Party time! 2022 guide to the ideal Bluetooth speakers for your summer parties!
For the first time since 2019, we'll have the opportunity to gather with friends and family without much restriction. With summer just around the corner, we thought we'd bring you a handy guide to battery-powered wireless speakers, from compact to powerful. There are even plug-in versions that can literally turn your backyard into a disco!
Get out your BBQs and the cooler with the drinks and let's get the music going!
CATEGORY: THE OVERPOWERED
To start with, here are the models dedicated to dance parties.
The Partybox 1000 is an amazing machine!
To begin with, it has 1100 watts R.M.S. and a 12" speaker and two 8" speakers are part of the team.
In terms of connectivity, you can stream music from your mobile device via Bluetooth, but it will also play a USB memory stick, amplify a connected microphone, an electric guitar and any audio device connected via RCA-type plugs.
But that's not all!
It has a backlit multi-touch keyboard on top that will allow you to add sound effects, record an auto-playback sequence and more!
Finally, a wireless wristband for the party host will offer gesture control of the various sound and light effects, because yes, it has an integral light show.
Uses domestic current only.
The Partybox 710 offers a less massive alternative to the Partybox 1000, but be warned, with its 800 watts R.M.S and dual 8", it is not shy!
You can set up light and sound effects with JBL's new Partybox application.
You can even link two of them together for wall-to-wall stereo sound!
Uses domestic current only.
The 310 is the original model that debuted in 2019 with the 200 and 300 versions.
What sets it apart is its 18-hour battery operation.
Start your party until sunrise with 18 hours of music. Want to party longer? Just plug the JBL Partybox 310 into an outlet and dance the weekend away!
Seriously, the sound is excellent, rich and powerful. You can never have enough of it because it's our best in sales.
Duo SRS-XP700 SRS-XP500
Sony's approach is to allow full control of visual and playback effects via its versatile Music Center application.
With 24 and 20 hours of autonomy respectively, you can use them as much as you like between charges and thanks to the emergency charging mode, you will get 3 hours of running time for 10 minutes of charging on the 700 model!
The 700 features a pair of 6.5-inch woofers, while the 500 features five and three-quarter woofers.
360° surround sound.
SRS-XP700: $749 - SRS-XP500: $549
CATEGORY: POWERFUL AND PORTABLE
Lighter but more efficient.
The 110 is easier to transport and offers a robust 160 watt R.M.S. power output with a 12 hour runtime.
It incorporates most of the features of its big brothers such as microphone, guitar and other jacks.
All Partyboxes are rainproof (IPX4) so no worries there!
The Boombox 2 is your best choice if you want REALLY portable power. The speaker configuration is in line with its name as bass is omnipresent here.
Moreover, this model is waterproof and floats in the pool. As far as power is concerned, the sounds felt here are really powerful.
The battery life is 24 hours and a charging port will allow you to charge your mobile devices on the move. The advertised power is 160 watts.
Bluetooth streaming and audio jack for connecting other traditional sources.
Our most popular model in the shop!
Very compact, the Xtreme 3rd generation offers 100 watts R.M.S in A.C. mode and the possibility of connecting a second one in Party Boost mode.
It goes in the water, it diffuses the bass from its two passive membranes that we observe vibrating!
It comes with a strap to carry it everywhere and a practical bottle opener 😉
Great sound for the price, and available in 3 colours: Black, blue or camouflage.
The SRS-XG500 is a great achievement from Sony that frankly stands out from the crowd...
Firstly, the battery life is off the charts with 30 hours of running time and if you run out of 'juice' it is possible to get 3 hours of running time with just 10 minutes of charging.
Then it incorporates lighting around its two passive radiators at the ends. Very pretty in the evening!
The innovative X-Balanced 'square' drivers have a diaphragm with a larger surface area than conventional drivers. This means a richer, clearer sound, no matter what kind of music you're listening to.
It also incorporates microphone and guitar jacks which are absent in this format from the competition. Finally, the Sony Music Center application allows you to program playlists for the evening.
The Move is the first Bluetooth product from California-based Sonos.
Sonos products offer a wireless architecture for the home that allows you to have different types of speakers anywhere in your home and now outdoors too!
In mobile mode, you'll have 11 hours of battery life. The Move is splash and dust resistant, and offers honest sound that can be automatically calibrated if you're using an Apple product via the Trueplay feature.
