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Recommend me a budget wireless outdoor speaker

I recently saw a Meidong model that was substantially discounted on Vipon. I could not find any reliable reviews on this brand so I am wondering if it or any other low budget brand has good sound and build quality? Thanks .

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If you want something with the highest capacity possible, I would recommend the Anker SoundCore 2:
https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Soundcore-Bluetooth-Exclusive-Water-Resista...

Has a 5000mAh 26650 inside, so quite a bit of energy storage for superb battery life.

For a lower priced alternative, with a 3600mAh 18650 inside, I would recommend the Tronsmart T2 Plus:
https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Speakers-Tronsmart-T2-Waterproof/dp/B07...

I’ve recommended both to friends who never bought Bluetooth speakers, and they absolutely loved them.

They are a good investment, since if their battery dies, you can just stick in a new soldered battery/battery holder in nicely and easily.

There’s also this one(same as the T2 Plus), but with a coupon code:
https://www.amazon.com/Vanzon-Pro-Bluetooth-Speakers-Waterproof/dp/B07RY...

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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When on sale for $40, JBL Clip 3. That might be higher budget than you want, but I have never come across a better portable outdoor speaker for it’s size.

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BlueswordM, those choices look like just what I was looking for. Something for campfires and small parties. By rights, the T2 should sound better with 20 watts, but sound quality is more than just pure power. Have you heard both and which would you pick?

korpzgrinda, thanks for your suggestion. Looks like it would be better suited for hiking and biking.

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@pennzy, there’s literally no difference between them.

From what I can tell, the T2 measures its power output as its absolute peak, while the SoundCore 2 measures power output as its average peak.
Volume is still stupid loud on max.
Sound quality is about the same if played from Bluetooth.

However, since the T2 has a microSD card slot with FLAC/high quality MP3 support, it can actually, and actually does, sound better than when played locally on your phone.

Basically, if you want maximum battery life, go with the SoundCore 2.

If you want more features and slighty better sound quality when played from the microSD card, get the T2.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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It’s not the typical cylinder or rectangle style, but I got a couple of SyrenPros recently and it sounds very good with just a single speaker running. Pairing a second one gives you true stereo and even more overall volume. I haven’t come across any other outdoor, wireless battery / AC powered speaker that comes close to this price with comparable sound quality.

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https://morningsave.com/deals/iluv-syrenpro-wireless-water-weather-resis...

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^ That one looks good except for the run time. Low price and good sound for $24 is tempting but my parties usually last longer than 4 hours. Thanks.

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The t2 just went on ale as we speak.

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It runs on AC power with the battery as backup for when you need to go completely portable. I guess I was thinking more backyard party than a beach party.

KuoH

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^ That one looks good except for the run time. Low price and good sound for $24 is tempting but my parties usually last longer than 4 hours. Thanks.
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@pennzy, did you buy the T2 or thr SoundCore 2 in the end?

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BlueSwordM wrote:
@pennzy, did you buy the T2 or thr SoundCore 2 in the end?

Not yet.
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I would stay away from JBL as there are a lot of clones which are not so good.

I can recommend Chinese manufacturer Mifa – I own model A10 which is exceptional for my needs. There are a lot of reviews on internet about this model.

As far as capacity goes, these days is very hard to find some honest mah battery readings. My own preference is buying an 4×18650 DIY empty power-bank and filling it up with LG INR18650-MJ1 or similar high capacity cheap cells. So total true 14000 mah power-bank comes with cost of less than 20€.

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If you want the best sound quality in a small package check this out. I have this model.

https://www.amazon.com/Tribit-Bluetooth-Speaker-Portable-Waterproof/dp/B...

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If you want the best sound quality in a small package check this out. I have this model.

https://www.amazon.com/Tribit-Bluetooth-Speaker-Portable-Waterproof/dp/B...


I went to a Youtube channel called oluv’s gadgets. He has a data base with a lot of various wireless speakers that can be compared for sound. In the budget category he is a huge fan of the Tribit Maxsound Plus. Right now it can be had for $40 with coupons on Amazon. Here he compares it to a Tronsmart Element Force.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewerq6FwyFs
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I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...

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makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again? Run time good?
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I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Just found out clavinetjunkie is oluv. Big Smile

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makapuu wrote:
pennzy wrote:
makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

I’d like to add a little more insight into the sound, if you like boosted highs, this is not the speaker for you.
You may even say that the sound is dull compared to other speakers out there.
I like speakers with highs that deliver a natural clarity with just enough shimmer and sparkle.
For me that type of sound is non fatiguing and you can listen to it louder and longer without it being harsh sounding.
If you find yourself reaching for the volume and turning it down because the highs are going through your ears like a ice pick you know what I’m saying.
I would also like to say that I just found out that the price briefly went down to $45.00 on the last Amazon Prime Day. Now that’s a deal.

