So you’re a classical music listener? Great! Today, i decided to write this article and list the 5 best bluetooth speakers for classical music listeners out there. I made this list after testing their sound, durability, battery life and most importantly, the price. Let’s take a look!
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Things You Should Know Before Buying A Bluetooth Speaker
The most important thing to note before buying any kind of speaker and not just a Bluetooth one is the audio quality since that is its main purpose. For that reason, I would suggest you analyze carefully the speaker that you want to buy, read reviews, and watch videos to see what it offers. There are also some specifications that will give you a rough idea of what to expect. The most important of those specs is the frequency response range that is measured in Hz, the low range is more important here and looks for speakers that can go as low as possible. Also, check the total harmonic distortion if that metric is available for the public.
The battery life of the device you are planning to buy is crucial because after all, you are buying a Bluetooth speaker. This is the whole point of these devices, if you will have to connect it for charging every 2 hours, you are better off with a normal speaker. You should know that smaller speakers have normally smaller batteries, but also smaller power output so the battery life is not as poor as you would expect. Larger speakers have superb battery life though most of the time. You will find some features in most speakers that can drain your battery faster so be careful about that. While you are at it, check how long does it take for the device to be charged from the drained battery to full.
The first thing you need to check out about the connectivity of a Bluetooth speaker is its Bluetooth version. There are tons of them released and the latest is Bluetooth 5 which is pretty good. However, that is only available for the latest devices, but the other ones are pretty good as well. I can comfortably say that every version from the Bluetooth 2.1 and higher is pretty good since they all use EDR or Enhanced Data Rate technology. Some speakers can be connected to multiple speakers for example to create a stereo setup. You will also find NFC and wired inputs, so the more the merrier in this instance.
Which Is The Best Bluetooth Speaker For Classical Music?
5. Anker Soundcore 2
Best Budget Option
I am going got kick off this list with an excellent product coming in from Anker, the Soundcore 2. This is the best budget option in the market when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, but for its budget price, it delivers great value for its price and a lot more. First off, all I should mention that it is very stylish, has amazing build quality, delivering durability, proper sound performance, large battery life, and other extras.
I have to say that Anker Soundcore 2 is a pretty simple device in terms of design and aesthetics, but I think it suits it pretty well. It has a plastic body all around with a control panel on top and the metal grille on the front side. For those that find the black model boring, you can opt for the Blue and Red versions that are a bit more interesting. On the side of the device, you will spot a water-resistant flap, which covers the charging and aux port.
I should mention that this device is rather portable as it measures 6.5×2.1×1.9-inches in total and weighs less than a pound at 0.78-pounds, it can be carried around anywhere. It is also pretty durable and has the IPX7 rating, meaning that it can survive against water and accidental drops. This speaker is packed with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, this feature allows it to have a seamless pairing and no interruptions at all. The battery life of the device is also great, as it is packed with a nice 5200mAh cell that provides about 24-hours of playback, which is amazing overall.
In terms of sound, I can state that this thing is very engaging. While it isn’t the best in terms of quality, it delivers plenty of clarity with nice mids and superb low-end performance. The BassUp technology delivers that through the pair of 6watt speakers. I can say that rhythmically it is excellent and I had plenty of fun listening to music with this one.
4. UE Wonderboom 2
Best For Travelling
For those that are frequent travelers, campers, or outdoorsy, I have the perfect Bluetooth speaker, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2. This Bluetooth speaker has followed the footsteps of its predecessor carefully and made all the right upgrades to deliver the perfect Bluetooth speaker for outdoors. This one delivers great sound, larger battery life, durability, and value for its price. Let’s take a quick look.
Looking at the UE Wonderboom 2 and its predecessor side by side, you won’t find many differences. There are some though, for example, the new elastic strap attached to the device and the new color combinations available to you. It is available in Bermuda Blue. Crushed Ice Grey, Deep Space, Just Peach, and Radical Red, all of which are very attractive and deliver a playful vibe.
On the back, you will see a flap that covers the micro USB charging port. I would like to see a USB Type-C charging since micro USB is becoming rarer every day now. There is the IP67 rating here for durability, which makes it able to withstand about 30 minutes in one-meter depth underwater. I should note that it is buoyant and will float on water. The battery life delivers about 13 hours of playback which is excellent overall. In addition to that, I should note that it takes just 2.5 hours to charge it completely.
The Outdoor Boost mode that I talked about earlier is excellent as it boosts the mids and highs with a more expensive soundscape. However, it sacrifices the low end a bit. There is also the Double Up feature here that creates a stereo channel if you have a second UE Wonderboom 2. Surprisingly the UE Wonderboom 2 delivers a large sound that is pretty unexpected from such a small speaker. It also delivers 360 sound and it is a joy to listen to music especially outdoors.
