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Altec Lansing - Mix2.0 Bluetooth Party Speaker - Steel Gray
Description

Introducing the Mix2.0 Bluetooth Party Speaker by Altec Lansing. Light up your sound with 5 LED illuminating light modes that will beat, strobe and pulse to your music. Take your tunes on the go with attached handle and up to 20 hours battery life. This speaker is IP67 Everything Proof (waterproof, shockproof, snowproof) which means it isn’t afraid of the elements or wild party. Connect your devices via USB-smartphone charger to keep your personal items charged while on the go. This speaker also features USB-C quick charge so the music will always be playing. With additional features like true wireless pairing, "Just Ask" and a wireless range of 100-ft, the party or adventure will never stop with the Mix2.0

5 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Listen for up to 20 hours on the Mix2.0!
  • LED Lights: The illuminating LED lights come in 5 modes - beat and strobe to the music.
  • True Wireless Pairing: Pair 2 Mix 2.0 spekaers together to double your sound!
  • 50 Watt RMS Output Sound: Immerse your self in impressive Altec Lansing audio loaded up with 50 W RMS.
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  • Review by KenN, 10 out of 10
    One of my best purchases yet!

    Amazing speaker sound quality and volume for the price. I tested it out in my bath tub and it truly is water proof AND it does float!

    Oct 22, 2021 20:44
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    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
    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.
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  • 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
    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
    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
    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).
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  • 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 - 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.

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  • 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
    JBL - Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gray
    Description

    Use this JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker to take music with you anywhere. Its 10 hours of battery life provide nonstop entertainment, and its handy carabiner lets you hang it from a post or hook. This waterproof JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker provides powerful sound for listening to your favorite music with a paired device.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 1,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 10 hours on a full charge.
  • IPX7 waterproof: To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
  • 3.3W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 120Hz - 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.
  • Take your show on the road: Built-in carabiner clip enables easy portability.
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  • Review by Martialo, 10 out of 10
    Lipiano

    I really like it , good song, fun sized, nice color you can put it and use it everywhere

    Nov 26, 2020 09:25
  • Review by king86, 10 out of 10
    Awesome speaker

    This speaker is small but It packs a punch and can get loud. Perfect for outside. Would recommend.

    Aug 24, 2018 20:29
  • Review by MIKIJBL, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    Excellent speaker for insight and outdoor activities

    Dec 12, 2020 05:47
  • Review by TheF0under, 2 out of 10
    Trash.

    Trash. Less than a month of use. The speaker fell once then broke in half. Never been the same.

    May 22, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Sandy, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for work and play!

    Very compact high quality speaker. Ideal for work desk setup. The carabiner clip is very convenient. I hang it on the wall in front me using a simple 3M adhesive plastic hook.

    Very crisp voice and speakerphone quality during all the meetings. I connect it to my work laptop.

    Even with 5-6 hour meetings a day, Nobody complained so far about voice reception.

    Speaker output is significant for its size. Music quality is good and loud enough with lower volume level. Battery charge duration is good enough to get through the day.

    Cherry on top - Getting the speaker for $30 during Thanksgiving.

    Jan 08, 2021 18:38
  • Review by Ginho, 10 out of 10
    Great portable Bluetooth Speaker!

    I love JBL brand speakers since got JBL pulse 2. But I wanted something sturdy and able to carry around, since my babe always want to carry my speakers around when I play music.

    I really love this compact sized JBL Clip 3 Portable speaker, because I can bring with me anywhere,great sounds, and it also water proof!

    Jul 20, 2019 08:34
  • Review by Kanga55, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality speaker

    Fantastic speaker, nice design , good sound quality, perfect size, pairs fine with iPhone, crisp clear volume, (more than anyone would expect from a smaller speaker).Speaker comes in a few choice colors. I bought two for gifts for my children. They absolutely love them. Great quality, decent price, very pleased

    Jan 15, 2021 19:08
  • Review by keat13, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker for on the go!

    The JBL-Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is ideal for a speaker on the go. It is compact and easy to clip onto any bag. Also is waterproof so no worries there. The audio quality is awesome, especially for the size of the speaker.

    Sep 25, 2020 23:04
  • 9.6score
    Ultimate Ears - WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Phantom black
    Description

    Take your music on the road with this Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker, which is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. This waterproof black speaker, which floats and rinses clean, is ideal for the beach, the swimming pool and the shower. Simply connect your smart device to enjoy rich bass and enhanced sound with this Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker.

    6 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from up to 100' away: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Super-portable Bluetooth speaker: With surprisingly big, clear, crisp 360-degree sound and big bass.
  • 10 hours of musical happiness on a single battery charge: Thanks to powerful rechargeable lithium-Ion battery.
  • Waterproof, floats and serenades you in the shower, pool or rain: IPX7-rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter.
  • 80Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • Double the fun: Wirelessly connect two UE WONDERBOOMS to party louder and enjoy the quality of stereo sound.
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  • Review by sdmarsh, 10 out of 10
    Great little bluetooth speaker

    This is my first Bluetooth speaker, so I did not know 100 % what I was getting into sound wise. I have not been disappointed at all, especially that it was only $100.00 at the time I received it.

    The speaker arrived with some juice in it's batteries, but I decided to plug it in, and let it fully charge up which took about 4 1/2 hours. On a full charge it's supposed to last about 10 hours. The box that the speaker comes in was just barely big enough to enclose the speaker and it's included 2' long USB charging cable. My USB cable was yellow to match the speakers all grey color with yellow + and - buttons for the audio controls and yellow cord to hang it from various items. I liked that the USB was yellow as it make's it very easy to see which cable you need without looking closely at the connectors.

    Overall the sound is 4 out of 5 stars. While the highs, and mids are there, it does lack some in the bass department. It paired very quickly to my 4th generation iPod and to my Moto G3 phone. I streamed an FM station from my phone to the Wonderboom for roughly 4 hours as I waxed my F150 and girlfriends Honda CRV. The phone was in the shade of the garage while the Wonderboom was on a small ice chest to act as a platform while I moved it all over while waxing the vehicles.

    The furthest the Wonderboom got from my phone was 80 to 85 feet and never once did it loose the connection. And while most of the time it was in plain site of my phone, there were many times it was out of site and behind my truck for quite some time, but the signal came through loud and clear. Speaking of loud, I did have the Wonderdooms loudness up to maybe 65 % and did not notice any distortion. The volume for the Wonderboom can be controlled directly on the speaker using the + and - buttons or from your device like an Ipod, phone, etc.

    The box that the Wonderboom comes in has a picture of the speaker on the box and it's the same size as the speaker itself. So if you're in the store wondering how big or small the speaker is, just look the the picture on the box. I have also included a photo of the speaker next to a 12 ounce can of soda to also give you and idea on the speakers size.

    The Wonderboom claims that it's waterproof and shockproof, but I'll hopefully not have to find out if that's true. Overall, I've given the Wonderboom 4 out of 5 stars. Taking off 1 star for it's less than robust bass. But I'd still highly recommend the Wonderboom for it's price and relative good audio.

    Apr 29, 2017 13:45
  • Review by Wirelesschargerspeaker, 10 out of 10
    Wonderboom

    My husband loves these he can take them out to the garage and he can rock out listening to music as he is working on the street rods. Or he can take them in the bathroom when he showers. Wonder boom he so loves them. And he can haul them outside when he is relaxing on the patio front or back of the house.

    Jul 27, 2021 06:48
  • Review by Familyoffour, 10 out of 10
    Great sound emanating from all around

    These are great speakers. They were submersed in water at the lake and work great. We have two of these. They can pair together from the same source or have separate sources. Sounds comes from all around the speaker instead of just from the front or front and back with comparable speakers. Highly recommend.

    Jun 14, 2019 16:13
  • Review by MsMonie, 10 out of 10
    I like it

    I was looking for an easy way to get music around the house without paying thousands of dollars. I thought I'd end up with sonas or Bose but this is doing great.

    I am not a music critic and I don't throw house parties. I use mine to listen to music as I clean or stream audiobooks or podcasts.

    While in store I tried these out and was impressed with the richness of sound and the way it handled music with some bass to it. I thought it sounded as good as the Bose. In my home it has functioned just as well. I like it much better than the Alexa and it's miles above that echo.

    I charged it in the car on the way to work and it is still on that first charge. I have not tried to use it in series with another megaboom but I might.

    The Bluetooth worked well with my iPhone. You don't even have to choose it on your settings after the first time. Just turn on the speaker and they connect. I can't get it to work w my iPad though.

    The only negative (and that's nitpicking) is the loud noise when you turn it on and off

    Jul 12, 2019 17:24
  • Review by China1, 10 out of 10
    Nice product easy to use

    I had used more the 1 year quality sound , more the 8 hours party and still on high recommend

    Aug 16, 2019 22:42
  • Review by Kharyluk, 8 out of 10
    Wonderful WONDERBOOM

    First thing I like about this speaker is that it’s durable because I’m heavy handed on everything I break things very easy and I have three WONDERBOOMs and two Ue boom 2 and now I have a megablast and one thing I can count on them for is durability and great sound so good job ULTIMATE Ears

    May 18, 2018 16:45
  • Review by Jojocloe1, 10 out of 10
    Love my speaker

    Great speaker. Excellent quality and really easy to use.

    Jul 27, 2018 16:44
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Best speaker

    One of the best speakers I ever had

    I will recommend it,

    Nov 26, 2020 10:35
  • 9.6score
    10
    JBL
    JBL - Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gray
    Description

    Use this JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker to take music with you anywhere. Its 10 hours of battery life provide nonstop entertainment, and its handy carabiner lets you hang it from a post or hook. This waterproof JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker provides powerful sound for listening to your favorite music with a paired device.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 1,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 10 hours on a full charge.
  • IPX7 waterproof: To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
  • 3.3W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 120Hz - 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.
  • Take your show on the road: Built-in carabiner clip enables easy portability.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Martialo, 10 out of 10
    Lipiano

    I really like it , good song, fun sized, nice color you can put it and use it everywhere

    Nov 26, 2020 09:25
  • Review by king86, 10 out of 10
    Awesome speaker

    This speaker is small but It packs a punch and can get loud. Perfect for outside. Would recommend.

    Aug 24, 2018 20:29
  • Review by MIKIJBL, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    Excellent speaker for insight and outdoor activities

    Dec 12, 2020 05:47
  • Review by TheF0under, 2 out of 10
    Trash.

    Trash. Less than a month of use. The speaker fell once then broke in half. Never been the same.

    May 22, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Sandy, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for work and play!

    Very compact high quality speaker. Ideal for work desk setup. The carabiner clip is very convenient. I hang it on the wall in front me using a simple 3M adhesive plastic hook.

    Very crisp voice and speakerphone quality during all the meetings. I connect it to my work laptop.

    Even with 5-6 hour meetings a day, Nobody complained so far about voice reception.

    Speaker output is significant for its size. Music quality is good and loud enough with lower volume level. Battery charge duration is good enough to get through the day.

    Cherry on top - Getting the speaker for $30 during Thanksgiving.

    Jan 08, 2021 18:38
  • Review by Ginho, 10 out of 10
    Great portable Bluetooth Speaker!

    I love JBL brand speakers since got JBL pulse 2. But I wanted something sturdy and able to carry around, since my babe always want to carry my speakers around when I play music.

    I really love this compact sized JBL Clip 3 Portable speaker, because I can bring with me anywhere,great sounds, and it also water proof!

    Jul 20, 2019 08:34
  • Review by Kanga55, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality speaker

    Fantastic speaker, nice design , good sound quality, perfect size, pairs fine with iPhone, crisp clear volume, (more than anyone would expect from a smaller speaker).Speaker comes in a few choice colors. I bought two for gifts for my children. They absolutely love them. Great quality, decent price, very pleased

    Jan 15, 2021 19:08
  • Review by keat13, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker for on the go!

    The JBL-Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is ideal for a speaker on the go. It is compact and easy to clip onto any bag. Also is waterproof so no worries there. The audio quality is awesome, especially for the size of the speaker.

    Sep 25, 2020 23:04
  • 9.6score
    11
    JBL
    JBL - Xtreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Enjoy powerful outdoor music with this waterproof JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides up to 15 hours of playing time, and its passive bass radiators give you deep, high-quality audio. This black portable JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker connects up to two devices for more music source options.

    9 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer 10,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 15 hours on a full charge.
  • IPX7 waterproof: To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
  • 40W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 55Hz - 20kHz frequency response: Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
  • 80dB signal-to-noise ratio: Provides clear audio.
  • Grab and go: Includes a carrying strap so you can bring it anywhere, and a bottle opener.
  • Built-in microphone: Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
  • Auxiliary audio input: Allows simple wired connectivity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Papatropolis, 10 out of 10
    WOW

    Been an audio freak all my life. Played drums when I was a kid I'm still do at 62. I chose the JBL Extreme 2 for traveling. Crisp highs, strong bottom, and weather proof! Simply put I'm astonished.

    Feb 26, 2019 10:10
  • Review by Kilometers, 10 out of 10
    Nailed it

    Little bigger then expected but once again jbl never fails me I love it. Aside from the inspection tape from best buy you couldn't even tell it was a open box

    Jan 08, 2021 12:59
  • Review by GhostWriter1, 10 out of 10
    LTL Driver

    perfect for overnight trips. I use it to Listen to The Siriusxm app. it’s loud enough to drown out all the background noises made by the radio-less 20 yr old Semi Tractor I drive each night.

    Dec 04, 2020 16:19
  • Review by Robbo, 10 out of 10
    Great wireless speaker

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT JBL WAS A GREAT PRODUCT I'M VERY HAPPY WITH THE JBL EXTREME 2

    Great wireless speaker.

    Aug 09, 2019 17:06
  • Review by Mark34, 10 out of 10
    Best sound of all the JBL's

    I have the JBL Charge 3 and the JBL Boombox as well as this JBL Xtreme2 and they all serve their purposes for me. The charge 3 is for personal on the go music (kayaking/biking), the boombox is for larger louder outdoor gatherings.

    The Xtreme2 is truly the best dynamic/full/clear sounding speaker, it's exceptional for listening to moderate to low volumes, where most personal speakers fail. We use it mostly indoors or outside on the deck if it's just my wife and I. You can actually hear the stereo separation which is unusual for these small speakers.

    The Unit is well built, nice looking (IMO), and lasts a very long time per battery charge.

    ALSO NOTE: I returned the first one I bought because I did the firmware update (which you can not revert back from) on the original Unit. This, IMO ruined the beautiful sound. I confirmed with Best Buy that you cannot go back to the original firmware once updated, and was advised to return the unit if I was unhappy with it, which I did.

    I then purchased another unit and left it alone, no updates, and it is now my favorite, best sounding bluetooth speaker ever.

    Although some people say the Xtreme2's volume doesn't go loud enough, I believe it's plenty loud, and NEVER distorts even at full volume.

    If I need Louder Volume, I have the Boombox for Ultra Loud Volumes, but It's the Xtreme2 that gives the most true, clear, full sound, and is the most used speaker of my JBL family.

    Feb 22, 2019 16:42
  • Review by Games, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    One of the best speaker I ever had. Is very loud perfect for backyard barbecues or a day in the beach. Overall great product.

    Dec 06, 2020 16:00
  • Review by Phenom101, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Speaker

    Very good speaker and for deal got on sale cant beat.Exceeded my expectations which is hard to do loud and nice bass.Pair with my flip 4 for extra kick lol

    Jan 02, 2021 22:39
  • Review by JennJenn, 10 out of 10
    Great Speaker

    Great buy! Especially at the sale price. Would highly recommend!

    Jan 08, 2021 17:12
  • 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
    Marshall - Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Cream
    Description

    Emberton is a compact portable speaker with the loud and vibrant sound only Marshall can deliver. Emberton utilises True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot. With 20+ hours of playtime, you can enjoy the superior sound of Marshall for hours on end.

    8 Features
  • SUPERIOR SIGNATURE SOUND: Rich, clear and loud, like the artist intended. Emberton utilises True Stereophonic, a unique form of multi-directional sound from Marshall. Experience absolute 360° sound where every spot is a sweet spot.
  • 20+ HOURS OF PORTABLE PLAYTIME: Emberton offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge. Its compact size and rugged durability make it perfect to take with you. Emberton can be quickly charged, with 20 minutes giving it a playtime of 5 hours.
  • ROADWORTHY DESIGN RATED IPX7: Emberton is tough and resilient. With its silicone exterior and solid metal grille, it boasts an extremely durable and easy to use design. Its IPX7 water-resistance rating means you can submerge Emberton in 1 m of water for a period of up to 30 minutes.
  • MULTI-DIRECTIONAL CONTROL KNOB: Emberton is simple and easy to use. Control it with the multi-directional control knob. You can play, pause, skip tracks and adjust the volume of your speaker, as well as turn it on or off.
  • PORTABILITY: Emberton weighs just 0.7 kg and can fit in the palm of your hand, making it the perfect compact speaker to take with you. Its durable silicone exterior and IPX7 water-resistance rating mean this compact portable speaker is in it for the long haul.
  • BLUETOOTH: Emberton comes equipped with Bluetooth technology 5.0 for simple connectivity, exceptional audio quality and wireless music play. Play music from any Bluetooth device with a 10 m range.
  • ICONIC MARSHALL DESIGN: : Emberton combines contemporary technology with iconic Marshall design to deliver hardhitting sound while retaining a classic look. Signature details such as the solid metal grille and iconic Marshall script adorn the front of the speaker, echoing the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll.
  • CREAM: Get on top with Emberton Cream. With unrivalled style, our iconic cream colourway is inspired by the decadent side of rock. The timeless vintage tones of this speaker transport it smoothly from the golden age of rock ’n’ roll right into your hands, looking as good now as it did back then.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MigDigital, 10 out of 10
    Powerful experience the sound

    With classic look but a portable speaker with powerful sound does feel the pure music. It is packed with the basic necessary to go cordless and easy to connect with any devices, and just enough to control of volume and give sense of battery life nicely.

