Best Bluetooth Speakers: Ditching the Dock in 2013

Best Bluetooth Speakers: Ditching the Dock in 2013

We review the top selling portable Bluetooth speakers that will give you great sound without putting a dent in your wallet.

As smartphones, tablets, and other portable media devices become increasingly efficient mechanisms for watching and listening to our favorites music, movies, and TV shows on the go, being able to hear them with something with more clarity than stock headphones becomes more important, and nothing gets the job done better than portable bluetooth speakers.

Wireless Bluetooth speakers lets you hear sound with much greater sound quality than simple headphones can, and they also allow you to share it with others, especially music! With an iPad and some decent portable Bluetooth speakers you can create your very own dance party wherever and whenever you like.

The following is what we consider the top portable Bluetooth speakers available for sale online, priced from $99 to $199.

Clarity HD (Monster) – $125

The ClarityHD Precision Micro Bluetooth by Monster delivers amazing room filling stereo sound from an incredibly small, portable speaker. The ultra-compact, high performance Bluetooth speaker delivers “best-in-class” wireless stereo sound.

  • Built-in mic with advanced noise cancellation enables clear wireless hands-free calling and conferencing.
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries power up to 5 hours of play time at full volume on a single charge.
  • 3.5 mm input for listening to music from any device with a standard headphone port or Bluetooth 2.0 devices.
  • Works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry devices and Windows and Mac PCs

JAMBOX (Jawbone) – $165

The JAMBOX by Jawbone is a colorful and powerful set of portable Bluetooth speakers that packs a punch in a compact box. Unlike other portable speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high and low sounds from a single, ultra-small dome speaker.

It also has a buit-in microphone so you can use the JAMBOX to share share crisp, clean-sounding conference calls anywhere, anytime – in the office, car, at home, alone, or with friends or family. It’s the perfect device for sharing video chats via Skype, and other VOiP programs.

  • Dimensions: 5.95 x 2.25 x 1.60 inches (LxWxH)
  • Simultaneous Multipoint: Make connections to two devices at the same time
  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum
  • Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone’s MyTalk portal
  • Battery life: About 10 hours of continuous play (varies by volume level)
  • Works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry devices and Windows and Mac PCs

Beats Pill (Monster) – $199

In my opinion, the Beats Pill by Beats By Dr. Dre portable Bluetooth speakers offer the best bang for your buck.

It features a 30ft range so it should be enough for all but the very largest of rooms, and its light weight, small size, and handy carbiner make it easy to take it with you so listen to music on the go.

The Beats Pill was built to act not only as a powerful, compact speaker for listening to music but also as a portable system for taking calls. You can use it to Skype friends or family or just take regular phone calls.

With the Beats Pill I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 3.3 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • 1.5 m audio cable (3.5mm to 3.5 mm)
  • USB 2.0 charge/data cable
  • Carry case with carabiner
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 30ft max range

The Phoenix – $99

The Phoenix by Beacon Audio is a compact, highly mobile, ‘take-with-you-everywhere’ Bluetooth speaker boasting 8 hours of streaming music. It features a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and a simple button interface.

The  Bluetooth range is approximately 35 feet, but don’t expect this device to perform behind multiple walls. The Phoenix by Beacon Audio  is compact, so it’s advantage is in it’s  size. A great device for college students and small apartments.

The sound is above average for it’s size, and the design is sleek. It comes in 3 cool colors: black, blue, and red.

  • Dimension: 3.2 x 3.2 x 2.9 inches
  • Weight: 200 grams
  • Battery: Lithium
  • Working Distance: 30-35 feet
  • Operating Time: Approx. 8 hours
  • Charge Time: Approx. 2-3 hours
  • Charge Input: Mini USB Port
  • Audio Input: Bluetooth or Auxiliary port
  • Works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry devices and Windows and Mac PCs

Sound Kick SFQ-04 – $125

The Sound Kick by Sound Freaq is a multi-functional, portable Bluetooth speaker that offers advanced wireless controls.

Sound Kick sports a portable design that uses UQ3â„¢ spatial enhancement and the XKICKâ„¢ chamber which closes compact for travel and expands open for full sound.

  • Operating Time: Approx. 7 hours
  • Working Distance: 30-35 feet
  • UQ3â„¢ spatial enhancement
  • XKICKâ„¢ chamber (compact feature for travel)
  • 3.5mm wired aux input
  • UQ3 spacial technology mode for expanded immersive sound
  • Works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry devices and Windows and Mac PCs