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makapuu wrote:
makapuu wrote:
pennzy wrote:
makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

I’d like to add a little more insight into the sound, if you like boosted highs, this is not the speaker for you.
You may even say that the sound is dull compared to other speakers out there.
I like speakers with highs that deliver a natural clarity with just enough shimmer and sparkle.
For me that type of sound is non fatiguing and you can listen to it louder and longer without it being harsh sounding.
If you find yourself reaching for the volume and turning it down because the highs are going through your ears like a ice pick you know what I’m saying.
I would also like to say that I just found out that the price briefly went down to $45.00 on the last Amazon Prime Day. Now that’s a deal.

Hi makapuu,

How do you compare its sound to Bose’s soundboxes? In my opinion, Bose has just the lower end covered but quiet deficient in mid and highs, though not ear fatiguing, I simply want some more acoustic guitar strings being plucked, etc….you know what I mean haha.

If you have heard the Bose equivalent of the soundbox you are recommending and conclude that its mid and high has more “life” in it, I’m buying.

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tatasal wrote:
makapuu wrote:
makapuu wrote:
pennzy wrote:
makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

I’d like to add a little more insight into the sound, if you like boosted highs, this is not the speaker for you.
You may even say that the sound is dull compared to other speakers out there.
I like speakers with highs that deliver a natural clarity with just enough shimmer and sparkle.
For me that type of sound is non fatiguing and you can listen to it louder and longer without it being harsh sounding.
If you find yourself reaching for the volume and turning it down because the highs are going through your ears like a ice pick you know what I’m saying.
I would also like to say that I just found out that the price briefly went down to $45.00 on the last Amazon Prime Day. Now that’s a deal.

Hi makapuu,

How do you compare its sound to Bose’s soundboxes? In my opinion, Bose has just the lower end covered but quiet deficient in mid and highs, though not ear fatiguing, I simply want some more acoustic guitar strings being plucked, etc….you know what I mean haha.

If you have heard the Bose equivalent of the soundbox you are recommending and conclude that its mid and high has more “life” in it, I’m buying.

Hey Tata, it’s been a while since we talked HiFi. I haven’t heard the Bose. The Bose store we had in Hawaii pulled out about 4 or 5 years ago.
I had friends that worked there, they said just couldn’t compete with the internet.
They’re some Bluetooth speakers that are coming out with separate woofers and tweeters, dunno how they sound.
I heard they’re some high end guys that are going to jump in the BT game and even offer Torriodal Transformers and Polypropylene caps with Mili spec boards.
But that makes me wonder if those are going to be battery powered with all that amperage, and the price is probably going to be insane.
Given your audiophile background, I’m not sure if the Doss would live up to your expectations.
In my opinion, full range speakers (such as the Bose and Doss) can only go so far with the current technology.
The next leap is separates, then after that is maybe stuff like ribbons or electrostatics.
I just got the Doss because I followed clavinetjunkie and I trust his opinion because he understands and speaks our audiophile lingo and has similar sound criteria.
I’m satisfied with the sound because I use it when I’m doing things like washing the car or out in the yard having a BBQ and downing a few.
Also the price was right (potentially cheaper now) so I wouldn’t feel so bad if someone (or me) broke it.

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makapuu wrote:
tatasal wrote:
makapuu wrote:
makapuu wrote:
pennzy wrote:
makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

I’d like to add a little more insight into the sound, if you like boosted highs, this is not the speaker for you.
You may even say that the sound is dull compared to other speakers out there.
I like speakers with highs that deliver a natural clarity with just enough shimmer and sparkle.
For me that type of sound is non fatiguing and you can listen to it louder and longer without it being harsh sounding.
If you find yourself reaching for the volume and turning it down because the highs are going through your ears like a ice pick you know what I’m saying.
I would also like to say that I just found out that the price briefly went down to $45.00 on the last Amazon Prime Day. Now that’s a deal.

Hi makapuu,

How do you compare its sound to Bose’s soundboxes? In my opinion, Bose has just the lower end covered but quiet deficient in mid and highs, though not ear fatiguing, I simply want some more acoustic guitar strings being plucked, etc….you know what I mean haha.

If you have heard the Bose equivalent of the soundbox you are recommending and conclude that its mid and high has more “life” in it, I’m buying.