    The hardware feels sturdy, speaker panels covered with metal alike net for both side., the rest part of body covered with rubber alike feeling material that give look of strong lasting to any occasion, and less worrisome if falls or get scrached or wet in the pool.

    For controls, it has on one side battery indicator that gradually shows number of bars as fully charged or how much of it left while playing. The second light is Power on and connected indicator to the opposite side which is next to Power button. In the center the controlling knob to manage volume, pause, play, next and previous functions.

    After having used for a week and half during daily lifestyle, I would describe it as following:

    Connection experience with notebook, tablet, and phone are straight forward as per standard in the market. What remarkable handling of multiple connection simultaneously. Having two or more devices with the speaker, then from each device play its own song for instance, the speaker play it immediately, and repeat as the second device play different song with ease and without having to reconnect etc. which was the case observed from two kids while in different devices OS can alternate what they want to listen each and haven’t done any complain. Hence big plus and tells how flexible and good is the software inside in this sense.

    Another signature can tell is when it connect, disconnect, power on/off does guitar sound.

    From sound perspective considering its purpose, not much to expect, but Marshall seems to have put effort to each part of music play as should be at the best in the given scope. Bass, low and high of voice and note does feel in balance and well. In short great sound in overall for what is, and powerful as increase the volume. For instance, listening Miles Davis’ Autumn Leaves, can hear the trumpet vibrant to the last air while listen the drums from the background, as comes in saxophone with high note. (Played from iPhone 11 Pro with Eq mode Jazz, stored on the phone)

    Listening Andrea Bocellis Nessun Dorma, (Played from iPhone 11 Pro with Eq Voice Booster, stored on the phone), it plays nicely the voice remarkably as it hit high and low.

    Then listening streaming Beats1 session (Played from iPhone 11 Pro with Eq mode Bass Booster), it plays continuously without interruption and retain its sound level through out listening session.

    Battery life, haven’t tracked exactly if it really last 20 hs as the brand claim. But feels it last longer. With full charge, had it played with medium volume for an hour or so, leave for a while and played again, then left for next day to repeat the same. And repeated for four days. And battery life still left 60%. Probably this result is different if it is played at full volume continously.

    Shortcoming:

    1. Some of songs from the device played seems to need to have volume from medium to max to be able to appreciate each part of the composition. Lower to medium feels very low hard to tell.

    2. Connection after stopped playing and left for a while. It need to Power On or Connect again as automatically doesn’t wake up and connect..

    3. Marshall Icon is only in one side of speaker. Considering plays both side, could have same.

    Depending on perspective, following are arguable point as shortcoming or good:

    1. I am not a fan of installing app for every device we get, but absent of equalizer in the hardware itself nor Marshall app to control it and having to rely on each device OS equalizer feels bit odd as have to look for it.

    2. Bit heavy, so having to carry in the backpack among many items, tablet and phone then this speaker going to somewhere to spend the day, add-on wight eels quite heavy. Due to this, even its intend is for mobility, it has its own downside and optimal for certain use case.

    3. Unable to replace battery in long term use as it get depleted hence can’t save the sound from the speaker unless always use plugged.

    For last, aside of price point, in general is good product that represent the brand while bring fun to the music experience.

    Aug 08, 2020 16:58
  • Review by MrShinyCadillackness, 8 out of 10
    Small but mighty!

    As a guitar player I am drawn to Marshall products naturally. Needless to say, when they started making headphones and bluetooth speakers I was very interested. Now that I own several Marshall products ranging from 100 Watt Valve Guitar Heads, to small but mighty bluetooth speakers, I can say without a doubt that this awesome company from the UK does just about everything right. At the same time, I will not claim that all of their products throughout history are perfect, but who’s really are? From Jimi Hendrix to Slash and everywhere in-between, Marshall has a reputation and place in history with music fans of all ages and it shows.

    When you look at a Marshall product it screams iconic and artistic design and this little Emberton speaker is no exception. The first time I unboxed this and held it in my hands I was wowed by the feel and design. It is chunky, but in a good way just like the guitar tones you can get out of their awesome amplifiers. By chunky, what I really mean is that it feels SOLID. The build quality is fantastic. It isn’t slippery. The metal grill and Marshall logo on the front are 100% awesome Marshall vintage style. The size is also perfect IMHO. Small enough to toss in a backpack, suitcase, or purse (well maybe not a clutch) easily.

    The gold multi-directional button on top controls every feature of the speaker except the bluetooth pairing button which blends in with the housing of the speaker nicely so the simple aesthetic can remain. The big gold center button turns on/off power, controls the volume, and skips forward and backward by pushing left/right/up/down. Easy easy. If I had one complaint in the design category, it would be that the left/right/up/down/bluetooth markings are also black and very small, making them difficult to read. That said, once you know what they do and where they are, you won’t be looking at them anyway due to the simple design.

    The sound quality is where the small but mighty comes into play. Having music come from both the front and back creates an immersive music listening experience. The EQ is also just right for just about any type of music. Not too bass heavy, just right. The clarity is there, as all instruments can be heard clearly and I can appreciate that. While it may not be loud enough to fill a rock arena, it is definitely loud enough for most applications that you would use this type of speaker for. That said, I find that if you crank it to 11 (Spinal Tap pun intended) you will get some distortion. If you want to crank it and still have it sound great, I recommend cranking it to 9 (out of 11). To do this, hold the volume up until you hear the four quick guitar harmonics, then tap the volume down twice. You should then have a loud, but distortion free listening experience.

    Being IPX7 rated for moisture is a big bonus for this speaker. While I won’t test mine under water, I will definitely not think twice about taking it out in rainy weather.

    Another great feature is that Marshall gave us a USB-C connection/cable. The fact that it is C type and not the older micro USB is an excellent design choice by the Marshall team in current tech times. I have found that the battery life is also excellent. While it is rated at 20 hours, I have yet to test that theory, because honestly, I haven’t had to. I can say that the battery has lasted me all day without charging which is really all I can ask for.

    All in all, if you are looking for an extremely stylish and compact water resistant speaker, I would highly recommend the Emberton speaker. Marshall makes bluetooth speakers in all sizes, to which I own a few. I am definitely happy with all of them

    PROS

    Iconic Marshall styling is on point!

    Excellent build quality

    Sound is thick and rich at the right volume level

    USB-C charging and cable included

    Great battery life

    IPX7 water resistance

    Simple button layout

    CONS

    Really small text that blends in with the black colorway

    If you crank it to 11, you get the wrong kind of distortion

    Aug 08, 2020 20:46
  • Review by billr920, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Fit

    Totally Love this Blue Tooth Speaker. The build quality is nothing less than what you would come to expect from Marshall. Built like a small tank, will not easily break. The ruberized black finish housing with front and rear metal grille mesh is very stylish. The Gold/Brass multi-control button is a nice touch. Battery life is 20 hours with a full charge, could literally take this to 10 two hour gatherings. Sound is incredible and well balanced for not having a EQ option. It does favor mids and highs moreso than base. I think that is why it is still clear at high volumes. I do like that I can control the volume from my phone obviously because my phone is the feed to the speaker.

    Pros

    Easy to pair

    Battery bar indicator

    Very portable on the go solution

    Quick charge will give you 5 hours

    Will stay put due to its weight and rugged design

    Very good sound quality

    Almost 360 surrond sound

    Can pair to devices simultaneously

    Cons

    No app to control EQ

    Cannot connect to another speaker

    Still Marshall is a trusted brand and takes pride in their products.

    You will not be disappointed.

    Aug 09, 2020 20:14
  • Review by muser1994, 10 out of 10
    Great birthday gift (to myself)!

    Gifted myself this speaker for my birthday and I'm so happy with it. It sounds decent for the size; I never turn the volume above 50%, and it's plenty loud and clear for me at that volume (using the speaker with an iPhone 12 Pro).

    The two 2"-drivers are positioned opposite each other to the right of the Marshall logo, while the passive radiators are to the left. They produce a nice punchy sound; you'd have to listen to it yourself but I can say it's perfect for me in my bedroom. Even outside, it sounds awesome.

    Because one driver and one passive radiator are facing the back, it can get a bit overwhelming if the speaker is placed against a wall; so I try to keep it on a table/desk with enough space to spread out the sound; again, I never push the volume above 50%, and I think beyond that it'll start to adjust the EQ to reduce bass output (which is okay for a speaker this small).

    It feels like it's built like a tank. The rubber on the outside has a nice texture and the buttons are nice and clicky. The grills on the front and back feel very sturdy. I haven't tried bringing the speaker in the shower or out in the rain, but the IPX7 means it can take a good dunk in water; just make sure you fish it out right away!

    The controls are very intuitive; Marshall have a winner with the multi-direction button; press to pause (long press to turn off/on), and press in any direction to control and volume and to go to previous/next track; I love speakers with track seeking controls because sometimes my phone is not at arm's length.

    The battery indicator is also a winning feature; it features 10 small bars, which I'm assuming are 10% per bar, a total of 100%. The lights never turn off while the speaker is in use, but they dim to conserve energy until you press the multi-direction or Bluetooth buttons. Excellent user interface.

    The absence of a microphone is a not a big deal because I never use my Bluetooth speakers for phone calls, but sometimes I like using Siri and it would've been nice to have a microphone.

    Of course, USB-C for charging is perfect. I wish the speaker came with a charging adapter in the box but a regular 5W iPhone adapter works just fine, as well as plugging in to a computer/laptop of course.

    Hopefully I haven't missed anything worth mentioning regarding the Marshall Emberton. It's a great small speaker that looks and sounds fantastic; can't beat the Marshall aesthetic.

    Jun 15, 2021 12:14
  • Review by Jenn, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker!

    Got this for $99.99! Great price for this good quality speaker! The size is not too big! Good for my desk!

    Dec 04, 2020 21:25
  • Review by WebMusic, 10 out of 10
    Marshall Emberton

    The product quality is very good. I hope to connect with bestbuy's business and talk about better prices.

    Mar 21, 2021 23:19
  • Review by krush, 8 out of 10
    Small Package BIG Sound

    The Marshall Emberton Bluetooth speaker definitely packs BIG sound in a small form factor. The speaker is a little bigger than a soda can but don’t let the size fool you. This speaker packs awesome sound! Not only is it aesthetically pleasing with the excellent design and premium materials, the sound is excellent. The bass is pretty much perfect for such a small unit and the highs and mids are crisp and clear even at high volume. I don’t hear much distortion when played at high volume. This is by far the best sounding speaker of its size I have heard so far.

    I really like the design with the center button mimicking a gaming controller joystick almost. Very neat design. I love that it also has the battery indicator right on top so all you have to do is glance over to see how much juice you have left. The pairing button is also conveniently located to the left of the main “joystick control”. This makes the device very simple to control. It paired right up to my phone following the instructions provided. I have had no pairing or Bluetooth audio issues whatsoever.

    The reason for the docking of 1 star is solely based on the charging port. The cable that came with the unit fits quite loosely in the port. I was pretty surprised given it’s a new USB-C design. I thought it may have just been the cable so I tried a few other usb-c cables with the same result. I feel over time this could really become an issue. If you can’t charge the device, you cant use it, so a snug fitting charging port, I feel is essential. Only time will tell if the port gets weaker and even looser.

    All in all this is an excellent unit and Im very pleased with the quality of the sound and the size of the unit. It is my new go to speaker of its size. Very well don’t Marshall!

    Aug 03, 2020 12:12
  • Review by RPKOperator, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding portable bluetooth speaker value

    Just picked up this outstanding bluetooth speaker. I received a JBL bluetooth speaker with similar dimensions and price as a gift--late in 2020, and found the JBL lacking in music presence and frequency range. The Marshall far outperforms the JBL in every way--especially in sound quality where realistic bass and sound field emanate from this tiny package. I use the bluetooth speaker for my iPhone music while barbell training in my garage (25-ft x 35-ft x 12-ft). I have a limited work bench space to set up a speaker system, and the 3-in x 3-in x 6-in dimension is perfect for setting up just about anywhere on my crowded tool chest/bench, and I can stow it away in one of my tool bench drawers when I'm not using the speaker. The overall build-quality is superb. You can feel the difference over the JBL--the Marshall weighs 1.5 lb--a dense package indeed. The speaker fires from both sides of its 6-inch long dimension. I've tried various positions, and the speaker sounds best set up on a bench or counter, standing on its 3-inch short dimension with the control knob facing the listener. The sound field emanates from the left and right sides of the 6-inch dimension for a larger sound scape. The speaker doesn't sound as optimal sitting on its long dimension with the Marshall logo facing you--the sound is "smaller". The rubber coating all around the speaker, and the sturdy speaker grills make it ideal for a portable garage space speaker since it might get tossed around or dropped from its location into a pail of mop water (the speaker is water proof). I typically control the volume through my iPhone, but you can control the sound directly from the speaker control knob. The power jack is tricky--as it appears to have no specific orientation--but it only connects one way--so don't force it into the female end on the speaker--insert the jack gently to see--and if you encounter resistance--rotate the jack 180-degrees, and insert. The opposite end is a typical male-end USB jack for connecting to a charging station or another computer. I bought mine on sale for $129 + sales tax. The JBL had a similar retail value ($100). The Marshall is the no-brainer choice. It must be popular, because I bought the last one my local Best Buy had in stock. Enjoy yours today.

    Jan 10, 2021 16:31
  • 9.4score
    Ultimate Ears - BOOM 3 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Waterproof/Dustproof Design - Night Black
    Description

    Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a super-portable wireless speaker built for adventure. It rocks balanced 360° sound, deep bass, and is seriously waterproof, drop proof. Plus, BOOM 3 features the all-new Magic Button, for one-touch music controls. And it’s wrapped in a stunning, two-tone, high-performance fabric. The ultimate go-anywhere speaker.

    8 Features
  • Immersive 360° sound: BOOM 3 delivers loud and immersive 360° sound with deep and accurate bass, all carefully balanced so you can hear every note.
  • Magic button: The all-new Magic Button on BOOM 3 allows you to play, pause and skip tracks directly on the speaker. Just push for convenient control of any streaming music.
  • Waterproof and dustproof: BOOM 3 is completely waterproof and floats. Boasting an insane IP67 water and dustproof rating, it can be totally submerged in water for up to 30-minutes.
  • Durability: BOOM 3 is virtually indestructible. It’s passed more than 25 seriously tough durability tests, including thousands of button pushes, 100s of tumbles, multiple drop tests, and more.
  • Power up: Charge BOOM 3 wirelessly with POWER UP charging dock–sold separately–so you can grab-and-go, fully charged, to your next musical adventure.
  • Party up: Use PartyUp on the Ultimate Ears app to pair 2, 3, 4...and over 150 speakers for the ultimate sound experience. You can pair any generation of BOOM and MEGABOOM together.
  • Up to 15 hr battery life: BOOM 3 runs on the same battery cell technology as some of the most crave-worthy electric cars. BOOM 3 will stay powered and pumping tunes for up to 15 hours.*
  • Fabric: BOOM 3 is covered in a two-tone fabric that’s tough and beautiful. Engineered for extreme performance and colored two ways, it comes to life in a range of drool-worthy iridescent themes.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Zaid, 10 out of 10
    Ultimate, ulitmate ears!

    This is my first UE speaker but I liked it so mucccccch! Qulaity of material used in it is super high, soft fabric all around the speaker gives a good grip. Cobtrols are accessible + & - workes pretty nice and by pressing both + & - you can check battery percentage and also you can check through Boom app on IOS and Android smartphobes. 3 buttons on top of the speaker, middle one is to easily sync playslist and play, pause and 2 presses to skip track and one side for power and other one for BT. Boom 3 promises to deliver 360 sound which very obvious when music is playing. Water proof and has floats when being sinking. Sound qulaity is as excellent as others out there in the market “high end speakers” ipI played classical, pop and alternative rock and it got impressed!

    Sep 14, 2018 20:55
  • Review by Danno, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Speaker!

    It’s very pleasing to see many of the reviews fit with how I feel about this speaker. My initial thoughts were positive. The feel is sturdy, durable and feels heavy duty. The speaker has an excellent sound out of the box and was very easy to connect to my phone. In no time I was listening to some of my favorite songs.

    Likes:

    Great sound!

    Great battery life (15+ hours)

    Connectivity is about 100 feet

    Downloadable app

    Can pair up to 4 devices

    Durable

    Feel

    Color options

    Long USB charging cord

    Overall, these speakers are perfect on the go. I like the positioning of the volume control (plus/minus). Those symbols are placed cleverly. I’ve taken them hiking and also to the beach and they held up great at both locations. If you’re looking to get an amazing portable speaker with excellent sound, then these are for you.

    This is easily my favorite portable speaker I have. I highly recommend!

    Sep 25, 2018 23:20
  • Review by EKear1, 10 out of 10
    everything I thought it would be!

    I like this speaker because it is small and tall to fit in my small NYC apt. Easy to use and understand.

    Aug 24, 2019 10:49
  • Review by cjviscito, 8 out of 10
    Excellent Speaker - Love this Thing!

