8 STYLISH Portable Speakers To Jazz Up Your Singapore Space

Look, Ma! No wires.
12 May 2020

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Sometimes, you just want to take your music along with you and share it with others.

Other times – like the current circuit breaker – you can’t leave the home! But that doesn’t mean you don’t like to move around your space, or dream of the day when you can have another house party and impress whoever’s on the guest list.

While there are tonnes of portable speakers in the market with great technical specifications, we’ve rounded up the most charming and eye-catching options, because we’re superficial that way.

From retro-inspired to multi-hued to pastel shades and more, here are some of the prettiest portable speakers to splurge on.

1. Marshall Stockwell

 

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British brand Marshall is best known for its high-powered guitar amplifiers, but it has a whole range of user-friendly, customer-focused headphones and speakers under a separate Marshall Headphones brand. Oh and did we mention how gorgeous they are? Its speakers boast a signature vintage look with traditional front fret, turn knobs and an iconic script logo. The Marshall Stockwell is its smallest travel speaker, weighing just 1.2kg. But don’t dismiss this lean machine; with two 2.25 inch woofers and a two-channel class D amplifier, it packs a solid punch, making it the loudest speaker in its class. Play music wirelessly through its bluetooth technology and control the volume, bass and treble through its gold knobs. With a rechargeable battery that can play up to 25 hours, you’re guaranteed good sound quality for a long time while you’re on the road.

About $459 (with case). For more info, visit www.marshallheadphones.com/sg/en

2. UB+ Eupho Bluetooth Speaker

 

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Don’t underestimate the size of this compact speaker. This product under a new audio brand by Singapore-based company TGI Technology packs a rich and wholesome sound, as though the performance is right in front of you. This is thanks to the patented ORCHAS technology, which allows Eupho to have full-range point source sound, minimal external vibration and clean bass reproduction. Each speaker, which weighs only 120 grams and is in warm grey or black, comes with a free expansion casing, too.

About $89.90. For more info, visit http://ub-plus.com.

3. Muzen OTR Metal

 

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Are you into all things vintage? Then, this pretty little speaker will knock your socks off. Muzen Audio’s OTR series of portable speakers are inspired by radio sets of the 60s, boasting a retro design with turn knobs and finished with an attractive acrylic stoving enamel coating that is the same type of paint used to finish automobiles in the 1960s. The set can be charged via USB, with a battery life of up to 10 hours, and it has bluetooth function. There’s a colour for everyone – we love the crimson red and flamingo pink, but there’s also mint green, jet black, sky blue and lavender purple. Best of all, it comes in a handy little hard briefcase and a leather padded carrying case as well. Bonus: It has radio functions, too. How’s that for a throwback?

About $139. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/MuzenSG.

4. Klipsch The One Bluetooth Speaker (Walnut)

 

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Boasting a real wood veneer finish, sleek black speaker grills and copper switches and knobs, this portable speaker under Klipsch’s Heritage-Inspired series will fit right in when displayed on top of your oak coffee table or teak TV console. The speaker has two 2 1/4 inch full range drivers and a 4.5 inch woofer, and of course, bluetooth wireless technology, analog audio input and an eight-hour-long rechargeable battery.

About $349. For more info, visit www.klipsch.com.

5. JBL Pulse 3

 

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Good sound quality is par for the course, but how about getting a speaker that dances with bright colours as it plays its tunes, like a unicorn lit from within?  JBL’s Pulse 3 not only plays music, it also projects a 360 degree light show and looks pretty as a picture with its different shades of hues. Choose from a black or white casing, with shades such as blue and purple, green and blue and yellow and purpole. It weighs just 0.96kg, is waterproof, and has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to 12 hours of playtime.

About $339; available at IMSLazada and Shopee.

6. Fender Newport Bluetooth Speaker (Sonic Blue or Dakota Red)

 

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Guitar enthusiasts will love this speaker that sports a retro design resembling the look of a ’60s Fender guitar amp. With metal speaker grills, old school analog control knobs and a sturdy casing, it’s a gorgeous piece to display in your home or when you’re at a BBQ or home party. It also has a rechargeable battery for up to 12 hours of play, two woofers and one tweeter and aptX and AAC codec support that lets you enjoy clear, high-quality bluetooth wireless sound.

About $359. For more info, visit https://shop.fender.com/en/intl/start.

7. Audio Pro Bluetooth Speaker Addon T3 (Green)

 

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Minimal, stylish with clean sleek lines – that’s what you get with this portable speaker from Scandinavian brand Audio Pro. It’s small yet elegant, with a crisp sound that has clear treble and deep bass. This model won the Best Portable Speaker Award (£100 to £250) in the 2017 What Hi-Fi? Awards, and why not? Its rechargeable battery lasts 30 hours at half volume and 12 hours at full volume and it’s made of quality materials such as genuine leather and solid aluminium. It also has a Digital Class D amplifier, a 2 3/4 inch  textile dome tweeter and a 3.5 inch woofer. Specs aside, it’s just darn pretty and rustic.

About $359. For more info, visit www.audiopro.com/en.

8. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker (Unicorn)

 

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They had us at “unicorn”. This girly portable speaker might be just palm-sized, but it has surprisingly bright sound. We love that it’s completely waterproof – it floats! – so you can take it with you to a pool or beach party, a muddy music fest, or when you need some soothing tunes during a soak in the bath. Its rechargeable battery has 10 hours of play time and this handy machine also has a hanging loop at the top so you can attach it to your bag or bicycle and get music on the go. Functions are minimal – with just a play/pause/skip button and a power on/off button – but sometimes that’s all you need.

About $149. For more info, visit www.ultimateears.com/en-sg.

By Joy Fang, June 2019

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