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Is £270 for a wireless speaker too much to swallow? We check out what you get for your cash in our Beats Pill XL review

The Beats Pill just got big. Where the original Beats Pill speaker isn’t really large enough to give you the thumping bass that Beats is famous for, the Beats Pill XL is. But it’s still small enough to take around with you too, like the Dr. Mario version of a ghettoblaster.

For its £270 you can get better sound if you don’t care too much about supercharged portability, but this is a pretty great package to lug around the house and is slightly bigger than the squarer Jawbone Big Jambox.

Beats Pill XL: Size and Build

The Beats Pill XL looks an awful lot like the smaller Beats Pill, but has been blasted with the growth ray. It’s 33.8cm long and weighs 1.5kg, meaning you’re not going to slip this speaker into a handbag or coat

It’s a mid-size wireless speaker, but still cares a good deal about being portable and convenient. About a third of the back of the Beats Pill XL is taken up by a carry handle that doesn’t stick out from the cylindrical design at all, and rubber feet on the bottom mean it’s ready to set down wherever there’s a flat surface.

This is not a hugely rugged speaker but the Beats Pill XL feels fairly well-made. Most of the front of the speaker is a speaker grille made of coated metal. It’s thick and flex-free.

The back of it is plastic much like the Beats headphones, but the bits that are more likely to get worn or scratched are sensibly rubbery and matt, rather than glossy plastic. Fewer things look tattier than scratched glossy plastic.

We can imagine some bopping Beats fans carrying around a Beats XL with them wherever they go, but for normal people with normal social values, the design makes most sense as a mostly at-home speaker. For BBQs, poker games and just dragging from room to room, it’s perfect.

Thanks to the decent carry handle, larger-size wireless speakers don’t get much more convenient than this, at least in design.

Beats Pill XL: Features

As with most wireless speakers, the Beats Pill XL is a Bluetooth speaker with an integrated battery.

There’s no radio, no AirPlay and no Wi-Fi, but you do get NFC. Or so we’re told. After rubbing a OnePlus One all over the thing for 10 minutes we couldn’t get them to talk over NFC. It’s mostly used just to pair up devices, but you can also make two Beats Pills XLs communicate to form a stereo pair.

You also get an integrated microphone to let you take calls with the thing should someone ring while you’re listening to music. We tried it, it works.

As with most wireless speakers, the Beats Pill XL is really pretty simple. These are some of the few devices today that don’t try and do virtually everything.

Beats Pill XL: Controls and connections

There are some nice design touches, though. The light-up Beats logo on the front isn’t just for show, it’s a button.

Press it and the Beats Pill XL will try to connect to whatever it was last paired to, and the button also works as a remote control during playback. Much like a headphone remote control, you can use it to play/pause music or skip tracks. Using an Android phone, we could only get it to skip forward, not back, but that’s not bad going when it was primarily designed for iOS devices.

Volume can be controlled using your phone/tablet, but there’s a whole extra row of controls around the back too.

One one side you get rubber buttons for power and volume, all sealed to avoid letting any gunk in. Right by them is a little 5-dot LED display that tells you the battery level following a quick tap on the power button.

On the other there’s a rubber flap keeping the extra connections safe from gunk. Only one is left exposed, the power cable. Unfortunately it’s not a microUSB socket but a cylindrical one, and there’s a separate power brick you need to use to charge the Beats XL. It loses the speaker a few convenience points.

Under the flap you’ll find 3.5mm input/outputs, a microUSB port used for firmware updates (no charging, sadly) and a full-size USB port. This lets you charge your phone when out and about using the Pill XL’s battery – a great extra.#

Beats Pill XL: Sound quality

A fair bit of thought has gone into the design of the Beats Pill XL, and we see that in the speakers used under the hood too. Where the small Beats Pill uses piddly little 1-inch drivers and a bass radiator, the Pill XL has a much more convincing setup.

Behind the grille are two 3-inch mid-range drivers, two 1.25-inch tweeters and – around the back – a 3×3-inch bass radiator. So the drivers that supply the treble in the Pill XL are larger than the drivers running the whole show in the standard Pill speaker.

It’s a huge sonic improvement over the original Pill. The sound is beefy, it goes loud and thanks to angling of the almost-side-mounted tweeters, the Pill XL disperses sound quite widely.

