Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen in the market today, all thanks to their flexibility, and it's safe to say that you'll find a speaker for any situation. So be it a silly waterproof speaker for your shower room or one to attach to your computer setup, the list is pretty long. The same holds for speakers with LED lighting. These speakers come to the picture if you want to add a party vibe to your lawn party or want to see the light swirling around your bedroom.
Speakers with LED lighting fall into many different categories. From cool party accessories to cool night lamps, the list is very interesting.
If you are looking to give a little twist to the humble little Bluetooth speaker, here are some of the best ones out there.
If you are looking for an eye-catching Bluetooth speaker with an attractive look and a mesmerizing array of LED lights, you can't go wrong with the JBL Pulse 4. This new Pulse speaker delivers excellent audio and puts up a great light show. Unlike many party speakers, here you won't find the sound being drowned by bass. Instead, you will find a balanced audio output with a pronounced bass. More importantly, the full LED panel gives the speaker a rather unusual look. And hey, it's waterproof.
It's the LED panel that differentiates it from its predecessor. Instead of being focused on the middle, the panel wraps around the speaker's entirety and gives off a rad vibe. The best part is that the light in customizable via the JBL Connect app. Interestingly, Pulse 4 also changes color when you shake it. Cool, right?
The Pulse 4 has been received well by users both for its smooth engineering and its sound quality. So far, it has managed to accumulate an average rating of 4.7-stars out of 5 on Amazon.
However, it's not without its share of issues. For one, it has a battery life of only 12 hours, and it may plunge further depending on your usage of the LED lights and volume levels. In wireless rechargeable speakers, the amount of volume greatly affects the battery levels.
Secondly, there's no microphone, meaning you won't be able to receive calls on this speaker. Plus, you won't be able to hook your phone via the 3.5mm aux jack.
Lastly, at around $250, Pulse 4 is expensive.
Alternatively, you can also check out the JBL Pulse 3. This one has an LED panel (not as immersive as the Pulse 4, though) and is priced at around $150 on Amazon.
The Sony SRS-XB41 may be a tad old. However, there's a lot to be liked in this portable Bluetooth speaker. This Sony speaker sports a new look, and more importantly, it supports the LDAC Bluetooth codec. For those unaware, LDAC is Sony's proprietary codec and allows you to stream high-res music from compatible smartphones. The SRS-XB41 doesn't have a full-on LED Panel and has thin strips of LED that run along the speaker's sides. This greatly complements the look of this sleek speaker.
Another difference is that the speaker front has a mesh grille. It weighs a mere 3.31 pounds, which makes it perfect for outdoor usage. Speaking of outdoors, the SRS-XB41 allows you to daisy chain many speakers together to beef up the sound. Cool, right?
When it comes to the audio output, it's safe to say that this speaker is designed for bass lovers. The output has an emphasized bass, but other than that, it delivers a decent audio output, and several reviewers back that on Amazon.
The LED light's effects can be customized to some extent. You can switch between DJ effects and the Party Mode. Activating the Party Mode is as simple as pressing and holding both the volume buttons simultaneously for about 3 seconds.
It has a battery life of around 24 hours, depending on the volume levels. If you happen to listen at a lower volume for a significant amount of time, the odds are that the battery will last you a long time on a single charge. Like the speaker above, the SRS-XB41 is also waterproof and dustproof and has a rating of IPX5.
If you do not want to pay upwards of $100 for a Bluetooth speaker and yet want RGB lighting's cool effects, you can't go wrong with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This one has a neat cylindrical design and is flanked by cool LED strips at both the top and bottom. The best part is that the lightning syncs with the music and gives off a cool party vibe. Like some of the speakers in this list, the Soundcore Flare 2 is also water-resistant and sports an Ingres Protection rating of IPX7.
When it comes to the audio department, thankfully, the Soundcore Flare 2 doesn't disappoint. It delivers a fairly balanced audio output with pronounced bass. Do note that the bass is not overly emphasized. The Flare 2 can get very loud on the upside, thereby making it perfect for parties and outdoor events.
The lightning can be customized and tweaked as per your liking via the companion app.
It has been received well by the users so far. Out of the 800+ user reviews on Amazon, it has received an average user rating of 4.7-stars out of 5. As per Fakespot's estimates, it has around 90% high-quality reviews.
However, the battery life at 12 hours is a bit on the lower side. And given that you will want to blast music at higher volumes with the light on, the battery will deplete faster.
Another fairly affordable Bluetooth speaker with LED lighting is the Sony XB22. While the LED lights make it perfect for the low-light setting, the IP67 certification means you can double it as a shower speaker, or you can take it along to pool parties and likes. It's sleek and has a sleek and modern look. Like its Sony counterpart above, it has a sleek look with the LED strip flanking the speaker's face. There are a couple of LED lights on the inside of the speaker as well.
Like most speakers in Sony's line of XB series, the XB22 is also bass-driven. The bass and the audio output are decent, and bass heads won't be disappointed. The bass tends to distort in high volume. On the upside, the overall sound delivery is balanced, clear, and crisp.
The XB22 also comes with a companion app. You can tweak the EQ or play with the different customization features. For one, the speaker can switch between two modes—Live and Extra Bass. In fact, the speaker comes with a dedicated Live mode.
Other than that, it comes with NFC and allows for easy and quick connection. Plus, if you are looking to beef up the volume, you can daisy chain it to other compatible speakers. At a time, it can daisy chain to up to 100 wireless speakers. Woah, right?
However, the color of the LED is not as vibrant as the ones above, and if you are purely looking for one with strobing vibrant colors, it may not be the best fit for you. On the upside, it's rugged and durable and will last you a long time.
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Liven up the Party
These were some of the cool Bluetooth speakers that come with LED lighting. The great sound output and loudness mean that there won't be a dull moment at your party. Just make sure to build a riveting playlist, and you will be good to go.
If you want the sound and light on another level, you can also check out the JBL PartyBox 300. This Bluetooth speaker has them all—light effects, excellent sound quality, and long battery life.