The Best Bluetooth Speakers in Australia for 2020

Last Updated: December 28, 2020

Whether you work from home or have a studio where you often go to relax and unwind, Bluetooth speakers always come in handy. These devices have been designed to be portable and convenient but at the same time they offer excellent sound quality, which is a must-have feature especially when you want to listen to your favourite tunes on-the-go.

Introduction

Whether you work from home or have a studio where you often go to relax and unwind, Bluetooth speakers always come in handy. These devices have been designed to be portable and convenient but at the same time they offer excellent sound quality, which is a must-have feature especially when you want to listen to your favourite tunes on-the-go.

There are many high-quality speakers available on the market today that come equipped with advanced features and offer great value for your money.

These products are preferred because of several reasons. First off, they are quite affordable since even the most expensive product in this category would cost no more than $500. Secondly, most of them are extremely lightweight and some weigh just a little above 200 g! Those that come with a rechargeable battery are quite long-lasting and offer up to 20 hours of continuous playtime.

The speakers reviewed in this post are all famous brands and models among Australian consumers. Bose, JBL and UE are names that you can trust when it comes to any kind of audio device.

Their portable and water-resistant speakers that support Bluetooth technology are quite impressive to look at. Stylish and compact body, durable exterior and attractive colors are some of the features that make us want to pick up one of these devices.

However, what makes them more desirable are their impressive feature sets that include amazing battery life, ability to connect multiple devices simultaneously, and powerful stereo sound. The ones that come with built-in mic also include noise reduction functionality so that you can enjoy crystal clear sound when answering phone calls.

In this post, we will explore why Bluetooth sound systems especially the portable ones have become so popular and look at some of the best models available out there so that you can make a buying decision easily.

Things to Consider When Buying a Bluetooth Speaker

Traditional or Hi-Fi stereo systems used to be quite popular and there are some compact versions available as well. However, these systems are generally not considered very portable and hence not convenient for home office or studio.

They are also expensive as they come equipped with all the advanced features when it comes to sound quality. On the other hand, Bluetooth speakers are not only easy to handle, they are also quite affordable. And some of the models are made to be very attractive and offer crystal clear balanced sound that anyone desires when they are listening to music or podcasts.

These speakers are designed to work seamlessly outdoors and you can also carry them along to beach parties as they are generally made to be waterproof and splash-proof. However, some portable speakers have been found to be better in terms of water resistance and offer excellent performance in this regard.

The design is also a feature that most consumers look into when buying a wireless speaker for home. There are devices available on the market that come in a round, 360 degrees design that deliver immersive sound in all directions. Others are flat but still offer good enough functionality.

All these reasons make portable Bluetooth speakers an excellent and most practical choice for your home office or studio.

Here are a few things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a portable speaker:

Battery Life

One of the most important features of any wireless device is it's battery life. Portable speakers that are equipped with a powerful battery are considered more efficient and hence this is a factor that you must consider when choosing the best wireless speaker for home office.

A battery life of up to 12 hours is considered good enough but there are some models out there that offer up to 20 to 24 hours battery life, which is quite incredible. It is also possible to increase the battery life to some extent. Watch the video below:

Sound Quality

Some of the models offer crisp and balanced sound even if they are not very expensive. Others come with enhanced bass and may be priced high because of this feature. They are known as high bass speakers.

If the only reason you're buying a Bluetooth speaker is to enjoy it's sound quality, then you should be prepared to spend a little extra money. Some people prefer original sound instead of what is known as "enhanced bass" because according to them, this feature sometimes makes music lose it's definition and hence they don't desire it. Others who enjoy louder music prefer this functionality in their Bluetooth speaker.

Weight

Another important factor that determines the level of portability of a Bluetooth speaker is it's weight. All popular brands including Bose and JBL offer ultra-portable devices that are not only designed to be quite stylish but also very easy to carry.

Other brands like Ultimate Ears are also producing portable Bluetooth speakers that also come equipped with other powerful features.

Price

While affordable Bluetooth sound systems appear to be very attractive, sometimes the best way around is to spend a little more money and get a great deal instead.

