Lifehacker recently asked his readers what Bluetooth speakers they use. JBL and Yandex Stations were the absolute leaders in terms of the number of mentions, but other devices were also named. We chose 8 still relevant models that were mentioned in the comments most often.
JBL Go 3
The third generation of the popular compact speaker received IP67 water and dust resistance and a backpack loop. It weighs only 209 grams and has dimensions of 8.6 × 6.9 × 4 cm. Power to match the size: 4.2 watts. The device offers up to 5 hours of battery life and charges via USB-C instead of the obsolete microUSB found on the Go 2.
Price: 2 899 rubles.
Yandex Station Mini 2
The main feature of the second generation «Mini» was the display, which can display time, weather or a timer. The power of the speaker itself has grown to 10 W (against 3 W in the first version), support for Alice, of course, has been preserved. Also among the advantages is an audio port for connecting the speaker to other acoustics.
Price: 5,990 rubles without a watch, 6,990 rubles with a watch.
Without watch with clock
JBL Flip 5
This speaker is larger than the previous two, and the size resulted in two significant advantages: decent autonomy (up to 12 hours of operation) and powerful sound — 20 watts. The 4,800 mAh battery charges via USB-C. The device weighs 540g and supports stereo pairing.
Price: from 7 380 rubles depending on the color.
Huawei Sound Joy
In fact, this is an analogue of Huawei’s JBL Flip, but much more interesting. The French Devialet was responsible for setting the sound. There are four speakers inside: 20W full-frequency, 10W tweeter and a pair of passive radiators on the sides. A pair of such speakers can be combined into a stereo system.
Declared the possibility of battery life up to 26 hours — thanks to a large battery of 8,800 mAh. There is very fast charging, which is rare among speakers, and IP67 waterproofness, which will help you survive a walk in the rain or immersion in water.
Price: 6 990 rubles.
Anker Soundcore Motion+
Although Anker is famous for chargers, power banks and cables, the brand also has audio equipment. The medium-sized Soundcore Motion+ speaker accommodates four speakers: two 10W and two 5W. The aptX codec is supported. Autonomy — up to 12 hours, USB-C is used for recharging. The housing is IPX7 waterproof. Although the column is plastic, it is quite weighty: 1,050 g.
Price: 6 776 rubles.
Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Speaker 2
Another variation on the theme of portable Bluetooth speakers, but from Xiaomi. This device features a minimalistic design, aluminum body and impressive autonomy: up to 10 hours of operation with a modest 1200 mAh battery. Speaker power is 5 W, Bluetooth 4.2 or AUX-connector is used for connection.
Price: 2 359 rubles.
Yandex Station Light
This speaker does not have a display, the body is completely plastic, and the speaker power is only 5 watts. Its main purpose is to communicate with Alice and control a smart home, but you can also listen to music: the sound quality is at the JBL Go level. Although not portable, it is very compact: dimensions 90 × 55 × 90 mm, weight 230 g.
Price: 3 990 rubles.
Apple HomePod mini
Apple’s miniature speaker has three speakers: one is directed downwards and reproduces low frequencies, the other two are full-range and are located on the sides. It is available to combine into a stereo system for better sound quality and work in intercom mode.
Siri voice control is supported, and the assistant can recognize the voices of family members and issue relevant information such as events from a personal calendar. At the beginning of the year, the column spoke in Russian, although it never officially reached Russia.
Price: from 10,920 rubles, depending on the color.
All prices are valid at the time of publication.
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