So we’re back to the same two words again: “mini” and “wireless”. Given that the only reason why you’d want a wireless system is portability, it is imperative that any set of wireless speakers be small. After all, if you have to lug around a 10lbs speaker set, you’d much rather save some money and get a wired system instead.
Mini led speakers can turn into one of the two things: a pathetic excuse of a speaker that delivers puny sound, has non-existent base, and screeches at every high tone, but, to its credit, is small and wireless. This is the norm. Seriously, when in the market for small wireless speakers, don’t expect your mind to be blown and your ears to ring with the mellifluous music. You’ll only end up being disappointed.
And the other thing? That’s when you do get surprised. When you turn on a tiny little pair of speakers, expect little, but get a lot. This happens rarely, for there are very few small wireless speakers on the market that can actually deliver such a performance. But it happens often enough for people like me to keep the faith and hope for the day when a pair of speakers will fit into my jeans pocket and will deliver enough awesome power to bring down the house.
Let’s take a look at the first category (that is: the small wireless speakers that barely pass muster). This is the sad corner where underperforming speakers are sent to after an appraisal. This category of speakers should be avoided, for while they may be small, portable and wireless, their sound is far too poor to be worth shelling out money for.
HP USB Mini Speakers: The word ‘mini’ fits these speakers quite well, since their sound is exactly that. For $24, you shouldn’t expect too much anyway.
Logitech USB Laptop Speakers: I seriously expected this system to do a bit more. Your laptop speakers will generally outperform this pair. Though its form factor and design does push it up slightly on the desirability scale.
Sony SRS RF930RK Wireless Speakers – Sony’s speakers are usually a mixed bag. While some of their home theater systems are downright awesome, speakers like the SRS RF930RK leave a lot to be desired. At $140, I was expecting more than weak sound, distortion, and plain poor performance.
Really, this list could go on and on. But there’s little point in continuing endlessly in the same vein. Instead, let’s take a look at the second category: the honors board of speakers that are small, wireless, yet perform outrageously well:
Soundmatters foxL V2 – The foxL v2 was a revelation and single-handedly raised hopes for a truly wireless future filled with amazing music. Small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, the foxL v2 points to the future of small wireless speakers. The sound is rich, deep, with strong bass and clear high tones. Plus, it works as a speaker phone. A great buy, despite the $199 price tag.
Monster ClarityHD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker – There is hardly anything ‘micro’ about this Monster’s performance. Weighing in at just 1 lb, this little cube of awesome measures 6x6x6 inches. Slip it into your backpack, drop it into your laptop case, or even carry it around in your hand – it’s the 21st century version of the boom box. Works on Bluetooth so you can now blast tunes from your phone and be a public nuisance.
Creative D200 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – The elder cousin to the D100, the Creative D200 is pure delight. Small, handsome, and a brilliant performer, the D200 weighs just under 5 pounds. While it is nowhere near the size or weight of the foxL v2 or the ClarityHD, it performs astoundingly well. If you are willing to compromise on the ‘small’ part of your hunt for small wireless speakers, then the D200 is perfect for you.