So, price shouldn't be the only factor to consider when buying a Bluetooth portable speaker. It is recommended to go for a mid-range speaker because this device would not only be packed with excellent features but it will also be durable and long lasting. Here is a good buying guide that will help you in choosing the best speaker in your preferred price range:

Bluetooth Standard

The latest Bluetooth standard offers a range of up to 150 feet, which is quite sufficient if you want to use the speakers at home.

Some of the manufacturers might also advertise their product to offer a range of 200 feet, which is practically not very useful. With such a great range, you will not be able to listen to crystal clear sound anyway.

Devices that offer a 66 feet distance coverage are considered good enough. You may want to look into this feature in detail when buying a speaker for your home office or studio.

Bluetooth Version

You also need to take into account the Bluetooth version, which ranges from Classic (1.0 to 2.1) to Bluetooth 5. The only difference among these versions other than the range is maximum data rate that they offer. So, even if a Bluetooth speaker you have chosen comes with an older version of Bluetooth, it doesn't mean that it's sound quality is poor.

Some manufacturers will advertise it heavily just to impress the customers. But in reality all the latest Bluetooth versions offer almost the same functionality.

Keep these points in mind when you are in the process of choosing the best wireless speakers for your home or office. They will help you out in making a decision based on your requirements. You need to know that budget and portability are not the only features that make a speaker a preferred choice. There are other factors equally important and for some people even more important so they must be taken into account as well.

The Best Bluetooth Speakers available on the Market

We have selected the top brands that make high quality Bluetooth speakers and are quite popular in Australia. These are Bose, Ultimate Ears and JBL.

However, since these three are the industry leaders in audio devices, most of their products are in the high price range. So, for people who might be on the lookout for affordable yet high quality and impressive devices, we have also included some less known brands in the end that offer inexpensive devices packed with great features.

Keep reading on to find out about the best Bluetooth sound systems that offers enhanced bass, crystal clear sound and crisp quality.

Enhanced bass means highlighting the tones with low frequencies to be able to listen to instruments that produce these distinctive sounds clearly.

Some speakers are designed to produce immersive sound in all directions and are known as 360 degrees portable speakers. Their characteristic stereophonic audio makes them an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor use. If you want to learn more about this type watch the video below:

The weight of the product also plays a role in your buying decision because if it is not lightweight and compact, there is no point in spending your money on it. Portability is an important feature that you need to check that can be determined by looking at the design of the speaker as well as it's weight.

Let us now move on to the selected models in the category of Bluetooth portable and waterproof speakers available in Australia.

Features

  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 662 g
  • Colors: Black/White
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • AUX Port: Yes
  • Built-In Speaker Phone: Yes

Round design that offers 360 degrees coverage as well as unmatched durability for a compact and portable speaker, this is one of the best models by Bose. Its impressive battery life, quality of water resistance and voice prompts make it an excellent choice for all-day use.

The exterior of this speaker has been designed using aluminum and hence is quite durable and long lasting. It is available in two elegant colours.

If you want to go for a portable speaker that supports Bluetooth and comes with advanced features by the industry leader in audio devices, look no further.

Features

  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • Colors: Blue/Black/Camouflage
  • Battery Life: Up to 16 hours
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • AUX Port: Yes
  • Built-In Speaker Phone: Yes

This is undoubtedly one of those models of wireless speakers that you can blindly trust.

It has been rated as the best Bluetooth speaker available on the market due to it's enhanced bass and unmatched sound quality.

It comes with dual external passive radiators that reflects it's powerful nature. It also comes with a speakerphone capability so if Charge 4 by JBL disappointed you, this one will definitely not!

It's rechargeable battery offers up to 16 hours of playtime, which is quite impressive for a powerful device. You can connect to 3 smartphones or other devices at the same time. Although it has been advertised to be "ultra-portable", it is not very lightweight.

Nevertheless, it is one of those devices that would look beautiful on your work desk and given its sound quality and other features, you are going to enjoy it for a long time to come. It's high price may not appeal to some people but considering it's longevity and durability, the price doesn't seem like an issue.

Features

  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 998 g
  • Colors: Black Graphite / Yellow Lemonade / Blue Steel
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • AUX Port: Yes
  • Built-In Speaker Phone: Yes

If you're looking for the best water-resistant speaker, which is also drop proof, look no further. It has been advertised as "virtually indestructible". One of it's most amazing features is that it can be connected to WiFi in addition to Bluetooth to enjoy more features.

