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Before we even start, the most powerful, yet not necessarily loudest Bluetooth speaker, is the Devialet Phantom Gold. At 4500 Watts it is so in a league of its own though (with price as well!) that we’re not even going to discuss it with the rest of these speakers. We’ll tell you more about it at the end of this article. Or you can sell a kidney and jump there right now…
With that out of the way; if you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker with some serious power, that you can buy without having to sacrifice an organ, then we’ve put together a list of the hottest, most powerful and loudest Bluetooth speakers available just for you. Our best recommendations include speakers big, small, cheap, and expensive. We’ve split our list into speakers of large, medium and small sizes.
As always, we have included a Buyer’s Guide at the end of the article. So Make sure to check this out before you decide which speaker to buy.
No Time? Here’s Our Quick Guide
- Best Overall: Soundboks2
The SOUNDBOKS 2 is incredibly over-engineered and expensive, but we love it. At 122db, the speaker is ridiculously loud with stomach-churning bass. The SOUNDBOKS 2 is splashproof, features a 40-hour swappable battery, and provides 1/8-inch AUX and Bluetooth audio connections.
- Best Sound: Naim Mu-So Reference Wireless Music System
The Naim Mu-So is an audiophile’s dream Bluetooth speaker. This incredible speaker will take you to another realm when it comes to sound quality and features. Naim is the brand used in Bentley automobiles, so you know it’s the best!
- Best Budget: DOSS Touch Bluetooth Speaker
The DOSS SoundBox Touch is a compact Bluetooth speaker with some serious power. If you only have $30 to spend on a Bluetooth speaker, then the DOSS Touch is the best value for money.
- Best High-End: Devialet Gold Phantom
The Devialet Gold Phantom is an ultra high-end speaker with some serious power. It boasts 4500 Watts and 108dB of sound!.
Comparing Apples to Apples
We see plenty of lists on the internet where people simply bundle every available loud speaker into a single list and pick the one that kicks out the most decibels. That’s not quite fair (or very useful!) though as you’re not really comparing apples to apples. Take a peek at the graph below comparing the weight – which is usually not a bad indication of the physical size – of the speakers on our list:
I think it’s safe to say that comparing the Soundboks 2 to the Anker Soundcore 2 makes no sense. The amount and size of woofers, tweeters, passive bass radiators and active drivers that you can fit into a 33lbs vs a sub 1lbs package is just not comparable. So, we’ve split our list into 3 groups:
Large and Loud – These Bluetooth speakers are big, bulky, and built for sound. They are, however, not made for portability. While most of our selection can be picked up and carried relatively easily, they are not the type of speakers you just throw in your backpack and head off for a party. These are speakers which have the potential to make enough noise for a house party.
Solid Mid-Size – These are the everyday speakers you’d have in and around your house. You can easily carry them from one room to another, or even outdoors. While they’re portable they are slightly larger than our Petite speakers and therefor pack more of a punch and generally delivers a better sound. Chances are this is the speaker you want to be listening to every day.
Petite yet Powerful – These are compact portable Bluetooth speakers you don’t expect to be very loud, and they end up surprising you with some serious sound. Toss them in your backpack, take them to the beach, camping, on your bike, wherever.
In each category, we’ve tried to select the best value for money, but in some cases, when you want the best product, you have to pay a premium. So let’s jump in…
Large and Loud
Warning : Loud Noise Can Damage Your Hearing
According the the Department of Health, sounds at or below 70 dBA are generally considered safe. Any sound at or above 85 dBA is more likely to damage your hearing over time. Be careful, some of the speakers on this list delivers way above that threshold.
These first 3 speakers are the big boys. The loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market today. Two of these speakers are “portable” in the sense that they have their own batteries while just one will require power from a socket to work. So what should you expect to pay?
These are serious speakers, so be prepared to spend upwards of $700; however, we have included one option at under $300. Too rich for you? Jump to the Solid Mid-Size (and price!) options.
SOUNDBOKS 2 – Loudest Portable Bluetooth Speaker
26.0″ x 17.0″ x 13.0″
The SOUNDBOKS was explicitly designed for party animals on the go. If you’re after some serious power, look no further than the SOUNDBOKS 2. SOUNDBOKS claims this Bluetooth speaker can get as loud as 122dB! To put that into perspective, 120dB is the average volume for the front row of a rock concert.Display the Full Review
The SOUNDBOKS 2 is a badass looking speaker. The outer casing comprises of Baltic birch plywood and steel. This tough outer casing is designed to protect the SOUNDBOKS 2 from any bumps, bangs, and bruises while out on the road.
SOUNDBOKS also claims the speaker is water-resistant or splashproof. There is no IP rating to go along with this so I wouldn’t test how waterproof the SOUNDBOKS 2 really is. My advice, keep this one out of the water!
At 33 lbs, the SOUNDBOKS 2 isn’t exactly lightweight; however, it’s still light enough to be considered portable. There are handles on either side for a couple of mates to carry the SOUNDBOKS 2 and, the speaker comes with an optional backpack harness.
The backpack harness is a serious piece of kit in itself with an aluminum brace to offer support between your back and the speaker.
Awesome Battery Life
One of the most impressive features of the SOUNDBOKS 2 is the 40-hour battery life. The battery packs are removable so, you can purchase multiple batteries, or BATTERYBOKS, to keep the party going longer. Like the SOUNDBOKS 2, the battery packs are built tough with a rubberized outer casing. An excellent feature for those going away outdoors, to a music festival or just heading out into the wilderness to start your own party.
