Depending on how old you are, you either remember rocking out to your 8-track tapes and vinyl records on a stereo equipped with enormous speakers, or you recall watching in horror as your parents busted out their best disco moves while placing their adult beverages on top of the massive speakers in your family room.
Speakers back in the 1970s were so huge, they practically had their own zip code. They were also pretty much tethered to the stereo, and were definitely not portable. Now, thanks to some advancements in technology, it is quite possible to buy a variety of small speakers that still manage to deliver big sound. Whether you want to hook up speakers to your smartphone and listen to tunes or connect wirelessly to a stereo and listen to CDs or vinyl (yes, it’s made a comeback!), there are plenty from which to choose. Check out the following options:
For many people, their smartphone doubles as their music system; the phone can easily hold thousands of your fave tunes and since it is uber portable, you can bring the music to wherever you are hanging out. To get the best possible sound from your smartphone, you can’t go wrong with the Flip 4 JBL speakers for about 100 bucks. The compact sized Flip 4 speakers allow you to wirelessly connect up to two smartphones; the rugged little speaker delivers up to 12 hours of playtime with its 3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery and can even handle a dunk into water — so if they end up in the punchbowl, they should still be able to deliver a nice loud sound. As for their specs, the Flip 4 JBL speakers weigh just over 18 ounces and are around 6.8 x 2.8 x 2.7 inches in size.
DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
It is hard to imagine that a compact speaker like the DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker can deliver such a loud sound, but that’s exactly what it does. Weighing in at a budget friendly $30 and approximately the same size and weight as the Flip 4, the DOSS offers a high definition stereo sound with a really impressive volume, regardless of whether you are lounging in your living room, or out walking and want a nice loud playlist to keep you moving. The DOSS comes with a built-in Li-Ion 2200mAh rechargeable battery that provides 12 hours of playtime at 75 percent volume. And, thanks to its Bluetooth 4.0 technology, these powerful little speakers are compatible with all Bluetooth devices, and they will automatically reconnect to the last device that you were using.
Vanatoo Transparent Zero
Described as a “pint-size speaker with a big sound,” the petite Vanatoo Transparent Zero looks and sounds terrific. One of the two Transparent Zeros hosts an analog 3.5mm stereo input, an optical digital input, a USB port and an RCA subwoofer output; that speaker connects to the other one with a cable. If you are a wireless fan, the speakers’ aptX Bluetooth feature means it can work on a stereo, a home theater or on a desktop. The Transparent Zero costs about $350 a pair, and measures 7.5 x 4.75 x 9.75 inches. They get their huge sound in large thanks to the built-in twin 48 watt Class D digital amplifiers, one of which drives the tweeter and the other powers the woofer.
Vinyl records may be making a comeback, but fortunately the humungous speakers of decades past seem to be done for good. It’s great to know that it is very easy to find high-quality and small speakers at a number of price points that will deliver the amazing sound quality you desire.