Stripping back, simplifying and cutting down on clutter has been one of my main goals over the past few years. No longer is there a need for shelves upon shelves of CDs, when Spotify can take care of all my music needs.
Similarly, while I once explored the best home sound systems to listen to these aforementioned CDs on, it ultimately became too much of a hassle when moving home. Plus, the benefits of the expense would usually be confined to a single room in my house.
So it was against this backdrop that I went searching for the best portable Bluetooth speaker on the market, one that wouldn’t break the bank but still give a lot of bang for my buck.
While I originally had my sights set on a Jawbone Jambox Mini, my research continuously suggested that they weren’t the best for anything other than solo listening – so, not great for parties, in other words. I also kept seeing the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker mentioned as an alternative, though it was around $70 more expensive.
I arranged a demo of both speakers at a local department store, and my mind was made up within about 30 seconds – the Bose was a no-brainer.
I’ve lost count of the number of times friends, family, tradesmen and other random visitors have looked on in surprise when they discover the bass-y sounds emanating from a room were in fact coming from this miniscule, compact little rectangular box. It really does pack a tremendous punch, especially when you consider its size – 5.1cm (H) x 18cm (W) x 5.8cm (D).
I take it around the house with me, and can easily pack it away in my suitcase when going on holiday. As with most group vacations I venture on, there are sporadic ‘friendly’ skirmishes among those who have brought their own speakers, but the Bose usually wins out in the end. It’s probably the best $200 I’ve spent.
➤ SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker [$199.95 from Bose]