Wireless speaker for me hols

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Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby CaptainKirk » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:55 am

Looking to buy a small (slip into my suitcase type size) speaker to use with my mobile on hols and then back home.
Any recommendations would be useful and appreciated!

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Pstotto » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:02 pm

I were your granddad I'd say leave your phone at home and your music and give yourself a rest from all that.
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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Bosscat » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:05 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:Looking to buy a small (slip into my suitcase type size) speaker to use with my mobile on hols and then back home.
Any recommendations would be useful and appreciated!

Sign up for "Ken Bruces Pop Master" if you win you get one for free... if you lose you get a "One year out" Tee Shirt... ;)

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby ZizkovClaret » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:25 pm

If its your first one, spend no more than 30 quid or so and get a square JBL job, or similar. If you like it you can then look at shelling out nearer to 100+ for a proper piece of kit

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Longsidelenny » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:44 pm

Book another suitcase and take a ghetto blaster
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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Fretters » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:00 pm

I bought a £30 JBL clip for my hols and it was perfect.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Bosscat » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:12 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:Looking to buy a small (slip into my suitcase type size) speaker to use with my mobile on hols and then back home.
Any recommendations would be useful and appreciated!

I now have a mental picture you poolside listening to Aqua and Black Lace and everyone having a "Fun" time :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby ElectroClaret » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:03 pm

What's wrong with Black Lace? :? :lol:

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby FactualFrank » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:06 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:Looking to buy a small (slip into my suitcase type size) speaker to use with my mobile on hols and then back home.
Any recommendations would be useful and appreciated!


I bought this one a couple of years ago and it's still going strong.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Anke ... 9855NM6IVA

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby JarrowClaret » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:19 pm

I have just returned from Salou not sure where you are going but if similar all the gift shops are selling wireless speakers. Might be worth waiting and getting out there obviously not as good as a proper one but if only for the Holiday they should be fine I guess. The marked prices tend to be over the top, but you can get them down from that quite a bit.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby ClaretFelix » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:27 pm

Just bought a Sony srs-xb01 from eBay, £15, sound quality excellent

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby BurningBeard » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:30 pm

Not sure of your budget or how much sound quality means to you but I have a couple of speakers including the one linked by FF and it's a good little unit. Tiny, and decent volume / sound quality for the size of it. My other is a Riva S which is more in the Bose Soundlink ballpark in terms of price and sound quality.
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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Walton » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:38 pm

See if you can pick up a Cambridge Audio one, they often have big discounts on opened-box stuff on their site. I've got two of their Bluetooth speakers (can set them to play in stereo) and they've got very good sound quality.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby bfccrazy » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:45 pm

Niece got one from BandM that was about £7/10 and is small but loud enough for the job.

At that price you’re not bothered about losing/breaking it and they have a few different Bluetooth ones available.

Have a pop in and see what you like.

Failing that, i’m sure even bloody Poundland has some in now.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby CaptainKirk » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:51 pm

Bosscat wrote:I now have a mental picture you poolside listening to Aqua and Black Lace and everyone having a "Fun" time :lol: :lol: :lol:

Abba and The Carpenters, please.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby CaptainKirk » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:55 pm

Didn't realise they were 10 a penny and all over the place these days.
Thanks for all the tips. Testing out a BOOM2 apparently then take it from there.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby bfccrazy » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:59 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:Didn't realise they were 10 a penny and all over the place these days.
Thanks for all the tips. Testing out a BOOM2 apparently then take it from there.


I’d recommend picking up a cheap little one for the hol as you’d be fuming if it got splashed by the pool or a drink spilt on it .... or even crushed in the suitcase en route.

Then get a better one when you’re back for home use.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Fretters » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:03 pm

FactualFrank wrote:I bought this one a couple of years ago and it's still going strong.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Anke ... 9855NM6IVA


I've never heard of that brand but over 5k reviews, averaging 5 stars is some going. Is it really as good as people are saying, Frank?

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby aggi » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:09 pm

At the cheaper end of the scale (prices fluctuate a lot but you can pick them up for about £30 if you shop around) the Sony SRS-XB10 is decent. SOunds good for the size, good battery and reasonably waterproof.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby FactualFrank » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:14 pm

Fretters wrote:I've never heard of that brand but over 5k reviews, averaging 5 stars is some going. Is it really as good as people are saying, Frank?


Absolutely. For the size of it, which is smaller than the palm of your hand, it's loud and has great battery life. I'd definitely recommend it, and on Amazon you can pretty much always rely on reviews when there's enough of them.

