Loudest Bluetooth speakers 2024: The best speakers capable of summoning the devil himself

Loudest Bluetooth speakers
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If you're in the market for a speaker that'll get the party rocking over the summer months, then something from my pick of the loudest Bluetooth speakers should do the trick. Many of the big audio brands including the likes of Sony, Bose, Marshall, JBL, SoundBoks and Amazon have a brilliant selection of speakers that will blow the cobwebs away and deliver rock'n'roll the way it was meant to be heard.

In the name of science, I decided to put the blast shields up, crank up the volume and dive head-first into a world of cacophonous Bluetooth speakers that I feel are pretty much guaranteed to knock you off your feet with their blistering delivery.

This guide should help you decide which of the loudest Bluetooth speakers on the market 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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Loudest Bluetooth speakers: Quick list

Below you'll find full and detailed write-ups for each of the loudest Bluetooth speakers that we rate. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

The Louder choice

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: SoundBoks 4

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1. SoundBoks 4

One of the loudest Bluetooth speakers gets a thunderous upgrade

Specifications

Loudness: 126 dB
Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20kHz
Audio Output: 3 x 72W
Dimensions: 66 x 43 x 32cm (25.6 x 17 x 13 inches)
Weight: 16.1 kg (35.5 pounds)
Audio: Two 10-inch 96dB woofers, one 104dB compression driver tweeter
Battery Life: Up to 40 hours
Features: Bluetooth 5.0,  pulse reflex port, DSP with bass enhancer, splash proof, removable steel grille, LED battery indicator, pro panel with 2 × combo mic/instrument input, 3.5mm stereo input, 3.5mm stereo output

Reasons to buy

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As loud as the front row at a concert
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40-hour charge

Reasons to avoid

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Might be too heavy at 16.1 kg
At a glance

Buy if you want a massive-sounding speaker: With up to 126dB of earth-shaking audio and top battery life, these SoundBoks truly deliver.
Avoid if you're after a more lightweight model: Weighing in at 16.1kg, you might be after something lighter - and it's heavier than the SoundBoks (Gen 3).

The fourth generation of SoundBoks' huge-sounding speaker range delivers yet another sonic assault on the senses. It delivers a whopping 126dB of sound, which is delivered thanks to two 10-inch 96dB woofers and a 104dB compression driver tweeter. In other words, it’s loud.

The SoundBoks 4 retains the excellent 40 hours of battery from previous versions when played at mid-volume, with a playback time of 6 hours when cranked to the max and it can be connected to your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth 5.0.

While it’s classed as a portable speaker, it’s still a heavy thing to lug around as it weighs in at a considerable 35.5 pounds) - that's even heavier than the Gen 3's 34lbs. But the good news is it features IP65 tech, so it’ll cope with rain and dust with no problems.

Sure, it’s not the most stylish of speakers on the market, but to make it a little easier on the eye, the SoundBox 4 has a removable grill which can be spray painted so you can get creative and give your speaker a unique twist.

It also hooks up to the SoundBoks app where you can tweak EQ settings, add a personal pin number to protect your speaker and update firmware.

Best portable

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: JBL Boombox 2

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JBL give their much-loved audio monster a makeover

Specifications

Loudness: 101 dB
Frequency Response: 50Hz-20kHz
Audio Output: 2 x 40 W RMS-woofer + 2 x 40 W RMS-tweeter
Dimensions: 48.5 x 20.1 x 25.7cm (19.1 x 7.9 x 10.1in)
Weight: 5.9 kg (13 lbs)
Audio: 4-inch woofer x 2, 20mm Tweeter x2
Battery Life: 24 hours
Features: Bluetooth 5.1, IPX7 waterproofing

Reasons to buy

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Massive volume
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24-hour battery life
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Completely waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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You may not like the boombox aesthetic - even with its updated new look
At a glance

Buy if you want a big-sounding, waterproof speaker: This is made to be taken to parties and with 24 hours of battery and completely waterproof, it's a top option.
Avoid if you're after something you're planning on using indoors : The design might be a bit old school for some tastes and won't suit all interior spaces.

The JBL Boombox 2 is a step up from the original model and remarkably, it delivers an more solid sonic punch. The US audio experts call it “the loudest JBL boombox ever” so there you have it. 

