When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, the vast majority of them will give you a more than adequate sonic blast. However, the sound they produce can sometimes simply not be enough to hit the high points we need when listening to rock or metal. Step forward our essential guide to the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market that will most definitely cater for your musical tastes.
Rock music in all its variations has been crafted to be played LOUD, so we've been looking for a selection of speakers that have the bristling and raw firepower required to bring out the very best from your favourite artists.
From the loudest down to the loud-but-not-quite-as-loud, our guide should help you decide which Bluetooth speaker is the right fit for your musical leanings – and is capable of hitting the right volume – for you and your music collection.
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Here’s the quick and dirty for you. If you’re interested in the loudest, baddest option available, go for the New SoundBoks. It holds the biggest subwoofers of the group and delivers a booming 126 dB, enough to feel like you're stood at the barrier during a Manowar gig. Earbuds not included.
For the audiophile at home, the Amazon Echo Studio offers incredibly spacious sound, projecting bass and, at 90 dB, the kind of volume your neighbours will hate you for. And since it’s technically a smart speaker, listeners get to enjoy hands-free control of much more than just music.
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How to determine the loudest Bluetooth speaker
We've all missed the thrill of live music recently, and while pumping your favourite tunes out of one of the most powerful bluetooth speakers isn't quite the same, it can get pretty damn close... at least when it comes to clarity and volume. But how do you know which are the loudest?
First, let's look at decibels (dB), or the scaled measurement of the intensity of sound. Not unlike an earthquake, the higher up on a scale, the more exponentially powerful the sound is.
Every 10 dB represents a 10-fold increase – or doubling – in volume. For example, 20dB is 10 times louder than 10 dB, while 30 dB is 100x louder than 10 dB and – with that logic in mind – 1,000x more powerful than 0 dB. For reference, the average concert has an intensity of about 100 dB.
Now let’s talk about Wattage (W) – because all that sound needs to be backed by power. But how many watts do you really need? Every speaker is set at its own wattage, telling us exactly the strength of its perceived amplification. However, a 100W speaker isn’t twice as loud as a 50W speaker, but rather 3dB louder.
Now that you know what you’re looking for in terms of loudness, here’s our guide to the victors of volume, the number ones of noise... the loudest Bluetooth speakers around. Our price comparison widgets have found the best prices online right now for you, too.
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It has “new” in the title for a reason. As the latest device after the release of SoundBoks 1 and 2, this hefty monster delivers 126dB – giving you the feel of being front row at a concert by delivering 4dB more than its predecessor. Don’t be fooled by the small number as 4dB is a significant increase in its own right.
It’s 40-hour battery life is no joke, either. Couple that with two 10-inch subwoofers with bass enhancers built-in, you’re free to enjoy all the ungodly riffs for as long as you can handle.
If you’re wondering if this speaker is too pro for you, don’t fret. One of the great things about SoundBoks is how accessible this speaker is from the casual listener to the hardened musician. Stream music via Bluetooth or plug in your electric guitar. Either way is good for this behemoth.
If your goal is to throw a party once everything gets back to normal, it’s worth noting the speaker's ability to daisy chain connect with up to four other New SoundBoks speakers. On one hand, that could be enough to start your own makeshift rock festival. On the other hand, the cost of one speaker alone is a lot to ask for from a single person.
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At 65% of the market share, it feels like everyone and your mum has an Amazon Echo. But when it comes to smart speakers, “loud” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind? In this case, delivering up to 90dB of sound – as loud as a revved-up lawn mower – the Echo Studio does a very good job of shaking that notion.
It’s unlike other conventional Bluetooth speakers due to the positioning of its five speakers: there's a midrange speaker directed upwards, a midrange speaker facing to the right and another to the left, a tweeter directed forward, and a woofer directed downwards towards the hollowed-out space which Apple calls the bass aperture. These placements are meant to give listeners an immersive experience – as if you are surrounded by sound.
As a smart home device, users get the perks of software updates, plus the ability to connect to a whole host of other smart home devices. It’s worth noting that this speaker is designed for use within a home setting, not for outdoor use.
All in all, the Amazon Echo Studio may not be the choice for someone looking for a pro-level speaker, however it is a great speaker for someone who wants an all-in-one device with great audio.
At about 5kg this speaker is light, but delivers plenty of power.
The Boombox itself contains two subwoofers and delivers an output of 30 Watts, both key to delivering its deep bass range and “monstrous” sound, as JBL puts it, at a very loud volume. How loud? Well considering 30W generally is enough to power 100dB – about the volume you’d get at your local cinema – that’s plenty loud.
Despite its sleek design, it’s actually more rugged than it looks. For one, It’s IPX7-rated, meaning it’s completely waterproof, snowproof and beer-proof. That's a major plus if you find yourself wanting to bring music to the outdoors space.
Some other bonus perks include a 24-hour charge and chain-tethering capabilities with other JBL speakers. At this price point, you could invest in two Boomboxes to tether together for the price of one New SoundBoks. But let’s be real, one is powerful enough for the average person.
Historic brand Marshall has been loyal to loud for decades. Five decades to be exact. Fortunately, this old-timer seems quick to adapt to the modern times when you consider the Woburn II’s Bluetooth connectivity. Other additions include a Marshall app which gives you the ability to turn the speaker on and off, as well as manually control the volume, bass and treble.
The speaker offers great overall sound and was built to sustain clear, low frequencies thanks to its two subwoofers duelled with a bass reflex system and external port.
Although this Marshall Bluetooth speaker is low fuss, it is high maintenance considering it's not waterproof, dirt-proof, beer-proof… so keep this baby inside and away from spillage.
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Considering it’s mega output power of 160W and a peak volume of 109 dB, the S1 Pro System is meant to project sound far and wide. This combo of power and volume makes it perfect for outdoor parties or spacious indoor venues. Its Bluetooth connectivity and app come in handy for easy streaming and tethering with other Bose Bluetooth speakers.
This speaker may be better suited to musicians due to its auto EQ technology, built-in three-channel mixer, multiple inputs and outputs for connecting with other speakers and electric instruments. Unfortunately, it’s not waterproof or resistant, and the 9 metre wireless range is kind of short.
As a pro-level speaker, it fits the needs of any musician just fine. For the average listener it won’t disappoint with its rumbling bass. Whatever your reason for purchasing, just don’t get it caught in the rain.
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With a name like “Rave”, it’s clear that this speaker was built to be so loud you feel it. Two 5 ¼-inch woofers deliver rumbling bass boosted by a bass port. Soundcore has taken this a step further by using BassUp technology, a digital signal processor that gives listeners a richer and clearer low-end. In other words, its bass drops lower than your average speaker.
The Rave boasts Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, which for music-playing purposes means reliable connectivity and the ability to continue playing music up to 240m away from the speaker itself.
The Rave sits at a moderately low price point and holds all the power and perks expected from a speaker that prides itself on being the loudest thing in the room. At 17 kg, however, it’s not the most portable thing. If that doesn't put you off then this speaker is an absolute winner.
Times have changed for Sonos with this, their first portable Bluetooth speaker, dubbed ‘Move’.
The difference between this and older models is it’s portability and built-in intelligence. Integration with Google Home and Amazon Echo gives users the ability to use it like any other smart speaker. Plus, all that portability comes complete with resistance to the elements, meaning you can take this speaker outside with confidence.
Although it is plenty loud 85 db – somewhere between a really loud blender and a lawn mower – there is a downside. The Sonos Move includes everything but a subwoofer, a loudspeaker that’s key to bringing out the lowest bass tones in a song.
It’s definitely loud and great for the average listener, but missing the deep low-end may be a deal breaker for some.