In the last year we’ve seen Beats really up its game in terms of hardware design, and the Beats Pill XL is another example of this. It’s pretty good.

Those fearing a murky bassy mess should relax too. Sound balance is reasonable, which is a compliment for a Beats product. There is a slight overemphasis on the bass, but it’s matched with decent treble thanks to those dedicated tweeters.

This still is not an audiophile’s dream, though. The sound is a case of bass treble, with the mid-range locked in the backroom like a timid substitute geography teacher at the annual staff party.

The weak-mid-range means that vocals are often dominated by the bass a bit.

The low-end isn’t truly taut and sophisticated either, because it relies on a bass radiator rather than a proper active driver.

Radiators are great at producing bass weight when there’s virtually no space to work with, but not so good at bass fidelity. Fundamentally, though, it’s a very well-engineered radiator system. Where some speakers start producing flatulent distortion when the volume is upped too high, the Beats Pill XL can go loud with confidence.

One of the few good small wireless speakers that uses an honest-to-god real bass driver is the Loewe Speaker2Go. It offers greater fidelity than the Beats Pill XL, but then the Pill has greater scale and wider dispersal.

You do need to check how you manage the volume, though. The rear volume controls and your phone’s controls function independently, and if you max out the Pill XL’s amp while keeping your source volume low, you’ll hear an unsightly treble hiss when listening to quiet-ish music.

Beats Pill XL: Battery

The Beats Pill XL also performs pretty well on stamina. It has a 4400mAh battery that Beats rates for 15 hours of use between charges.

It’s long enough to make it tricky to test without pulling an all-nighter with your wireless speaker. However, Beats seems to be on the money. We listened to it for several hours each day during a week and found there was still charge left at the end. Most of you should be able to go a good couple of weeks without charging.

The mechanics of charging the Beats Pill XL could be improved, though. microUSB charging or a charge dock would make the speaker all the more convenient.

Beats Pill XL: Verdict

The Beats Pill XL: bigger, better, louder. It’s much better than the smaller Beats Pill, both in terms of sound quality and bang for your buck. There’s still some of that usual Beats bass prominence and there are higher-fidelity options out there. But this is a good wireless speaker, make no mistake.

Beats Pill XL release date: Out now

Beats Pill XL price: £269.99

Beats Pill XL Review

I’ve been a contributing editor for PCMag since 2011. Before that, I was PCMag’s lead audio analyst from 2006 to 2011. Even though I’m a freelancer now, PCMag has been my home for well over a decade, and audio gear reviews are still my primary FOCUS. Prior to my career in reviewing tech, I worked as an audio engineer—my love of recording audio eventually led me to writing about audio gear.

The Bottom Line

Dr. Dre’s Beats Pill XL delivers thumping, powerful Bluetooth audio in a portable design intended for bass lovers on-the-go.

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Pros

  • Intense bass response.
  • Powerful audio performance.
  • Portable.
  • Aux inputs and outputs for versatile playback options.
  • Built-in speakerphone.
  • Can charge external devices.

Cons

Like all things Beats, the Pill XL is a bass-heavy affair (so purists can stop reading now). Also like most products in Dr. Dre’s audio gear lineup, it’s well-designed. At 299.95, the Pill XL isn’t an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker, and is significantly larger than most portable options. It still manages, thanks to its oblong shape and cleverly placed handle, to be very easy to both carry around and pack away, and offers a more powerful bass experience than most speakers this size. The tiniest hint of distortion crops up at absolute maximum volume on the most challenging tracks, but for the vast majority of music, the speaker provides a powerful, clean response even on tracks with deep sub-bass. It provides a bass lover’s alternative to the Editors’ Choice Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III(399.00 at Amazon) (Opens in a new window).

DesignLike its predecessor, the smaller Beats Pill, the Beats Pill XL is shaped like, well, a pill. It’s an oblong cylinder with rounded edged measuring 13.3 inches long and 4.1 inches in diameter and weighing a fairly hefty 3.3 pounds. It’s black, with a metallic grille covering the four drivers (one midrange and one tweeter for each of its two channels), with a lowercase red “b” logo that acts as a combination Play/Pause Track and Call Answer/End button (a built-in microphone gives the Pill XL speakerphone functionality).

