Since our list of “Off-Brand” 29″-52″ Flatscreens was so popular, we decided to “create” one for Off-Brand Wireless Speaker Systems. “Off-Brand” doesnt neccessarily mean there are no name brands or brands you’ve never heard of or wireless speaker systems that are simply no good. In our case it means wireless speaker systems that did not score at the top of the list and since there are so many different brands that scored so closely together. We say this in the nicest way “Off-Brand” Now again this could be the difference of just a few decibels or megahertz in the test results, things you probably dont care about. (However if you do care we recommend Getting a subcription to “Consumer Reports”) The main thing for most people is the price and do they sound good! So at this time we like to remind you that most online retailers have very flexible and generous return policies. So go ahead buy those “Bad Boys” you’ve been dying to take to your next group meeting and hook up your phone and play “DJ” or whatever people use wireless speakes for these days. Here is internettop40.com‘s list of Top40 Off-Brand Wireless Speaker Systems. Enjoy and as Always Please Vote for your favorite and Share this list with all your Facebook friends. Thank you! ttyl
A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with analog audio input.
Detailed Test Results
Sound quality: Altec Lansing's Super Life Jacket had good overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact and is a bit boomy and subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is somewhat thin and metallic. Treble is extended but very prominent and sizzly. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience mainly in the upper midrange, lacks fine detail and sounds thin and somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a large sized room.
Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing Super Life Jacket ease of use to be good. Connecting to Bluetooth is very easy. The unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator and indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. Unit also has NFC. The console volume controls are large and in a prominent place, but are low contrast and nothing else to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. The +/- are unlabeled multifunction controls which also unpairs from Bluetooth. Bluetooth has priority over line-in, don't have to disconnect line-in. Unambiguous.
A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Libratone with analog audio input.
Detailed Test Results
Sound quality: Libratone's ONE Click had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact but is a bit boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy and a bit gritty. Treble is smeared and sizzly and upper treble is subdued. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. As a stereo pair they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models but sound quality remains hazy and congested.
Ease of use: We found the Libratone One Click ease of use to be good overall. Bluetooth setup: Unit is in pairing mode the first time its turned on, however afterwards it requires the press of an ambiguously labeled, multifunction Bluetooth pairing button. The volume control is a unlabeled and multifunction touch control, that when actuated in a clockwise touch fashion the graphical position is displayed and is non-persistent. No source selector switch. Plugging in the line source, immediately switches to line in and unplugging can resume Bluetooth playback. App Remote: Volume control works for all sources, its a prominent radio dial, unlabeled with a non-persistant numeric level. The App, allows for EQ, pairing, Station streaming and volume and limited transport controls.
An Play-Fi compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system with analog audio input.
Detailed Test Results
Sound quality: Polk Audio's Omni S2 has good sound quality. Bass has good impact, but it's prominent and boomy overall and lacking at the deep level. Midrange is soft and has a "far away" sound. Lower and mid-treble are recessed and upper treble is slightly pronounced and sizzly. The unit has an echoey quality that overwhelms any natural room ambience from the recording. The sound also lacks fine detail. Wireless sound quality is similar to line-in sound quality. When used as a stereo pair, one speaker starts playing before the next and the stereo image has noticeable artifacts: The sound starts in the middle and is bass heavy. Approximately 20 seconds later, it shifts to the right and the bass becomes less prominent. In short, a solid stereo image never forms. There is no change in room recovery or ambience. The speaker does provide a decent volume level in a medium-sized room.
Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good. To connect to a WiFi network via WPS, you simply press a WiFi button on the rear of the unit. When you hear a beep, press the WPS button on the router and wait less than a minute for a connection. You won't hear a tone, but there is a clear visual indication that the connection is complete. Other WiFi setups require a downloadable app that walks you through the process. For the most part, the app works well as a remote, but it doesn't let you choose line-in source as an option and it's not always responsive.
A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with an analog audio input.
Detailed Test Results
Sound quality: Fugoo's Style XL had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is somewhat pronounced and boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy and a bit nasal. Treble is sizzly, subdued and upper treble is muted. So-so recovery of room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, and lacks fine detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality except that bass is more pronounced when wired. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room.
Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The Fugoo Style XL connecting Bluetooth is easy. Controls are high contrast buttons that are in a prominent place, however there is nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. The +/- controls are also unlabeled multifunction for speakerphone and play control use. Switching sources between Bluetooth and wired source involves a plugging into an unlabeled line input - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight or no delay. Must unplug to regain connection to Bluetooth. There are verbal cues that clearly state what function is active.