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Most people like the idea of a minor, light, and portable Bluetooth speaker that can hook up to your laptop and listen to your favorite music online. But even though they don’t always look like your boom box from back in the day, if you want huge sound with solid bass, you have to get one of the huge models, which are often called wireless boom boxes.
The people on this list weigh at least 6 pounds (2.7 kg), and some consider much more than that. For charging, the more powerful high-end models need a big AC adapter instead of a regular phone charger and USB cable. They may also have handles or straps built in to make them easier to carry. They are meant to be played for long periods at a moderate volume on a visa. If you turn up the book, the battery life goes down to about 3 to 5 hours.
Because these are made for travel, tailgating, camping, the pool, and beach parties, they are pretty strong. Most are resistant to water to some degree, and many are fully waterproof. I’ve heard every single one of these (or, in the case of the Soundcore Trance Go, its nearly identical sibling speaker).
The Soundcore Motion Boom
$100 Anker’s The Soundcore Motion Boom is a tiny boom box speaker you can take. And the well-reviewed Xtreme Speaker 2, which sells for around $200 even though it used to cost more, is like a cheaper JBL. The speaker reminds me of one of those vast torches or “floating lanterns” popular about 30 years ago. It has a handle and weighs more than 4 pounds. For the record, the Motion Boom floats and meets the IPX7 standard for being waterproof.
Anker says that the Motion Boom has “massive stereo sound,” It is loud, has a good amount of bass, and sounds pretty straightforward. (I always have the bass boost on because the speaker said it sounded better that way.) He needs to have the size and price advantages of speakers like the JBL Boombox 2 ($400) and the Ultimate Ears Hyperboom ($400), which are more well-known and cost more. Still, he has much more power and volume than smaller Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Flip 5, which costs about the same. It’s easy to move around, so it’s great for tailgating or a trip to the beach. It can also be used as a backup battery to charge a cell phone or another device.
Check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus if you want something that is half as big but has a better sound.
Boombox 2, the second generation of JBL speakers, looks similar to the first. On the other hand, a new Bluetooth 5.1 chip makes it use less power. Also, the speaker weighs about 1.5 pounds more than the battery, even though they both hold the same amount of energy (13 lbs or 5.9 kg). This suggests that the extra weight is lost in other parts of the speaker.
The bass in the Boombox 2 sounds very different from the first ones. It’s stronger and goes over more ground. Even though the Boombox 2 has a slightly higher power rating, the upper volume is almost the same as the first one. When it’s at its loudest, it sounds more lively and full. The original isn’t my favorite because it doesn’t have options for both inside and outside. The most recent JBL Bluetooth speakers can be connected wirelessly, but the first ones can’t.
Like the UE Hyperboom (see below), this has a USB-out port that can charge other devices, like your phone. You should instead connect something with a wire than Bluetooth. There is also an analog audio input (Hyperboom adds a perspective digital entrance).
For outdoor use, I like the design of the Bluetooth Boombox 2 better than that of the UE Hyperboom. He is easier to bring and feels more like an outside speaker. He’s also waterproof in every way (IPX7). Both have many bass frequencies and play loudly. But the Hyperboom sounds more real and has a bigger soundstage, better clarity, and great sound overall.
Sony SRS-XG500 is the best competitor to the JBL Boombox 2. Both are the same size and price, and they have built-in handles. The Sony is slightly bigger but 12.34 pounds lighter (5.6 kg).
I went back and forth between the speakers’ sounds to compare them. Sony has a warm, booming sound with much bass that some people might like. Still, I wanted the JBL J to sound better because it was cleaner and had more details.
Due to its IP66 dust and water resistance, it may need to be sprayed with water over and over, but it can’t be fully submerged. There is also a microphone/guitar input on the back and two USB-out ports for charging devices. (USB-C can’t be used to upload the speaker because it has its power source built in.) The battery is supposed to last 30 hours when the volume is set to a moderate level, which is much better. When the music is turned up, that number drops a lot.
You can control the LED light strips that light up the speakers at night while they are playing music with the Fiestable app. The Sony Music app can be used to change the sound profile. You can connect more Sony Bluetooth speakers to the speaker to improve the sound.
Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM or UE HYPERBOOM
There are a few things that the UE Hyperboom does better than the Boombox 2. As for price, it costs $400, while the Boombox 2 costs $500.
I recommend the design by JBL for use outside. Both weigh 13 pounds, but the JBL is easier to carry around. It should be out because it has a handle and is shaped like a tube. The strap of the Hyperboom is made of thick rubber, which makes it look like you are carrying something very heavy in a big pitcher. Because it is square and simple, it seems more at home inside.
The IPX7 rating means that the Boombox 2 is fully waterproof. The Hyperboom, on the other hand, can take a splash and has an IPX4 level of protection. (I wore them outside in the rain without any problems.) Like the Boombox 2, this one has a USB port that can be used to charge devices like phones. It also has an analog audio input if you’d instead not use Bluetooth to connect things. The Hyperboom, on the other hand, has a digital viewpoint entrance. It can be connected to a TV, computer, or gaming console through its optical output. You can switch between two Bluetooth connections, and the built-in microphone lets you change how the speaker sounds, whether inside or outside.
The hyper boom is the best Bluetooth speaker you can take. It has a bigger soundstage, a bit more clarity, and a bit more bass. Also, it sounds more natural.
JBL Xtreme 3
If you want something smaller than the JBL Boombox 2, the Xtreme 3 weighs a lot less and is still a great Bluetooth speaker that can put out a lot of sounds (although not as much as the Boombox 2). Instead of a handle, a shoulder strap can be taken off.
The JBL Xtreme 3 is a versatile boom box that can be set up vertically or horizontally, just like JBL’s smaller Bluetooth speakers. Even though it’s a lot bigger than the Xtreme 2, it doesn’t look too different at first glance from the last model. Still, it has been updated to have a sound with a little more bass and clarity, even though it weighs a lot less. JBL says that these are the main differences between the two speakers:
- The Xtreme 3’s 2 × 25W rated production power is slightly louder than the Xtreme 2’s 2 x 20W.
- The Xtreme 3 is IPX67 (waterproof/dustproof) compared to the IPX7 of Xtreme 2 (waterproof).
- While Xtreme 2 contains JBL Connected Plus sync technology, Xtreme 3 has JBL PartyBoost.
- Just 2.5 hours, as opposed to the Xtreme 2’s 3.5 hours, are added to the charging time (both have 15 hours of battery life)
- Both the Xtreme 3 and the Xtreme 2 have Bluetooth 5.1.
- Despite being slightly bigger, the Xtreme 3 weighs 4.3 lbs less than the Xtreme 2, which weighs 5.3 lbs.
Soundcore Rave Neo
I gave Anker high marks when I reviewed his Soundcore Rave Neo party speaker from the year before. In essence, the Trance Go is the same speaker without the built-in LEDs that let you make a small light show. It has a built-in handle that makes it easy to carry. For a mid-sized speaker that weighs about 6 pounds and plays loudly, it costs about $100. The speaker is waterproof and can work for up to 24 hours on a single charge at a moderate volume level. One USB port can be used to charge all of the devices. Also, it’s essential to know that you can connect more Trance Go speakers if you want to stream music over a bigger soundstage.
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