How to Compare Bluetooth Speakers: 7 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Bluetooth technology allows the wireless transfer of data between two Bluetooth-enabled devices. This wireless radio technology pairs with the source device such as your iPhone, wirelessly sending the feed to the speaker, car stereo or headphones. For clutter-free desktop audio or a small bedroom system, there are many Bluetooth wireless speakers to choose from. To select a speaker, assess ergonomics, sound quality, price and aesthetics.

Steps

  1. 1
    Examine the control scheme on the speaker. Bluetooth speakers typically have integrated controls, allowing you to change tracks, adjust the volume and turn the power on and off without touching the device that's sending the audio. Look for clearly marked buttons that are easy to adjust.
  2. 2
    Evaluate how many Bluetooth devices can pair to the speaker system. Some units offer as many as seven or eight, allowing your multiple smartphones or other streaming-capable devices to sync
  3. 3
    Try to listen to the speaker in a store, or purchase online from a store that offers a generous return policy in case you don't like what you hear. Listen for strong bass, intelligible vocals and crisp treble without sounding harsh. Play content at differing volume levels to see if the unit plays loud enough to fill your room with a minimum of distortion.
  4. 4
    Evaluate the company's warranty policy. Bluetooth speakers are often highly portable devices, potentially subjected to more rigorous use than a conventional unit. A one-year warranty is a good starting point, but remember that electronics and speaker drivers often have warranties of differing lengths.
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    Carry the unit around or handle it to ascertain how portable the speaker is. Think about when and where you'll use the device, whether toting it from room to room, taking it to the beach or having it installed in an office. Lighter speakers are not always better, as this usually means the cabinet walls are thin, offering anemic bass and excessive vibration.
  6. 6
    Select a Bluetooth speaker matching your aesthetic requirements. Match the speaker up to your living space, other electronics in use with the speaker itself or a combination of the two.
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    Examine the quantity and type of jacks on the speakers. Most will incorporate headphone jacks, but also consider a unit with USB ports for a quick plug-in of external devices. Look for a unit that offers an AC power adapter so you aren't constantly consuming batteries.

Tips

  • If you audition the Bluetooth speakers in a store, bring along an MP3 device to allow you to evaluate sound quality with familiar content.

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