Top 4 Par­ty Speak­ers Under $200

Namrata Gogoi

Music is one of the important essences of a party, be it an indoor meet-and-greet or an outdoor get-together. While most wireless Bluetooth speakers play their part well in indoor gatherings, the scene is a little different when it comes to outdoor settings. The open space means most of the small and compact speakers will easily drown in the din of the crowd. That's when party speakers come into the picture.

Top 5 Party Speakers Under 200

You can use these party speakers in large open spaces. Their high power output means the music will be heard in all its glory, whether it's the soft tones of a piano or the bass-laden music of EDM tracks.

Though party speakers are portable, they tend to weigh a little more than their conventional counterparts. Naturally, they are a bit bigger too. Party speakers from the houses of Sony and JBL tend to be more popular, but they tend to tip the scale for price tag. Thankfully, that's not the end of the road. There are quite a few affordable party speakers, which cost less than $200. And in this post, we will look at those speakers.

So, without any further delay, let's get started, shall we? But first,

1. Ion Audio Block Rocker Max

Ion Audio Block Rocker Max

The Ion Audio Block Rocker Max is the one for you if you want a small yet powerful party speaker. This one weighs just around 25 lbs (this is okay for a portable speaker) and delivers 100W of power. Both these features make it apt for house parties and gatherings. It comes with its share of LED lighting. For the record, the Audio Block Rocker Max bundles multi-color LEDs that sync with the music, and in the process, add the right vibes to your parties.

The Ion Audio Block Rocker Max has a rather simple look and is designed like a guitar amplifier. All the controls are at the top and the lights at the front (and behind the grille) make it easy and convenient to control even in the dark.

It's a wireless speaker, and on a single charge, it can last up to 6 hours. As it goes with most battery-powered speakers, the battery life depends a lot on the volume and intensity of the LED lights. For instance, if you play music at a high volume or have the LED lights play right from the start, the battery dies sooner.

Lastly, the Ion Audio Block Rocker Max comes with a microphone input should you want to use it as a karaoke system.

2. Anker Soundcore Rave Mini

Anker Soundcore Rave Mini

Another speaker that is designed for outdoor parties is the Anker Soudcore Rave Mini. It's an 80W speaker that eeks out loud and bass-heavy audio. The best part is that it's portable and weighs just a mere 7lbs. It's well-designed and comes with a small handle at the top should you want to move this wireless speaker frequently.

Staying true to its tagline of being a party speaker, the Soundcore Rave Mini comes with 2 cool LED ring circles at the front. And as you may have guessed, the LEDs sync with the music. For now, there are 6 presets and the LEDs can be customized using the companion app.

The Rave Mini brings several exciting set of features to the table for the price. For example, it has an IPX7 waterproof rating, so you needn't be too careful even if you take it to pool parties. Secondly, it comes with in-house BassUp technology which amps up the bass.

The audio delivery is decent for the price. This one leans more towards bass-heavy audio delivery and tends to play its part well in open environments.

Lastly, the Rave Mini is powered by a 10,000mAh battery which provides a playback time of 18 hours. Of course, the playback time depends on several factors such as the intensity of the volume and the LED lights.

4. Anker Soundcore Trance

Anker Soundcore Trance

If you do not wish to spend much on a speaker, Anker's Soundcore Trance makes for a good pick. It ticks all the right boxes and comes with features such as LED lighting, an attractive design, and an IPX7 waterproof rating. Plus, the standard power output of 80W isn't bad either and works well for small get-togethers and indoor parties.

It measures just about a foot tall, and the handle at the top makes it easy to carry it around. Like its counterpart above, the LED lights sync with the music. Moreover, you can also pick from 5 different light presets, should you want an add a tad different flair to your parties.

When it comes to the audio, it leans towards bass-heavy. And at times, the bass tends to crowd the vocals. Long story short, if you love bass-heavy music and do not care much about the intricacies of music, you can consider this one.

4. Bose S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Bose S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Bose S1 Pro is a little smaller than the ones above. You can position it vertically or horizontally. Or, if you do not want the audio straight in the face, you can have it tilted backward as well. It uses a feature named Auto EQ which uses several internal sensors to sense its position and deliver the optimal audio. Cool, right?

The S1 Pro also comes with a 35mm pole cap at the bottom, using which you can mount it on a speaker stand. This way, you will be able to use it both indoors and outdoors. And like its counterparts above, it also packs a handle at the top, which lets you carry it easily.

Unlike its competitors above, the S1 Pro delivers a balanced sound profile, and bass-lovers may be disappointed a little. But the good news is that a neutral sound profile lets you play tracks across all the genres. Apart from that, it's loud and plays its part well in outdoor settings.

Again, it's a wireless speaker and can last around 10-hours of continuous music playback. The most important highlight of this speaker is, in fact, its Bluetooth connectivity. It's strong and stable and doesn't cut off. Simultaneously, if you want to amp up the volume, you can pair it with a secondary Bose speaker. And the affordable pricing means you don't have to think much before investing in a secondary speaker.

Add Color and Flair to Your Parties

What's a party if it doesn't get you grooving to your feet with its music, right? However, one of the issues with party speakers is the storage. Unlike regular compact speakers, they occupy a far larger storage area. So unless you plan them to use it regularly, it's best to look at some compact (yet loud) options like the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 or the JBL Charge 4.

And once you get hold of a speaker of your choice, all you need a rocking playlist to get the party started.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.