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Bluetooth speaker buying guide

Get great sound at home and on-the-go

Whether you’re on the go or relaxing at home, there’s an easy way to make the music, movie, or game you’re playing on your smartphone or tablet sound way better. Just wirelessly pair it to a Bluetooth® speaker.

Bluetooth on the go — portable parties and more

Portable Bluetooth speakers let you listen without headphones – and let your friends listen with you. But many of them offer other advantages, too. If you’re looking for portable sound, consider these options, too.

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker

An ultra-portable, like the Bose® SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth® speaker, is easy to take just about anywhere.

Ultra-portable for travel

For traveling convenience, there’s nothing like a slender, compact Bluetooth speaker that fits easily into a briefcase, backpack, or purse. And while they may be small in size, the sound they deliver can sound surprisingly big.

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UE Boom 2

If you play near the water, a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker can be a great choice.

Weather-resistant for outdoor adventure

If you enjoy outdoor sports and activities, you might want a Bluetooth speaker that’s as rugged as your lifestyle. Weather-resistant Bluetooth speakers not only stand up to rain and snow, but they’re often built to be shock-resistant and dust-resistant, too. So they hold up to rough-and-tumble use and can sit in the sand at the beach.

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JBL Charge 3

A Bluetooth speaker with a USB charging port can keep your smartphone going when you're on the go.

Extra power for your smartphone

A Bluetooth speaker with a built-in recharger can be just the thing you need for that long plane flight or overnight camping trip. These types of speakers feature a USB charging port that can provide extra power to your smartphone or tablet.

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Charge three

Some Bluetooth speakers can be used as a speakerphone — perfect for situations where you can't grab your phone.

Speakerphone for hands-free calls

Some Bluetooth speakers also work as speakerphones. They have built-in microphones, so you can carry on a hands-free conversation. When a call comes in on your paired smartphone, it automatically routes to the speaker, which gives you the option of accepting the call or continuing to listen to your music.

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Bluetooth in the home – convenience and sound quality

Naim Mu-so Qb

Wireless speaker systems like the Naim Mu-o Qb can make an attractive addition to a room while delivering high-quality sound.

Powered speakers make a simple sound system

There are a wide variety of compact Bluetooth powered speaker systems designed for home use. While they’re not portable, many offer more spacious and detailed sound than their portable counterparts. These systems are ideal for dens, offices, dorm rooms or apartments – wherever your smartphone is your principal music source, and space is at a premium.

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High-performance audio for music lovers

Some Bluetooth powered speaker systems approach audiophile performance levels. Many accept apt-X® high-fidelity audio streaming, a form of Bluetooth that delivers a more detailed, less compressed signal. But all are compatible with standard Bluetooth, ensuring that whatever version your smartphone or tablet streams, you'll be able to play your music through the system.

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Audioengine A5+

Using a pair of Bluetooth powered speakers, like the Audioengine A5+ speakers, with your computer can help reduce desktop clutter.

Wireless computer speakers

Virtually all laptops have Bluetooth capability, and there are Bluetooth stereo speaker systems designed for them. Rather than connecting to your laptop’s headphone jack, these speakers connect wirelessly through Bluetooth. The advantage? You can pick up your laptop from your workstation without having to unplug your speakers.

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  • Patrick from St Louis

    Posted on 9/29/2016

    Interesting comment from Robert who apparently thinks that Crutchfield customers are not aware that portable does not equal hi-fidelity. Near CD quality sound at up to 320mhz is not hi-fi fidelity but is widely accepted by the majority of listeners as good enough for not only home use but more than adequate for mobile listening. Robert is probably one of the minority that appreciates hi-fi fidelity and is willing to pay for it. Most of us only want the convenience and economics of Bluetooth portability and don't need Crutchfield to point out the obvious. Thanks for your observation though Robert even though they are a bit insulting to not only Crutchfield but also to it's customers.

  • Robert W Eucare from San Antonio

    Posted on 3/16/2016

    Your ad is misleading. Instead of "Speakers for people who hate wires" it should read "Speakers for people willing to sacrifice audio quality for convenience. Wireless sound will NEVER equal true fidelity and people deserve to know that BEFORE they make a purchase from Crutchfield. The average person doesn't know this and you're just hoping they can buy your speakers before they find out. The whole point of listening is to hear every nuance and detail faithfully represented as it was recorded by the artist.

  • Fred from EH, CT

    Posted on 4/27/2015

    JT from KC, MO, a slight adjustment to my previous comment. Depending on the bluetooth transmitter, you will need either a male or female 3.5mm to male RCA connector cable. I have rechargeable bt transmitter with a male connection built in so I am using a female 3.5mm to RCA male connector cable.

  • Fred from EH, CT

    Posted on 4/26/2015

    JT from KC, MO, I am not aware of a wireless speaker, bluetooth or wi-fi, that transmit, they all have receivers. Your best solution is one I have and recommend, a bluetooth transmitter, rechargeable or dc power. that accepts a 3.5mm male adapter with RCA male connectors.

  • JT from KC, MO

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    Are there any good sounding wireless speakers available yet, that use a transmitter that you plug into a RCA (out) on the back of your receiver?

  • JT from KC, MO

    Posted on 4/23/2015

    Are there any wireless speakers available that use a transmitter that you plug inotan RCA out on the back of your receiver?

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