Bluetooth Speakers Buyer’s Guide
What to look for?
Since bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, it is important to list a few things that you should be looking out for when considering buying a bluetooth speaker. You must make a choice between sound quality, portability and price. The ones that offer the best of all worlds usually come at a higher price, and for the budget-conscious, that might not be the best fit. Here is a quick rundown on what to look for when buying bluetooth speakers:
Whether you just want some way to listen to music while camping or you are a full-fledged audiophile, sound quality should be an important factor in your purchase. Unfortunately, the highest quality speakers usually come with the highest price tag, so choose carefully.
For any portable device, weight can play a big factor. If not, we’d all be lugging heavy and bulky surround systems with us. Take into consideration that higher weight does not always equate to quality, and that lighter, newer models can offer the same, if not better quality, along with the better portability.
Another major factor in portability is size. While most bluetooth speakers will readily fit into any backpack or most regular bags, you’d want to leave room for something else as well. This is where size comes into play. Speakers can range from smaller ones, that easily fit inside your pockets, to larger ones that you’d have to carry in a bag or something similar. It is important to note that while the small speakers seem like the best idea, they usually deliver less sound quality.
When listening to music at home, next to a socket, battery life may not seem like much. But most of the time, we are restricted to the length of time by the battery life. A better, higher quality battery will fetch a heftier price, but it is worth it, especially if you are into outdoors fun, where finding a socket to charge your speaker may not be possible. Depending on your needs, decide whether to flesh out a bit more for a model with a better, longer lasting battery.
While most bluetooth speakers offer more or less the same features, this is a good thing to look into if you have any specific needs. What you will want at the very least, are button controls on the speaker itself, but you mat also opt for some of the higher end models which include touchscreen controls embedded into the speaker.
As with anything worth buying, the price can play a big factor. Bluetooth speakers are no exception to this rule. With bluetooth speakers, you get what you pay for most of the time.
What to buy?
While it is easy to find cheaper models, they are heavily overshadowed by the high-end ones for build, sound and battery quality. For the general audience, a mid-range product that doesn’t strain your wallet too hard is a perfect fit, however, for the audiophile, or the outdoorsman with specific needs, it might be a better idea to spend a bit more and get one of the higher-end models. However, if portability is a major issue, you might choose to get one of the smallest models, that you can easily fit inside your pocket. It is very important to be careful when choosing here, as the low-range models usually won’t last long, so it might be a bit better to spend more.