Shopping Guide: Stylish And Powerful Bluetooth Speakers

Amp up your daily living with these portable speakers.

Updated on April 24, 2019 13:04 pm

Stephanie Yee

Shopping Guide: Stylish And Powerful Bluetooth Speakers

Need to amp up your home music and entertainment set up? Check out these cool Bluetooth speakers to guide you in choosing the best one for your home:

1. Muzen

Muzen OTR in Metal. Photo credit: Muzen

Muzen OTR in Wood. Photo credit: Muzen

If you have a penchant for vintage and retro pieces, Muzen's portable speakers are for you. Muzen Audio made its first foray into Southeast Asia with the launch of its bestselling On The Road (OTR) series of portable speakers with radio functions in Singapore, through a partnership with local distributor iFactory Asia. The company has brought radio back into vogue with a wide range of radios and portable speakers inspired by the radio sets of the 1960s, integrated with modern functions such as Bluetooth and device connectivity.

Meticulously handcrafted with a fusion of technology and aesthetics, Muzen OTR features both Metal and Wood coatings. The two models, though relatively lightweight, both have a battery life of 10 hours and are capable of FM radio tuning and compatible with Bluetooth 4.0, complete with auxiliary input. Apart from a detachable antenna and leather padded carrying case, Muzen OTR units will also come with unique accessories including a leather carrying strap and a sticker set—making them the perfect lifestyle companion at home or if you're going out.

The Muzen OTR Metal and OTR Wood series of radios and portable speakers are priced at $139 and $129, respectively.

2. JBL

Photo credit: JBL

From snazzy home audio systems to stylish noise-cancelling headphones, world-renowned audio brand JBL is proud to launch its wide array of speakers for everyday use at home.

Just say “Hey Google” and the JBL LINK Series (from $179 to $479.00) will do the work for you. The JBL LINK series is the first hands-free voice-activated speakers to bring together JBL’s Signature Sound with built-in Google Assistant. Manage day-to-day tasks, ask for recipes, stream music, and control other smart devices by just using the voice command. The JBL LINK speakers also feature high-definition music streaming with Chromecast built-in, filling any room with rich and immersive stereo sound. Sleek and minimal in design, it’s the perfect addition to the home—plus, the JBL LINK 10 and LINK 20 are waterproof and portable. Is there anything more you can ask for in a speaker?

3. Bang & Olufsen

Photo credit: Bang & Olufsen

Fit for any Scandinavian home, Bang & Olufsen celebrates the subtle colours of Scandinavian summer—that refreshing sense of vitality as the bleak, cold months of winter give way to the bright, warm season of long days and new life with its new Spring/Summer 2019 Collection.

The Beoplay A1 ($400) is a truly portable Bluetooth speaker for music and calls. With category-breaking performance and packing a punch way beyond its size, Beoplay A1 is made for people who really care about great sound and design.

The Beoplay A1 is part of the SS19 Collection, which is available at the Grand Hyatt flagship store, Takashimaya, TANGS at Tang Plaza, and all B&O distribution channels and stores.

4. LG

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Have that legit smart home feels with LG’s brand-new XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker, created in partnership with Meridian, the British pioneer of high-resolution audio.

With the integration of Google Assistant, information searches and requests on the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker become even more convenient through simple voice commands. Recognising up to 6 voices, family members can control, manage, search, and access information through voice commands. Just say “Hey Google, what’s my schedule today?” or “Hey Google, play my favourite TV show” and Google will be your personal assistant at home. You can also activate Google Assistant via a button located on top of the speaker.

This speaker delivers high-fidelity audio, precise vocal definition, and accurate bass. Through Meridian’s expertise in digital audio, the WK7 has combined advanced signal processing and hardware design to expand image height and widen the sound field. The speaker’s lossless High-Resolution Audio feature can faithfully reproduce sounds recorded in the studio, and playback lossless stereo audio at up to 24-bit/96kHz quality. Furthermore, its Clear Vocal technology utilizes Meridian filtering to remove audio imperfections for more defined vocals in music. With Enhanced Bass, the WK7 has a series of digital filters to ensure an enveloping sound field with a low-end kick that users can feel and hear. The speaker is perfect for streaming digital music, with higher sampling rates and bit depth, both of which contribute to a listening experience characterized by heightened accuracy.

Awarded the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Artificial Intelligence Loudspeaker 2018-2019, the cylindrical WK7 is a premium AI speaker that offers intelligent capabilities with fuller sounds.

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