Want to get rid of the zillion cords that are a part of your gadgets? Well, we may not do away with all. But we can very well do away with those attached to your speakers. Don’t know how? Well, actually you do know. You just haven’t put two and two together. BLUETOOTH technology, my friends!! Yes! The very same that you use in your wireless mouse or keyboard or monitor. The same technology is also used in wireless speakers. The best part is that these speakers can be used with your phones, laptops, tablets and whatnot. So here are the top 10, just for you.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
- 0.2 Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 for Laptops, Ipad and Iphone
- 0.3 C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited Premium 900MHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 2 speaker System with Remote and Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-VELO-003)
- 0.4 Mutant MIG-WS2-S Media Block Deluxe Weather-Resistant Wireless Outdoor Stereo Speaker System
- 0.5 The OontZ Angle : The Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- 0.6 Acoustic Research Mission Style Wireless Outdoor Speaker (AW825) – Bronze
- 0.7 Rocketfish 2.4GHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Speaker with Wireless Sender/Receiver Rocket Boost
- 0.8 Korus V600s Premium Wireless Home Add-On Speaker (Black)
- 1 Wireless Speakers Buying Guide
ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
The Grace Digital ECOXGEAR ECOXBT is for all you folks who are very outdoorsy. Guess why? Well, this speaker is waterproof and the battery charge lasts you for 10 hours. Can’t have a battery for just couple of hours when you are in the middle of wilderness, can we? All it takes to recharge this is just 2 hours. The speaker runs on a 100 mAH battery that can be charged either using a power cord or through USB port. The Grace Digital has two speakers that give an output of 3 watt. It’s a little pricey and that is the only reason it doesn’t rank top of the list.
Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 for Laptops, Ipad and Iphone
Logitech came out with its new model – the Z515. The battery, once fully charged – which just takes two hours, can be used for 10 full hours without any need to recharge. The battery life also depends on the volume at which the speaker is used. Higher the volume, lower the duration. This is because the speaker is designed more for style and portability with a little hit on the sound quality. The volume of the output may be something that can be heard amidst great noise but can be used satisfactorily in a garden or yard.
C2G / Cables to Go Audio Unlimited Premium 900MHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor 2 speaker System with Remote and Dual Power Transmitter, Black (SPK-VELO-003)
The Audio Unlimited comes with two speakers. Guess what is the best thing about this speaker? It can be placed at a maximum of 150 feet from its source. Great, isn’t it? This speaker, however, does not use the Bluetooth technology. Then, how does it connect to the source? It uses wireless connection that is powered by a 900 MHz Phase Loop Lock system. It can deliver deep bass as it has woofer and the output power is as high as 20 watts.
Mutant MIG-WS2-S Media Block Deluxe Weather-Resistant Wireless Outdoor Stereo Speaker System
The Mutant MIG-WS2-Sis an outdoors speaker and designed to reflect the same, i.e, it is waterproof and can even withstand rain. This is yet another speaker which uses the Phase Lock Loop system instead of Bluetooth technology. This speaker can also be controlled remotely, i.e., through a remote. It can be connected to an audio source even with a 3.5 mm jack.
The OontZ Angle : The Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
The Oontz Angle is a pocket speaker. It uses the Bluetooth technology and is quite effective in spite of its size. The battery lasts up to 10 hours and the speaker is priced economically. It is very portable and can be taken during travel with ease.
Acoustic Research Mission Style Wireless Outdoor Speaker (AW825) – Bronze
Audiovox Acoustic Research AW825 is another speaker designed to be outdoorsy. Got a garden party? Well, you can use this speaker for booming bass music to liven up the party. The quality of the sound is very good and can be placed at a maximum of 150 feet from its audio source. The speaker in order to thrive outdoors has a protective cap that helps it to stand even a downpour. The speaker, however, does not use Bluetooth technology even though it can be connected to a desktop or laptop.
Rocketfish 2.4GHz Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Speaker with Wireless Sender/Receiver Rocket Boost
The Rocketfish is yet another water proof speaker. It is powered by 2.4 GHz wireless technology and is known for its mobility. The audio source can be anywhere within a range of 160 feet for this speaker to function effectively. The only limitation is that it can be connected only to devices that are compatible with an USB dongle. The speaker has built-in woofers giving the output the bass it requires. The output can be as high as 22 watt.
Korus V600s Premium Wireless Home Add-On Speaker (Black)
Looking for a speaker with high volumes of deep bass? You should definitely check out the Korus V600s. This is a wireless speaker that gives a high quality output and is manufactured having in mind the same. This speaker is connected to its source with 2.4 GHz wireless technology thus ensuring its mobility. The speaker can be used even while the battery is being charged and it allows the user to select the power source as well – either battery power or electric current. This wireless speaker is quite expensive, however, every cent counts considering the quality.
Wireless Speakers Buying Guide
Mobile connectivity is a huge hit in the world nowadays and it is a trend that is rising in popularity with each and every (new) year. If we take a look at wireless speakers as an example, we can easily see what their advantage over the traditional solutions is. Not only that they are able to give out an incredibly powerful performance, you will also be able to reproduce sounds from multiple different devices such as the PC, the Smartphone, and even your own multimedia center. All that without having to connect a single wire!