It's deep accurate bass is something many customers have found useful. It is not very expensive either, which makes it an excellent budget-friendly choice. The speaker is portable but it is not as lightweight as many other portable speakers available on the market. It also comes with a microphone and an auxiliary input, which is an added feature at this price.

Feature comparison

It is now time to compare and explore the products in terms of some important features that every consumer considers so that you can add up the points for each of the model and then choose the ultimate winner for yourself.

Battery Life

Bluetooth Speakers

When it comes to battery life, there is no comparison with the JBL Xtreme as it offers an impressive 16 hours of continuous playtime. Bose SoundLink Revolve and UE Blast both offer 12 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Although it's not bad either considering their excellent sound performance, but JBL definitely takes the lead here.


Winner: JBL Xtreme

Sound Performance

Bluetooth Speakers

The 360 degrees feature allows Bose to deliver sound in all directions. It's superior audio performance makes it one of the best performing models by Bose.

JBL Xtreme follows closely behind but it's sound has not been found to be as loud as Bose SoundLink Revolve. In fact, this model by Bose is among the top 10 loudest Bluetooth speakers in the world.


Winner: Bose SoundLink Revolve

Portability

Water Resistant

In terms of portability, Bose SoundLink Revolve has been found to be the most efficient as it weighs less than the other two models discussed here. JBL Xtreme, although very popular among consumers, weighs more than 2kg which affects it's portable feature.

Bose SoundLink Revolve, on the other hand, weighs only about 600 g and is quite sturdy and extremely portable.


Winner: Bose SoundLink Revolve

Mobile App

High Bass Speakers

To enhance the listening experience, some models offer an app to connect your smartphone with the speaker and enjoy some additional features.

All these models come with a mobile app that can be downloaded from the App Store. The winner in this regard UE Blast comes with an app that offers the following advantages:

  • Set up voice control and control the volume of the speaker.
  • Customize the EQ
  • Pair up to 8 Blast speakers for louder and more enhanced sound
The other brand  apps only offer limited functionality.


Winner: UE Blast

Outdoor Stability

Bluetooth Speakers

This model by JBL has been advertised as extremely splash-proof and is therefore suitable for the outdoors.

It is especially recommended for outdoor poolside parties and other events as it's water resistant quality has been found to be better than others.

If you are looking for a hard-wearing Bluetooth speaker that would withstand all weather conditions, look no further.


Winner: JBL Xtreme

Durability

High Bass Speakers

In terms of durability, the winner is UE Blast owing to it's indestructible construction. It comes in a "drop proof" casing, which makes it highly durable and long lasting.

It is also recommended for outdoor use as it is portable and good enough in terms of sound quality. This feature makes it excellent for both indoor and outdoor use.


Winner: UE Blast

Affordability

Water Resistant

Although UE Blast is the most inexpensive of all models reviewed here, we would choose Bose SoundLink Revolve when it comes to affordability because it offers excellent features at a great price.

It is neither too expensive nor very cheap and is therefore the best mid-range Bluetooth speaker you can find on the market.


Winner: Bose SoundLink Revolve

In summary, here is the table which shows the comparison between the 3 brands feature by feature and winner in each category

Feature

Bose SoundLink

JBL Xtreme

UE Blast

Battery Life

Sound Performance

Portability

Mobile App

Outdoor Stability

Durability

Affordability

Conclusion

Portable Bluetooth speakers make life easy by offering the same unmatched bass and crystal clear sound that is characteristic of high-quality traditional stereo systems.

Portable speakers are a preferred choice of a lot of people out there especially those who have to work from home or have a home studio where they want to relax and unwind. Since these speakers are small enough to be placed on a computer table, they are easy to handle.

These portable Bluetooth speakers come in the price range of $50 to $500 depending on their brand, features, and size. The speakers reviewed in this post were chosen because they are the best models by the respective brands.

However, Bose Sound Link Revolve emerged as a clear winner.

All three of them come with an auxiliary port, which is a plus point as many wireless speakers available on the market do not include this port. It allows you to connect your headphones using the 3.5 mm audio jack. Their battery life is also comparable to one another. All three are portable but JBL Xtreme is not considered very easy to carry because of it's weight. They are waterproof and splash-proof and also come with a mobile app for more control over the functions.


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