Even with the SOUNDBOKS 2 turned up to full volume, the battery will last 8 hours. That’s better than some portable Bluetooth speaker’s standard battery life.
With the SOUNDBOKS 2, you have two input options ⅛-inch AUX and Bluetooth. Next to the AUX input are two rotary knobs. The first is a simple volume control which goes to 11.
The second adjusts the audio depending on your surrounding environment, including indoor, outdoor, and power off. Indoor mode improves the bass performance and optimizes the sound for playing music inside. This mode also conserves battery. Outdoor mode allows the SOUNDBOKS 2 to operate at higher volumes and optimizes the bass performance for the outdoors but also places more demand on battery life.
What Does the SOUNDBOKS 2 Sound Like?
As you may have already gathered, the SOUNDBOKS 2 is earth-shaking loud. The speaker produces an excellent bass response which performs well at both low and high volumes. Stand close enough to the speaker when it’s at full volume, and you’ll feel that bass throughout your body.
The SOUNDBOKS 2 never distorts or breaks up which is exactly what we expect from a loud Bluetooth speaker.
The midrange is forward with vocals and instrumentation coming through clean and LOUD. The highs are crisp, and the SOUNDBOKS 2 provides a nice high-end sizzle which is especially exciting for EDM and urban genres.
While the SOUNDBOKS 2 is an absolute beast when it comes to playing loud music, the speaker retails for $899, which may be outside of many people’s budget. Is the SOUNDBOKS 2 worth the price tag? Absolutely! The speaker is seriously loud while also delivering exceptional sound quality.
Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
7.5″ x 11.7″ x 19.4″
One of the loudest portable Bluetooth speakers on the market at the moment is the Awia Exos-9. The speaker is extremely popular with many 5-star reviews online. While the Exos-9 is fully portable, it’s not small enough to fit in a bag or backpack. The speaker has a handle on the rear and weighs just 13lbs making it easy to pick up and move around.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The Awia Exos-9 is a modern portable Bluetooth speaker but with classic HiFi/boombox characteristics. The speaker features a large grille with LCD display and large rotary volume control. On top of the Exos-9 is a backlit capacitive touch control panel.
The Exos-9 features a built-in battery offering up to 9 hours of continuous playing time. This is sufficient for a full day of partying, and you can also purchase additional battery packs from the Aiwa website allowing you to extend the battery life. There is also a USB charging output for mobile devices.
There is a built-in 5-band EQ allowing you to fine-tune your Exos-9 to get your ideal sound. Included, are also four pre-programmed EQ pre-sets customized for different genres of music.
Inputs on the Exos-9 include ⅛-inch AUX and Bluetooth. There is also an NFC sensor for enabled devices to quick pair. The fancy onboard capacitive touch control panel which allows you to switch between inputs, play/pause, and adjust audio settings.
The Exos-9 also has a speaker link feature allowing you to pair with an additional Exos-9 for double the power! The second speaker can be paired in stereo or mono depending on your preference.
What Does the Awia Exos-9 Sound Like?
The Exos-9 features a total of five speaker drivers delivering a whopping 200W of power output. More than enough to fill most living spaces with some seriously big sound. The Exos-9 is also going to sound great outdoors with enough power to throw the sound a fifty yards or so.
The speaker’s large 6½-inch low-frequency driver does an incredible job with the Exos-9 pumping out some serious bass. The Exos-9 also performs well in the mid-range and treble with vocals coming through crisp and clear.
The Exos-9 is an absolute beast and will be the perfect loud portable Bluetooth speaker for any occasion. The only downside to the Exos-9 is that it isn’t waterproof. Having said that, the speaker is well built and will be good company for BBQs, garden parties, or even tailgating.
Even though this speaker isn’t waterproof, you can still use the Exos-9 for a pool party positioned a safe distance from the water. The Exos-9 will have no worries pumping your favorite beats across your backyard. Just make sure the neighbors aren’t home!
At just under $300, the Exos-9 offers excellent value for the money and some serious sound.
Naim Mu-So Reference Wireless Music System
4.8″ x 24.7″ x 10.1″
If you consider yourself to be somewhat of an audiophile, then there’s really only one Bluetooth speaker on the market to satisfy your desire for high-quality audio.
Forget what you think you know about Bluetooth speakers and let us introduce the Naim Mu-So Reference Wireless Music System, the Bentley of wireless music systems. This is easily the best sounding and the loudest Bluetooth speaker on the market, delivering a staggering 450W of premium sound.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
At first glance, you might be mistaken for thinking the Mu-So for a gaming console or power amplifier. It’s actually a unique slimline speaker design with a total of six 75W independently powered speaker drivers. It’s a thing of beauty which will look quiet and unassuming in any living space until it’s turned on that is!
The speakers are located in the front of the Mu-So. On top, a circular backlit capacitive touch control panel. The panel includes 15 buttons giving you complete control over your audio experience.
For those who like to keep their media library neat and organized, you’ll be pleased to know the Mu-So is Roon-Ready. Roon allows you to collect and organize all your media files from multiple apps and storage devices into one, easy to use media library.
The Mu-So is also multi-room ready with the ability to connect to other Naim speakers or your Airplay 2 and Chomecast home network.
