Bluetooth Speakers

The ability to stream audio in your house is a highly sought after ideal. In our last article we covered Bluetooth adapters that plug into conventional stereo systems. In this article we look at some of the cheaper options when you don’t have a stereo system already. This mainly involves Bluetooth speakers. There are hundreds on offer, everything from portable items like the Amazon Tap, all the way up to $400+ Marshalls. This article is about cheap and cheaper items. See our pick below, all below $80:

SoundBot

SoundBot
SB571

cambridgeCambridge SoundWorks
OontZ

ankerCoreAnker SoundCore

AnkerPremAnker Premium

Price

$

$$

$$

$$$

Speakers

2x 6W

2x 5W+

2x 3W +sub

2x 10W +2x subs

Battery

10 hours

12 hours

24 hours

8 hours

Range

33’

33’

66’

33’

Cables

USB & 3.5mm

USB & 3.5mm

USB

USB & 3.5mm

Features

Built-in Mic

Splashproof

Spiral Bass speaker

20W+ sound output

Comments

Good looking, solid and cheap

Small and portable, highly rated

Excellent sound quality at this price
and battery life

Portable, but best fit for large
gathering

Automation Haus Verdict

For our top choice, we’d pick the Anker SoundCore. At that price, the audio quality can’t be beat. The long life battery is a great addition, but does add some weight. We weren’t specifically looking for portable units though, so that shouldn’t play too much of a role. If you’ve got some extra cash to spare though, and want something that’ll look good on a shelf at home, the Anker Premium provides a lot more oomph in the sound department. Still very reasonable as far as electronics go, with excellent quality and reliability that goes with the Anker name.

We’ve got two more articles planned in this series. Next up we’ll discuss options for connecting via Wi-Fi, and our last article will focus on the major home installations, multi-room etc.