Having control of the aux cable used to be an ongoing argument at every house party and in every taxi you got into; but that’s all changed. As Bluetooth speakers have become even more popular, the question has changed from ‘pass the aux’ to ‘who’s connected to the speaker’. Anyway, now wireless listening is easy, convenient and sounding better than ever, gone are the days when you needed a big Hi-Fi set up to properly hear the bass or even enjoy the sound. To illustrate our point, and to show you the length and breadth of small speakers on offer, we’ve pulled together our latest edit to focus on five of the best small speakers around.
Vifa is a Danish company, and like all good Danish brands it has an unmistakable Scandinavian aesthetic that is embedded into every one of its beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind products. The Vifa Helsinki is one of three wireless speakers under Vifa’s impressive audio umbrella, which are all named after Nordic capital cities – the Helsinki, Copenhagen and the Stockholm wireless soundbar. Anyway, Vifa’s Helsinki is the smallest and most portable of them all, and it features a beautiful leather carry handle and an understated design with a total of six drivers that hide underneath the petite Nordic body for a rich, warm sound.
The diminutive, albeit rugged, design is supported by Bluetooth connectivity. There’s a small button on the side that controls Bluetooth connection and it has the ability to answer calls to your smartphone through the speaker too. But the sound of the Vifa Helsinki is what makes it the best portable speakers for the outdoors. It’s impressively well-balanced sound highlights the soft, textured quality of vocals, while it also has the power to give bass beats a commendable amount of space to bounce around.
Although the Tivoli One Digital Radio is not portable like the other speakers that have made the cut, it has a wonderful balance between style, technology and audio quality that makes it the radio of the modern era. It delivers a new spin on DAB Radio by offering a multi-operational dial and digital navigation screen that not only makes changing stations easy but also makes Spotify connect and Bluetooth easy to use around the house.
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