Gifts that get loud. (Amazon/)
Thanks to the advent of Bluetooth wireless technology, the days of relying on bulky, hard-wired stereo systems to enjoy your music collection are long gone. Wireless Bluetooth speakers are built to be portable, affordable, and tough while delivering impressive bass response, volume, and quality of tone in just about any situation you can think of while performing leaps and bounds above a normal phone speaker. Whether commuting on a bike, playing outdoor sports, or working in the garage, a Bluetooth speaker is the perfect way to give the music lover in your life the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their tunes anywhere they please, from parkside to poolside.
Here’s a list of the best Bluetooth speakers for giving as gifts.
Designed with two USB outputs for charging phones, music players, and other devices. (Amazon/)
This portable Bluetooth Boombox from JBL packs 20,000 milliamp-hours of battery power into a stylish and rugged package that’s perfect for enjoying up to 24 hours of non-stop tuneage on a single charge. Its four active transducers and two JBL bass radiators are powered by a robust 30-watt amplifier and are designed to produce massive, resonant tones that you can both see and hear. If venturing outside, rain, and water sources are no match for its IPX7 waterproof design—it can even survive full submersion in up to a meter of water.
Sync up multiple units in party mode or stereo mode. (Amazon/)
Bose brings their legendary level of sound performance to this portable, hand-sized Bluetooth speaker that’s perfect for taking calls and listening to tunes in the shower, the backyard, and beyond. Its exterior is finished in durable silicone that enhances grip when taking it on the go, and the built-in microphone allows it to be used as a speakerphone that boasts a range of approximately 30 feet. A single charge yields up to eight hours of play, and it’s easy to recharge via USB when you’re running low.
Designed with a passive bass radiator for enhanced low-end. (Amazon/)
If extreme portability is a must, this mini clip-on Bluetooth speaker from Sony stands out in the pack without sacrificing volume or power. The included detachable strap allows you to securely fasten the speaker to backpacks, tote bags, bikes, and more, and the speaker’s small three-inch diameter keeps it well out of the way and doesn’t add unnecessary bulk to your belongings. It’s wrapped in a dustproof, waterproof casing and boasts a battery life of up to 16 hours—more than enough time to get it to the beach and back.
Includes an added auxiliary input for playing audio from wired devices. (Amazon/)
For those who are keen on entertaining and might prefer a subtle approach to using Bluetooth speakers, this elegant, 25-inch tall round wooden table from Victrola can provide just that. It’s equipped with a rechargeable 10-hour battery for fully wireless use outside and inside, and the powerful 89-watt stereo amplifier packs enough volume for entertaining in even the noisiest environments. A built-in microphone and two USB charging ports for devices round out this tasteful and undeniably unique piece.
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