You have the option of ⅛-inch AUX, optical, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth. The speaker also offers Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast, and connects to many digital streaming services and online radio stations.
There is also the Naim app providing you with even more Mu-So customization and complete control over your music library.
What Does The Naim Mu-So Sound Like?
The sound produced by the Mu-So is nothing short of mind-blowing. The bass is rich and warm with an accurate low-end definition you won’t hear on any other Bluetooth speaker. The mid-range is upfront with life-like clarity and detail. The highs are perfectly balanced, giving the sound incredible nuance, detail, and character. In short, the Mu-So is kickass on every level and cannot be faulted in terms of sound quality.
Whether you want a Mu-So for listening to music, gaming, watching movies, or anything your ears can consume, the Mu-So will make the audio experience come alive.
The Mu-So features a Room Compensation setting which gives you the option of three parameters: near wall, near corner or free space. Each of these settings optimizes the speaker’s drivers to ensure the best sound quality is delivered to your ears.
Naim Mu-So Qb
If the Mu-So is a little out of your budget, then you might want to consider the Mu-So Qb. For $300 cheaper than the Mu-So, the Mu-So Qb includes all the same features but in a smaller box. The Mu-So Qb is 300W versus the Mu-So 450W, but it’s still loud enough to blow you away.
You could also buy the Mu-So and Mu-So Qb together as a package should you want to set up a multi-room speaker system.
If you’re looking for the baddest and the loudest Bluetooth speaker on the market, then look no further than the Naim Mu-So. This is the absolute beast of wireless home music systems with incredible sound and advanced audio features.
The downside to this amazing speaker is the price. At just under $1,000 the Mu-So is expensive, but certainly not overpriced. The sound and features are in another dimension when compared to the other speakers on this list. The Naim Mu-So is worth every penny, so, if you have the cash to spend, definitely check this one out!
The Solid Mid-Size
The next 4 speakers can best be described as the “workhorses” of Bluetooth speakers. They are substantially lighter than the speakers above, and as such they are easier to use on a day-by-day basis. These are the speakers that you’re likely to park in a room and expect them to fill it with great sounding (and in this case loud!) beats. So what should you expect to pay?
There are some amazing speakers in this weight-class and we’ve picked a selection that ranges from about $70 to $150. You can get some amazing value for money from these.
Anker Soundcore Rave Mini
7.1″ x 7.1″ x 13.5″
Anker is one of the industry leaders when it comes to budget Bluetooth speakers. The latest offering is the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini. This is easily one of Anker’s best speakers to date packed full of features you’d usually find in speakers double or triple the price.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The Soundcore Rave Mini stands just 17-inches high and weighs 7 lbs but produces an impressive 80W of sound. Although slightly larger than most portable Bluetooth speakers, the Soundcore Rave Mini is still relatively lightweight with a handle for easy carrying.
Like most party speakers, the Soundcore Rave Mini comes with LED lights and 6 modes suited to various genres of music. There is a button to control the LED lights on the speaker or, you can connect the Soundcore App for more control. Through the app, you can also change EQ presets and other audio settings.
If you’re looking to use the Soundcore Rave Mini at the pool or in the shower, you’ll be pleased to know the speaker comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. This rating will protect your speaker to a depth of 1m (3.2 foot) for up to 30 minutes. The speaker enclosure is also very durable and should survive the odd bump, scratch or drop. If you’re looking for a loud outdoor Bluetooth speaker, the Rave Mini is definitely one to check out.
Another great feature for the outdoors is the 18-hour built-in battery. Obviously, actual battery life will depend on whether or not you’re using the lights and how loud you play the Rave Mini. Charge time from flat is 4 hours.
The Soundcore app adds even more features and customization to your Rave Mini. Key features include DJ-style lighting control, EQ customization, and party games. You can also
Audio Connections and Controls
Audio inputs include ⅛-inch AUX, USB, and Bluetooth version 5.0. There is a 10-button control panel on top of the speaker, giving you full access to controlling your music without touching your phone.
Buttons include power, lighting effects, play/pause, next track, previous track, volume, input source, and Bluetooth pairing. There is even a BassUp button to provide you with a little bass boost when you’re going into full party mode.
What Does the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini Sound Like?
The Soundcore Rave Mini is one of Anker’s best sounding speakers to date. For its size, the Rave Mini is surprisingly loud pumping out 80W of sound. The bass is nice and chunky, albeit a little looser than premium speakers. The mid-range and highs are tuned for party music.
While the Rave Mini doesn’t have the most sophisticated sound, but it will do its primary job, which is to get the party started!
If you’re looking for a budget party speaker, the Soundcore Rave Mini is definitely one to check out. It’s still going to run you about $150, but when you compare this to the JBL or Awia as well as consider the ton of features you get, the Soundcore Rave Mini is well worth the price.
AOMAIS GO Portable Bluetooth Speaker
13.5″ x 7.5″ x 3.8″
If you’re on a tight budget but still want the loudest Bluetooth speaker your money can buy, then you’ll want to have a look at the AOMAIS GO Portable Bluetooth Speaker. The AOMAIS GO is designed to be carried like a briefcase making it the perfect speaker to take… well, on the GO.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The speaker comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating which means it can be submerged to a depth of 1m (3.2 foot) for up to 30 minutes. AOMAIS also claim the GO can survive a mudbath and snow! The speaker’s somewhat compact design and handle means you can use the GO in the shower or while having a bath.
