A party isn’t a party without loud music shaking up the neighborhood and for that, you need proper speakers. This article is about speakers suitable for a 50 to 150 person house- or block party. We reckon that for a party speaker to be called a “party speaker” it needs to tick at least the majority of the boxes below.
While you can probably provide music for a small gathering of friends with any of the thousands of portable Bluetooth speakers available on the market, we’ve very deliberately excluded those from our selection. Unsurprisingly, you’ll see some crossover between this article and our reviews of the loudest Bluetooth speakers, karaoke machines, best tailgate speakers, and even portable PA systems. The speakers on this list were specifically selected based on our party speaker criteria above.
Meet Our Winners
The JBL Partybox 300 simply meets all the criteria we’ve established for a good party speaker. At 110 dB it is loud, has great LED lights, and mic and guitar inputs. Bluetooth connectivity for up to 3 devices, and an 18-hour battery.
Loudest Party Speaker
At 122 dB the Soundboks 2 is easily the loudest party speaker on our list. If your aim is to turn your party into a full-blown rager, bring the house down, or get your party shut down by the cops, we highly recommend the Soundboks.
The Anker Soundcore Rave Mini gets our nod for the most versatile party speaker. It weighs in at under 5lbs so it’s portable, has great light effects, an 18 hr battery, awesome sound with deep bass, is IPX7 rated so you can throw it in the pool, and still kicks out 101 dB!
Best Light Effects
We think the Sony XB72 High Power Home Audio System has the best lighting effects of the speakers on our list. With a line light, speaker lights, and a flashing strobe you can create a light effect for any party mood, slow to rocking.
Best for Karaoke
We really like the Ion Audio iPA77 Tailgater for a portable karaoke option, but on the whole, we think the Sony XB 72 is the best karaoke speaker on the list. It has a live music sound option and the quality of the voice output is simply better.
Best Value for Money
Again, the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini gets our nod for the best value for money. It’s also our pick for the most versatile party speaker, and you can get all that it has to offer for under $170
Most Stylish Speaker
If your idea of a party is to dress up, have some friends over with well-trimmed beards, drink lots of red wine and talk about anything from politics to astrophysics all night, then look no further than the Aiwa Exos-9. It’s a stunningly stylish party speaker that will blend with your decor and does not compromise on sound quality or volume at all.
If your sole criteria for a party speaker is that it be “loud”, then jump over to our article on the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market, and you’ll be much better served. Yes, the speakers on this list are loud, with great bass, but they incorporate some features specifically targeted at throwing an epic party.
How to Pick the Best Party Speaker
When you set out to pick a speaker for your next party there are two important questions you’ll have to answer to help you decide what size speaker you should buy;
You obviously need a much more powerful system to ensure your music reaches 150 people at an outdoor venue, as opposed to 25 people in a single room indoors. For your convenience, we’ve put together the table below which you can use as a rough guide to help you size the speaker you’ll need.
|25-50||40-80W System||80-120W System|
|50-75||60-120W System||120-200W System|
|75-150||200-400W System||300-600W System|
Bear in mind, there’s no real “science” behind this, just years of experience and a lot of conversations with DJs and event planners. You know your venue and your sound requirements better than we do, so apply your own criteria on top of this and buy a speaker you’ll enjoy owning.
Editors Note: This list was updated on November 25th, 2020 to update some speaker information and reflect our latest review experiences. Click here to see the full update history.
Our Selection of the Best Party Speakers
This article will help you choose the best party speakers for your event. None of the items on the list is universally good. Each has its own strong and weak points, so make sure you know your criteria before buying a party speaker. Here are our picks.
Imagine your typical Bluetooth speaker, now make it bigger, badder, and louder, and you have the Partybox. The JBL Partybox 300 takes a tried and true speaker design and scales it up in size, leaving you with a great party speaker for any occasion.
At first glance, the JBL Partybox 300 is an attention grabber thanks to its full front panel LED lights, and the build quality is great for a speaker of this size. You’ll notice the speaker is quite heavy and sturdy so you should be aware of the size of this thing before buying it. This speaker is similar in size to a Soundboks, but it is slightly larger but not nearly as expensive! The design quality is great, exactly what you’d expect of JBL.
The JBL Partybox 300 delivers powerful sound with clean low end and bright treble that will cut through the ambient crowd noise of even your biggest parties or cookouts. Whether you’re celebrating inside or outdoors you can enjoy all of your favorite music colored with JBL’s standard sound signature, so if you’re a fan of other JBL audio products this may be the best party speaker for you.