One thing to consider though, is I bought it in August 2017. So whether there's something just as good, but perhaps a bit cheaper, I don't know, as I've not needed to do any research since then.

Phone + this speaker and you're pretty much set. I've even used it in the car, when the stereo stopped working. And if you use it on your computer, you can charge it up via USB. I've not tested the bluetooth distance as I've never connected it more than a few metres from my phone.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Fretters » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:21 pm

FactualFrank wrote:Absolutely. For the size of it, which is smaller than the palm of your hand, it's loud and has great battery life. I'd definitely recommend it, and on Amazon you can pretty much always rely on reviews when there's enough of them.

One thing to consider though, is I bought it in August 2017. So whether there's something just as good, but perhaps a bit cheaper, I don't know, as I've not needed to do any research since then.

Phone + this speaker and you're pretty much set. I've even used it in the car, when the stereo stopped working. And if you use it on your computer, you can charge it up via USB. I've not tested the bluetooth distance as I've never connected it more than a few metres from my phone.


I was on the verge of buying it for our office but then saw from a review saying you can't use bluetooth to connect to a Windows 10 laptop which is a shame.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby FactualFrank » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:24 pm

Fretters wrote:I was on the verge of buying it for our office but then saw from a review saying you can't use bluetooth to connect to a Windows 10 laptop which is a shame.


It connects to my PC which uses Windows 10, so would be surprised if that's gospel.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Fretters » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:26 pm

FactualFrank wrote:It connects to my PC which uses Windows 10, so would be surprised if that's gospel.


Interesting, via bluetooth? Apparently Anker offered him a cable to connect, I wonder why they wouldn't have just replaced it if the bluetooth is supposed to work.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby FactualFrank » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:32 pm

Fretters wrote:Interesting, via bluetooth? Apparently Anker offered him a cable to connect, I wonder why they wouldn't have just replaced it if the bluetooth is supposed to work.


Yep, via bluetooth. I only connect it to my PC when it needs charging up.

This is Soundcore Mini 2 - mine might be 1.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-AK-A3107 ... B079JBP4ZP
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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Bertiebeehead » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:37 pm

Turn up your phone and place in a mixing bowl, cheap and never runs out of charge.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby CharlieinNewMexico » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:40 pm

I bought one at a Walgreens for $3. Made by Infinitive. About the size of a tennis ball. Good for a 50ft radius. Use it when gardening further away from the house or out at the gazebo where there's no power. Left it out all day and night on numerous occasions in the heat or cold still works. Even used it as emergency in car music when my car radio locked up on a trip.

Walgreens are partners with Boots and often have the same stuff.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby JohnMcGreal » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:42 pm

Bertiebeehead wrote:Turn up your phone and place in a mixing bowl, cheap and never runs out of charge.


What phone have you got?!

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby Bertiebeehead » Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:45 pm

JohnMcGreal wrote:What phone have you got?!

Try it, it works.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby aggi » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:23 pm

Fretters wrote:Interesting, via bluetooth? Apparently Anker offered him a cable to connect, I wonder why they wouldn't have just replaced it if the bluetooth is supposed to work.


It would be a problem with the computer rather than speaker. Some can be a bit picky about what they connect to and it's an arse to troubleshoot.
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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby tarkys_ears » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:31 pm

Just remember when you're sat by the poolside of your 2* hotel, supping cheap Spanish lager out of a glass bottle - no one else wants to hear your music!!!

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby THEWELLERNUT70 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:31 pm

Bose Soundlink Colour. I've had one for the last three years and the sound is incredible for the size of it

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby andyh » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:44 pm

FactualFrank wrote:Yep, via bluetooth. I only connect it to my PC when it needs charging up.

This is Soundcore Mini 2 - mine might be 1.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-AK-A3107 ... B079JBP4ZP

I have a soundcore mini, bought for me on Father’s Day. Very cheap but amazing quality for the price. It is a radio and can play off a sd card as well. Charge lasts a fair while and build quality is great. It has connected to my phone,iPad and pc without hitch.

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Re: Wireless speaker for me hols

Postby ashtonlongsider » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:58 pm

Being a bit of an audiophile i've always been sceptical about wireless speakers. However on our recent holiday there was one in our hotel room. It was only a Creative, not exactly a leader in hifi. However when I coupled it with my ipod the sound was quite impressive. Enough so for me to consider purchasing for future trips provided I can find one light enough.


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