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Which Brand of Portable Speaker is Better?

The previous article introduced How to Choose a Portable Speaker? Next, I would like to recommend 8 portable speakers from major brands, and I hope you like them.

1 JBL FLIP5 music kaleidoscope fifth generation reference price 100 US dollars

The Kaleidoscope V5 has a battery life of 12 hours, Bluetooth version 4.2, uses a track speaker, and two passive bass diaphragms are installed on the side, so the bass effect is still very shocking. The waterproof grade is IPX7, and the rated power is 20w. If you have higher requirements for battery life and prefer bass effects, you can consider the fifth generation of Kaleidoscope.

JBL FLIP5 music kaleidoscope fifth generation reference price 100 US dollars

2 Marshall EMBERTON Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Reference Price $160

As a British rock speaker brand, Marshall has always occupied a place in the market. EMBERTON, as its entry-level portable audio product, really explains what a small steel cannon is. The actual battery life is 20 hours, and the rated power is 20w. It uses two full-range speakers and two passive radiators to form a stereo channel.
5.0 Bluetooth version, with a connection range of 10 meters, waterproof grade IPX7, excellent outdoor performance, and the cabinet is very compact and portable, and the budget is slightly higher. If you like rock brands, Marshall is definitely worth buying.

EMBERTON
EMBERTON

3 JBL PULSE4 music pulsation fourth generation portable Bluetooth speaker reference price 185 US dollars

If you want to choose an Internet celebrity among the portable speakers, then the Pulsating Four is definitely a strong competitor. The difference from the traditional appearance of general portable speakers is that the Pulsating Four cup body is made of acrylic material. When playing music, the lighting can change with the music, and the effect of creating an atmosphere is absolutely full.
The battery life is 12 hours, the rated power is 20w, and there is a 2.25-inch overhead speaker and a passive subwoofer to create a 360-degree surround sound effect.
Friends who like outdoor camping can choose this one first.

JBL PULSE4 music pulsation fourth generation portable Bluetooth speaker reference price 185 US dollars

4 B&O PLAY beoplay Beosound A1Gen2 portable wireless bluetooth speaker with talkable reference price $320

B&O belongs to Denmark’s luxury audio-visual brand. Compared with the first generation, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been canceled in the second generation. The battery life has also been upgraded. The battery life is 18 hours at normal volume, which is quite good. The Bluetooth has also been upgraded to 5.1, which is much more stable than the previous generation.
As a two-way portable speaker, A1 includes a high-frequency speaker and a mid-low frequency speaker. The sound separation between life and musical instruments is good, but due to the shape design, the depth of low frequency is not very deep. Therefore, the overall sound quality of A1Gen2 is good, but it is more suitable for listening to human voices.

B&O PLAY beoplay Beosound A1Gen2 portable wireless bluetooth speaker with talkable

5 Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker II Silver 360-degree Surround Waterproof Wireless Speaker/Audio Big Kettle Second Generation Reference Price $250

There is only one full-range speaker inside the large kettle. In terms of hardware configuration, it is not as good as other portable speakers with a price of 2,000 yuan.

But the big kettle does not take the usual way. Although it only has a full-range speaker, it is designed as an upright cylindrical box when the design is made. The speaker is facing downward and a sound reflector is installed to create a 360-degree surround effect. This is actually very similar to JBL’s Pulse 4, both of which focus on the sense of atmosphere.

 Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker II Silver 360

6 JBL XTREME3 Music War Drum Three Generations Portable Bluetooth Speaker Reference Price $340

In fact, Drum III is not very suitable as a portable speaker. After all, it weighs 2kg and is not very portable, but this is also related to the speakers it carries.

War Drum III has four built-in speakers, two 70mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters, the tri-frequency is very delicate and balanced. The rated power is as high as 100w, the Bluetooth version is 5.1, the waterproof level is IPX67, the battery life is 15 hours, and the overall configuration is very high.

If the requirements for sound quality are relatively high, physical strength is relatively good, and you basically drive when you go out, then it is recommended to start with it. Otherwise, there is still a certain amount of pressure when you go out with a 2kg speaker on your back.

 JBL XTREME3 Music War Drum Three Generations Portable Bluetooth Speaker

7 EDIFIER M230 Bluetooth Speaker Mini Portable Wireless Subwoofer Reference Price $57

With a budget of US$60, if you are looking for sound quality in portable speakers, then you can choose Edifier’s M230 directly. As the mainstay of Chinese audio, Edifier has always taken the route of high cost performance, and its sales and reputation are very good, both domestically and abroad.

The battery life of the M230 is 10 hours. It uses two 48mm full-range speakers to form a stereo channel. The rated power is 20w. Bluetooth version 5.0, DSP audio technology, has a better grasp of audio details.

However, the fly in the ointment is that the waterproof is a bit poor, so you need to pay attention to this when using it.

EDIFIER M230 Bluetooth Speaker Mini Portable Wireless Subwoofer

8 Elvis Presley Audio M4 reference price $285

If the budget is sufficient, the requirements for sound quality are relatively high, and if you want to use it in multiple scenarios, among the many portable speaker products in the market, I personally recommend the Elvis Presley M4.
In fact, the reason is very simple. As mentioned above, in order to highlight the portable attributes, portable speakers often use smaller cabinets. Although the portability is improved, due to the limited space inside the cabinet, large-sized speakers cannot be accommodated, so the sound quality will be sacrificed.
However, the Elvis Presley Audio M4 uses a 289.0mmx126.5mmx222.9mm box. Two 12W mid-tweeters and one 40W woofer are built into the box to form a 2.1 channel. The frequency response range is: 45~20000Hz, and the maximum power is 64W. In terms of sound quality, the human voice is warm.
In terms of connection mode, there are four modes, namely LL low-latency mode, Bluetooth mode, Bluetooth TWS mode and AUX mode. The built-in 5.1 Bluetooth module is faster and more stable when connecting to mobile devices. In addition, the AUX mode can also be used as a desktop speaker, and the applicable scenarios are more abundant.
With the support of a 4000mAh large-capacity battery, the normal volume can be played for 20h+, and the net weight of the whole machine is 3.4kg. In order to solve the problem of carrying outdoors, the Elvis Presley Audio M4 adopts a portable quick-release handle design, which improves both the portability for outdoor use and the aesthetics of being used as a desktop speaker.
The appearance design is relatively retro, and the light and luxurious temperament of wooden box + imitation leather is both versatile and full of texture.
If you have a large budget and need a 2.1-channel stereo portable Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound quality that can be used both outdoors and indoors, then the Elvis Audio M4 is indeed a good choice.

Elvis Presley Audio M4

Summary: In fact, it is not difficult to see that the focus of portable speakers at different prices is completely different. The most important thing for entry-level portable speakers is to weaken the sound quality and install a battery to realize the portable outdoor function. The speakers above 1,000 yuan have both portability and sound quality, while some speakers pursue a sense of hierarchy. The sound quality with a stronger three-dimensional sense, and some pursue atmosphere and effects.

Therefore, when purchasing, you must first be clear about your needs and budget, and then choose according to the focus of the product, and you will not go wrong.

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