A party isn’t a party without loud music shaking up the neighborhood and for that, you need proper speakers. 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 and focused on speakers suitable for a 50 to 150-person house- or block party.
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.
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How to Pick the Best Party Speaker
Unsurprisingly, you’ll see some crossover between this article and our reviews of the best karaoke machines, best tailgate speakers, and even portable PA systems. The speakers on this list were specifically selected based on our party speaker criteria below. Tell us which features you think are the most important in our poll below:
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How to Pick the Right Size Speaker for Your Party
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, that 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: We constantly curate our content to keep it fresh and relevant. This list was updated on 17 September 2022 to include an interactive poll of the top party speaker features. Click here for more information on our updates.
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.
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Sony has long been a player in the party speaker market with speakers like the Sony XB72. The new X-Series, which includes the SRS-XP500, the SRS-XP700, and their big brother the SRS-SV900 is a continuation of that legacy. We think the Sony SRS-XP700, which falls in the middle of the range, is a brilliant all-around party speaker that checks almost all the boxes we’d be looking for in a speaker designed to drive house- or small block party.
Incredible Battery Strength and User-Friendly
The XP700 is housed within an easily transportable cabinet that can withstand splashes, dust, sand, and high levels of humidity. It can be situated in either an upright or sideways configuration, and built-in adaptive equalization technology analyzes the speaker’s surroundings and compensates for any acoustically-difficult situations to deliver consistently great sound, no matter where the party takes you.
The XP700 can power your party for up to 25 hours on a single charge, and if you want to keep the vibes flowing even longer, a 10-minute charge will provide 3 hours of continuous entertainment.
The Sony Fiestable App or Music Centre App allows for control of the speaker’s built-in lights, while you can also build playlists and customize the EQ of the XP700 from your mobile device.
Insane Low-End and Extremely Loud
The XP700 can comfortably reach a listening level of 99dB while maintaining balanced, crystal-clear, and pumping audio quality. In addition to this, front and rear-mounted tweeters provide multi-directional sound that will easily fill any space you place it in. X-Balanced speaker technology by Sony handles the low-end, where a tight and powerful bass is to be expected, and if you plan on inviting the whole town to your party- up to 100 XP700 speakers can be linked wirelessly, creating a massive sound system that’ll go all night, as loud as you want.
Versatile Connections and Features
While the XP700 is primarily used with Bluetooth technology, it also supports USB playback, as well as a microphone and guitar input, permitting use as a portable guitar amp or a karaoke system.
We think the Sony SRS-XP700 is the ultimate party speaker. It is large, powerful, and loud, yet still portable, versatile, and party-friendly. Its sound profile excels across the entire frequency spectrum, with rich mids and highs as well as bass that can get your windows shaking. The XP700 Is larger, louder, and stronger than its previous version, the XP500.
* Please Note: Sony does not typically detail the particular watt power of their products, however, we have provided an approximate estimate of 250 watts to 300 watts.
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JBL’s PartyBox family of Bluetooth speakers has taken the portable party speaker market by storm; delivering a wide range of convenient additional features and possessing JBL signature powerful sound characteristics, the PartyBox speakers should be on every party host’s wish list.
The 710 model is the largest of the group, standing around chest height for most party-goers, this unit isn’t exactly designed to be thrown in your car and taken to the beach, but rather kept on hand for a rocking house party. Transportation is possible, however, due to fitted smooth-running wheels and an easy-grip handle. Due to the ideal placement of the PartyBox 710, its weatherproofing abilities only allow for some gentle splashes.
Customizable Lighting Effects
The PartyBox 710 incorporates mesmerizing lights into the speaker’s front grille, and several effects are available and can be toggled using the control panel or PartyBox app: music-synchronized light show, starry night effects, club-style strobes, and custom settings.
Can Be Used for Karaoke and Instruments
While the 710 won’t have any trouble powering a large outdoor party by itself, it can also be linked with another to establish a stereo pair or joined with a larger series to form a ground-shaking army of JBL speakers. The 710 supports Bluetooth connectivity as well as auxiliary playback, and can also accept up to 2 microphones or electric instruments. One can also charge their mobile phone using the USB output on the rear end of the speaker.
