My favorite Bluetooth speakers

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It’s that time of year when we honor our moms, dads, and grads, and since everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker, this week I’ll be highlighting three of my favorites for 2022.

My favorite portable wireless speaker for 2022 – the Monoprice Harmony Capsule 300 ($69.99) – falls squarely in the “most cost-effective” category. Weighing nearly 3½ pounds and featuring a 10,000mAh rechargeable battery, it provides up to 30 hours of playtime at 50% volume. Speaking of volume, this speaker is louder and clearer than many more expensive portable speakers.

Thoughtful touches include a carrying strap, a USB-A port so you can charge your phone or other devices from its massive lithium-ion battery, and an IPx7 rating to protect it from dust and water. immersion in water up to 3 feet deep.

My only complaint would be that it’s significantly bigger and heavier than almost any other portable speaker, which makes it less appealing to take on trips than some other options.

That brings me to my second favorite portable speaker and my go-to speaker when I travel, the Tribit XSound Mega ($99.99). Like the Monoprice speaker above, it’s IPX7 rated and includes a carrying strap, but unlike the Monoprice offering, it has two USB ports, one USB-A and one USB-C, so you can charge two other devices from its 20-hour rechargeable battery. battery. But it’s lighter and less bulky than the Monoprice speaker while sounding almost as good.

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Monoprice Harmony Capsule 300 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. $69.99. www.monoprice.com

Tribit XSound Mega portable wireless speaker. $99.99. www.tribit.com

Tribit StormBox Micro 2 portable speaker. $59.99. www.tribit.com


A few other things about this speaker appeal to me. The first is that it offers three built-in EQ options: XBass for bass-heavy music; Music for most other music; and Audiobook for spoken word recordings. It is unusual and useful. The second is its built-in LED light effects, which can pulse slowly or sync to music. I’m not usually a fan of the lighting effects in the speakers, but I found them to be subtle and pleasing. For what it’s worth, my kids enjoyed the lights even more.

Finally, there are times when size matters and even the smallest Tribit XSound Mega is too big. When that’s the case, I opt for the Tribit Stormbox Micro 2 ($59.99), which is small enough to fit in a coat pocket but loud and clear enough for most applications. With a USB port to charge other devices from its rechargeable battery, this is the speaker I use when size or weight matters.

One last thing: it will be up to you to shop around for the best price. For example, the Tribit XSound Mega is $99.99 on tribit.com last time I checked, but only $67.99 on Amazon.com.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has written over 90 books, including macOS Monterey for Dummies and The iPhone for Dummies.

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