With the holiday season fast approaching, we are all put under considerable strain to think of gifts that our loved ones may enjoy – ways to show our affection and appreciation. These gifts can be handmade or unusual, brand new or antique, expensive or low-cost, and the amount of thought put into them always lends itself to extra appreciation.
There isn’t always going to be a holiday season that provides many wonderful gifts, but you can usually be sure that the gift of music, or the means by which you play it, is high on many people’s priority list. With this year, will you get a friend or family member a levitating speaker, or perhaps write them a song? With our guide, you can at least be sure of what you’re options are in terms of speaker quality.
Starting out our list is the TCI Hive Bluetooth Speaker, with an output of 400mAh. This is a good speaker to take on the go, as it has an impressive battery life. It doesn’t have as many features as other items on the list, but it is by far the most affordable out of the selection on offer here, with a price tag of $19.88. The TCI Hive is a great choice for anyone looking to get a bluetooth speaker, but operating on a budget, and just like any of the other speakers on this list, it will connect with any bluetooth enabled music device.
For fans of Star Wars who are reading this, or for their loved ones who are looking for a good holiday gift for them, look no further. This is the first Disney-approved levitating Star Wars speaker on the market, and not only does it look impressive with it’s actual magnetic levitation, but it sounds impressive too, with a 360 degree amplification and up to 5 hours of playtime per charge. Not only that, but it is wirelessly rechargeable, to allow that levitating aesthetic to continue even when the battery has run low. It’s not exactly priced cheaply at $249, but the overall sound quality and visual effect makes it the perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life.
Next up is the formidable and respectable UE Megaboom Wireless Speakers. Weighing in at just over 1.6 kg, the UE Megaboom is a fairly lightweight, and impressively loud speaker. An output of 36W means you won’t be left wanting for volume, and a 20hr battery time means you can ready yourself for an insane amount of listening before needing to recharge this speaker. With those features, however, comes a respectably hefty price tag of $294, every dollar of which goes towards ensuring you or your loved ones can have the highest quality of music this holiday season.
Here we reach the other end of the spectrum, and a far cry from the TCI Hive. Bang & Olufsen are known for making incredibly high-quality audio technology that can last many, many years when treated well. Their speakers and sound systems are an audiophile’s dreams come true, and often carry alongside them a similarly lofty price tag.
The wireless speaker we’re talking about today is the B&O Beoplay A2, which has an impressive array of features. Firstly, it’s battery life is unheard of, with 24hrs of play on a single charge, then we have it’s impressive memory banks – it can remember up to 8 users and play from two devices at once, and finally, we have it’s sound quality and power.
The B&O Beoplay can put out a whopping 180W, provided by 2 30W speakers. But now, to bring us back to reality for a minute, the price tag. These features and wonderful design elements all come to a staggering $400, easily outstripping all others on this list.
There you have it, the four best speakers available for any kind of budget this holiday season, and not a moment too soon either.