Tribit MaxSound Plus
The reasonably priced Tribit MaxSound Plus uses two 12-watt drivers and lasts for up to 24 hours before needing to be recharged. It’s totally waterproof, too, so it’s great for pool parties and even in-shower entertainment.
- Weighs about a pound
- Built-in microphone
- Doesn't get very loud
While it’s styled after the company’s iconic amp, the Marshall Woburn offers more than just looks. With WiFi connectivity and built-in Chromecast, it features seven programmable source inputs that can be set to your favorite Spotify playlists, artists, or radio stations.
- Multi-room capability
- Four class d amplifiers
- Qualcomm aptx support
Oontz Angle 3 Ultra
For those wanting a reliable piece of hardware at an affordable price, the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is one to consider. It’s reasonably sized, provides up to 20 hours of music, and produces sound that should satisfy most casual listeners.
- Built-in microphone for phone calls
- Range up to 100 feet
- Can connect to other speakers
EcoGear EcoBoulder Max
The EcoGear EcoBoulder Max takes portable audio devices to the next level, offering 120 watts of power and up to 50 hours of listening time. Not only is it loud and durable, but if you toss it in a lake, it won’t sink and will continue to play music.
- Built-in cupholders
- Wireless charging pad
- Handle and wheels for mobility
JBL Boombox 2
From the backyard to the beach, the JBL Boombox 2 is a great option for those wanting extra volume while on the go. With an impressive battery, it offers up to 24 hours of playtime and doubles as a charging bank for your mobile devices.
- Solid bass response
- Ipx7 waterproof construction
- Somewhat pricey
Anker Soundcore Motion+
The folks behind the Anker Soundcore Motion+ are dedicated to high-quality and affordable electronics, and this option strikes a balance of the two. It’s compatible with the Qualcomm aptX protocol for delivering nearly-true-to-life audio reproduction.
- 50-hertz to 40-kilohertz response
- Usb-c connectivity
- Three color options
Bose Smart Speaker
When connected to Wifi, the Bose Smart Speaker responds to voice commands using either Alexa or Google Assistant. While it’s highly portable and great for outings, it can easily pair with other devices from the company’s line of smart-home electronics.
- 360-degree audio
- Compatible with apple airplay 2
- Available in black or silver
The Audioengine A5+ is a solid choice for the borderline audiophile who doesn’t want to completely break the bank. With an integrated 24-bit DAC and support for the aptX HD codec, the listening experience is almost on par with CD quality.
- Available in 3 colors
- Remarkably long range
- Also rca and 3-and-a-half-mm jacks
Ultimate Ears WonderBoom 2
Designed with adventure in mind, the Ultimate Ears WonderBoom 2 can hang on your backpack while producing accurate sound in every direction. It’s also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and can float if it’s ever dropped in a creek or lake.
- Lasts 13 hours between charges
- Highly rugged construction
- Two can be paired for stereo sound
If you’re looking for rich, dynamic sound from a handheld device, the Sony XB43 is your best bet. It utilizes dual woofers and tweeters, covering a frequency range of 20-20,000 hertz, and features two radiators that improve bass response.
- Impressive battery life
- Ip67 protection rating
- Various modes of lighting