Being a party speaker through and through, the JBL Partybox 300 was designed with Bluetooth connectivity in mind, but it also comes with line I/O connections and two ¼” ports for microphones and speakers, as well as a 3.5mm aux jack and a USB port. You can keep the party going for up to 18 hours with the Partybox’s rechargeable battery or keep your speaker plugged in via the 12V DC port in the rear of the device.
While not a lightweight party speaker, the JBL Partybox 300 truly lives up to its name and can provide you and your friends with a whopping 110dB of quality sound. This speaker is a great option for any party or event especially if you are a fan of JBL’s staple sound color signature. The build quality and LED’s add an extra element of excitement to this speaker’s design that helps it stand out from the crowd.
While it lacks the portability of some of the speakers on this list, the Sony XB72 home audio system is one of the best party speakers you can buy, especially considering the great value you get for the price! Pair up to 3 Bluetooth devices, listen to the radio or connect your own microphone to ramp up the party any way you’d like.
This speaker is beaten into second place by the JBL Partybox primarily because it has no battery. In all fairness, it does have a larger and slightly more expensive big brother in the Sony GTKXB90 that sports a 16-hour playback battery. Maybe that should be featured here instead?
The Sony XB72 could be described as a mid-size speaker measuring in at just over 2-feet tall and weighing 20 pounds. Portability wise this speaker isn’t a great option because it requires DC power and has no battery. For home use, however, this speaker provides a lot of power and doesn’t take up much room. The LEDs on the front panel are customizable with 3 different light show patterns and the overall build quality of the speaker is great.
The XB72 home audio system sounds awesome, specific attention to detail was given to the bass and low end with this speaker, so this is a great speaker for you if you listen to electronic or hip-hop – or any other bass-heavy genre! Among speaker systems in this price range, the Sony XB72’s two 6 and 3/8″ woofers and 2-inch tweeter can provide a high-quality listening experience for dancing, karaoke, performances, and more. Even at max volume, this speaker is clear and crisp with no distortion.
You can connect up to 3 devices to this speaker via Bluetooth, but you can also connect a microphone and charge your phone via the ports at the rear of the device.
Overall, the Sony XB72 is a beastly Bluetooth speaker that’s great for any party. If you want to take it outdoors, be aware you’ll need to plug it into a power outlet. After considering the lack of portability, even still, this speaker will provide you with a great listening experience for a great price!
Previously Featured: This speaker is an upgrade of the Sony GTKXB7BC High Power Home Audio System previously featured here. It’s still a good speaker and worth checking out.
This monster of a party speaker will leave you more satisfied than you ever thought a speaker could. Now, I have to say that if your idea is to throw a small mediocre party with some James Blunt in the background then this is not the speaker for you. This portable party speaker is an absolute beast – with 122 dB, we sincerely hope that you are not attached to your roof because this thing will blow it right off (metaphorically speaking of course – the speaker won’t cause actual damage to your roof).
But seriously, this might be the most powerful portable party speaker you can get your hands on. It has a sound range of 100 yards and can easily cater to a party of over 100 people. In order to ensure that the party lasts, this speaker has 2 batteries that give it 150 hours of playtime – if you want to play it at max volume then you will still have 50 hours of playtime.
So this speaker will give you a whole weekend of non-stop partying. And since there are 2 removable batteries, you can charge one while the Soundboks runs on the other battery. If volume is what you’re after, check out our list of the loudest Bluetooth speakers in various categories.
You also do not need to be cautious about taking this speaker outside since it is shock-resistant, temperature, water, and weather resistant. So no need to worry about where you take this powerful party speaker – it can take pretty much anything you throw its way. The only downside is that it is a bit pricey and that is the absolute only reason why it is not at the top of our list. But then again, if you really want to throw an unforgettable party – you will need to be willing to spend some serious cash.
If you are wondering how a Bluetooth speaker can possibly be this powerful, it is because of the fully digital, 92% efficient class-D amplifier. Just in case that doesn’t sound like anything but gibberish, that is 4 and a half times more efficient than your regular stereo amplifier.
Designed by Danish audio engineers, this is one insane speaker that will turn your party into a proper full-blown rager.
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.
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 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.
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 Aiwa as well as consider the ton of features you get, the Soundcore Rave Mini is well worth the price.
This high-quality Bluetooth party speaker is everything a stylish party host wants and then some. Its sleek black design makes it a great accessory to any party whether you are a hip millennial or well past your 30’s, you will love this speaker. It is everything you would expect from a Bluetooth speaker – it has style, power, quality and cool features that make it shine even more than it already does.
