The iPod Touch is a great device for listening to music at home, camping, or just hanging out with friends.
But in order to fully enjoy this beautiful tool, you need to add Bluetooth speakers that match its musical capabilities. Not only will you be able to enjoy the music of your favourite bands everywhere, but you’ll also get rid of all those cables that, let’s face it, ruin your life…
Moreover, many Bluetooth speakers also act as a charging dock. You’ll be able to charge your iPod without thinking about it, simply by putting it on its base! Some speakers are designed to be taken anywhere, some can even be completely submerged in water. Ideal for taking to the beach or pool! So let’s not wait any longer… Let’s dive into this selection!
Sony SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
When it comes to bringing good sound to your next party with friends, the Sony SRS XB41 is the master! Built to be taken just about anywhere (it’s waterproof and dustproof, thanks to its IP67 certification), the Sony emits strobe lights and even has a play of light that will synchronize with your music! Perfect for setting the mood!
On the sound side, the 2 58 mm speakers will give you a well defined sound with powerful bass. And if you want even more bass, no problem, the Extra Bass mode is there for you!
Do you like music festivals? The Live Sound mode will play the music in such a way that you will find all the emotions of the music played live, thanks to its specially designed DSP.
Its 14-hour battery life will keep you entertained all night long. The Sony SRS XB41 will still have energy when you run out of it! And its Bluetooth with NFC technology will allow you to connect it in a flash to all your mobile devices.
Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa Voice Control Built-In
It’s probably the most high-end Bluetooth speaker in this selection, but it’s worth noting that Bose is a brand that’s been at the top of the list since 1964, when it was founded.
Unlike many of its peers, the Home 500 has a small, non-touch LCD screen on the front that displays information about the audio content being played. Although its presence is appreciated, the display quality is sadly not really there…
The Bose is able to link seamlessly with iPods or iPhones by Bluetooth or maybe it is able to alternately play music straight from a lot of music as well as radio services like Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Pandora, and other things.
The sound rendering remains coherent and well controlled given the size of the speaker. Capture is up to the task and allows you to take full advantage of Alexa’s voice assistant, with a few small bonus features (presets, multiroom, display screen) and a Bose mobile application that’s much more enjoyable than before.
It’s a shame that the SoundTouch and Home ranges can’t communicate with each other, even though they offer multiroom via Wi-Fi…
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
Star of the portable speaker market, the Boom is the speaker that made Ultimate Ears a major player in the world of portable audio. For the third iteration of its sound cylinder, the Californian brand therefore intends to capitalize on everything that made the line’s success, while adding a few aesthetic and sound improvements, as well as an intriguing “magic knob”.
Unfortunately, the Boom 3 still lacks sound power, and struggles to reproduce the high notes. We do appreciate its “magic button” that allows the launch of playlists at the touch of a button, even if it currently only works with Apple Music (iOS) and Deezer (Android), as well as the possibility to use it almost everywhere thanks to its rather compact dimensions and its waterproofness (IP67).
The Boom 3 is also very durable and even floats in water. If you’re looking for a small speaker to put a little music in the bathroom, at the beach or at the pool, this is a good choice, but you won’t have to rely on it for big parties.
The AOMAIS Go is a beast in terms of sound power: you have 2X15 watts of powerful, bass-driven sound thanks to 2 integrated passive radiators. The TWS function allows you to pair 2 AOMAIS Go together to reach 60W!
Its IPX7 certification won’t make it afraid of rain or splashing water coming out of the shower. You can even take it to the pool and immerse it completely in the water if you want!
Its large 880mAh battery makes it reach the record operating time of 30 hours (at 50% of the volume anyway).
In short, a real sound beast built to last!
AeroBull HD Classic Bulldog Bluetooth Speaker
The AeroBull is an exotic looking speaker system obviously targeted at fashion conscious music lovers, produced by Jarre Technologies. It need to take an additional dollop of courage as well as an eighties synth pop electronica wizard (Jean Michel Jarre) to come up with such a concept: a shades wearing bulldog shaped 2.1 speaker system (two stereo speakers along with a sub), capable of 240 Watts of clean power. The speakers, by the way, are actually in the sunglasses, as well as the remote is actually bone shaped. Of course. By the way, do not mistake the appearance of its for a gimmick – very well, they’re a gimmick, though it may sound good adequate to warrant a high placement here.
Beginning with the docking station, that is positioned on the head of its, it is very good to realize that this completely supports all present model iDevices with the super connection of its. And also this means that in case the device of yours utilizes the older 30 pin protocol you may need to have a good adapter. Alternative wired sound junctions (for TV, DVD and so on) are actually simple with the integrated 3.5mm mini jack aux feedback, however the AeroBull’s rap hints at wireless talents, as this’s in fact one great wireless Bluetooth speaker – an altogether different subject perhaps…
Though it is really worth noting that the same as the bodily inputs of its, the AeroBull’s Bluetooth spec is actually a present model, which means assistance of the high-res aptX (wireless audio codec) streaming – up to CD quality in fact.
