Smartphones may have managed to become a part of our daily lives. But, the truth is that as far as music is concerned, their speakers kind of suck. And that's where external speakers come in.
Now, there are really a ton of options out there. Wireless, wired, cheap, expensive - there is always something for everyone.
The only bad thing with all the available options is that they make it tough to find the best. And that's why we wrote this article. Without any further ado, let's get right into it!
1: Bugani M83
It was just last week when we published an article about the best Bluetooth speakers under 50 USD. The Bugani M83 is one of our picks and it remains one of the best - wireless or not.
Unfortunately, at this moment, it's well over $50. But, it often drops down there. So, keep an eye out for it.
It's wireless, powerful, and it can even act as a powerbank. After all, it uses 2x 4,000 mAh batteries to power its massive 40-watt speakers. I mean, 40 watts are generally not considered a lot for speakers. But, as far as the portable variants are concerned, that's a massive wattage.
For a point of reference, most of the mini-Bluetooth variants don't go over 5 or 10 watts. So, what the M83 loses in terms of portability, it gains in audio quality and volume.
If your phone has 3.5mm jack, then you're not forced to stick with wireless connectivity. The speaker comes with both AUX connectivity and SD card support.
Other than that, there's also waterproofing (Don't try to submerge it, though), on-board playback control, and 40 hours of playtime on a single charge with the volume set at 50%.
Now, that last bit is only what the manufacturer claims. So, do take that info with a grain of salt.
- Can work as a powerbank
- Loud with decent base
- Can work both wirelessly and wired
- On-board playback controls
- Mid-range priced - decent value
- A bit large (When compared to other portable speakers)
As far as external speakers for Android are concerned, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 are so popular that we'd be hard-pressed not to mention them on this list.
One of the biggest differences between the BOOM 3 and the Bugani M83 is that these ones can be used together with other BOOM 3 speakers while they also push out sound in a 360-degree radius.
That makes them quite possibly a better choice for parties. After all, you won't have to worry too much about positioning.
Not to mention that you're always free to place as many of them as you want around the place with all of them playing the same track. There is a dedicated app for that.
And if someone ends up spilling a drink on it? No problem. The BOOM 3 is completely waterproof and it can actually even float on water - and that makes a decent solution for listening to music while taking a bath.
It goes without saying that we get to use on-board playback and volume controls. After all, it would be atrocious for such an expensive speaker to come with no on-board controls.
Speaking of price, that's pretty much its only downside. The range is also not that great. While the speaker is mentioned to hold a connection up to 150 feet, some people mentioned that they couldn't get further than 20. Your mileage may vary - depending on your device.
- 360-degree playback
- Can be paired with multiple speakers at the same time
- Decent sound quality and base
- 12-15 hours of playback on battery
- The connection range is poor for some people (Could be the fault of specific phones, though)
Portable speakers are great for sure. but, the truth is that not everyone cares about portability. Some of us just want to place a big, good speaker to our home and just leave it there.
If you're after these kinds of external speakers, do definitely consider the Marshall Woburn II! It's big, loud, and all-around a great speaker for home use.
It's quite possibly the best-sounding speaker on this list. However, it's also definitely the biggest and heaviest one as well.
So, if you need something that's portable, then we wouldn't recommend this one. You can still carry it easily. But, unlike most of the other speakers that we've checked out both here and on our article, this is not something that can be easily put on a small traveling bag or anything like that. So, definitely keep that in mind.
Also, since this speaker is mostly made for home use, we are not expecting to find any form of water-proofing or water resistance. Not to mention the huge price tag.
So, that's definitely a big list of cons. We're sacrificing portability, water resistance, and a lot of money. But, in return, we also get the best possible experience in terms of audio. Is it worth it, though? Well, that's your call to make.
To be a bit more specific with the audio experience, we're talking about 2x 1-inch tweeters and 2x 5.25-inch subwoofers. All of them make for a total consumption of 110 watts! So, we're definitely talking about a lot of raw power here.
- Great audio quality
- Can be left plugged in. So, no need to worry about battery life
- Poor portability
Best External Speakers: Wrapping Up
Those were our top 3 external speakers. They are not cheap. But, then again, the best products also tend to be the most expensive.
Still don't know which one to pick? Here are the pros and cons of each option in a nutshell:
- Bugani M83: Relatively affordable stereo speaker. Offers a middle balance between portability and loudness
- Ultimate Ears Boom 3: Plays audio in a 360-degree radius. Probably a better option for parties
- Marshall Woburn II: By far the most powerful speaker. However, it's not as portable and offers very little to no water-resistance
That's all for now. Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!