Bass Boost, Warm Midrange, and Crisp High-End Sound
The 710 carries JBL’s memorable sonic qualities that include tight and up-front bass response, warm midrange, and crisp high-end. In addition to this, the 710 features a ‘Bass Boost’ feature to further enrich the subsonic energy, however, this severely impacts the general clarity of the upper midrange and highs.
To compensate for such an effect, JBL has included a 2-band equalizer on the control panel where ‘Bass’ and ‘Treble’ can be independently adjusted to find your personal sweet spot. Next door to the EQ you will find an Echo knob, which processes the incoming signal from your microphone or instrument, aiding in the blending process between your voice and a backing track when enjoying a karaoke session.
As with all JBL devices, the battery strength is powerful enough to easily last an entire day, even when the lights, charger, and other additional features are in use.
Overall, the 710 is an all-around beast of a Bluetooth speaker. I wouldn’t recommend this for those looking for a device to take along to the campsite or beach, but for a house party of any scale- the 710 will without a doubt create some long-lasting memories.
If you’re planning to throw a large block party or lift the roof on your next house party, the JBL Partybox 710 is hard to beat. It is a phenomenal speaker, bringing the characteristic JBL sound curve to the masses, literally. This is a large heavy speaker, that delivers large heave beats. Just bear in mind that due to its size this is not the most portable speaker out there. That being said, JBL also offers a slightly smaller PartyBox310 and 100.
The Soundboks (3rd Gen) is without a doubt the loudest, biggest, and most impressive large Bluetooth speaker on the market. While it is not the most portable, the Soundboks make up for it in volume and additional features.
Containing 2 x 10-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter, the Soundboks have no problem producing incredibly loud sounds while maintaining clean and crisp sound quality across the volume range without distortion or other unwanted artifacts. The Soundboks drivers are powered by 3 independent power amps, drawing an incredible 216W of power to deliver loud and quality audio. Up to 5 Soundboks devices can be paired together to form a stereo pair, or just to get your party’s sound to the next level!
Onboard the Soundboks, one can connect using Bluetooth, XLR, or 3.5mm Auxiliary input. The 3rd Generation model can also be linked to the mobile app, which can be used for controlling the speaker or performing upgrades. The XLR input can be used to connect a microphone for karaoke or speeches, features that are not available on the previous Soundboks model.
Strong Battery Life
The Soundboks can be purchased along with two additional batteries, allowing you to simply swap the battery once it has been depleted, rather than putting the party on pause so the speaker can charge. This allows for an additional 40 hours of playtime- more than enough for a weekend-long party or various bursts of musical enjoyment over a weekend.
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Soundcore’s Trance Bluetooth speaker is an incredibly affordable option that provides more than enough power to supply everything from casual at-home listening to a sizeable gathering with loud and immersive sounds. The Trance shares many similarities with the Rave Mini which came before it, however, some design adjustments have been made to the unit.
Tiny but LOUD
The Soundcore Trance is certainly smaller than most other speakers on this list, and yet capable of producing the same volume levels. The Trance is lightweight and thus incredibly portable, and its ipx7 water-resistance rating means it’ll survive anything from a light drizzle to a full submersion underwater.
The combination of a 5.25-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter provides a well-balanced, crisp, and full-bodied listening experience across all volumes, so don’t be afraid to crank it up and see what this small speaker is capable of!
As for sound quality, there is no upgrade apparent here when comparing it to its previous version, the Rave Mini. The Trance has merely seen some design alterations in the form of a flexible handle, a more squared shape, and the removal of the rubber feet which previously allowed for horizontal placement.
The Soundcore Trance also features two distinct sound modes: Indoor and Outdoor. The sound modes each utilize tone-shaping presets to improve sound intelligibility depending on your surroundings.
Remote Controllable Features
The Soundcore app, available on all smart device platforms can be used to remotely control the Trance’s many features, including sound mode, LED light show patterns and synchronization, and onboard party games.