    First and foremost, I love this speaker!

    Logitech's new line of Ultimate Ears doesn't disappoint. I've tried several bluetooth speakers that are waterproof, but this one is only the second one I've found that combines waterproofing design with awesome, fully realized sound.

    Right out of the box, the BOOM 3 is about the same size as my Echo Tap - maybe slightly bigger. Like the Echo Tap, the BOOM 3 can be charged by the supplied micro-USB cable or, as an extra purchase, Logitech's charging puck base. I held off on buying the charging base until I was sure that this speaker would be a keeper, but now it looks like it'll have to get added to my shopping list.

    In terms of design, there's a micro-USB charging port on the back, and the top has 2 buttons: The power button and the magic button. Admittedly, I thought the magic button was more of a gimmick than feature, but I've come to love using it. A quick press pauses and plays, a double-tap skips to the next song in your queue, and a long hold will move to the next playlist. I'll get to that last part below in the companion app part.

    The setup was quick and painless - and while I usually complain about having to download companion apps (because they tend to be bloatware), the Logitech BOOM app has something that I sorely missed in other speakers: a customizable equalizer!

    Part of the setup process included adding up to 4 playlists to the BOOM's quick play feature. Using the magic button, you can long-press and skip from playlist to playlist. Just to be clear - this isn't storing music on the speaker itself, there's not a hard drive or anything. It's playing the music from your paired phone.

    In terms of battery, I've used this thing for several days at an hour or two at a time and haven't worn it down. I decided to give this thing a test and use it in the shower and it blew me away! Using the equalizer option for "enclosed space", I can jam out in the shower to my kind of music without making the entire house listen in as well.

    Make no mistake - this thing easily kicks out the noise! You crank it up high enough and it'll get plenty loud.

    The only reason I rated this item as 4 stars was due to the lack of an Aux input - not a huge deal breaker, but would've certainly made this thing a home run in my book.

    The BOOM is priced around $150 - which is in line with more full-feature devices, like the ones from Sony. It's definitely not the cheapest speaker out there, but I've come to expect a certain level of quality from Logitech and the BOOM 3 is another solid product.

    Sep 27, 2018 07:20
  • Review by SimpleLiving, 10 out of 10
    Good portable

    My kids love this new speaker. It has incredible sound with deep bass good for listening to any music. Very easy to connect to any Bluetooth. We did not encounter any issue. It is excellent that this speaker is waterproof since my teens will be using it a lot. I don’t plan to use this speaker near a pool, but sometimes it gets used in the bathroom where water or liquids may splash.

    The speaker has a hard casing but with a coat of rubber-like material with will help in getting a firm grip on the device when transporting. The size and weight are perfect to carry around. The battery life is excellent and will last for hours before needing a recharge.

    To conclude, my entire house loves this new speaker, and I would recommend it because of its excellent sound, this to any home.

    Sep 20, 2018 22:46
  • Review by Ponskippa, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Rugged Outdoor Speaker

    This is the first rugged water resistant speaker i've ever actually had the guts to fully submerge in water. The box doesn't state how deep you can take it, but it does say that it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes. I let it take a plunge in about 3 feet of water and it floats! The sound is affected by the water obviously, it becomes muddy and the volume lowers when in water but most importantly it survived the dive and works fine after getting soaked. I wouldn't recommend charging it until it completely dries out just to be safe. The audio quality of the speaker is about as good as it gets for something small and portable. I really am amazed at how loud it gets and is water proof. It is kind of cool to watch the water literally shoot out of the speaker grill lol. Out of the box, I find that it doesn't have deep bass but if you connect it to the UE app on your phone or tablet, you can use different presets to get more bass and tweak the mids and treble. The app also helps you pair the speaker with other UE speakers and even lets your friends control the music with it. The app does have some pretty cool features. With some tweaking the speaker sounds pretty good even at high volumes. My only complaint with the speaker is that there seems to be a "dead zone" on the speaker. The whole can isn't one large speaker, It does seem to have a "360" sound but id say that only about 75-80% of the whole can projects audio. the bottom portion of the speaker does not produce sound. I assume its because the speaker is meant to be stood upright so in most situations you will not notice it. I only noticed it because i picked it up to put it on a stand that was above shoulder height. All in All, this is one of my favorite speakers I've used and I can recommend this to someone who likes to have a speaker while doing anything outdoors. Whether it be on your bike, while camping, swimming, or chilling at the beach. It is super rugged and I think will be able to tag along with you at just about any outdoor activity

    Sep 18, 2018 16:53
  • Review by VilleMa, 2 out of 10
    Misleading

    I must be missing where it says this speaker is only compatible with Apple products. Compatibility is listed as universal on Best Buy's page yet speaker arrived with "made for iPhone iPad" on the box.

    Aug 29, 2020 21:03
  • Review by MIXMASTERICE, 8 out of 10
    Good speaker to take on the go.

    The Boom 3 is perfect for taking camping, to the pool or on a bike ride. It will fit very well in the water bottle slot on most bicycles. It's waterproof and if you happen to drop it in the pool or the lake it will float. It's a good on the go speaker.

    The Boom 3 can be controlled through the UE app, which will have to be updated for the Boom 3. Out of the box the Boom 3's treble is dull and lifeless. The app does have some EQ settings and a custom option, but it doesn't seem to want to stay on the custom EQ if you use it. I found it better to use a dedicated EQ app on my phone. With EQ enabled, the treble (highs) were much clearer and enjoyable. You can set up playlists and control that from the magic button on the speaker.

    The speaker itself is covered in a hard fabric covering, similar to the JBL Flip 4 and some of their other speakers. Has a loop to attach a carabiner, not included. Bottom of the speaker is a connector for charging from a docking style base plate, also not included. Boom 3 did move the micro-USB charging port from the bottom to the side, which is an improvement. No power brick included with this speaker, just a charging cable.

    Overall, this is a solid speaker. It's slightly larger than my JBL Flip4 and plays a little louder and with a little more bass capability than the Flip 4. $150 is pretty pricey, IMO, but you do get a solid, rugged speaker with solid battery life, good output and sound quality when properly EQ'd.

    Sep 17, 2018 15:46
  • 9.4score
    Sony - SRS-XB12 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gray
    Description

    Start a party anywhere with this Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker. Powerful drivers and EXTRA BASS technology deliver loud, accurate audio, while up to 16 hours of battery life keeps the party going all day. This Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker fits easily in bags and has a waterproof chassis for streaming music by the pool.

    10 Features
  • Bluetooth speaker with Extra Bass: Enhance low-end tones, giving bass a boost.
  • Waterproof and dustproof: IP67 design allows the speaker to withstand being in and around water or your dusty surface.¹
  • Speaker add: Connect two speakers wirelessly for stereo sound.
  • Small and light design: With the included detachable strap, you can hang or carry it anywhere .
  • 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 16 hours of extended playback on a single charge.²
  • Pick it up and play: With the lightweight, portable design.
  • Built-in microphone: Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
  • Plays digital music files: Including AAC and SBC.
  • Auxiliary audio input: Allows simple wired connectivity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Trobadour, 10 out of 10
    Waterproof, Loud, and Portable

    ---SETUP---

    The setup of Sony’s XB12 speaker is fast and easy. Upon turning it on, it begins seaking for a device to connect to. I was able to connect it to my iPhone and my PC with no issues.

    ---FEATURES---

    The key feature of this speaker is that is can produce great bass in such a compact size. Additionally, it boasts 16 hours of battery after a 4 and a half hour charge. It is also rated IP67, which means it’s waterproof for up to a meter of water in depth for up to 30 minutes. A second XB12 speaker can be connected for left and right audio, perfect for movies.

    ---PERFORMANCE---

    The performance of this speaker is impressive. I used it to listen to all types of music and was always astonished at the bass sounds for such a small device. Next, I popped open Netflix and watched several shows and movies that I knew had action sequences and explosions. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with theatre-like sound. Since I don’t have a second XB12, I wasn’t able to test the feature of connecting a second one so that it can produce left and right sounds separately, but one speaker was impressive enough.

    ---EXPECTATIONS---

    The product surpassed my expectations. I am looking forward to making this speaker my new travel speaker, as the included strap makes it easy to hang from my backpack. It’s IP67 rating will keep me at ease from the outside elements and the sound will keep me immersed in the entertainment I listen to.

    ---VALUE---

    The price for the speaker in terms of value is great, especially if your interested in buying two so that you can use the left/right wireless connection feature.

    ---APPROVAL---

    I highly recommend this product for people who travel often and like a sound louder than their phone can produce. Gamers with gaming laptops would love this as well, as the little speaker will keep you immersed and probably last longer than your gaming laptop in terms of battery power, so you’ll get some multiple gaming sessions out of it.

    Apr 14, 2019 23:46
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Super Portable Speaker

    The Sony SRS-XB12 is smallest of the new Extra Bass Bluetooth connected speakers released this year. The XB12 replaces the outgoing XB10. The overall design remains very similar, and you would have a hard time telling the two apart side by side. The only outward difference is the strap. The XB10 had a silicon ring loop for a strap that doubled as a nifty little kickstand for stability on its side. The XB12 comes with a fabric strap that can be unbuttoned to loop through/around anything. Inside the differences are subtle. The XB12 loses NFC for fast pairing but gains an IP67 dust/water immersion rating (XB10 was IPX5 for splashing water).

    Design

    The XB12 (like the XB10) is a compact, single driver Bluetooth speaker. Sound is provided via a single 1.81” active driver facing upwards, while the extra bass is provided by the passive radiator at the bottom. The 4 cutouts around the bottom are the openings/vents for the sound coming out of the passive radiator. The charging port (Micro-USB), 3.5mm audio-in jack, and reset button are located behind the rubber gasket-like cover. The cover needs to remain closed for the XB12 to have its IP67 rating. The battery life remains unchanged from the XB10 and stays at 16hr.

    All controls are in one long strip. Power and pairing share the same button. The play/pause button is also multifunctional. 1 press for play, 1 again to pause, 2 presses to skip forward, and 3 to skip backwards. Its also used for answering any incoming calls with 1 press (another to hang up). The microphone for phone calls is also located on the backside, at the opposite end of the power button. The Add button allows you to pair another XB12* in a L/R mode for stereo listening. *Per all literature I have seen it has to be another XB12, and not an XB10.

    The entire unit fits easily in the hand, and has the diameter of an aluminum drink can, but about 1.5” shorter. That means this speaker easily fits into a cupholder, like that on fold out patio chair. The small size makes it very portable, and easy to bring along in a bookbag, purse, or whatever. I go on camping and backpacking trips, and this easily fits into the mesh drink pouches on my pack, or I can loop it along the side with the speaker’s strap. I can also hang the speaker from the canopy of my tent for some music (or white-noise) to fall asleep to. The little blue power LED is small enough that it won’t annoy you if you fall asleep with it on. I’ve brought it along at work to play in my lab. My laptop speakers just don’t cut it, but the XB12 did a nice job sending good volume through my 1200sqft lab space.

    Sound

    Sound out of the XB12 is pretty good for such a small speaker. I had it cranked to its loudest and I never heard it clip or distort. Sony has done of good job of setting that max volume limit. As far as bass goes, not bad. It’s nice, punchy, and can keep up with a fast beat. You won’t get any deep rumbling bass out of this speaker, but that’s just never going to happen in such a small package. I listened to a decent variety of music, and it to handled everything pretty well. Really, any music that benefits from good punchy bass seemed to play well on the XB12. I had a couple of Hip-Hop/Rap songs with deep/rumbly bass throughout – those didn’t sound as good as I know they can sound. The XB12 just can’t push a long, continuous rumble and come off a little flat. Aside from these limited cases the speaker sounded great, so I can’t complain.

    Other Areas

    The Bluetooth connectivity works well. Reported range is 32.81ft – I can confirm that it works at least that far, and maybe a touch further. I had to get more than 40ft in my lab a few times before I heard it cut in and out. I didn’t have any issues with connectivity over 10+ hours of use.

    The strap, at first, is very difficult to undo. The eyelet to pass the button through needs to stretch out a bit after a few uses, and then its not too bad. I certainly wouldn’t want it to be too easy to undo or else I would worry about it popping free unintentionally.

    The outer coating is a silicon rubber material. Mine is black. It cleans up pretty easily (soapy paper towel for me) and should hold up well over time.

    I’m not sure if the speaker automatically shuts itself off after a period of inactivity or not. I would think it would to save battery, but I don’t know for sure.

    I connected the speaker to one of my Google Home Mini’s so my kids could play music and have better sound quality. They liked that they could carry and dance around with the speaker.

    Overall

    This actually isn’t my first Sony Bluetooth speaker – that goes to my old SRS-X33. I loved that speaker, but it was lost on a camping trip last year (sad). I was happy to see the XB12 come around, so I wanted to give it a shot. Turns out I like this little speaker. It’s sound isn’t as good as the X33, but it’s much more portable and has 4 more hours of battery life. Turns out I just want good quality sound in a package that is easy to transport, and easy to use. The XB12 does that and does it well. I trust Sony to make a good quality product (like my old X33), and it helps that its an evolution of the time tested little XB10.

    Apr 21, 2019 22:51
  • Review by Chuck, 8 out of 10
    Small with good sound, lacking in volume

    This speaker from Sony is stylish and small. It's small enough to take anywhere you want, and gives close to the the promised 16 hrs of run time. The speaker is about the size of a half-height can of soda, so it's easy to grab and throw in a bag or just carry by hand (or by wrist using the strap). The body is coated with a rubberized coating and the controls are well separated and easy to find, even without looking. Like some of the other Sony speakers, this speaker allows you to add an additional speaker to either broadcast the same signal or to create stereo sound; the only down side is that it has to be the same model. The sound from the speaker is good; music is reproduced without sounding tinny, and the Extra Bass is quite evident. Although the sound is good, I found the volume to be a little disappointing. The speaker will easily fill a relatively quiet room with whatever you want, but I found I had to max out the volume on the speaker and run the volume of my phone almost to max if there was any competing noise (eg. mower outside, vacuum in adjacent room), and at that volume, the bass began to distort.

    All in all, I like the speaker. In my opinion, it's size, convenience, and overall sound make up for the lack of volume.

    Apr 22, 2019 01:40
  • Review by PatN, 10 out of 10
    Great!

    Cute, connected right away to my iPad and phone. Small so takes up minimal space, love. Thanks

    Jan 15, 2021 16:53
  • Review by allib, 10 out of 10
    Long time fans of Sony portable speakers

    Over the years we have owned various sizes of Sony's portable speakers and have never been disappointed. The quality is outstanding in terms of how they are constructed and how they sound. This Sony SRS-SB12 is no different.

    The speaker comes with a graphical, easy to use instruction sheet to show users how to charge the speaker and pair it with your phone for use. Initial charging takes about 4 1/2 hours, then power on the speaker, hit the pairing button and select the SRS-XB12 from the list of Bluetooth devices available on your phone.

    This compact speaker that is about the size of a can of tomato sauce is perfect for taking in golf carts, strapping to gym or beach bags or anywhere one is on the go. No worries either since it is totally waterproof and dustproof. It comes with a handy, detachable strap for hanging on bags, trees, you name it. All great features, but what matters most is the sound and this compact speaker does not disappoint. Given the size of this speaker I think it is just astounding how rich the sound is that it puts out. As with other Sony portable speakers that we own which features EXTRA BASS, this one does not disappoint in the bass department and the 16 hour battery life is more than adequate.

    I'd highly recommend the Sony SRS-XB12 if you're looking for a quality, portable speaker.

    Apr 12, 2019 15:00
  • Review by lvvilla, 6 out of 10
    Love this speaker

    Love this speaker! But I'm upset that it has barely been a month and the rubber is lifting. I would exchange for a new one but I threw the receipt and the packaging away.

    Nov 21, 2020 14:59
  • Review by JerryZ, 10 out of 10
    Enjoy the DEEP BASS in a small handheld SONY speak

    Enjoy the DEEP BASS from a speaker the size of a can of soda!

    I placed the SONY SRS-XB12 on my table , synced up the Bluetooth, and started streaming my favorite audio. After a while I forgot I was hearing music from a portable, not my home stereo.

    The XB12's built-in bass ports reminded me of a speaker I once owned that had an open port on the bottom for the same reason. This makes the difference in just okay audio and truer bass.

    The sound is really amazing. The size and weight perfect for carrying to the beach or pool. I hung it from my cabinet drawer pull in the garage while listening to my audio book. The audio voice came through natural and clear. I didn't need to worry about the sawdust or being outside as it is dust and water resistant.

    The on/off button is a simple push, and instant pairing to my Bluetooth cell or tablet. The volume up and down buttons worked great too. From the XB2's specs the battery life should easily last a day or two. I may get a second speaker as it supports linked stereo.

    Apr 14, 2019 19:53
  • Review by msumulong, 6 out of 10
    Ok speaker but consider other options

    The Sony XB12 is the successor to the hugely popular XB10. That said, should you give it a go or stick to the older XB10?

    Both speakers have essentially the same design which are half-sized can speakers with two relatively minor design changes. First would be the control panel. The XB12 has pronounced controls for power, volume, pause and add speaker unlike the XB10 which is a plus for me. Second, the XB12 now has a strap instead of a loop with a ring wherein the ring can be used as a directional stand. For some, this may be something to consider.

