14 best portable speakers – from the cheapest to the top

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

If you want to listen to music somewhere in nature, then for this you can play it on your smartphone. However, the power of the built-in speaker is sometimes not enough, and it does not provide a stereo effect. There is only one way out of this situation, it is to use portable acoustics. It is about her that will be discussed in this collection.

Portable speakers are completely different. Some fit in the palm of an adult. Others are larger and more expensive, but they also produce better sound. Third-party manufacturers generally relied on a voice assistant. In short, this article will focus on the best smart speakers in a wide variety of price segments and form factors.

Rating of the best portable speakers

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best inexpensive portable speakers (under 5000 rubles.) 1 Sony SRS-XB20 RUB 4,580
2 JBL Flip 4 RUB 4 490
3 Tronsmart Element T6 RUB 2,990
4 BBK BTA115 RUB 1,771
The best portable premium speakers 1 Marshall woburn RUB 26,790
2 Harman / Kardon Go + Play Mini RUB 13,300
3 Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 RUB 14,860
Best low-cost portable 2-in-1 speakers (with subwoofer) 1 Mobidick supertooth disco 2 RUB 1,950
2 Microlab MD310BT RUB 3 079
The best portable 2-in-1 speakers (with subwoofer) in the premium segment 1 Bowers & wilkins zeppelin air RUB 34,990
2 Marshall Stanmore RUB 18 840
3 Sony SRS-X99 RUB 30,659
4 Bang & Olufsen Beolit ​​15 RUB 29,990
Best portable 7-in-1 speaker 1 Apple HomePod RUB 23,200

The best inexpensive portable speakers (under 5000 rubles.)

Sony SRS-XB20

Rating: 4.8

 Sony SRS-XB20

Quite large and nice stereo acoustics. Around the grille of its speakers, an LED backlight is laid, which glows in the color in which the case is painted (there are five options). The cost of a portable speaker reaches at least 5 thousand rubles, and this is already the amount that allows the manufacturer to implement a linear input, Bluetooth – a module and a capacious battery. It is thanks to the latter that 12 hours of battery life are provided, which is quite an acceptable value. And there is also a microphone that allows you to use the Sony SRS-XB20 to make calls. But most of all, the presence of a waterproof case is pleasing – if it rains during a picnic, then you can not rush to put the speaker into a tent or car.

Advantages

  • There is a linear backlight;

  • Microphone introduced;

  • The column is capable of boasting moisture protection;

  • There is a line connector;

  • Long enough autonomous work;

  • High power (25W);

  • Built-in modules Bluetooth and NFC;

disadvantages

  • The product is quite heavy (590 g);

  • There is no radio and slot for a memory card or USB flash drive;

  • Charging takes 4-5 hours;

JBL Flip 4

Rating: 4.7

JBL Flip 4

This portable speaker is available in six color versions – even a mint color is available to customers, thanks to which the product looks very original. The main distinguishing feature of the device is its water resistance according to the IPX7 standard. This means that the device can even be dropped into the pool. JBL Flip 4 also boasts a capacious battery, which provides up to 12 hours of sound. Another important advantage of the product is the microphone, supplemented by a noise cancellation and echo cancellation system.

This column allows you not only to make calls, but also to communicate with the voice assistant. The device supports Siri and Google Assistand – you need to press a separate button to call them. Of course, this works with a connected smartphone, because the speaker itself does not have any voice assistants, just as it does not know how to go online. Only Bluetooth is present here from wireless modules. With it, you can connect not only a smartphone, but also other JBL Flip 4 speakers, synchronizing them with each other.

Advantages

  • Several color options;

  • Compact dimensions;

  • By Bluetooth you can combine multiple columns;

  • There is a linear input;

  • There is a built-in microphone;

  • Up to 12 hours of battery life;

  • The case is waterproof;

  • High power (2x8W);

disadvantages

  • The column is thoughtful when switching tracks;

  • There is no way to insert a memory card or USB stick;

  • No power supply included;

Tronsmart Element T6

Rating: 4.6

Tronsmart Element T6

A very large portable speaker, inside of which there are two speakers with a power of 12.5 W each. Music is transmitted here via Bluetooth or AUX-cable. The latter, by the way, is included in the kit. A distinctive feature of the speaker is the presence of a subwoofer. But do not rush to rejoice, it has a passive type, and therefore the buyer will not wait for the right bass.

In general, the product produces very loud sound with a noticeable stereo effect. A capacious battery can and should be placed inside such a device. And the manufacturer was not stingy – apparently, there are two 2600 mAh batteries inside. This is enough for 10-15 hours of music playback, depending on the type of connection used and the volume level.

