The Peloton Bike is more than just awesome. The ease with which it lets you access Peloton’s live and on-demand classes straight from the touchscreen tablet is simply brilliant. But it’s not without flaws, and one of the first things that come to the mind is the speakers. The speakers of the Peloton Bike fall on the weaker side. Plus, they face away from the rider, which tends to sour the experience. Thankfully, the bike is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 support, and you can connect wireless Bluetooth earphones as well as speakers to it.
By connecting external Bluetooth speakers, you can bring the gym atmosphere to the indoors. All you need is a quality speaker that produces loud but balanced music.
With most Bluetooth speakers bundling a compact look, you can either hang them from the bike’s handle or mount it to your bike’s head tube with the aid of a speaker mount. Alternatively, you can keep it next to the bike.
So, if you are looking for Bluetooth speakers for your Peloton Bike, here are our recommendations.
1. JBL Flip 4
The JBL Flip 4 makes for a good buy if you are looking for a speaker that you can keep on your side as you cycle your way (virtually) through the French Alps or the countryside in Scotland. The successor to the popular Flip 3, the Flip 4 packs a cylindrical body with bass radiators on either end. It’s compact and measures just about 6.9 x 2.75 inches.
The compact and waterproof nature of the speaker means you can also take it out for a spin in the swimming pool or to an outdoor event. Simply put it in the pairing mode and connect it to the tablet.
The Flip 4 packs a rugged design and can stand the test of time. The sound output is clear and loud, and you will love the bass’s grunt when you do your workouts.
A 3000mAH battery powers it, and you can get around 12 hours of playback time with it. If you use to for a couple of hours every day, it should get you throughout a week before needing a top-up.
Do note that it doesn’t have a built-in cord or strap to hand it to the handlebars of the bike. You will have to keep it horizontally on a flat surface near your bike.
2. Ultimate Ears Boom 2
The name says it all. The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is 25% louder at its top-most volume, which translates into an immersive exercise session. It is stain-resistant and waterproof. That makes it perfect for your indoor gym, pool parties, and home.
The battery life is quite great with up to 15 hours at moderate volumes. As per the folks at SoundGuys, it lives upon to around 12 hours on moderate volumes. On the upside, the Boom 2 comes with gesture control. If you want to pause the music, tap on the top of the speaker.
The sound output is certainly going to please you. Many users appreciated its portability and sound quality.
Again, it doesn’t have a built-in strap, so you will have to keep it on a flat surface. There’s a hook at the top for a lanyard, which you can utilize should you want the Boom 2 to be attached to the handlebar of your bike.
3. Oontz Angle 3
Cambridge Soundworks’ Oontz Angle 3 is a fully functional speaker which you can lay horizontally or vertically. The triangular design gives you the independence of picking a location for it—be it a window sill or the top of a table. It delivers a rich sound, and several reviewers have backed the claim on Amazon. It’s worth noting that this speaker has more than fifty thousand reviews and many users have praised its portability and Bluetooth connectivity.
The highlight of the Oontz Angle 3 is its excellent battery life. At moderate volume, the speaker can last up to 30 hours and can easily last around a week before needing a top-up.
It pairs with the Peloton Bike easily and the clear audio output means that you can hear the voice of your instructor or trainer distinctly. And the loudness of the speaker is the cherry on top.
The Bluetooth range of the Oontz Angle 3 is great. However, the audio output may distort a bit on high volumes.
4. Ultimate Ears Roll 2
The Ultimate Ears Roll 2 is compact, portable, and delivers great audio. It has a strong and durable built-in bungee cord that comes in handy for your indoor and outdoor adventures. You can either hang it both from the handles of your bike or if you are outdoors, from your backpack. It also comes with IPX7-rating, meaning you needn’t worry about sweat damage and likes.
The waterproof fabric covers the front, and the enormous Plus and Minus sign for volume control on the top makes it easy to well, control the volume.
At 9 hours, battery life is strong for a small and portable speaker. The folks at SoundGuys managed to squeeze out about 10 hours of battery juice at 60% volume.
At the same time, it’s durable. Reviewers love its sound quality, portability, and the battery life (see JBL Clip 3 vs. UE Roll 2).
It delivers a clear and clean sound for its size and price. The best part is that the volume doesn’t distort when it hits the high notes.
5. Sonos Move
The Sonos Move wireless Bluetooth speaker is a high-end portable speaker that costs around $300 and packs a sheer number of outstanding qualities. For one, its TruePlay feature can auto-tune the speaker’s output as per its environment. Secondly, it can remember and connect up to 6 different devices.
However, the Move is not your typical portable Bluetooth speaker and is bigger than most conventional external speakers like the ones mentioned above. On the upside, you can easily use it as your home speaker. Though it is a tad bigger (and heavier) than most portable speakers, you can carry it outdoor or move it across your house. And the fact that it can remember several devices makes the matter simple.
Though they seem to work seamlessly with Peloton Bike, it does have an issue with the initial pairing process. When using the Move with your bike, you have to be mindful of switching off the other connected devices like your phone and tablet. Otherwise, the speaker will try to pair to the last device it knew automatically.
Aside from that, the sound quality is loud and clear even at a lower volume. The bass is pronounced and you will love it whether you are enjoying your scenic virtual bike rides or playing your favorite playlist while relaxing on your patio.
It’s powered by a rechargeable (and replaceable) battery and is built to last around three years. The best thing about the Sono Move is the charging dock. You just have to place it in the dock to kick-start the charging process. A single charge can take around 3 hours and lasts for about 10 hours.
The Move is a voice-enabled Sonos speaker and supports Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa. Also, you can pair two Moves together for stereo output.
Climb the Mountain
Listening to your instructor while cycling or to your favorite music while exercising doesn’t just relieve you from boredom but it also helps you distract from bodily awareness. Hence, picking the right piece of audio accessories plays a vital part in your exercise routine.
After all, you wouldn’t want a speaker that doesn’t have a good volume output or has significant lags.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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