Things to Consider When Buying a Bluetooth Speaker
With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market now, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for your circumstances. The following guide points out five things to consider when looking at Bluetooth speakers, and with these things in mind, you should be able to narrow your choices down a great deal.
Where are you planning on using your speaker? Do you want to take it with you when you go camping or picnicking, or do you want a device that can play the music on your phone, tablet, laptop, or even iPod at home or in the office? Bluetooth speakers come in all sizes, so it’s important to keep in mind what use you plan to put your speaker to.
How loud do you want your speaker to be? Are you planning to use it to blast music at parties, or do you just want to use it for a bit of background music while reading or writing? Louder volumes generally require higher power outputs, so it’s important to check how much power the speakers you are considering can produce.
3. Audio Quality
Are you an audiophile who’s looking for a more portable speaker, or someone who values convenience over audio quality? Of course, if you are an audiophile, then you probably don’t need to be told what to look for when it comes to audio quality. If you aren’t an audiophile but would still like to get the best audio quality possible for the size of speaker you are considering, then look for the frequency response. Frequency response is an indicator of how well a speaker reproduces sound. The wider the frequency response range, the greater the range of sound the speaker can reproduce faithfully, with 20 Hz-20 kHz the range of human hearing. Some frequency response specifications will come with a decibel range as well. This range indicates the difference in volume the speaker may output in comparison to the original audio, and a range of +/- 3 dB is common. Speakers with a frequency response that does not meet these standards should be purchased with caution, unless you really don’t mind poorer audio quality.
4. Ability to Play Music from Non-Bluetooth Sources
Of course, the main reason you are considering a Bluetooth speaker is because it can use Bluetooth. But wouldn’t it be convenient to be able to use the speaker to play audio from sources without Bluetooth? Some Bluetooth speakers allow you to do that; pretty much all speakers on the market include an AUX port, which can be used to connect devices such as iPods, desktop computers, and even CD players. In addition, some Bluetooth speakers can play MP3 files on flash drives and microSD cards as well, which means you can save your device’s Bluetooth connection for something else as well as save storage space on your device. Newer speakers may come with a NFC tag as well, which lets you connect your device to the speaker much quicker and easier.
The main function of a speaker is to produce sound, but that doesn’t mean other features can’t come in handy as well. If you are planning to buy a speaker for home use, you might want to consider one that also comes with an alarm and/or FM radio function. A handsfree telephone function can be useful as well-if you have already connected your phone to the speaker, then why not use it to answer phone calls as well?