We recently discussed which cheaper speakers are useful for throwing in your bag but you might need a little more power. We compared three bluetooth speakers from 50 to 100 euros, so you can bring the best sound to the camping site, the beach or simply your garden.
Three bluetooth speakers to 100 euros compared
There are many aspects to to consider when purchasing a bluetooth speaker. First, of course, there is the quality of the sound. Does hip hop sound nice with a good bass? Is the sound rich enough to make an entire orchestra sound good? Isn't rock music too shrill? In addition, it is useful if a speaker has a good battery. Although they are very convenient to use indoors, they are very suitable for on the road or outside and there is usually no outlet available. We include these and other aspects in our comparison.
In addition to sound and endurance, there is another thing that clearly separates one speaker from another: appearance. Sony's XB32 does it well. In principle, this speaker has a fairly traditional speaker look, namely a kind of elongated cylinder shape that you place vertically. One part is made of hard plastic, the rest of fabric with the 48mm drivers.
However, this speaker comes with some extras, namely a microphone to take telephone calls. But also in appearance: it has a cheerful LED strip with all kinds of colors of light and a kind of strobe lights. You can influence the LED strip via the Sony app, so you can constantly set the same color of your choice or have it colored according to the music. You can pair a device via bluetooth (4.2), but it is also possible to switch on the nfc chip in your Android phone and run it along the top of the speaker.
Although the LED strip is a great addition that makes the loudspeaker a real pacemaker, the strobe lights are actually somewhat disturbing. They are placed under the fabric part of the speaker. There is one on both sides, so you can peer straight into the lights when you view the speaker. Moreover, they don't add much to a party, precisely because they are quite small. As far as we are concerned, this should have been omitted. An original idea, though.
The speaker has an IP rating of 67, which means that it can withstand dust and will survive a splash of water to a certain extent. With its weight of 900 grams, it is easy to take with you, although it takes up quite a lot of space with its size of 23 by 10 by 10 cm. The way SRS-XB32 charges is a bit old-fashioned, because it still uses micro-USB. Something that is acceptable for cheaper speakers, but with a price point of 100 euros we would have expected at least a USB-C charger for this modern speaker.
The sound , this is important. This speaker has an option that we see more often on Sony speakers: extra bass. In our test period, we mainly listened with this option on, because it simply adds a little more body to the audio experience. In addition, Sony's XB32 can give a big sound. It is precisely because of its large size that it has more space to make sound bigger and that is noticeable. The battery does deteriorate considerably if you indeed turn it so loud and have all the lights on: you will then use it for about 10 to 12 hours. When you are done, Sony promises to listen to music for 24 hours.
JBL Flip 5
JBL Flip 5 has considerably less bells and whistles compared to Sony's XB32. It has a somewhat cooler look and no lights, but also no microphone. It is a robust speaker that can best be compared to a can of soda. At least when it comes to looks, because the sound from this fully cylindrical loudspeaker is certainly not tinny.
The loudspeaker consists mainly of a rough, fabric material, combined with rubber. On the sides you can see where the bass is coming from, because there is an exclamation mark on one side to warn you to keep that section free from the vibration. Thanks to the string, the speaker is easy to attach to something and gets a somewhat sportier appearance. With its weight of over 500 grams it is light anyway and thanks to its compact shape it is very easy to take with you, even if you are going to do something sporty.
Swimming, for example, with an IPX7 -Rating, this speaker is especially good at a swimming pool, although it has more problems with dust. Precisely because it is made of rubber, sand is more likely to stick to it. So pay attention to this if you want to take it to the beach or if you have some sand or crumbs in your bag, for example. It also fits well in your bag: it is 18 by 7 centimeters. You can also take two, because if there is something that JBL speakers can do well, then it is working together to make music sound from both sides at a party.
He may not be fuss in the form of lights , he certainly makes up for that when it comes to sound. It is not overwhelmingly loud, but the sound is very strong with good bass, without shrill sounds. Especially for the size, it is almost bizarre how good the sound that comes from this gadget. Whether you want to listen to classical music, pop or dancehall: JBL Flip 5 does not give it away.
JBL Flip 5 costs an average of 90 euros. You can charge it via USB-C and it will last for about 10 hours, depending on how hard you put it. It therefore has a considerably less good battery than the Sony XB32. On the other hand, you will usually only use it for a few hours, or else you will probably be close to a power outlet, which certainly doesn't make battery life bad for this type of gadget. Source: kieskeurig.nl