Top waterproof speakers

Top 10PortableBattery life
Portable speakers (1 - 5)
Sony SRS-XB501GJBL BoomboxJBL Xtreme 2Ultimate Ears MegablastJBL XtremeSony SRS-XB41JBL Charge 3JBL Link 20JBL Xtreme 3Infinity Fuze 700
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Sony SRS-XB501G
JBL Boombox
JBL Xtreme 2
Ultimate Ears Megablast
JBL Xtreme
Sony SRS-XB41
JBL Charge 3
JBL Link 20
JBL Xtreme 3
Infinity Fuze 700
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Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
Battery lifeThe device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.16h
24h
15h
16h
15h
24h
20h
10h
15h
10h
Lowest frequencyThe lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
Lowest frequencyThe lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.20Hz
50Hz
55Hz
60Hz
70Hz
20Hz
65Hz
65Hz
53.5Hz
60Hz
Highest frequencyThe highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
Highest frequencyThe highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
20000Hz
SubwooferDevices with a subwoofer have a higher quality, deeper bass.
SubwooferDevices with a subwoofer have a higher quality, deeper bass.
Charge timeThe time it takes to fully charge the battery.
Charge timeThe time it takes to fully charge the battery.N.A.6.5h
3.5h
N.A.N.A.N.A.4h
4.5h
2.5h
4h
Bluetooth versionBluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Bluetooth versionBluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.4.2
4.2
4.2
4
4.2
4.2
4.1
4.2
5.1
5
Bluetooth aptXBluetooth aptX is an audio codec used for transmitting hi-resolution audio wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Developed by Qualcomm, the aptX audio technology includes variations such as aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and aptX Adaptive.
Bluetooth aptXBluetooth aptX is an audio codec used for transmitting hi-resolution audio wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Developed by Qualcomm, the aptX audio technology includes variations such as aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and aptX Adaptive.
Driver unit sizeThe driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
Driver unit sizeThe driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.45mm
102mm
69.9mm
55mm
63mm
57.9mm
45mm
50mm
70mm
N.A.
Drivers countA speaker driver is an individual transducer that converts electrical energy to sound waves. More drivers may result in better sound quality.
Drivers countA speaker driver is an individual transducer that converts electrical energy to sound waves. More drivers may result in better sound quality.2
4
4
4
4
2
2
2
4
N.A.
WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.3.1kg
5.25kg
2.39kg
N.A.2.11kg
1.5kg
800g
950g
1.97kg
705g

Whether wired or connected wirelessly, portable speakers allow you to set the soundtrack for a fun day at the pool, a lazy float down the river, or just about anywhere else you decide to go. Suddenly, watching movies at a friend’s house or listening to your favorite songs at the beach becomes a much more enticing idea with a speaker in hand.

Do you know what’s not enticing? Wondering whether or not that dip or drop in the pool just totally fried your speaker. Due to their portable nature, it’s likely that you’ll drop, ding, and splash just about any portable speaker. That’s okay. If you’re active, always on-the-go, and love to lay out by the water, just make sure you’ve got a waterproof speaker.

The difference between water-resistant and weather-sealed

Plenty of devices are weather-sealed nowadays. However, all that means is that thanks to additional seals, water splashes and dust are no longer life-threatening circumstances for your flashy new gadget. It doesn’t mean that it can withstand immersion unless it has additional protection such as IP67 or IP68 water resistance ratings (even then, liquid damage may not be covered by warranties). Weather-sealed devices are able to withstand a few drops of water and a splash here or there, but won’t withstand being fully submerged in water.

What about waterproof?

Again, there’s a slight difference between something that’s water-resistant and completely waterproof. When talking about water resistance, we’re talking about protection against humidity and water penetration. A water-resistant device can endure raindrops or water splashes, or even an occasional drop in the sink. In essence, they’re better protected compared to weather-sealed products, they are not waterproof.

How do you measure a speaker’s waterproof rating?

Currently, many consumer electronics are classified by IP ratings, with IP67 and IP68 being the most common at this point. For portable speakers, we look at its IP67 rating. An IP67 rating means, first, that the device is protected from harmful dust and secondly that it’s protected from immersion in water for up to 30 minutes in depths of no more than 1 meter.

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