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Along the back of the speaker, the rounded contour becomes hollowed out for a built-in handle that also serves as a stand, and houses all of the connection ports and other controls. On the left end of the handle, a rubberized cover protects a 3.5mm Aux input, a 3.5mm Aux output, a USB connection for charging mobile devices, and a micro USB port reserved for firmware updates. A connection port for the included power adapter, as well as a Bluetooth status indicator, sit next to the other ports but unprotected by the rubber cover. On the right side of the handle, a battery status indicator sits next to controls for Volume (which work independently of your mobile device’s Volume controls), and Power, along with an NFC button you tap to pair NFC-enabled devices.

The Pill XL automatically appears on your phone’s pairing list, so there’s no need to press and hold a button to put it into pairing mode. Thus, the pairing process with an iPhone 5s, which is already simple, becomes even more quick and painless with the Pill XL.

Bose SoundLink Mini

Jabra Solemate Max

Beats estimates the Pill XL’s battery life to be roughly 15 hours, but your results might vary and will depend mostly upon how loudly you play your music. The speaker ships with a red 3.5mm audio cable for the Aux in/out, but no USB cable for charging your mobile devices with its built-in battery.

PerformanceOn tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the Pill XL delivers a very powerful low-frequency response. At maximum volume on both the speaker and sound source, this track begins to distort a tiny bit, but lowering the volume just slightly eliminated any hint of distortion without weakening the powerful output’s deep lows.

Big-bass speakers can sound quite exciting on electronic music, pop, and hip hop, but often other genres tend to sound a bit unnatural and muddy when the lows are too intense. Bill Callahan’s “Drover” is often a victim of this, but the track sounded excellent and balanced on the Pill XL. Sure, the drums sound a bit heavier than they might with a flatter response, but not in any significantly unnatural way. His baritone vocals also get some extra unnecessary help in the low-end department, but it doesn’t sound muddy. It sounds more like the kind of exaggerated boosting you often hear through a PA system at a live show (where deep vocals often get added depth and kick drums suddenly sound thunderous), but not nearly as loud. The high-mids and highs have enough of a presence that there’s still plenty of definition in Callahan’s voice, and the guitar strumming stays prominent.

On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop’s attack highlights just how much high-mid presence the Pill XL offers, allowing the loop to slice through the dense mix despite the intense bass and low-mids the speaker produces. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate this track lack the kind of firepower a subwoofer would provide, but are delivered with more rumble than most portable Bluetooth speakers. The vocals also managed to stay well-defined and in the forefront of the mix.

Classical tracks, like John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” showcase just how much sculpting is going on with the Pill XL’s sound signature. Typically, the lower-register instruments have a more subtle presence, and the lower register strings sit quietly below the higher register strings and vocals in the mix. With the Pill XL, they all seem to occupy equal parts of the spotlight. This makes the mix sound notably more boosted and powerful than a typical classical track would, but just like with the Bill Callahan track, the added power is complimentary and not ridiculously unnatural.

ConclusionIf you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with serious bass presence, you’ve found it. Your only qualm at this point might be the price (the minor and rare distortion shouldn’t be a deal breaker); as with most Beats products, it’s a tad expensive. Still, the Pill XL delivers something most of the competition does not: big bass in a to-go form. It’s also a better buy than the smaller Beats Pill, which underperforms even considering its smaller size and lower price.

If you need to spend a bit less, the Bose SoundLink Mini(169.99 at Amazon) (Opens in a new window). and Jabra Solemate Mini(60.02 at Amazon) (Opens in a new window) are both solid portable Bluetooth speaker options with varying levels of solid bass response, but nothing quite like the Pill XL’s. And if you really just need an affordable Bluetooth speaker to tote around, the Panasonic SC-NT10(26.99 at Amazon) (Opens in a new window) is a conveniently portable option, but its smaller size means it has very little presence in the bass department. Minor distortion holds the Pill XL back only slightly, and while audio purists will likely hate it, this is a big bass lover’s portable delight. Yes, you pay a slight premium for the celebrity branding, but otherwise, the Beats XL is a winner.

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Beats Pill XL review

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The Beats by Dre brand is edgy, glamorous, eye-catching, and undeniably, extremely popular. It is also polarizing. Among the audio enthusiast community, Beats has taken … well, a beating. I’ve read or heard Beats’ products called everything from “a sham” to “the most overrated audio brand of the 21st century.” Yet, I can’t help but notice dozens of people each day who seem blissfully content – prideful, even – with their Beats portable audio gear.