3. JBL Charge 4
If you want to get the most value for your hard-earned money I would suggest the JBL Charge 4 which is an absolute beast, and one of the most iconic Bluetooth speakers ever made. This one here is a great upgrade over its predecessor and it delivers some nice updates, such as sound, loudness, waterproofing and so much more. JBL knows how to deliver in this category.
The JBL Charge 4 has the classic cylindrical body that is pretty much excellent and similar to its predecessor. It is an iconic design with the exposed woofers on the sides. I was worried about damaging them but they are pretty well protected, and that also adds a nice aesthetical vibe to it. I should note that the JBL Charge 4 comes in 10 different colors you can choose from and all of them are excellent, so you can choose the one that fits your style the most.
On the backside, you will find a silicone door, that covers the 3.5mm port, USB Type-C, and USB Type-A port. This means that you can charge up your phone while still playing great music. I should note that this device also has the IPX7 certification rating for durability, and as such, it can be submerged down to a meter of depth for up to 30 minutes. The connectivity of this device is perfect as well thanks to the Bluetooth 4.2 technology which is amazing. The battery life of this speaker is about 20 hours that is appropriate for its size, and on top of that, it can be changed rather quickly with the USB Type-C port.
The JBL Charge 4 managed to deliver a pretty pleasant sound performance for a Bluetooth speaker. I liked it overall as it handled sounds from all the frequency range rather appropriately. It was a bit sweetened to deliver a warmer sound, but it is nice to listen to it. Not anything to complain about and for the price it is superb.
2. JBL Xtreme 2
The next entry on our list is the JBL Xtreme 2 which is a great Bluetooth speaker if you want a large sound. This is the second entry from JBL on our list and I can say that the company knows how to make Bluetooth speakers. This one though is an extreme device like its name implies, a bit larger, but with larger sound, waterproof, super durable, and great value for the price. Let’s check it out.
The JBL Xtreme 2 comes in the classic cylindrical shame with some interesting bulges, that feels familiar and new at the same time. IT comes in five different colors you can choose, from simple black to more flamboyant camo color scheme. This one here has rubberized feet on the bottom that keep it from falling or rolling. The whole thing measures about 7.9×12.10×18.1-inches which are a bit large and it weighs about 5.3-pounds, very substantial to say the least. However, it has two loops that you can connect to it for easier transport and you can toss it in your backpack without any problem since it is extremely durable. It also has the IPX7 rating which makes it submersible down to a meter for an hour.
The battery life of this beast is about 15 hours which is great for the volume it manages to pump out, but it will vary if you choose to connect wirelessly or passively, and your volume levels. This beast is packed with two 20mm drivers that are located on the front unit and are responsible for pushing the sound. On each end of the speaker, you will spot 2.75-inch passive bass radiators that will deliver a proper bass experience.
The biggest thing I noticed in sound testing is its bass performance which, makes this one seem like a subwoofer. It doesn’t distort at all even at higher volumes and I have to note again that it can get very loud without any compromise to the sound quality. It has great digital signal processing and even at modest volumes, everything sounds lively. Mids are rather clean in the highs were pretty good as well. It is a bit sweetened to deliver a more consumer-oriented sound, and overall it is a beast.
1. B&O Beolit 17
Best High-End Model
For those that are looking for a superior and high-end Bluetooth speaker, I have the B&O Beolit 17, which is the top pick for this list. This speaker delivers a great sound, a wide soundstage, has some excellent looks, great battery life, and other high-end features that justify its premium price.
The B&O Beolit 17 has a beautiful design, just like any other design from Bang & Olufsen. It has a different vibe to it, unlike any other Bluetooth speaker around, it is familiar and pretty strange at the same time, really pleasing though overall. Around the device, you will spot the beautiful grille that covers it. Inside that, you will spot three 1.5-inch tweeters, a pair of passive bass radiators, and a 5.5-inch full-range driver. This setup is all powered by the 70watt of stereo class D amplification, which delivers 35watts for each channel. Just flawless.
It has a molded rubber on top which is a bit deep and can house your smartphone. There you will also locate the physical controls of the device, which include five buttons, for power, volume up and down, Bluetooth, and a customizable One Touch button. It also has a leather carry handle attached to it which is great for carrying it around. It also comes in three different colors, Stone Grey, Natural, and Pink. It has a beautiful 2200mAh Li-Ion battery that delivers 24 hours of battery life with just 2.5 hours of charge.
The B&O Beolit 17 definitely delivers the best sound I have ever heard from a Bluetooth speaker. Large, expansive, and flawless to a fault. It handless any genre perfectly and it has a 360-degree soundstage. I enjoyed listening to different tunes without any compromise here, bass, mids, and trebles, everything is perfectly executed here. Definitely one of the best bluetooth speakers for classical music out there!