So, you like to pump up the volume and are looking for the loudest Bluetooth speaker currently available on the market? Well, then you’ve come to the right place! Here we’ll be taking a look at what makes a speaker loud – understanding volume, decibels, wattage, and all that technical stuff. We’ve also rounded up the loudest Bluetooth speaker in every size.
Editor’s Note: While the Soundboks 3 is the loudest Bluetooth speaker, it’s been unavailable through most online retailers, and thus we’ve temporarily removed it from our list.
Quick Pick – Meet the Champs!
The Soundboks Go is an extremely loud speaker, only slightly falling behind the bigger Soundboks 3. It provides thumping bass and clear audio quality, even at high volumes. The IP65 weather-proofing means you can use it outdoors, which is great because the Go is also quite portable with most adults being able to carry it with one arm.
If you’re looking for something a little more compact, but still with the ability to compete with the heavyweights, you might want to check out the Turtlebox Portable Bluetooth Speaker, the loudest Bluetooth speaker in our Lightweight division!
Loudest Bluetooth Speaker Contenders
The heavyweights are the ultimate in size and power. While still portable, they’re on the bigger end of the size spectrum with an average weight of around 30 lbs. Most of these still have built-in batteries so you can take the party where ever you want.
The lightweights are for those looking for big sound in a small enclosure. What these speakers lack in size they make up for in power! If you want something loud which can still fit in a backpack, then the lightweight section is where you want to start!
Understanding dB Ratings
Let’s clarify some of the most common terms you will need to know to make the best decision when purchasing the loudest Bluetooth speaker. The specifications of a product provide insight into the construction and quality of the product and also guide us to the given purpose of the item.
When it comes to speakers and specifically speaker loudness – it is important to understand the different loudness ratings of a speaker. Let’s have a look at what dB (decibel) means, in terms of speaker loudness.
Sound Pressure Level
When we look at the output sound or volume of a speaker and compare it to other speakers – we look at the output SPL, meaning the Sound Pressure Level which is mentioned as a dB rating. This is also sometimes referred to as speaker sensitivity.
Now, the output dB SPL (Sound pressure level) has to be backed by power. The power of a speaker is the wattage, which tells us the strength of its amplification. Specifically, to find out a speaker’s loudness as well as power rating – you should look at its RMS wattage rating and how much output dB SPL it can handle.
Wattage vs Volume
You might be wondering, does a higher wattage provide a louder sound? Simply put, no it doesn’t.
There are many factors that affect the volume of a speaker. Looking at the wattage alone might give you an idea of a speaker’s potential volume (a 400W speaker will definitely be louder than a 5W speaker) but make sure you are comparing the RMS wattage instead of peak power.
Do More Decibels mean Louder?
Yes! Volume, or how loud a speaker is, is measured in decibels. Simply put, the louder the speaker, the higher the decibel value is. What is important to note about decibel measurement is that it is measured on a logarithmic scale. This means that for every increase of 10 decibels, the sound is ten times louder!
Simply put, a speaker that produces 100dB of sound is ten times louder than a speaker that produces 90dB. Therefore, the loudest Bluetooth speaker will be the speaker with the highest decibel value.
How Loud is Too Loud?
According to the CDC, noise above 70 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing. Loud noise above 120 dB can cause immediate harm to your ears. Every speaker featured on our loudest Bluetooth speaker list exceeds 70 dB, so bear this in mind when purchasing. Be aware of the dangers loud noise poses to your hearing and never listen to loud music for prolonged periods of time.
1. Soundboks Go
The Soundboks Go is a new Bluetooth speaker on the market and it doesn’t fail to live up to the Soundboks models that came before it. While the much larger Soundboks 3 model offers 126 dB of volume, the now more widely available Soundboks Go brings 121 dB to the table.
What Soundboks has focused on with this new speaker, is bringing a balance between loudness and portability. Unlike the Soundboks 3, the Go measures only slightly larger in size than competitors like the Hyperboom or Boombox 2 and weighs in at a much more manageable 20 pounds. Now, while this is still no lightweight speaker, it does now become possible to carry a Soundboks product in one hand.
We almost placed the Go onto our list of lightweight contenders due to the size, but we do find that at 20 lbs, there is a demographic of people who would struggle to move the Soundboks between locations.
