Best wireless Bluetooth boom box for 2021

You can play your favorite music on the go with a super compact laptop bluetooth speaker It travels well and weighs only a few ounces. But if you are looking for a monstrous sound with punchy bass, you should move on to one of the jumbo models. They don’t always look like the stereos of yesteryear, but they are still sometimes referred to as wireless stereos.

The speakers on this list weigh a minimum of 6 pounds (2.7 kg) and some weigh much more than that. The powerful high-end models require a bulky AC adapter, not just a standard USB cable and phone charger, to charge. They also have built-in straps or handles for transport. All of them are designed to play for a long time at moderate volume levels on the go. But if you want to make noise, the battery life is reduced to more than 3 to 5 hours.

Since these are designed for everything from camping trips to pool and beach parties, they are all pretty sturdy, most offer a good degree of water resistance, and several are completely waterproof. I’ve personally heard all of these (or, in the case of the Soundcore Trance Go, its nearly identical sister speaker).

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JBL’s PartyBox 110, new for 2021, packs a punch and delivers bigger sound than some of the portable boombox speakers on this list, including JBL’s own Boombox 2 (see below). There is a built-in handle to carry the speaker, but the PartyBox 110 is quite heavy, weighing 23 pounds and standing just over 22 inches tall. You can place it vertically as shown in the picture above or place it horizontally as it has rubber feet on both sides of the speaker.

It’s rated for up to 12 hours of play time at moderate volume levels and has a redesigned light show that syncs to the beat of your music (you can customize the light show from the speaker or use the JBL PartyBox companion app) .

The speaker has Bluetooth or a wired USB connection and there are inputs for guitar and microphone. It’s also worth noting that the speaker is IPX4 splash proof and you can wirelessly connect two PartyBox 110 speakers for stereo sound. I didn’t test stereo mode, but was impressed by the sound of a single PartyBox 110 – it puts out a lot of well-defined bass with good overall clarity in the highs and mids, and I suspect that pairing two of these together would be quite impressive.

I also liked how the speaker doesn’t have an external AC adapter and only requires one cable to charge (the power adapter is in the speaker). For longer parties during which you’re really setting the tone, you’ll want to plug in the speaker if possible. But it offers enough volume to fill a spacious living room with sound and also plays loud enough for a small pool or beach party.

The upcoming PartyBox 710 ($ 800) is a massive party speaker that has built-in wheels and requires a power source to function; it does not have a built-in rechargeable battery. This is your best option if you want a portable speaker that can deliver big, quality sound and is battery powered. To be clear, this offers a bigger and better sound than the JBL Boombox 2, but is more difficult to transport.

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Anker’s Soundcore Motion Boom is what I would call a mini portable stereo speaker. It’s kind of a poor version of JBL’s well-regarded Xtreme 3 speaker, which costs $ 350. Equipped with a handle and weighing in at just over 4 pounds, the speaker reminds me of one of those. giant lanterns or “floating lanterns” that were all the rage about 30 years ago. For the record, the Motion Boom really floats and has an IPX7 waterproof rating.

Anker says that the Motion Boom offers “huge stereo sound” and, yes, it plays quite loud and has a decent amount of bass with reasonable clarity, but I wouldn’t call it huge and there isn’t much stereo separation (I kept the boost low at all times because the speaker sounds better that way). It can’t compete with bigger and more expensive speakers like JBL Boombox 2 ($ 400) and Ultimate Ears’ Hyperboom ($ 400), but it packs a lot more volume and power than more compact Bluetooth speakers like JBL’s Flip 5 that cost roughly the same. It travels well too, making it great for a beach excursion or a bit of tailgating. It can also be used as a backup battery to charge your smartphone or other mobile device.

If you want something half the size with a slightly more refined sound, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus.

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JBL’s second-gen Boombox 2 doesn’t really look any different than the original. But it’s more energy efficient, with a new Bluetooth 5.1 chipset. Also, the speaker weighs about 1.5 pounds more (13 pounds or 5.9 kg), meaning that the extra weight went to other components besides the battery, which has the same capacity.

The big difference in sound between the Boombox 2 and the original is the bass. It goes deeper and has more force. While the power rating is a bit higher for the Boombox 2, its top volume is roughly the same as the original. It sounds fuller and more dynamic at its maximum volume. Unlike the original, it has no indoor and outdoor modes. You can connect wirelessly to the latest JBL Bluetooth speakers, but sadly you can’t connect to the original Boombox.

Like the UE Hyperboom (see below), this one has a USB output port that allows you to charge external devices like your phone, and there’s also an analog audio input if you want to connect and connect a device without using Bluetooth connectivity ( the Hyperboom adds an optical digital input).

