5 Types of speakers for 2021: Bluetooth, Bookshelf, Floor Standing

Do you know how many types of speakers available in the market? If not today you will know it better.

When it comes to buying a quality speaker we tend to look for more in the known brands, best price, and quality of the product but we do overlook the features which are they providing to us, so keeping all those things in mind we have come up with the different categories of speakers with quality built-in features.

Features like Stereo Sound, Voice control, Wi-Fi Music Streaming, Battery Powered, Included Charging Cradle, Bluetooth and so much more, we will discuss all these things in different categories which are:

Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth is simply a wireless technology that lets two devices talk to each other. In the case of Bluetooth speakers, your smartphone, tablet, or other device transmits to the Bluetooth speaker which uses its built-in amplifier and speakers for playback.

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Size : Amazon Tap: 6.3″ x 2.6″ x 2.6″ (159 mm x 66 mm x 66 mm); Charging Cradle: 0.6″ x 2.6″ x 2.6″ (15 mm x 66 mm x 66 mm)
  • Weight: Amazon Tap: 16.6 oz. (470 grams); Charging Cradle: 3.8 oz. (109 grams)
  • Battery Life: Up to 9 hours of continuous playback. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and environmental factors. Actual results may vary.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or mobile hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication. Supports 2.4 GHz wireless band only.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Amazon Tap. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Media control over AVRCP is not supported for Mac OS X devices.
  • Audio: Dual 1.5-inch drivers and dual passive radiators for bass extension
  • System Requirements: Amazon Tap comes ready to connect to your home Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser. Certain skills and services may require a subscription or other fees. When tethering to a mobile device hotspot, standard data rates may apply.
  • Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Amazon Tap is subject to the terms found here.
  • Included in the Box: Amazon Tap, Charging Cradle, micro-USB cable and adapter, and quick start guide.

Pros and Cons

The best feature is that it has a 9-hour long battery life and also comes with a charging cradle which saves you the hassle of reaching behind a desk or couch to untangle a charging cable when this thing runs out of its power when you leave it overnight on its cradle you will get a dead battery in the morning.

Press Tap’s Voice Command buttons to quickly skip a song, adjust volume, or check battery life, for news or anything.

But the only drawback is you will have to Press the Button every time.

The idea for the Amazon Tap is compelling is that you will get an affordable Bluetooth speaker that also happens to do some smart assistant stuff.

OontZ Angle 3

OontZ Angle 3

The OontZ Angle 3 is Custom Designed and Engineered by Cambridge SoundWorks – An industry trusted brand for over 35 years, to deliver the critical features you’re looking for in a portable Bluetooth speaker:

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 inches
  • Item Weight: 9 ounces
  • High quality, loud stereo sound
  • Rich, deep bass
  • IPX5 water resistant
  • 2200 mAh battery for up to 7 hours of playtime
  • Built-In Mic for Hands-Free Speakerphone
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Cool, stylish design

Pros and Cons:

OontZ Angle 3 retails at $27.99 at Amazon (on sale).

Although Cambridge Sound works doesn’t clearly list what size drivers are built into the OontZ Angle 3, they appear to be dual 45mm acoustic drivers that are partnered with a passive subwoofer. One thing is certain — this speaker is loud especially if you turn the speaker on its side so the bottom grill isn’t restricted.

It has an IPX5 rating which means it can handle 12.5L of water per minute from all directions, but cannot be partially or completely submerged (underwater). It’s mostly ideal for jamming your tunes in the shower, by the pool, at the beach, or in the rain.

Having the ports of the speaker and your Chrome cast Audio exposed to water probably isn’t wise, so it’s best to keep both units dry if you can help it.

It took roughly 5 hours to charge the battery, but doesn’t seem as bad if you leave it plugged in overnight. At a mid-range volume setting this device can last up to 12 hours.

Bose Sound Link Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon)

c) Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon)

  • Big sound–with deep bass–for a full-range listening experience
  • Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere
  • Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud
  • Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it’s super easy
  • Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.3 x 2 inches
  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds

Retails online $199 at Amazon

PROS: Power and refinement from a tiny box, Great charge dock

CONS: No aptX or NFC, Cheaper alternatives are available

Bookshelf speakers

A bookshelf loudspeaker (or bookshelf speaker) is a compact loudspeaker, generally sold for consumer-grade home audio applications as part of a shelf stereo pair or home theater package, that is compact in size and intended to be placed on a raised surface.

