Whether you’re on the go, headed to the beach, or lounging at home, these portable Bluetooth speakers will make listening to your favourite tunes just that much more convenient
Wired electronic devices are on the way out and I’m thankful – after all, nothing ticks me off more than tripping over tangled wires or getting my headphone cables snagged on a doorknob. If you’re keen on cutting wires out of your music experience, we’ve put together a handy guide to the best new Bluetooth speakers available in 2017, perfect for the beach, a quick holiday, the home, or when you just want your music loud at the touch of a button.
For the aquatically-inclined: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If your idea of the perfect weekend is lounging by the pool being serenaded by the sweet sounds of Lana Del Rey, this is the Bluetooth speaker for you. Available in six colour ways, the WONDERBOOM offers 360-degree sound, IPX7 rated waterproofing, and 10 hours of battery life – all in a 425g package.
For the bassheads: Sony SRS-XB40
With its booming bass, flashing speakers and strobe lights, the Sony SRS-XB40 is the closest you’ll get to a portable nightclub. While certainly flashy, the speaker offers features to back it up like IPX5 water resistance, chain connectivity (you can link up to 10 speakers), NFC one-touch connection, and a whopping 24 hours of battery life that’ll keep the party going.
For those on the move: Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2
At just 275g, this tiny, palm-sized Bluetooth speaker is our pick for on-the-go listening or those who like to travel light. Despite its small size, the speaker packs quite a punch with rich and spacious trademark Bang & Olufsen-designed tweeters and woofers. The pearl-blasted, anodised aluminium and leather case adds to this luxurious speaker’s appeal.
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2, $230.
For vintage good-looks: Marshall Woburn
While Marshall is a brand more common on stages than living rooms, this is one Bluetooth speaker you’ll want to proudly display. While its gold hardware, vinyl-covered body, and vintage-inspired fret grille make for an eye-catching speaker, the Woburn’s clean treble, punchy bass, and dense mids stay true to the Marshall brand.
Marshall Woburn, $747.
For the home listener: Bose SoundLink Mini II
A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have for any haute homemaker who wants to eliminate wires from the household, and the Bose SoundLink Mini II is one of our top choices. While the device is small enough to be discreet, you’ll certainly notice its rather deep bass response that’s surprising for a speaker this size. While not as compact as the other speakers on this list, the SoundLink Mini II still remains small enough to pack into a day bag for a picnic or a trip to the beach.
Bose SoundLink Mini II, $245.
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