It’s hard not to grin at the Pill XL’s clever shape.

As an audio reviewer, it is my responsibility to be critical of a device or speaker’s sound quality – and I am. But it is also my responsibility to take a look at the big picture; to consider all of the elements that have an impact on how much we enjoy using and living with our technology. For that reason, I have been known to bemoan a Beats headphone’s sound quality in one review paragraph, then praise its comfortability and apparent build quality in the next. In the end, sometimes the score comes out relatively high, and that’s partly because I know that my opinion of ideal sound isn’t shared by everyone and that, for many, good is good enough.

I believe there is a very broad line between garbage audio and decent audio. From there, the distance from decent to good, good to great, and great to excellent is much shorter, and subject to a person’s personal standards. Nobody should listen to garbage, but not everyone is an audiophile.

That’s why I think the Beats Pill XL is going to pop right off store shelves and into the hands of an enthusiastic audience. While I don’t think this speaker is for everyone, I do think it is good enough that it deserves to be considered with an open mind. Here’s why.

Out of the box

The Beats Pill XL packaging is exactly as we had expected: heavy and cleverly compartmentalized. Inside we found the speaker in a black cloth sack, with a box of accessories underneath, and a manual tucked into a sleeve in the box lid above. The accessories box held a small AC power brick, an AC cord and a bright red 3.5 mm audio cable.

The Pill XL weighs 3.3 lbs and stretches 13.3 inches in length. The heft is respectable yet manageable, and it will fit into a backpack, though it will hog some space, and you’ll certainly know it is there as you tote it around.

Knocking on the speaker’s cabinet produces a dead thunk, indicating its plastic walls are rigid and dense. When sitting on a surface, only the Pill XL’s matte black speaker grill is visible, with silhouettes of its drivers underneath. The back of the speaker is a combination of matte black plastic and the sort of glossy stuff that looks great until you touch it. Directly underneath the built-in handle, another section of speaker grill hides and protects a rectangular bass radiator.

Features and design

Beats doesn’t disclose certain specs such as driver size and amp wattage, but we’d estimate its two tweeters are ¾-inchers, and the larger drivers come in at about 1.5-inches – small, but no smaller than most portable speakers at this size. There is the aforementioned bass radiator as well, which may be passive or active – we’re not sure. We can say, however, that it is very good at moving a significant amount of air.

It’s hard not to grin at the Pill XL’s clever shape. Though it appears to be a perfectly rounded from the front, the handle that has been carved into the back not only makes the speaker truly portable, it also acts as part of its base, and is home to most of its controls.

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NFC chip and a series of five pin-sized LEDs, which indicate battery level. On the opposite side, a power port sits next to a 3.5 mm input jack, 3.5 mm output jack, a firmware update port and a USB charging port.

That audio output jack is a notable inclusion, because it allows the Pill XL to act as a Bluetooth receiver for any audio system. You could conceivably connect the audio output to an A/V receiver, for instance, to enable wireless music streaming to a much larger audio system.

We were really pleased with the level of detail and color resolution the speaker was offering.

On the front of the speaker, a Beats logo pulls double duty as a control button of sorts. It acts a lot like the control button on a pair of headphones in that it will play/pause and advance/back up music tracks based on a single press, double press or triple press of the button. Holding the button down puts the speaker in pairing mode, though it goes into pairing mode automatically when powered on. The button will also answer and end phone calls through the speaker’s built-in speakerphone.

Some may balk at the fact that the power and volume keys are on the back and not accessible when the speaker is set down, but we never found that to be a problem – we generally prefer to control volume using our source device.

Beats claims the Pill XL’s battery will last you about 15 hours, give or take based on volume level. This may be a conservative estimate, as we played the speaker for hours and hardly made a dent in the battery meter. Speaking of battery indicator, the Pill XL will display a battery meter icon via Bluetooth on compatible devices – a feature we’ve always found especially handy.

Another notable feature is the ability to pair one Beats Pill XL with another for double the output, or true stereo sound. As we only had on review sample, we were not able to test this feature. We did discover, though, that the Pill XL would only pair to one device at a time – so, no pairing with a phone for speaker phone and a tablet for music at the same time.

