Small but high quality BT Speaker recommendations

z1ggy

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Looking for a small but (relatively) high powered BT speaker for my car. My HU or speakers have now sh!t the bed and I'm too lazy/broke to bother fixing it. Playing music out of my phone for the past week really blows when I came from $600 Focal Comps.
 
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I like the jbl flip 4 or the jbl charge 4. The flip 4 has a better mid to high range while the charge 4 has better lows but not quite as good in the mid to highs compared to the flip 4. The charge 4 overall gets louder so that is the one I ended up keeping. I've used both of them in a truck I used to drive for work since it didn't have a radio. That was a big truck that was way louder than any car and it sounded pretty good. It is pretty close in price to a new head unit so I would probably go that route unless it's not an option.
 

z1ggy

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I like the jbl flip 4 or the jbl charge 4. The flip 4 has a better mid to high range while the charge 4 has better lows but not quite as good in the mid to highs compared to the flip 4. The charge 4 overall gets louder so that is the one I ended up keeping. I've used both of them in a truck I used to drive for work since it didn't have a radio. That was a big truck that was way louder than any car and it sounded pretty good. It is pretty close in price to a new head unit so I would probably go that route unless it's not an option.
Cool I will look at this one.

How do you think it would compare to something like an Anker Soundcore or Oontz Angle 3?
 
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Not even close imo. I've tried the $30 speakers and they just don't cut it. Especially in a moving car. Flip 4 is the lowest I'd suggest. They go for $100 retail and can be found for $80 with a little work. I think they have been as low as $60 but those sales are few and far between.
 

z1ggy

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Yeah my suspicious was I won't get much actual audio quality for $25. Something from JBL with quality woofers is more up my alley.

I can actually get the Charge 3 for cheaper, which looks like it's a stereo set up as opposed to mono. However, I worry it will be too big... The Flip 4 seems a little more size friendly since I need to mount it on my dash.
 
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On paper the charge 3 sounds like a better speaker but it's not. The charge 4 just sounds better. The stereo effect doesn't work with them being so close. I even prefer the flip 4 over the charge 3 personally. The charge 3 is a good speaker though and for a good price it's a good deal.
 

z1ggy

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Good point.. with speakers only inches apart you won't get much stereo effect. I'll have to just make sure the slightly larger flip 4 can fit on top of my dash without causing site issues. Last thing I need is to get pulled over and some cop tickets me for having something large glued to my dash blocking my vision.

FWIW, have a mazda3, 2011.
 

VirtualLarry

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I use some Creative BT speakers I picked up a while back on my PC. The mids are a little muddled/lacking, but they have great bass. Something on the order of $40-70 for them.

Edit: They are not battery-powered, like the "portable" BT speakers are. Fairly decent sized speakers.
 

Ichinisan

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Harman-Kardon Onyx mini. Pretty great. You can even use two of them with each other for stereo with as much separation as you want.
 
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