While many portable speakers today are used with Bluetooth technologies, the Soundcore Trance allows for USB connections to play stored files on a flash drive, or a 3.5mm auxiliary cable can be connected for quick and easy sound transmission. A DC port is also available on the Trance to charge mobile devices on the fly, and up to 2 Soundcore speakers can be paired together to form a stereo pair.
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An elegant, loud, and versatile speaker from Ultimate Ears that is considered an upgrade in all areas from previous models in the ‘Boom’ range, and is housed in an attractive cabinet that can complement any environment or theme.
Portable and User-Friendly
Up to 50 speakers within the ‘Boom’ range of all sizes and shapes have the ability to pair with one another to create the ultimate house party setup. The buttons and controls on the speaker are incredibly straightforward to navigate, and the mobile app provides additional support and control over the Hyperboom. Up to 4 devices can connect simultaneously, making use of a variety of connections including Bluetooth, 3.5mm auxiliary cable, or optical cable, and the USB charging port can provide power to mobile devices while the speaker is in use.
The Hyperboom has a battery life of up to 24 continuous hours- all you could really need for a loud house party, a relaxed gathering in the garden or on the beach, or a classy dinner party with friends and family. The carry strap and lightweight design make for easy transportation, and its ipx4 water-resistance rating means it is safe from gentle splashes and exposure to some of the elements.
Adaptive EQ Sounds Great Everywhere
Ultimate Ears have adopted cutting-edge technology that analyzes the speaker’s surroundings in order to shape the tonal qualities to best suit the environment it is in. This is done through an onboard microphone that examines incoming reflections from surfaces such as tiled floors, windows, mirrors, or countertops that may negatively impact the sound quality, and uses its adaptive equalization methods to combat this. The Hyperboom sounds amazing at all listening levels, and still maintains tight low-end and clarity across the frequency spectrum when pumped to insane house party volume levels!
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The MX-T70 is the largest and most powerful of the MX-T range of Bluetooth speakers by Samsung. Fed by a 1500W power amplifier, this speaker possesses enough strength to shake the building and attract the attention of the entire neighborhood!
Powerful Speakers Transmit Sound Through a Bi-directional Pattern
While you have the choice to pair up to 10 Sound Tower speakers together to create a ground-shaking house party, the power and bi-directional pattern of one of these Sound Towers alone is enough to fill any room.
The MX-T70 runs a series of speakers, each occupying a section of the 15000W of power and running at different impedances:
- 1 x Woofer at 600W, 1.3 ohm
- 2 x Midrange Drivers at 300W each, 2.6 ohm
- 2 x Tweeters at 150W each, 2.12 ohm
This total of 5 speakers is used in collaboration to deliver quality sound characteristics that are not only clear and crisp enough to enjoy a good movie with but also provide enough low-end to get some bodies moving on the dancefloor.
The Sound Tower MX-T70 has an optional Bass Boost function, which can be activated at the press of a button and will transform your house party into an earthquake-like event.
Bluetooth Multi-Connection technology allows for up to two source devices to be connected to the Sound Tower simultaneously, and up to 10 Sound Tower speakers (MX-T70, MX-T50, and MX-T40) can be linked via a wired or wireless connection to form a network of speakers capable of powering house parties of serious scale.
The Sound Tower App, compatible with practically all modern mobile devices, further grants you control over various aspects of the speaker, including lighting modes, sound effects library, and an interactive equalizer to fine-tune the sound of your party.
Designed for Party Atmosphere and Vibe
The Sound Tower MX-T70 hosts a variety of features designed to enhance your party environment and do more than the average speaker can.
The MX-T70 is splash-proof tested, thus removing the unnecessary stress of spilled drinks or splashes from the pool damaging your speaker. The built-in karaoke mode can accept up to 2 microphones at a time and allows for your inner pop star to be showcased to your friends (or crank it up and show your neighbors too)
The onboard LED light show can be controlled using the Sound Tower mobile app to adjust patterns to best suit your party environment and mood.
7. Sony XB72
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Sony’s XB72 may not be the loudest on this list, but it sure is packed full of many party-friendly features to make up for this. Fitted with funky lighting, modern features, and great sound, the XB72 is a great choice for small to mid-sized gatherings indoors or outside.