Operational performance

Dealing with the Pill Xl was never a hassle because its controls are easy to understand, it is quick to react, it is quick to auto-pair when turned on, and it maintains a solid connection. But one thing we especially appreciated is that its power-on, power-off and notification chimes are both cool to listen to and programmed at a reasonable volume. So many of the Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested have unreasonably loud chimes, sure to disturb anyone nearby who isn’t expecting. We’re glad Beats got this right.

Speaker phone quality

The Pill XL worked surprisingly well as a speaker phone. Its microphone is sensitive enough to make you sound like you are sitting right next to the speaker, even if you are 6 feet away. Move too far away, though, and room Echo gives your proximity away. We never suffered any problems with Echo on either side of call, but we did note that our voice suffered that sort of compressed sound that you often get with lower quality Bluetooth headsets.

Battery performance

We’d like to be able to comment on how long it takes to charge the Pill XL, but as of this writing and after 10 hours of use, the speaker’s battery level had barely budged. We’ll update this section when we’ve finally managed to drain it and gauge its recharging time. For now, we’re going to say we are more than pleased with the Pill XL’s battery life so far.

Audio performance

We tested the Pill XL using music files stored on an iPhone 4S, Spotify tracks played from an Asus Zenbook Prime laptop, and movie audio from a second-gen iPad. For comparison, we pulled out our Braven 850, a portable speaker similar in price, size and capability to the Beats Pill XL and Jawbone Big Jambox.

After listening to the Pill XL straight out of the box for a couple of minutes, we felt pleasantly surprised that we walked away with generally positive impression. It didn’t seem like it did anything especially wrong, keeping it well away from the “garbage” category we talked about earlier. In fact, we were waffling between good and great, certainly above the “decent” level. Then we settled in for a long, extended listening session, and a few things became apparent.

Midrange, regardless of bass response, had a tendency to sound just a touch recessed at times. The effect was most obvious when listening to certain vocals. With the exception of our Keb Mo and Dianna Krall tracks, where vocals are super hot, we felt like we could have used just a touch more out of the midrange. Vocal harmonies didn’t seem to have the separation we were used to hearing, even from smaller speakers. But, when we took off our Hyper-critical, analytical reviewer hat and just went about our business around the house, not once did we catch ourselves thinking the midrange was recessed. For casual listening, the Pill XL did extremely well.

We played the speaker for hours and hardly made a dent in the battery meter.

It was treble response that came as the biggest surprise. For all the complaining we’ve done about Beats headphones having unnaturally hot treble, we were shocked to find the Pill XL didn’t follow suit. In fact, at times we were really pleased with the level of detail and color resolution the speaker was offering. There were several jazz cuts where the drummer’s ride cymbal sounded dry and full of character, with just the right amount of attack and decay. If you ask us, this is a big step in the right direction for the company.

We learned in our comparisons that the Braven 850 and Beats Pill XL are vastly different speakers. The Braven sounds anemic in the bass by comparison, though in reality it just can’t reach as low and is much less bass-forward in general. The Braven is much more forward in the midrange and lower treble, and it exposes more inner detail in general, but it doesn’t sound nearly as warm or rounded as the Pill XL. While we’ll acknowledge that the Braven is a more balanced speaker on the whole, and likely to be preferred by pickier listeners, we know the Beats Pill XL is going to be a more satisfying listen for a much broader spectrum of people.

Conclusion

Whether or not audiophiles sneer at the brand, the Beats Pill XL is not an over-hyped, sham-y, glitzed-up toy of a speaker. And while we know some will balk at the speaker’s intentionally robust bass response, we feel like it has been kept in check this go-around, as its boom seems less egregious than with previous Beats products. One thing is absolutely certain: The Beats Pill XL punches well above its price class, sounding bigger and badder than much of its like-priced competition. Overpriced? We don’t think so.

