Originally Posted by crazyrob425
I use the BOOM Swimmer. I like the how its waterproof so it means I can take my music and podcasts with me to the shower.
I frequently use it in Hotel rooms to boost the volume when I am watching netflix from my tablet.
I have the JBL Charge. After demoing a dozen bluetooth speakers in the under $150 range, that is the one I went with.
For under $100, the Soundfreaq SFQ-04
is quite nice in SQ because it has some soundstage but needs a proprietary wall adapater. The SHARKK Bluetooth 4.0 BoomBox
was the best price/performance value to me for under $100. The TDK A33
is very good, but bigger and heavier than some of the other models and requires a proprietary adapter.
While the Soundfreaq had perhaps the best sound out of all of them for critical listening (although less volume than the Charge), I came to the conclusion that bluetooth speakers are a poor choice for critical listening. A $300 or $400 bluetooth speaker can easily be bested by a pair of Zero Point Tenore Carbo IEMs
and a Clip Zip or Clip+ DAP (or an iPhone or other good SQ phone). To me, a bluetooth speaker is best for filling a room with sound while doing other things and for being very portable. The Charge does that very well. Strong mids with some midbass presence (many of the smaller portable BT speakers have no midbass). Great volume for its size. The Sharkk is surprisingly good--every bit as good as the Amazon reviews claim--but the Charge has more max volume, making it more suitable for use outside. The Charge's tube design also works well. Standing the Charge on its end helps when it is placed say in the middle of a table to help reduce the reflections. And while the TDK and Soundfreaq are a bit better in some ways than the Charge, neither is very portable either because of size, weight, or the inconvenience of not being able to charge using a USB cable to a standard USB wall wart.
As for the Bose BT speakers, I was not overly impressed by them. They are OK, but ultimately not very portable.
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