The sound quality is actually mighty fine and particularly then when positioned dealing with the kitchen and with the rear of its (think sub) towards a corner. The AeroBull proves it is far much more than simply a contemporary art piece and might indeed very easily become your iPhone/iPad’s best friend. Be warned: it is often difficult to find, though we still believe it is a high pick.
JBL OnBeat Venue
Best does not usually mean newest, as well as the situation with JBL’s OnBeat Venue or perhaps numerous other speaker docks on this list. Nevertheless, in the present era of wireless only speakers, in case you would like to dock the 30 pin iOS device of yours, the OnBeat Venue is probably the greatest speaker dock in phrases of value.
After almost 5 years since peaking as a firm sector favourite, the OnBeat Venue still manages to wow with the sound quality of its. Rated at 30 watts, it is able to get loud with a lot of headroom. Even from a lower volume it provides clarity and constant low end.
Needless to say, you can pick up a 30 pin to super port adapter for a couple of bucks. This, as well as the reality that JBL have included not merely a 3.5mm Aux feedback but also Bluetooth connectivity, justifies investing into this old timer.
There’s no hand held remote control as well as, in all honesty, JBL’s MusicFlow app isn’t by far the most straight forward we have used, but that aside this particular speaker dock is actually a breeze to get set up and pumping. We would say JBL OnBeat Venue is actually ideal for anybody searching for an excellent sounding technique, whether they are making use of a docking unit or perhaps not.
Earthquake Sound IQ52B
If perhaps bookshelf speakers might walk, talk, and invest all the money of theirs at an imaginary tech supermarket, they will come back looking as the Earthquake Sound IQ52B. This particular setup is actually an over engineered marvel of the docking speaker idea, featuring a wide range of outputs and inputs – out of a 30 pin dock to a S Video port, as well as a subwoofer paper. What is a lot better is the point that this wealth of connections is actually a consequence of suitable spec preparation, allowing for the many products to be incorporated into an extensive audio visual fix. Earthquake Sound have created the ca as one energetic speaker – containing a 200W Class A/B power amp – powering an additional passive speaker through the included speaker cable.
The energetic speaker is actually the one featuring all of the sound inputs & outputs, like the 30 pin dock positioned on top. The setup allows for a number of ways of expansion, particularly in case you think about adding an energetic subwoofer, through the sub out. You’ll have the choice to merely take the powered speaker and make use of it by itself. This may be a somewhat much more lightweight alternative for dance rehearsals, etc., small parties, so long as you do not care about being summed down to monophonic sound.
The included remote is great and the sound quality is exceptional. The Earthquake Sound IQ52B deserves the best spot. In an era of usually flimsy sounding, plasticky speakers, it appears proud and loud.
The iHome brand is very prolific these days, and this time they offer us the iBTW38, a speaker/dock with a Qi charger. As a reminder, this charging system allows you to charge your device simply by placing it on the surface designed for this purpose. How convenient!
Bad tongues will say that the iBTW38 is just an improved clock radio, but it’s a little more than that.
As we said, it’s first and foremost a charging station. Note that the Qi function is only compatible with the iPhone from the 8 and with the Samsung from the S8. For other models, only charging via USB is available. Too bad…
The built-in microphone will allow you to make phone calls in hands-free mode but not control it by voice. Again, it’s a shame we didn’t include this handy feature.
The buttons are as well very fundamental & self explanatory, since most playback associated menus & controls are mostly delegated to the Bluetooth paired device.
iHome provide almost no info on the unit’s sound playback specifications but it suffices to suggest that the iBTW38 is actually ideal for the kitchen or bedside table. It might not be obnoxious, but it provides all as promised at an inexpensive value.
JE Stereo Bluetooth Speakers
So far as Qi wireless speakers go, the JE Hi Fly should be one of probably the simplest designs out there. Simply put the Qi compatible unit of yours on top and you are docked.
The Hi Fly is properly sized for the present crop of Apple and Android Qi enabled units. The wood finish is, how can I put it? To each his own taste… In any case, it gives the loudspeaker a unique and easily identifiable character. Afterwards, like it or not…
The extra USB port – used for powering non Qi products – as well as 3.5mm Aux input are actually positioned on the complete opposite end. What stands out about this particular unit is the fact that there is actually an incorporated TF card reader – a great use for the sound guide library of yours or even saved music.
No matter the loveable characteristics as well as design, we must say that we would like better playback at this cost. We are not saying that the noise is actually atrocious – the speaker simply lacks definition & bass at greater volumes. Although it may not be perfect for music, the JE Hi Fly is ideal for podcasts, vlogs, the like and YT content.