Advantages

  • Low cost;

  • Have a microphone;

  • There is at least a passive subwoofer;

  • Bluetooth and line connector available;

  • Long battery life;

  • Very high power;

disadvantages

  • There are no connectors for a USB flash drive and memory card;

  • The sound quality is still far from ideal.

BBK BTA115

Rating: 4.6

BBK BTA115

Usually portable speakers are cylindrical in shape. This makes them easy to transport and also allows for omnidirectional sound output. But the model, called BBK BTA115, has a more traditional shape. The sound here is issued in strictly one direction, which makes the product less suitable for use in nature. And here there is no moisture protection, which also imposes some restrictions.

If you listen to the speaker in the room, placing it against the wall, then no problems arise. There are two 6W speakers under the front grill. This is enough to fill a large enough room with music. The smartphone connects to the product via Bluetooth or line input. Also on the case you can find a USB connector for a flash drive. The creators have not forgotten the microphone either. The watch under the speakers can be considered a nice bonus.

The main problem with this portable speaker is that it can run for no more than 5 hours. But what else did you want from a device that sells for about 1,700 rubles? And we must not forget that in the room the column can be powered by a power supply.

Advantages

  • Very low cost;

  • Built-in FM radio;

  • USB stick connection is available;

  • Line input and Bluetooth – module are present;

  • There is a built-in microphone;

  • Small size and weight;

disadvantages

  • Minimum battery life;

  • The design is unreliable;

  • Sound quality is not the best;

  • Speaker power is not high;

The best portable premium speakers

Marshall woburn

Rating: 5.0

Marshall woburn

The portable speaker is made in the style of expensive guitar amplifiers. It is also similar to those speakers that were once used by fans of rock and roll. In a word, the acoustics show that it is assembled from high quality and expensive materials. Unlike the budget models discussed above, there is a fairly large number of knobs and buttons. This allows you to quickly change the volume or even the bass level.

Note that this speaker is portable purely by convention. First, it requires mains power. Secondly, its width is 40 cm, and its height is 30 cm. Putting an eight-kilogram device somewhere in a backpack will simply not work. But on the other hand, such a large speaker produces an excellent and very loud sound. Inside it there are two speakers with a power of 70 W, which have no complaints about their work. One of them is low-frequency, it is thanks to him that the speaker produces very deep bass.

An optical entrance here is a nice bonus. This allows you to connect the speaker to a Blu-ray player or TV.

Advantages

  • There is an adjustment of low and high frequencies;

  • Line-in and optical connectors are available;

  • Power reaches 140W;

  • Great sounding;

  • There is a subwoofer;

  • Great retro design;

disadvantages

  • Bluetooth not equipped with an NFC chip;

  • The price (23 thousand rubles) will not please everyone;

  • Dimensions and weight make portability questionable;

Harman / Kardon Go + Play Mini

Rating: 4.9

Harman / Kardon Go + Play Mini

Another portable speaker capable of operating from the mains. However, there is also a battery, so playing music somewhere in nature is quite possible. The speaker from Harman / Kardon turned out to be not so bulky, and its weight is 3.43 kg. It is felt that there is a capacious battery inside. Its full charge is enough for 8 hours of operation. However, such a decent parameter is achieved by halving the power. Only when powered from the mains is the column capable of delivering all the required 100 watts.

There are two speakers inside this device. One is of the high frequency type and the other is of the low frequency type. The sound is rich and bass. You can receive a signal from a smartphone by Bluetooth. But if you want to achieve the best sound quality, then you need to use the line input. It is a pity that the product is not capable of playing audio files on its own – there are no connectors for removable drives. The cost of the device is approximately 14 thousand rubles.

Advantages

  • There is a high-quality Bluetooth – module;

  • There is a built-in microphone;

  • Clear sound with deep bass;

  • There is a line input;

  • Elegant design with carrying handle;

  • Powered both from the mains and from the battery;

  • High power;

disadvantages

  • No NFC;

  • When running on battery power, the power drops by half;

  • Still, you can't call a column easy;

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1

Rating: 4.8

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1

A fairly small portable speaker supplied with a special lanyard with which you can fasten it, for example, on the strap of a backpack. Despite its miniature size, the product produces a moderately loud sound – inside the device there are two speakers with a power of 30 watts. Usually, these devices run exclusively on battery power. But in this case, you can also connect the power supply, this is done using a regular cable with a USB Type-C connector.