There are plenty of different wireless speakers to choose from and the most important thing is their basic connectivity feature that can differ quite a bit from one model to the other. This means that the connection method is different for each different model out there and what works well with one type of devices may end up being completely inappropriate for the other. It is not always easy to figure that out but this guide will hopefully be able to lead you in the right direction.
Wireless Speaker Connectivity
So, as it was written above, the main purpose of these speakers is that they are able to reproduce any sound without the need of a physical cable. There are a couple of different (default) methods for establishing a proper wireless connection but there is also an option to use a wired connectivity as well. The best thing to do is to always look for those solutions that give you the most different connection methods so that the basic connectivity can be fully optimized. These are the most basic connection methods:
- Wi-Fi connection – The very basic and the most common connection type. Wi-Fi stands for the wireless network so, in the given context, it means that the audio signals are transmitted without any need for physical wires.
- Bluetooth connection – Yet another very popular connection method. The Bluetooth connection uses radio waves to establish a signal and it is commonly used in devices such as the cellphones, for example.
- Share software – This is a specific set of shared wireless network systems as the name suggests already. The most common solution (and my personal favorite too) is the one that comes from Samsung.
- AirPlay – This is a device that is specifically crafted to stream different kinds of content for the iOS platform. Although it offers countless different possibilities there are 2 major downsides to note here. The first is that it is VERY expensive, far more than it should really be. The second issue is that it works only with Apple devices. If you were thinking to use it on a different system/platform, you are out of luck.
- USB connectivity – This one is quite self-explanatory as it allows you to simply connect any USB device via a specific port (of the same name).
- Auxiliary connectivity – This type of connection lets you to physically connect your speakers to any kind of device that has a headphone jack.
Do keep note that not every wireless speaker supports all of the mentioned concepts. It is very important to determine what kind of connectivity does a particular set of wireless speakers support because only then you will be able to bring a proper decision when it comes to purchasing.
Wireless Speaker Transmission Range
Although there is a great comfort that comes from the sole fact that these speakers allow you to transmit the sound signals from a whole range of different devices and without the need for any physical wire, the range itself is limited. This is something that needs to be carefully considered because it’s not the same if the particular speakers demand the transmitter to be…well, almost next to them and if you can catch and transmit the signal from a backyard (for example). Pay close attention to the range before you decide to buy anything.
Sound Quality in Speakers
Obviously, the quality comes first and it is the thing that needs to be taken to account before anything else. You want your speakers to produce a clear full sound, a sound with no limitations and with as little noise as possible. Along with that, you also need to pay attention to the following categories:
- Response rate – This factor is also often classified as “the frequency response”. It indicates the frequencies (and their rate) that the speaker is able to reproduce. It is measured in Hz (Hertz). In general, the more Hz, the better the response rate.
- Impedance – This factor indicates how resistant the particular speakers are (when stacked up to a particular electric current). It is measured in ohms. The average impedance of most speakers is around 8 ohms. It is believed that a smaller value of impedance will give out a better sound but that also depends on the type of the speakers that are involved.
- RMS power output – This factor is used to determine the strength of your speakers or, in other words, it measures how powerful they are during any kind of reproduction. This unit of this output is watt. Just like in previous cases, the more watts your unit has, the more power output will come out as the end-result.
- Peak power output – This is the maximum level of power that a certain set of speakers can produce. Since these values are almost always pretty high, many different companies will advertise this as their strong points. The actual truth is that they are not really meant to work on such power levels for a longer time period because it might affect them pretty badly and it may even break them completely. Still, it’s certainly nice to know what the speaker is capable of.
Wireless Speaker Features
The list of features that a particular set of wireless speakers has is one of the most important things to take into consideration. The following ones are a “must have” for any quality solution:
- Tweeters, Mid-Range Speakers, and Subwoofers: There are 3 types of speakers to consider here – tweeters, mid-range wireless speakers, and subwoofers. Tweeters are very tiny speakers that produce exceptionally high frequencies. Mid-range speakers have the widest frequency by far and the subwoofers are specialized for sounds that have a low bass. It is essential to be properly informed so that you can choose the type that will suit your needs the most.
- The power supply: While some types of wireless speakers will require physical wires to work properly, others will go by without them just fine. The ones that are wirelessly connected will require batteries to function. That fact alone means that you will be able to move them around as you like but you should still be cautious and you should check out how long will the batteries typically last as well as the basic requirements for the particular set of speakers.
- The speakerphone integration: Some kinds of speakers have the support for a “speakerphone”. In those cases, you will be able to talk hands-free and all that on your cell phone.
- The remote control add-on: The remote control is not really a standard addition to every wireless speaker but some of them certainly have them. I have to say that you don’t really get a lot with them and you will pretty much only be able to set up the volume levels as you like.
- The charging docks: Yet again, not a feature that every set of wireless speakers has but those that do come equipped with iPhone and iPod docks equipped have the design that offers an exceptional level of portability.
- Portable Wireless Speakers: Portable speakers have an advantage compared to non-portable ones as they allow you to carry them around easily and where ever you go. There is a wide selection of great solutions available here already. Look closely and know what you are looking for and I believe that you will easily find what you are looking for here on eBay.
- Wireless/weather speakers: Another great thing about portable wireless speakers is that they can be greatly used outside as well. But in that case, I recommend going for a solution that can withstand even the harshest weather conditions.