If you often venture out to the wild or love to relax by the sea with your favorite songs playing beside you, an outdoor waterproof speaker may prove to be a sound investment. Not only will the speaker deliver your favorite tunes and podcasts in the clearest of tones, but they are designed to withstand water and dust. At the same time, most outdoor waterproof speakers are portable, thereby making them easy to carry.
So, if you are in the market looking for some quality outdoor waterproof Bluetooth speakers to accompany you during your summer sojourns, here are the best ones. Take a look. But first,
If you do not mind spending and want a super-portable Bluetooth speaker, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen speaker is the one for you. This one is shaped like a small hockey-puck which makes it incredibly easy to carry around. For the price, you get your hands on nuanced audio to deliver a pleasant-to-the-ear sound and is accompanied by deep and weighty bass.
And the story doesn't end there. This Bang & Olufsen Beosound supports Qualcomm’s latest aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec. For those unaware, the aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec is efficient than its predecessor and makes way for stable low-latency music streaming.
It's been almost three years since the Ultimate Ears (UE) Boom 3 made its debut. And still, it's one of the top choices when it comes to picking up an outdoor Bluetooth speaker, thanks to its 360-degree sound and loudness. Yep, the Boom 3 can get very loud, and if you want a speaker that won't get overshadowed by the ambient noises, the Boom 3 is the one for you.
It has a fairly straightforward design, and it wouldn't be wrong to say that it resembles a tall soda can. And guess what? It has the signature large volume buttons on the spine. One of the plus sides of these large buttons is that you can feel the buttons even when it's dark. The size is quite apt for a portable speaker. You can either carry it on your backpack or slide it inside the can-holder of your car.
Sound-wise, don't let the small form factor of the UE Boom 3 undermine this speaker's loudness. It can get really loud and can easily double as your go-to speaker for pool and beach parties. At the same time, you can use it indoors as well, and you can rest assured that you won't be winding down the volume.
Do note that the UE Boom 3 sacrifices quality over loudness, and you might miss the finer details in your favorite songs. You can get several UE speakers (up to 150 speakers) to amplify the sound on the upside. It offers a playback time of 15 hours.
Like the one above, the Anker Soundcore Rave Neo is also designed for parties. The feature that sets it apart from other conventional Bluetooth outdoor speakers is that it bundles fun LED lighting. Yep, when the sun goes down, you can light up (and customize ) the LED in cool lights to add to the party vibe. That aside, the Soundcore Rave Neo looks a tad unconventional for portable Bluetooth speakers.
Neither does it packs a cylindrical design, nor does it have a flat design. Instead, it's shaped like one of the speakers from yesteryears. Plus, the handle above makes it convenient to carry it and gives character to the speaker. Being a party speaker, the bass is on the higher side. It's designed to drown out most ambient noise when the volume is properly cranked up.
While you do not get refined overall audio, it safe to say that the audio is balanced, especially outdoors. Furthermore, you can play with the EQ settings to arrive at the sound settings of your liking.
Battery-wise, things are not disappointing. However, if you choose to crank up the volume or play the LED lights throughout, the odds are that you will see a shorter battery span.
The Sony SRS-XB33 may not look as great as the speakers above, but let that not deter you from taking a sneak-peek at this outdoor speaker. This one proves to be a great addition to any party, all thanks to its loud and clear audio delivery. And like the one above, this one also packs LED lighting to add character to fun-filled parties. At first glance, the SRS-XB33 may not look portable, but the good thing is that it weighs just around 2.2 pounds.
This Sony speaker has quite the spec sheet when it comes to water protection. Not only is it waterproof and dustproof, but it also boasts of being rustproof and being safe from saltwater as well. So yeah, whether it's an outdoor pool party or a day out on the beach, this one will do just fine.
These features are further accompanied by a sturdy and solid design.
Being a speaker from Sony's XB lineup, you can expect serious bass in this speaker along with a dynamic studio. And it manages to pull off the loud bass without overshadowing the vocals, which is a huge plus for a speaker who boasts of Extra Bass.
It costs almost as same as the Anker Soundcore Rave Neo, but the overall sound signature is a tad better in this one.
JBL's Flip 5 bundles 20-watt speakers and 44-by-80mm drivers. It wouldn't be wrong to say that these speakers pack a mean punch. It has clear and crisp audio, and has rich and resonating bass. Looks-wise, the Flip 5 doesn't differ much from its predecessors. It packs the same signature cylindrical look with rubberized edging and the passive radiator at the edges. This design has two main advantages. Apart from being easy to carry, you can place the Flip 5 either horizontally and vertically and you will get almost the same audio output.
Like its counterpart above, this model has IPX7 waterproof rating, and you can submerge it in water (up to a meter) for 30 minutes.
This speaker's crux is the loud yet balanced output, making it a tad better pick compared to the UE Boom 3. To add to it, there is no volume distortion, even at high volumes.
The Flip 5 does carry a few extra perks. Firstly, this one packs the PartyBoost feature, which lets you pair it with other compatible speakers to simplify the sound and give it a stereo effect. Do note that this feature is not compatible with the older version of JBL speakers. Secondly, the JBL Flip 5 claims a battery life of 12 hours.
6. Bose SoundLink Micro Small Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Another portable outdoor speaker that has been in the limelight for quite some time is the Bose SoundLink Micro. The highlight of this speaker is its extremely durable build. This build makes it easy and convenient to be used on the road. The IPX7 rating and the durable rubberized body make it safe to be taken with you during hikes and trails. It's further accompanied by a tear-resistant strap which adds to the durability.
Sound-wise, SoundLink Micro performs quite well. The audio is clear, and there's considerable bass in the system to make it apt for parties and get-togethers. However, do note that the sound distorts a little when the battery is cranked up.
The only downside of the SoundLink Micro is that it has underwhelming battery life. If we talk numbers, it can last around 6 hours on a full charge in moderate volume. And being an older device, you get legacy charging tech in this. The SoundLink Micro comes with Bluetooth multipoint on the upside, making it easy to shuffle the connection between two connected devices.
The Go 3 is one of the newest Bluetooth speakers from JBL and packs a mean punch for its size. It's one of the cheapest devices on this list and is the one for you if you want a speaker for casual listening. One of the striking things about the Go 3 is its design. It's a pocket-sized speaker and fits easily about anywhere. Plus, it comes in an attractive array of colors.
The audio delivery is decent for the price. The bass is just about right and doesn't overshadow the vocals of the songs in high volume. However, it has a slight catch—the sound distorts you place the speaker on its back due to the reverberations.
Thankfully, you can easily mitigate this distortion by placing it on its feet. The good thing is that the feet are backed by a rubberized grip to prevent the speaker from falling.
The low price means that the Go 3 has its share of cons as well. For one, the battery life of 5 hours is very low, especially if you are looking for long-continuous use. While it can be used while charging, the odds are that it might be difficult to pull off this scenario when outdoors. Thankfully, it takes around 2 hours for the battery to be topped-up.
The Go 3 is IP67 rated means it's safe from both water and dust. So even if it were to fall in the water accidentally, you don't have to suffer a mini heart attack.
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The cold winter days are almost over and it's time to venture out in the world again. Dramatic, I know! And what better way to do so than to add a little dose of music to your outings.
So, which one of these will you buy?
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