Let’s move on to the nuances that need to be taken into account when reading information about a particular model. The sound quality and ease of use will directly depend on them:
A number of speakers and support channels
If you are interested in the question of how to choose wireless speakers with good sound, then, first of all, you should pay attention at the moment. The number of speakers determines the mode in which the gadget reproduces sound: mono or stereo. Models with one speaker and one channel produce mono sound. Devices with two or more modules provide stereo sound. In the second case, the tracks will sound more voluminous. Also, multi-speaker models tend to be more powerful. Also, in multichannel devices, some modules are responsible for high frequencies, while others are responsible for low frequencies. As a result, the overall mix does not mix into a “porridge” and sounds much clearer. Be aware that some manufacturers try to be tricky by routing multiple channels to a single speaker. Such gadgets are strongly recommended to be avoided.
The spectrum of supported frequencies
As a rule, manufacturers indicate a general parameter, without dividing the frequencies into lows and highs (for example, 20–20000 Hz). One simple principle should be followed here: the lower the minimum value and the higher the maximum, the better.
This parameter has little effect on sound quality, but it determines how loud a portable speaker can sound. As a rule, minimum values start from 1.5 watts per speaker (for example, in the Genius 2.0 SP-U115 model). Devices with such power are quite simple and cheap. Suitable only for background sound. Speakers in the range of 16-20 W can be called a kind of golden mean. They’re small enough to carry around (like the JBL 2.0 Flip) but loud enough to be heard by multiple people at once. Such models are considered ideal for small companies or group sports. If you are thinking about which portable speaker to choose for parties, then focus on models with a power of 60-120 watts. Gadgets such as Marshall Acton Black or the JBL Boombox can easily fill a medium-sized room with rich sound. They sound good on the street too. True, for everyday carrying, such devices are poorly adapted (banal because of their size and weight).
Here we also focus on a simple pattern: the larger the battery capacity, the better. However, do not expect exorbitant performance from compact devices. For example, Xiaomi 2.0 Mi Bluetooth Speaker has a capacity of only 1,500 mAh, but this is enough for 8 hours of continuous operation. The capacity of larger devices can reach impressive values. The JBL Boombox mentioned above has a 20,000 mAh battery. With its help, the device can function without recharging for a whole day. The speed of recovery of energy reserves also plays a significant role. Here, too, everything is simple: the faster, the better.
Ports and connectors
Often, portable speakers are equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack so that you can listen to music without disturbing others. In more advanced models, there are USB ports so that you can charge a smartphone or tablet from the speaker. A kind of highlight is the support for memory cards, which allows you to significantly expand your music library (that is, you can listen to music both from a mobile device and directly from the speaker). Naturally, the more ports, the more expensive the device costs, but it’s up to you to decide.
Here it is necessary to take into account several factors at once: the number of buttons, their functions, location, and ease of pressing.