best outdoor wireless speakers

Best Outdoor Wireless Speakers

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Choosing the best outdoor wireless speakers can be hard – Wireless outdoor speakers have exploded in popularity, and nearly every major consumer electronics vendor has a cord-cutting model of some sort. Speakers can vary wildly in size, shape, and even the type of wireless connection they use, but this list will probably have at least one speaker that’s right for you. Before anything else, though, you need to decide how you want to go wireless.

These speakers are some of the most popular audio products on the market right now. If you’ve been shopping around, you may have noticed that every manufacturer wants to cash in on the trend. Unfortunately, designing a good outdoor wireless speaker comes a set of challenges. Wireless transmission can diminish sound quality, and the form factor makes it difficult to create good audio response. Combined with the tough competition, it’s certainly one rough market.

Enlisted are the top eight best outdoor wireless speakers;

1) JBL PULSE 2

Overview

The JBL Pulse 2 is the best outdoor wireless speaker according to our research  for having the best overall audio quality and above-average battery life. While it isn’t as durable as other speakers we reviewed, it does have an IPX4 rating, which is better than no rating at all. It also has a cool light show feature that adds ambiance to your listening experience.

It elevates your music experience to another dimension and bring your music to life with glowing multi-colored visuals and transform wherever you are into a Party.

Features

Splash proof: No more worrying about rain or spills; JBL Pulse 2 makes it easy to enjoy your tunes on land or near water.

More robust sound: This second-generation JBL Pulse ups the output power and adds in a built-in passive radiator. Result: a more full-bodied listening experience.

Visualize your music: Want to recreate your favorite dance club scene or create a certain mood? The audio and visual experience with programmable LED lights lets you do just that, right in your own living room: the lights will pulse to the beats of your favorite songs. Choose from different pre-programmed and custom-programmed light themes generated from your iOS device. With twice as many LEDs as its predecessor, you’ll be even more impressed by this speaker’s capabilities.

Stream the music: The speaker’s Bluetooth capability means you can stream your songs using any Bluetooth-enabled smart device. Connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing music with sensational sound. Simply tap to connect with NFC-enabled devices.

Crystal-clear, hands-free calling: Take calls from your speaker with a touch of a button – crystal clear thanks to the noise and echo cancelling speakerphone.

Party all night: Dance to the beat for hours thanks to the 6,000 mAH rechargeable Li-ion battery: 10 hours of music with LED light show – that’s twice the playback time of the original model

General Specifications

  • Weight (kg) 0.6
  • Weight (lb.) 1.32277
  • Bluetooth Version 3.0
  • Bluetooth Support A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
  • Rated Power Input 2 x 7.5W
  • Power Supply 5VDC, 2.0A USB Output
  • Battery Type Lithium-ion Polymer (3.7V, 6000mAh)
  • Battery Charge Time 4 hrs. @ 1.8A
  • Music Playing Time up to 12 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)
  • Bluetooth Transmitter Power 0-4 dBm
  • Bluetooth Transmitter Modulation GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK

2)UE BOOM 2

UE BOOM

Overview

Coming in second place is….. the UE BOOM 2. This wireless speaker does everything well: The audio quality is excellent, the battery life was over 22 hours, and it has an IPX7 rating, all of which make it one of the most portable and durable speakers available. You can even jump into the pool with this speaker.

The UE Boom 2 is the follow-up Bluetooth speaker to Ultimate Ears’ 2013 UE Boom – a waterproof speaker that made a splash with its insane maximum volume and stellar battery life. However, It fell slightly flat on audio quality.

Features

Insanely good, loud 360 degree sound with deep bass.

Portable design so you can bring the music anywhere.

Waterproof*, shockproof, designed for adventure (* IPX-7 rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of one meter).

15-hour battery life and 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range (Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles).

General Specifications

Wireless Capabilities: Pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled source devices. Wireless play (stream) to more than 50 UE speakers from one source***. Mobile range of play is up to 100 feet.

Audio: Maximum Sound Level: 90dBA. Frequency Range: 90Hz – 20kHz. Drivers: Two 45 mm (1 ¾ inch) active drivers and two 45 mm x 80 mm (1 ¾ x 3 inch) passive radiators.

Power: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 15 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges.** Charge time: 2.75 hours.

Waterproof—IPX7 Rated: UE BOOM 2 can be immersed in water up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.

3) BoseSoundlink Mini II

Overview

The Bose Sound Link Mini II is a very sleek, compact wireless Bluetooth speaker that sounds great for its small size. It also has excellent build quality with a uni body aluminum enclosure, and it includes a charging cradle that you can leave plugged in. 

