Originally Posted by ggilman
Does anyone know of any portable speakers that will pair for stereo? If the Marshall's would I'd buy two right now.
Check out Minirigs (https://minirigs.co.uk/)
I went through the same selection process two months ago, looking for wireless portable speakers primarily for camping. I wanted something with good stereo sound, that was easy to pack, with enough battery life to last the whole trip, and it had to be at least somewhat rugged and weatherproof so it could survive being dropped in the dirt or left out in the rain. After a lot of searching, I ended up buying a pair of Minirig 3s + subwoofer:
They are compact, about 4" diameter and 3" high. They can be paired for stereo. They can play loud and they have good clean sound. Their sound quality and maximum loudness is a step up from any portable speaker I've heard in the same size range. They are splash proof and can survive a drop. And they have outstanding battery life.
There is an optional subwoofer that's about 4" diameter and 9" long which is nice for outdoor use where other small portable speakers tend to sound weak in the bass. You can use a single sub with a single speaker (1.1), a single sub with a stereo pair (2.1), or two subs with two speakers (2.2) if you really need to max out the volume.
They come in zippered protective sleeves with wire pockets for easy packing. Inputs are Bluetooth and a headphone jack. There is a phone app which offers an equalizer and subwoofer level control.
I'm super happy with how they turned out. They may be my favorite piece of camping kit, up there with my Cobb BBQ. I love the versatility. I can set them on a picnic table across from me about 4' apart and enjoy a nice near field stereo setup while I'm working on dinner prep. Or place them on the ground about 10-15' apart on the other side of the camp fire so the family can enjoy a stereo listening experience while basking in the fire. Or put them on opposite sides of the camp site, facing in, configured in mono, and have sound everywhere as you're setting up or breaking camp. A single Minirig 3 can fit into the pocket of most of my athletic shorts, or a cargo pocket, so I'd throw one in there when taking my kids to a playground, or for a walk down to the lake shore so we can listen to a little music while the sun sets.
There is also a smaller Minirig Mini, which is more comfortably pocketable, and better for backpacking. But it has a lot less battery life and not much bass unless you add a sub.
There are two downsides. The first is cost:
£269.95 for a pair of the Minirig 3
£389.95 for a pair of the Minirig 3 + subwoofer
The second is that the treble response is directional, especially the top octave. If I point them directly at me, they sound bright on axis and I want to reduce the treble using the EQ. If I place them on their back facing up, and then listen from the side, the top octave is rolled off and I want to increase it using the EQ. The treble balance is most neutral when listening about 45 degrees off-axis, which leads me to believe that Minirig tried to find a compromise between what's best for different orientations.
I discovered the Minirigs from an Austrian YouTuber named Oluv. He has reviewed tons of portable speakers and records them in binaural sound. You should definitely check out his channel:
He also has a site where you can A/B compare his recordings of different portable speakers:
He has posted a number of videos with the Minirigs. Here are two. In the first one, he compares a Minirig 3 2.1 setup vs. the very good Aiwa EXOS-9 boom box. The second features Minirig Minis.