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Blog > December 2018 > Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers for your Next Winter Getaway
12/20/2018 3:06:41 PM | with 0 comments
Audio plays a bigger role in our lives than we may realise, so a brand new portable Bluetooth speaker would make the perfect gift for somebody planning a winter getaway.
 
In this article, we want to focus on the best portable Bluetooth speakers available from the most reputable brands on the planet. These products have gotten a lot of positive feedback recently and they are perfectly suited for a fun trip abroad.
 
All speakers in this article are of course great options for listening to music at home, too, and would make a perfect gift idea for almost anybody. These particular Bluetooth speakers are available through Techscheme, which means you could save up to 12% on the cost, more on that at the end.


ULTIMATE EARS BOOM 3

 

We absolutely have to start off with the ULTIMATE EARS BOOM 3 speaker. We were very impressed with their second generation speaker this summer, so we're ecstatic to see they're back.
 
There is a lot of tech that goes into making this speaker stand out from the crowd. Let's start with the biggest feature, which is new to the BOOM 3. UE has added the ability for you to pair up to 150 of these speakers together, creating louder and more impactful sound. Obviously, for the everyday user, one, two, or three speakers in the same room is more reasonable.
 
What's great though is that the UE BOOM 3 has great hard hitting sound just on its own. The BOOM 3 plays out sound in all directions, which makes it a great listening experience no matter where it or you are in the room. You’ll get 20 hours of use out of one charge, too, so it’s perfect for when you’re on the road.
 
Of course, it’s not just about indoor use either - the UE BOOM 3 is as rugged as it can get - its dust and waterproof with an IP67 protection. The UE BOOM 3 speaker can withstand 30 minutes under water and it can even float, making it an excellent addition to a pool party. It also has great drop protection, so you don’t have to worry if it gets a bit bashed up.
 

ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM

 
Next up we have the ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM. Another great piece of audio tech from UE, but this model is cheaper.  There's still a lot of great functionality available from the WONDERBOOM, despite it being half the price of the BOOM 3. You get the same IP67 water and dust proof protection, and 10 hours of playback.
 
The same 360 degree sound design has been applied to the WONDERBOOM, making it suitable for listening from all angles. The speaker isn't quite as big, but despite the smaller size, the WONDERBOOM delivers some punchy sound, excellent bass and a consistent audio quality even at the highest volume levels.
 
The WONDERBOOM also has pairing functionality, although you can only pair 2 WONDERBOOM speakers at once, instead of the crazy 150 limit found on the UE BOOM 3.

JBL Flip 4

 
JBL is a well known contender in this space and they've been creating great quality Bluetooth wireless speakers for some time. The JBL Flip 4 is the fourth iteration of one of their most popular products. The Flip 4 is incredibly lightweight and also has waterproof protection. The flip 4 also features pairing so setting up multiple speakers at once is easy.
 
You may also find the integrated Google Assistant and Siri functionality useful for quick volume and playlist control. The JBL Flip 4 has 12 hours of battery life, which is snugly between the WONDERBOOM and the BOOM 3.
 
The JBL Flip 4 audio quality is worth praising, too. JBL has gone for a bass-heavy experience, which should please the masses. As for volume, we’d say it’s not quite as impressive as the UE BOOM 4, but it sits as a good competitor to the smaller WONDERBOOM.
 

ULTIMATE EARS MEGABLAST

ULTIMATE EARS MEGABLAST 
If you want the ultimate experience from ULTIMATE EARS, there’s no other choice than the MEGABLAST. This model is similar to the UE BOOM, but it also has Amazon Alexa voice control, allowing you to change music, genres, playlists, or adjust volume remotely. This same voice control can allow you to access all of Alexa’s functionality too, like Google searches, or setting reminders.
 
This also brings me to the next point - the UE MEGABLAST has WiFi connectivity, which means you can play music through different apps like Spotify and then still have audio from videos or voice calls on your phone and the music on the speaker won’t be interrupted.
 
The sound quality and volume is of course on par with the BOOM 3 and the omnidirectional audio quality is once again worth a mention. The MEGABLAST has an IP67 water and dust proof rating as well, so you can take it for a dip in the beach with you. Keep in mind that the MEGABLAST is the heaviest of the four speakers mentioned in this article, but even so, it’s still reasonably lightweight.


Techscheme Portable Bluetooth Speaker Pricing

 
If you are interested in any of the portable Bluetooth speakers I’ve included in this article, you can take a look at their prices and how much you could save when purchasing through Techscheme below.
 
Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
UE BOOM 3 £124.95 £14.99 £109.96
UE WONDERBOOM £69.99 £8.39 £61.60
JBL Flip 4 £99.99 £11.99 £88.00
UE MEGABLAST £179.00 £21.48 £157.52

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