5. Creative Muvo 10
Even though it comes in at price point much lower than its rivals, the Muvo 10 doesn’t skimp on added features, like NFC connectivity and an impressive eight hour battery life. Audio is taken care of thanks to large full-range drivers, plus there’s BasXPort tech for improving the bass. There’s a carry handle on the side for easy transportation and if that isn’t enough, it can also work as a speakerphone for voice calls.
6. Damson Jet
These wireless NFC mini speakers aim to deliver genuine split-channel stereo sound. It’s a bold move. Does it actually work? Almost… Pairing is pesky, largely because the two speakers have to pair to each other as well as the source. Sound quality, particularly bass, is surprisingly good, providing you have a suitable surface for the music to resonate through – the jets vibrate to spread sonics. It does inevitably sound tinny on some tracks, especially if you turn up the volume, but nine hours of battery and the option to use each speaker individually makes the jets pretty fly.
7. Nixon The Blaster
The Blaster is around twice the weight of the Mini jambox, but still slips easily into a backpack. Its slinky, minimalist design helps it stand out, while its water resistance and impressive twelve-hour battery life score points in its favour. Bluetooth setup is easy, although the heartbeat that sounds through the speaker during pairing is mildly unnerving. As is the cheery “see you later!” sign-off when powering down. Sound quality isn’t bad if you’re sat squarely in front of the speaker, but it is very linear. Step to the side and the sound drops off instantly. A party for one, then.
8. Creative T15
With dedicated tweeters for sharp sounding high notes and custom built drivers for the midrange, these wireless speakers pump out some rather impressive noise. BasXPort tech takes care of the bass, plus there are plenty of ways to connect this pair up to your music source. You’ve got Bluetooth for those wireless connections like your phone or tablet, plus more conventional inputs like line-in and a headphone jack as well.
9. Marshall Stanmore
This speaker is actually the work of Marshall Headphones, rather than the legendary amp maker itself. Intended to be a compact speaker for a small space, rather than a portable, the tank-like build makes it possible to deliver some strong audio. Pairing is swift and sound is rich and powerful with plenty of bass that can be upped further using the dedicated control dials. Unlike the other Bluetooth devices on test, the Stanmore sports RCA inputs as well as a 3.5mm jack, so you can hook up your AV gear, plus an optical input for the likes of Apple TV. Versatile and loud, but rather pricey.
10. Logitech Ultimate Ears Mini Boom
Many of these speakers are small, but the Mini Boom is really small – aiding its portability no end and making it great for slinging in your bag. The mixture of metallic and rubberised materials also gives a really sturdy feel. For a speaker of this price, the sound quality is good, though not really ground breaking. Pairing two Mini Booms together clearly improves the audio, though you’ll have to shell out more for that. Volume is loud and bass is really good.
11. Wren V5BT
From bargain chic, to pricey sophistication. This speaker is full of curves and wood and is definitely not portable, though that’s probably not the point. Internally you’ve got two 3-inch drivers, soft dome tweeters and an Intersil’s D2 Audio DSP-controlled digital amplifier with 50 watts of power.
$300 | Buy it now from Wren