Hey Tata, it’s been a while since we talked HiFi. I haven’t heard the Bose. The Bose store we had in Hawaii pulled out about 4 or 5 years ago.
I had friends that worked there, they said just couldn’t compete with the internet.
They’re some Bluetooth speakers that are coming out with separate woofers and tweeters, dunno how they sound.
I heard they’re some high end guys that are going to jump in the BT game and even offer Torriodal Transformers and Polypropylene caps with Mili spec boards.
But that makes me wonder if those are going to be battery powered with all that amperage, and the price is probably going to be insane.
Given your audiophile background, I’m not sure if the Doss would live up to your expectations.
In my opinion, full range speakers (such as the Bose and Doss) can only go so far with the current technology.
The next leap is separates, then after that is maybe stuff like ribbons or electrostatics.
I just got the Doss because I followed clavinetjunkie and I trust his opinion because he understands and speaks our audiophile lingo and has similar sound criteria.
I’m satisfied with the sound because I use it when I’m washing the car or out in the yard having a BBQ and downing a few.
Also the price was right (potentially cheaper now) so I wouldn’t feel so bad if someone (or me) broke it.

Hi Eric,

Yeah, it’s been quite a while since we talked hifi.

While we can’t of course expect audiophile quality from these small, self-amplified speaker boxes, if it’s just a little ‘fat’ and just enough definition on the bass with at least some sharp but not too bright (not ear fatiguing) mid to hi, then it’s a go for me.

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tatasal wrote:
makapuu wrote:
tatasal wrote:
makapuu wrote:
makapuu wrote:
pennzy wrote:
makapuu wrote:
I have this. Used to be $99.00, I got mine for $69.00. Lowest I’ve seen was $59.00.

https://www.amazon.com/SoundBox-XL-Bluetooth-Speakers-Subwoofer/dp/B071J...


How she sound? Would you buy it again?

Deep bass, neutral clear sounding mids and highs, not shrill, sharp, or tinny sounding.
You can look up the reviews on Youtube by clavinetjunkie and others.
It used to have a buzzing speaker grill problem when it first came out, mine never had that issue.
Doss resolved that problem with the later and current ones being sent out.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

I’d like to add a little more insight into the sound, if you like boosted highs, this is not the speaker for you.
You may even say that the sound is dull compared to other speakers out there.
I like speakers with highs that deliver a natural clarity with just enough shimmer and sparkle.
For me that type of sound is non fatiguing and you can listen to it louder and longer without it being harsh sounding.
If you find yourself reaching for the volume and turning it down because the highs are going through your ears like a ice pick you know what I’m saying.
I would also like to say that I just found out that the price briefly went down to $45.00 on the last Amazon Prime Day. Now that’s a deal.

Hi makapuu,

How do you compare its sound to Bose’s soundboxes? In my opinion, Bose has just the lower end covered but quiet deficient in mid and highs, though not ear fatiguing, I simply want some more acoustic guitar strings being plucked, etc….you know what I mean haha.

If you have heard the Bose equivalent of the soundbox you are recommending and conclude that its mid and high has more “life” in it, I’m buying.

Hey Tata, it’s been a while since we talked HiFi. I haven’t heard the Bose. The Bose store we had in Hawaii pulled out about 4 or 5 years ago.
I had friends that worked there, they said just couldn’t compete with the internet.
They’re some Bluetooth speakers that are coming out with separate woofers and tweeters, dunno how they sound.
I heard they’re some high end guys that are going to jump in the BT game and even offer Torriodal Transformers and Polypropylene caps with Mili spec boards.
But that makes me wonder if those are going to be battery powered with all that amperage, and the price is probably going to be insane.
Given your audiophile background, I’m not sure if the Doss would live up to your expectations.
In my opinion, full range speakers (such as the Bose and Doss) can only go so far with the current technology.
The next leap is separates, then after that is maybe stuff like ribbons or electrostatics.
I just got the Doss because I followed clavinetjunkie and I trust his opinion because he understands and speaks our audiophile lingo and has similar sound criteria.
I’m satisfied with the sound because I use it when I’m washing the car or out in the yard having a BBQ and downing a few.
Also the price was right (potentially cheaper now) so I wouldn’t feel so bad if someone (or me) broke it.

Hi Eric,

Yeah, it’s been quite a while since we talked hifi.

While we can’t of course expect audiophile quality from these small, self-amplified speaker boxes, if it’s just a little ‘fat’ and just enough definition on the bass with at least some sharp but not too bright (not ear fatiguing) mid to hi, then it’s a go for me.

The Bass for me is the most satisfying. You could of course tweek the sound by downloading a EQ app on your phone.
I’m just running mine off a SD card because I don’t want to run down my phone battery. No EQ

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Here is the link to the data base of speakers. My ear is not as refined but maybe you guys can hear the differences.
http://switcher.oluvsgadgets.net/

I feel price creep setting in Cash

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I don’t know what your budget is, but I bought a jbl charge 4 refurbished from jbl. Top sound, lasts ages, is loud enough and can charge from it. Best thing like that I have ever bought, it was £79 delivered.
I’ve had a few cheap, few mid range (I suppose £79 is mid range too) and I wished I handn’t wasted the money on all the others and bought the jbl in the first place – just my opinion. Big Smile