My Favorite Bluetooth Speakers (2016)
Let's not waste any time and get right into my first favorite bluetooth speaker and that is the new JBL Charge 3. This is a waterproof portable speaker that not only sounds really good but has some useful features too. One of those useful features is that this speaker is IPX7 waterproof. The first week I got this guy, I took it on vacation and had it pool side for the whole week (and sometimes inside the pool) and the JBL Charge 3 held up nicely. Battery life is also incredible as I didn't even have to charge this guy once while using it throughout the week. It's said to last up to 20 hours of continuous use and I think that is pretty accurate.
In terms of design, JBL went with a rugged but sleek pill style speaker with all of your necessary controls up top like your bluetooth, volume up and down, play/pause button (that also doubles as your skip track button), and next to your power button is one of the better features that I have seen in a bluetooth speaker of this size and that is the ability to connect multiple speakers for stereo sound. All you have to do is turn on both Charge 3’s and then hold down this link button and these speakers will link together offering some amazing stereo sound that can cover a lot more ground.
The JBL Charge 3 will run you roughly $150 and comes in a plethora of colors. All of the speakers mentioned in this post will be linked and listed below.
Next up is another speaker from JBL, and that is the JBL Pulse 2. This speaker is fairly similar to the Charge 3 in terms of design. Again, this speaker is pill shaped but works best when used vertically. It sounds great and is a bit louder than the JBL Charge 3. It's perfect for a small get together or party and carry's a few party tricks of it's own. When the speaker is powered on, you'll notice a flash of color. That isn't just a one and done feature though, this speaker prides itself on it's color changing ability and is honestly a welcomed addition when listening to music. Take things a step further by using the color changing button located on the top front of the speaker. All you need to do is simply press and hold the button down and face the prism color sensor lens located on the back of the speaker in the direction of the color you wish to duplicate. It doesn't always work but when it does, it's pretty cool. The Pulse 2 will run you $165 but is totally worth it if you're looking for a great speaker to liven up some of your parties or get togethers.
Next up is a speaker that might not be the center of attention like the Pulse 2 but is something that truly compliments the room it is in. The Edifier MP700 has a unique modern design that really accents it's sourroundings.
The design is simple and only has 3 buttons on top surrounded by meshed aluminum. It's super heavy and durable. Thankfully, Edifier included a super useful handle for easy transport. Now this is a Hi Fidelity speaker and once you finally listen to it, you will definitely understand it’s rather high price tag of $229.
It has a luxurious look, feel, and sound and is a great option for those looking for a speaker to compliment the room and fill it with great sound.
Finally, the last speaker on the list of my favorite bluetooth speakers might seem like a gimmick or a joke but I can assure you, it's not. This is the Mars levitating bluetooth speaker by crazybaby. Mac Pro jokes aside, this speaker is beautiful. Yes, the subwoofer looks exactly like Apple's Mac Pro computer but that might be the reason why I love this speaker so much. This part of the speaker is actually the subwoofer and where all of your I/O ports are located. There are a couple of USB ports to charge your smartphone or tablet while listening but that is obvisouly not the best feature about the Mars speaker.
Yes, the top disc shaped part of this is the main speaker that uses magnets to, wait for it, levitate, while listening to music. All you need to do is download the crazybaby app from the app store or play store and you'll be able to levitiate and auto land your speaker and wow all your friends.
Now, you might be thinking that this is cool and all but the price tag is over $300 and no amount of levitation is worth this price. You would be correct because you probably assume something like this doesn't sound that great? Well, fortunately for crazybaby and unfortunately for your wallet, this speaker sounds really, really good. Like shockingly good. It might be a bit overhyped because of everything this speaker has to offer but I have to say that after listening, watching it levitate, and looking at this really cool design, the $330 price tag becomes a bit more understandable.
Are there better speakers at cheaper prices, of course, but I promise you that there are not as cool as this one.
JBL Charge 3 - http://amzn.to/2d6CiTf
JBL Pulse 2 - http://amzn.to/2dt5WSg
Edifier MP700 - http://amzn.to/2cBj5CS
Mars by CrazyBaby - http://amzn.to/2dkrYSl