The AOMAIS GO features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. Calls can be answered, rejected, or ended from the onboard controls. Call quality isn’t great, and you have to be really close to the speaker for the other person to hear you. But it is good enough for taking quick calls between songs.
The microphone is also compatible with voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. You can also pair your AOMAIS GO to your Alexa enabled device.
The built-in battery offers up to 30 hours of playing time which means you can take the AOMAIS GO on extended trips, camping, tailgating, and more. There is also a USB power bank for charging mobile devices.
Audio Connections and Controls
You have the option of ⅛-inch AUX or Bluetooth as audio inputs. The speaker also features a 4-button onboard control panel, including functionality to play/pause, adjust the volume, skip tracks, and pair Bluetooth devices.
What Does the AOMAIS GO Sound Like?
The AOMAIS GO features two 15W full-range drivers coupled to two bass radiators delivering up to 30W of sound. More than enough to fill most small to medium-sized rooms, or for music around the pool or BBQ.
At $70, don’t expect overly impressive audio quality, but the AOMAIS GO is indeed loud. Although loud, the AOMAIS GO does lack a little bass, so if you’re a bass head, this one might not be for you. The mid-range and treble response is average sounding when compared to the more premium speakers on this list, but still clear enough to enjoy your music.
If you’re looking for the loudest Bluetooth speaker under 100 dollars, then the AOMAIS GO is definitely worth checking out. The speaker offers simple features with a big sound to keep the party going no matter where you are. If you’re the type of person who puts a speaker through its paces by getting it dirty and knocking it about, the AOMAIS GO might be the speaker for you. At $70, it won’t hurt when you invariably have to replace it.
JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker
12.5″ x 8.0″ x 7.5″
JBL is a firm favorite in the portable speaker market. The mega pro-audio brand has a product for just about every application but definitely lead the way when it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers. The JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker was released a few years ago but continues to be a firm favorite with consumers.
At 8 inches long and weighing just 4.65 lbs, the Xtreme is portable enough to throw in a large backpack to take on any adventures. There are also two hooks which allow you to attach a shoulder strap for music on-the-go.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The JBL Xtreme is a somewhat chunky, a bit bigger than the average portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s just small enough to be portable, but large enough to deliver some serious sound!
The speaker is covered in JBL’s signature rubberized mesh, offering protection from the odd bump and drop.
The Xtreme is rated as splashproof with no apparent waterproof rating. So, this isn’t a speaker you would want to submerge or get too wet. If you like the Xtreme but want something a little more waterproof, you can get the newer Xtreme 2 which has an IPX7 rating.
The built-in battery will give you up to 15 hours of playing time, depending of course how loud you choose to play your Xtreme. There are also two USB power banks for charging mobile devices.
The Xtreme features a built-in speakerphone with a mic so you can make and receive calls while your mobile is paired with the speaker. Call quality is decent, but you need to be close to the speaker for the caller to hear you properly.
Audio Connections and Controls
The Xtreme offers a ⅛-inch AUX input and Bluetooth version 4.1 for wireless connectivity. You can pair up to 3 Bluetooth devices at the same time, making it easy to take turns playing music with your friends.
There is a 6-button control panel on top of the Xtreme, allowing you to play/pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, pair Bluetooth devices, and enable JBL Connect. The Xtreme is an older JBL speaker, so this is not Connect+; however, recent firmware updates now make JBL Connect and Connect+ speakers compatible.
What Does The JBL Xtreme Sound Like?
The Xtreme features 2 x 2 ½-inch full-range drivers coupled to a bass radiator either end delivering up to 40W of sound. As to be expected from JBL, the Xtreme is rock solid when it comes to sound quality.
The Xtreme is surprisingly warm and bassy for such a small speaker with a clear and upfront mid-range. The highs are crisp, giving the Xtreme a fun sound profile. The Xtreme is easily one of the loudest portable Bluetooth speakers on the market today.
If you’re a JBL fan, then you’ll love the Xtreme. The speaker offers premium features and the incredible JBL sound we know and love. If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker for use at home, around the pool and perhaps even on the odd outdoor adventure, then the Xtreme will be an excellent choice.
For $30 more, you can get the JBL Xtreme 2 with an IPX7 rating, JBL Connect+, and a few minor tweaks to the aesthetics. Both the Xtreme and Xtreme 2 come in a variety of colors.
VAVA VOOM 22
6.0″ x 4.4″ x 9.9″
For many, this will be your first introduction to VAVA speakers. The company produces some awesome audio products cool aesthetics with decent sound quality at an affordable price. The VAVA VOOM 22 is a compact Bluetooth speaker with a stylish minimalist design packed full of features.
VAVA claim to have won a Red Dot Award for the VOOM 22’s design, but we were unable to verify this on the Red Dot Design Award website. Having said that, the speaker is exceptionally well designed, especially given that the VOOM 22 comes in at under $100.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The VAVA VOOM 22 stands 9 inches high and weighs just 3.88 lbs. The speaker is covered in an acoustic fabric with a small control panel on top.
While the speaker is small and portable, I think it’s just too good looking to take outdoors and risk getting it dirty. It’s a great portable Bluetooth speaker for around the house but definitely doesn’t have the same durable features you find on the JBL Xtreme or AOMAIS GO.