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speaker

a) Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers

  • Woofer: 4-Inch Carbon Fiber
  • Tweeter: 0.75-Inch Silk Dome
  • Crossover: Filtering capacitor on tweeter
  • Enclosure: Rear ported, wood grain vinyl
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz
  • Power Handling: 75 Watts (Each)
  • Sensitivity: 85dB 1W/1M
  • Dimensions (inches): 9.5 (H) x 5.8 (W) x 6.5 (D)

Sells online $59.99 at Amazon.com

Pros: A subwoofer changes the game, while there is still a hiss on the top end from every s, these speakers sound like a beautiful deep voice with a horrible lisp.

Cons: Very dark tone, with sparkly top sizzle. Port noise is not audible even at full excursion crazy mode, the only thing you hear from the back is a little 60hz hmm that plays along with the music.

MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

 MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

  • Woofer: 4-Inch Carbon Fiber
  • Tweeter: 0.75-Inch Silk Dome
  • Crossover: Advanced 8-element crossover
  • Enclosure: Rear ported, matte black vinyl
  • Magnetic Grill System: Included
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz
  • Power Handling: 75 Watts (Each)
  • Sensitivity: 85dB 1W/1M
  • Dimensions (inches): 9.5 (H) x 5.8 (W) x 6.5 (D)

Retails online $89.00 at Amazon.

These sound nothing like the MB42’s

The rest of the review is going to be clean slate impressions with the understanding that the MB42x has no sonic relation to the MB42 other than bass extension.

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

  • Bass, treble and volume dials on the active speaker
  • Rich bass notes that are full of presence and depth
  • Limited Distortion
  • Dual RCA inputs for connectivity to multiple audio sources
  • Wireless remote control for volume adjustment and mute

Pros: Precision control is provided by the bass, treble and volume dials on the side of the right speaker but the volume can also be wirelessly controlled with the remote (it doesn’t control the treble or bass). You can also connect to multiple audio devices with the dual RCA inputs.

Cons: Takes too much space.

It is not cheap Edifier R1280T retails online at $99.00.

Ceiling & in-wall speakers:

Polk Audio RC60i 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers:

Polk Audio RC60i 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers

  • Pair of in-ceiling/in-wall speakers with a round shape and flush design to mimic the look of an unobtrusive recessed lighting fixture
  • Equipped with one 6.5-inch dynamic-balance, polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz – 20kHz
  • Equipped with one 0.75-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter in ball-and-socket swivel mount
  • Constructed of durable, moisture-resistant materials for use in bathrooms, saunas, or under outdoor eaves

Retails onlnie $129.00 at Amazon.com

Pros and Cons:

This ceiling Speakers made out of polymer composite cone and rubber materials that can be great advantage. It is carefully constructed to ensure that it doesn’t became damage while fitting on wall or ceiling.

Unlike most speakers, Polk Audio made sure that they added moisture resistant materials to the product so that it doesn’t malfunction if you plan on having them installed in a bathroom or sauna.

 It also provides a sharp quality of sound that doesn’t decrease if you decide to increase the volume. Overall, it is an outstanding product that does not disappoint users. You will definitely find it to be a good investment.

Yamaha NSIC800WH 140-Watts 2-Way RMS Speaker

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5" 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker

  • Speaker Type: 2-way coaxial
  • Woofer: 8″ polypropylene mica cone
  • Tweeter: 1″ fluid-cooled soft dome, swivel
  • Voice Coil: Single
  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 140 watts
  • Network (Crossover Frequency): 12 dB/oct. (3.5 kHz)
  • Speaker Terminals: Gold-plated, push type
  • Grille: Thin, slim-fringe with magnet catch
  • Dimensions: 10-7/8″ x 4-1/4″ (Diameter x Depth)
  • Mounting Depth: 4-1/4″
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Package: Pair

Retails online at $110.28 (on sale)

Pros and Cons:

Limited warranty only when purchased from an AUTHORIZED YAMAHA DEALER

Slim profile design for flush in-ceiling or wall mounting

Sealed back cover protects against dust and moisture

Paintable grill and large mounting clam

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5″ 3-Way In-Ceiling Speaker

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  • 5″ Polypropylene mica cone woofers (two per package)
  • Dual 3/4″ dome tweeter with SoundMax technology
  • 100-Watt maximum input capability
  • Swivel tweeter for wide dispersion
  • Limited warranty only when purchased from an AUTHORIZED YAMAHA DEALER

Retails online at $89.00

The NS-IW280CWH is easy-to-install in-ceiling speaker that reproduces natural sound like only Yamaha can.

The woofer is set in a tilted mounting allowing the user to aim the sound. Swiveling “Sound Max” tweeters create sizzling highs up to 28kHz.