The controls are touch-sensitive.
CATEGORY: GOOD SOUND AND SMALL SIZE
A model listing to take everywhere!
The JBL Charge 5 features an optimised long-excursion driver, a separate tweeter and two JBL bass radiators, all of which deliver incredibly rich and clear sound.
The battery life is 20 hours and it is water resistant and floats if dropped.
Like many JBL products, you can connect two users at the same time via Bluetooth and take turns playing the music of your choice...
The power is just 40 watts R.M.S which will excel indoors and suffice outdoors.
Charging port included for your devices.
Think of it as the "mini". Load 5.
In short, all the JBL features at a bargain price!
Compact, lightweight and highly portable.
Hands-free telephone function.
Water, shock and dust resistant.
The autonomy is interesting with 12 hours of operation in normal mode and 10 in "Extra Bass" mode.
CATEGORY: POCKET SPEAKERS.
The Go 2 is cute!
Despite its small size, it still incorporates a dedicated bass speaker.
The sound is therefore very rich and balanced. You will be surprised.
Very fashionable, it is available in a variety of colours!
Already in its4th generation, this clip is very popular for its sound and portability.
With a redesigned carabiner built into the speaker itself for extra protection, take your JBL Clip 4 anywhere and everywhere. Simply clip on a belt, strap or buckle and go explore the world!
Sonos' latest innovation!
Of course it's a WI-FI connected speaker with voice control, it's Sonos after all!
Add in auto-calibration, optional contact charging and the ability to pair for stereo style listening and you have a state-of-the-art product!
229 standard version
298 wireless contact charging version.
CATEGORY: CHIC AND TASTEFUL
Here is the selection of exceptions!
This is Sony's Bluetooth speaker of the future.
It's beautiful and chic in black and gold, there's no doubt about that, but the technology on board is downright fascinating.
Discover the 360 Reality Audio.
Sony offers a loudspeaker containing a multitude of drivers, each with a specific task. This means that not only the bass and treble are distributed between the 7 internal speakers, but also the position of the instruments and the voices. The result is a true-to-life sound with vocals that are sharper than ever. The sounds don't mix like before, it's fabulous!
360 Reality Audio is not an electronic gadget but a platform for broadcasting by major broadcasters such as Deezer, Tidal and others. In other words, the sounds are distributed according to the specific 360 programming. If you don't use one of these services, Sony has thought of everything and an internal algorithm in the RA5000 will enhance your broadcast music to 360 level.
In addition to Bluetooth, you'll have WI-FI with the ability to do high-resolution listening (Hi-Rez) via Chromecast, the new integrated streaming platform.
Auto Volume Control: Some tracks are too loud, others too soft, which means you have to constantly adjust the volume. The RA5000 solves this problem by analysing each track and automatically playing them at a constant volume.
Sound Calibration : You can calibrate your RA5000 for optimum audio performance, using an internal microphone and Sony's unique algorithm. Just hold down the immersive Audio Enhancement button and you're done!
Finally, Google Assistant and Alexa are integrated.
Absolutely state of the art!
The atmosphere is not only for your ears, it's also for your eyes!
Whether you use the speaker to wake up in the morning or to brighten up your living room, its elegant and sophisticated design will appeal to you.
To start with, it's a candle lamp with a glass speaker for crystal clear highs. It's a great start, you might say!
On the lighting side, we have 32 brightness levels and two candle modes, similar to a real candle.
For bass, there is a Bass Boost mode that can be controlled via the Sony Music Center application.
Finally, it is possible to link two of them for a stereo atmosphere and to synchronise the lighting effects with the musical rhythm.
The Pulse 4 also glows all night long with an incredible 360 degree high resolution LED light show.
In addition to the light shows, you get 100% of the typical JBL features such as water resistance with buoyancy, long battery life with 12 hours of operation and the ability to connect a second one for sync and stereo sound!
The final word:
There is no stopping progress and this kind of technology is proof of that. Today, it is possible to make large spaces sound good with a relatively small speaker. Despite its small size, it will offer a powerful sound quality with a battery life of over ten hours. What's more, it will withstand the rain and even a jump in the pool!
Last but not least, the 3 brands represented at your SONXPLUS are guarantors of durability having proven themselves for a long time on the market. With JBL, Sony and Sonos, you can't go wrong!
Let's have a good little "frette" and let's get on with the music!