When you are hosting a party, one of the most important elements is a great set of speakers to play the music. It will make the party that much more enjoyable and memorable no matter what kind of music you plan to play. In this article, we will review 10 of the best party speakers you can find online. Each one has a unique set of features and characteristics that make it appealing.
Choosing The Best Party Speakers
There is a lot that goes into finding the best party speakers. For example, for a party, having Bluetooth speaker capability and support for multiple sound zones can be very useful. Of course, you will want the ability to play with good quality at higher volumes. Size and durability matter as well. Speakers that resist spills and bumps will last a lot longer, and a smaller, portable speaker is easier to place around the house.
Active or Passive
You should also be aware of the difference between active and passive speakers. Active speakers are also called powered speakers. This is because they have their own source of power, so they can operate without any other equipment. Passive or unpowered speakers do not have their own power. You will need to connect them to a compatible amplifier or home audio receiver, which will supply them with electricity as well as the sound signal that they will play.
Indoor or Outdoor
If you are looking for an indoor party speaker, then you don’t need to worry so much about things such as waterproof rating. If you plan on using your party speakers outdoors however, then waterproof and trauma/shockproof speakers are a necessity. You want a portable speaker system that is at least IPX7 rated if you plan on using it outdoors or around pool areas.
Now that we’ve covered a few of the things you should look for in the best party speakers, let’s get into the reviews.
Ten Best Party Speakers Reviews
The Model XL2 Blue 462 from DiamondBoxx is an outstanding bit of high-quality kit. Out of the box, it is a portable, battery-powered speaker. It has 660 watts of continuous power and 1000 Watts of peak power. That translates to a very high level of maximum volume, and the included distortion limiters help the speaker maintain high performance at that level. The Model XL2 Blue has a leather handle on the top so that you can carry it around. It is a bit heavy though, weighing 42 pounds. However, that weight is the result of carrying so much power inside. There are 14 speakers and 12 amplifiers, this really is a beast. In terms of inputs, the Model XL2 Blue has an AUX port and Bluetooth compatibility.
The battery can last up to about 60 hours, although the higher the volume, the faster it will drain the charge. The upsides to this speaker are that it is portable and powerful. Really, really powerful. In the cons column, it doesn’t have any tone control and it can’t interface with a network in any way, so it is essentially limited to one room. It’s best for outside use or large rooms, because it is rather durable and can resist weather. Just make sure not to leave it outside when you are not using it.
The Soundboks 2 is in many ways similar to the Model XL2 from DiamondBoxx, but it is a bit lighter at 33 lbs. It is a portable bluetooth speaker and powered by internal batteries. A full charge of the rechargeable battery has a capacity of about 40 hours at most depending on the volume. In terms of volume output, it can reach a massive 122 decibels. That means high volumes in spades. The Soundboks is exceptionally durable, capable of handling wet ground, impacts, splashes, cold, and other conditions. This makes sense in light of the original design motivation for the Soundboks, which was a speaker that could run for a week-long outdoor music festival in rural Denmark.
It shouldn’t really be a surprise that a speaker that was literally designed for an epic party made it onto our best party speakers list. It brings new life to the old boombox style. And oh boy does this speaker boom.
In terms of sound quality, it maintains excellent detail throughout the volume range. The most significant drawback is that it is probably much more powerful than a typical house party would ever need. Even a block party doesn’t use its full capacity. The Soundboks is a professional-quality outdoor speaker built for use at festivals and concerts in hard weather conditions. Or for the most epic party ever. Jus’ sayin’.
The VG7 from Soundcast is a move back to smaller speakers. Like the previous examples, it has a handle and is portable with an internal battery. The maximum capacity of the VG7 is about 100 watts, so the max volume is much lower than the previous two examples. The 7 inch subwoofer driver is still a respectable size. It is still reasonable for an outdoor party on the patio or a beach, but it won’t necessarily drive an event with hundreds of people. On the other hand, it does have an indoor mode for use in smaller spaces. In addition to that, it is possible to combine two VG7s together if you have a Bluetooth or AUX device that has two different output channels for audio.
The appeal of the VG7 is that it is a home-sized, flexible speaker that you can use for other applications besides a large party. In that sense it is more of a daily driver that will see usage often, increasing its value. If you do plan to host or attend big events, then the VG7 can contribute, but it won’t be able to carry the full weight by itself. VG7 makes a larger speaker called the Outcast that has more power and more sound projection if that is what you need. In terms of connectivity, there is an AUX input as well as bluetooth. For power there is an AC/DC input and you can also charge via USB.
The Outback from Ion is another speaker in the 100-watt range. It is similar to the Ion Audio Tailgater, but with color and flair, and just a bit better all round in my opinion. However, it tends to become distorted at higher volume levels, so you might not reach 100 watts in typical use. Like the rest, it is powered by batteries and has a handle at the top for portability. The Outback also has a set of wheels on the bottom to help you move it around. It weighs approximately 30 pounds and is IPX4 certified for water and damage resistance. The battery has a maximum capacity of around 100 hours of battery life. The speaker has a lightbar with LED lights at the top that can cycle through colors and pulse to the beat of the music based on your choice.
The Outback has a series of buttons to control the music playback and other features. In terms of sound quality, it is particularly good with treble and extra bass, delivering a quality sound that is both powerful and detailed. The Outback is very good for a poolside gathering or any audio party that has less than about fifty people. Any get together larger than that and it probably won’t be loud enough for everyone to enjoy it.