Audio Connections and Controls
The VAVA VOOM 22 allows for ⅛-inch AUX and Bluetooth for audio inputs. There is also an 8-button onboard control panel so you can have full control over sound and functionality.
What Does the VAVA VOOM 22 Sound Like?
The VOOM 22 features a 3½-inch woofer with a ¾-inch tweeter producing a total of 60W of sound! That’s more than most soundbars on the market at the moment. The VOOM 22 also features an EQ button which is basically a bass boost.
The sound quality is on par with Anker and DOSS speakers. There isn’t a lot of bass, and the bass boost feature can make the low-end sound a little loose and wooly. Mid-range and treble provide good clarity for most genres of music. The VOOM 22 is by no means a premium sounding speaker, but certainly better than most middle of the range Bluetooth speakers.
If you want even more sound, you can also pair two VOOM 22 speakers. At 120W, you’ll have a seriously powerful Bluetooth speaker system.
If you’re all about the aesthetics, then you’ll love the trendy VOOM 22. The speaker offers minimal design features which means it’ll blend in with surrounding decor better than most Bluetooth speakers on the market.
Petite Yet Powerful
In the last part of this article we’ve included a list of 5 compact loud Bluetooth speakers. Although small, these speakers still pack a punch! The small Bluetooth speaker market segment is quite saturated and very competitive. You can check out our list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers here.
In this small selection, you’ll find speakers as cheap as $28 while some of the premium brands will cost between $100 to $150.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
7.1″ x 2.3″ x 2.0″
Bose is one of the most popular consumer audio brands. The SoundLink range includes speakers of all shapes and sizes which means you can create a fully integrated multi-room, wireless Bose speaker system. The SoundLink Mini II is one of the smallest speakers in the range but still delivers some serious sound.
This awesome little speaker is great for use around the home but is compact enough to fit inside a backpack or even a small handbag. The SoundLink II is a premium speaker, which means it costs $100 or more than many similar budget Bluetooth speakers of the same size. But, is the SoundLink II worth the extra cash?Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The SoundLink Mini II is encased in a solid aluminum cover with a sturdy grille covering the speakers. This all-metal design offers durability but also gives the SoundLink Mini II a premium look and feel. Something you don’t get from a cheap plastic Bluetooth speaker.
Worried about the aluminum getting scratched? Bose has thought of this too. As an optional extra, you can purchase Bose soft covers to dress your SoundLink Mini II stylishly and prevent the speaker from getting scratched. The covers come in gray, black, blue, green, and red. Make sure to add a cover to your basket when checking out.
One of the coolest features on the SoundLink Mini II is the battery cradle. No more reaching behind the cabinet to find a charging cable. Just set the cradle up next to your bed, in the kitchen or where ever you plan to use it most, and when you need to charge the speaker, place it on top to charge. Easy!
The SoundLink Mini II will give you 10 hours of playing time from a fully charged battery.
The cradle is also great for acoustics as it prevents the speaker from vibrating and moving on the surface it’s playing from.
Another cool feature is the SoundLink Mini II voice instructions and feedback. The computerized voice tells you the remaining battery life, Bluetooth pairing instructions and even says who’s on the other end of the line for an incoming call.
The SoundLink Mini II also has a built-in microphone so you can use voice assistants like Siri and Google. The speaker is also compatible with Alexa devices, and you can even pick up a SoundLink Mini II with an Echo Dot as a bundle offer on Amazon.
Audio Connections and Controls
You have the option of Bluetooth or ⅛-inch AUX for audio inputs on the SoundLink Mini II. Bluetooth connectivity is fast, and the SoundLink Mini II will save up to 8 Bluetooth devices for automatic pairing.
There is a simple 5-button onboard control panel giving you quick access to any paired device. These include power, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down, and multi-function. The multi-function button controls play/pause and manages incoming calls.
What Does The Bose SoundLink Mini II Sound Like?
Bose doesn’t specify the power output of the SoundLink Mini II; however, we can confirm it’s seriously loud for its size. The speaker also delivers a surprisingly warm bass response, far better than any other Bluetooth speaker of this size.
Where most competitors tune the low-end of their Bluetooth speakers for dance and urban music, the SoundLink Mini II sounds incredible for all genres.
The mid-range is forward with the SoundLink Mini II delivering excellent vocal clarity, especially given the speaker’s size!
Bose is renowned for the quality in both sound and aesthetics, and the SoundLink Mini II is no different. This small Bluetooth speaker is well built and packs a serious punch for its size. If you’re looking for a premium compact Bluetooth speaker, there aren’t many speakers in the SoundLink Mini II’s class.
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM
3.3″ x 3.3″ x 8.9″
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears is always up there just behind or often on par with big brands like JBL, Sony, and Bose. With its 9-inch tall cylindrical design, stylish design features, and 360-degree sound, the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM is an incredibly popular speaker. What’s more, the UE MEGABOOM typically retails for under $100!Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The UE MEGABOOM is similar in size and weight to the JBL Xtreme. Where the MEGABOOM has the edge over the Xtreme is with its IPX7 waterproof rating (unless, of course, you choose to purchase the Xtreme 2). Also, the MEGABOOM offers a 20-hour battery life versus the Xtreme’s 15 hours.
If you’re into collecting UE MEGABOOM speakers, you’ll be pleased to know you can connect up to 50 UE MEGABOOM speakers simultaneously.