The Soundboks Go is a rugged speaker and the primary plastic shell feels extremely durable. In terms of weather-proofing, it offers IP65 protection, which is going to be able to keep you safe from dust and most typical splash or rain damage. You’ll also find a removable battery in the Soundboks Go which makes the Go even more appealing as this allows for easy replacement should the battery give problems or simply deteriorate with time. The Go also provides 40 hours of battery at mid-volume, 10 hours at full volume, 3.5 hours full recharge, about double that of the Gen 3.
The sound quality of the Soundboks Go is honestly what we had expected given our experience with the Soundboks 3, while the Go can’t quite match the same benchmarks it does bring the same full sound that we come to expect from a Soundboks product with tons of bass and little in the way of distortion given the volume levels.
To get the most out of the Soundboks Go, we recommend installing the Soundboks mobile app.
Why should you buy it?
Another awesome-looking portable Bluetooth speaker is the Sony XB90. The XB90 is the loudest Bluetooth party speaker from Sony. It comes with an array of LED lights including a strobe effect to add some party ambiance. In addition, the speaker comes with audio effects for the microphone input. This makes the XB90 great for karaoke parties.
The XB90 features an RCA input and output, USB (also can be used as a power bank), ¼-inch microphone input, and Bluetooth. There is also an NFC tag for quick pairing of NFC devices. The Sony XB90 comes with some onboard controls but you also have the option to operate the speaker using the Music Center app for audio and Fiestable app for lighting and party effects.
The XB90 also comes with Sony’s Party Chain feature which allows you to add up to 50 Sony-compatible speakers. You can also add just one other XB90 in stereo or mono for some extra power.
The Sony XB90 features a 2,500mAh battery which provides 16 hours of playback at a moderate volume and only about 3-4 hours on max volume.
The speaker includes 2 x 7.5-inch woofers with 3 x 2.4-inch tweeters to produce some serious sound. The bass from the woofers is punchy and defined while the EXTRA BASS feature delivers some serious low-end power. Mids and treble perform well with vocals upfront and clear. Great for karaoke, solo performances, or rapping over some beats.
Why should you buy it?
We have featured the Aiwa Exos-9 a few times on our site. As one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers delivers an incredible 200W of excellent sound quality. The Aiwa Exos-9 features a 10-hour built-in battery with the ability to operate directly from socket power too. You can also buy additional battery packs from Aiwa to keep the party going longer.
The Exos-9 provides an LCD display with HiFi-like features. One of the best features is the adjustable 5-band EQ which allows you to tweak the sound to your exact preference. The speaker comes with four pre-programmed EQ presets tuned for specific genres.
You have the option of ⅛-inch AUX or Bluetooth for audio inputs. There is also an NFC sensor for the quick pairing of NFC-enabled devices.
When it comes to overall sound quality, the Aiwa Exos-9 stands out from some of the other loudest Bluetooth speaker options. The bass has a nice weight and definition while the mids and highs deliver excellent clarity. This means the Exos-9 will sound great with most genres of music and is even great for talk radio or podcasts.
Why should you buy it?
The loudest Bluetooth speaker in the JBL PartyBox series. The JBL follows the popular JBL Boombox in JBL’s new generation of Bluetooth speakers. While JBL might be late to the party, they’ve certainly used that time to create one of the loudest portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. Not only is this speaker loud but it comes with RGB LED lighting for full party mode.
Unlike the smaller models in this series, the PartyBox 1000 does not feature a built-in battery.
The PartyBox 1000 comes with more features than you’ll find on any other portable party speaker on the market. These include wireless Bluetooth streaming, a full LED light show, and microphone and instrument inputs for your karaoke parties.
The JBL ParyBox 1000 also features an integrated DJ pad and comes with an Air Gesture wristband which allows you to control the light show with a flick of your wrist. You can also link two ParyBox 1000 speakers together to create full stereo sound. While not battery-powered, the PartyBox 1000 does feature integrated easy-roll wheels for when you do need to transport it.
The speaker is made up of 1 x 12-inch woofer with 2 x 7-inch mid-woofers for some serious party-power! The PartyBox 1000 is loud with excellent bass response. If you stand within a few feet, you can feel the bass hitting you in the chest.
How does it compare to the JBL PartyBox 300?
At 65dB, the JBL PartyBox 300 is still a contender of its own! It produces the same JBL signature sound, but the PartyBox 1000 definitely excels in terms of volume as well as bass response. With that said, the PartyBox 300 is still JBL’s second loudest Bluetooth speaker and is also almost half the price of the Partybox 1000. If you don’t need that much volume or you’re looking for something more portable – the JBL PartyBox 300 might be the better option for you.