    Performance wise, both have a battery life of 16 hours. As of this writing, I have still have not tested this but I already used the XB12 for 8 hours and so far so good. And unlike bigger Sony speakers, volume seems not to be lessened after a few hours to save on battery life. One thing to note is that as per the manual, charging the unit is at 4 ½ hours. Also, the XB12 has an IPX67 rating whereas the XB10 has an IPX5 rating which is a definite plus.

    Pairing of the speaker was a breeze and my test unit was ready to go. Upon initial playback, I wasn’t really impressed with the sound especially the bass though I expect speakers of this size don’t really have much bass at all. However, things changed after I continuously ran the speaker the whole day and audio from this unit became much better. (Note that most if not all speakers require a burn-in period. This is no exception.) The mids and highs were clear and there is a noticeable improvement in bass. I’ve tried various music genres ranging from jazz, new age, classic & soft rock, 80 synthpop, reggae and hiphop. All save for hip hop gave good response. (But really you need more powerful bass for hip hop.) New age, jazz and soft rock on the other hand showed the clarity that this speaker can handle.

    Like most Sony speakers, the XB12 is a straightforward Bluetooth speaker using version 4.2. There are no apps included and this may also be a dealbreaker for some. But what may seem dealbreaker for me is the lack of NFC in the XB12. The XB10 has NFC. And though some may argue that few use NFC at all, it is an indication that Sony scrimped on this one.

    While there is still much to like in the XB12, the XB10 is still a more feasible option given the fact that its price is going down due to the entry of the XB12. And if you add a few dollars more, you can get two XB10s and pair them together giving you a much wider range of sound making the XB10 truly the better option IMHO.

    Apr 11, 2019 12:13
  • 9.4score
    Sony - SRS-XB12 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gray
    Description

    Start a party anywhere with this Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker. Powerful drivers and EXTRA BASS technology deliver loud, accurate audio, while up to 16 hours of battery life keeps the party going all day. This Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker fits easily in bags and has a waterproof chassis for streaming music by the pool.

    10 Features
  • Bluetooth speaker with Extra Bass: Enhance low-end tones, giving bass a boost.
  • Waterproof and dustproof: IP67 design allows the speaker to withstand being in and around water or your dusty surface.¹
  • Speaker add: Connect two speakers wirelessly for stereo sound.
  • Small and light design: With the included detachable strap, you can hang or carry it anywhere .
  • 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 16 hours of extended playback on a single charge.²
  • Pick it up and play: With the lightweight, portable design.
  • Built-in microphone: Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
  • Plays digital music files: Including AAC and SBC.
  • Auxiliary audio input: Allows simple wired connectivity.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Trobadour, 10 out of 10
    Waterproof, Loud, and Portable

    ---SETUP---

    The setup of Sony’s XB12 speaker is fast and easy. Upon turning it on, it begins seaking for a device to connect to. I was able to connect it to my iPhone and my PC with no issues.

    ---FEATURES---

    The key feature of this speaker is that is can produce great bass in such a compact size. Additionally, it boasts 16 hours of battery after a 4 and a half hour charge. It is also rated IP67, which means it’s waterproof for up to a meter of water in depth for up to 30 minutes. A second XB12 speaker can be connected for left and right audio, perfect for movies.

    ---PERFORMANCE---

    The performance of this speaker is impressive. I used it to listen to all types of music and was always astonished at the bass sounds for such a small device. Next, I popped open Netflix and watched several shows and movies that I knew had action sequences and explosions. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with theatre-like sound. Since I don’t have a second XB12, I wasn’t able to test the feature of connecting a second one so that it can produce left and right sounds separately, but one speaker was impressive enough.

    ---EXPECTATIONS---

    The product surpassed my expectations. I am looking forward to making this speaker my new travel speaker, as the included strap makes it easy to hang from my backpack. It’s IP67 rating will keep me at ease from the outside elements and the sound will keep me immersed in the entertainment I listen to.

    ---VALUE---

    The price for the speaker in terms of value is great, especially if your interested in buying two so that you can use the left/right wireless connection feature.

    ---APPROVAL---

    I highly recommend this product for people who travel often and like a sound louder than their phone can produce. Gamers with gaming laptops would love this as well, as the little speaker will keep you immersed and probably last longer than your gaming laptop in terms of battery power, so you’ll get some multiple gaming sessions out of it.

    Apr 14, 2019 23:46
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Super Portable Speaker

    The Sony SRS-XB12 is smallest of the new Extra Bass Bluetooth connected speakers released this year. The XB12 replaces the outgoing XB10. The overall design remains very similar, and you would have a hard time telling the two apart side by side. The only outward difference is the strap. The XB10 had a silicon ring loop for a strap that doubled as a nifty little kickstand for stability on its side. The XB12 comes with a fabric strap that can be unbuttoned to loop through/around anything. Inside the differences are subtle. The XB12 loses NFC for fast pairing but gains an IP67 dust/water immersion rating (XB10 was IPX5 for splashing water).

    Design

    The XB12 (like the XB10) is a compact, single driver Bluetooth speaker. Sound is provided via a single 1.81” active driver facing upwards, while the extra bass is provided by the passive radiator at the bottom. The 4 cutouts around the bottom are the openings/vents for the sound coming out of the passive radiator. The charging port (Micro-USB), 3.5mm audio-in jack, and reset button are located behind the rubber gasket-like cover. The cover needs to remain closed for the XB12 to have its IP67 rating. The battery life remains unchanged from the XB10 and stays at 16hr.

    All controls are in one long strip. Power and pairing share the same button. The play/pause button is also multifunctional. 1 press for play, 1 again to pause, 2 presses to skip forward, and 3 to skip backwards. Its also used for answering any incoming calls with 1 press (another to hang up). The microphone for phone calls is also located on the backside, at the opposite end of the power button. The Add button allows you to pair another XB12* in a L/R mode for stereo listening. *Per all literature I have seen it has to be another XB12, and not an XB10.

    The entire unit fits easily in the hand, and has the diameter of an aluminum drink can, but about 1.5” shorter. That means this speaker easily fits into a cupholder, like that on fold out patio chair. The small size makes it very portable, and easy to bring along in a bookbag, purse, or whatever. I go on camping and backpacking trips, and this easily fits into the mesh drink pouches on my pack, or I can loop it along the side with the speaker’s strap. I can also hang the speaker from the canopy of my tent for some music (or white-noise) to fall asleep to. The little blue power LED is small enough that it won’t annoy you if you fall asleep with it on. I’ve brought it along at work to play in my lab. My laptop speakers just don’t cut it, but the XB12 did a nice job sending good volume through my 1200sqft lab space.

    Sound

    Sound out of the XB12 is pretty good for such a small speaker. I had it cranked to its loudest and I never heard it clip or distort. Sony has done of good job of setting that max volume limit. As far as bass goes, not bad. It’s nice, punchy, and can keep up with a fast beat. You won’t get any deep rumbling bass out of this speaker, but that’s just never going to happen in such a small package. I listened to a decent variety of music, and it to handled everything pretty well. Really, any music that benefits from good punchy bass seemed to play well on the XB12. I had a couple of Hip-Hop/Rap songs with deep/rumbly bass throughout – those didn’t sound as good as I know they can sound. The XB12 just can’t push a long, continuous rumble and come off a little flat. Aside from these limited cases the speaker sounded great, so I can’t complain.

    Other Areas

    The Bluetooth connectivity works well. Reported range is 32.81ft – I can confirm that it works at least that far, and maybe a touch further. I had to get more than 40ft in my lab a few times before I heard it cut in and out. I didn’t have any issues with connectivity over 10+ hours of use.

    The strap, at first, is very difficult to undo. The eyelet to pass the button through needs to stretch out a bit after a few uses, and then its not too bad. I certainly wouldn’t want it to be too easy to undo or else I would worry about it popping free unintentionally.

    The outer coating is a silicon rubber material. Mine is black. It cleans up pretty easily (soapy paper towel for me) and should hold up well over time.

    I’m not sure if the speaker automatically shuts itself off after a period of inactivity or not. I would think it would to save battery, but I don’t know for sure.

    I connected the speaker to one of my Google Home Mini’s so my kids could play music and have better sound quality. They liked that they could carry and dance around with the speaker.

    Overall

    This actually isn’t my first Sony Bluetooth speaker – that goes to my old SRS-X33. I loved that speaker, but it was lost on a camping trip last year (sad). I was happy to see the XB12 come around, so I wanted to give it a shot. Turns out I like this little speaker. It’s sound isn’t as good as the X33, but it’s much more portable and has 4 more hours of battery life. Turns out I just want good quality sound in a package that is easy to transport, and easy to use. The XB12 does that and does it well. I trust Sony to make a good quality product (like my old X33), and it helps that its an evolution of the time tested little XB10.

    Apr 21, 2019 22:51
  • Review by Chuck, 8 out of 10
    Small with good sound, lacking in volume

    This speaker from Sony is stylish and small. It's small enough to take anywhere you want, and gives close to the the promised 16 hrs of run time. The speaker is about the size of a half-height can of soda, so it's easy to grab and throw in a bag or just carry by hand (or by wrist using the strap). The body is coated with a rubberized coating and the controls are well separated and easy to find, even without looking. Like some of the other Sony speakers, this speaker allows you to add an additional speaker to either broadcast the same signal or to create stereo sound; the only down side is that it has to be the same model. The sound from the speaker is good; music is reproduced without sounding tinny, and the Extra Bass is quite evident. Although the sound is good, I found the volume to be a little disappointing. The speaker will easily fill a relatively quiet room with whatever you want, but I found I had to max out the volume on the speaker and run the volume of my phone almost to max if there was any competing noise (eg. mower outside, vacuum in adjacent room), and at that volume, the bass began to distort.

    All in all, I like the speaker. In my opinion, it's size, convenience, and overall sound make up for the lack of volume.

    Apr 22, 2019 01:40
  • Review by PatN, 10 out of 10
    Great!

    Cute, connected right away to my iPad and phone. Small so takes up minimal space, love. Thanks

    Jan 15, 2021 16:53
  • Review by allib, 10 out of 10
    Long time fans of Sony portable speakers

    Over the years we have owned various sizes of Sony's portable speakers and have never been disappointed. The quality is outstanding in terms of how they are constructed and how they sound. This Sony SRS-SB12 is no different.

    The speaker comes with a graphical, easy to use instruction sheet to show users how to charge the speaker and pair it with your phone for use. Initial charging takes about 4 1/2 hours, then power on the speaker, hit the pairing button and select the SRS-XB12 from the list of Bluetooth devices available on your phone.

    This compact speaker that is about the size of a can of tomato sauce is perfect for taking in golf carts, strapping to gym or beach bags or anywhere one is on the go. No worries either since it is totally waterproof and dustproof. It comes with a handy, detachable strap for hanging on bags, trees, you name it. All great features, but what matters most is the sound and this compact speaker does not disappoint. Given the size of this speaker I think it is just astounding how rich the sound is that it puts out. As with other Sony portable speakers that we own which features EXTRA BASS, this one does not disappoint in the bass department and the 16 hour battery life is more than adequate.

    I'd highly recommend the Sony SRS-XB12 if you're looking for a quality, portable speaker.

    Apr 12, 2019 15:00
  • Review by lvvilla, 6 out of 10
    Love this speaker

    Love this speaker! But I'm upset that it has barely been a month and the rubber is lifting. I would exchange for a new one but I threw the receipt and the packaging away.

    Nov 21, 2020 14:59
  • Review by JerryZ, 10 out of 10
    Enjoy the DEEP BASS in a small handheld SONY speak

    Enjoy the DEEP BASS from a speaker the size of a can of soda!

    I placed the SONY SRS-XB12 on my table , synced up the Bluetooth, and started streaming my favorite audio. After a while I forgot I was hearing music from a portable, not my home stereo.

    The XB12's built-in bass ports reminded me of a speaker I once owned that had an open port on the bottom for the same reason. This makes the difference in just okay audio and truer bass.

    The sound is really amazing. The size and weight perfect for carrying to the beach or pool. I hung it from my cabinet drawer pull in the garage while listening to my audio book. The audio voice came through natural and clear. I didn't need to worry about the sawdust or being outside as it is dust and water resistant.

    The on/off button is a simple push, and instant pairing to my Bluetooth cell or tablet. The volume up and down buttons worked great too. From the XB2's specs the battery life should easily last a day or two. I may get a second speaker as it supports linked stereo.

    Apr 14, 2019 19:53
  • Review by msumulong, 6 out of 10
    Ok speaker but consider other options

    The Sony XB12 is the successor to the hugely popular XB10. That said, should you give it a go or stick to the older XB10?

    Both speakers have essentially the same design which are half-sized can speakers with two relatively minor design changes. First would be the control panel. The XB12 has pronounced controls for power, volume, pause and add speaker unlike the XB10 which is a plus for me. Second, the XB12 now has a strap instead of a loop with a ring wherein the ring can be used as a directional stand. For some, this may be something to consider.

    Performance wise, both have a battery life of 16 hours. As of this writing, I have still have not tested this but I already used the XB12 for 8 hours and so far so good. And unlike bigger Sony speakers, volume seems not to be lessened after a few hours to save on battery life. One thing to note is that as per the manual, charging the unit is at 4 ½ hours. Also, the XB12 has an IPX67 rating whereas the XB10 has an IPX5 rating which is a definite plus.

    Pairing of the speaker was a breeze and my test unit was ready to go. Upon initial playback, I wasn’t really impressed with the sound especially the bass though I expect speakers of this size don’t really have much bass at all. However, things changed after I continuously ran the speaker the whole day and audio from this unit became much better. (Note that most if not all speakers require a burn-in period. This is no exception.) The mids and highs were clear and there is a noticeable improvement in bass. I’ve tried various music genres ranging from jazz, new age, classic & soft rock, 80 synthpop, reggae and hiphop. All save for hip hop gave good response. (But really you need more powerful bass for hip hop.) New age, jazz and soft rock on the other hand showed the clarity that this speaker can handle.

    Like most Sony speakers, the XB12 is a straightforward Bluetooth speaker using version 4.2. There are no apps included and this may also be a dealbreaker for some. But what may seem dealbreaker for me is the lack of NFC in the XB12. The XB10 has NFC. And though some may argue that few use NFC at all, it is an indication that Sony scrimped on this one.

    While there is still much to like in the XB12, the XB10 is still a more feasible option given the fact that its price is going down due to the entry of the XB12. And if you add a few dollars more, you can get two XB10s and pair them together giving you a much wider range of sound making the XB10 truly the better option IMHO.

    Apr 11, 2019 12:13
  • 9.4score
    17
    JBL
    JBL - XTREME3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Unleash powerful sound everywhere. Poolside. Picnics. Just hanging out. Music makes the party. The JBL Xtreme 3 portable Bluetooth speaker effortlessly delivers massive JBL Original Pro Sound. With four drivers and two pumping JBL Bass Radiators, the powerful sound draws everybody in, and with PartyBoost, you can connect multiple JBL PartyBoost-enabled speakers to take things to the next level. A little rain might spoil your fun, but the waterproof and dustproof Xtreme 3 won’t mind at all, and the convenient carrying strap with built-in bottle opener makes it a breeze to move the party indoors. The JBL Xtreme 3 makes a big splash wherever you go.

    7 Features
  • Massive JBL Original Pro Sound: Four drivers and two JBL Bass Radiators effortlessly deliver dynamic, immersive sound with deep bass and plenty of detail. You’ll get lost in the music wherever you are.
  • 15 Hours of Playtime: The fun doesn’t have to stop. Packed with an incredible 15 hours of battery life, JBL Xtreme 3 lets you party all day and into the night.
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof: To the pool. To the park. JBL Xtreme 3 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.
  • Carry it anywhere: The included carrying strap with built-in bottle opener makes it easy to bring your speaker wherever you go.
  • 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.
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  • Review by Marshman, 8 out of 10
    JBL Extreme 3

    I didn’t get to test a demo model in store so the whole unit is a complete surprise. It’s bigger than I thought it would be. It comes with a carrying strap and it’s because it’s that big. The strap works perfect and it is very important part of the speaker. The photo shows the size next to a standard pen. The battery life is great and compared to other speakers I’ve owned even JBL models it last a very long time. The Bluetooth link up is super easy and after you turn it on the link up is instantaneously. The sound quality is what you would expect from JBL. The bass is very noticeable and the highs are crisp. I’m giving it 4 stars because it’s not very loud. Don’t get me wrong it’s loud but due to the size of it you would think it would be louder. I’ve had several JBL charges and for the size they are loud. Comparing to the Charge and the name Extreme this things should be LOUD but it’s not. If I was able to test it before I purchased it I probably would have looked into louder units.

    Sep 12, 2021 17:42
  • Review by Macbaloteli, 8 out of 10
    Thanks

    Very good PRODUCT i love it the quality is just PERFECT

    Sep 25, 2021 08:59
  • Review by Rambo1kickass, 8 out of 10
    Xtreme 3 n 2 r similar just Xtreme 3 is balanced

    Speaker is great always loved the jbl sound quality 350 dollars is a little to much for this speaker it use to be 300 for the xtreme models but guess they up the price on them everything is basically the same as the xtreme 2 just the xtreme 3 has better control over the bass where the bass isn't overpowering the sound it's more balanced

    Xtreme 3

    •louder

    •balanced

    Xtreme 2

    • slightly more bass

    • bass can overpower sound witch can make the sound less

    Apr 16, 2021 03:01
  • Review by Radman, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker

    Love it!! Upgraded from a old bose soundlink ii. Night n day difference. Much better sound quality, water n shock proof and almost double the battery life.