The speaker features a built-in speakerphone with a microphone allowing you to receive calls and use voice assistants. The MEGABOOM is also compatible with Alexa devices like the Echo or Echo Dot.
Audio Connections and Controls
You have ⅛-inch AUX and Bluetooth (with NFC) available for audio inputs. You can pair up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously for back to back music sessions with a friend. Also, the MEGABOOM will save up to 8 Bluetooth devices for automatic pairing.
There are two buttons to control the volume, which are the large UE signature volume up (+) and volume down (-). On top of the speaker, is a power switch and Bluetooth pairing button.
In addition to physical buttons, the MEGABOOM also incorporates a tap technology. A single tap to the top of the speaker will play or pause songs, while a quick double-tap with skip to the next track. Unfortunately, there is no tap for the previous track.
You can access even more features and controls through the Ultimate Ears app. Using the app, you can adjust the EQ, pair additional MEGABOOM speakers, set up Alexa, and even set up an alarm with your favorite music to wake you up.
What Does the UE MEGABOOM Sound Like?
The MEGABOOM features 2 x 2″ full-range drivers paired with 2 x 2″ passive bass radiators for improved low-end performance. The speakers are located on opposite sides which allows the MEGABOOM to deliver 360° of sound.
The MEGABOOM is seriously loud, easily one of the loudest waterproof Bluetooth speakers around. You can also add up to 50 MEGABOOM speakers together to great a giant Bluetooth speaker sound system for even more room-filling audio.
The UE MEGABOOM is one of the more trendy looking Bluetooth speakers on the market. Not only does it look cool, but the MEGABOOM delivers in terms of audio and sound quality.
Although the speaker has minimal onboard controls, the MEGABOOM app allows you to access many more functions and settings. More than you would find on most portable Bluetooth speakers.
The speaker is available in several colors so you can choose a style to suit your party vibe.
Riva Audio TURBO X Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
9.1″ x 4.1″ x 3.5″
If you’re looking for a sleek and stylish portable Bluetooth speaker, then you may want to take a peek at the RIVA TURBO X. The speaker is packed full of premium features, which is why the price tag is just short of $200. Is the RIVA TURBO X worth the money? Let’s take a look.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
One thing that has to be said about the TURBO X is it’s a good looking Bluetooth speaker. The minimalist design, capacitive touch buttons, and high-gloss top give the TURBO X a sophisticated, premium look. While the gloss top does look great, it is a fingerprint magnet, so have a rag ready to polish her up from time to time :).
The TURBO X features an impressive 26-hour built-in battery placing it above many of the premium competitors in this department. In TURBO MODE or max volume, you can expect to get around 6 hours of playing time. You’ll also find USB charge outputs for topping up your mobile devices.
One thing RIVA has touted as being the best in its class is the TURBO X’s built-in speakerphone. And rightfully so. This is one of those Bluetooth speakers where the speakerphone actually works as you expect it to. Call quality is better than most of the leading competitors.
Audio Connections and Controls
The TURBO X offers Bluetooth for wireless and ⅛-inch AUX for cable inputs. There is a USB port, but this is for charging mobile devices only.
The TURBO X has an adjustable EQ and even offers a PHONO MODE for when you connect a turntable via the ⅛-inch AUX input.
The 7-button onboard capacitive touch controls allow controlling both the speaker and your paired Bluetooth device. Buttons include power, Trillium™ Surround, input selection/Bluetooth pairing, mute, volume, and TURBO MODE.
- What is Trillium Surround?
Trillium Surround is RIVA Audio’s virtual surround sound mode. When engaged, the speaker acts like a soundbar creating a virtual left/right/center array. If you’re watching movies or playing games on your mobile, Trillium Surround will enhance the audio experience.
- What is TURBO Mode?
TURBO Mode is essentially a bass boost feature. When engaged, the TURBO X will enhance specific frequencies, particularly the low-end, for a louder, more immersive audio experience.
What Does the RIVA TURBO X Sound Like?
The TURBO X features 3 x 2.3″ full-range speaker drivers coupled to four passive bass radiators. The speaker kicks out an impressive 45W which is crazy given the TURBO X’s compact size. The speaker is seriously loud, and the bass response is exceptional for a small Bluetooth speaker.
The bass is big and punchy while the mids offer excellent clarity. The treble is surprisingly detailed for a speaker this size. This is great for playing music but also means playing games and watching movies will sound good too.
Overall, the TURBO X is a fun Bluetooth speaker to listen to, especially for urban and dance music genres.
RIVA Audio is relatively new to the market but has already released several incredible Bluetooth speakers. The focus is on a premium build, and the best sound, which RIVA has successfully achieved with the TURBO X. What we really love about the TURBO X is that every feature actually works as advertised!
DOSS Touch Bluetooth Speaker
6.6″ x 2.9″ x 2.7″
If you’re looking for the loudest Bluetooth speaker at the most affordable price, then you might want to consider the DOSS SoundBox Touch Bluetooth Speaker. At under $30, there isn’t a better portable Bluetooth speaker on the market. This incredible speaker offers many of the features you’ll find in premium brand Bluetooth speakers.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The DOSS SoundBox Touch shares a similar design to the RIVA TURBO X but half the size and weight. The top of the speaker features a high-gloss finish which attracts fingerprints and grime. A minor, but still an annoying flaw.
