Major Features to Consider when Shopping for Portable Speakers

Feature to consider before shopping for portable speakers are shown in this review. Be on the lookout for these while shopping for speakers of your own:

Wireless Connectivity– You use a mobile device to avoid being tethered down, so shouldn’t your speakers be wireless too? Some of the best portable speakers rely on Bluetooth technology for fast, first-rate wireless connectivity. The vast majority of popular mobile devices are compatible with Bluetooth, so you should be good to go. For extra flexibility, however, you might want to invest in portable speakers that can also be connected with a wire. These typically have auxiliary-in, 3.5-mm jacks.

Wireless Range– Like most people, you’ll probably keep your mobile device close to your portable speakers while using them. Still, what if you want to do a little wandering around? You shouldn’t be forced to stay right near the speakers to listen to music, so make sure to check the wireless range of any speakers that you consider. Wireless ranges vary considerably. Some models, like the Photive CYREN, boast ranges of more than 33 feet. Others have more limited ranges, so be sure to read the fine print.

Battery – Wireless, portable speakers are powered by batteries. Most of today’s top-selling portable speakers have lithium-ion batteries, which are prized for their ability to hold charges for long periods of time. Still, there is a wide range in terms of how long these speakers can go before needing to be recharged. The JLB Flip, for instance, only has a battery life of about five hours. The Jawbone JAMBOX, on the other hand, can go up to 15 hours before needing to be recharged.

Recharging the Battery  – It also pays to find out how the battery in a set of portable speakers is recharged. You won’t have to worry about buying new batteries all the time, but you can expect to have to plug in your speakers periodically to keep them charged. Many models, including the HDMX Jam Classic, are recharged using USB cables that connect to wall adapters or computers. Others, like the Bose Mini Bluetooth Speaker, recharge on cradles. Some speakers can be used while they’re recharging, which is a nice perk.

Audio Performance– What’s the point in using portable speakers with your mobile device if the sound quality isn’t very good? There’s a wide range out there in terms of audio quality. If it’s important to you, be sure to look for features like 360-degree sound output, high-quality acoustic drivers, passive bass radiators and digital signal processing. The X-mini portable speaker and some other models expand to create audio resonance chambers that amplify sound even more and produce crisp, clear audio that you’re sure to love.

Size and Portability– The last thing you’re going to want to do is lug around a heavy, cumbersome set of speakers. Just because something is marketed as being portable doesn’t mean it’s definitely easy to take from place to place, so always look at the weight and dimensions of a speaker set before buying it. The Oontz Angle has a very low profile and weighs in at just nine ounces. Meanwhile, the Bose SoundLink weighs around 1.5 pounds. Capsule speakers like the X-mini are especially portable. Other models, including the iHome iHM60GY, are collapsible.