Features

Big sound–with deep bass–for a full-range listening experience.

Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere.

Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud; Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge.

Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it’s super easy.

General specifications

  • Dimensions/weight
  • Speaker:2″ H x 7.1″ W x 2.3″ D (1.5 lbs.)
  • Charging cradle: 0.63″ H x 6.2″ W x 2″ D (2.8 oz.)
  • Wall charger: 2.65″ H x 1.9″ W x 0.6″ D
  • Cable: 59.1″ L

Speaker details

  • Wireless range up to 30 ft. (10 m)
  • Battery life up to 10 hrs.
  • Power rating: 100 – 240V

Inputs/outputs

  • 3.5 mm auxiliary
  • Micro-USB port

In the box

  • SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II
  • Charging cradle
  • Wall charger
  • Cable

4) Bose SoundLink Color II

Overview

From the pool to the park to the patio, the Sound Link Color Bluetooth speaker II is a tough and water-resistant companion that’s perfect for any adventure. Featuring a soft-touch silicone exterior and a built-in microphone for calls, it’s your go-to speaker with bold sound—wherever you need it.

The speaker is an elevated version of the first Sound Link Color, with simplicity at the forefront of the design. It comes with both a front and back grille, the latter of which is used to enhance the bass frequencies. All the controls are easily accessible from the top of the speaker, just like on the previous model. While it may look quite simple in design from the outside, there is a pleasant surprise waiting for you under the hood. 

Features

Innovative Bose technology packs bold sound into a small, water-resistant speaker.

Rugged, with a soft-touch silicone exterior that makes it easy to pick up and go.

Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing so it’s easier than ever—or even quick-pair with NFC devices

Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 8 hours of play time, rechargeable with USB power sources

Built-in mic for speakerphone or accessing digital assistants like Siri or Google Now

General Specifications

  • Speaker: 5.25″ H x 5″ W x 2.25″ D (1.2 lbs.)

Additional details

  • Wireless range up to 30 ft.
  • Battery life up to 8 hrs.

Inputs/Outputs

  • 3.5 mm auxiliary input
  • Micro-B USB port

In the box

  • SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II
  • USB cable

5) JBL CHARGE 2

Overview

The JBL Charge 2 is a well-designed, water-resistant portable Bluetooth speaker that features good battery life and doubles as an external charger for your portable devices. It also has built-in speakerphone capabilities, and plays loudly with relatively strong bass and top-notch performance for its size and price class. 

Features

Innovative Bose technology packs bold sound into a small, water-resistant speaker.

Rugged, with a soft-touch silicone exterior that makes it easy to pick up and go.

Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing so it’s easier than ever—or even quick-pair with NFC devices.

Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 8 hours of play time, rechargeable with USB power sources.

Built-in mic for speakerphone or accessing digital assistants like Siri or Google Now.

The Charge 2 retains the cylindrical design of the original Charge, and you can lay it down horizontally or stand it up vertically. The new model charges via Micro-USB and has a built-in 6,000 mAh battery for 12 hours of playback (or charging your portable devices or both). The Charge 2’s little brother, the JBL Flip 2 , has a similar design, but it’s a bit more compact and its battery isn’t as long-lasting.

As noted, there’s a built-in speakerphone — it works well so long as you stay within about 5 to 10 feet of the microphone — and a “social sharing mode” that allows multiple users to connect to speaker with their devices and play tracks alternately.

General Specifications

  • Bluetooth Version 3.0
  • Bluetooth Support A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
  • Rated Power Input 2 x 7.5W
  • Power Supply 5VDC, 2.0A USB Output
  • Battery Type Lithium-ion Polymer (3.7V, 6000mAh)
  • Battery Charge Time 4 hrs. @ 1.8A
  • Music Playing Time up to 12 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)
  • Bluetooth Transmitter Power 0-4 dBm
  • Bluetooth Transmitter Modulation GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK

6)UE ROLL 2

Overview

The UE Roll 2 is a surprising Bluetooth speaker. It boasts a 50-foot wireless range, exceptional clarity around the mids and highs and won’t malfunction after a little splash. It’s far from perfect but, if you need a waterproof speaker, the Roll 2 is the compact pool companion you’ve been waiting for.

The UE Roll 2 is an wireless speaker that rejects the usual design format of such a device. Rather than being shaped like a brick, it’s a Bluetooth discus: round, but fairly slim.However, since the UE Roll 2 doesn’t adopt the tricks of other small Bluetooth speakers, its bass is found lacking next to the rest of the sound.

