Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

I like to listen to music while I work.  I don’t know what I’d do if I ever had to work in an environment where I couldn’t listen to music all day.  My tastes have changed quite a bit over the years, and while I still enjoy a variety of music from Classic Rock to Jazz to Classical, for my working days I prefer to listen to what the broadcasters refer to as “Chill”.

My favorite Chill artist, and the one whom I’ve built my listening channel around is David Arkenstone.  Many gamers know Arkenstone for his contributions to Blizzard Game’s World of Warcraft and Starcraft.  He’s recorded a variety of other styles of music, including the Ah Nee Mah albums he created with then-wife Diane.  His haunting Celtic music is among my favorite.  If you don’t know about David Arkenstone, you should check out his work on Pandora or Spotify where it’s plentiful.

I’ve used an assortment of player/speaker combos for my daily listening from a laptop with built-in speakers to desktops with external speakers to tablets with attached or wireless boomboxes.  My current setup is to connect my Amazon Fire TV to a boombox over bluetooth wireless.  Aside from being among the most convenient and trouble-free setups I’ve had, it’s also one of the best sounding.

The knock on Bluetooth wireless is that the sound quality is diminished.  In some cases, that might be true, such as if you have high quality streams that need to be compressed on the output device. However, Bluetooth devices can also support other codecs, with aptX being the primary for those who want no compression.

If your streaming device (e.g. Stick Computer) and the Bluetooth speaker support the proper codecs, then material encoded using that codec does not need to be compressed. So if you’re streaming a high-quality MP3 file or audio stream, and your destination device accepts MP3, Bluetooth does not have to compress the stream, which results in no loss of quality. Since many of the streaming services support either MP3, AAP directly, there is no loss of quality due to compression over Bluetooth.

So, if audio fidelity is of primary importance to you, the question you have to ask when buying speakers is – is the reduction in quality that can occur with Bluetooth audible? On a high-end audio system, the answer is probably yes.  You can hear a noticeable difference in audio quality.  If you are using a wireless Bluetooth speaker, the answer is more likely – no.  To go even further, Bluetooth audio devices that offer AAC or aptX audio compression, considered superior to standard Bluetooth, will still provide better results.

Some of the best Bluetooth Wireless Boomboxes on the market are made by Logitech:

Logitech UE 984-000304 Boombox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker


Product Highlights

  • Bluetooth wireless speaker
  • Plays music up to 50-Feet away from your Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Multi-person access: Supports 3 Bluetooth devices at the same time
  • Ultimate Ears Sound Signature: 4 custom-tuned drivers
  • Die cast aluminum handle
  • Stainless steel grill and toughened rubber protective casing
  • Six-hour rechargeable battery make it easy to roam with your music

This Wireless boombox is one of the best sounding in any price range and provides deep, rich bass at all volume levels.   To top it off, it’s all contained in a stylish and solid stainless/aluminum package.

Some customer reviews

Don’t let the low price tag fool you. By far the best portable loud speaker for under 400$.

With the UE Boom, you get rugged, water resistant, great sound, great volume, and 8+ hrs. of battery life — all in an enclosure about the size of 40 oz. can of Schlitz Malt Liquor.

The sign of any good product is whether you would purchase again and yes I would (and did!).