Most individuals like the concept associated with a supercompact portable mini Bluetooth speaker that weighs in at a few ounces plus travels well. But in the event that you’re looking for huge sound with thumping largemouth bass, you need to step up in order to one of the large models, which are occasionally known as wireless boomboxes, even though they don’t always appear quite like those vintage boomboxes of yesteryear.

The speakers on the checklist weigh a minimum associated with 6 pounds (2.7kg) and some weigh the lot more than that will. All of these have built/in handles (or straps) with regard to transport as well as the powerful higher end models need a bulky AIR CONDITIONING UNIT adapter — not simply a standard USB mobile phone charger and cable — for charging. They’re made to play a long period at moderate volume amounts on the go. But if you want in order to go loud the battery falls to more like 3 to 5 hours.

Since these are usually created for everything from tailgating in order to camping trips to pool and beach celebrations, they’re all fairly tough with most offering the good degree of water-resistance (several are fully waterproof). I’ve personally listened in order to many of these (or, in the particular case of Soundcore Trance Go, the nearly identical sibling speaker).

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Anker Soundcore Motion Boom

Best value

David Carnoy

Anker’s $100 Soundcore Motion Boom is exactly what I’d call a small boombox speaker. It’s type of an unhealthy man’s edition of JBL’s well-regarded Xtreme 2 speaker, which presently sells for approximately $200 although its list price can be higher. Equipped with the handle and weighing the little over 4 lbs, the speaker reminds myself of one of those giant flashlights or “floating lanterns” that were within vogue about 3 decades back. For the particular record, the Motion Boom actually does drift and it’s fully water-resistant with an IPX7 ranking. 

Anker says the particular Motion Boom delivers “huge stereo system sound” and yes, this plays pretty loud plus has a respectable amount of largemouth bass with reasonable clarity. (I kept the bass increase on all the time because the particular speaker sounds better along with bass boost on.) It can’t compete towards bigger and more costly speakers like JBL’s Boombox 2 ($400) and Ultimate Ears’ Hyperboom ($400), but this packs a lot even more volume and punch compared to more compact Bluetooth audio speakers like JBL’s Flip five that cost around the particular same. It also moves well, so it’s perfect for a beach trip or a little tailgating. It also can become used being a backup battery power to charge phones plus other USB-powered devices.

If you want something in half the size along with a more refined audio, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus. 

$80 at Amazon

JBL Boombox 2

Best design plus sound combo

David Carnoy

JBL’s second-generation Boombox 2 doesn’t really appear different from the authentic. And on the exterior, JBL did not change much. But they have more energy-efficient, with the new Bluetooth chipset. Also, the loudspeaker weighs about a lb . 5 more, which indicates the added weight proceeded to go into other components apart from the battery, which can be exactly the same capacity.

The huge difference within the sound among the Boombox 2 — which is fully water-resistant (IPX7) — and the particular original is the largemouth bass. It goes deeper plus has more punch in order to it. While the strength rating is a small higher for the Boombox 2, its top quantity is about the exact same as the original. It sounds fuller and even more dynamic at its best volume and has simply no indoor or outdoor setting like the original. You can link up wirelessly to the latest JBL Bluetooth speakers, but unfortunately, you can’t link in order to the original Boombox.

Like the UE Hyperboom (see below), this has a USB out port that allows you to charge external devices like your phone and there’s also a good analog audio input if you want to go wired and connect a device without using Bluetooth (the Hyperboom adds an optical digital input).

For outdoor use, I like the design of the Boombox 2 better than UE Hyperboom. It’s easier to carry around and just looks more like an outdoor speaker. However, while they both play loud and deliver plenty of bass, the Hyperboom sounds more natural and has a bigger soundstage with better overall clarity and smoother sound.

$500 at Amazon

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UE Hyperboom

Best sound

The UE Hyperboom has a few things going for it over the Boombox 2. For starters, the price: It’s $400 while the Boombox 2 is $500. 

