7 Portable Speakers For Summer Selling
Whether designed for the backyard or the bedroom, portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers continue to occupy valuable shelf space for consumer electronics retailers and e-tailers.
TWICE Staff ⋅
Published: May 9, 2018
Whether designed for
the backyard or the bedroom, portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers continue to occupy valuable shelf space for consumer electronics retailers and e-tailers. In addition to room-filling sound, some models even build in advanced features like voice control and multi-device pairing.
Featured here are some of the newest additions to the category, including several models slated for summer shipping.
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This speaker, part of Anker’s newest audio brand, features an LED ring that can be controlled through a dedicated smartphone app to provide a music-synchronized light show. It’s also waterproof, able to be submerged for up to 30 minutes in 3.3 feet of water. Battery life is listed at 12 hours.
Designed specifically for spring and summer consumers, these limited-edition PAL models were first displayed at the Salone del Mobile design show in Milan in April. Three colors will be offered when they go on sale this month: Anise Flower, Lucite Green and Deep Ocean Teal.
Available in black, white, blue fabric,
the XB41 is IP67 waterproof (submersible up to 30 feet, even in salt water, for a minute), and offers a whopping 24-hour battery life. It can not only be recharged via AC or DC, but also provides charging for USB-connected devices such as smartphones. Suggested retail is $249.
Featuring Amazon Alexa voice capabilities and 360-degree sound, the Astra can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It’s distributed exclusively by Brightstar.
Featuring built-in Google Assistant, this multiroom audio system is available in a wood veneer cabinet in a walnut, hickory, black or white finish. It can be powered by a 100-240V external adapter or an optional battery pack for portability. Pricing will range from $349 to $399 depending on finish when it ships in October.
This water-resistant outdoor speaker features 360-degree sound, three levels of brightness and a “flicker” effect. Its powered via solar panel or MicroUSB cable. The Multi-Link technology enables multiple lights to sync for backyard-filling tunes.
As with all of this company’s products, the No Bounds Bluetooth speaker ties eco-friendliness into its design, with this model constructed using consciously harvested cork. It’s also water- and dust-proof and has a battery life of at least 10 hours. It’s currently available for a $69.99 suggested retail.