The SoundBox Touch features a 12-hour built-in battery which will fully recharge from flat in under 4 hours. Not the quickest recharge time, but for under $30, who’s complaining?
The speaker carries an IPX4 waterproof rating which essentially makes the SoundBox Touch splashproof. Technically, you could use the SoundBox Touch around the pool or in the shower, but you might want to keep this one away from water. The odd spill or splash will be fine.
With its built-in microphone, the SoundBox Touch can be used as a speakerphone for hands-free calling. The call quality isn’t great, so I wouldn’t base my purchase of the SoundBox Touch on its speakerphone!
Audio Connections and Controls
The SoundBox Touch gets its name from the 5-button capacitive touch control panel. Buttons include play/pause/call management, skip left and right, volume control, and input selection.
You have three ways to connect your audio with the DOSS SoundBox Touch. You can connect via micro SD, ⅛-inch AUX, and Bluetooth. The speaker features Bluetooth version 4, which is a little outdated but works just fine. Both Bluetooth range and connectivity are solid with no issues.
What Does The DOSS SoundBox Touch Sound Like?
The DOSS SoundBox Touch delivers just 12W of sound; however, it’s surprisingly loud for its size. The speaker will easily fill a small room which is great for dorms, home offices, the bedroom or kitchen.
The bass has a nice punch, but it’s by no means a powerful bass speaker. Mid-range and treble response is undoubtedly better than most Bluetooth speakers under $30, but nowhere near the quality of premium brands.
If you’re looking for a cheap Bluetooth speaker that still has a premium sound and finish, then the DOSS SoundBox Touch is one to consider. The Touch comes in at the same price point as the Anker Soundcore, and both speakers have a similar sound profile. The Touch is slightly louder while the Anker Soundcore offers better durability.
Anker Soundcore 2 Bluetooth Speaker
6.5″ x 2.2″ x 1.8″
A longtime favorite at the budget end of Bluetooth speakers is the Anker Soundcore 2 Bluetooth Speaker. Why is this speaker so popular? Firstly, at under $40, the Soundcore 2 is affordable. It also delivers decent sound, and for its compact size, the Soundcore 2 is surprisingly loud. When it comes to value for money, the Soundcore 2 ticks all the boxes.Display the Full Review
Design and Features
The Soundcore 2 features Anker’s signature shape with rubberized top, belly, and sides. Speaker grilles cover the front and back for the speaker drivers and passive bass radiators respectively.
The rubberized sides don’t just protect the Soundcore 2 from bumps and scratches, but also prevent the speaker from moving around when turned up to max volume.
Adventure seekers will be pleased to know the Soundcore 2 features an IPX7 waterproof rating protecting the speaker against complete submersion to a depth of 1 meter (3.2 foot) for up to 30 minutes.
The Anker Soundcore 2 features an impressive 24-hour built-in battery. Given that the Soundcore 2 only weighs less than a pound, 24 hours is a lot!
If you have two Anker Soundcore 2 speakers, you can pair them together in stereo. This is especially useful if you’re playing games or watching movies on your mobile. With Bluetooth version 5.0, you can experience video playback without any lipsync or latency issues.
Audio Connections and Controls
You have the option of cable or wireless with a ⅛-inch input and Bluetooth. With the latest version of Bluetooth onboard, you can expect stable connectivity and range from the Soundcore 2.
On top of the speaker is a 5-button control for power, play/pause, volume up & down, and Bluetooth pairing. The large buttons are raised, adding to the speaker’s trendy aesthetic.
What Does The Anker Soundcore 2 Sound Like?
The Anker Soundcore 2 delivers a total of 12W of power from two compact 6W speaker drivers. While this might not be as loud as many of the speakers on our list, it’s still impressive for a speaker of this size and price point.
The Soundcore 2 delivers a decent amount of low-end; however, I wouldn’t call it a bass speaker by any means. The mid-range and treble response is surprisingly good for the price. There isn’t much break-up and distortion on the Soundcore 2, which is impressive for such a small cheap speaker.
If you don’t like the gloss finish on the DOSS SoundBox Touch, then the Anker Soundcore 2 is a good alternative. Both speakers are very close in terms of sound and feature, but the Soundcore 2 comes in at about $11 more.
The best thing about the Soundcore 2 is its size and durability. This is the kind of speaker you can pop in your backpack to take on holiday or a trip to the beach. While the speaker is loud, it’s not loud enough to bother people around you or annoy the neighbors.
Bluetooth Speaker Trends
It feels like Bluetooth speakers have come along way in such a short space of time. The most significant improvement for Bluetooth speakers is the release of Bluetooth version 5.0. While the technology has been around for some time, we’re now seeing more Bluetooth speakers adopt the new wireless technology en masse.
While Bluetooth 5.1 whas been announced, it doesn’t seem to have any significant improvements for audio. Jump here for a rundown of some of the key features on Bluetooth version 5.0.
Bluetooth still remains the wireless technology of choice for brands, but we are seeing some Bluetooth speakers include WiFi connectivity too. We haven’t featured any of this in this article, but you can find them in our best WiFi Speakers article.
One feature which continues to improve is battery life. It wasn’t long ago that 10 hours of battery life was the best you could get. Now speakers are getting upwards of 20 hours with some Bluetooth speakers managing 40 hours plus.