For maximum flexibility, the aluminum grill is paintable and comes with a protective cover.

Center Channel speakers:

Center channel refers to an audio channel common to many surround sound formats. It is the channel that is mostly, or fully, dedicated to the reproduction of the dialogue of an audiovisual program.

a)      Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker

Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker

  • 1-Inch (25mm) Fabric/Polymer Composite Dynamic Balance Dome Tweeter with powerful Neodymium magnet structure delivers clear and detailed high frequency response for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments.
  • Two 5-1/4 in. Bi-Laminate Composite Dynamic Balance Drivers are lightweight and stiff with good damping for high efficiency, excellent bass and lower distortion.
  • Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 3/4 in. thick baffles ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.
  • Unique Reversible-design cabinets can be turned upside down to aim “up” when placed under a video monitor.
  • Five-Way Binding Post Connectors for more secure hook-up options.

PROS:  The Polk Audio  CS10 center speaker has a wide frequency range and can play clear audio.

CONS: This 2-way center speaker has no midrange driver.

Polk Audio TL1 Speaker Center Channel

Polk Audio TL1 Speaker Center Channel

  • Time Lens Technology-The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging.
  • Aperiodic-tuned rear port enables better blending with a subwoofer.
  • 2 1/2″ Long-throw drivers with Dynamic Balance Driver Technology
  • 1/2″ Silk dome tweeters for crisp, clear imaging and smooth response that’s never tiring.
  • Combination keyhole slot & 1/4″ x 20 threaded Insert fits all aftermarket ceiling and wall brackets for ultimate flexibility
  • The Time lens technology enables the acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging.

Pros and Cons:

This Blackstone series speaker delivers to its unique Time Lens technology and a curved enclosure design.

Dynamic Balance driver technology finish the sound by helping to flatten the sound, so that the only surprises you get from your audio are good ones.

Center channel speaker Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better sound staging.

Floor standing speakers:

 Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker

Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker

  • RF Molded Curved Cabinet
  • Three 5.25″ Structured Surface Woofers
  • 1″ high efficiency soft dome tweeter
  • Gold 5-way binding posts
  • 8 element complex crossover, and this item ships as a single

Retails online at $126.99

Pros and Cons Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker:

The Pioneer SP-PK52FS breaks new ground for quality sound at a budget price. The 5.1 speaker system is highlighted by two tower speakers in the front, plus a 100-watt, 8-inch powered subwoofer completes the system. And although it’s not stylish, the curved wooden cabinets look better than a cheap boxy speaker.

The speakers are bulkier than many alternatives and the large center channel can be difficult to place. Black wood-grain vinyl is the sole finish option and might not be a good fit for every living room.

Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex Floor-standing Speakers

Onkyo SKF-4800 2-Way Bass Reflex Floor-standing Speakers

  • Twin 16 cm cone woofers
  • 5 cm soft-dome tweeter
  • input power: 130 W
  • Banana Plug Compatible Speaker Posts
  • Woofer equalizer enables fast and accurate response

Online Prices $279.09 (on Sale)

From Customer point of view:

For that price you just can’t beat the quality of the speakers and sound of these speakers. From the great highs and mids what impressed me the most was how much bass these speakers were giving out. Enough that I actually had to turn off my main subwoofer as it was good enough for me. The dimensions are just perfect for my needs not too tall not too wide. Would HIGHLY recommend these speakers!!

Multiroom digital music systems

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass

DOSS Touch Wireless Portable Bluetooth V4.0 Speakers

 

  • Capacitive touch control: The DOSS Touch portable speaker makes it easy to control the mood and energy of any party by giving you fingertip control of the tracks you’re playing, their volume and more
  • Wireless portable Bluetooth speaker: Enjoy a High Definition stereo sound with a impressive volume whether you’re lounging around the house, or partying, walking out, camping, hiking, biking with included waterproof travel pouch
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology: Equipped with the advanced technology, compatible with all Bluetooth compactly devices. Speaker automatically reconnects to the last device used
  • Superior sound quality: Enjoy your music in 12W full-bodied stereo realized through dual high-performance drivers and an unique enhanced bass
  • Long playtime: Built-in Li-Ion 2200 mAh rechargeable battery guarantees up to 12 hours playtime. Recharge in just 3-4 hours with included micro USB cable

Retails at $60.00

This DOSS speaker is incredible value for money. It’s a great choice if you’re on a budget, or if you just want a high-quality outdoor speaker.

Great Battery, product dimension are 6.6 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches so it is handy to carry around everywhere, waterproof cover really comes handy. It also has built-in microphone, which allows for hands-free calling, right through the speaker.

