Bluetooth Speaker Reviews For 2019

Bluetooth Speaker ReviewsIf you’re searching for the best Bluetooth speaker or best outdoor Bluetooth Speakers, do yourself a favor by reading our expert speaker reviews, where the latest Bluetooth speaker reviews and lists of the top Bluetooth speakers are honestly compared! With that in mind, it’s important to understand that Bluetooth speakers are often divided into categories based on use. Rugged speakers are designed for outdoor travel and are usually smaller so they can fit in a backpack. Waterproof speakers are made for chilling by the pool or on the beach, though these speakers are often one in the same as the aforementioned. Party speakers can link up with each and often include lights or display options to impress onlookers while spilling out tunes. And then there are the more versatile speakers, which often include a mic and speaker phone for taking phone calls. Nevertheless, all of the previously mentioned Bluetooth speakers could include this feature.

So, what is Bluetooth speaker?

Just like the name suggests, Bluetooth Speakers are digital audio receivers (speakers) that rely on Bluetooth technology to receive sound from other devices for playback. These speakers have a built-in amplifier that allows magnification of the digital sound signals upon transmission from your smart device without the need for plug-in or cable attachments. In essence, Bluetooth is a wireless technology whereby two devices communicate with each other, one as the signal transmitter and the other a receiver. These speakers are well designed to be portable, utilize rechargeable batteries and have over the past few years gained much popularity among lovers of music.

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Latest Bluetooth Speaker Reviews and News

HMDX Jam Plus Speaker Review: $50 Never Sounded So Good

HMDX Jam Plus Speaker Review: $50 Never Sounded So Good

Small, lightweight, and colorful might best describe the JAM Plus speakers from HMDX.  For clarity’s sake, this is the second iteration of the speaker – the first were simply called JAM. So what’s different about the JAM Plus?  Aside from their abundantly bright color choices, the Plus versions stand .5-inches…
UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker Review: Solid Sound in a Small & Classy Package

UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker Review: Solid Sound in a Small & Classy Package

UE, as in Ultimate Ears, quietly launched their best Bluetooth speaker (yet) a few weeks ago, the UE Boom.  That isn’t to say they didn’t issue a press release.  Rather the press blitz was limited, at least compared to the company’s product launch last year, which was far more extensive and included me…
JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker Review: Sounds Better than It Charges

JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker Review: Sounds Better than It Charges

A great sounding Bluetooth speaker that falls quite short of battery expectations.
Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Rugged devices often result in a bulky design.  Just take a look at any ruggedized smartphone, compare it to its fragile counterpart and you’ll likely agree.  Moreover, their functionality is of a lesser class, offering fewer option and all together pizzaz.  But that’s hardly the case of Braven’s BRV-1, one of…
SONY Unveils NFC Enabled Bluetooth Speakers Available in May 2013

SONY Unveils NFC Enabled Bluetooth Speakers Available in May 2013

The functionality of Near Field Communications reminds me of osmosis lessons from high school biology. If you remember, Osmosis is the movement of water–or anything, really–across a semi-permeable membrane. To better illustrate the concept, Professors and teachers usually task students to view the water from a potato piece magically drain…
JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker Charges Your iPhone and Plays Audio

JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker Charges Your iPhone and Plays Audio

There are a gazillion, or so it would seem, the best Bluetooth speakers on the market.  However, they’re all fairly costly and generally do just one thing: playback audio from a connected smartphone or tablet.  As a result, I find it difficult to justify the usually $100+ price tag and just…
Braven Introduces A Trio Of New Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Braven Introduces A Trio Of New Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

BRAVEN, and their Kickstarted wireless and some of our top bluetooth speakers with mic for speakerphone functionality, has just made some new additions to the family. Three new speakers are now being touted at CES 2013 in Vegas. The 850 is the flagship of this new trio. It is larger than their…
Scosche Boombottle Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Evicts Your Bike’s Water Bottle