For outdoor use, I like the Bluetooth Boombox 2 design better than UE Hyperboom. It’s easier to transport and looks more like an outdoor speaker. It is also completely waterproof (IPX7). However, while they both play loud and deliver plenty of bass, the Hyperboom sounds more natural and has a larger soundstage with better overall clarity and great sound.

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Sony’s SRS-XG500 is the most direct competitor to the JBL Boombox 2. They are similar in price and size, and both have an integrated handle. The Sony is a bit larger but weighs a bit less at 12.34 pounds (5.6 kg).

He went back and forth comparing the sound of the two speakers. While I liked the sound of the JBL a bit more because it seemed to sound a bit clearer with better details, the Sony puts out a lot of bass – it has a warmer, booming sound that some people may prefer.

It is IP66 water and dust resistant, which means it can receive a sustained spray of water, but cannot be fully submerged. You also get a rear mic / guitar input and two USB output ports for charging your devices. (The speaker has its own power adapter; it cannot be charged via USB-C.) Battery life is 30 hours at moderate volume levels, which is very good. Upload your songs and that number drops substantially.

At night, you can light up the speaker with the LED light strips that sound inside the bass ports and use the Fiestable app to control the LEDs. The Sony Music application allows you to modify the sound profile. Also, you can pair the speaker with other Sony Bluetooth speakers to increase the sound.


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The UE Hyperboom has a few things going for it over the Boombox 2. For starters, the price is $ 400 while the Boombox 2 is $ 500.

For outdoor use, I approve of the JBL design. They both weigh 13 pounds, but the JBL is a bit more natural to carry. It has the handle, the tubular design, it seems that it belongs to the outside. The Hyperboom has a thick rubber strap and it feels like you’re carrying a big jug of something really solid. It’s boxy and understated, and it looks a bit more like home indoors.

The Hyperboom is splash proof with an IPX4 rating, while the Boombox 2 is completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. (I turned them off in the rain and they both survived without a hitch.) Like the Boombox 2, this one has a USB output port that allows you to charge devices like your phone and it also has an analog audio input if you want to connect via cable. and connect a device without using Bluetooth. However, the Hyperboom adds an optical digital input. That means you can connect it to a TV, PC, or game console with an optical output. You can also switch between two Bluetooth connections and it has a built-in microphone that calibrates the sound from the speaker wherever you are, indoors or out.

The Hyperboom is also the best-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker overall. It has a wider soundstage with a bit more bass and clarity. It also sounds a bit more natural.

If you can afford it, you can link two Hyperbooms together and create a stereo pair. You can also wirelessly link it to the latest UE Bluetooth speakers to spread the sound over a wider area.

Read our Ultimate Ears Hyperboom review.

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Last year I reviewed Anker’s Soundcore Rave Neo party speaker and gave it a high rating. The Trance Go is essentially that speaker without the built-in LEDs that allow you to create a mini light show. It costs around $ 100, sounds strong for its size (it’s a medium-sized speaker that weighs around 6 pounds), and has a built-in handle that makes it easy to carry. The speaker is completely waterproof and can run for up to 24 hours on a single charge at moderate levels. A USB port allows you to charge devices. It’s also worth noting: for those who want a more expansive sound for streaming music, you can link multiple Trance Go speakers.

If you want a light show, Anker also has the Soundcore trance. However, it costs $ 50 more.

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If you don’t want to get something as big as the JBL Boombox 2, the Xtreme 3 weighs a lot less, but it’s still large by Bluetooth speaker standards, and it does put out a lot of sound (though not as much as the Boombox 2). Instead of a built-in handle, a detachable shoulder strap is included.

Like JBL’s smaller Bluetooth speakers, the Xtreme 3 is a versatile stereo that can be positioned vertically or horizontally. Although it’s a bit larger than the Xtreme 2, it doesn’t look much different from the previous model at first glance, but it does have an improved sound with slightly better bass and clarity, while actually weighing a bit less. Here are the key differences between the two speakers, according to JBL:

  • Plays a little louder: the Xtreme 3’s rated power output is 2 x 25 W versus 2 x 20 W for the Xtreme 2.
  • The Xtreme 3 is IPX67 (waterproof / dustproof) compared to IPX7 (waterproof) on the Xtreme 2.
  • The Xtreme 3 offers JBL PartyBoost while the Xtreme 2 has JBL Connected Plus sync technologies.
  • The Xtreme 3 improves charge time to just 2.5 hours, compared to 3.5 hours for the Xtreme 2 (both have 15 hours of battery life)
  • The Xtreme 3 has Bluetooth 5.1, the Xtreme 2 has Bluetooth 4.2.
  • The Xtreme 3 is slightly larger but weighs 4.3 pounds less than the Xtreme 2, which weighs 5.3 pounds.

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