Boombox Size Bluetooth Speakers


Speaker Ranking

A good size class of reasonably deep bass, compact size and reasonable weight. A truly portable party speaker that doesn’t take up a huge amount of room. Most of these will fit in a big backpack. The best ones here are quite loud and have no problem shaking walls and floors at around 50% volume. The best here will have bass extension similar to a 8” woofer tower speaker. The only thing you’re getting by stepping up to the Extreme size is more volume and very deep bass. IPX7 water resistant unless otherwise noted. All speakers in this class need AC to charge unless noted.

To the average non-audiophile, generally speakers in the top 50% of this category will likely sound “good” to you. To the critical listener, generally speakers in the top 20% of this category will likely sound “good” to you. Don’t be afraid to pick one of those if you have budget, feature or aesthetic priorities. There’s a lot of good speakers out there.

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#1 Earfun Uboom X: Scheduled for release in June 2024 likely around $150-200

#2 Tribit Stormbox Blast: $160 after coupon

#3 JBL Partybox Encore: $380

#4 JBL Partybox Encore Essential: $285

  • Positives: Likely the best sound quality in the class.
  • Negatives: Would be #2 if it wasn’t for the following negatives. Only 6 hours of battery at medium volume.
  • Bass Extension: 38hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 13lbs / 5.9kg
  • Battery Life: 6 hours
  • Latency: 100ms
  • Aux Latency: 17ms
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: IPX4
  • USB Playback: Yes
  • Charging: AC Power cord
  • App: Yes
  • TWS: Yes
  • Party Mode: No
  • EQ: Yes (3 band)
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples
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#5 Harman Kardon Go+ Play 3: $350

#6 Aiwa Exos-9: $250

#7 Vifa Copenhagen 2.0: $800

#8 Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 8: $155

#9 Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6: $130

#10 Harman Kardon Citation 200: $130

#11 Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 7: $139

#12 Harman Kardon Go+ Play 2: $350

#13 Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5:

#14 JBL Boombox 3 Wifi: $440

#15 JBL Boombox 3: $500

#16 Soundcore Boom 2 Plus: $210 after coupon at Soundcore.com (Coupon code US: AFF3134US40, CA: AFF3134CA50, UK: AFF3134UK40 until 6/30/2024)

#17 JBL Authentics 200: $300

#18 W-King X20: $225

#19 JBL Boombox 2: $350

#20 JBL Authentics 300: $380

  • Negatives: Narrow sounding, bass not as deep as others. Peaky upper mids. No TWS. No IP rating. Not as loud as others. Not much battery life.
  • Max Volume: 100db
  • Bass Extension: 45hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 10.8lbs / 4.9kg
  • Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Charging: AC Power cable
  • Wifi: Yes
  • TWS: No
  • App: Yes
  • EQ: Yes
  • Party Mode: Yes (JBL One)
  • IP Rating: None
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#21 B&O Beolit 20: $495

#22 Tronsmart Bang Max: $180

  • Positives: Quite deep bass for the size and money.
  • Negatives: Some peaks in the upper mids and lower treble, not the smoothest frequency response
  • Max Volume: 111db
  • Bass Extension: 39hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 12.8lbs / 5.8kg
  • Latency: 160ms
  • Aux Latency: 16ms
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • App: Yes
  • EQ: Yes
  • Charging: AC Power brick
  • IP Rating: IPX6
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples
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#23 W-King T11: $150

  • Negatives: Almost as deep of bass as the top ranked ones. A little hollow sounding. IPX6. Wall wart charger.
  • Max Volume: 112db
  • Bass Extension: 43hz (-10dB)
  • Latency: 66ms
  • Aux Latency: 0ms
  • Weight: 11.2lbs / 5.1kg
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • Charging: AC Power brick
  • IP Rating: IPX6
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples

#24 Gemini GRV-650L: $125

#25 Teufel Boomster NG (2017): €99

#26 Skullcandy Barrel XT: $150

#27 Sony ULT Field 7: $400

  • Positives: Better sounding than the XG500
  • Negatives: Still not as deep bass as the top ranked speakers. 8khz peak
  • Weight: 13.8lbs / 6.3kg
  • Bass Extension: ~52hz (-10dB)
  • Battery Life: 30 hours
  • Microphone Input: Yes
  • Guitar Input: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • Party Mode: Yes (Party Connect up to 100 speakers)
  • USB Playback: Yes
  • IP Rating: IP67
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • Charging: AC Power cord
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#28 Klipsch The One II: $170

#29 Soundcore Rave Party 2: $180

#30 Onn Medium Party Speaker Gen 2: $90

#31 JBL Partybox On the Go: $300

#32 Sony SRS-XG500: $500

#33 JBL Boombox:

#34 Soundcore Motion Boom+: $140 after $40 coupon

#35 Demerbox DB2: $400

#36 Tronsmart Halo 200: $190

#37 Diamondboxx M3: $700

#38 W-King H10: $215

  • Positives: Comes with wireless microphone. Loud.
  • Negatives: Not very deep bass. Boosted upper bass. Upper midrange dips. Distorts above medium volumes.
  • Max Volume: 115db
  • Bass Extension: 54hz (-10dB)
  • Battery Life: 24 hours
  • Latency: 150ms
  • Aux Latency: 0ms
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: None
  • TWS: Yes
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#39 W-King D10: $84

#40 Bumpboxx Flare 8: $400

#41 Bumpboxx Flare 6: $300

#42 Gemini GGO-650L: $84

  • Positives: It’s cheap, included wireless microphone
  • Negatives: Bass not as deep as competitors
  • Bass Extension: ~56hz (-10dB)
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • USB Playback: Yes
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • TWS: Yes
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#43 ION Pathfinder 4: $300

  • Negatives: Bass is not as deep as competitors. Very heavy. IPX5
  • Weight: 25lbs / 11kg
  • Bass Extension: ~62hz (-10dB)
  • Battery Life: 100 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • USB Playback: Yes
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#44 Marshall Tufton: $450

#45 W-King X10-1: $143

  • Negatives: Rolled off treble, not much bass.
  • Max Volume: 108db
  • Bass Extension: 63hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 7.4lbs / 3.3kg
  • Battery Life: 42 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: IPX6
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples

#46 W-King X10: $80

#47 Altec Lansing Mix 2.0: $190

#48 Braven XXL 2: $350

#49 ION Pathfinder 320: $150

  • Negatives: Bass is not as deep as competitors. Very heavy
  • Weight: 22.7lbs / 10.3kg
  • Battery Life: 100 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • USB Playback: Yes
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#50 ION Pathfinder 280: $80

  • Negatives: Bass is not as deep as competitors. Very heavy
  • Max Volume: 100db
  • Bass Extension: 58hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 23.8lbs / 10.8kg
  • Battery Life: 100 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Power Bank: Yes
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • USB Playback: Yes
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples

#51 Monster Rockin’ Roller 270: $170

  • Negatives: Bass not as deep as competitors, less neutral than ION speakers. Very heavy
  • Max Volume: 96db
  • Bass Extension: 53hz (-10dB)
  • Weight: 28.6lbs / 13kg
  • Battery Life: 65 hours
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Aux Input: Yes

#52 Altec Lansing Rockbox XL 2.0: $160

#53 Artsound PWR05

#54 Zealot S78: $148

#55 Turtlebox/Turtlebox G2: $400

  • Negatives: They pretty much lie about all their specs and sound horrible in all youtube sound samples. Only 50w (from their indigogo page), will never hit 120db at a reasonable measuring distance. Putting your db meter right against the speaker doesn’t count, 1 meter distance is the standard. Barely any bass. Rattles at high volume. Uses external AC power brick to charge. Looking at it, it appears to be a generic car 2-way 6x9 speaker in a plastic box.
  • Weight: 10lbs / 4.5kg
  • Bass Extension: ~65hz (-10dB)
  • Battery Life: 25 hours
  • Aux Input: Yes
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • IP Rating: IP67
  • Comparisons and Sound Samples

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