The Aiwa Exos-9 gives you 200 watts of continuous power that is delivered through 5 high-quality drivers which include a powerful 6.5 dual-voice coil sub that delivers deep quality bass. When it comes to sound this is one impressive speaker. Beyond the above-mentioned points, it also has very clear mids and highs which are very important when it comes to choosing a speaker. If you are wondering how many people this speaker can entertain then you might be surprised to learn that it will provide music for up to 75 party goers.
For a fun additional feature, you will also have extensive control over your music with the ability to crank up the bass, mids or highs according to your preferences or you can fine tune the EQ. All this and the pleasure of listening to distortion-free music at any volume – what more can you ask for?
This Bluetooth party speaker is perfect for those sophisticated party people who like to let loose every now and then. It looks great both inside and outside your home and it seriously sounds amazing. If this sounds like what you are looking for then you should definitely give it a shot.
If you plan on throwing an all-night tailgate party and want a speaker that is going to last, then the iPA77 is the one to take along. This tailgate speaker features a 50-hour rechargeable battery with enough power to spare that you can use its USB power bank to recharge your other devices, such as tablets and smartphones. It features Bluetooth to connect with other audio devices and can even link up via near field communication.
For playback from non-Bluetooth devices, you can use the auxiliary input instead. In fact, you don’t even need any external devices for audio as the speaker has an integrated AM/FM radio. If any of your guests are in the mood for some karaoke, they can make use of the microphone that is bundled with this speaker to sing along.
This speaker is also compatible with a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to adjust its EQ settings amongst other things. Although it doesn’t have wheels like the SBT1009BK, this speaker can be transported with ease using its two side handles. It is also a pretty rugged device and has reinforced rubber corners, so you don’t need to worry about damage when shifting it around.
When it comes to sound quality the iPA77 is no slouch either as it has a robust woofer as well as a wide-dispersion tweeter. Even in wide-open outdoor areas, this speaker is able to make itself heard. For a speaker with a solid build, great audio quality, and enough battery power to last the whole night you can’t go wrong with the iPA77. It doesn’t have any fancy gimmicks, like spinning disco balls but will still impress everyone at your next tailgate party.
Are you looking for the best and most expensive party speaker? Well, then we hope that you are willing to spend a bit on the DiamondBoxx Model XL. If you are, then you are going to be extremely happy. This speaker was handmade and designed in the USA by famous audio engineers and they sure did a bang-up job.
The speaker can produce bass down to 39Hz and its highs go beyond the limits of human hearing. It also has more dB than the SoundBoks – be it 1 dB, at a grand total of 120 dB. Overall this speaker is just out of this world.
The party speaker comes with 12 Class A/B Amplifiers for the best possible sound quality and emits a grand total of 960 watts of power. It is quite obvious that the DiamondBoxx Model XL has tons of power that make it very loud – but it also has amazing clarity. Regardless of the genre of music you choose to play, there will be no distortion and the mids and highs are guaranteed to sound fantastic.
It is hard not to underplay just how great this party speaker is as it is literally too good for words. The sound quality and volume capabilities are simply outstanding and it will surprise you even if you think that you know what to expect.
Looking at this party speaker you would never think that it is a portable Bluetooth speaker, yet the powerful Bluetooth connection proves otherwise. Simply connect to the DiamondBoxx Model XL using your Smartphone, iPad, tablet, or any other Bluetooth compatible device that you wish, press play, crank up the volume and let the party begin.
Warn your mother! This is the real deal. This guy packs so much power it might be good enough for a disco club. 1000 Watts is more than most of us will ever need to hear. However, sometimes you just can’t resist the temptation to go a little bit louder.
This powerful Bluetooth compatible party speaker allows you to stream your favorite music straight from your Smartphone, iPod, tablet or any other suitable Bluetooth device. As an added bonus you can use the speaker to charge your phone while you are streaming music. It also comes with two 1/4” microphone inputs where you can plug in some microphones and make a speech or sing some karaoke.
For added effect and to just make your party so much more awesome, this speaker features flashing DJ lights that just look insane and adds to the party atmosphere. The combination of colorful flashing lights and the incredible sound is sure to get everybody dancing.
The party speaker weighs just over 50 pounds which honestly is pretty heavy so if that seems like too much then make sure that you have a friend to help you. Luckily the speaker comes with convenient handles on the side of the speaker that will make carrying it around much easier.
Now, getting to the sound, I have to say that this Pyle party speaker is pretty impressive. We have already determined that it is loud but often times volume comes at a price which is generally poor sound quality and distortion. Luckily, this speaker made no sacrifices to achieve its high volume. The mids and highs are clear and on point and distortion will be the last of your worries so you can just crank up the volume and have a blast. The bass also won’t disappoint you with deep, natural low vibrations that are sure to complement your favorite party tunes.
