How to choose Bluetooth speaker? Or What should I look for when buying a Bluetooth speaker?
The Bluetooth speaker industry is very huge and there are thousands of Bluetooth speakers available on the market.
But, when it comes to choosing the right Bluetooth speaker that can fulfill your all requirement is tricky sometimes.
In this post, we are going to narrow down your buying options so that you can get a perfect Bluetooth speaker without spending unnecessary money.
Here are five things that you should consider before buying any Bluetooth speaker.
We are starting with the first thing, and that is the price. This might be obvious, but you want to know how much you have to spend before you spend it.
This will also help narrow down the things and speakers to look at during your search which is always good. Price is considered as 1st priority because everybody does not want to spend a huge amount just to fulfil their few needs of bluetooth speakers.
For example- Riya is an IT employee, and she needs a speaker just to listen to some music which should be louder than TV. She doesn’t want to carry her speaker outdoors. In this situation, an indoor Bluetooth speaker ( which is not waterproof) is a great option for her. She doesn’t have to pay any extra rupees for a waterproof speaker ( Generally waterproof speakers are costlier than non-waterproof speakers.)
I know there are some people out there who don’t really care about the price of the speakers but just want something to listen to and that will lead us into number two i.e. portability.
There are few people who need a speaker while walking, mainly listening to talk shows, and just want something a little bit louder than their phone.
They are looking for something that can be held with one hand and get a grip of the speaker.
In most cases, this kind of person will be looking for a smaller speaker, not huge for those kinds of purposes.
On the other hand, there is someone who is looking for a somewhat portable speaker, but it’s as loud as they can get. It offers a lot of basses and they are planning on using it for house parties and stuff like that mainly then it’s safe to say that this kind of person is looking at bigger speakers like the JBL extreme and all speakers that kind of fall in that category.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the reasons I list above are the reasons to get a small speaker or a bigger speaker. Those were just small ideas that sometimes people use or things that might help you choose a speaker to use. But they change from person to person.
So my point was to think about what you’re mainly going to be using this speaker and that will help you determine what size of speaker will most suit your purpose.
Now on to number three and that are the features of the speaker or should I say feature because these are mainly talking about the ingress protection rating or the IP rating of the speaker.
This will still bring us back to what you plan on using this speaker the most, if it’s just around the house that’s what you plan to use your speaker.
You won’t be seeing any outdoor weather like rain, snow, mud, you are pretty much okay with any rating. But if you’re planning on using this speaker for hiking, camping, running, swimming, it means if you’re planning on using it outdoors mostly like all the time, it might be a smart idea to look at something waterproof or at least splash-proof.
So once you decide what rating you’ll be going with here you should also help narrow down what speakers to look at.
The battery life of the speaker is kind of self-explanatory, but the main thing is if you plan on using your speaker for long times away from somewhere, where there’s an outlet to recharge it, you want to get a speaker that will give you the playtime long enough to last.
However, it’s important to note that you’re not always going to get the battery life or the playtime that the manufacturer claims.
This is because battery life depends a lot on how loud you play your speaker. For someone, who listens to a hundred percent volume on that speaker that’s going to get less than what’s claimed by the manufacturer.
Someone who listens to their speaker at maybe 30, 40, or 50 percent volume, they are going to get a lot. Maybe not a lot but you know more than what the manufacturer claims because the speaker is not working as hard.
The kind of music you listen to has a play in here to someone who listens to bass-heavy music, they’re not going to get the same playtime.
If you use your speaker to charge your phone, you’re going to dramatically cut off playtime.
You want a speaker that will most represent the kind of music that you listen to and this is a lot about your sound preference. Heavy bass listeners, you want a speaker that will best represent. You can get that bass that you crave and then for people who don’t care about the bass. You’re looking for something that will give you the best fantastic highs and mids that you can get.
Apart from these factors we need to consider few other factors like:
Bluetooth version – V4.0, 4.2, 5.0, etc ( 4.2 is more advanced than 4.0, 5.0 is more advanced than 4.2)
Charging type – Regular charging, type C charging, etc ( Type C is fast charging technology)
Drivers – 5mm, 10mm, 40mm, etc ( more value is equal to more sound and more speaker size)
So, the only thing I would recommend is to read reviews, watch reviews, see sound comparisons, and sound tests.
See, if people are describing the sound the way you like it in the PIO preferences in your category, then after you can go all in and purchase the speaker that you’re looking for.
There are other things to consider while choosing a Bluetooth speaker but those are the main things for me that I think someone really needs to consider.
You can go into other details of all the features that each speaker provides but those are the main things to look at and hopefully they can help you narrow down your choices and help you choose that perfect Bluetooth speaker.