Portable speakers: for sound that travels
Take your music with you and play it wherever you go. Choose one of the new generation of portable, wireless speakers and you’ll get great sound too
With smartphones and MP3 players that can hold entire libraries of music, not to mention streaming services that give you access to a virtually unlimited supply, all you need for great music on the go is something to play it through.
For great sound in your hotel room, sharing playlists around the barbecue on a summer holiday, or setting up a soundtrack for any sort of travel, you need portable speakers.
Choose your speaker
As long as you’ve got a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device with your music on it, you should be fine with almost any of the wireless portable speaker models you’ll find on the market.
To choose your model, instead think about when you’re going to be using it, and how far you’ll travel with it.
- Small and sleek – need something you can stash in a small carry-on bag, or slip in a shopper for a day at the beach? Try the small and compact Sony X11 travel speaker – its 61mm cube makes it an easy model to play with.
- Graphic sound and gorgeous design – looking for something as chic as you are? Bang and Olufsen’s Beoplay A2 is a slimline, gold-cased wonder. The sound is spectacular for something this size, so if you want to fill a larger room or soundtrack a gathering in style, this is a good bet.
- Booming bass and party-proof – need to get the party started fast? Choose Ultimate Ears’ Megaboom. This cylinder-shaped speaker’s only 22cm long, so it’ll fit neatly into all but the smallest carry-ons, and it’s built to blast a rich, deep sound. Going away with friends? Sync up with your friends’ speakers too for bigger sound. It’s also waterproof – so it’ll party as hard as you do.
Setting up your speakers
Getting started with Bluetooth speakers is usually quick and easy. Check your model’s instructions for exact details, but we find it’s usually as simple as these 3 steps:
- Switch on – get your Bluetooth device and speaker together. Enable Bluetooth and make sure your speaker is charged.
- Connect – there’s often a button or switch on the speaker you’ll need to press to let it know you’re trying to pair a new device. Click it, then select the new speaker on your device’s Bluetooth settings.
- Play – finally, use your device’s media-playing apps to listen to what you and your friends want to hear. Lots of speakers can pair with multiple devices, so you can take turns DJ’ing.
If you want to be able to share your playlists with friends on the terrace on holiday, on the road or out in the park, today’s portable speakers are powerful and punchy enough to make an impact. Slip one in your travel bag for great music wherever you go.