Scosche Boombottle Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Evicts Your Bike’s Water Bottle

We ride bikes with a passion here at GR. We don’t own anything as elegant and high-class as this, but we get by with other meager two-wheeled options. And on those temperate climate days when it’s not too hot and not too cool, we often leave the bulky water bottles at home…
Sony Unveils Adorable Round Bluetooth Speaker

Sony Unveils Adorable Round Bluetooth Speaker

Can a speaker be adorable? The answer is yes- if you’re talking about Sony’s new SRS-BTV5, this one of the best Bluetooth speaker unveiled at CES. Shaped like a ball (or perhaps an egg or baby alien pod), the speaker fits in the palm of your hand but provides an…
Yantouch Black Diamond 3 Wireless Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker Review

Yantouch Black Diamond 3 Wireless Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker Review

Well, apparently diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Taiwanese company Yantouch, more known for their creative mood lamps and clocks, just sent me a black diamond– a Black Diamond 3 to be exact. Black Diamond 3 is a snazzy and one of the best Bluetooth speaker with wireless remote control. It…
JBL iPhone 5 OnBeat Rumble Speaker Costs $399

JBL iPhone 5 OnBeat Rumble Speaker Costs $399

I’m a huge proponent of Sonos.  It’s the premium in home wireless streaming music system, though there in lies the rub; it’s for home use only.  So if you’re still seeking an iPhone 5 compatible speaker solution, you might want to look at JBL’s latest offerings, which includes the Venue,…
Jawbone Big Jambox Review

Jawbone Big Jambox Review

Bigger isn’t always better, right?  That’s a rather old adage, and while it stands true for many things, gadgets included, it’s anything but the case for Jawbone.  And good thing, because their Big Jambox, which costs $250, sounds vastly better than the first, perhaps more than twice as good. The…
Onkyo RBX-500 iLunar Music System Promises the Sweet Spot Regardless of Where You Stand

Onkyo RBX-500 iLunar Music System Promises the Sweet Spot Regardless of Where You Stand

My skeptcism meter begins to tingle when a company claims to eclipse the average competitor.  In this case it’s an iPod/iPhone dock that promises immersive 3D sound, the Onkyo RBX-500 iLunar Bluetooth Music System. Onkyo teamed up with  Swiss company Sonic Emotion, who develops a piece of tech called Absolute 3D sound.  As…
Philips Announces a Slew of iPhone 5 Speaker Docks

Philips Announces a Slew of iPhone 5 Speaker Docks

Is the iPhone dock really dead?  Philips doesn’t think so, and to affirm their position they kicked out a handful of iPhone 5 Lightning Dock compatible speakers. At the top of the list is the Philips Lifestyle Music System (DCM2067) – not pictured.  It’s said to be an elegant and slim…
Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Portable Bluetooth Speakers (list)

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Portable Bluetooth Speakers (list)

Rewind the clock 3-4 years and there were only a select number of portable Bluetooth speakers available for your holiday traveling needs. Nowadays you can spit and hit a portable Bluetooth speaker. Like the Braven BRV-X. So the question is, and now more than ever, which one should you buy?…

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Bluetooth Speakers 

Your entertainment experience with a new set of Bluetooth speakers will be determined by how well you consider the above mentioned factors. However, buyers tend to overlook a few key factors.

Don’t buy based on price: Some shoppers tend to go for high cost Bluetooth speakers assuming that they are the best quality while others tend to consider affordability. Instead of buying based entirely on price, take time to conduct some research to ensure you are getting value for your money.

Don't buy on brand alone: Sure we've suggested some top brands, but make sure they meet all of your requirements.  That said, Fugoo is a relatively unknown new comer, but they offer one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Don't compromise on battery: We've mentioned this, but honestly, this will be a big deal when you're traveling or backpacking. Again, Fugoo's speakers boast 40 hours of battery life (under ideal conditions), and that's plenty for at least a week's trip.

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