As an outdoor speaker, I give the nod to the JBL’s design. Both of these weigh 13 pounds, but the JBL is a little more natural to carry around. It’s got the handle, the tubular design, it looks like it belongs outdoors. The Hyperboom’s got the thick rubber strap and it kind of feels like you’re carrying a big pitcher of something really solid. It’s boxy and understated. And it looks a little more at home indoors.

The Hyperboom is splashproof with an IPX4 rating while the Boombox 2 is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating. (I put them out in the rain and they both survived without issues.) Like the Boombox 2, this has a USB out port which allows you to charge devices like your mobile phone and also has analog audio input if a person want to go sent and connect a gadget without using Bluetooth. However, the Hyperboom adds an optic digital input. That means you can connect it to a TV, PC or game console with an optical output. You can also toggle between two Bluetooth connections and it has a built-in microphone that calibrates the speaker’s sound to wherever it is, inside or outside.

The Hyperboom also is the better overall sounding speaker. It has a wider soundstage with slightly more bass and clarity. It also sounds a little more natural. 

If you can afford it, you can link up two Hyperbooms and create a stereo pair. You can also link it wirelessly to the latest UE Bluetooth speakers to spread out the sound across a wider area.

Read our Ultimate Ears Hyperboom review.


$400 at Amazon
$400 at Best Buy
$550 at Walmart

JBL Xtreme 3

Jumbo wearable speaker

David Carnoy

If you don’t want to get something quite as big as the JBL Boombox two, the Xtreme 3 weighs a good deal less but is still large by Bluetooth speaker standards plus puts out a lot of sound (however, not as much as the Bommbox 2). Instead of a built-in handle, a detachable shoulder strap is included.

Like JBL’s smaller Bluetooth speakers the Xtreme 3 can be stood up vertically or placed horizontally. At first glance it doesn’t look much different from the Extreme 2 (it is a tad bigger), but it does have upgraded sound with slightly better bass and clarity while actually weighing slightly less. Here are the key differences between the two speakers, according to JBL: 

  • Plays slightly louder: Xtreme 3’s rated output power is 2 x 25W vs. Xtreme 2’s 2 x 20W
  • Xtreme 3 is IPX67 (waterproof/dustproof) vs. Xtreme 2’s IPX7 (waterproof)
  • Xtreme 3 offers JBL Partyboost while Xtreme 2 delivers JBL Connected+ syncing technologies
  • The Xtreme 3 improves charge time to just 2.5 hours, down from 3.5 hours for the Xtreme 2 (both have 15 hours of battery life)
  • The Xtreme 3 has Bluetooth 5.1 vs. Bluetooth 4.2 on the Xtreme 2
  • The Xtreme 3 is slightly larger but weighs less than the Xtreme 2 (4.3 pounds vs. 5.3 pounds)

$350 at Amazon

Anker Soundcore Trance Go

Value party box


Last year I reviewed Anker’s Soundcore Rave Neo party speaker and gave it high marks. The Trance Go is essentially that speaker without the integrated LEDs that allow you to create a mini light show. It costs right around $100, plays loud for its size (it’s a medium sized speaker that weighs about 6 pounds) and has a built-in handle that makes it easy to tote around. The speaker is fully waterproof and can get up to 24 hours at moderate levels (a USB out port allows you to charge devices). Also, worth noting: For those who want more expansive sound, you can link multiple Trance Go speakers. 

If you want a light show, Anker also has the Soundcore Trance. However, it costs $50 more.

$100 at Amazon

Sony GTKXB90

Sony’s jumbo party box


The Sony GTKXB90 weighs a whopping 30.9 pounds (14kg), which means you’ll get a workout if you have to carry it for a good extended distance (unless associated with course you’re really strong). I’ve only heard it in demos and haven’t fully tested it, but it certainly packs plenty of punch and comes equipped with LEDs for a light show. Battery life is rated at 16 hours at moderate volume levels. That’ll drop quite a bit if you crank it. It’s also worth noting that you can plug in a microphone if you want to play MC. 

The step down GTK-XB60 isn’t quite as powerful, offers a little less battery life plus also doesn’t seem to cost any less. The GTKXB900 lists for $450, but it often sells for significantly less. 

$300 in Amazon TVs, Streaming and Audio

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