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Wireless speakers buying guide

Here are the 5 features to look for when buying a wireless speaker.

Tinny sound and trailing wires are a thing of the past with our amazing range of wireless speakers. Deciding how much battery life you need and whether waterproofing is needed is made easy, with so many shapes, types and styles of speakers available. We’ve put together a handy buying guide to help you to decide which features are most important to you.

Portability

Many wireless speakers are fully portable, with a built in battery allowing music to be taken anywhere. Whether it’s a camping weekend or a day spent listening to your favourite songs in the garden, you can enjoy loud, crisp audio on-the-go. Battery life can vary from around 5 hours to an amazing 25 hours or more, so you can keep the tunes going for longer.

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Connectivity

Most wireless speakers connect via Bluetooth, so it’s simple to get up and running. Some also include NFC technology, letting you pair up with your smartphone with just a tap, making it super-easy to get hooked up. Many speakers also have an additional app that can be downloaded for even further control, so you can turn the volume down or change the track without having to leave your sofa.

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Sound quality

Size isn’t everything when it comes to wireless speakers. Make sure you take a good look at the power output, as well as any extra features, rather than judging it based on how bulky it is. Power is measured in watts, and the volume needed depends on the space you’ll be listening to music in. For clear sound in a living room or kitchen, 10-20W is perfect, but a higher wattage will allow for more volume when you’re outside. Don’t forget to look for features like high-resolution sound and bass enhancement that will make your music deeper and punchier, as well as 360 degree sound so you can play music in the garden without having to figure out which way to point the speaker.

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Built-in features

Although controlling your music from your phone or tablet is handy, lots of wireless speakers come with WiFi and an LED screen so you can stream directly from Spotify or similar services in every room. Multiroom compatibility is a great feature if you want to enjoy music throughout your home, so look out for speakers that can be connected together wirelessly.

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Water resistance

The great outdoors is made even better with music, but wet and windy adventure holidays and expensive speakers don’t always mix well. Luckily, there are plenty of waterproof wireless speakers designed with durable cases, so you don’t need to panic when it inevitably starts to rain during your picnic!

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