Features

Bluetooth

Up to 9-hour battery

3.5mm aux input

IPX7 water resistance

Manufacturer: Ultimate Ears

General Specifications

  • DIMENSIONS: Diameter: 135mm, Height: 40mm, Weight: 330 g
  • WATERPROOF: IPX7 rated: UE ROLL can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
  • AUDIO: Maximum Sound Level: 85dBA, Frequency Range: 108Hz – 20kHz, Drivers: One 2” driver and Two ¾” tweeters
  • POWER: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 9 hours of battery life between Micro USB charges. Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions.
  • CHARGE TIME: 5.5 hours

7) FUGOO SPORT

Overview

The Fugoo Sport is a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s hoping to entice you with its waterproof design and a mammoth 40-hour battery life.

It’s part of a family of Fugoo speakers, with the range also including a more rugged Tough model and the sleeker Fugoo Style. Originally priced at £200, the Sport can now be picked up for around £150, putting it up against the likes of the UE Boom and the Monster Backfloat.

It’s certainly an attractive travelling companion, especially if you spend a lot of your time outdoors.

Features

The Fugoo Sport weighs in at 538g and is around the same size as the Jawbone Mini Jambox or Beats Pill. Unlike most outdoor speakers we’ve seen, the Sport strikes a good balance between something that’s durable and isn’t an eyesore. You can find nicer-looking speakers from the likes of Bose and Pure, but there’s something quite appealing about this slim speaker.

To give it that toughened look there’s a waterproof cloth that cloaks the body of the speaker, with a fluorescent blue rubber trim breaking up all the black. It’s built to protect against dust, dirt, mud and even snow, so you can take it to the beach or out when you’re making snow angels and have no worries about whether it’s going to hold up.

Fugoo Sport model is snow proof, sand proof, and waterproof to 3 feet for 30 minutes.

Built-in microphone for full-duplex speakerphone, Siri, and Google Now capability.

Six drivers on four sides for a 360-degree sweet spot and incredible 95dB SPL-A volume.

General Specifications

  • 40 hour battery life
  • IP67 certified waterproof design
  • Siri and Google Now support
  • aptX support for high-quality Bluetooth stereo sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • Optional remote control and speaker strap mount

8) Altec Lansing BoomJacket

 Overview

Altec Lansing’s BoomJacket is built to withstand the great outdoors, or even just being dropped several times. Its rugged shell and extra features like voice control help it carve out a unique niche in a crowded field of water-resistant portable Bluetooth speakers. The BoomJacket’s extra features make it a good choice for backpackers, but for everyone else, it’s a bit expensive for the sound it offers

It is a floatable, submersible, droppable wireless speaker with a listed battery life of 40 hours. Its durability and longevity make it an excellent option for the outdoor adventurer. You can strap it to your bike or kayak and bring your soundtrack with you.

Features

IP67 rated: waterproof, sandproof, snowproof, dustproof, shockproof AND IT FLOATS! Power bank to remotely charge other devices, speakerphone with spoken caller ID and battery level, voice confirmation, Aux In jack, accepts voice commands, NFC compatible. Mountable with mounting bracket included.

General Specifications

  • Average Battery Life: Up to 40 Hours
  • Product Dimensions: 3.0″ x 7.75″ x 3.0″
  • Weight: 2.0 Pounds
  • Certification: IP67
  • Speakerphone: With Spoken Caller ID and Voice Confirmation
  • Drivers: Dual 2″ Neodymium drivers + 1 passive bass radiator
  • Compatibility: Apple, Android, BlackBerry, tablets and laptops
  • Wireless Range: 50 feet
  • Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
  • Accessories: Mounting Hardware, Cables

Conclusion

For many of us, summertime means sitting outside with the wind in our faces, the barbecue cranking out great food and our music setup pumping out the best tunes. On that last point, it’s imperative that you pick an outdoor speaker that not only works for your patio or backyard but also gives you great sound at a fair price.

Some people want a wireless speaker they can simply move from room to room without having to plug and unplug, and others are looking for one than can go wherever they go, whether they’re hanging by the pool or camping on the beach. For the latter group of people, many wireless speakers are designed to handle almost anything. Some speakers can only handle splashes of water or light rain, but others can be dropped in the mud and washed off in the lake, all while still playing music as though nothing happened. These are the wireless speakers you want on a camp out or a beach day.

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