  • Connect wirelessly from up to 98.4' away: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device, or use NFC for a quick, seamless connection.³
  • X-Balanced speaker unit: Features a non-circular diaphragm to deliver high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper listening experience.
  • Take this compact and lightweight speaker everywhere you want: Fits perfectly in the cup holder of your camping chair, and the convenient strap lets you hang your speaker in your tent or on the nearest tree.
  • Control beat with Sony Music Center app⁵: Select your favorite playlists, cue the next song and sound modes.
  • Fiestable app⁴: Allows to control the lighting on the XB43, even turn them off and use motion control gestures on your smartphone screen.
  • USB Type-C and USB charging ports: Let you charge your portable speaker and your smartphone or other small devices via USB connection.
  • Waterproof², rustproof⁷ and dustproof IP67 design: Allows flexible outdoor use so there is nothing to stop you from enjoying your music to the maximum, anywhere and everywhere.
  • Rechargeable battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 24 hours on a full charge, even up to 14 hours in EXTRA BASS mode.¹
  • Mood lighting: Boost your party with two speaker lights and multicolor line lights.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    Great Portable Speaker That You Can Work Out With

    BUILD QUALITY/AESTHEICS:

    The front, back, and bottom of the device is covered in a “high quality” fabric “made exclusively in Japan” for easy cleaning.

    On the left and right side, from inside out, you have two RGB lighting zones, and then a matte black rubber material that goes into a diaphragm to help with bass. On the bottom of the device you have two large pieces of rubber to keep it in place. In the middle of the device you have two speakers with two tweeters that have white LED lights. To adjust LED lighting and color you must use the Fiestable App which can only be downloaded after downloading the Sony Music App. Both are discussed below.

    On the top going left to right, you have a NFC logo, then about an inch and a half to the right the power button, Bluetooth button, play/pause, volume down, volume up, and live button. Each button requires a moderate amount of pressure to depress, with a moderate audible click.

    On the back of the device you have a rubber cover. Inside that cover is product information and more buttons. Starting from left to right you have your DC out x1 which you can use to charge your phone or other mobile device. 3.5mm audio in x1(not included). USB DC in 5V x1, which you use to charge the device. It does include a 5V charger to USB C that is all one unit (see picture). Light/battery button. With one press it will announce the battery level. With a long press it will turn on/off lighting. Party Button which allows you to pair up to 100 speakers (models SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33, SRS-XB23 only) with Party Connect which will sync up lighting and music together. And last ST Pair which allows you to connect two of them together for two speaker setup (left right). It can be used vertically or horizontally. The whole thing feels incredibly solid and well made. It is also heavy coming in at 6.5 lbs.

    Pairing is simple. You just hold down the Bluetooth button. It will say pairing. Then you go to your phone and connect. It’s easier for Android phones that support NFC. I used an iPhone X and iPad Pro 11 inch for my testing.

    Music controls are simple. Either use your phone. Or on the device itself if you press the play/pause once it will play or pause, press it twice and it will go forward, press it three times and it will go back.

    It is rated for 24-hour battery with lighting off. 14 hours with Extra Bass and Lighting On. I found that if you have the battery lights on, especially with reactive, it chews through battery quickly. This will also vary on how loud you have the device with battery life decreasing faster at higher volumes. When you turn on the device (which you just press the power on button) it will boot up and announce the current battery level. If you are in the middle of using it, you can open the back port and press the battery button which will also announce it. Last, you can also see this in the application discussed further below. Overall, I found battery life to be great. According to them it takes 5 hours to recharge from dead at 3 amps.

    SPECS/NOTABLE FEATURES:

    It comes with a IP67 rating:

    - Put simply this allows you to take this portable speaker wherever you want (within reason) and it should be able to survive. Including outside in the dirt and next to a pool.

    - IP6X = Dust protection: Give it degrees of protection against solid foreign objects. (*In this case tested to continue to block dust after stirring for 8 hours in a testing device which contains dust particles that are up to 75 mm in diameter.)

    - IPX7 = Water protection: Meaning it can fully be immersed in water. (*Tested to maintain operability when gently submersed in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.)

    APPS:

    Sony Music Center:

    - It is a very basic app. Once inside you have Six options. From top to bottom. “My library, Fiestable, Audio In, Music, and Settings.

    - Under My library it will connect to your phones music and then you can add a playlist to play on the device. Or you know… just use your normal music application for it. It’s redundant.