Qi charging and docking is actually turning into a favorite element with speaker docks. The Cavalier Air is actually an ideal example, echoing the ethos of the traditional docking speakers of yesteryear but with the inclusion of contemporary wireless functionality.
Fairly bigger compared to an average alarm clock radio, the Cavalier’s design reminds us of older classics, similar to the JBL On Beat. The mahogany veneer of its and deep grey speaker cloth are a common looking combination which would match any kind of contemporary living room.
The Qi charging dock works with any suitable iOs or maybe Android device, as well as suits actually the largest smartphones still offered. Management functionality LEDs are actually presented on a strip at the roof of the dock, but since this’s predominantly a voice command gadget, there are just a few of actual physical buttons.
Many features may be called out using Alexa’s speech control or perhaps via outside Bluetooth connection, it is good that there is an addition of a multi feature button. This could activate various modes and can certainly possibly be personalized making use of the Cavalier App. Targeted at informal music enjoyment, the app has Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Music now dialled in. The Cavalier will be able to also access a near infinite number of radio & streaming platforms, as a part of a Wi Fi home network, and the combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allow for pairing of up to 15 products.
Sound-wise, you will not look for loud volume or award winning lucidity, but the Cavalier is actually ideal as a casual bookshelf speaker. Its 20 watts of energy allow for a lot of characterization and also low end, considering the size of its. Mixed with the sensible features of its as well as Alexa features, this will make the Cavalier Air among the best picks of this particular season.
Sony RDP T50IPN
This particular naming scheme actually should be some kind of inner joke for Sony’s R&D department, as here we’ve the smaller (and much cheaper) version called RDP T50IPN which might have a relatively similar cd character but without its sibling’s power and punch.
This small speaker’s main objective is actually living a place in the kitchen of yours, ideal for when you’re relaxing, cooking for friends and impressing them with a few great mellow experience music – nothing weighty, loud or intrusive. In the event that this’s one thing you’re searching for, healthy you have discovered it.
It is actually lightweight, it has a remote (which tucks behind the device – we like that) and apart from charging as well as playing sound from the iOS device of yours with the lightning port, it is able to take outside sound by way of a mini jack.
There is no AirPlay or Bluetooth wireless choice here but while docked, the iOS device of yours might still work the wi fi magic of its and convert it into huge DAB radio stations or maybe streaming services.
The quality of the sound is not much more than what you are able to anticipate from a device this particular size though nothing actually under Sony’s usual high standards. Recommended!
Castle James Retro Station
Castle James are not a household name, but their Retro Tech Multi Station speaker has proven quite prominent on account of the contemporary functionality of its as well as retro stylings. The latter stay ever popular, whether or not the Retro Station pays nothing much more than a visual homage to the tube radios of the past.
Having a length as well as depth almost completely matching an iPhone 8 Plus, this particular Castle James speaker is really very compact.
The 2 multi function controls on the front side have self explanatory symbols representing volume control, track selection, and playback, even though the middle display is merely an easy clock display.
The Retro Station utilizes a rechargeable battery (charged through a USB connection), making the Qi dock a great traveling companion. The Bluetooth performs of its and pairing are actually hassle-free and straightforward as well as the addition of an FM receiver as well as an SD memory card slot fulfill the promise of it being a thing of a’ multi station’.
These extra extra features undoubtedly open up options, particularly in case you’ve a sizable library of podcast or maybe music MP3s.
The sound quality is typical, although the product is amazingly noisy for its size. In case you are once a basic Qi dock, the Retro Station is certainly an interesting choice. Little but completely formed; it does not guarantee a lot but it provides.
Bose SoundDock III
Bose Corporation‘s presence in the hi fi business is actually as Coca-Cola’s to the food market and also the SoundDock III is actually a deservingly often used docking speaker – regardless of what some audiophiles might think.
This’s a small package created for casual listening and this’s most likely the very definition of Bose’s ethos. With numerous successful ‘mini’ models, it likely took the design team simple minutes to ‘retrofit’ an electric Bose speaker with a lightning port (a 30 pin dock model is still on Amazon).
What we mean of course is the fact that you in case ever owned or even paid attention to a Bose, you are going to know the signature sound that is present right here – much more than somewhat emphasized good frequencies, scooped mids and large but at times boomy bass. This’s not really a criticism (unless you are looking for audiophile frequency response) – it truly works, and also for the SoundDock III’s size, the sound is actually sound, though we would still select the Earthquake Sound IQ52B because of its somewhat more faithful representation of middle and treble frequencies.
In case the company’s famed digital signal as well as acoustic processing could provide the SoundDock a small edge with several of the prior picks, the absence of any wireless ability is actually a small let down for the cost – unless obviously you begin talking about extra wireless adapters. Non-lightning port (and legacy) products could be hooked up through the auxiliary 3.5mm input at the back, along with everything is actually managed by the provided RF Bose remote. A near classic.
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