I’ve been testing personal bluetooth speakers this week……
Trying to find the best audiophile personal speaker
This is what I learned
1). Although the “Bose” brand is sometimes mocked amongst audiophile communities at Starbucks, they really have the best selection of affordable bluetooth personal speakers. And they are good, really good;
2). If you spend less than $50, you are going to get a junk speaker that either has a short shelf life, poor acoustics especially at upper ranges, bad connectivity or overall poor performance.
3). Panasonic personal speakers didn’t make my list. Just not good enough.
4). Some of these speakers sound better than some mid range sound systems I have listened to.
5). I use my personal speaker when I travel, so I needed something compact enough to pack along with me.
HERE ARE MY FAVORITE BLUETOOTH PERSONAL SPEAKERS
Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Probably the most talked about personal bluetooth speaker on Amazon right now. It comes from Aiwa, which is a good speaker company but by no means a leader in audiophile. You have to be intrigued by the number of glowing reviews on amazon, though I am always skeptical of this. It’s big, it’s bold and beautiful. Check out the Youtube Video below to get an idea of its size, you won’t be carrying it on an airplane.
RIVA TURBO X RTX01S
This Riva Audio Turbo X is what CNET calls “one of the loudest and best sounding compact Bluetooth speakers available”: For people looking for an alternative to Bose, this may be your landing spot. Nice sound, but not very powerful, you probably won’t be taking this to the park for some pickup ball.
Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
Love the retro look. Love the crisp tenor. Unsure about some of the firmware and bluetooth compatibility issues. This is just still a question mark speaker for me. No USB Charging almost makes me cringe, a little.
I’m kind of going out on a limb with this choice. This has to be the value pick of this group of speakers. “This speaker can fill a room with music”, but it has questionable bluetooth range.
Klipsch KMC 3
“More than just a portable speaker, it is a full blown sound system” Maybe some external distortion on full volume? Check into it.
Bose SoundLink Micro
This thing is small, with some big sound. I spent 20 minutes at target with this on high volume and I was blown away. Clear, non-distorted sound from this tiny little thing. It is amazing. What? It’s not some hippy audiophile sound, but if you’re going hiking, camping, playing basketball or just on your back patio, this will satisfy your ear.
Ok, so out of the Bose personal speakers, this is the one I am most critical of, because of battery life and longevity. I really don’t have much else to say about it. It’s a perfect gift for a college student, because the size is practical and will fill up any dorm room.
Bose SoundLink Revolve
Probably the best bluetooth speaker. And probably my favorite. I spent 30 minutes at the store playing around with this one and It came away as the #1 on my Christmas list. It has 360 degree surround sound. Awesome for a pool or patio party. Crisp upper range and non distorted low. My only criticism is that it doesn’t fit in my briefcase.
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
I put this one ahead of the revolve, because it has had more time to be vetted and the shape fits into my travel briefcase. For sound, I’m going with the revolve, but this things BLOWS too. Hot sound in such a small box.
There is just not a Clear #1 right now. For my money, I’m going to get the BOSE revolve. It is what sounded the best to me at upper level audio ranges. It sucks that it won’t fit in my travel briefcase, but the 360 sound blows me away. So screw it.