DOSS Touch Wireless Portable Bluetooth V4.0 Speakers

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass

  • Capacitive touch control: The DOSS Touch portable speaker makes it easy to control the mood and energy of any party by giving you fingertip control of the tracks you’re playing, their volume and more
  • Wireless portable Bluetooth speaker: Enjoy a High Definition stereo sound with a impressive volume whether you’re lounging around the house, or partying, walking out, camping, hiking, biking with included waterproof travel pouch
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology: Equipped with the advanced technology, compatible with all Bluetooth capacity devices. Speaker automatically reconnects to the last device used
  • Superior sound quality: Enjoy your music in 12W full-bodied stereo realized through dual high-performance drivers and an unique enhanced bass
  • Long playtime: Built-in Li-Ion 2200 mAh rechargeable battery guarantees up to 12 hours playtime. Recharge in just 3-4 hours with included micro USB cable

Retails at $50.00 (on sale)

DOSS Touch Wireless Portable Bluetooth V4.0 Speakers with 12W High-Definition Sound Quality and Superior Bass, Sensitive touch, 12 Hours playtime, Hands free.

It is cheaper then 1st one.

Great size, and the sounds/audio is really great, very easy to use, and the customer love the touch volume, very accurate and sensitive. Most of their customers are happiest customer.

Outdoor speakers

Outdoor speaker are designed to give you best quality sound at your pool, backyard, porch, patio. There are lots of outdoor speakers that can help you take your tunes outside but let’s look at the best:

Ion Audio iPA77 Tailgater Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Ion Audio iPA77 Tailgater Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Dynamic, powerful speaker system with 50-hour rechargeable battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity plus iOS/Android app for expanded control
  • USB power bank to conveniently recharge your smartphone, tablet, and more
  • AM/FM radio with bright, clear display, and 1/8″ auxiliary input; microphone and auxiliary cable included
  • NOTE: This product DOES NOT have wheels

Retails online at $151.54

The Ion Tailgater is a portable, powered speaker system that includes an iPod dock, professional microphone and instrument inputs, and a rechargeable battery.

The Tailgater is a monophonic system, the iPod dock doesn’t offer much protection, there’s no remote, the system is heavy, the battery is slow to recharge and let’s face it design is not pretty.

ION Audio Block Rocker (iPA76A)

ION Audio Block Rocker (iPA76A)

  • Dynamic, powerful speaker system with 50-hour rechargeable battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity plus iOS/Android app with expanded control
  • USB power bank to conveniently recharge your smartphone, tablet, and more
  • AM/FM radio with bright, clear display, and 1/8″ auxiliary input; microphone and auxiliary cable included
  • Includes wheels and telescoping handle for easy transport

Pros and Cons:

Retails online at $148.57

Bluetooth streams audio at a lower quality and over less distance than Wi-Fi-based technologies. The Block Rocker iPA76A has a Bluetooth wireless range of 100 feet, which is superb.

Satellite speakers

Satellite Speakers are wireless unit to make them wireless. Wireless are more for just the two back speakers. But one thing to know as that they will still need to be plugged into the wall and wires will still have to go to the back speakers if you buy a wireless unit.

Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

Polk Audio Atrium 4 Outdoor Speakers

  • Atrium Series Speakers exceed baseline industrial and military specifications for environmental endurance.
  • Anodized aluminum tweeter domes with rubber surrounds are absolutely immune to the elements, offer better power handling and smooth response.
  • Tweeter phase cap smooths the frequency response from 12KHz up to 20kHz, the last audible octave.
  • Broad coverage baffle design fills a large open outdoor space with big, full-range sound. A more steeply-angled baffle maximizes critical mid- and high-frequency dispersion over a large area, without sacrificing detail.
  • Speed-Lock Mounting System for easy, safe one-handed installations even in difficult locations; 5 years parts and labor
  • Atrium Series Speakers exceed baseline industrial and military specifications for environmental endurance
  • Anodized Aluminum Tweeter Domes with Rubber Surrounds are absolutely immune to the elements, provide the smooth
  • Newly designed tweeter phase cap smoothes the frequency response from 12KHz up to 20kHz, the last audible octave.
  • Broad Coverage Baffle Design adapted and applied from our current Atrium design but a more steeply-angled baffle design
  • Speed-Lock Mounting System for easy, safe one-handed installations even in difficult locations.

Retails at $115.00

Pros: The lightweight Polk Audio Atrium4 can withstand extreme temperatures and moisture.

Cons: The frequency response is not impressive.

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