The 5 Best Indoor and Outdoor Party Speakers 2017

A party ain’t a party if there’s no great music playing loud. Here’s your guide to shaking up the neighborhood.

Every decade has its own definitive party sound. In the forties and fifties, people danced to the sound of live musicians as the music playback devices were not a common thing back then. Well, at least they had radio that actually played MUSIC.

The sixties and seventies, people gladly danced to the sound of rock’n’roll and disco blasting from the LP players. Ah, what a time it was!

In the eighties, cassette players came along – there you had your boombox (aka “ghetto blaster”) playing old school hip hop or “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister.

In the 2000s, people got so preoccupied with gadgets that, at some period, it seemed like no one wanted to socialize anymore with all these MP3 players, iPods, and smartphones. However, even in the era of digital music streaming, people still want to get together and have at the parties while listening to great music.

Modern technology makes it even easier with wireless party speakers, which are light, portable, and powerful enough to make the walls shake. By simply enabling a Bluetooth connection between your smartphone and the party speaker, you can create a playlist of the song you like from your personal music library or music streaming service account.

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This article will help you choose the best party speakers for your celebration to get the party going just right. None of the items on the list is universally good – each its own strong and weak points, so make sure you know your criteria before buying a party speaker.

1. Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Big Blue Party SpeakerThat’s one big fella. Modern look and high-tech aesthetics surely add a lot to the style but the main advantages of this speaker are beneath its cover.

First of all, it’s the 360-degree sound that makes it extremely versatile for any location whether it’s your room, swimming pool area, or a lawn in the field.

Second, the ergonomic design – it’s compact, easy to carry and move around. Big Blue is also rather lightweight – only 15 pounds, which relatively low compared to other popular models, including those on the list.

Finally, the Bluetooth range – it’s up to 33 feet away which is more than enough for most of us party goers.

Now, for the downsides – the sound is one of them. Sure, for a speaker of its size it packs enough volume and power but the sound quality is OK at best. A lot of bass with barely distinct highs and mids is what you’re going to get.

Not a problem if you’re into drum ’n’ bass but other styles of music won’t sound too clear on Big Blue.

Another downside is the low battery life – only 4.5 hours if fully charged. Sure, there’s a cord as well but aren’t we buying these things to run them wirelessly for extended periods of time?

Available at: Amazon

2. ION Audio Tailgater (iPA77) Portable Bluetooth PA Speaker

Ion Audio iPA77What you may think looks like a guitar amp is actually an ION Tailgater party speaker. A peculiar model, it’s not like the rest of them speakers out there.

The strange shape – yes. But once you get over it, you’ll start to think it’s heavy, and it’s actually not. Despite the look and the size, it weighs only 17 pounds, which can be considered lightweight in the world of party speakers.

But wait, here come the kickers – this thing is capable of running for up to 50 hours straight on one charge. Are you up for a 50-hour long party? I know I am=)

Also, ION Tailgater iPA77 party speaker comes with a mic, which is great for those of you who love to sing along to the songs or take up the role of an MC and move the crowd.

Finally, you can charge your phone or tablet by plugging it into the ION iPA77. I wonder if it cooks BBQ as well.

The one disappointment you might have with this speaker is that the sound is kinda meh. It’s neither powerful (50W), nor loud enough to wake up everyone in the five-mile radius. So, if you prefer moderate partying (with karaoke singing), this model is definitely up your alley.

Available at: Amazon

3. Pyle PSUFM1035A Bluetooth 1000 Watt 2-Way Speaker System

Pyle PSUFM1035A Bluetooth 1000 Watt 2-Way Speaker SystemNow, this is the real deal. This guy packs so much power it might be good enough for a disco club. One thousand watts is more than most of us will ever need to hear. Yet, sometimes you just can’t resist the temptation to make it a bit louder.

One major flaw, though – it’s wired. Not a big deal if you have an SD card with the songs ready (it reads memory cards) but, still, not the top-of-the-cream technology the late 2010s can offer.

While we’re in the downside department, we should also mention the bulkiness and the weight. Being a 51-pound speaker doesn’t make it easily portable but that’s pretty much about it.

Everything else is a bliss. The overwhelmingly powerful sound with all the bands equally present in the mix (you can tweak them using the EQ), the DJ lights that go on just nicely.

For a big outdoor party 50+ people, this is a must-have speaker.

Available at: Amazon

4. JAM Party Wireless Boom Box HX-P730GY

JAM Party Wireless Boom Box HX-P730GYAlright, it’s pointless to compare this compact speaker with the rest of the batch in terms of sound power. However, if you take the size into account, it sounds well enough to satisfy a small company but not enough to make a hundred people go dancing.

JAM Party Wireless Boom Box was designed as a “pocket” portable speaker, mostly suitable for small-scale parties, picnics, outings.

It’s lightweight (weighing only 3 pounds), compact, and offers up to 12 hours of non-stop music per charge. The Bluetooth connectivity is also here.

If you need a small, portable party speaker, look no further.

Available at: Amazon

5. Rockville RPG122K Dual 12-inch Powered Speakers With Stands and Microphone

Rockville RPG122K Dual 12-inch Powered Speakers With Stands and MicrophoneWith Rockville RPG122K, we’re talking professional sound equipment. Two 12-inch speakers with a total of 1,000 watts of power are a thing to be reckoned with.

While this speaker system may not be as portable as others on this list (with all these stands, wires, and cables), it definitely offers the top-quality sound. Clear highs, distinctive mids, and powerful lows are guaranteed to satisfy even the audiophiles.

Another great thing is the price, which quite reasonable for a piece of such near-pro sound equipment. If you’re lucky enough to run into a sale, you can buy Rockville RPG122K for a little more than $200, which is a steal for the amount of sound pleasure you’re about to get.

While it’s definitely not for family picnics, Rockville RPG122K will complement any large party, both indoor and outdoor.

Available at: Amazon


That was the end of our “5 best party speakers” list. Make sure to check the product pages of each of the speakers for detailed information on the features, shipment, and price. Have fun!

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