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Steph’s Guide to the Best 5 portable speakers

Buyers Guide: Best 5 portable speakers

 

X-Mini Kai Wireless Capsule Speaker With Integrated Mic (£69.00)

 

 

Of all the speakers on this round up this is one of the smallest yet most sophisticated. X mini are renowned for making small speakers that pack serious punch. With the KAI you get that as standard but what crowns this as Best Portable Speaker and sets it apart from the stiff competition is the Bluetooth function built  in to this uniquely shaped speaker. This makes the speaker wireless and therefore controllable from up to 10m away using a smartphone or Bluetooth enabled device.

 

Read reviews here.

 

What makes the X-Mini Kai Wireless Capsule Speaker With Integrated Mic great?

 

•    Buddy Jack means you can connect to different models in the X mini range and control the whole fleet wirelessly.
•    Built in mic – for conducting conference calls.
•    Smart design.

 

What isn’t so good?

 

•    A little pricey.
•    Mic isn’t good for picking up sound unless quite close.
•    Wobbles when at full volume.

 

Verdict: The X-Mini Kai speakers are great if you have a decent collection of music on your phone or bluetooth enable MP3 player as you can avoid cables. Moreover, with a built in microphone you can even use the KAI for conference calls or as a hands free kit.

 

Check out the X-Mini Kai Wireless Capsule Speaker With Integrated Mic here.

 

SoundScience QSB – 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi (£109.00)

 

 

These are fantastic desktop speakers that are easily connected and disconnected. Once you get everything plugged in and the novelty wears off you’re less inclined to unplug it all again if it involves any amount of effort. With the QSBs these plug right into a USB slot, which is where they source their power, and act as a soundcard for your laptop or computer. Clever and convenient. They sound awesome with good capacity for volume.

 

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What makes the SoundScience QSB – 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi great?

 

•    Clean sound.
•    Loud.
•    Minimal cables to restrict portability.

 

What isn’t so good?

 

•    Not the best looking in the round-up.
•    Portable but a little chunky.
•    Not great with bass heavy tracks at full volume.

 

Verdict: The SoundScience QSB speakers bring a whole new level to portable speakers. When used with a laptop they act as a sound card and put out some impressive sound. The only downside is that they can’t be used away from a laptop or computer.

 

Check out the SoundScience QSB – 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi here.

 

 

foxLv2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Integrated Mic (£159.00)

 

 

This is one for the audiophiles among us. It’s not often you find a high fidelity sound emerging from the tiny walls of a portable speaker but with the foxLv2, this is actually realised. From the compact and stylish speaker emerges the best sound heard from this round-up. All this supreme technology is encased in neat housing featuring a smart grille on the front.

 

What makes the foxLv2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Integrated Mic great?

 

•    High quality sound.
•    Stylish design.
•    Best sound.

 

What isn’t so great?

 

•    Battery drains surprisingly rapidly when connected to Bluetooth.
•    A lot to pay for portability.
•    Prone to jumping around at full volume.

 

Verdict: With it’s lovely sound and bluetooth connectivity the foxlv2 is a great choice for a highly portable and decent sounding speaker. You might need to get your recharge on if you’re using the bluetooth feature though.

 

Checkout the foxLv2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Integrated Mic here.

 

 

X-Mini V1.1 Capsule Speaker (£24.99)

 

 

The next speaker is another X mini.  These speakers are the height of portability and while they don’t have as much output as their larger brethren it wouldn’t be right to exclude them from this round up. This v1.1 comes with 2.5watts of punch and is one of the most easily transported models in the round-up. The v1.1 X mini speakers do the basics right and if you’re after a cheap portable speaker that ticks all the boxes, this is the one for you.

 

Read reviews here.

 

What makes the X-Mini V1.1 Capsule Speaker great?

 

•    Buddy Jack option.
•    Selection of colours.
•    Expands and collapses making it very portable.

 

What isn’t so good?

 

•    Not Bluetooth enabled.
•    Doesn’t cope well when at full volume.
•    Battery life not as long as other models on round-up.

 

Verdict: These are the smallest speakers in the current X-Mini line up but still sound great and are loud enough for personal listening while on the move. If you’re short on carry space but want some speakers then they’re definitely worth considering.

 

Check out the X-Mini V1.1 Capsule Speaker here.

 

 

Sony SRSBTV25 Bluetooth Speaker with 360 degree sound (£149.00)

 

 

This is a sleek model that will fit into any room without disturbance. It offers loud, room filling sound that has 360° dispersion. This kind of dispersion is often overlooked when it comes to portable speakers despite their tendency to be placed in the centre of a room as opposed to bookshelf or wall mount.

 

Read reviews here.

 

What makes the Sony SRSBTV25 Bluetooth Speaker with 360 degree sound great?

 

•    360° sound dispersion.
•    Lightweight.
•    Room filling sound.

 

What isn’t so good?

 

•    Poorest battery life on the round-up.
•    Expensive.
•    Looks odd.

 

Verdict: While these speakers are the most expensive and least portable in our guide they do sound gorgeous and are well worth the money. Sure they’ll take a lot more effort to carry around but if you’re using them at home moving from room to room is easy enough.

 

Check out the Sony SRSBTV25 Bluetooth Speaker with 360 degree sound here.

1 comment

  1. joemar simon

    You should have included also the amazing Lifetrons Drumbass Speakers