Best Computer Bluetooth Wireless Speakers of 2017



Technology, especially the smartphone, has meant a real revolution in how music is heard in the home and consumer environment. The music, in many situations, is already in our service of streaming or directly internal memory of the mobile phone, reason why the system of listening no longer happens by fixed systems of sound but by headphones, the own loudspeakers of the mobiles if they deserve Worth and more and more, Bluetooth wireless computer speakers

But which wireless computer speaker should I buy? Who are the best as we seek? At Xataka we already have the wireless Bluetooth shopping guide with tips to get it right and a selection of what we consider today the 15 best models on the market.

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How to Choose a Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerPrice, design and what else should we look at when choosing the best speaker for our needs ? Here are some of the features that you should keep in mind when deciding on one or the other Bluetooth speaker.

Philips Sbt75blk Connectivity

Listening to music wirelessly is comfortable and every day the sound quality is higher. Although there are exclusively WiFi speakers, these have their natural habitat very limited to home and offices. However models with Bluetooth connectivity span a wider market. Although it is the main connectivity that we are going to look for, it is not necessary to leave aside that the speaker that we are going to choose has more forms of connection.

The main one would be a jack input, usually 3.5 mm, in case you want it or need it, you can use the Bluetooth computer speakers as a cable with almost any sound source. The same happens with the USB port that some models include for direct playback of audio content or even in very specific cases, there is the option to play directly from memory cards.

If you want to be able to play directly from a USB port, make sure that the one that includes the model you want to choose is not used exclusively for updates. In any case, if so, it is good news because it can extend the life of our device by updating it with new codecs, for example.

Philips Bt3500w

Another type of connectivity much appreciated in a Bluetooth speaker would be the NFC . Many of the most current models already integrate mainly to facilitate the pairing with smartphones. Simply approach the sound source and the loudspeaker and go, without having to search, enter menus, download configuration applications or enter pairing codes.

Type and Bluetooth profile of a speaker

Bluetooth Portable Speaker

What we are looking for is clear that it is a Bluetooth speaker , but if you look at the different models that are on the market, you will find different versions that have associated certain profiles of use of such base connectivity.

The Bluetooth version directly affects the bandwidth, and in the market we find models that do not fall as a rule and a 3.0 specification, although ideally they were already 4.0 to take advantage of lower consumption, key in a speaker Wireless. Also the Bluetooth class (1, 2 or 3) will determine the range.

If you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with maximum sound quality, the APTx codec is now the best behavior
As for the profile, the one supported by our speaker is one or the other will determine from the functions of the same to the quality of sound that we can get. Although the Bluetooth connectivity indicates the wireless connection, the profiles determine the functions capable of performing both source and receiver . Both must be compatible with the same profiles in order to use them.

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If we focus exclusively on what is directly related to sound, the main Bluetooth profiles are:

A2DP . The most widespread is the main one used to transmit audio over BT connectivity.
AVRCP . Profile destined to the remote control of different functions of audio reproduction.
HFP . This profile, as we will see later, is necessary to be able to use a speakerphone as hands-free and make / receive calls from our smartphone.

HSP . It is the most used to receive audio content in headphones.

The maximum sound quality that we can receive via Bluetooth is marked by the profile and the supported codecs , which will usually compress the sound so as not to exceed the maximum bandwidth allocated to that profile.

Quality of portable Bluetooth speakers

The most widespread we have already said is the A2DP, which usually supports the SBC codec , although this profile supports others as MP3 or AAC whenever both source and speaker support. SBC leaves us an audio with bitrate of 320 kbps in stereo, more than enough for the services of streaming.

But if the content that we are going to send to our Bluetooth speakers exceeds that quality and we want to keep it with the lowest possible losses, it is convenient that we focus on the APTx codec , already available on high-end Bluetooth speakers and equipment. With this codec we obtain CD quality without sacrificing excessively the sound and also the latency is improved (although in this case the advantage is more for the audio that accompanies a video). Other solutions already come into Hi-Res audio (like LDAC) to which some brands are being uploaded.

In the connectivity of our future bluetooth audio system it is advisable to be attentive to how many devices it supports linked at the same time as the equipment of which it keeps the link. At home we can have several smarpthones, tablets or even laptops and desks from which we want to send audio to a Bluetooth speaker. If we already have them paired it is more direct to start sending audio when we want, without waiting.

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