Built-in speakers in smartphones or laptops are almost always far from ideal. Buying bulky speakers with a huge number of wires is not always profitable, but to buy a compact portable audio system is still worth it. Such devices are universal, they can be used at home, and take with them to picnics or walks.
We bring to your attention the rating of portable speakers of 2018, in which the best models of compact acoustics are assembled.
The Best Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers of 2018
JBL Flip 3
- Frequency range: 85Hz – 20kHz;
- Power: 16 W;
- Battery: 3000 mAh;
- Dimensions: 64 x 169 x 64 mm;
- Weight: 450 g.
Flip 3 is one of the cheapest offers from JBL in the portable speakers segment. The case of the audio system is made in the form of a cylinder, most of the area of the walls is occupied by the “chain mail” of the speaker. The color of the device can be customized to your taste, the buyers are available in 8 colors.
The buttons for controlling the column are placed on the plastic platform. Here you can find an activation key, an hourglass icon, as well as a microUSB input and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The last two are closed with a plastic cap, the device is not afraid of splashing water and sand. The built-in speaker battery provides up to 10 hours of listening to music at an average volume.
The sound quality may well go beyond the standard of an expensive audio system. Flip 3 copes well with high and low frequencies in different types of compositions. The only negative – small distortions at maximum volume.
JBL Flip 4
- Frequency range: 70Hz – 20kHz;
- Power: 16 W;
- Battery: 3000 mAh;
- Dimensions: 68 x 175 x 70 mm;
- Weight: 515 g.
The new generation Flip is not much different in appearance from its predecessor, its individuality can be seen in detail. The first of them – increased battery life. Now the music can sound at least 12 hours from one battery charge.
Improvements also got the JBL Connect function. Now you can connect up to hundreds of other JBLs to the wireless speaker. Earlier the device could be synchronized only with two portable audio systems. The previous standard of moisture protection was changed to IPX7, which makes it possible to safely immerse in water.
The advertising campaign JBL says that Flip 4 sounds 20% better than the previous model. And indeed it is. The novelty got rid of the unpleasant rattling of high frequencies, and also acquired dense bass and an extended frequency range.
- Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz (sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz);
- Protection from water: ipX5;
- Dimensions: φ75 x H91;
- Weight: 260 g.
The body of the device is made in the form of a miniature cylinder, the dynamics of which are covered with metal grilles. The rest of the SRS-XB10 is made of plastic. On the side face is placed NFC chip for quick synchronization with a smartphone or tablet. There is a speakerphone function, you can answer an incoming call simply by touching the speaker.
Sony SRS-XB10 is able to combine with other portable audio systems. A special indicator on the body indicates the designation of a particular column. The volume of the device is enough for personal use at home, the results are not so great on the street. But the device sounds completely clean and without distortion. Also there is water protection according to the IPX5 standard.
- Frequency range: 62Hz – 20kHz;
- Power: 10 W of dynamics + 15 W subwoofer;
- Battery: 2200 mAh;
- Dimensions: 242x140x140 mm;
- Weight: 3000 g.
The company Marshall in all its audio devices embodies its own old school design. The portable Kilburn column looks more like a jukebox from the sixties. The case of the device is made in a similar style – no plastic, the edges of the device are trimmed with black leather.
Get the best sound possible only after some preliminary settings. At that, changing the genre of the audio track constantly entails adjusting the equalizer knob. All efforts are brought to naught after turning the volume wheel to the maximum value. Kilburn is useful for creating a noisy background on a picnic, but audiophiles may not like the details of the sound.
The column captivates with its power and battery life. Even at maximum volume, Kilburn will play twenty hours in a row.