The Exos-9 from Aiwa is a move back in the direction of larger amps. It is rated for 200 watts, so it will put out significantly more volume than the last few entries. The Exos-9 has several special features that make it appealing as a bluetooth party speaker. First of all, it has its own onboard equalizer array. You can customize the sound across 5 bands. The exceptionally loud speaker has some presets you can use or you can just select your own settings. This gives you excellent control over the tone and audio response. That comes on top of already high-fidelity sound quality.
The wattage of the Exos-9 comes in at 200 Watts, across 5 drivers. The subwoofer is 6’5” a dual-voice coil sub, and this is the loudest portable party speaker in the Aiwa range.
The Exos-9, like the VG7, can be linked to another unit for more output. This comes in two modes: linked stereo and separate stereo. Either way, you will get significantly more coverage. This allows the Exos-9 to operate as a complete home audio system, or a great party sound system.
The biggest downside of the Exos-9 is the battery life. It maxes out at about 9 hours of use. Unlike other speakers that can get along with a charge once a week, the Exos-9 needs more like a charge per day. You can always play it plugged in, but the ability to play in remote areas is limited because of the low battery capacity. You will have to decide how you plan to use the speaker to determine if that is a problem or not.
Sony makes their first appearance on this list with the MHC-V71. As usual, it is a portable and this model also has wheels. Like many other party speakers, the MHC-V71 can use either AC power or batteries. However, it uses AAA batteries rather than an internal rechargeable option that some of the others have. It also does not have much in the way of durability and waterproofing features. The top cover is splash proof but we would recommend you keep it off the beach and away from the pool. On the flipside, the MHC-V71 has excellent sound and a huge array of advanced features.
First of all, it has Bluetooth, Google Cast, and USB compatibility, so you can connect pretty much anything to it for playback. As bluetooth is backward compatible, if your connecting bluetooth device is of an older version, it’ll still connect smoothly. You can also chain together up to 50 MHCs wirelessly for a network effect. That’s not a typo. Yes, up to 50 of these speakers will synchronise together across bluetooth. Now that is great sound, real stereo sound, from all angles. Just imagine!
It connects to Spotify and Chromecast for a deep streaming selection. The MHC-V71 has dual mic inputs for karaoke as well as DJ effects to layer over the music. Not only does the MHC-V71 have its own equalizer and lighting, but it also has its own app so that you can control every setting and feature from your phone. This is not a speaker you can take on a rugged adventure, but in terms of features and options it is highly advanced.
The PSUFM1043BT from PYLE is a high powered (2000 Watt), active speaker tower. The PA speaker system comes with dual 10 inch subwoofers, and a pair of 3″ tweeters. Mains power drives the speaker and it has wheels and a handle. It has nice deep bass and it is competent around the mid-range. Like the MHC from Sony, the PSUFM1043BT has a large number of features, including:
- 2 Mic inputs and a wired microphone for MCing and karaoke
- Mic volume dial for the microphone input
- Bluetooth compatibility (50 feet range)
- USB and SD ports
- RCA line in and aux ports
- FM Radio.
- Dial control for Bass, Treble and Echo.
- There is an LCD display and LED lights to bring light show ambience to your party.
Unlike the Sony, the PYLE PA system speaker has an FM radio tuner. The LEDs are also more plentiful and colorful than on other speakers. On the flip side, it doesn’t come with a remote control, and it does need to be plugged into the mains, which limits the portability.
The second Sony speaker is like a little brother to the other one. It has a smaller driver set and is smaller in size in general. That means the top end won’t be able to handle gatherings that are as large. On the other hand, the Sony GTKXB7BC high power home audio system has a little more versatility. It comes with many of the same features that made the MHC good, such as the SongPal app, Clear Audio+ equalizer balancing, and the Party Chain networking feature. The USB port allows for a deep selection of musical inputs across several formats and platforms.
One of the more intriguing options is the ability to plug in just about anything that has audio output. For example, if you aren’t hosting a party, you can connect the GTKXB7BC to your TV for better audio performance. With many party speakers, they just don’t have much to do when you are not hosting a party. That’s not the case with the GTKXB7BC. It’s small enough to put anywhere in your house. It’s a party speaker that can do a lot more than just help you throw a party.
If you have a little more cash to spare, you may consider the Sony GTKXB90, which is similar to this model, but a little more high spec, and thus more expensive. We kept the GTKXB7BC in this list because it is a firm fan favourite and very reliable.
The Party X from Brookstone is another smaller party speaker. It has 120 watts of power spread across 4 different speakers. In terms of power, it has a battery life of about two and a half hours on full volume. It has an aux port as well as Bluetooth technology as well as NFC connectivity for newer smartphones and other devices. The Big Blue Party X weighs in at just 15 pounds and is water resistant. The 4 speakers are positioned so that each one faces a different direction.
Many party speakers have front-firing drivers, but the Big Blue Party X has the ability to project the music equally in all directions. That is ideal for outdoor parties where there are no walls to constrain the sound waves and where people might be distributed across a wide area. That, combined with the water resistance, makes this an excellent speaker for small to medium-sized pool parties. it does not have the bells and whistles like LEDs and networking that others speakers have, but the ability to stream anything to the speaker over Bluetooth and its projection make up for that.
The Party 15 is actually a full set of speaker gear. It consists of a single (master) active speaker, a (slave) passive speaker, speaker wire to join the two, a wired mic, a remote, power cord, and a stand for each speaker. The speakers themselves are large, so the stand helps provide stability and protection. The set runs about 200 watts total. It has its own EQ set, Bluetooth connectivity, and LEDs in each speaker. The passive speaker will follow the lead of the active one in both audio and visual output. The Party 15 is easy to set up and works well as a professional installation that a DJ could bring to events. The stands give it much more flexibility than a speaker that sits on the ground because you have control over spacing, direction, and other options that affect the sound.