More and more people are using mobile devices connected to a music streaming service to play their favourite music. However, the sound quality of phones and tablets is far from perfect.
Bluetooth speakers are great products to enjoy better sound quality and more power. Space-saving and easy to use, they have become essential for every music lover.
Given the growing popularity of Bluetooth speakers, there is a wide range of audio equipment currently offered by various manufacturers. There are so many products on the market that it can be difficult to find your way around.
Our Fillion experts have therefore put together an exclusive guide to help you choose the best Bluetooth speaker for your needs and budget.
Choosing a Bluetooth speaker based on your needs
If you want to purchase the best Bluetooth speaker, start by assessing your needs. This will help you narrow your search down to fewer devices.
Here are a few things to think about.
Not all Bluetooth speakers are portable. For a speaker to be portable, it must be both small and light enough to be easily carried and have a battery that can operate without being connected to a power source.
Some portable Bluetooth speakers even come with carabiners so you can hang them from your backpack and take them on hikes, while others need to be constantly connected to an electrical outlet.
If you want to take your speaker with you on the road or to places where there is no electricity, you should choose a portable Bluetooth speaker with a good range.
How the speaker will be used
Not all portable speakers can be carried outside or used by the pool. Some products are fragile, while others are built like tanks.
Many Bluetooth speakers are even tough enough to withstand splashes, falls and shocks without a scratch. Others are more fragile, but can still be equipped with a protective case, usually sold separately.
If you want to listen to music on your Bluetooth speaker regardless of the weather and the activity you are doing, make sure you choose a waterproof model designed for this purpose.
Audio rendering and features
When it comes to sound output, every audio equipment manufacturer has its own style and personality. Some of them, such as Bose, Sonos, MarshallandB&W, are practically an acoustic signature (bass amplification, stereophony, response to different frequencies, etc.). Take the time to clarify your expectations about the type of sound you're looking for.
You will also need to know what Bluetooth speaker features you want. Do you need to be able to use it for phone calls? Do you want to be able to connect several "master" devices at the same time? Identify your key requirements.
The best wireless Bluetooth speakers
As you can probably tell from reading this articleso far, the best Bluetooth speaker for you depends on your needs.
Nevertheless, some models are a sure bet in their product category.Here are 3 Bluetooth speakers that stand out in their price range.
Bose SoundLink Revolve: the best Bluetooth speaker under$250
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a winning choice for those who want maximum portability without sacrificing sound quality. For less than $250, it gives you value for your money.
First of all, its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides 12 hours of battery life. So this speaker can follow you anywhere.
A solid design combining aluminum and flexible materials makes this speaker resistant to splashes and falls. This makes it ideal for outdoor or kitchen use, especially since it has a feature that lets you answer calls without touching your phone. This is convenient when your hands are full of dirt or flour!
The SoudLink Revolve's cylindrical design and acoustic deflector allow it to deliver strikingly realistic sound from 360 degrees. Not to mention that the power of this device is surprising given its size. As with most Bose products, it can deliver exceptional sound across the entire frequency range, plus rich bass and accurate highs.
Marshall Stanmore II: the best Bluetooth speaker under$500
Our favourite Bluetooth speaker under $500 is the Marshall Stanmore II. Its unique design proves that Marshall is capable of producing more than just guitar amplifiers, without compromising its roots.
First of all, it should be pointed out that this Bluetooth speaker is not the best to carry around. It is quite bulky and must be plugged in to operate. With that said, place it in any room of your home and you'll see that this may be its only weakness.
Its killer look is similar to that of some amplifiers that have been used on the greatest stages by legendary guitarists (Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Slash among others).
It can also let you rediscover your favorite music with stereo sound from two 15-watt units and a 50-watt speaker powered by three Class D amplifiers. You can even adjust the level of certain frequencies using the elegant Bass and Treble knobs.
Finally, the Stanmore II speaker can be controlled by more than one mobile device at a time and itsBluetooth 5.0 aptX technology provides wireless sound without loss over a range of up to 10 meters.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge: the best high-end Bluetooth speaker
The B&W Formation Wedge never fails to impress. In fact, this Bluetooth speaker is both a work of art and a technological wonder.
The Formation Wedge’s elliptical shape is truly unique and its patterns really give it a distinct look. However, such an advanced design and sophisticated materials are not necessarily compatible with outdoor use. This speaker is therefore designed for the home.
If this speaker's look impresses you, its acoustic performance will throw you off your feet. It offers twice the audio resolution of most Bluetooth speakers at 96/24-bit, and its two tweeters and bass driver deliver crystal-clear sound.
If you want to push the limits of surround sound, you can pair a Formation Wedge with other "wedges" and even with the Formation Bass. Pairing is easy with the B&W app, and the exclusive Formation Wedge connection technology protects the sound quality from fluctuations in your Wi-Fi network.
Why not test a few Bluetooth speakers before buying one?
That concludes our overview of the best Bluetooth speakers. In short, remember that the best Bluetooth speaker for you depends on your needs and budget.
Once you have identified which features you want to benefit from, why not visit us in store? You can get advice from our Fillion experts and even try a wide variety of Bluetooth speakers to test the sound and manufacturing quality.
See you soon!