5 best $100-300 Bluetooth speakers to consider in 2017
From cheapo $15 units to high-end $1000 pieces, we are truly spoiled for choice, when we look to spill some cash on a portable speaker. And choosing a speaker is not exactly easy, as striking the balance between features, sound and price that suit you is like chasing a super-rare Pokèmon – it takes time and gets you mad along the way. That’s why we are giving you our take on the best mid-range wireless Bluetooth speakers that deliver a loud and crisp bang for your buck, and will not relieve you of more than $300.
$139.99 | Fugoo.com
B&O Beoplay A1
$249.99 | Beoplay.com
Beoplay A1 doesn’t really need any promotion of its sound characteristics, as the brand doesn’t compromise with crisp treble and heady bass. 2 x 30W woofer and tweeter units, with 2 x 140W of peak power will absolutely blow you away with crystal 360° sound. The round aluminium body is designed to withstand bumps, and is dust and splash resistant. The device can be paired with another A1 for stereo sound and connects with a native app to offer you thorough sound customization. The speaker is also Siri and Google Now enabled, and supports calls, thanks to an inbuilt mic. The battery should not die for up 24 hours at moderate levels, and you get to choose from quite an attractive and rich colour range. The Beoplay A1 is a good choice if you are looking for a speaker that you can easily carry in your bag, has simple and bijou-like image, and offers sound that is up to par with much larger competitor units. It's B&O after all.
Bose SoundLink III
$269.95 | Bose.com
Four drivers inside deliver great sound clarity even at louder levels. SoundLink III sports improved digital signal processing that puts its output in a whole separate category, compared to cheaper SoundLinks speakers. Design-wise, the unit features a metallic body and front grill, with a silicone button panel to the top, which also protects the insides from dust. No water resistance rating and a battery that lasts only about 14 hours are the only cons on the speaker that are worth mentioning. Apart from that, it’s Bose’s best-performing Bluetooth speaker and delivers uncompromising sound in a very portable body. If you are not happy with the black/graphite finish, Bose offers a nice set of colourful soft covers that also add to overall durability. If you have had experience with smaller SoundLinks and are prepared to spend a little extra, the SoundLink III is the obvious choice for you.
$299 | MarshallHeadphones.com
$299 | UltimateEars.com
The speaker houses smaller sound drivers than our previous pick, with output that definitely deserves credit, especially when you consider the overall convenient and travel-friendly profile. Megaboom offers good balance of performance and durable design, also sporting a water resistant, 877-gram body. The battery life is slightly on the low side, with around 15 hours of music time, but recharges fully for only 2.5 hours. The speaker has a featured app that gives you remote control over the sound, and can connect with up to two devices at a time. If you have $300 to spend on sound and dread Kilburn’s awkwardness in size, the Megaboom is definitely worth your consideration.