The device is capable of providing speakerphone – for this there is a built-in microphone. The connection to the smartphone is carried out via either the AUX-cable or via Bluetooth. On the positive side, the abundance of colors can be noted – at least 9 options are available to buyers. Only the cost of such a device, which reaches 13 thousand rubles, can upset.

Advantages

  • Compact size and minimum weight;

  • Lots of color options;

  • There is a microphone and line-in;

  • Loud enough sound;

  • It can work both from the mains and from the battery;

  • Convenient way to attach to a backpack;

disadvantages

  • The column turned out to be too expensive;

  • Minimum battery life.

Best low-cost portable 2-in-1 speakers (with subwoofer)

Mobidick supertooth disco 2

Rating: 4.8

Mobidick supertooth disco 2

A portable speaker differs from analogues in the presence of an active subwoofer, the power of which is 12 watts. It complements a pair of conventional 8W speakers. The sound is bass enough, but not enough to make the neighbors hate you. Basically, these acoustics are intended for the study, where special noise is useless. It is interesting that the product is magnetically shielded, so none of the devices surrounding the speaker will definitely cause interference in the sound.

The device can be powered both from the mains and from the battery. The low weight shows that the manufacturer saved on the battery. The user can expect a maximum of 10 hours of sound. But if you listen to music at medium or even maximum volume, the battery life is reduced to four hours.

Advantages

  • There is a line input and Bluetooth – a module;

  • There is magnetic shielding;

  • Nice sound filled with bass;

  • The product belongs to the 2.1 acoustic format;

  • Possible to work from the network and from the battery

  • The column weight does not exceed 1.14 kg;

  • Includes a carrying bag;

disadvantages

  • On sale it is found less and less;

  • There is no NFC;

  • Bright LEDs can be annoying;

  • The bass boost is not adjustable;

Microlab MD310BT

Rating: 4.7

Microlab MD310BT

One of the most inexpensive portable speakers among the 2.1 acoustic standard. It can be considered the least powerful. The fact is that, first of all, the device is designed to act as a table clock, and only then to entertain friends somewhere in nature. Under the front panel of the device are two 1 W speakers and a 1.6 W subwoofer. Unlike most of the reviewed speakers, Microlab MD310BT has a slot for an SD card and a connector for a USB flash drive. That is, the product can play music from removable storage devices on its own, it is not necessary to rely on a smartphone. However, Bluetooth – module and line input are not forgotten here either.

Advantages

  • The device weighs less than 1 kg;

  • Built-in FM radio;

  • Two speakers are complemented by a subwoofer;

  • The cost is no more than 3 thousand rubles;

  • There is a line input and Bluetooth – a module;

  • Powered by both battery and USB;

  • There is a time display;

  • It is possible to install a memory card and flash drive;

disadvantages

  • Minimum power;

  • There is no alarm clock;

  • After switching on, the volume is reset to the average value;

  • Not the most convenient control;

The best portable 2-in-1 speakers (with subwoofer) in the premium segment

Bowers & wilkins zeppelin air

Rating: 5.0

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

The famous 'Zeppelin', named after the famous airship. However, this column did not suffer its fate – the product sells well, and its reliability can be legendary. The device is equipped with support for a wide variety of technologies, including Apple AirPlay, the wireless transmission method used in iPhone and iPad There is also a Lightning connector, thanks to which you can, for example, recharge your Apple device.

The column is large enough and weighs up to 6.2 kg. Hardly anyone would dare to take such a monster into nature. The manufacturer also thought so, eliminating the possibility of battery power. A large number of connectors have come to replace this function. There is even an optical input, thanks to which the speaker can be used in a home theater.

The product belongs to the acoustic standard 2.1. This means that the loudspeaker has an active subwoofer that enhances the sound depth. It has a device and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, thanks to which a natural and spatial sound is achieved, which cheaper competitors cannot boast of. In short, this is the best choice according to the version!

Advantages

  • Clean and deep sound;

  • There is a version with Bluetooth;

  • Built-in support for Wi-Fi and AirPlay;

  • There is a docking station for iPhone;

  • There are a large number of connectors;

  • The set includes a remote control;

  • An excellent subwoofer is built in;

  • The total power reaches 150 W;

disadvantages

  • Pay 35 thousand rubles for the column. not everyone dares;

  • The column cannot be called small;

  • Works only from the mains;

Marshall Stanmore

Rating: 4.9

Marshall Stanmore

Marshall products most often receive wonderful retro designs. So the Stanmore column looks like some old radio receiver or amplifier for an electric guitar. Two speakers with a power of 20 W each are hidden under its body. There is also a 40-watt subwoofer that supplies the music with an abundance of bass.