So what are the differences between the JBL Boombox and this model? For starters, Bluetooth 4.2 has been replaced with Bluetooth 5.1 and can connect with JBL PartyBoost-compatible devices. The audio output has been increased and now boasts an additional RMS-woofer and 2 x 40 W RMS-tweeter and the unit has undergone a design update. It's a smidgen heavier but you’ll still get 24 hours of playtime on a single charge and like its older sibling, it’s completely waterproof thanks to IPX7 tech. 

This robust bit of kit is available in black or camo and is well worth a look if you’re in he market for something that’ll shake your foundations.

Read our JBL Boombox 2 review

Best for Marshall fans

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: Marshall Woburn III

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The classiest Bluetooth speaker here and a must for Marshall fans

Specifications

Loudness: 100.5 dB
Frequency Response: 35–20,000 Hz
Audio Output: 90W
Dimensions: 40 x 31 x 20 cm
Weight: 7.45 kg 16.42 lb
Audio: 90 W Class D amp for the woofer, 2 x 15 W Class D amps for the mids, 2 x 15W Class D amps for the tweeters 
Battery Life: 20 hours
Features: RCA Input, HDMI( ARC) Input, Bluetooth 5.2, ready for Bluetooth LE Audio

Reasons to buy

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Classic design from a legacy amp maker
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Great size for a main indoor speaker
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Balanced and punchy audio

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing-proof – keep away from bad weather and splashes of any kind
At a glance

Buy if you're a Marshall fan looking for a powerful speaker: All Marshall speakers look the business, but the Woburn II is our pick if you want LOUD!
Avoid if you're after a portable solution: The Woburn III is strictly for indoor use only.

Historic brand Marshall has been loyal to loud for decades. Fortunately, this old-timer seems quick to adapt to the modern times when you consider the Woburn III’s Bluetooth 5.2 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 third generation of Woburn speaker offers a brilliantly robust sound and has been built to sustain clear, low frequencies thanks to its 90W Class D amplifier for the woofer, alongside a total of four15W Class D amps for the mids and tweeters.

Although the Marshall Woburn III Bluetooth speaker is low fuss, it is high maintenance considering it's not waterproof, dirt-proof, beer-proof… so keep this inside and away from spillage.

Read our Marshall Woburn III review

Best audio quality

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: Amazon Echo Studio

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4. Amazon Echo Studio

The best smart Bluetooth speaker for overall sound quality

Specifications

Loudness: 90 dB
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 24kHz
Audio Output: 330W
Dimensions: 206 mm tall x 175 mm diameter (8.1 inches tall x 6.9 inches diameter)
Weight: 3.5 kg (7.7 lb)
Audio: 1" tweeter, three 2" mid-range speakers, and 5.25" woofer
Battery Life: n/a
Features: 3.5 mm, mini-optical Toslink line in, Zigbee smart home, Alexa app, Fire TV compat

Reasons to buy

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Voice-controlled with Alexa
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Room acoustic analysis for custom sound

Reasons to avoid

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Not portable
At a glance

Buy for voice controlled convenience: All Amazon speakers have Alexa integration - and the Echo Studio has the added bonus of 90 dB of audio delivery.
Avoid if you're after a pro-level speaker: The Echo Studio does a lot of things right, but if you're after a dedicated music speaker, there are other options available.

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 Amazon 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.

Read our Amazon Echo Studio review

Best heavy bass

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: Sony SRS-XB33

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A portable Bluetooth speaker that’s all about the bass

Specifications

Loudness: Not stated
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Dimensions: 246 x 97 x 106 mm (11.5 x 6.5 x 8.75 inches)
Weight: 1.1 kg (8 lb)
Audio: X-Balanced speaker unit
Battery Life: 24 hours
Features: IP67 waterproof and dust-proof

Reasons to buy

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Portable
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Good value
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Great sound

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better
At a glance

Buy if you're looking for extra bass: This another excellent portable speaker and comes highly recommended if you're after some beefy bass.
Avoid if you don't want something flashy: The Sony SRS-XB33 is a neat portable speaker - just bear in mind it also has inbuilt disco lights!

Sony has always been a brand you can trust in the audio field, and the Sony SRS-XB33 continues this heritage with a portable, dust-proof, waterproof speaker that delivers a superb sound thanks to its unique internal speaker layout. 