    - Fiestable, is a separate application. Which is also very basic. That can allow you to control the lights. You have three options. “DJ Control”, “Illumniation”, and “Motion Control”. The app works fine. No complaints.

    - Audio In, allows you to adjust the overall volume. Again this feels redundant.

    - Music once again just takes you to your native music app. Can we get another Redundant on the board?

    - Settings which allows you to adjust the sound, power options, illumination, other settings, and system.

    - Last you have your Bluetooth audio.

    - Honestly, I don’t see much point with these apps. But they work well but are super basic. Also, not needed which is good.

    SOUND QUALITY:

    For me the most important part of a speaker is the sound quality. I’m willing to sacrifice some sound quality in this case because it is so robust against weather and is highly portable. But thankfully, you aren’t compromising much. I test all my speakers with the same 14 songs for two reasons. 1. To get a sound profile for a product so I know how it will do in different scenarios and 2. To compare it to other speakers. Starting first with audiophile terms and then laymen terms. I tested everything on stock settings which included the EXTRA BASS mode on by default. As that is what I’m sure most people will use. I also tried the Live button. Which expands the soundstage. I preferred this sound as it felt like the sound was all around me instead of coming from a speaker. Which was quite impressive.

    For the most part, especially with Live mode activated, it sounded airy. It has a fun tuning to it that was also analytical. Occasionally, it would sound processed. It has excellent balance and separation. With vocals being up front and center and then background being slightly behind it. Bass hit hard and was mostly accurate. Mids sounded good but were ever so mildly bloated at times. Highs were solid but occasionally just shy of harsh. Depending on the song it showed very mild congestion, but most of the time it was crisp and natural sounding. There was good detail in vocals and to a slightly lesser degree in instruments. Sound stage was medium without Live mode and medium/large with.

    With Live mode off you get more of the feeling that the speaker is playing the music, where with Live mode on it sounds like music is playing all around you. Sounds are mostly accurate and true to life. Moreso with vocals over instruments. But both sound very good. Bass hits hard and all levels of sound (bass, mid, and lows) sound equally as loud, are accurate, and pleasing to the ear. It has an exciting tuning to it which allows you to feel the emotion of the singer or song most of the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the sound and I am quite picky. I am sure most others will also deeply enjoy it. It is much better than your phone or tablets speaker.

    PROS:

    - IP67 rating which means you can use this outside while working, in the rain, in the shower, or next to a pool.

    - Very solid build quality with attractive sleek look.

    - 6 LEDs with two of them being RGB. Lighting is not the most accurate but can be synced to music.

    - Optional apps which work well but are basic.

    CONS:

    - Speaker is heavy. Which is kind of like a no duh. But seriously you could probably workout with this thing. It’s 6.5 lbs.

    CONCLUSION:

    Between the excellent build quality, IP67 rating, and sound quality what is there not to like? I totally recommend this product. I greatly enjoy it when I use it in the shower and I am sure you will too.

    Jun 16, 2020 01:27
  • Review by Molly, 10 out of 10
    Quality

    Top notch item I’m very pleased it’s a real joy to listen to.

    Jul 03, 2020 18:40
  • Review by Quique77, 8 out of 10
    Si mejoraron en algunas cosas

    Good sound but it's still better JBL Xtreme is more robust in your sound but Sony has good decent sound

    Dec 25, 2020 20:13
  • Review by allib, 10 out of 10
    Love these wireless speakers from Sony

    We have had different variations of many portable, Bluetooth, Sony speakers over the years. We have yet to be disappointed in the sound quality put out by their line of speakers or in the durability of this product line.

    The SRS-XB43 is on the larger end of the spectrum for size and puts out a great sound quality. This is no surprise as it features their X-Balanced speaker unit with a near rectangular design and a dedicated tweeter for higher range frequencies.

    It's size is ideal for use by the pool or in a larger space for sound to be shared. Fear not in using this speaker around the pool or ocean either since it is waterproof and salt-water resistant. Battery life is more than sufficient at up to 24 hours. Even when using the built in multi-color lights the battery life does not disappoint. The party atmosphere is taken up another notch with a tweeter light, a speaker light and a line light that all flash with the beat of the music. One can modify the color of the line light to match an environment or mood. The Sony Music Center app gives one the ability to select favorite playlists, cue the next song or change lighting patterns and sound modes. How wild that Party Connect will connect up to 100 compatible wireless speakers via Bluetooth! The music and lights will sync to listen to the sa