Best speakers for music – Evening Standard


e’ve all experienced that frustrating moment when the party is in full swing, your favourite song appears on the speaker and you’re midway through belting out the chorus when all of a sudden you hear… silence (or if you’re lucky the speaker will, in a smug tone, warn you about “critical battery”).

No matter what precautions are taken in advance to ensure the speaker would last all night, it failed you at the most crucial of moments.

If you’re anything like us, you have a love-hate relationship with your speaker. It’s great when it works, and you can finally catch up on that podcast or play those classic bangers whilst you wash the dishes, but when it doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work and likely never will again.

The feelings of your speaker not being loud enough, poor Bluetooth connection if you move even an inch away from it or the frantic searching for cables and charging units when it’s low on battery are all too common.


That’s why we’ve tried, tested and trawled through the internet to find you the very best music speakers to suit playlist aficionados and we have everything from surround sound systems to portable Bluetooth speakers.

Along our search for speakers we picked up a few helpful tips and things to look out for:

  • Decide what you want from your music speaker as each one has its own USP. For example, if you’re after a speaker for parties and gatherings then prioritise loudness over sound quality. In contrast, if you’re a big music fan and are looking for something that’ll make you feel the music through your body then look at sound quality specifications, understand what the inside of the speaker looks like and how the sound is transmitted.
  • Another important aspect is size. If you want something portable check out both the weight and dimensions of the product as sometimes speakers can be deceptively small but weigh a lot and vice versa. Also keep an eye out for additional features such as waterproofness or sturdiness, especially if you know it’ll be on the move with you.
  • Lastly, think about how you like to play your music. Many speakers now connect through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and home assistants (eg, Alexa) as well as of course the traditional method of aux cable. Our best recommendation is to look for a speaker which allows you to connect in multiple ways allowing you to chop, and change based on what suits you when.

We’ve split our top-rated music speakers by category (Bluetooth, portable, DAB, surround systems and smart) and feature a number of different products at various price points so you’ll be sure to find something that works for you.


Tronsmart Bang Outdoor Party Speaker


Summer days spent in the garden call for the Tronsmart Bang Outdoor Party speaker. Whether you’re relaxing on your own or hosting an event, this impactful speaker will deliver the music you want without compromising on loudness or sound quality.

It’s also great for beach days as it’s fully waterproof and will deliver up to 15 hours of playtime with just one charge. Not only will it not …….



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