Bluetooth speakers are nowadays indispensable accessories, as we can easily connect them to our mobile phone and transport them everywhere. Since the majority of smartphones don’t produce very loud or of adequate quality sound, such speakers are useful in plenty of cases. A Bluetooth speaker can be transported anywhere in our home, but more importantly, we can take it with us outdoors.
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In our quest for a high-quality and affordable Bluetooth speaker, we tested three devices, and below we summarize our opinion on cheap Bluetooth speakers. At this point, we would like to thank Gearbest, which provided us with the products for the review.
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Bluetooth Speaker A9
The name is not very informative since it doesn’t make the name of the brand apparent. We couldn’t find the company’s name on the box either, nor in Gearbest.
This Bluetooth speaker has a power of 8W x 2, SNR at 90dB, and a frequency response of 100Hz - 18KHz. Also, it supports an external SD card of up to 32 GB.
The box is relatively simple, with the speaker shown on the outside.
At the top, we found two white cables: a USB cable for charging the device, and an auxiliary cable to connect it to a corresponding port.
Below, there was the manual, and of course the speaker. The word "Sardine" is carved outside of the speaker, which we assume is the brand of the company.
The speaker looks stylish and sturdy, while on the top it features a leather handle for transport.
At the top, we will also find the buttons for handling the music, while at the base are the ports and the On / Off button.
On the other side, we will see the battery indicator, a microphone input, and an M button, which helps us alternate the use of the SD card and the Bluetooth connection.
Should I buy it?
The sound of the A9 is definitely not the best we've heard. Although it is loud enough, the bass is unable to produce the sound you would expect, so it sounds somewhat "dull."
Although it is not very heavy, it is quite bulky, making it less portable than we would expect.
In general, we would say that it is worth the money, but it is now what we would call a VFM Bluetooth speaker.
Bluetooth Speaker W6
Once again, we have no idea about the company behind this Bluetooth speaker. The W6 looks very neat, but it is not a portable speaker.
We are talking about a large wooden speaker with Bluetooth 4.2, 4000mAh battery, SD card support, and FM radio.
Furthermore, the W6 Bluetooth speaker has a built-in microphone, just like the A6 we saw earlier, so we can answer calls when using it.
Its package has nothing special; it is a simple cardboard box.
Inside the box, we found two black cables; an auxiliary cable and one for charging the device. In the package, there’s also a manual, and - of course - the Bluetooth speaker.
The speaker is beautiful; it is made of wood, which immediately attracts your attention when you first hold it.
At the top, we’ll find all the buttons and ports we will need…
...while the bass is placed on the side.
As far as design is concerned, the W6 is impressive.
Should I buy it?
Despite the looks, the sound was not worthy of our expectations. The quality is definitely worse than the A9 we saw above, although it was slightly louder.
The bass was pretty good, but overall, we think the A9 is the best choice between the two.
The main problem about the W6 is that we won’t be able to take it with us on the beach, the countryside, or anywhere else.
It is clear that the W6 was designed to sit on a desk in our office, our living room, our bathroom - you get the point.
However, for the **$ it costs, we think there are better choices regarding sound quality.
Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker
Xiaomi is a leading Chinese manufacturer when it comes to quality, and their Bluetooth speaker is no exception.
The 50$ Xiaomi Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker comes in various colors.
The box looks just like Xiaomi’s smartphones, having the same elongated style, in a white package with a small Xiaomi logo.
Inside, there is the manual. as well as the Bluetooth speaker, stored in a beautiful fabric case.
Our sample came in blue, which is pretty elegant and stylish. The speaker is metallic and lightweight, and we must admit that it is the definition of a portable Bluetooth speaker.
It supports Bluetooth 4.0; it has a microphone for hands-free calls, a metal body, 90dB speaker volume, and a 1500mAh battery.
The sound power is at 3W x 2, with a frequency response of 85Hz - 20Khz.
The Bluetooth speaker has all the buttons on one side.
On the other side, we will find the available ports.
Should I buy it?
We say go for it.
Although it is the cheapest, the Xiaomi Bluetooth speaker has the best sound quality in comparison to the other two. Its speaker is less potent than the devices we saw above, but what can we do, we prefer quality over quantity.
Combined with the portability it offers - it fits comfortably in a small pocket - it is the perfect solution for someone looking for a portable speaker you can carry everywhere, without sacrificing audio quality.
Do you use a Bluetooth speaker?
A Bluetooth speaker can be useful at a party, in the car, or in a picnic. We can even use them indoors to listen to music in any room.
Did you like the products we reviewed? Would you like to see other Bluetooth speaker suggestions in a different price range? Feel free to leave your comments below.