Why should you buy it?
If you’re looking for something a little more compact, but still with the ability to compete with the heavyweights, you might want to check out the Turtlebox Portable Bluetooth Speaker. The Turtlebox was designed specifically for the outdoor market, meaning that it’s also a tough little speaker with a lot of power behind it. It’s small enough to take anywhere, tough enough for the road, and loud enough to get the party started.
The speaker comes with an IP67 (IPX7) waterproof rating and is enclosed in a tough enclosure that resembles more of a small jerry can rather than a speaker. The 8-hour built-in battery will provide enough power to last all day.
With the Turtlebox you have the option of ⅛-inch AUX or Bluetooth for audio inputs. Turtlebox Audio state the Bluetooth range to be about 100 ft which is more than enough for operating the speaker outdoors.
While the Turtlebox is seriously loud, it doesn’t have as big a bass response as some of the other heavyweight speakers on this list. The midrange and treble perform exceptionally well and the sound can throw a long way, certainly more than most portable Bluetooth speakers.
Why should you buy it?
One of the most anticipated party speakers to be released is the Anker Soundcore Rave Mini. The Soundcore Rave Mini is an affordable loud portable Bluetooth speaker with LED lighting to create that party vibe. The speaker is lightweight with a handle on one side so you can easily take your beats on the go.
Although small, the Soundcore Rave Mini features an 18-hour built-in battery and IPX7 waterproof rating so you can take this portable Bluetooth speaker anywhere and everywhere. There is also a USB power bank for charging mobile devices.
The Soundcore Rave Mini allows for ⅛-inch AUX and the latest Bluetooth version 5.0 for audio inputs.
Even with its compact size, the Soundcore Rave Mini delivers an impressive 80W of power output. The speaker includes 2 x 5.25-inch woofers, 2 x 2-inch tweeters, and a single passive bass radiator for optimum bass performance. The speaker is surprisingly loud for its size and the sound quality is better than most other Anker speakers.
The bass response is big, albeit a little wooly with decent clarity in the mid-range and treble response. With its accentuated bass response, the Soundcore Rave Mini is best suited for urban and dance music.
Why should you buy it?
Ultimate Ears have earned a reputation for designing some of the most trendy-looking portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. The UE MEGABOOM 3 is one of the company’s best-selling speakers because of its compact size and surprisingly big sound.
The MEGABOOM 3 is a simple Bluetooth speaker nearly double the size of a can of Coke. There are speakers mounted on both sides giving you 360° sound. On the side of the speaker, you’ll find the UE signature large + and – buttons for volume control while on top is a tap sensor for skipping tracks.
The MEGABOOM 3 features Ultimate Ears’ Block Party technology which allows you to connect up to 8 UE speakers including those from the BOOM, BOOM 2, MEGABOOM series. The UE app allows you to control the MEGABOOM 3 functionality like Block Party, PartyUp Remote On/Off, customizable EQ, musical alarm, tap controls, and more.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the sound level and quality the MEGABOOM 3 produces. While the bass isn’t as big as some of the heavyweight speakers above, the MEGABOOM 3 certainly delivers a bigger bass sound than most speakers this size. The mid-range and treble provide good clarity, however, don’t expect audiophile quality. The MEGABOOM 3 is definitely tuned to deliver a fun, bassy sound sure to get a small party started.
Why should you buy it?
4. JBL Boombox
If you’re a JBL fan but the PartyBox 1000 is a little big for your needs, then the JBL Boombox is an excellent more compact alternative. The Boombox is essentially a JBL Charge 4 on steroids. The speaker features a large handle so you can easily carry the speaker for some beats on the go.
Although smaller than the PartyBox, the Boombox does a good job of competing in terms of sound levels. Where the PartyBox is louder and more bass-heavy, the Boombox delivers much better clarity. More in line with the quality we have come to expect from JBL.
The Boombox features a 24-hour built-in battery which is more than enough to keep you going for a couple of days. Depending on how loud you operate the speaker of course.
You have the option of ⅛-inch AUX and Bluetooth for audio inputs which means you should be able to connect just about any device to the Boombox.
When it comes to features, the Boombox provides everything you need and much more. The speaker comes with a speakerphone, voice assistance integration (Siri/Google), a power bank, and JBL Connect+ for connecting multiple JBL speakers together.