Highs

  • Lots of thoughtful features
  • Clever design
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Huge sound, lots of bass
  • Clean, controlled treble a refreshing change

Lows

  • Bass can be overwhelming at close range
  • Bass can have a “one note” effect at times
  • Mids/vocals a little recessed

Editors’ Recommendations

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We’re going to include all of the above here, because we think that you like to have options. With additional features like battery life, durability, availability of voice assistants, and sound quality to consider, the task of finding the best wireless speaker for your needs gets even more layered. But worry not. We’ve put together this roundup of the best wireless speakers you can buy right now, and for our money, we still think that the

The Marshall Middleton (299) is the company’s latest addition to its lineup of guitar amp-inspired Bluetooth speakers, and it’s available starting January 31 at marshallheadphones.com. The Middleton, as its name somewhat suggests, sits in the middle of the Marshall portable family.- it shares the same rectangular shape as the Emberton II but is heavier and more powerful than the Stockton II.

What makes the Middleton stand out is its unique quad-driver configuration, which places speakers on all four sides. There are two full-range drivers, each with its own 20-watt amplifier, and two tweeters, powered by a pair of 10-watt amps. The Middleton uses the same “true stereophonic” system as the Emberton II to achieve what the company calls multidirectional, 360-degree stereo sound.

A great-sounding, reliable Bluetooth speaker is fast becoming a must-have for music lovers who want to have their music with them no matter where they are — at home or on the go. There’s seemingly no end to the variety of Bluetooth speakers on the market to satiate every need and use. From compact waterproof outdoor speakers to those with multiroom features for whole-home listening to audiophile speakers with high-quality Bluetooth codecs (such as aptX or aptX HD), you can find what you’re looking for.

For our purposes, we’re focusing on Bluetooth speakers that are portable, battery-powered, and may also have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for maximum home-and-away versatility (like the Sonos Roam and Move), because that’s what we think you searched for before landing here. For a less rigid roundup, we also have a list of the best wireless speakers, which runs more of a gamut.

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The 6 Loudest Bluetooth Speakers. Spring 2023 Reviews

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If you want your audio to fill a large crowded room at a party or you listen to music outdoors, you’ll want a speaker that can get pretty loud, with little compression present at maximum volume. High compression levels at max volume degrade audio quality and affect how clean and clear audio is reproduced as you bump up the speaker’s volume. Most speakers that can get quite loud tend to be larger, bulkier, and aren’t very portable. However, the best large Bluetooth speakers’ sizes also help them produce more extended low-bass than their smaller counterparts.

We’ve tested over 110 speakers, and below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best loud Bluetooth speakers that we’ve tested. See our recommendations for the best speakers for parties, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers for bass.

Loudest Bluetooth Speaker

SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3)

The SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3) is the loudest Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested. With a measured max volume of 110 decibels, this powerful party speaker has no trouble getting loud. Crank it up while listening to your favorite tunes at your next party, and you’ll feel plenty of rumble in the bass to bring genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. If you want a different sound, you can customize the speaker’s output using the graphic EQ and presets in the SOUNDBOKS app. If you buy more than one speaker, you can link them together to fill larger, more open spaces with powerful sound, which is handy. It’s unavailable through Amazon, but you can still pick one up through the Soundboks website. Overall, this speaker has a very good sound quality. Voices and lead instruments reproduce with clarity and detail, and the overall v-shaped sound adds some sparkle in the treble, along with a little extra boom in the bass. Overall, it’s well-suited to listening to a wide array of music genres, but tracks with lots of highs and lows, like rock, EDM, and hip-hop, are ideal for the v-shaped sound. With Bluetooth compatibility, it’s easy to stream your favorite tracks right from your phone, too, and since the speaker lasts over 43 hours off a single charge, you can take your party long into the night.

Loudest Upper Mid-Range Bluetooth Speaker

SOUNDBOKS Go

If you’re looking for a more affordable speaker that gets loud, check out the SOUNDBOKS Go. It’s another booming party speaker that’s designed to look like a smaller version of the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3). We measured this speaker’s max volume at 106 decibels, which is more than enough to fill your room with sound when you listen to your favorite songs. It gives you access to the SOUNDBOKS app, too, where you can find a graphic EQ to customize its sound and connectivity features if you want to pair more than one SOUNDBOKS device together. Like its larger cousin, this speaker offers a v-shaped sound profile right out of the box. This means that voices and lead instruments are clear in the mix, but you get a little more rumble in the bass and some additional brightness in the treble. Overall, V-shaped sound profiles are ideal for genres like rock, hip-hop, pop, and EDM, but you can always switch it up if you want a different sound. Since it lasts over 35 hours off a single charge, this speaker lets you enjoy many long listening sessions in a row. It brings less low-bass than the Gen. 3, but it’s still a great pick for its price.

