14 Best Portable Speakers 2015: Bluetooth Speakers to Buy
Looking to buy a new portable speaker? If you've finally given up on the speakers on your iPhone, Android phone, tablet or laptop, we've tested some of the best portable speakers to find out which comes out on top.
There's a vast array of choices out there, from big name brands like Sony and Bose to cheaper options from lesser-known players, such as Fugoo and Bayan. We've picked a selection of the top models you'll find online and on the high street today.
With head-to-head listening tests, we've had a look at how much you really need to spend to get your hands on a good wireless speaker. So whether you're out for something cheap to augment your phone or a speaker powerful enough for outdoor parties, you'll find the right model for you in our round-up.
Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more buying advice.
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Portable speakers – Things to consider
As well as listening to their audio chops and measuring how loud they can really go with a sound meter, we had a look at whether the portable speakers listed above can stream video without suffering significant audio delay.
After all, there are few things more annoying than watching a movie where the soundtrack is slightly out of sync. In the review pages, you'll see this under the Netflix test banner: the speaker passes if it kept things tight.
We've also covered the portable speakers' other features. Do they have NFC, for example? What's battery life like? Do they offer aptX?
If you're not yet down with the jargon of the Bluetooth speaker world, NFC is used to pair up a speaker with your phone more easily — you just wave it over the NFC sensor in the speaker. AptX, meanwhile, is a higher-quality Bluetooth audio codec that improves sound quality with aptX-compatible phones and tablets.