Best Bluetooth boombox
Which Bluetooth boomboxes are worth buying?
Boomboxes might seem like relics of the '70s and '80s, but Bluetooth boomboxes are updated alternatives that can stream music from compatible devices using Bluetooth. Like boomboxes of yore, some can also play radio, CDs and even cassette tapes.
Battery life is all-important because some can keep blasting your favorite tunes all day on a single charge, while others are better used plugged into an outlet with portable use for short periods only.
Whatever you need from your Bluetooth boombox, there's an option out there for you — you just need to know where to start your search.
Best Bluetooth boomboxes
JBL Boombox 2: available at Amazon
Like JBL's other Bluetooth speakers, this is a high-quality option that should be near the top of your list if you have a big enough budget. It's extremely loud with crisp highs and booming lows. It's waterproof and has a massive 24-hour battery life, so it's ideal for outdoor use and can even be used at the beach or by the pool without the danger of it being damaged by water.
Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Outdoor Speaker: available at Amazon
This contemporary take on a boombox is an excellent mid-range choice. It has high-quality drivers for excellent sound clarity and new technology that intensifies bass in real time. It's lightweight and highly portable with a 24-hour battery life. As it's waterproof, it's great for outdoor use, and it even floats so you can retrieve it easily if it drops in a body of water.
Philips AZ700T Bluetooth CD Soundmachine: available at Amazon
Not only does this model look like a classic '90s boombox, but it also features a CD player and FM radio in addition to being Bluetooth compatible. You can plug it into a power outlet or fit it with six D batteries if you want to use it outdoors or on the go. This can get costly after a while, though, so it's best reserved for occasional outdoor use only.
Pyle Wireless Portable Bluetooth Boombox Speaker: available at Amazon
This barrel-shaped Bluetooth boombox is reasonably priced and simple to use. It has a built-in rechargeable battery but only a three-hour playtime, which isn't ideal. You can plug it into a standard outlet when using it indoors, however. It also features an FM radio and slots for an SD card and USB stick, which you can play music from. The sound quality is decent for the size and price.
Toshiba Wireless Bluetooth Boombox: available at Amazon
A retro-looking Bluetooth boombox, this model also features an integrated CD player and an FM radio, so it's a versatile option. You can either buy a model that takes standard D batteries or one with a rechargeable battery built-in, which is a good idea if you intend to use it outdoors regularly. It features dynamic audio and comes with a remote so you can pause and skip without getting up.
Victrola Mini Bluetooth Boombox: available at Amazon
In addition to its classic looks, this compact Bluetooth boombox features AM/FM radio and a cassette player, so it really is a blast from the past. Whether you have a collection of cassettes from your younger days or are into underground bands who still release music on tape, this is an ideal choice. It looks good and is affordably priced, though it isn't especially loud.
W-King Bluetooth Boombox Speaker: available at Amazon
With two tweeters, two subwoofers and two passive bass radiators, this boombox is capable of decent volumes and has rich, punchy sound. It has an impressive 24-hour battery life, so you can blast tunes outside all day without worrying about running out of juice, and you can even draw on the power stored in the battery to recharge your devices. What's more, it's waterproof, so there's no need to worry about splashes or light rain when using it outdoors.
QFX J-220BT ReRun X Bluetooth Cassette Player Boombox: available at Amazon
If you're in the market for a Bluetooth boombox with that classic '80s vibe, look no further. This model has that unmistakable boxy appearance and even features a built-in cassette player and a four-band radio. The analog buttons complete the look. It runs on D batteries or plugs into a power outlet. This is an affordable model, so you can't expect exceptional sound quality, but it doesn't sound bad when you consider the low price.
Sony Portable Bluetooth Boombox Stereo System: available at Amazon
Coming from a big-name brand in the world of audio equipment, this Bluetooth boombox has the quality you'd expect from a Sony product. In addition to letting you play songs from your phone or other device using Bluetooth, it has a built-in CD player and an AM/FM radio. It's great for use outdoors and on the go as it has an excellent battery life with up to 26 hours of playtime. It sounds good with rich, deep bass.
Pyle Bluetooth Boombox Street Blaster Stereo Speaker: available at Amazon
While the main purpose of this boombox is to be used as a Bluetooth speaker, it also has an aux input so you can use it as a portable amp for a mic or guitar. It's loud and powerful with quality speakers that give clear sound with deep bass. The detachable strap makes it easy to carry sound with you. The battery life isn't the best, at around 4 to 5 hours, but it can be plugged into an outlet.
Riptunes Boombox Radio Cassette Player: available at Amazon
Thanks to its stylish retro look, this Bluetooth boombox is ideal for anyone who wants an '80s throwback. As well as the Bluetooth compatibility, this model has an AM/FM radio and a cassette player, though some users have reported minor issues with the latter. It comes with an AC adaptor to plug into an outlet, or it can run off four regular D batteries if you want to use it outdoors.
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