Sound quality continues to improve. Brands like JBL, SOUNDBOKS, Bose, and Sony continue to deliver on sound quality. These brands do charge a premium, but the quality is far superior to the budget end of the Bluetooth speaker market. Having said that, even budget Bluetooth speakers are sounding better with every release. For example, the Soundcore Rave Mini is undoubtedly Anker’s best sounding speaker to date.
More and more brands are releasing apps for their speakers. Even at the budget end of the spectrum. Through these apps, you can often access settings and features which cannot be accessed using the speaker’s onboard controls.
Speakerphone technology is improving, and in some cases, getting worse. Even the premium brands battle to get this right. We have noticed several products have chosen to drop the speakerphone feature altogether. I think this is a wise option. I would rather have that money go into features we actually use.
Having said that, the built-in microphone is useful for accessing voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Bixby, and others. More and more Bluetooth speakers are also including Alexa integration with the ability to connect with Echo devices. It won’t be long until many of these speakers have Amazon Alexa built-in.
Loudest Bluetooth Speaker in Order of Power
|Devialet Gold Phantom||4500W|
|Naim Mu-So Reference Wireless Music System||450W|
|Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker||200W|
|Anker Soundcore Rave Mini||80W|
|VAVA VOOM 22||60W|
|Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II||50W|
|Riva Audio TURBO X Wireless Bluetooth Speaker||45W|
|JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker||40W|
|Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM||36W|
|AOMAIS GO Portable Bluetooth Speaker||30W|
|DOSS Touch Bluetooth Speaker||12W|
|Anker Soundcore 2 Bluetooth Speaker||12W|
Loudest Bluetooth Speaker in Order of Price
If you’re a price-conscious shopper, you might want to know how you can get the most value for the lowest price? There are two speakers under $50, the DOSS SoundBox Touch and the Anker Soundcore 2.
If you’re looking for the best value for money under $100, then the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM is going to be the best buy.
Overall, I’d say the best value for money is a close call between the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini and the JBL Xtreme. The Soundcore Rave Mini beats the Xtreme on waterproof rating but the Xtreme is significantly better when it comes to sound quality.
|Under $50||DOSS Touch |
Anker Soundcore 2
|Under $100||AOMAIS GO |
RIVA TURBO X
|Under $200||Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM |
VAVA VOOM 22
Bose Soundlink Mini
Anker Soundcore Rave Mini
|Under $500||JBL Xtreme |
|Under $1000||Soundboks 2 |
Loudest Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If portability is what you’re after, then the best speaker with a built-in battery is the SOUNDBOKS 2. This incredible Bluetooth speaker is all you’ll need for a house party and is powerful enough for use outdoors. It does have some weatherproofing so, you can use the SOUNDBOKS 2 for beach parties, but I wouldn’t want to get the speaker near the saltwater!
Loudest Non-Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you’re looking for a loud Bluetooth speaker for the home, then there is no better option than the Naim Mu-So Reference Wireless Music System. The Mu-So is the Bentley of Bluetooth speakers which is fitting since Naim is the brand of speaker used in Bentley automobiles.
The Mu-So has features you probably don’t even know exist yet, which is why the speaker costs just shy of $900.
Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If you’re looking for a loud Bluetooth speaker to get wet around the pool or in the shower, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini. The speaker carries an IPX7 waterproof rating which is the highest rating you’ll get on a Bluetooth speaker.
Besides waterproof features, the Soundcore Rave Mini includes some awesome LED lights, Bluetooth 5.0, the Soundcore app, an 18-hour battery, and much more!
Small But Loud
Sometimes dynamite comes in small packages. Or so they say, I don’t know much about dynamite. But I do know the Anker Soundcore 2 is our most compact Bluetooth speaker, but still packs some serious power. If you’re looking for a small, loud Bluetooth speaker, then Soundcore 2 is your best option. The speaker weighs just 12.64 ounces and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
What is Bluetooth Version 5 all About?
Throughout this article, we have mentioned Bluetooth version 5. But what is Bluetooth version 5, and why should you care?
The most significant difference between version 5 and version 4 is improved speed and higher data transfer. You might not notice this difference when listening to music, but you’ll definitely notice when watching video playback.
Previous versions of Bluetooth were not kind to video. You often experienced latency issues which meant the sound and video didn’t match up.
With more wireless power, comes better connectivity and stability. We saw this with version 4.2, but Bluetooth 5 is vastly better. The range hasn’t increased, but the stability over distance is definitely improved.
Bluetooth 5.1 has been released, but brands are only now starting to adopt this version in their new products. There were only minor changes on this upgrade so I don’t think manufacturers feel pressure to upgrade just yet.
Meet the Devialet Gold Phantom
Positively the Loudest Bluetooth Speaker aka “What can I get for the silly money?”
At the start of this article we mentioned the Devialet Gold Phantom and promised that we’d get back to it. Here it is!
This speaker is positively insane, not only in “loudness” but also in quality of sound. Listen to this: the 4500 peak watts is enabled by 108 patents. A titanium tweeter offers a frequency range of 14Hz to 27kHz and 108 db of sheer madness. And of course, it comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, TV, Web Radio and all the trappings you’d expect in a high-end modern day Bluetooth speaker.
All of that awesomeness comes at a price though. Find out how much exactly for yourself
But before you do, check out the video below and just love it with us.
03 March 2020 – Added info about the Devialet Gold Phantom because it’s just too awesome not to mention here.
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