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Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:31:35 PM »
I am in market for bluetooth speaker. This will just be to run audio from my phone out onto my patio. Budget is up to $200.

Amazon's ranking:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/7073956011/ref=sr_bs_1

Bose is #1, but you pay for the name and it looks like their are some cheaper alternatives that may do the same job.

Thoughts?
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 04:44:50 PM »
TDK A33. Blows the Bose away by a country mile and is half as expensive to boot. Only shortcoming is kind of short battery life; six hours max, but it sounds exceptional.
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 05:01:47 PM »
For shear volume, The Block Rocker by Ion.  Costco has these on sale for $120.  I have one I take to the beach, drowns out the wind and the waves. 

http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/block-rocker-am-fm
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 05:02:55 PM »
Marking thread. I need one of these too. I have a tiny one I use as a clock radio in the bedroom, but it doesn't cut it when I'm working in the yard or garage.
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014, 05:34:58 PM »
For shear volume, The Block Rocker by Ion.  Costco has these on sale for $120.  I have one I take to the beach, drowns out the wind and the waves. 

http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/block-rocker-am-fm

darn, that one looks pretty good, but just went to Costco's website and it says they're out of stock....

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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 06:34:30 PM »
I never heard any of them, only a low cost Chinese one. But when I was in the market for a portable monitor, I found this one:


http://store.soundmatters.com/foxl-intro.html

from: http://jwsoundgroup.net/http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/topic/15643-portable-speaker-for-the-road/?hl=foxl#entry176882
http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/topic/15095-portable-battery-powered-loud-speaker/?hl=foxl#entry170114
http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/topic/11634-cart-speaker/?hl=foxl#entry121361

I've been very happy with it for two years. It's more like a near field monitor I mainly use with my computer, when I need sound, or to listen some podcasts or Internet radio in another room.

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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 09:05:04 AM »
Good recommendations so far. Keep them coming.  :D
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2014, 12:42:46 PM »
I have a photive soundscape 8 and the sound is insane. I've compared it to the Bose 200 dollar one and I think it sounds better and it gets a lot more volume. Battery rocks and its easy. One of my best purchases ever
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2014, 01:37:39 PM »
Busman Audio BSC1-K1/K2/K3/K4 > HiHo Silver XLR's > Deck TBD

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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2014, 03:04:38 PM »
I have the Creative D100 and I paid around $40 for it. I've been listening to it on battery power for three days here at work (4 AA rechargeables). It sounds good enough for me and looks like it got a solid review at the site you posted.

I just bought a second one to put in my truck as all I have is am/fm radio and no aux jack.
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2014, 01:31:29 PM »
TDK A33. Blows the Bose away by a country mile and is half as expensive to boot. Only shortcoming is kind of short battery life; six hours max, but it sounds exceptional.

I just bought the little brother, TDK A26.  Not the loudest, but very impressive sound. 

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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2014, 01:37:05 PM »
During a recent Best Buy run, I checked out the available bluetooth speakers. 

Logitech UE Boom > Bose Soundlink mini

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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 04:17:22 PM »
I have a photive soundscape 8 and the sound is insane. I've compared it to the Bose 200 dollar one and I think it sounds better and it gets a lot more volume. Battery rocks and its easy. One of my best purchases ever

I am leaning hard on this one, but does anyone know where I can get it in black? Amazon just seems to have grey.
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2014, 02:05:08 PM »
I have a photive soundscape 8 and the sound is insane. I've compared it to the Bose 200 dollar one and I think it sounds better and it gets a lot more volume. Battery rocks and its easy. One of my best purchases ever

I am leaning hard on this one, but does anyone know where I can get it in black? Amazon just seems to have grey.

I got mine in black from amazon weird that they don't still have it. Maybe wait a few days if you can and see if it comes up. Even in gray it rocks and just for validation the battery life is as good if not better than stated in the description
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Re: Bluetooth Speaker Recommendation
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2014, 04:34:28 PM »
I use something a little unconventional, the UE Boom. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_596UEBOOMB/UE-BOOM-Black.html?tp=63340&awkw=75622038265&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=47439269905&awdv=c

It's not a traditional form factor like the Bose ones, but it's lightweight, can get pretty loud, and easy to use. Obviously not an audiophile thing, but perfectly good for the beach/pool/party and the design is less directional, making it useful for non-traditional listening environments. I had a backyard party for like 25 people a few weeks ago and just stuck this out there. It was more than sufficient for that.

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