I am sure that everybody will agree that this 100-watt party speaker looks pretty cool. You might notice that ION is a rather popular brand when it comes to party speakers and tailgate speakers and it is no mystery why this is. It is simply what they do best. This particular speaker is no different as it is the perfect audio source for a party pretty much anywhere.
The first thing you might notice about the block rocker flash is its colorful grill that consists of multicolor LEDs. These can be set to a variety of fun and entertaining reactive lighting modes. The speaker also has two MIC inputs so if you feel like having some karaoke at your party then you can simply grab a pair of MIC’s and get started.
Streaming music to the Block Rocker Flash is super easy with its quick Bluetooth connection. All you need to do is pair your Smartphone, iPod, or whatever Bluetooth music device you choose to use with the speaker, and then you can start listening to music. So make sure that your playlist is fully stocked with all the best party songs and you can make it a night to remember.
The speaker features a control panel on the front where you can play, pause, and skip the tracks that you are streaming via Bluetooth. It is also easily portable thanks to the telescopic handle and wheels that make it easy to drag around to where you want your speaker. However, portability wouldn’t be much of an issue even without the wheel feature since the speaker weighs only about 25lb. The rechargeable battery is also great and will last for over 12 hours at a loud volume. This party speaker is sure to make your party a success – just charge it up and party whenever and wherever you choose.
Much like the Sharper Image SBT1008 Tailgate Speaker, the Sharper Image SBT1009BK is just the party version which is, of course, perfect for this category of speakers. The major difference between the two is the LED orb that is seen on top of the party speaker. The orb shines brightly colored lights all over the room, giving it a great club-like atmosphere. It is definitely an advantage to have some type of lights built into your speaker since it always adds to the party vibe and really gets people dancing.
The speaker produces really high-quality sound and a ton of bass. The mids and highs are loud and clear even at the highest volume while the bass is extremely powerful for the size of the speaker. It will most likely surprise you when you hear just how much bass the speaker actually has. However, the bass does not come out sounding unnatural but rather deep and low like it should be. If you feel like making some adjustments to the sound in terms of treble and bass, then you can easily download the app on your Smartphone and adjust it that way via Bluetooth.
The rechargeable battery is quite powerful and will get you through an entire day on a full charge. So you can definitely use it for a whole night of partying. Whether the LED orb is on will affect the battery life to a great extent so if you want to stretch the battery life then you can simply switch off the lights. The party speaker also comes with MICrophone jacks so if you are in the mood you can simply grab a couple of MICs, plug them in and really liven up the party with some karaoke.
What to Consider when Buying a Party Speaker?
Yes, the mighty dollar rules. Ideally, we would all own a B&W Nautilus but that’s not the way the world works and everybody cannot spend 50k on a speaker. So when we buy speakers (or most stuff actually) we often look at our budget and then limit our options to what we can afford. Since we know how important it is to stick to your budget, we’ve added party speakers from a variety of price ranges to our list.
Party Size and Location
If you think about this logically then it is obvious that a person throwing a small house-party for 20 people would not have the same audio needs as a person who invited 100 guests. So consider the number of people you typically entertain before making a final purchase decision.
Hand in hand with this consider the location of your party, more specifically whether it will be held indoors or outdoors. Some speakers sound amazing indoors but once you take away the acoustic effects provided by four walls and the roof, the sound “falls flat”. If you are planning to host an outdoor party, buy a speaker that will excel in that environment.
It’s going to have to be powerful, and loud, and if you know that there will be water nearby, you’d also want it to be water-resistant or even fully waterproof. There are many speakers, like the Soundboks, that are water-resistant, making them perfect for pool parties. Speakers rated IPX7 have no problem ending up inside the pool if the party picks up speed!
Power Output and Volume
The power of a speaker, measured in Watts (W), is a very important factor to take into consideration. While the loudness of your speaker, measured in decibels (dB), is not directly related to the number of Watts it generates, they are related. Most important for you to remember is:
The more powerful your speaker, the higher you can crank the volume without sacrificing sound quality.
You get low power speakers that can generate quite a fair amount of decibels in volume, but the problem is that they quickly lose sound quality and starts to sound clanky when you dial them up to their party-level volumes.
There are many things to take into consideration when determining just how powerful you would like your party speakers to be and honestly, there isn’t an exact science to it.