    May 21, 2021 20:45
  • Review by Rob1231, 8 out of 10
    Jbl

    The bass sounds very good.

    This was a good buy. I would recommend this mode JBL at the very least.

    I like the carry straps that come with it, the USB C charger.

    Aug 01, 2021 08:23
  • Review by Pete, 10 out of 10
    Sounds good.

    The sound is very good, it fills up my kitchen, dining room and living room with music without issues. Once the Extreme 3 is connected to a power outlet I noticed a good bump in sound. The speaker can charge your smart phone via the USB-C port so that is a nice feature. This speaker is definitely good for a small get together or outdoor gathering without bothering your neighbors. I like bass and I just wish it had a bit more but overall it is a great speaker with very good sound.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:25
  • Review by VooDoo85, 8 out of 10
    Like the sound, love the BASS.

    The speaker sounds good, but the battery does'nt last but about maybe 8 hrs. and connectivity spotty If bought on good sale ($299) maybe worth the price, but for MSRP, Not what you'd expect for a premium price. Lacks control features and trying to FF to next track is a bit cumbursome.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:21
  • Review by DadRiv, 8 out of 10
    Pretty good improvements.

    The version 3 is fairly decent.. It has

    considerable more volume

    easier access port for charging

    micro USB connection which is fantastic

    more lightweight

    Better Bluetooth connectivity

    Only con is the

    sound profile much more muddled in lower volumes

    Speaker to speaker pairing is not backwards compatible.

    Oct 24, 2021 22:48
  • 9.2score
    Ultimate Ears - MEGABOOM 3 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Waterproof/Dustproof Design - Night Black
    Description

    Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a supremely powerful, portable wireless speaker. It blasts loud, clear, and powerful 360° sound with deep thundering bass. And it is insanely waterproof, dustproof, and drop proof too. Combined with one-touch music controls, and stunning, two-tone, high-performance fabric, the ultimate party starter has been redefined.

    7 Features
  • Immersive 360° sound: MEGABOOM features powerfully loud, clear, and immersive 360° sound with deep thundering bass you can feel. All carefully balanced so you can hear every note.
  • Magic button: The all-new Magic Button on MEGABOOM 3 allows you to play, pause and skip tracks directly on the speaker. Just push for convenient control of any streaming music.
  • Waterproof and dustproof: MEGABOOM 3 is designed to get seriously wet and keep on booming. Featuring a ridiculous IP67 water and dustproof rating, it can be totally submerged in water for up to 30-minutes. Plus, it floats too.
  • Durability: MEGABOOM 3 is built tough and ready for adventure. We put it through more than 25 rigorous durability tests including thousands of button pushes, tumbles and multiple drop tests and more.
  • Power up: Use PartyUp on the Ultimate Ears app to pair 2, 3, 4...and over 150 speakers for the ultimate sound experience. You can pair any generation of BOOM and MEGABOOM together.
  • Up to 20-hour battery life: MEGABOOM 3 enjoys a massive up to 20-hour battery life. Using the latest cell technology, it will last almost a full day on a single charge.*
  • Fabric: MEGABOOM 3 is covered in a two-tone fabric that’s tough and beautiful. Engineered for extreme performance and colored two ways, it comes to life in a range of drool-worthy iridescent themes.
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  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Serious 360 Party Sound

    Is calling your speaker “Megaboom” a boast or a challenge? I can certainly confirm that this soda bottle (40oz) sized speaker represents a modern day version of the 70s Boom Box . . . with the really big sound and none of the weight or size hassle. I’m a big fan of these Bluetooth speakers which have emerged to project and amplify all that music we carry around on our phones and tablets. Price-wise, the Megaboom 3 fits right in the middle of this field of high performance speakers. Sound-wise, it delivers competitive sound and a unique approach to filling a space with music.

    The Megaboom 3 leaves out the light show but adds App control, 360 degree sound, a useful equalizer, and some sharing features that are just fun. With it’s fine music performance, it rises to the top of this field in its price category. And it’s SMALLER (8.8” x 3.5”) than you’d expect, LIGHTER, (WATERPROOF (IP67), and CUTE (opinion of the crowd)). The Megaboom 3 offers useful features. The App manages your Playlist, lets you power up the speaker at a distance, provides a 5 band EQUALIZER and other features. (In order to get at the features, I needed to select at least one PLAYLIST in my iTunes account). The App manages adding other speakers (lots of them) or sharing DJ duties (letting others pair to this speaker). Bluetooth connection was quick (to my iPhone 6). The speaker’s top center button and the nearby power button control everything important. The giant +/- buttons you see on the side of the cylinder control volume; no fumbling here. Pressing both at the same time speaks out the battery level.

    I tested music quality with my playlist, which includes 6 decades of pop, rock, R&B, folk, country, jazz, electronica and whatever new category appeared yesterday. Voices were all nicely presented and instrumental detail was very convincing. The equalizer gives you the control to enhance bass or voices or whatever you prefer. The Megaboom can easily fill a large space, and is quite at home in the middle of the party. In fact, you shouldn’t worry at all about how you orient this speaker. It was outstanding at distributing a balanced sound in all 360 degrees. I know lots of speakers claim to have wide dispersion; none do it better. In some ways this may contribute to my original feeling that volume might be a (slight) bit lower than some competitors which only deliver significant volume in one direction. But none of the competition sound as good from the sides or behind. The Megaboom has made a commitment to 360 sound. Where you locate this speaker is less critical in a large space.

    I have no trouble recommending the Megaboom 3. This is a fun speaker.

    Sep 15, 2018 14:01
  • Review by Lilkrissy90, 10 out of 10
    GREAT SOUNDDDDDD!!!

    I was recommended to get these speakers since I like to blast music loud! Especially when I’m cleaning the house. You can adjust the quality of the sound through an app and turn on/off the speakers through the app as well. So much to say, in other words I highly recommend these speakers!! Won’t regret, I know I am happy with mine *smiles*

    Aug 07, 2020 16:23
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Your Never Leave Behind, Do It All Speaker

    UE has really done an excellent job on this Megaboom 3 speaker! Once you have it, it will simply be your default portable speaker because of it's clear sound, sleek design, and extreme durability.

    PROS:

    - It really has a modern sophisticated look. It is very simple and has that silo design that makes it easy for flat surfaces, cup holders, and there is even a loop to throw a carabiner through so you can hang it.

    - The size is also ideal. I included a picture of it next to a pop can for reference so it is larger but that is good for the extra sound. However, it is not too large where you can't carry it with one hand easily and throw it in your bag to bring with.

    - The sound clarity blew me away! I thought I had a nice portable speaker before but this simple is better in its volume output, clarity, and the 360 degree speakers makes it fill a room much better than others. The bass is also solid but nothing wall shaking which you'd expect.

    - I think it's a must have for the speaker to be fully waterproof, able to float, and as durable as it is. It gives that ease of mind that you can take it outside wherever or by the lake/pool and not worry about it getting ruined.

    - It has very simple controls! Buttons for bluetooth pairing, play/pause/skip song, power, and volume. It's also nice because if you tap the Volume Up/Down buttons at the same time, the speaker tells you the battery percentage.

    CONS:

    - The biggest downside to me is the lack of USB-C charging. UE stuck with the Micro-USB charging because it doesn't think the market is ready for USB C but that's really surprising. The last Megaboom was released 3 years ago and the market is already filled with USB-C devices. In terms of future proofing, I just think they really missed the curve on this in terms of charging and ease of use with other devices.

    - Although I like the design, there is nothing special about it. It works best being set vertically, doesn't have anything that makes it truly unique. This is fine for me but other's might want more.

    - At the time of this review, the Megaboom App was not updated for this device to be used. That being said, the extra features or buttons on this are lacking slightly. No party style lights, aux cord jack, and although it has a strap - they did not include a carabiner inside for it to be used with. I think the simple features of this are easier and less complicated but it's nothing over the top for those who want it.

    Sep 14, 2018 14:19
  • Review by Plvcky, 10 out of 10
    MORE than bang for your buck!

    Love everything about it, specially for the $100 I paid! Sound quality, usefulness, and the simplicity of connecting/managing the app. I have, and will continue to recommend to this speaker to friends and family.

    Nov 23, 2020 20:26
  • Review by 3Tcubed, 8 out of 10
    Good Compromises?

    I now have 4 high end BT speakers in the $200-$300 range, they all have strengths and weaknesses. The Mega Boom 3 is the lightest of the bunch at just about 3 lbs, nearly half the weight of any of the others, which weigh in between 6-11 lbs.

    Then battery life, the Megaboom 3 claims 20h, this is probably true if it's running at 25% volume, as you crank it up it will decrease battery life. 20h in a 3lbs package is truly impressive, my only other speaker that has 20h weights almost 9lbs. The megaboom3 comes with a pretty good size power brick (see picture) USB to micro USB connector. The back of the speaker has a rubber door to hide and protect the micro USB connector. With the USB door closed the speaker is IP67 waterproof (submersible) not just water resistant - wow; probably the best choice for your fishing boat, or paddle board. I'm not aware of any other speaker this size that is Waterproof. The speaker can also be charged with a (sold separately) charging pad (~$40 "PowerUp"). Given the size of the included power brick this might be a nice to have, but I didn't test with it. The speaker also has a nice woven loop towards the top so you can attach it to something.

    Volume; this speaker can get quite loud, easily my first or second loudest speaker, easily filling a 25'x18' room, maybe uncomfortably. But it really excels outdoors. The 360 degree sound, sounds better to me outdoors than inside. The Speaker includes an app to control it via Bluetooth, from a LONG range, I tested to over 100' no issues. The app also includes a 5 band graphic equalizer, which I found very helpful. The app can pair to with up to 150 UE Boom/Megaboom speakers, could be a lot of fun at a big beach party. Speaking of party the app also has a DJ function that allows you and 2 other friends to connect to the speaker(s) at the same time - pretty nice for a party. The app has a few pre-programed EQ curves, which I didn't find particularly useful/accurate -so they could improve these. SPeaking of improve the speaker's firmware can be updated from the app, so "things could change". The app can import play list from iTunes and Deezer, but no where else (for now). It can also show you your iTunes library/cover art - kind of nice, and it can control the volume from the app.

    This speaker does not have any fancy lights, only 2 led's on the top, to let you know it's on and to let you know it's in pairing mode (no problems pairing with my iPhone or my wifes andriod phone). The speaker does not have a RCA mini jack (my only speaker without this) so your going to use it with BT.

    Sound quality... not first or second of what I compared it to. The mids and vocals are not as brilliant or well pronounced as some similar BT speakers, The highs sound like other UE speakers, due to the 360 degree sound the highs are supposed to be reflected in all directions, but this, in my mind is only partially effective. The depth of the bass when cranked up, certainly over powers the mid-range. Used indoor this is particularity noticeable, moving it outdoors really improves the speakers sound. I'm not saying this speaker sounds bad, it's just not as crisp as I'd hoped to hear. When used at lower volumes, like in a dorm room the sound is pleasant but the highs won't impress you. I did some side by side listening with the first Boston album, it was punchy but not airy, I missed the preciseness of their strings throughout. Bringing the speaker outdoors, and moving away from it, it had a better balance. So like I said there are some compromises, this is not the best sounding speaker, but its not bad, and has many other features that may wow you. I missed the RCA connector but was impressed by the app, weight and battery life. It's far more portable than what I compared it to, so depending where and how you might want to use it, it may be a nice fit.

    Sep 15, 2018 12:15
  • Review by Palomagh, 10 out of 10
    MEGABOOM 3

    Very loud and connects fast and easy .. I love it and I recommend this to anyone

    Jan 09, 2021 17:10
  • Review by Pjason, 10 out of 10
    Best Bluetooth speaker!

    I got it at a great discount so I bough 2.

    I use them in stereo mode and I’m happy with my purchase. I have the original one as well it it pairs up so I can play all their. The design of the new ones is also way better as well!

    Jul 04, 2020 12:06
  • Review by TechFan, 10 out of 10
    Among the best portable speakers I've used

    I've had this speaker for a couple of days now and i've been very impressed with its performance and build quality.

    This speaker was extremely easy to setup, especially with the app and I was up and playing music in a manner of minutes. It came about 20% charged, but Im not sure how accurate that was given the fact I plugged it in after it prompted me to update the latest software and after the update, it was at 72%. The update took less than five minutes, so it couldn't have charged that fast, but I will keep an eye on it.

    The bass is indeed incredible for a speaker of this size and it also does a good job of not drowning out the treble and didn't really have any distortion even at louder volume levels. I found the app to be extremely useful in pairing my devices, setting up custom equalizers and probably my favorite feature of setting up one touch playlists. This feature basically allows the speaker to immediately start playing your favorite playlists when the speaker is powered on an connected to your device. You can save up to four playlists and you can skip them using the app or by pressing the magic button on the top of the speaker.

    There are really only three buttons that you will use once your device is paired. The volume up and down buttons on the front of the speaker and the magic button on the top. Im still learning the commands for skipping tracks, playlists, etc, but generally the magic button is easy to use.

    I found the sound to be filling and powerful overall, especially for a smaller speaker. I set it on my kitchen counter and played several different songs and they all sounded excellent with this speaker.

    Before I received this speaker, my favorite unit had quickly become the JBL PK5, another ultra portable bluetooth speaker, but now I'm torn between that one and this one. The clarity is better on the JBL, but the overall blend of strong bass and quality sound are better on the MegaBoom 3.

    My wife and I buy houses to renovate and rent as a second source of income, so portable speakers are great for those days spent laboring over painting, drywalling, etc. My only issue now is to decide whether I will let her use the UE or the JBL. I think for my type of music and usage, the UE is the better speaker for me. She primarily listens to podcasts so the vocal clarity in the JBL will be better for her.

    If I had to complain about one thing, it would be the charging cable and brick. Most people will use this while out and about, so a white charging brick and cable isn't ideal. I would have preferred black, but all other things being equal, this is a minor complaint. This is my first UE speaker and I definitely am a fan. I would certainly recommend this speaker.

    Sep 15, 2018 23:17
  • 9.2score
    Sony - EXTRA BASS Compact Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Enjoy big sound with the super-compact SRS-XB13 wireless speaker, featuring EXTRA BASS, a waterproof and dustproof design and up to 16 hours of battery life.

    9 Features
  • Bring your music to life with EXTRA BASS™: A passive radiator works together with a full-range speaker to enhance low-end tones, giving bass a boost.
  • Sound Diffusion Processor for expansive sound: Sound Diffusion Processor spreads sound in any space, with its DSP technology.
  • Waterproof and dustproof: Waterproof and dustproof with an IP67 rating and new UV coating for extra durability in the elements, you can take your speaker to the pool, the forest, the city, or wherever you’d like - the XB13 will keep on playing.
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life: Listen for longer with up to 16 hours of battery life and convenient battery life indicator.
  • Compact speaker with multiway strap: The XB13 is durable and portable, and includes a specially engineered strap to make it easier to travel with. But don’t be fooled by its small size - this little speaker packs plenty of punch.
  • Add an extra speaker for stereo sound: Simply connect two speakers wirelessly for stereo sound.
  • Hands-free calling: Need to make a call? No problem. Whether you’re at home or out and about, the built-in mic lets you enjoy hands-free calling straight through your speaker.
  • Bluetooth Connection and Fast Pair technology: Bluetooth removes the need for wired connections. Connect compatible Android devices, smartphones or tablets in seconds, no complex pairing. Simply turn on your speaker and your smartphone will connect, so you can start enjoying your music right away.
  • USB Type-C® port: The USB Type-C port provides convenient connectivity.
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  • Review by BarackObama, 8 out of 10
    Portable, Bass-Heavy Mini Speaker!

    Sony’s XB13 is here, and it is tinier than ever. It’s half the size of a mechanical pencil! The XB13 is an ultra-portable mini speaker that packs heavy bass for the size. Along with the portability, the XB13 is waterproof/dustproof so it is great for taking it out to the beach or camping. I have used the XB13 for a couple of days now and am satisfied with my experience so far.

    *TLDR at the bottom

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    IN THE BOX/SET-UP

    The box the XB13 comes from is tiny. I have other mini speakers and the XB13 is the smallest one I have owned by far. Along with the paperwork, you also get a tiny USB-C charging cable. Kudos to Sony for going with USB-C. I’m not a fan of the size but fortunately, I do have other USB-C cables laying around my home.

    Set-up is as simple as taking the speaker out of the box and turning it on. No account or waiting for firmware updates required. Sony says the XB13 comes with “Fast pair technology,” but from testing how quickly the speaker connects to my phone, “fast” is too exaggerated. While my phone does detect and connect to the speaker without going looking for it in Bluetooth settings, there is still a bit of a delay present. Not too big to annoy someone but enough for it to be faster compared to other devices.

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    DESIGN:

    I seriously enjoyed the simple yet aesthetic design of the XB13. The material used on the outside is soft to the touch and overall seems like it will last with everything I put it through. The strap doesn’t feel cheap and I am sure it will last as well. I like how Sony included a way to better disperse the sound by adding the slots at the bottom. Buttons are well placed and can easily be distinguished in dark places. Right next to the buttons is the charging port which can be revealed by lifting the port cover. There is no AUX on the speaker. AUX is dying but I still would’ve liked it implemented onto this speaker in case I need to better conserve phone battery or to limit random disconnections. But overall, I enjoyed the well-built design of the XB13.

