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Bluetooth portable speaker

Postby Steve1960 » Wed, 06 Nov 2013 2:56 pm

Anyone have recommendations?

My wife wants one to use with her Galaxy S3 phone. I don't really have any interest or experience.

Reasonable sound quality (I understand the limits of such devices) and not too big or heavy.

Leaning towards the JBL Flip at the moment based on Internet reviews.

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Postby Pal » Wed, 06 Nov 2013 3:11 pm

We are using the Bose SoundLink for it's good sound quality and portability.
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Postby Steve1960 » Wed, 06 Nov 2013 3:51 pm

Pal wrote:We are using the Bose SoundLink for it's good sound quality and portability.


I looked at this one. The Soundlink is a bit big but the Mini is a consideration. However, it doesn't have the one feature that I did use on our previous (now deceased) speaker which is the speakerphone function. I do find that useful when holding conference calls using my mobile phone.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 06 Nov 2013 4:46 pm

I haven't' bought a Bluetooth speaker, but these guys usually have really good comparisons and reviews on electronics like this:

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-be ... h-speaker/

They liked the Logitech UE Mini Boom as the best. They compare it specifically to the JBL Flip, and tell you the pros and cons:

JBL’s Flip is yet another speaker that has great sound that’s lacking in other respects. It’s a touch larger than the UE, so it can deliver really punchy sound, as explained by Mike Calore at Wired and Jeremy Horowitz at iLounge. For many reviewers, it’s the best-sounding speaker $100 can buy. But a few convenience setbacks keep it from being as good as the UE. First of all, its 4-hour battery life is borderline unacceptable considering the competition. That’s less than half of the lifespan of the UE. As for ease-of-use, the Flip gets its name from its ability to be played while upright, or horizontal — unfortunately, its cylindrical design makes it prone to tipping in either position. It also has a proprietary charger with a big transformer on the end that has no place in the speaker’s included carrying case. At $100 on Amazon, we don’t think the boost in sound quality is worth the sacrifices in portability and ergonomics.


So JBL sounds better, but much worse battery and crappy charger. I guess choose based on what matters to you.


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