We liked the quirky fact that you can chain up to 100 of these together, not that we can see a situation where that would ever happen but it’s a nice idea which conjures images of an all-out sonic attack.

Despite its relative size, however, we were impressed with the depth and thud that came from bass and low-end sounds, and can vouch for its volume levels which retain clarity even when you push it to its limit. We could take or leave the flashing disco lights though.

Read our Sony SRS-XB33 review

Best multi-purpose

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: Sonos Move

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The best portable smart speaker

Specifications

Loudness: 85 dB
Frequency Response: n/a
Audio Output: n/a
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 126 mm (9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96 inches)
Weight: 3 kg (6.61 lb)
Audio: one tweeter, one 3.5 inch mid-woofer
Battery Life: 10 hours
Features: IP56 water and dust resistance, supports WiFi 802.11, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth connectivity

Reasons to buy

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Bluetooth, WiFi connected and voice activated
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Portable
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Weather proof with a shock-resistant case

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best bass
At a glance

Buy if design matters: Some of the speakers featured here might be an acquired taste when it comes to design, but the Sonos Move looks and sounds the business.
Avoid if you want portable power : The Sonos will take care of all your indoor audio needs - just don't think about taking it outside.

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.

Read our Sonos Move review

FAQ

Loudest Bluetooth speakers: SoundBoks 4

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What makes a speaker 'loud'?

First, check out how many decibels (dB) a speaker cranks out, or look at 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 sheer 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.

Does the size and design of a speaker affect volume?

Of course, this is all well and good but you'll also have to take into consideration how the speaker will look in your living room, music study or outdoor space. Some of the loudest Bluetooth speakers can, it has to be said, be a little on the plain side, with the majority of the energy involved going into how the blasted thing sounds. Fair enough!

Some speakers like the SoundBoks 4 are big and bulky, while the Marshall Woburn III is emblazoned with the audio giant's instantly recognisable label. These won't be a natural fit in some environments. Others like the JBL Boombox 2 hark back to the good old days of the humble ghetto blaster – minus the double tape deck and radio dial – while the Anker Soundcore Rave comes with flashing bells and whistles making it an ideal choice for those who like to party hard.

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Loudest Bluetooth speakers: People dancing with a Sony speaker

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How can I protect my ears?

We wouldn’t be a responsible rock site if we didn’t include a word on long-term exposure to excessive volume. While we’re big supporters of playing things loud, it’s possible to cause permanent damage to your ears if you’re always cranking it (don’t believe us, Metal Hammer deputy editor Eleanor Goodman told us what it’s like living with Tinnitus). So, maybe give your ears a rest from time to time.

What is the loudest Bluetooth speaker?

The Soundboks (Gen. 3) is the loudest Bluetooth speaker out there right now. Not only is it a large, weighty speaker, but it packs a serious punch in the volume department too, thanks to two newly upgraded 10-inch 96dB woofers and a 104dB compression driver tweeter. It dishes out 40 hours of playback per charge and features Bluetooth 5.0 for a smooth connection between your device and the speaker.

If the size (and price) of the Soundboks is too much, Amazon's Echo Studio is not only tuned to deliver rich, crystal audio at volumes of up to 90dB, but the stylish design means it would look at home in any room, while built-in Alexa voice control built-in is a welcome bonus. 

How we test the loudest Bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers can be for the living room or portable – either way, we need them to be able to play hellishly loud without complaint.

The biggest challenge when it comes to testing Bluetooth speakers has got to be their low frequency response. Can they do justice to deep growls and thunderous bass? A quick blast of Motorhead's Ace Of Spades will usually tell us what we need to know. Does Lemmy’s bass sound dirty but tight? Do Phil Taylor’s machine gun beats knock you back on your boot heels? What we don’t want to hear is a confused mash of noise.

We also listen for ‘presence’. Bluetooth speakers can sound monophonic, with all their energy emanating from the same physical space. What we value is a wider soundstage, whether this is achieved through clever digital signal processing or an inventive driver/passive radiator configuration, it doesn’t really matter.

Finally, to assess their treble performance, we inevitably fall back on Do It Again by Steely Dan, which remains a challenging soup of electric piano, cymbals and soaring vocals.

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