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    SOUND QUALITY:

    Sound is adequate. I was expecting a louder sounding speaker but turning the sound up I noticed it didn’t get as loud as I expected. The XB13 still sounds good for the most part, but if you are looking to use the speaker in a large space, you might want to find a different one. Lows, mids, and highs are balanced pretty well too. This speaker is perfect for small areas such as a room, camping site, or next to you by the beach. But what did surprise me was the bass. Sony is known to have bass-heavy speakers and this one is no different. I found the bass to be excellent. Of course, you won’t be getting the EXTRA bass-heavy sound like in a bigger speaker but for the size, the bass is certainly remarkable.

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    OTHER NOTES:

    • I was hoping that this speaker would work with the Sony Music Center(for EQ stuff) app but unfortunately, I could not get it to work. I don’t think Sony has added this speaker to their app just yet.

    • The XB13 sounded great on the music genres I tried it out with. Hip-Hop, EDM, Rock, Metal, Latin, Pop.

    • The XB13 can be paired up with another XB13 for a stereo sound.

    • The XB-13 has a 16-hour battery life which has managed to last me a couple of days before needing charging.

    • The speaker also contains a mic for hands-free calling.

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    CONCLUSION/TLDR:

    Overall, Sony has done an excellent job with the XB13. Sound is not as loud as I was expecting but the bass was certainly surprising and did bring that bass-heavy sound that most Sony speakers have. The XB13 would work best with smaller spaces such as a room, camping site, or beside you on the beach. Some of the notable features are the 16-hour battery life, waterproof/dustproof, and the ability to be paired up with another XB13 for a stereo sound. If you are in the market for portable a small speaker that is waterproof and contains an overall good sound, I do recommend you try this one out.

    Jun 01, 2021 19:55
  • Review by SirGalahad, 8 out of 10
    Good for Multimedia watching

    PROS:

    Excellent build quality, aesthetics, portable design, controls, battery life, multiway strap, and audio is crisp and clear for multimedia watching as you can easily hear what people are saying even at 2x speed. Music is also solid, which is a step above good, but below great.

    CONS:

    Despite the marketing boasting about EXTRA BASS it is very poor. Especially, if you are a bass head. It does better when placed on a hard object over a soft one. Sound quality for music is solid but can come across slightly tinny. But that is also what I expect for something this size and is still better than you’d get from your tablet or phone. Also, when in a loud environment it doesn’t do as well as the max volume does get loud but you lose out on some of clearness of the vocals. But it isn’t peaking or anything like that.

    SOUND QUALITY:

    The sound comes across as open and fills the room nice. We can thank the DSP for that. It is relatively well balanced. Voices are forefront, then instruments, and I would say that mids are the most pronounced followed closely by highs and bass being about equal. But in general, everything sounds about equal. Which is good. Bass itself isn’t going to blow your socks off. Especially, if you are a bass head. I wouldn’t classify it as poor, but closer to adequate. Bass is semi-accurate and is enough to add to the music without detracting from it. But don’t believe the EXTRA BASS marketing. Mids and highs sound great and comes across as quite accurate with good texture and depth. Which was very surprising to me and why I think it does so well with multimedia. I noticed a very mild amount of bloat but no congestion, muddiness, or brightness. Things at times could sound a bit tinny. I found putting it on a hard surface did better than when it was on a soft surface due to the way it emits sound. All sounds were very crisp, but especially spoken content which again makes it great for vocal centric songs and multimedia. Imaging was minimal. Where I could pull out vocals and instruments. But I couldn’t tell their locations. For the most part sounds were natural but slightly processed, especially instruments. Soundstage was small. My first impressions weren’t great. But after putting it through the paces I found it did a good job. I found that for multimedia use that it did better than for music. I could hear people talking, even when a lot is going on, and pull apart individual people. Which usually just blends in. But I would miss out on some of the nuances of sound. I’d rate the overall sound as a 7.5/10.

    CONTROLS:

    As mentioned, before they are located on the back of the device. Starting with the Power Button. When you first power it on, by just tapping the power button, the LED light above the power button will turn green, and then it will automatically go into pairing mode denoted by flashing blue LED’s over the Bluetooth button. Then you just go into your Bluetooth settings and select the XB13 and it will give a small chime telling you you’re connected. It’s extremely easy. If you press the power button it will turn off without a chime. If you power, it on after it is connected to a device you will see the power LED illuminate, the bluetooth button will flash, and then you will hear a chime when it is connected. This process takes about 6 seconds on an iPhone. It does support fast pair but that is for Android only. And I don’t own an Android so I can’t test that.

    Next is the Bluetooth button. If you quick press it will go into pairing mode denoted by flashing blue LED’s. If you hold it will go into ST pairing (stereo pairing) so you can connect it to a second device by doing the same thing. Pretty simple stuff.

    Third is the play/pause button. If you press it once it will play/pause. If you double press it will skip forward. If you triple press, it will go backward. If you have a call coming in and press it once it will answer the call and if you hold it when a call is coming in it will decline the call.

    Fourth and fifth, you have your volume down and volume up buttons. Hopefully no explanation is needed there.

    Last, you have the little rubber port to access the USB C charging. It creates a good seal and has a rubber string, so it should be breaking easily. The battery is rated for 16 hours and total charge time is 4.5 hours, as per their spec sheet. I didn’t have enough time to fully test how accurate this was. On your smartphone you can see how much battery is left. Which is a nice feature.

    When I tried, I could NOT connect it to the Sony Music App. I thought it was supposed to be supported. Which means A. I was wrong and it isn’t supported. B. I tried before the app was updated to support it. Or the longstanding C. I wasn’t smart enough to add it. I’ll let you decide which. All I know is that my Sony SRS-SB43 can connect to the Sony App which gives you greater customizability and adjustable EQ but costs like a lot more and just figured with this being the SRS-SB13 that it would also work the same?

    Overall, controls are very intuitive and work every time. The only “issue” and I use that term lightly here is that sometimes there is some mild delay between pressing a button it and fully registering on my phone. That is usually a side effect of Bluetooth in general. I can’t think of anything they could add to make it better outside of an adjustable EQ since people go crazy for those things. Personally, if it doesn’t sound good stock to me then it just doesn’t sound good. I shouldn’t have to adjust the EQ. I find this sounds good and that isn’t needed. So I’d give the controls a 10/10.

    May 31, 2021 18:30
  • Review by lambda100, 8 out of 10
    Small, Ultraportable, and Sounds Good!

    The Sony SRSXB13 bluetooth speaker is super portable, simple to use, and sounds good. This is a very small cylindrically shaped speaker with a small footprint that almost looks like a small coffee mug. It has a single speaker at the top and a passive radiator at the bottom. The buttons are located along the side and provide controls such as power on/off, bluetooth/stereo connection, play/pause, and volume up/down. It comes with a strap to allow you to hang the speaker. In the box you’ll also find a usb-c charging cable and the instruction manual.

    This speaker easily fits in a bag and is very lightweight. I hung it on my bicycle handlebars and listened to tunes while riding around town. Then I hung it on the shower caddy while I showered. With an IP67 rating, you can take it anywhere with you without worrying about moisture and dust.

    What I like about this speaker is that it is simple to use, without needing to connect to an app. In fact, there is no app to connect this speaker with. You just pair it via bluetooth and you’re done. No app to fiddle with.

    This speaker sounds good for its size. The small mono speaker at the top combined with the equally small passive radiator manage to squeeze as much sound out as they possibly could. The bass is decent without being overly emphasized. The mids are clear. At max volume, it is fairly loud, but not loud enough to use for a larger setting when there are many people speaking in a room such as during a party. It is better used in a smaller gathering. Even running my table fan, the speaker at max volume had difficulty overcoming the noise. If you want more volume and separation, you can purchase another SRSXB13 speaker for a wireless stereo pair.

    Battery life is rated at 16 hours, which is plenty for a day of listening. It takes up to 4.5 hours to fully recharge the battery which is quite long considering such a small speaker.

    When watching video, I noticed a very slight audio/video lag.

    The speaker has a microphone and can be used as a speakerphone. I tried this out and folks on the other end told me that I sounded far away, like my voice was coming from the background somewhere.

    In summary, the Sony SRSXB13 is great for those who want a bluetooth speaker that is lightweight, ultraportable, easy to use, and still sounds good. It’s a capable speaker for small gatherings, but can easily get drowned out since its max volume doesn’t get very loud.

    May 26, 2021 01:50
  • Review by TechGuru, 10 out of 10
    Affordable Portable Speaker with Extra Bass

    Sony SRS-XB13 portable rechargeable Bluetooth speaker is filled with impressive bass for its size. It’s all due to the passive radiator that work with speaker to enhance the low-end tones for its extra bass.

    What’s in the box: Sony XB13 speaker, USB Type C short cable, Quick start guide

    Sony XB13 measures approx. 76mm diameter and 95mm tall. Weighs approx. 255grams.

    Setup is very simple. Charge it for few minutes with the included USB C cable. No power brick included, so use your phone charger if you have latest android fast charger for quick charging. Turn on the power button and discover devices on your mobile devices. If you own an android device, simply turn the device on, and your phone will prompt you to connect as this device has fast pair technology that requires no pin or complex pairing. For iOS devices, just go to settings and Bluetooth option and select this device to complete pairing. This uses Bluetooth 4.2 and has max range of approximately 33 feet.

    Comes in 4 different colors (Blue, Black, Cream and orange). I got the blue color and it’s so cool that matches my backpack. All the buttons (power, Bluetooth, play/pause, volume + -) and charging port are at the back. Skip option is supported by tapping the play/pause button twice and back option by three times when hearing music. Same play/pause button is using to answer the phone call for handsfree function.

    Battery is advertised at 16 hours but it depends on the volume that it is set. If the volume is set at 100% then on our testing it was around 8.5 hours of continuous use. 16 hours may be around 45- 50% volume level. But this little speaker sounds great and has the punch at 60%. Takes 4 hours to fully charge from 0%.

    Speaker comes with a multiway cool strap (not cheap lanyard) that comes handy to attach it to backpack during travel and makes carrying around very easy due to its small size. Base of speaker is rubberized and sticks well on glass table and does not move on high volume settings. Speaker is IP67 rated for both water and dust and can be used in the shower room or in swimming pool. This speaker can withstand up to 3.2feet of water depth so if you accidentally drop the speaker in pool, nothing to worry as long as the charging ports are sealed and is not left for more than 30 minutes. It does float when dropped in water so you can immediately pick it up and wipe off.

    Sound quality is great for the small portable speaker. Its due to its downwards facing speaker and sound diffusion processor with DSP Technology.

    Also, supports hands free calling so if you receive a call while listening to music just answer the phone with its inbuilt microphone. Call quality is clear and both parties can hear loud and clear with no issues during testing.

    If you need stereo sound for parties this model supports multi speaker connection/ Stereo Pairing. Just add another XB13 speaker for stereo sound. To add, just hold down the Bluetooth button for 3 seconds on one speaker and stereo pair light will go on. Just go to the other speaker do the same thing, add it to the phone and both will be paired to stereo pair mode.

    Pros:

    +Affordable portable speaker

    +Extra bass

    +Great Battery life

    +Stereo Pairing/Multi speaker connection

    +IP67 water and dust proof

    +Smart home compatible with

    Cons:

    -Missing sleep mode or automatic power off mode

    Overall, great little portable Bluetooth speaker with extra bass that won’t disappoint anyone.

    May 24, 2021 18:51
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Great speaker if you don't already have a Sony

    I've already got the X12 and love it, and this is the updated version.

    Compact little speaker packs a good punch for it's size. (see soup can pic for reference) I've thrown it into the kids bathtub and still works great. Its perfect for cup holders, so if you're into boating/kayaking/etc where you want music to be secure and its ok to get wet, then this kind of speaker is for you. The strap is quite strong and versatile so you can mount it off most things with confidence that you won't lose it.

    I personally put it in my kayak cup holder and then have the strap around a loop on the boat so if i were to capsize i won't lose it.

    Battery life is really great and phone range is quite good. I've put my phone on the table, and tossed the speaker onto my lawnmower and took it all over the yard without issue.

    Easy to pair to the phone, and if you've got 2 of them you can link them together to have stereo sound.

    Unfortunately, while they seem basically the same, you cannot link it to the x12 or other similar Sony speakers. I don't understand why this is, because the only real change i can tell between the X12 and X13 is it went from micro USB connector to USB-C.

    So if you've already got the older one, don't really need to upgrade and you are better off getting another of the same one, so you can go into stereo mode.

    That being said, if you do not have one already, pick up a couple of these because with phones and more devices going USB C these days, you can reduce the amount of cables you need to carry around

    Jun 01, 2021 09:37
  • Review by MacUser, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding voice quality

    This little speaker has some of the best sound I've ever heard from a bluetooth speaker at this price range. The driver Sony employs is of a very high quality. The sound coming out of this diminutive speaker is very satisfying and can get quite loud. The bass is quite good, highs are clear, and mids are solid. Of course it's a small speaker so I'm not expecting it to sound like party. It's a great sounding mini speaker, considering how small it is. It is loud indoors. Haven't yet tried outdoors so not sure how it is out there. Bluetooth connectivity is a breeze. Battery life is good. The main selling point for this little guy is it's portability and durability. Nice rubberized texture button press is good. Sony engineers nailed it on this little gem of a speaker. The buttons are easy to push and well laid out. I have been listening to this with music and movies for the past few hours while charging it at the same time. I like the cute little carry handle, never seen that feature before. There is a small rubber ring at the bottom to keep the unit from sliding around. This is the same exact speaker as the Sony XB10 with few minor changes. The waterproof rating got upgraded to IP67 which is negligible unless you really, really want a speaker able to be submersed underwater. It’s very handy with its handle that’s hanging down.

    It comes with a USB-C charging cable. Battery life is also great. I am going on 2 days without charging it, streaming via bluetooth about 3 hours per day from phone, and still going. I want to see how long it will really go. Impressive! Also it can be paired up with another XB13 for stereo sound. The volume can continue to be increased on them even if the volume on the source reaches it's limit, just by using the plus or minus signs on the side of each speaker to turn them up or down individually; or if the speakers are paired, only one speaker needs to be turned up for both speakers to increase/decrease in volume. Get two or more in this compact and portable size for great surround-sound and functionality!

    This is an excellent product for the price. It's made by Sony, so you are going to get what you pay for. Extremely affordable. Thank you Sony so very very much for living up to your name!!! They may not be top of the line, expensive speakers, but they are definitely the next best thing. No distortion at all at full volume and nice, rich bass. Not sure what the folks who complained about the sound were expecting, but I have zero complaints about the sound. Yes, this is not a speaker that you are going to use in a dancehall for a party. It is perfect for your home or patio. It can be too loud for certain circumstances, but then you can just adjust the volume down. For the price, none better can be found! All in all, I like the speakers and recommend them.

    Jun 01, 2021 22:30
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Small in size, but big in features and power.

    I’m holding Sony’s XB13 EXTRA BASS compact BLUETOOTH speaker in my hand. It’s hard to imagine squeezing so many features into a 3.6” x 3” x 3” great sounding, rugged, go anywhere (IP67 waterproof/dustproof), colorful, Bluetooth speaker. I owned an earlier Sony effort at this type of speaker (XB01), so I’m no longer surprised at how good these speakers can sound. At the time I questioned how Sony could break the laws of physics and get so much sound and such deep bass out of this tiny (8 oz) package. Now, the new version boasts 16 hour battery life, even more bass, and Sony has made it easier to connect to my phone and to companion speakers. In fact, two connected speakers allows for a stereo soundstage.

    SETUP and CONTROLS: Sony provides Instructions but I didn’t bother reading them. It’s so quick and easy to connect, I thought I’d jump into some music.

    Bluetooth connection was immediate to my iPhone 12. I was able to walk away from this XB13 up to 35ft before I got hiccups in the connection.

    Hidden under the rubberized door is a USB TYPE-C port for charging the 16 hour battery. (cable included, no charging wart).

    I can send any music, podcasts, audiobooks, phone or Facetime audio to the Sony and significantly expand the reach of my phone.

    PERFORMANCE:

    The Sony SRS-XB13 gets loud when kept close by or in a smaller room. How loud depends on your unique assessment. I can offer an impartial test using an iPhone sound meter App from NIOSH. Keep in mind that an increase of 10dB of sound pressure is 2X as loud. [A library is 40dB; freeway traffic is 70dB; rock concert is 110dB] In a bathroom where there is some reinforcement from the nearby walls, the Sony XB13 could reach 86dB. Out in my large, open family room, it averaged 79dB. My bathroom volume was loud in my opinion. My family room, not as much if a didn’t get closer. The sound is quite decent, and when used at a limited distance or in an average to small room, it sounds great. Voices were all intelligible. A wide variety of music sounds very good. Of course, all my comments regarding volume are much less an issue if you pair up two of these. The space they’ll fill expands significantly.

    SUMMARY: When used in scenarios that are reasonable for its size and power capacity, the Sony is a great performer. We love it hanging from a shower head. where we can be entertained and encouraged to indulge in some personal time. It pops into a car cup holder, but just be sure you don’t inhibit that bass reinforcement located at the base of the speaker. When we travel, we’re looking forward to music in our hotel room that doesn’t require headphones at the end of the day. These speakers make a nice side-table speaker to bring the sound of a TV (with Bluetooth output) much closer to compensate for hearing problems. Dangle it from a cabinet handle and it makes kitchen cleanup more fun. Keep in mind, the XB13 doesn’t care if you’re into music, audiobooks, podcasts or you spend hours on the phone with family. We’re enjoying it.

