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Best Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth has come a long way. When I think of bluetooth technology I think of fairly recent technology, but the fact is, the original patent for bluetooth technology was filed in September of 1997.  You can read more about the history of bluetooth technology in this article by Steve Brachmann. The whole idea behind bluetooth is to provide independence from wires and cables connecting you to only a short distance away from the speakers.

I few years ago, I had to get a bluetooth receiver to plug into my speakers to go bluetooth and now I have access to amazing options for wireless listening built in directly to my speakers. This is what we are going to be looking at. I found some amazing options for bluetooth speakers and was able to separate them into 2 different price ranges. The higher the price range, the higher the quality you will find of course. The ranges are split up as Under $200 and Under $400. The reason for the price jump is because there was a specific set of speakers I wanted to put in this list and they were over $300.

Best Speaker Under $200

1byone Powered Classic Bookshelf Speaker

Price (before shipping)- $99.99

1byone Classic Bookshelf Speaker

1byone- Classic Bookshelf Speaker

One factor that I really like about these speakers is that they have 2 inputs besides the bluetooth, one RCA and one ⅛”. The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is that the power cable is permanently attached to the back of the speaker. However, a good majority of the speakers on this list are like that so I decided to not get all worked up over it. Overall these seem like very good options for bluetooth speakers on a budget.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$99.99 Bluetooth

RCA

Aux

1” 4” X

X

 

Rockville HD5B

Price (before shipping)- $104.71

 

Rockville HD5B

Rockville- HD5B

So out of the Under $200 group, these have to be my favorite aesthetically. They come in 2 colors, the regular black pictured above and another with a wood siding look. Another feature that I like is the source button on top of the main speaker. It is accessible and honestly very useful. That is of course if you do not have the remote (which I would lose somehow). I also like how this has different eq options that are accessible on the remote to help optimize your listening experience.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$104.71 Bluetooth

Aux x2

Coax

Optical USB

.75” 5” 50Hz- 20kHz

X

 

Edifier R1700BT

Price (before shipping)- $149.99
Edifier R1700BT

Edifier- R1700BT

So I have actually used these so many times. A friend of mine in college had them and we would play music through them as well as watch movies. He still has them even after all of our abuse and they still sound pretty good. I definitely recommend these for anyone on a budget or looking to just get a good pair of speakers for listening around the house.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$149.99 Bluetooth

RCA

.75” 4” 60Hz- 20kHz

X

 

Mackie CR4BT

Price (before shipping)- $169.99

Mackie CR4BT

Mackie- CR4BT

Mackie is a good brand that I have worked with many times. I helped a friend pick some speakers out for a small youth group at a church, and the best sounding option we heard was actually a pair of Mackies (which we ended up getting). However, these speakers are listed as studio monitors, but I would only use them for casual listening. They are a good little set of speakers that will play your music well, just not in an editing sense.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$169.99 Bluetooth

TRS

RCA

Aux

1” 4” ? X

X

Best Speaker Under $400

Klipsch R-41PM

Price (before shipping)- $299.00Klipsch R41P

Klipsch- R-41PM

This is a brand that I have seen a lot and would recommend to anyone for good casual listening. They’re also great for record players since they have a built in phono preamp for boosting sound levels such as record players. But as a bluetooth player they give a great sound for any line level signal sent.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$299 Bluetooth

RCA

Aux

Optical

USB

1” 4” ?


Kanto Audio YU6

Price (before shipping)- $399.99

 

Kanto Audio YU6

Kanto Audio- YU6

These are probably my favorite on the entire list. They have colorful options that all look great as well as sound amazing. But one of my favorite things about these is that there is a connection for an external sub. They make an actual subwoofer that you can use in combination with the 2 monitors. Also if you are wanting the same quality with a smaller size and price there is the YU4 option that you can grab.

Price

Input Tweeter Woofer Frequency

Response

Remote Sub Connection
$399.99 Bluetooth

RCA

Aux

Optical

1” 5.25” 50Hz- 20kHz