The portable speaker is by no means intended for outdoor listening. There is no moisture protection here, just as there is no built-in battery. At home, the device can be connected even to a smartphone, even to a computer, or even to a Blu-ray player. And it is not necessary to use a wire for this – if sound quality is not in the first place for you, then you can use Bluetooth.

Advantages

  • Sophisticated and loud sound;

  • Memorable case design;

  • Smartphone connection is available via Bluetooth;

  • There are line and optical inputs;

  • The subwoofer does its job perfectly;

disadvantages

  • The device weighs up to 5.1 kg;

  • Quite high cost (26 thousand rubles);

  • Power supply only from the mains;

Sony SRS-X99

Rating: 4.8

Sony SRS-X99

Perhaps the most expensive portable speaker sold in our country for 40 thousand rubles. Of course, such a product is not intended for use anywhere outside the home – it is too heavy for that, and there is no built-in battery. There are several connectors on the speaker case. The line-in is used to receive sound from a smartphone, and a flash drive can be inserted into the USB port. There is also another USB connector here, which is used only for connecting to a computer.

The main feature of the device is the presence of a large number of wireless modules. In particular, in addition to Bluetooth, there is Wi-Fi, on the basis of which support for AirPlay and DLNA technologies is implemented. The manufacturer did not forget about NFC, which significantly speeds up synchronization with a smartphone based on Android.

Everything is in order with the Sony SRS-X99 speaker and with sound. The total power of the speakers and subwoofer is 154 W, which is enough even for some home theater owners. The sound is clear and deep, which is confirmed by numerous positive reviews. strongly recommends this column, especially if you can find it at a more reasonable price.

Advantages

  • There is support for DLNA and AirPlay;

  • The subwoofer makes the sound close to ideal;

  • Sufficiently high total power;

  • Built-in Wi-Fi modules, Bluetooth and NFC;

  • Line-in, Ethernet, and USB are included;

disadvantages

  • The design isn't anything interesting;

  • Very high cost;

  • Works only from the mains;

Bang & Olufsen Beolit ​​15

Rating: 4.7

Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15

A relatively small speaker, sold for a fabulous 39 thousand rubles, and even more expensive in some stores. This device is endowed with several active and passive emitters, supplemented by a good woofer. The sound is loud and clear, it is equally audible, no matter where the person is from the speaker. The signal is received from the smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, or through the line input. The device is not capable of playing music on its own – there was simply no room for a USB connector and a memory card slot.

The main distinguishing feature of the speaker is the ability to operate from a built-in battery. Its capacity is enough for 15-24 hours of sound, depending on the volume level. Competitors cannot boast of anything like that!

Advantages

  • Built-in Bluetooth – module and line input;

  • The battery is charged for a very long time;

  • Relatively low weight for a premium class (2.7 kg);

  • The subwoofer does its job perfectly;

  • A large number of speakers;

  • Operation from an internal battery is possible;

disadvantages

  • Astronomical price tag (39 thousand rubles);

  • Few connectors and wireless modules;

  • There are no additional features;

Best portable 7-in-1 speaker

Apple HomePod

Rating: 4.8

Apple HomePod

The first smart speaker from the company Apple. Several years were spent on its development. As a result, a nice device was born that emits sound in all directions. The seven speakers here are complemented by a fairly good subwoofer, as a result of which the sound does not seem flat, even though there is no stereo effect here.

Buying HomePod is contraindicated for those who do not have an Apple smartphone. The fact is that to activate the column and manage it, you need iPhone with a fresh version iOS. No other smartphone can turn on the speaker. This problem arose due to the fact that the product is sharpened for the regular use of the Siri voice assistant. User commands are perceived adequately, and the speaker 'listens' to them with six directional microphones. The product works from the mains, so you won't be able to take it with you to nature. In addition to the battery, there is also no connector for a flash drive. Therefore, only two sources are used to play music: the memory of the smartphone itself and the cloud service Apple Music.

Advantages

  • There is a voice assistant;

  • Synchronization with other devices that support AirPlay 2;

  • Relatively small size and weight (2.5 kg);

  • Omnidirectional sound;

  • In terms of sound quality, the speaker is only slightly inferior to the 'Zepellin';

  • There are no problems with microphones;

disadvantages

  • Siri is not trained in Russian here;

  • High cost (25 thousand rubles).

  • It must be connected to the mains;

  • The column can only be used in conjunction with iPhone;

Conclusion

Our experts have tried to introduce you to the best portable speakers. Almost any of the models reviewed is worth the money spent. Nevertheless, even the most expensive devices have a number of disadvantages, which you definitely need to be prepared for.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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