Bass – The Party’s in The Low End
Think about a serious raging party and you probably think chips, beer, and bass. You want people to be dancing and feeling the music rather than just hearing it. Imagine picking some great bass-heavy songs and having virtually no bass be produced by your speakers. It would sound incredibly disappointing.
What determines whether a speaker has good bass or not? First let’s clarify exactly what bass is before we explore any further. Bass notes are the notes that fall in the lower end of the audio spectrum. An easy way to explain this is that it is usually the guttural drum parts of a song or the low explosions that can be heard in a movie. These sounds can be felt vibrating through your body if the sound is powerful enough. You will generally be able to identify the bass in a song by the thumping beat.
The main component that determines the bass of a speaker is the subwoofer, combined with the physical size of the speaker drivers. The “sub” is what produces the low thumping sounds and if you want to buy a party speaker with a powerful sub then you need to look mainly at the size, the quality, and the wattage.
With sound quality, we’re referring to the mids and highs of the music and how clearly and distinctively a speaker is able to produce these sounds. If the sound quality is good then the mids and highs will be clear and flawless without any distortion at high volumes. This is important otherwise once your speaker goes above a certain volume, you’ll start hearing what resembles a “scratching noise” that’ll ruin your music.
If you’re new to frequency response ranges and do not know what mids and highs are, I will make it simple for you.
Highs: These are the high pitches or high-frequency sounds that are often produced by the soprano, violin, flute, etc.
Mids: These are the medium pitches or middle frequencies that are often produced by the viola, cello, alto, tenor, oboe, etc.
Lows: These are the low pitches or low (bass) frequencies that are often produced by the bass, bassoon, bass drum, baritone, etc.
So before buying a speaker, make sure to read some reviews to ensure that the speaker has good sound quality and will not distort when you turn the volume to max.
We made a point in ensuring that each of the party speakers on this list is portable and Bluetooth compatible. While some of the speakers come with batteries and can be played anywhere even if there is no power source, others can be moved and they are completely portable but once you have transported them, they will need to be plugged in.
You’ll need to decide just how portable you need your party speakers to be. Will you need them to fit in the back of your car? Do you need them to run on battery power or can they be plugged in at your party destination?
Consider how easy it is to carry. Some speakers can get pretty heavy so take a look at the weight of a speaker when you buy online in order to ensure that you will be able to carry it. It is also useful to check if the speaker has a handle and you can even look for a party speaker with wheels and a telescoping handle so that you can just drag it around.
We just mentioned that a hand full of the party speakers on this list do not run on battery so when it comes to the battery it is obviously important to check if the speaker actually has one. Checking whether that battery is a rechargeable battery is important. While the chances of getting a proper party speaker that runs on a non-rechargeable battery are very slim, I still make sure to check.
Batteries come in different sizes, and some can be extremely powerful while others are sadly very weak. Check how powerful the battery is and how long it will last on max volume. Bear in mind that the volume that you are playing music at will affect how long the battery lasts. Another thing that you should take note of in regards to the battery is that if the speaker has accessories such as lights, then it will use far more power than when only the music is playing.
This can actually have a dramatic effect on the battery-life. For example, the ION Audio Block Party Live, which is an amazing speaker, gets about 70 hours of playtime from a charge when the light dome is switched off, however, when you switch it on while playing music, you only get 6 hours of playtime. Take this into consideration when buying a party speaker.
Many party speakers these days have a ton of really cool features and accessories that give them an edge over competitors. Some of these features seem downright silly while others are actually pretty great. The biggest accessory you would look for in a party speaker probably lights. Some speaker speakers have cool strobe lights like number 14 on our list, the Alphasonik, while others have multicolored LED lights like some of the ION speakers, and then you, of course, get our number 1, the Sony party speaker which has both these lighting features.
Another great feature or accessory to look for is wheels. Many speakers, like the ION Party Block Live, has wheels and a telescopic handle that allows you to easily drag it around and get it to where you need to be. Some speakers also have handles that help with the transporting but I don’t know, maybe my kindergarten nostalgia just makes the whole wheeling things around concept sound so much better.
There are many other accessories like remotes, speaker stands, microphones, etc. but the accessories you would like your speaker to have, depends on your taste and needs. Not everybody wants a party speaker with a bunch of lights. Luckily, we have a large variety of speakers on this list so you are bound to find something you like.
Planning a party can be a huge hassle if you put too much thought into it. Like many people these days, we believe in keeping things simple so let us break it down for you.
You need to buy one of our featured party speakers – they really are the best. Once you have done this, you will need some booze, about a hundred or so of your closest friends, and an open space that is void of any breakables.
These four things are all you need to plan an epic party – unless it is really formal – then you might need to wear a tie.