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5 Qualities To Look For When Buying a Bluetooth Speaker

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Bluetooth speakers offer a convenient and easy way to listen to music, allowing them to serve a number of useful purposes. They can be used to create an ambiance for meditation, brighten up a picnic with some background music, listen to music in the bath, and more. It’s not hard to see why they are one of the most popular electronic products in the world.

The problem is that there’s so much choice out there it’s hard to tell which is right for you. There are some things to look for when considering speakers. Keep these qualities in mind when shopping and you can’t go wrong.

ECOXBT Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

1. Battery Life

One thing to know about Bluetooth speakers is that they have wildly different battery lives. There some that claim to be able to last up to 24 hours when charged, while others are lucky to last for an hour or two. It’s not like you’ll need a speaker that offers 24 hours of battery life for regular everyday use though. If you need one that you can use for everyday purposes then one with a ten-hour battery should be more than enough. If you’re looking for entertainment on a long journey – such as a road trip – then you can consider something bigger.

the Tylt Tunz Bluetooth Speaker

2. Water-Resistance

As with battery life, different speakers have different water-resistance ratings. The quality of the water resistance can affect the price tag though. You should consider how you plan on using the speaker and what you’ll be doing with it. If your speaker is unlikely to ever be near water, then you don’t want to shell out too much on the water resistance. Planning some pool parties? Then you’ll need a lot of water resistance. There are completely waterproof options that are great for bathrooms but, again, you’ll have to pay for that kind of functionality.

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3. Sound Quality

The sound quality is one of – if not the – most important factors when choosing a speaker. There have been many complaints about Bluetooth speaker manufacturers dismissing audio quality in favor of other features. You need a speaker that you like and that means finding one that is able to play audio as loudly and clearly as you want. It needs to offer the kind of bass and treble you demand. When trying out a speaker for yourself at a store be sure to play the kind of music that you’ll be listening to at home with it. This will give you a better idea of if it is the right speaker for you or not. Some speakers offer a subwoofer that boosts bass, for example, which is perfect for hip-hop fans.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

4. Design and Portability

One reason to get a Bluetooth speaker is to have a portable speaker you can take anywhere. Some speakers offer more portability than others. Think about what you want to use the speaker for and what kind of portability you need for that. You don’t want to end up with a speaker that’s too big for your bag. The 80s were a wonderful time but who really wants to walk around with a big boombox on their shoulders anymore? You don’t want a speaker that you can’t take around with you unless you’re actively looking for something to listen to music at home and nothing else. Having said that, while boomboxes were too big, the hype around retro Bluetooth speakers is continuously growing. Many people simply love the vintage style combined with modern technology. The same goes for vinyl, I guess?

ALL-Terrain Sound - Rugged Weatherproof Bluetooth Portable Speaker

5. Value for Money

Price is not always an indication of quality. The most expensive speakers are not necessarily the best ones. The reason that these speakers cost more money is that they have all the optional features you can imagine. You should think about what purpose the speaker will serve and what you need it for. Your purchasing decision should be based on this and nothing else. If you’re happy with good battery life and don’t care so much for water resistance then you can get away with paying less for a speaker that suits those needs. Think about what would be the right speaker for you; what features you do want, what are you willing to pay for, and what aren’t you willing to pay for. You get what you pay for, so don’t pay for more than what you need.

Final Thoughts

These are the five most important factors to consider when looking at different Bluetooth speakers. With this knowledge to hand, you’ll be less flustered when shopping around for one and talking to an assistant about what you want. Keep these factors in mind and find yourself the best speaker for you.

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