Loudest Mid-Range Bluetooth Speaker

JBL PartyBox 310

If the speakers above are out of your budget, check out the JBL PartyBox 310. It’s another loud Bluetooth speaker available at a more budget-friendly price, and it’s a great addition to your next party. It gets loud, but at 104 dB, it’s not quite as loud as the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3). It’s still more than enough to carry sound throughout your space, even if you’re outdoors. The circular RGB lights on the front of the speaker are a nice touch, and you can customize them in the JBL PartyBox app to set the mood for your next party. This device ranks among the best large Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested, and thanks to its design, it has no trouble bringing the thump and rumble in the low-bass. You get a punchy sound right out of the box. Voices and lead instruments remain clear in the mix, and the bass doesn’t overwhelm them. However, if you prefer a different sound, you’re in luck. The PartyBox app features a three-Band graphic EQ and a bass adjustment feature to control how much punch is in the mix. With its added microphone and guitar inputs for your next karaoke session, you may find it a better value than the SOUNDBOKS speakers, so long as you don’t mind sacrificing a few decibels.

Loudest Lower Mid-Range Bluetooth Speaker

JBL PartyBox 100

While the JBL PartyBox 100 is smaller than the JBL PartyBox 310, it gets as loud for a more affordable price. Bring it to your next party, and you can easily crank up the volume to enjoy your favorite music without issue. There are guitar and microphone inputs, which is great if you want to host a round of karaoke. Its RGB lights are a cool touch, and you can customize them to fit the ambiance of your party. From the jump, this speaker reproduces voices and lead instruments accurately, making it suitable for listening to many different music genres. Unfortunately, it isn’t compatible with the JBL PartyBox app, so you can’t access a graphic EQ like with the 310. Still, its Bass Boost feature gives you some control over the sound, allowing you to adjust the amount of punch in the high-bass. However, given its smaller size, this speaker can’t bring as much low-bass as the 310, so you feel less rumble in bass-heavy genres. If you don’t listen to a lot of EDM or hip-hop, and you want to spend less on your speaker, it’s still a solid pick—but fans of a thumping bass will want to opt for the 310.

Loudest Budget Bluetooth Speaker

Anker Soundcore Motion Boom

Looking for a budget-friendly Bluetooth speaker? Check out the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom. It’s one of the loudest speakers in this price category, and its max volume of 93.1 decibels is more than enough to fill larger and more open rooms with sound. Plus, it boasts great sound quality for all your favorite songs. Voices and lead instruments are clear and present right from the jump, and if you want a different sound, you can use the graphic EQ in its companion app to customize its output. The BassUp preset does what its name implies: it ups the bass in the mix for a punchier, thumpier sound. This speaker has a smaller and more portable design, too, so it’s easier to carry around than bigger speakers like the JBL PartyBox 100. The built-in handle is a handy way to carry it from room to room. Plus, it lasts 39 hours off a single charge, so you can go multiple days without a recharge. Of course, you won’t find microphone and guitar inputs like with the JBL, but it’s worth a look if you want a simple speaker for loud listening sessions. It’s a great way to blast music without breaking the bank.

Best Portable Loud Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

If you want a more portable alternative to our top picks, check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. It’s another loud Bluetooth speaker in a slightly smaller size, so it’s easier to carry outside. With a max volume of 98.3 decibels, it’s loud enough for your next backyard party. Plus, there’s even a built-in carrying strap to help distribute the weight when bringing it to your next event. It’s available in either Black or White, too, so you can choose the style that best suits you. This speaker’s stellar sound quality makes it suitable for listening to all sorts of different music genres. Voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced right out of the box, and its extended low-bass brings a good amount of rumble. Of course, given its smaller size, it brings less thump in the low-bass than the similarly-priced SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3), but you may find it a fair trade-off if you want something more portable. Its room correction tool is great for optimizing the sound to your unique space, and there’s even a graphic EQ on hand for manual adjustment. With a battery life of over 23 hours, this speaker’s great for long listening sessions on the go.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best loud Bluetooth speakers most people can buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn’t worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to see more products, here’s the list of all our reviews of Bluetooth speakers sorted by their max volume levels. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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