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Best Portable Speakers 2016: 10 best Bluetooth speakers you can buy

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A portable speaker is a great way to enjoy music on the go. Our best portable speaker round-up picks out 10 of the best Bluetooth speakers available.

There's a vast array of choices out there too. You'll find great Bluetooth speakers from huge names like Bose and Sony, as well as those of smart upstarts like Pasce. We've picked a selection of the top models you'll find online and on the high street today.

We're going to cover all budgets and a lot of different sizes. The only bits we've really clamped down on are that these speakers need to be wireless and portable. That means they need to have a battery, rather than needing to be plugged into the wall 24/7.

Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more buying advice.

Many brands offer a range of different colours

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.

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.

NFC isn't essential, but aptX is if you want a Bluetooth speaker that sounds good.

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