Music has become an important part of our lives, what with smartphones and tablets allowing us to listen to it whenever we want. At the same time, it’s hard to ignore the advantages of wireless speakers in streaming music with more ease.
Portable, wireless speakers are the best option when it comes to gadgets on-the-go. Not only are they fairly lightweight, but also user-friendly and the heart and soul of any party. Connecting your laptop or tablet to a wireless speaker is a clear advantage when you are away from your main sound system.
Are you looking for a fancy wireless speaker for your home? Or do you plan on starting a luxurious multi-room system? Check out our 15 top picks below; note that they are listed from the lowest to the highest price for your convenience.
Seeing that the original UE Roll was such a success, it was only a matter of time before the second generation model came along. Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is a piece of art with its improved sound and affordable price. It’s the perfect on-the-go companion, not to mention that it’s also waterproof. Download the free UE Roll 2 smartphone app for complete remote control over the music at your pool party.
11. JBL Pulse 2
Need to bring music to a party? You can rely on the second generation of JBL Pulse for that. In addition to powerful sound, this colorful speaker is equipped with color sensor lens; just point and shoot the lens at the color you want and enjoy the show as the speaker amplifies it. Groovy.
Thanks to the splashproof design, the Pulse 2 is worthy of any stage, offering up to 10 hours of high-quality stereo sound. It also comes with a companion smartphone app for remote control.
Dr. Dre, known for his rap creations and headphone products, keeps on delivering as promised. The Beats Pill is a small-but-load kind of speaker with plenty of connectivity options. Just tap your smartphone to pair it up with the speaker. You can also sync two Beats Pills to stereo play your music – just tap them together.
The compact-sized and lightweight speaker produces powerful sound that you can easily hear in all the rooms of your house. You can adjust the volume from up to 30 feet away. The Beats Pill can fit in your bag or purse. Also doubles as a battery station for your smartphone.
Choose from a variety of available colors: White, Black & Gold, Black, Gold, White Gold, and Red.
In terms of portability, it doesn’t get much better than this cute, palm-sized speaker. In spite of its size, it provides super-loud sound with a heart-thumping kick when it comes to bass. It can also be wirelessly connected to Bluetooth so you can use its built-in speakerphone for your calls on-the-go.
The SoundLink Mini doesn’t disappoint with its full sound and deep lows. And thanks to the fact that it is ultra-compact and wireless, you will soon carry your Bose sound with you everywhere you go.
A wireless speaker on steroids: That’s the best way to describe the UE MEGABOOM. Thanks to the amazing technology it packs, you can blast unbelievable 360-degree sound. Its compact size allows you to listen to music on the go, benefitting from the deep, heart-pounding bass sound.
The UE MEGABOOM can play music via Siri and Google Now voice integration, and it comes with a 20-hour rechargeable battery. Additional features and control can be accessed by installing the UE MEGABOOM app.
Available colors: Charcoal Black, Electric Blue, Lava Red, and Plum (visible in the image)
7. KEF Muo
Another award-winning wireless speaker, the KEF Muo allows you to experience the highest-quality of sound from a device smaller than your forearm. The luxurious feeling is backed up by fine musical performance, great looks and a sturdy build.
The Muo’s Bluetooth ability can handle 2 devices to be connected at once, and remember up to 8. Its output will automatically optimize to offer you the best listening experience whether it lies on its side or stands upright.
The battery allows you to enjoy listening to music up to 12 hours between recharges. Comes in a variety of colors: Silver, Brilliant Rose (in the picture above), Gold, Gunmetal, Racing Blue, and Sunset Orange.
Fancy a bit of retro style wrapped up in modern technology? Meet the Marshall Stanmore, an old-school amp that deceives the eye. In spite of the rock relic look, the portable speaker is actually lightweight and well-balanced. Literally a blast from the past, with its Bluetooth compatibility and 18-hour battery life.
You can trust the Stanmore to deliver clean sound even at high levels. The compact active stereo speaker features a classic design with analogue interaction knobs for custom control. You can either connect to it wirelessly, via the RCA input, or simply with coil cord that is included.
However, the Stanmore – true to its Marshall legacy – can also be paired with devices with optical output, such as Apple TV. When you’re not using it, you can use the Stanmore’s two standby modes – powersaver and standard – to save the battery.
This stylish one-kilo unit with double-sided speakers is ultimate on-the-go Bluetooth device. It’s packed with Bang & Olufsen’s geeky sonic technology and the package is very eye-catching. The Beoplay A2 offers a well-balanced sound profile with a deep bass that fills any room or outdoor space.
4. Denon HEOS 7
Designed for those who expect the very best, HEOS 7 HS2 is one of the best wireless speakers you can find in its price category. It delivers full sound even when it plays in large, open spaces. The fancy, elegant case is packed with the latest technologies, such as dual precision tweeters, dual passive radiators, dual mid-woofers, and an active subwoofer.
A series of precision DSP acoustical processing algorithms offer the highest sound optimization. Compatible with the most popular music services, including Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, SoundCloud, TuneIn, and SiriusXM.
Zeppelin Wireless features a better sound and functionality while preserving the original iconic design of the first Zeppelin. It’s one of the best one-piece audio systems currently available. Your inner audiophile will be thrilled to hear the technology it packs: a 6.5″ subwoofer for deep bass, two double dome tweeters, and two midrange drivers with FST technology.
The new Zeppelin can be played at an impressive volume and still deliver crisp sound. Regardless of the device you pair it with, the portable speaker is a few button presses away from blasting your Spotify Connect playlist.
There’s no doubt that this speaker is on the expensive side. However, given the luxury feeling it gives off and the technology it features, the price is not that high. Not only did the Mu-so speaker win the 2015 Awards in its category, but it also received the Readers’ Award.
Keeping many of the specs of the larger Mu-so, this mini version connects to your home Wi-Fi network, giving you immediate access to Spotify, Apple AirPlay, TIDAL, and Internet radio, among others. The wireless speaker comes with a deep, rich sound, and soaring dynamics. If you’re interested in buying a premium wireless speaker, Naim’s Mu-so is your answer.
For the piece de resistance, here comes Devialet, one of the most marvelous creations under the award-winning Phantom brand. It’s the speaker that takes no nonsense: Zero distortion, zero saturation, and zero background noise.
A master piece of audio technology, the Devialet is the most powerful compact speaker of the series. Just like its predecessors, the small unit’s vibrations make for an exciting visual experience, adding to the audio one.
You can pair two Phantoms for the highest audiophile experience or buy more to create the ultimate multi-room system. It can connect to almost all streaming services, such as Pandora, Spotify, iTunes or Tidal, using a Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Optical connection.
We’re aware there are plenty more wireless speakers that have not made it on our list – speakers which probably have even better sound or more affordable prices. That’s why we need your input. What are some of the best musical experiences you have ever had with wireless speakers? Let us know in the comments below.