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Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

Recommended retail. You may be able to find a better price by shopping around.

$80
$50
$100
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Test results
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

The overall score is made up of the audio score (60%), battery score (20%) and ease of use score (20%).

70%
66%
64%
Audio score (%) Expand to view more details.

Performance tests are based on our listening panel's appraisal of two pieces of music. The speaker is positioned about two metres away from the listener, with the panel assessing overall quality.

66%
58%
57%
Battery score (%) Expand to view more details.

We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent.

81%
79%
74%
Ease of use score (%) Expand to view more details.

Ease of use is important for a wireless speaker, particularly with some of the more fully featured models that can take some time to learn the controls and options available. Our tester looks at initial setup, how the speaker deals with an incoming phone call in the middle of music playback and any physical controls on the speaker.

70%
76%
75%
Battery time - measured (hours) Expand to view more details.

We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent. The figure published is an average. 

7.5
7
5.5
Recommended products
Recommended Expand to view more details.

Recommended speakers have earned an overall score of 70% or above. Overall scores are made up of audio, battery and ease of use scores.

Yes
Comments
Good points
•  Very good battery life (tested)
•  Good battery life (tested)
•  Long USB cable
•  Water resistant
•  Can be used as a Bluetooth adapter via line-out port
•  Can pair two speakers together for amplified sound
•  Good battery life (tested)
Bad points
•  Short USB cable
•  Can't be used to take phone calls
•  Can't be used to take calls
•  Short USB cable
Features
Stereo speaker Expand to view more details.

Stereo speakers play audio from a left and right channel, creating the illusion sound is coming from more than one direction.

No
No
No
Pair with additional speaker Expand to view more details.

Some speakers can be paired together in order to play back music with more volume, or to simulate a stereo speaker set up. 

No
No
Yes
Bluetooth version
4.1
3
not stated
Auxiliary input Expand to view more details.

3.5mm aux-in port.

Yes
Yes
Yes
Auxiliary cable provided
No
Yes
Yes
Takes phone calls Expand to view more details.

A microphone built into the speaker makes it possible to take an incoming phone call.

Yes
No
No
Other features Expand to view more details.

Miscellaneous features including support for NFC, FM radio, expandable storage, daisy chaining and more.

None
None
Can be used as a Bluetooth adapter via its line-out port
Dust proof Expand to view more details.

As claimed by the manufacturer.

No
No
Yes
Splash resistant Expand to view more details.

Can tolerate splashes, but cannot be submerged in water.

No
No
Yes
Waterproof Expand to view more details.

The waterproof speakers featured in this review all (coincidentally) are certified IPX7. That is, they are certified for use in water less than a metre deep for a period no longer than 30 minutes.

No
No
No
Shock proof
No
No
Yes
Specifications
Weight (g) Expand to view more details.

Excluding power lead, rounded to nearest 100g.

273
142
186
Charging time claimed (hours)
3
3
not stated
Dimensions (mm, HxWxD) Expand to view more details.

Rounded up to nearest 5mm.

84 x 89
44 x 94
40 x 91 x 91
Attachments Expand to view more details.

Details whether the speaker has been designed with loops, a carabiner or other hanging mechanism

Carabiner; Lanyard/strap loop facility
Loop
Threaded mount
Warranty
2
1
1
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Availability Expand to view more details.

'Tested' means you ought to be able to find this in retailers. We check availability every time we test, which is about two times a year. 'Discontinued' means you may have trouble finding this product as it is no longer in production; however, you may find this product online either locally or overseas.

Tested model
Tested model
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