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    Re: Portable Speaker suggestions

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    TheWirecutter go through a load of them and its been recently updated.

    TLR they give it to the UE Roll 2.
    Hmm, a little out of leftfield... They don't, however, test the UE Boom or the JBL Flip.

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    Re: Portable Speaker suggestions

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    Hmm, a little out of leftfield... They don't, however, test the UE Boom or the JBL Flip.
    At the bottom in the competition section:

    The Roll 2 plays loud enough to serve up background music, but half a dozen people talking will mostly drown it out, so it’s not party friendly, unless your parties are small and sedate. If you want something similarly portable, rugged, and waterproof but with more volume, check out the JBL Charge 3 or the UE Boom 2 (both discussed in The competition).
    The splashproof JBL Flip 3 is similar in size to the UE Boom 2 and currently sells for less than half the price. But it lacks bass and sounds somewhat thin, and deep bass notes make it scoot around on a table. And with the extra volume now available with the UE Roll 2, we think the Roll 2 is a more appealing choice overall.
    We had a tough time deciding between the UE Boom 2 and the Bose SoundLink Mini II when we wanted a pick in the $200 range. The Boom 2 plays loud enough to cover a suburban backyard or to drown out voices at a dinner party, but we think voices sound a little more natural and smooth through the SoundLink Mini II. The Boom 2 now has a nice Party Up feature, which lets you play the same audio source through as many Boom 2 and UE Megaboom units as you like. It’s a great way to do multiroom sound on the cheap, but you’re still limited by Bluetooth’s relatively short range. Party Up works well if you want to put Boom 2 units in a few rooms of an apartment or small home; in our tests, however, if the extra speakers were more than about 25 feet away, or separated by two or three walls, from the speaker mated with the Bluetooth source, the sound tended to drop out. The recent firmware update that gives Siri and Google Now voice-command capability to the Boom 2 is nice, but the feature doesn’t respond as quickly as on the Amazon Tap and Echo, and you can get much of the same functionality through your phone no matter what Bluetooth speaker you use. The Boom 2 is IPX7 rated, so you can safely submerge it in water, and it has an iOS/Android app that gives it stereo pairing and EQ features much like the Roll 2’s. It also has a function where you can pause or resume playback or skip tracks by picking up the unit and tapping its top. Anyone who needs something more portable, rugged, and waterproof than the SoundLink Mini II should get the Boom 2.

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    Re: Portable Speaker suggestions

    Well, I went with the new JBL Flip 4. It was only available from the JBL site, and I couldn't test it until now as it was only her birthday yesterday.
    Upshot is: Pretty impressed with it, sounds good, much better than the old one, and the connectivity options are good. One issue I had was that if I had it set to take phone audio as well as media audio, it kept cutting out. As soon as I switched the phone audio off, it was fine. But this is immaterial, as it's her device and I was only hijacking it...

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    Re: Portable Speaker suggestions

    If you're after something cheap than Anker's stuff from Amazon is really nice for the price and has a great warranty reputation. I have the cube speaker and it's very nice.

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