    May 24, 2021 18:57
  • Review by TayTay, 8 out of 10
    Nice Little Compact Speaker

    Sony - XB13 EXTRA BASS Compact BLUETOOTH waterproof/dustproof speaker was tested for over 5 days. This little compact speaker can fit in the cupholder of your car, be placed in a small or midsize room. To connect the Bluetooth you turn on your wifi on your cellphone, press the Sony on button, then select the pairing button. It took less than 5 seconds for my cellphone to recognize the Sony speaker and the speaker connected quickly. The volume was pretty good for a small Bluetooth. As you can see it fits in the palm of my hand. I watched movies, listened to songs, and podcasts. While watching or listening to your song or video of choice, you can pause, fast forward, and play by pressing the buttons on the Sony Bluetooth. I even walked away from my cellphone while holding the speaker to see how far I could go. I was able to go from my living room all the way to the bedroom. This speaker can be paired with additional speakers or used alone. There is a cap that covers the port to charge the battery. This helps to prevent dust from damaging the Bluetooth. The battery life on the Sony Speaker can last for at least 16 hours, depending upon the use of the Bluetooth. Not bad at all.

    PROS:

    Small

    Good sound for the size

    Pairs fasts

    Battery Life

    CONS: None I can think of at the moment.

    May 30, 2021 18:48
  • 8.8score
    Altec Lansing - HydraJolt Everything Proof Speaker - Black
    Description

    The HydraJolt Everything Proof Speaker is a powerful, portable wireless speaker. It is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and it floats in water with it's IP67 Everything Proof rating. Antimicrobial protection kills 99.9% of bacteria, so you don't need to fret the germs. A built-in smartphone charger and 16 hours of battery make sure you're connected during every adventure. The HydraJolt has a built-in carabineer that can be clipped to a backpack, dufflebag, or beach chair for tunes on the go! Pair two HydraJolts together via True Wireless Pairing for double the sound! Built-in LED light modes will beat, strobe and pulse to the music for added fun.

    5 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Loaded with up to 16 hours of battery life.
  • LED Lights: Customize your sound to match your music with 11 LED lighting modes.
  • Clip and go: A built-in carabineer that can be clipped to a backpack, dufflebag, or beach chair for tunes on the go!
  • Antimicrobial Protection: Antimicrobial protection kills 99.9% of bacteria, so you don't need to fret the germs
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Delilah, 10 out of 10
    Great product!

    I love the light feature of this speaker! The sound is great, can definitely hear the quality of the song. I bought this as a gift and he loved it! Definitely would recommend it to anyone looking for a speaker.

    Nov 06, 2021 18:10
  • Review by Edwardo, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Speaker For Price

    This speaker is amazing I had recently owned the older version this model recenly but I upgraded to this one because why not and the speakers sounds even better than before and is overall even better

    Nov 01, 2021 20:23
  • Review by Woody, 8 out of 10
    Water proof protabel Sound box

    Compact & water proof with marginal sound. Decent price point for what it is.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:30
  • Review by SamsungTablet, 10 out of 10
    Speaker is excellent

    Used mainly outdoors connecting to cell ohine ffg or calls or music. Excellent range and sound is very crisp. Great value to enhoy outdoor portable sound..

    Oct 22, 2021 18:19
  • Review by ElaineJ, 10 out of 10
    Small but powerful

    Small but great sounds. Great value super fast shipping. Love it thank you o

    Oct 30, 2021 17:45
  • Review by Satisfied, 10 out of 10
    Great deal for money, great sound.

    Great size, great sound. No issues with it at all.

    Nov 08, 2021 18:38
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Good value

    Compact, light and packs a good sound fairly good base easy to link

    Oct 29, 2021 15:54
  • Review by RationalThinker, 10 out of 10
    This thing is awesome

    Was not sure what to expect from this and am very pleased. It is crisp and clean and LOUD!

    Oct 15, 2021 15:59
  • 8.8score
    Sonos - Roam Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant - Black
    Description

    Enjoy astonishing sound with this breakthrough portable speaker. Stream music and more over WiFi at home and listen on the go with Bluetooth. Get up to 10 hours of battery life. Easily control the sound with the Sonos app, your voice, and Apple AirPlay 2. Create a whole-home sound system with multiple Sonos speakers.

    10 Features
  • WiFi and Bluetooth: Stream music and more over WiFi at home and listen on the go with Bluetooth. Roam automatically reconnects to your WiFi when in range and pairs with your phone when you're away for a seamless experience.
  • Long-lasting battery: Enjoy up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. The speaker falls asleep to save power when not in use and wakes up in less than a second with the press of a button.
  • Ready for any adventure: With an IP67 rating, Roam is fully waterproof* and dustproof, and its silicone end caps protect the speaker from drops and turbulence in transit. *Can be submerged 1 m for up to 30 minutes.
  • Hands-free help from your voice assistant: Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to turn up the volume, check the news, control your smart home devices, and more. *WiFi required.
  • Tunes itself like magic: Automatic Trueplay™ tuning is always optimizing the sound for the speaker's location and content playing. So no matter where you are or what you're listening to, it always sounds amazing.
  • Versatile design: When vertical, Roam delivers room-filling sound and takes up barely any room. Position it horizontally on uneven surfaces like grass for added stability. The triangular shape subtly directs sound upward to your ear for a better listening experience.
  • Ultra portable: Roam weighs less than a pound, and its handy shape begs to be picked up and taken with you everywhere.
  • Effortless Charging: Charge Roam with the included USB-C cable and any 7.5W (5V/1.5A or 2.1A) or higher USB power adapter (sold separately), or the custom-designed Sonos Wireless Charger (sold separately).
  • Control at your fingertips: Tactile buttons make it easy to play, pause, skip, revisit, and adjust the volume while protecting against accidental presses.
  • Small speaker, big sound: Precision-engineered acoustics create richly detailed sound that defies expectation for a speaker this size.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CraigB, 10 out of 10
    Balanced sound, small package

    Pros

    Well balanced sound for the size

    Surprising bass for the size

    Trueplay works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

    Waterproof

    Clickable buttons work even when wet

    Charges with USB-C

    Charges wirelessly

    Sound swap makes transitioning quick

    Can be paired for stereo sound on Wi-Fi

    Auto switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

    Works with Google Assistant and Alexa

    Cons

    Auto switching didn’t switch within the app

    App kept prompting to go through tutorial

    Google Assistant took several attempts to pair

    No carrying bag or pouch included

    Portable speakers have been around for a long time but, until recently, Sonos had no fully portable option. The Move offered great sound and battery life but wasn’t practical to toss in a bag and go. If you are invested in the Sonos ecosystem and have been wanting a truly portable speaker, just save the time reading. The Roam looks, feels, sounds, and operates just the same as the rest of your Sonos equipment. No surprises here and it will suit you well. If you are more open to other options in the market, then hopefully you will find the rest useful.

    Design

    The style is understated. No odd protrusions, stylized panels, or flashing lights. It’s just a simple, matte black triangle with rounded corners. The only color besides matte black is the white Sonos logo. The power button and charging port are located on the corner opposite the speaker grill. There are four rubberized feet that allow you to place it flat and also the ends are rubberized allowing it to stand vertically. The Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume Down, and Microphone mute button are all on the end of the speaker. Included in the box is a usb-c cable but no charging block. Wireless charging is built in. You can use any Qi compatible charger or purchase the custom designed magnetic wireless charger. It would have been amazing if Sonos just included the wireless charger similar to how they include the charging ring with the Move. A carrying case would also be a good addition.

    Setup and Performance

    Setup was different than other Sonos products. When you add it to your account you just have to tap the back of the speaker and it will pair automatically. There is also a Product Tour included in the app, but for some reason it didn’t show up until the speaker was in Bluetooth mode and it was tapped on. Running through the product tour and tapping done also doesn’t prevent it from coming back up which is odd. You can configure Google Assistant or Alexa but the setup was a bit finicky. While trying to configure Google Assistant an unknown error occurred several times before it worked. The error occurred when it switched to Google Assistant so this may not even be related to Sonos and eventually it started working.

    Of course, being a Sonos product, it can be included in speaker groups with other Sonos speakers with one caveat. The speakers must be visible in the new S2 app. It will not work with speakers in the S1 app. A handy addition is called Sound Swap where if you press and hold the play button while near another S2 speaker the other speakers will play an inaudible high frequency sound. Based on which sound is loudest it will switch to the audio to that speaker without any need for opening the app. There is also a feature in which it passes the audio to the entire group, so it takes some practice to make sure you press the button the correct way for what you want to happen. Once you get it down, it becomes a handy feature.

    Once you have everything set up and start to hear it is where it surprises you. You do have to keep expectations in check with such a small driver, but it did have a surprising amount of bass for its size. While there are other portable speakers that are larger and have more bass, the Roam seems more balanced. The size does favor more acoustic and vocal music, but it still does a reasonable job with electronic music and bass heavy tracks. It can produce rumbling or droning bass but if what you listen to has more dynamic bass, this speaker can’t work miracles. Hard thumping bass needs a big speaker. That said, you can improve range by placing it on a bookshelf or other surface where it can resonate. If you really wanted to, you could pair two in a stereo pair but the use cases are limited. First, it only works on Wi-Fi. Second, if you can only use stereo on Wi-Fi then it is worth considering a pair of Sonos One speakers as they barely cost any more and their sound presence is much larger.

    Like the Move, the Roam has Trueplay where it can adjust based on where the speaker is placed. Unlike previous versions, it is said to work in both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mode. It doesn’t work miracles but there was a subtle difference where when it was moved into a bathroom that echoed it was able to prevent the music from echoing.

    Unlike the Move, the Roam can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without user interaction. This is a nice touch although in use it did have an issue. While the speaker switched to Bluetooth automatically, the app did not and required manually switching from the Sonos S2 app to YouTube Music and back again as the speaker transitioned between connections. When out of Wi-Fi range the S2 app would go blank and say it couldn’t connect to Wi-Fi. Videos show the S2 app switching automatically and showing a large Bluetooth icon so hopefully it’s just an app update in the works that will improve this. That said, it’s not a huge problem to switch music apps for now.

    Battery life so far has been good. On standby it last for the better part of a day. If you need to preserve the battery or are going to be carrying it in a bag you have to remember to long press the power button for at least 5 seconds to fully turn it off. It feels very sturdy so hopefully it will survive any accidental drops. The IP67 waterproof is definitely welcome in such a portable speaker. You can literally put it into water and so long as it can still get a wireless signal it will continue to play. A fun party trick is to either partially or mostly submerge the main driver in the water. Depending on how submerged it is the water will either dance to the music or spray out. It will sound a little muffled at first until the water is driven back out when you play music as you take it out of the water.

    Final Thoughts

    If you are a Sonos fan in the market for a small portable speaker, you have likely already made the decision. For anyone else, you mainly miss out on sound swap but all the features are still there in what is a very competitive speaker. If you are in the market for a small portable speaker and value balance sound over excessive bass or gimmicky features, the Sonos Roam is worth a look.

    Apr 22, 2021 19:09
  • Review by Joel, 10 out of 10
    Move over Boise there' a new kid in town

    Not much to not like about this speaker. Easy setup and sound is excellent. The ability to have stereo mode by pairing two is excellent and improves the already good sound to another level. Distinct stereo sound separation is very noticeable greatly enhancing music enjoyment.

    So far I have pairs in kitchen, family room and office. Really cool walking room to room never missing whatever is playing. We stream all day long and they never drop the music source. We effortlessly bounce between SiriusXM, YouTube Music, Pandora and Amazon Prime music sources. Nice we can setup separate streams to different rooms too.

    We recently hosted an outdoor party spread across our large backyard with these speakers spread around in those areas too. The Sonos app made it easy to DJ music selections during the party. The beauty of these Wi-Fi speakers is they aren't beholden to your phones blue tooth connection with it’s distance limitation.

    I should mention a solid wireless network setup is a must to take advantage of this speaker’s capabilities. My setup is a Netgear Orbi Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system with two Satellites. The Sonos Roam speakers connect on the 5Ghz band which provides more than enough throughput. Lately I’ve been into home automation using Google Nest Hub Max, EZWIZ DB1C video doorbell, Kasa smart switches and light bulbs. This means lots of network connections (56 and counting). Even with all of these devices hanging out on my network, the Sonos Roam speakers don’t skip a note.

    There isn’t any perfect product but some come close. That’s the way I feel about Sonos Roam. My wish list would be purchase included a charger and the stereo pairing wouldn’t break when the speaker senses loss of charging power. With portable speakers, sound, size and features are king. Look out Boise, there is a new kid and town and it’s a bully compared to your aging product capabilities.

    You might be wondering if I was paid to write this or benefited by this review. The answer is no. One of my hobbies is exploring new technologies and products and I like to share my findings with fellow enthusiast.

    Jul 09, 2021 10:49
  • Review by emiliosic, 10 out of 10
    Best portable speaker

    We already have a Sonos soundbar, so I'm already familiar with the Sonos S2 system.

    First, this speaker is smaller than what I expected. It's easy to hold with one hand.

    It does everything other Sonos speakers do in terms of controls, it has an all-day battery (about 10 hours), and also works like a Bluetooth speaker when outside the house.

    Sound quality: Excellent; having used many speakers and headphones over the past few years, this speaker truly punches above it's size. A single speaker can fill a regular-sized room at a comfortable level. The tonal quality is comparable to other Sonos speakers: When in sync, the sound, accounting for output volume, is comparable in quality to larger speakers. It does not have the tinny metallic sound that plague other portable speakers. It's sound is warm with a good amount of bass that's not overpowering.

    Charging: USB-C or wireless (Qi) charging. It comes with an USB-C to USB-A cable, and works fine with the cables we already have. Qi charging works fine placing the speaker vertically on the charger's base. Sonos has a dedicated charger shaped like a triangle matching the speaker with magnets, but it does not come with the speaker. That's extra.

    Audio sources: Bluetooth, like any other portable speaker, and Wi-Fi, as part of the Sonos S2 system, which works directly with Apple's Airplay, the Sonos controller, which is practically universally compatible with every single music service, including all the major sources and everyone else I can think of, and local network sources (via Sonos controller on a computer).

    Voice assistants: Choice of Amazon Alexa or Google. It can be changed from the phone at any time, and the mic can also be muted. Alexa can play any source including from Apple Music, when linked.

    Controls: Besides controlling it from a phone or PC, has simple built-in controls: Mic mute, volume up/down and play. Pressing play twice skips, pressing it three times goes back to the previous sound.

    On the side there is a power button. Here's where it becomes a bit more complicated: Press it once, and turns on or goes into sleep mode. Hold it a bit longer and goes into bluetooth pairing mode. Keep on holding it and turns off.

    The 'sleep' mode is a bit tricky, and it draws about 10% of the battery overnight if not turned off. The difference is that it can be woken up from the Sonos app, so the WiFi is not completely off, but in low-power mode. This doesn't seem to be configurable, at least not yet.

    Trueplay: It uses the microphones to adjust sound settings based on the room or area where it is located. It works even when the voice assistant is muted. For example, moving it inside a shelf, it adjusts how it sounds.

    Handoff: Sonos had this feature from the app for some time and it works great, but now with this speaker, it works seamlessly by holding the play button while next to another Sonos S2 speaker. It works without skipping a bit transferring whatever it's playing to the other speaker. I was impressed how well it works.

    Hold the play button again and both speakers are now playing.

    Move away and Hold play again and it transfers back to this speaker.

    Waterproof: IP67 rating means it plays even while under water.

    Bluetooth works well with my iPhone. Pairs with no problem. However it's limited to playing music, and the mic on the speaker does not work for phone calls, so it cannot be used as a table speakerphone. Also it does not seems support stereo pairing via Bluetooth.

    Overall: This is excellent. Great sound at a tiny footprint. It's not just a portable speaker, it's a full member of the Sonos system that is portable and also works as a Bluetooth speaker.

    Apr 23, 2021 21:10
  • Review by EM001, 6 out of 10
    Nice design but weak in sound.

    Yea, sorry not what i expected from Sonos. Not loud enough. Not used to a speaker been so tiny in sound and bass. Had to return. Used to big sound from the play 5s at home! Just not good enough for me.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:07
  • Review by HomeOfficeUser, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Sonos has become my go-to for audio. This is the 4th Sonos item that I have - and it does not disappoint.

    While small, it packs a powerful punch. The range of highs and lows is far more than you would expect from a device of this size.

    It is also waterproof (see attached pic with it in a bowl of standing water).

    I've used it as a Bluetooth speaker, but also have my subscriptions streaming to it (Amazon Music, etc.).

    I can't say enough about Sonos and this particular device. It is awesome.

    Apr 23, 2021 12:36
  • Review by dvnsun, 2 out of 10
    Speaker Software Bricked - DO NOT BUY GEN 1 ROAM.

    Worst Speaker Ever.

    I bought becasue of airplay 2.

    It worked for 1 week. Then I started noticing issues like I went camping and it turned itself on the drive to the campsite and was dead when I went to turn it on.

    Lost all connection in the sonos app. Reset three times went through all troubleshooting steps with support. Product is bricked. They mentioned that there is a high amount of issues with this product. It took us 45 minutes to get it to turn on from a "Sleep Mode" the speaker goes into when completely dead. Apparently it does not accept charge when at super low levels while in this mode....

    My return period with best buy ended 3 days ago.

    Ha, Looks like im stuck with a brand new broken sonos speaker. I guess this is what I as a consumer get for buying Gen1.

