Bob Marley was undoubtedly one of the best-known reggae musicians of all time, and although he may be gone, his legacy lives on through his music and his children. House of Marley, started by his son Rohan, design eco-friendly audio accessories ranging from speakers to headphones. House of Marley took to CES 2019 to showcase their new products, all due out throughout the year. Although smart speakers featured heavily at CES, the Get Together Mini speaker stood out. Integrating with Google Assistant, the wireless speaker, capable of connecting via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 5, brings House of Marley’s eco-conscious design into…
Bob Marley was undoubtedly one of the best-known reggae musicians of all time, and although he may be gone, his legacy lives on through his music and his children. House of Marley, started by his son Rohan, design eco-friendly audio accessories ranging from speakers to headphones.
House of Marley took to CES 2019 to showcase their new products, all due out throughout the year. Although smart speakers featured heavily at CES, the Get Together Mini speaker stood out. Integrating with Google Assistant, the wireless speaker, capable of connecting via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 5, brings House of Marley’s eco-conscious design into the home.
The Get Together Mini is made of bamboo, recyclable aluminum, and the company’s REWIND fabrics made up of recycled plastics, organic cotton, and organic hemp. The Google Assistant is integrated into the speaker for voice-activated control and access to Google’s myriad of Assistant capabilities.
For the privacy-minded, there is even a mute button on the top of the speaker to pause the always-on listening. The portable speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery, capable of delivering eight hours of audio playback. The speaker can even be used as a USB power bank to recharge your other gadgets on-the-go. The Get Together Mini smart speaker will be available from August 2019, priced at $199.99.
The company also showed their latest turntable at CES, the Stir It Up Wireless vinyl player. Vinyl has experienced a resurgence over the last few years, resulting in the launch of many reasonably-priced turntables with modern features. House of Marley initially launched the Stir It Up turntable a few years ago, but at the time it was only capable of a wired connection to external speakers, or via USB to a PC.
Stir It Up Wireless adds Bluetooth 5 to their popular turntable to allow you to enjoy a cable-free vinyl experience, perfect for chilling out to some Bob Marley classics. As with the Get Together Mini, Stir It Up Wireless is made from eco-friendly materials including REWIND fabric, bamboo, and recyclable aluminum. Stir It Up Wireless will be available from September 2019, priced at $249.99.
For a more personal audio experience, House of Marley showcased two new headphones at CES; Liberate Air and Exodus ANC. Wireless earbuds are becoming more commonplace since Apple released the AirPods, but it seems 2019 will be the year of the wireless earbud. House of Marley’s Liberate Air represents their take on wireless earphones, due out in July 2019.
The Liberate Air is made from bamboo, natural wood fiber composite, and REWIND fabric. The earbuds have seven-hour battery life, and IPX4 rated for rain and sweat resistance. The carry case has an auto on/off feature, so when you pop the buds back in, they can power off automatically. As with all House of Marley products, their unique design sets them apart and may make them an indispensable accessory.
If over-ear headphones are more your style, then the Exodus ANC may be right up your street. The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) means that you can enjoy your music, audiobooks, and podcasts in relative peace for up to 24 hours on a single charge. If you disable the ANC, you can even extend that playback time to an incredible 40 hours.
A Bluetooth 5 connection allows wireless connection to your smartphone for your enjoyment on-the-go. The USB C charging point means that a full charge takes three hours, while a 10-minute quick charge can give several hours of playback. The Exodus ANC will be available for $249.99 from September 2019.
Portable Bluetooth speakers will never be able to reproduce the thumping power of a Sonos or Bose in-house system, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a tinny sound that’s barely audible. Some Bluetooth speakers have plenty of punch—you just need to know which models to look out for. What Makes a Loud Speaker? Determining “loudness” isn’t as simple as looking at a single rating and ranking speakers accordingly. There are several factors at play, all of which can affect the decibel output of your device. Generally speaking, you need to consider size, volume capacity, wattage, and sound insulation. You…
Portable Bluetooth speakers will never be able to reproduce the thumping power of a Sonos or Bose in-house system, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a tinny sound that’s barely audible.
Some Bluetooth speakers have plenty of punch—you just need to know which models to look out for.
What Makes a Loud Speaker?
Determining “loudness” isn’t as simple as looking at a single rating and ranking speakers accordingly. There are several factors at play, all of which can affect the decibel output of your device. Generally speaking, you need to consider size, volume capacity, wattage, and sound insulation.
You also need to consider battery life. The louder the speaker, the more power it uses. Portable Bluetooth speakers need to strike a balance between volume and playback time.
