Everyone loves music, and we take music everywhere with use, but with summer just around the corner and getting close to park season there’s no reason why you should be stuck with nothing but your phone for pumping out tunes. Wireless speakers are the solution to this problem, but what one should you buy? There are thousands available so in this blog, we’re looking to demystify them so that you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse.
Things to consider when buying a speaker
Battery technology has come a long way in recent years and with this technology comes portable devices, and speakers are no different. Speakers today are rechargeable and can operate for up to 25 hours form a single charge. That is a long day sitting in the park!
Wireless speakers have to have a source so that you can get music pumping out. With no wires how do achieve this? Most wireless speakers use Bluetooth to connect, so if you’ve got a smartphone it’s simple to do. Some models have NFC technology, which makes it even easier to connect, with a one tap operation. Some speakers have apps for smartphones that allow you to turn the volume up and down to change a track from the comfort of where you are sitting.
Sound quality used to be very poor on a portable speaker, but a lot of ground has been made and small, underpowered, tinny speakers should really be consigned to the dustbin of history. The power of a speaker is expressed in Watts, so rule of thumb is the higher the power rating, the more volume you will get out of your speaker. So does this mean two speakers of the same power rating will be the same right? Wrong. Power output can be measured in two ways – Peak music power output (PMPO) and RMS. Peak power is the operational limit of the amplifier whereas RMS is an average power. In basic translation, RMS watts are significantly more powerful than PMPO watts. If you really want to find out how powerful a speaker is then it’s best to try it out. If you’re looking for rich and deep bass then this needs more power, and if you’re planning on using a speaker outside it will require far more power than using it inside due to lack of audio reflections inside a room. Some speakers come with bass enhancement features and some come with 360° sound, which can be useful if you’re taking a speaker out and about.
Some speakers come with water resistance, which means you don’t have to worry when there’s a light shower in the park or you get sprayed by a bit of water on the beach. Keep an eye out for this feature if you’re planning on going somewhere with the risk of moisture.
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