    Jul 16, 2021 13:55
  • Review by CoachC, 4 out of 10
    Terrible

    Its honestly the best sounding speaker when it isnt dead! This batterry life is terrible, I will charge it all night and then the morning pack it for the trip whatever we are going and as soon as we get there, I try to turn it on and its dead, any button you touch turns the speak on or activates it something, honestly dont waste your money, its just a paper weight at times.

    Nov 10, 2021 10:49
  • Review by Techie, 10 out of 10
    Sonos delivers again with the Roam!

    This little speaker packs a lot of punch! I originally wanted the Sonos Move but the cost turned me off and after reading the reviews on the Sonos Roam, I thought why not give it a try without breaking the bank. So glad I made this choice and you will be too.

    Jun 04, 2021 15:50
  • 8.4score
    Altec Lansing - HydraMini Everything Proof Speaker - Royal Blue
    Description

    The HydraMini Everything Proof Speaker is packed with features that will prepare you for every adventure! A 6-hour battery life and carabineer clip allow you to enjoy and bring the tunes anywhere. Pair two HydraMini speakers together via true wireless pairing for double the sound! The built-in LED lighting modes add extra fun and excitement to your music! The HydraMini is the perfect, pocket-sized portable fun you look for in a bluetooth speaker!

    4 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Loaded with up to 6 hours of battery life.
  • LED Lights: Customize your sound to match your music with 11 LED lighting modes.
  • Clip and go: A built-in carabineer that can be clipped to a backpack, dufflebag, or beach chair for tunes on the go!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Belisarius, 6 out of 10
    Too annoying and frustrating for words

    Having to cycle through all the light options to turn them off every time is so annoying I cannot even say. The sound is average; and it doesn’t do spoken words like audio books very well, especially the deeper voices.

    Sep 06, 2021 07:08
  • Review by Teamreid2001, 8 out of 10
    Great in the car for kids

    Works great in my Kia Carnival for my kids rear entertainment systems.

    Oct 08, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Vivv, 8 out of 10
    Great

    Very nice sound. It was a gift. They r happy with it

    Oct 20, 2021 08:40
  • Review by CHarding, 10 out of 10
    A nice choice for a small speaker!

    The sound quality is clear and loud when needed. The choices of light sequencing is nice. The battery life is long.

    Nov 01, 2021 14:21
  • Review by TexasPack, 8 out of 10
    Doing the job

    I have zero complaints at this time. had this unit about a month and used it several times.

    Sep 04, 2021 08:06
  • Review by Pancakes, 4 out of 10
    Spend more money and pass on this one.

    For what it is, it’s okay.

    Pros: Waterproof and stands up to general work abuse pretty well. Carabiner is handy to hang places out of the way.

    Cons: Sound is pretty average. Obviously low tones are a challenge for the small tweeter. It has a passive speaker cone that helps out a little bit the sound is always terrible at higher volumes and at higher volumes the battery life is very bad. Sometimes less than 3 hours if at max volume. At lower volumes you get closer to the advertised battery life.

    I would spend a little more and get something else.

    Sep 10, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Seth, 10 out of 10
    HydraMini

    This is a great little speaker for the price! Just what I wanted.

    Nov 06, 2021 03:23
  • Review by LadyCalypso, 10 out of 10
    Great sound for the size

    A little larger than the previous version. Good sound and great for travel or the river

    Oct 27, 2021 11:42
  • 8.4score
    Altec Lansing - LifeJacket Jolt Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Lights - Black
    Description

    The Altec Lansing LifeJacket Jolt gives you sound that you can see! With up to 30 hours of battery life, you'll never have to fear being left without power. Need an extra boost for your Bluetooth device? No problem - built-in Qi Wireless Charging pad and USB ports ensure that no matter your device, you'll be never be left without a charge. 5 LED light modes (Multi-color slowfade, Beat to the music, Solid blue, Slowfade, and off) will keep your pool slide party electrified! If the party gets too wild, no need to fear - the LifeJacket Jolt has a certified IP67 Waterproof rating, making it waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof and will even float in the water! Need extra sound volume, House Party Pairing makes connecting speakers simple - link up to 50 compatible speakers get ready to be amazed!

    5 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Loaded with up to 30 hours of battery life.
  • LED Lights: Electrify your sound with 5 different light modes. Beat, stobe, and dance to your music!
  • Wireless Qi Charging: Charge your Qi enabled bluetooth device on top of your LifeJacket Jolt. Drop and charge!
  • House Party Pairing: Pair up to 50 compatable speakers together for an amplified sound!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Disappointed, 2 out of 10
    Not happy

    Not happy with the sound and I own multiple speakers from this manufacture is my reason I bought this I thought it would be pretty decent but it just doesn’t sound right to me

    Aug 20, 2021 19:22
  • Review by Cjohnatl, 10 out of 10
    Altec Lansing Lifejacket Jolt Awesome

    The Lifejacket Jolt is Awesome!! The sound is excellent quality and loud. The Jolt is the only Bluetooth speaker that has a mounting point that is the same as used on cameras so I could easily mount securely to my boat.

    Aug 28, 2021 06:50
  • Review by Govi03, 10 out of 10
    LOUD!

    You'll be amazed of how loud a small speaker can be. Works great. Easy to maneuver.

    Apr 14, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Vince, 4 out of 10
    Good sound low battery life.

    Battery life was not 30 hours. It barely lasted 9. Sound was very good but it would die before myb11 hour work day ended.

    Aug 20, 2021 21:15
  • Review by LarryK, 10 out of 10
    GREAT LITTLE RUGGED SPEAKER

    Great sound from a compact, yet sturdy and rugged looking little speaker system!! Love that it has so many extras like wireless charging, multiple lighting settings, etc. WELL WORTH the money and a great value compared to the pricier speakers that do the same thing. Not gonna test the waterproof capability. : )

    Jul 12, 2021 15:03
  • Review by Nst0617, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker

    The battery life is amazing and the sound is great as well! The wireless charger comes in handy all the time, especially if you’re playing music nonstop.

    Jun 04, 2021 15:41
  • Review by bigbosco8, 10 out of 10
    small but mighty

    very good sound for the money the speaker may be small but delivers very easy to set up and use.

    Apr 30, 2021 23:15
  • Review by Johny, 10 out of 10
    Best Speaker for the Price

    Excellent speaker! Too bad they don't sell them anymore

    Aug 15, 2021 17:50
  • 8.4score
    Altec Lansing - LifeJacket Jolt Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Lights - Black
    Description

    The Altec Lansing LifeJacket Jolt gives you sound that you can see! With up to 30 hours of battery life, you'll never have to fear being left without power. Need an extra boost for your Bluetooth device? No problem - built-in Qi Wireless Charging pad and USB ports ensure that no matter your device, you'll be never be left without a charge. 5 LED light modes (Multi-color slowfade, Beat to the music, Solid blue, Slowfade, and off) will keep your pool slide party electrified! If the party gets too wild, no need to fear - the LifeJacket Jolt has a certified IP67 Waterproof rating, making it waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof and will even float in the water! Need extra sound volume, House Party Pairing makes connecting speakers simple - link up to 50 compatible speakers get ready to be amazed!

    5 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Loaded with up to 30 hours of battery life.
  • LED Lights: Electrify your sound with 5 different light modes. Beat, stobe, and dance to your music!
  • Wireless Qi Charging: Charge your Qi enabled bluetooth device on top of your LifeJacket Jolt. Drop and charge!
  • House Party Pairing: Pair up to 50 compatable speakers together for an amplified sound!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Disappointed, 2 out of 10
    Not happy

    Not happy with the sound and I own multiple speakers from this manufacture is my reason I bought this I thought it would be pretty decent but it just doesn’t sound right to me

    Aug 20, 2021 19:22
  • Review by Cjohnatl, 10 out of 10
    Altec Lansing Lifejacket Jolt Awesome

    The Lifejacket Jolt is Awesome!! The sound is excellent quality and loud. The Jolt is the only Bluetooth speaker that has a mounting point that is the same as used on cameras so I could easily mount securely to my boat.

    Aug 28, 2021 06:50
  • Review by Govi03, 10 out of 10
    LOUD!

    You'll be amazed of how loud a small speaker can be. Works great. Easy to maneuver.

    Apr 14, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Vince, 4 out of 10
    Good sound low battery life.

    Battery life was not 30 hours. It barely lasted 9. Sound was very good but it would die before myb11 hour work day ended.

    Aug 20, 2021 21:15
  • Review by LarryK, 10 out of 10
    GREAT LITTLE RUGGED SPEAKER

    Great sound from a compact, yet sturdy and rugged looking little speaker system!! Love that it has so many extras like wireless charging, multiple lighting settings, etc. WELL WORTH the money and a great value compared to the pricier speakers that do the same thing. Not gonna test the waterproof capability. : )

    Jul 12, 2021 15:03
  • Review by Nst0617, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker

    The battery life is amazing and the sound is great as well! The wireless charger comes in handy all the time, especially if you’re playing music nonstop.

    Jun 04, 2021 15:41
  • Review by bigbosco8, 10 out of 10
    small but mighty

    very good sound for the money the speaker may be small but delivers very easy to set up and use.

    Apr 30, 2021 23:15
  • Review by Johny, 10 out of 10
    Best Speaker for the Price

    Excellent speaker! Too bad they don't sell them anymore

    Aug 15, 2021 17:50
  • 8.4score
    Altec Lansing - HydraMotion Everything Proof Speaker - Black
    Description

    The HydraMotion EverythingProof Wireless Speaker is super portable and gives you big, 360 sound - anywhere! With 12 hours of battery life, the music will never end. The HydraMotion is IP67 Everything Proof - this speaker is super durable and will outlast anything thrown at it! A carabineer clip allows the speaker to be clipped or hung from your backpack, duffle bag, or outdoor awning. 11 Built-in LED light modes beat, strobe and pulse to the highs and lows of your music. Pair two HydraMotions together via True Wireless Pairing for double the sound!

    4 Features
  • Everything Proof: Designed with an IP67 everything proof rating - waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, anf it even floats!
  • Battery Life: Loaded with up to 12 hours of battery life.
  • LED Lights: Customize your sound to match your music with 11 LED lighting modes.
  • Clip and go: A built-in carabineer that can be clipped to a backpack, dufflebag, or beach chair for tunes on the go!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bigpapa, 8 out of 10
    Altec Lansing

    Good little speaker has great sound, also has light feature.

    Aug 14, 2021 19:14
  • Review by Music, 6 out of 10
    Not Bad At All

    So far So GOOD....!!!

    Seems to be a quality built speaker, sound is a 7/10

    Bass 5/10

    Overall design 9/10

    For a total score of 8/10

    Sep 03, 2021 22:52
  • Review by Davejen, 10 out of 10
    Small but powerful

    Love the sound and clarity of such a small speaker

    Oct 30, 2021 16:56
  • Review by hello, 2 out of 10
    Not good

    It keeps turning off, and does not want to charge, ive had it for only a month. I tried to switch it out, but they said no because i didn't have the "charger. AND it will not charge with other chargers has to be the one that it came with.

    Oct 18, 2021 14:53
  • Review by Naaaa, 10 out of 10
    Water proof spaker

    This was a gift for my grand son and he was very happy with it

    Sep 17, 2021 18:26
  • Review by Maxx, 8 out of 10
    Good outdoor speaker

    Sound is good, it will do for an outdoor speaker. Easy to connect and use. Only problem the Bluetooth pairing will cut out from time to time.

    Aug 10, 2021 14:05
  • Review by Jason, 10 out of 10
    Loud little speaker

    This little speaker is surprisingly loud for its size, has clear sound with very little distortion. Great speaker for the price.

    Aug 27, 2021 21:28
  • Review by Eric, 6 out of 10
    Speaker with microphone

    Although there are better speakers available and on full blast bass is distorted. This speaker has a microphone and is good for controlling apps. Not a terrible speaker for the shower. Worth the price for what it does.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:00
  • 7.8score
    26
    JBL
    JBL - Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
    Description

    Bring the party poolside with this JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker. It has a built-in carabiner, so you can easily hang it on furniture, and it's IPX7-rated for waterproof to withstand accidental submersion. This JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker plays for up to 10 hours per charge and has noise-canceling speakerphone technology for clear calls.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 1,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 10 hours on a full charge.
  • IPX7 waterproof: To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
  • 3.3W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 120Hz - 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.
  • Take your show on the road: Built-in carabiner clip enables easy portability.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Martialo, 10 out of 10
    Lipiano

    I really like it , good song, fun sized, nice color you can put it and use it everywhere

    Nov 26, 2020 09:25
  • Review by king86, 10 out of 10
    Awesome speaker

    This speaker is small but It packs a punch and can get loud. Perfect for outside. Would recommend.

    Aug 24, 2018 20:29
  • Review by MIKIJBL, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    Excellent speaker for insight and outdoor activities

    Dec 12, 2020 05:47
  • Review by TheF0under, 2 out of 10
    Trash.

    Trash. Less than a month of use. The speaker fell once then broke in half. Never been the same.

    May 22, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Sandy, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for work and play!

    Very compact high quality speaker. Ideal for work desk setup. The carabiner clip is very convenient. I hang it on the wall in front me using a simple 3M adhesive plastic hook.

    Very crisp voice and speakerphone quality during all the meetings. I connect it to my work laptop.

    Even with 5-6 hour meetings a day, Nobody complained so far about voice reception.

    Speaker output is significant for its size. Music quality is good and loud enough with lower volume level. Battery charge duration is good enough to get through the day.

    Cherry on top - Getting the speaker for $30 during Thanksgiving.

    Jan 08, 2021 18:38
  • Review by Ginho, 10 out of 10
    Great portable Bluetooth Speaker!

    I love JBL brand speakers since got JBL pulse 2. But I wanted something sturdy and able to carry around, since my babe always want to carry my speakers around when I play music.

    I really love this compact sized JBL Clip 3 Portable speaker, because I can bring with me anywhere,great sounds, and it also water proof!

    Jul 20, 2019 08:34
  • Review by Kanga55, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality speaker

    Fantastic speaker, nice design , good sound quality, perfect size, pairs fine with iPhone, crisp clear volume, (more than anyone would expect from a smaller speaker).Speaker comes in a few choice colors. I bought two for gifts for my children. They absolutely love them. Great quality, decent price, very pleased

    Jan 15, 2021 19:08
  • Review by keat13, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker for on the go!

    The JBL-Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is ideal for a speaker on the go. It is compact and easy to clip onto any bag. Also is waterproof so no worries there. The audio quality is awesome, especially for the size of the speaker.

    Sep 25, 2020 23:04
  • 9.8score
    27
    JBL
    JBL - Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue
    Description

    Share your favorite playlists with this JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker. Its battery lasts for up to 10 hours between charges to get you through the workday, and it's waterproof, so you can take it to the beach or the pool. This JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker has a built-in carabiner for clipping on a backpack.

    8 Features
  • Connect wirelessly from a distance: Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion 1,000 mAh battery: Play your favorite tunes for up to 10 hours on a full charge.
  • IPX7 waterproof: To enable use at the beach or by the pool.
  • 3.3W RMS system power: Delivers crisp, robust sound to complement your favorite music.
  • 120Hz - 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.
  • Take your show on the road: Built-in carabiner clip enables easy portability.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Martialo, 10 out of 10
    Lipiano

    I really like it , good song, fun sized, nice color you can put it and use it everywhere

    Nov 26, 2020 09:25
  • Review by king86, 10 out of 10
    Awesome speaker

    This speaker is small but It packs a punch and can get loud. Perfect for outside. Would recommend.

    Aug 24, 2018 20:29
  • Review by MIKIJBL, 10 out of 10
    JBL

    Excellent speaker for insight and outdoor activities

    Dec 12, 2020 05:47
  • Review by TheF0under, 2 out of 10
    Trash.

    Trash. Less than a month of use. The speaker fell once then broke in half. Never been the same.

    May 22, 2021 10:30
  • Review by Sandy, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for work and play!

    Very compact high quality speaker. Ideal for work desk setup. The carabiner clip is very convenient. I hang it on the wall in front me using a simple 3M adhesive plastic hook.

    Very crisp voice and speakerphone quality during all the meetings. I connect it to my work laptop.

    Even with 5-6 hour meetings a day, Nobody complained so far about voice reception.

    Speaker output is significant for its size. Music quality is good and loud enough with lower volume level. Battery charge duration is good enough to get through the day.

    Cherry on top - Getting the speaker for $30 during Thanksgiving.

    Jan 08, 2021 18:38
  • Review by Ginho, 10 out of 10
    Great portable Bluetooth Speaker!

    I love JBL brand speakers since got JBL pulse 2. But I wanted something sturdy and able to carry around, since my babe always want to carry my speakers around when I play music.

    I really love this compact sized JBL Clip 3 Portable speaker, because I can bring with me anywhere,great sounds, and it also water proof!

    Jul 20, 2019 08:34
  • Review by Kanga55, 10 out of 10
    Nice quality speaker

    Fantastic speaker, nice design , good sound quality, perfect size, pairs fine with iPhone, crisp clear volume, (more than anyone would expect from a smaller speaker).Speaker comes in a few choice colors. I bought two for gifts for my children. They absolutely love them. Great quality, decent price, very pleased

    Jan 15, 2021 19:08
  • Review by keat13, 10 out of 10
    Great speaker for on the go!

    The JBL-Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is ideal for a speaker on the go. It is compact and easy to clip onto any bag. Also is waterproof so no worries there. The audio quality is awesome, especially for the size of the speaker.

    Sep 25, 2020 23:04
  • 9.8score