Here are some of the loudest Bluetooth speakers to suit every budget.
The UE Megaboom 3 is the sequel to the immensely popular Megaboom 2. It hit the shelves in mid-2018.
The speaker doesn’t come cheap, but if your budget will stretch, you’ll struggle to find a louder portable Bluetooth speaker on the market today. At half-volume, the sound will comfortably fill a medium-sized room. Full power will be audible at even the busiest parties.
Despite its sleek design, the UE Megaboom 3 is tough. It’s drop-proof, it’s waterproof, and it floats. The speaker has a Bluetooth range of 150 feet.
On the downside, despite bragging about a 20-hour battery life, you’ll be lucky to see half that much if you’re playing it at full volume.
From a pure portability standpoint, you will struggle to beat the AOMAIS GO; it has a handle built into the design so you can carry it anywhere.
Under the hood, you will find two 15W full range drivers and two passive subwoofers which combine to produce 30W of output. And if you and your friend both have an AOMAIS GO speaker, you can pair them together for 60W of sound in stereo.
People who spend a lot of time off the beaten path, such as hikers and campers, should give the speaker serious consideration thanks to its built-in USB charging port.
The battery life is also impressive. The speaker has a 7200mAh capacity cell which supports eight hours of playback at 60 percent volume.
The speaker itself weighs just 3.6 pounds and is about the size of a regular paperback book, meaning you can comfortably carry it around in one hand when you’re on-the-go. It’s 20 percent smaller than its predecessor.
But what about the speaker’s loudness?
Firstly, unlike most portable Bluetooth speakers, it includes two amps rather than one. One powers mids and lows, while the other powers highs. As such, the dual amps let the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 reproduce the entire audio spectrum and lead to a fuller, more dynamic sound.
There’s also a loudness boost feature called ROAR. It uses a digital signal processor to increase sound and widen the audio output.
Lastly, like the AOMAIS GO, the speaker can act as a charger for your smartphone and other electronics.
With a maximum power output of 72W, the Brookstone Big Blue is one of the loudest portable Bluetooth speakers that money can buy.
To produce that sort of volume, the speaker includes four 2.5-inch drivers, a 5.5-inch subwoofer, and a 5 x 7-inch passive radiator. The Brookstone Big Blue also offers genuine stereo sound, which isn’t overly common on portable speakers. The total output is 36W on each channel.
Importantly, the sound quality is also top notch. Even at full volume, the bass does not distort, and the trebles are clear.
Lastly, the Brookstone Big Blue speaker has 360-degree sound, meaning you can make it the centerpiece of your gathering and let the music reach every corner of a room or garden.
As you’d expect from any BOSE product, the design is flawless. It will look great on your mantelpiece, but also comes equipped with rugged durability that makes it a great portable Bluetooth speaker. It has an IPX4 water-resistant rating and is shock-proof.
The speaker offers more battery life than its predecessor—the capacity has gone up from 12 hours to 16 hours.
It’s also worth noting that the BOSE Soundlink Revolve Plus is one of the few portable Bluetooth speakers that offers voice controls. It integrates with Siri and Google Assistant.
All the speakers we’ve looked at so far follow a fairly formulaic design. Yes, the shapes vary slightly, but they’re all intended for placing on a table or countertop. They’re also all similarly sized.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 breaks the mold. At 1.3 pounds, the speaker is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet it can still deliver 360-degree sound. The speaker is also designed for hanging on a peg or hook rather than placing on a surface.
The device is unrivaled in terms of its size-to-output ratio. It has a peak power of 2 x 140W. The sound is created by a ¾-inch tweeter and a 3.5-inch full driver.
Battery life is also impressive. The speaker can run for 24 hours of continuous playback off a single charge.
As you’ve probably noticed by now, if you want to own a loud portable Bluetooth speaker, you’re going to need to be prepared to get your wallet out.
However, if your budget won’t stretch to some of the other models we’ve discussed in this article, you might want to consider the Photive M90. It has 20W of acoustic drivers and a passive subwoofer.
It’s also one of the few loud portable Bluetooth speakers that has an IPX5 waterproof rating, rather than IPX4. The rating means the speaker is protected against water jets (think hose pipes) instead than just splashes.
Other features include a tripod mount, a 5000mAh battery which offers 10 hours of continuous playback, and a 3.5mm auxiliary jack.
The Loudest Bluetooth Speaker
These seven Bluetooth speakers are all really loud. Buy any of them, and you won’t need to worry about your music getting drowned out by people talking or other ambient sounds.