The sound quality of the Boombox is its best feature. The mid-range and treble provide exceptional clarity for a speaker this size and the bass is nice and punchy. This well-balanced sound means the Boombox can play any genre of music or even be used for podcasts or digital radio.
Why should you buy it?
How We Chose Our Products
We noticed that a lot of online lists with the loudest Bluetooth speakers available were simply not correct. We approached this article with measurements in mind, we wanted to build a list of truly the loudest Bluetooth speakers available on the consumer market. We looked at how these speakers performed in terms of decibel measurements.
Using something like output wattage as a metric is flawed because it doesn’t take into account the efficiency of the speaker design. We also wanted to make sure we don’t recommend speakers that we can’t truly stand by, so we excluded products that offer poor quality or specify volume measurements that aren’t supported by the actual performance.
You’ll notice that we broke this list into two distinct sections, a lightweight and heavyweight section. While we’re already explained the differences, the reason why we separated these products is that many of the large Bluetooth speakers on this list don’t fit into what the average consumer is after. Our lightweight section is a more versatile selection that also makes sense buying as your daily driver of Bluetooth speakers at home.
Why Trust Us?
Our team is comprised of audio experts and audiophiles who spend time researching products. We have experience with dozens of Bluetooth speakers. We’ve gone through the process of disturbing the neighbours so you can achieve the same results with a powerful speaker.
Instead of just listing products based on ratings or sales figures, we carefully examine the products that we select looking at what we believe makes that speaker best for our customers. We select products that cater to a diverse range of needs.
Just because a speaker is loud, doesn’t meant that we’d recommend it. We’ve tried to bring budget options for the cash-strapped consumer while also thinking about the needs of the customer when it comes to buying a loud Bluetooth speaker.
Power VS Volume
Wondering how much of a dB increase you will get if you double the power? As mentioned earlier in this article, the power of a speaker will be mentioned as a wattage rating, which tells us the strength of its amplification.
We now know that every 10 dB (SPL) represents a 10-fold increase in volume – but this rule does not apply to the wattage of a speaker. An 80W speaker is not twice as loud as a 40W one, but rather 3dB louder. The rule of thumb concept is that instead when you double the power of an amplifier in watts there will be a 3db increase.
Interesting Facts on Decibels
Something interesting to note is that a decibel in itself does not tell us anything unless you assign it to something – such as SPL (Sound Pressure Level). We are so used to using decibels as a measurement of sound or music loudness, that we would assume that that’s what dB stands for, but the decibel actually needs to be assigned to a unit to mean anything. Interesting, right?
The decibel itself is only a ratio which means that it compares the value of one number to the value of another
So among other things, decibels are used to measure voltage and power in your gear – the intensity of a sound or the power level of an electrical signal, by comparing it with a given level on a logarithmic scale – which we talked about earlier in this article.
The lowest threshold of human hearing, meaning the lowest sound level we as humans can hear (20 micro pascals) – translates to 0 SPL and is accepted as the reference point by which all other sounds are compared against.
RMS Wattage vs Peak Power
Sometimes the speaker manufacturer will state the RMS Wattage and sometimes it will state its Peak Power – or sometimes both. What you need to pay attention to is its RMS Wattage.
The RMS Wattage stands for how much continuous power the speaker can handle. Simply put, this means playing a few songs through the speaker. That’s essentially what we want it to do, right? If a speaker has 30W RMS, it means it can comfortably run with 30W of continuous power. On the other hand, if it states it has a peak rating of 30W, it means it can only handle short bursts of 30W power.
Peak power refers to the maximum power level the speaker can utilize in short bursts. Both RMS and peak values are still important to notice since you want a speaker that can handle both.
Speaker Efficiency vs Sensitivity
Ever been confused about these terms? Me too! Speaker efficiency and speaker sensitivity describe the same concept but are technically different. This can be confusing since these two terms are used interchangeably in audio.
Efficiency can be described as the amount of power going into a speaker that is actually converted into sound. Sometimes this is a very low percentage. Why? Because most of the power being sent to a speaker ends up as heat, instead of sound. Usually, the measurement is done at one watt at a one-meter distance.
The sensitivity rating tells us how loud it will play with a certain amount of wattage. Remember that every additional 3 dB of volume requires double the power.
So don’t be confused the next time you read up on speaker specs! Now that you understand these terms, the hunt for your next Bluetooth Speaker purchase will be easy breezy.