Excellent news for anyone who values sound quality and also wants to keep an eye on their bank balance - you can currently pick up a remarkable selection of Bluetooth speakers for under £100 pounds which offer a wide range of features without short-changing you on your actual listening experience.
Much like the wireless headphone market, the number of quality Bluetooth speakers now available has significantly expanded in recent years and now offers a wide-range of options for people on a budget of under £100. Thanks to advancements in speaker technology, manufacturers can now produce speakers that are both affordable and of remarkably high quality.
Best Bluetooth Speakers Under £100 At A Glance
With reputable brands operating in this price range like Marshall, Sony and Ultimate Ears, you can find reliable products that offer great value for money. Of course, the overall quality may vary among different models, and some may have specific limitations or trade-offs, but in general, you can find some real gems in this price category that provide a satisfying audio experience without costing an arm and a leg.
The Best Bluetooth Speakers Under £100
The best Bluetooth speaker under £100
Marshall’s pedigree and iconic status is hard to match. After all, it is the maker of pioneering
- Balanced audio
- Great on guitar-led tracks
- Louder options are available in this list
- No stereo option when linking multiple speakers
The best Bluetooth speaker under £100, runner-up
Resembling a cola can, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 is a Bluetooth speaker with an energetic
- 360-degree sound
- L-R stereo split available over multiple speakers
- Rich and bouncy bass
- Bass sacrifices nuance in the audio
Best Bluetooth speaker for volume
Though it might look like something you’d expect one of Run-D.M.C to have slung on their shoulder
- Rich and well-defined sound
- Excellent battery life
- Exciting bass boost feature which can be toggled to suit the mood
- The least portable on the list
The best portable Bluetooth speaker for audio clarity
JBL is renowned for producing high-quality Bluetooth audio products. Whether it's the JBL GO 3 - a
- Great sound quality
- Natural mid-tones for an organic sound
- Dedicated tweeter
- Shorter battery life than most competition
- Tougher builds are available
The best multifunctional Bluetooth speaker under £100
Amazon's Echo Dot is one of the best smart speakers available, on account of its built-in support
- Multifunctional thanks to Alexa smart assistant
- Discreet design and small footprint
- Hands-free operation due to voice commands
- Better sound quality is available in price range
The best Bluetooth speaker under £100 for portability
The Sony SRS-XB13 is perfect if you’re looking for a small portable speaker. Squeezing in under
- Lightweight and portable
- Good battery life
- Good bass sound for its size
- Not very loud
What to consider when buying a Bluetooth speaker
Sound: The prime consideration lies in the speaker's audio quality. Ensure the speaker achieves an optimal blend of bass, midrange, and treble.
Portability: If a portable speaker suits your needs, prioritise lightweight design and extended battery life. Generally, portable speakers offer 10-16 hours of battery life, with certain models capable of up to 24 hours of runtime.
Branding: Numerous Bluetooth speaker brands are available, each with its unique strengths and weaknesses. We’ve made sure that our recommended brands are reputable for offering quality and dependability.
IP rating: The IP rating indicates a Bluetooth speaker's resistance to dust and water. For outdoor usage, opt for a speaker with a high IP rating, such as IPX7, which is waterproof.
Durability: If you tend to be tough on your belongings, select a Bluetooth speaker with robust construction and a solid warranty.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that enables devices to communicate and exchange data over short distances without the need for cables. It operates on radio waves and supports various devices, such as smartphones, headphones, speakers, computers, and smartwatches.
When two Bluetooth-enabled devices come within range of each other, they establish a connection and create a personal area network known as Bluetooth pairing. Once paired, they can exchange information, such as audio, files, or control commands.
As technology advances, newer Bluetooth versions offer improvements in data transfer speeds, range and power efficiency. When you are looking for a new speaker, you’re most likely to encounter Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth 5.0. Both of these versions are reliable. The main difference for most users is that 5.0 has a greater range and can send more data - the former is great for everyone, and the second is most applicable to those who stream in the highest qualities available.
How to connect to your Bluetooth speaker
Every device has a slightly different way of connecting to Bluetooth speakers. However, these are the general steps you’ll need to follow:
Turn on the Bluetooth speaker: Ensure that your Bluetooth speaker is turned on and in pairing mode. Most Bluetooth speakers have a dedicated pairing button or a combination of buttons to activate pairing mode - check the manual if in doubt.
Enable Bluetooth on your device: On the device you want to be connected to the Bluetooth speaker, go to the settings and enable Bluetooth. Usually, you can find this option in the Connections or Bluetooth section of your device settings.
Search for available devices: Once Bluetooth is enabled on your device, it will automatically start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. The name of your Bluetooth speaker should appear on the list of available devices.
Select the Bluetooth speaker: Tap on the name of your Bluetooth speaker to initiate the pairing process. Some speakers may require you to enter a pairing code, but most will connect automatically.
Confirmation: After successful pairing, you'll receive a confirmation message on your device, indicating that it is now connected to the Bluetooth speaker.
Play audio: You can now play audio from your device, and the sound will be transmitted to the connected Bluetooth speaker.
Note: If you are using a PC or laptop, you may need to access the audio settings and select your connected Bluetooth speaker as the audio output.
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