Modern Design and Features
The XB72’s mid-size makes for an easily carryable speaker, with help from the molded handle, however, the absence of a battery is quite disappointing for me. The lack of battery power not only means it can’t be taken to outdoor locations, or even around the house without dragging around its AC adaptor, but it also means that there is no need for water-resistance properties, which is always a great feature for portable Bluetooth speakers nowadays.
Aside from this slight disappointment, the other features of the XB72 are great considering its size and price. Onboard LEDs that can run on 3 different light show patterns are a great function for house parties, and the power bank feature is a nice touch. Up to 3 devices can connect via Bluetooth at once, and a microphone input provides extra fun with friends.
Tight, Dynamic Sound Qualities
While the XB72 may not be the loudest, it is certainly capable of reaching serious volumes while maintaining its quality and minimizing distortion and pops, clicks, and other unwanted noise. It is clear that Sony paid specific attention to the low-end response of this speaker, as it sounds amazing for dance and hip hop, or any other bass-heavy style of music for that matter! However, the XB72 still performs well with other genres- just be prepared for a reasonable enhancement of low frequencies.
Party Chain Vs Single Speaker?
PartyChain, also referred to as TWS (True Wireless Stereo) and other names, is where multiple speakers are connected wirelessly for the following reasons:
To form a stereo pair: This links two wireless Bluetooth speakers together to establish a stereo setup where each speaker carries left or right channel information respectively. This creates a wider stereo field than that produced by a single Bluetooth speaker and promotes a listening experience that is more in line with the way the music was intended to be heard.
To build a louder system: This method keeps the speaker’s mono characteristics; however, the sound will be projected from more than one speaker at a time, resulting in an overall louder experience. Remember that double the speakers do not necessarily mean double the volume!
The options for ‘chaining’ speakers together ultimately depend on the device in question, as this feature is not supported on all Bluetooth speakers. The potential maximum number of devices within a system depends on the speaker (some only support up to 2 speakers, while some can accommodate up to 100)
It is also important to double-check if the speakers you plan on pairing will be compatible with one another, as some can only link with identical units and some with previous models within the same range or brand.
Things to Keep in Mind when Buying a Bluetooth 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.
Thankfully Bluetooth speakers intended for parties are available at affordable prices and even on a budget, you’ll have a good amount of options available to you.
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. Most of the speakers on our list offer some form of water-resistant rating.
Connecting Multiple Devices
Some speakers allow for multiple devices to connect at once. Obviously, we can’t play more than one song at a time through the same speakers, but it’s a great feature if you’re sharing music duty with a friend at a party, or bouncing songs off one another and sharing some music discovery moments together.
For those purposes, it is great to have the ability to connect more than one device as there will be no need to go through the steps of disconnecting, pairing, and waiting every time it’s someone else’s turn to play a song.
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. The 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 of 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 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 it any further. Bass notes are the notes that fall on 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 of ensuring that each of the party speakers on this list is Bluetooth-compatible. Some speakers are more portable than others, with the Soundboks Gen 3 trading some portability in exchange for loudness.
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.
Access To Power
Whether your new Bluetooth speaker needs access to continuous power or not is a big deal. If you plan on using your speaker in only one location (desktop, bedside, or as part of your entertainment system) then a battery-powered speaker may be unnecessary for you, however, you never know if the need arises for you to transport your speaker to alternate locations.
If you plan on taking your speaker to the beach, camping, road-tripping, or even just somewhere else in your home- having to carry a cable, adaptor, and extension lead with you can be quite annoying. I would recommend going for a battery-powered speaker just to be on the safer side.
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 you are playing music will affect how long the battery lasts. Another thing that you should take note of in regard 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. Some speaker speakers have cool strobe lights while others have multicolored LED lights like some of the Sony SRS-XP700 X-Series, and then you, of course, the Sony XB72 party speaker which has both these lighting features.
There are many other accessories like remotes, speaker stands, microphones, etc. but the accessories you would like your speaker to have, depend 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.