Top 5 House Party Speakers 2020
With the current lockdown in place and Summer arriving earlier than usual, are you looking for a sound system for your house party? Depending on how many family members in your house right now, or gatherings that you plan to have over the Summer months, will determine how loud you need your speakers to be. If you are having a small gathering, you may only need a compact speaker.
If you are a regular house party thrower, now could be in the time to invest in a sound system that will cater to large and small gatherings.
I personally have three setups for a house party:
- A small portable sound system (50 watts) that has its own carry case that comes out if our daughter has friends over and wants to play some music.
- A mid-size sound system (150 watts) that sits permanently in the living room so the whole family are ready to party whenever we feel like it.
- A larger sound system (1000 watts) that comes out usually in the Summer when we have friends over in the garden. This is not a favourite of our neighbours, but given that we don’t play it at full peak every weekend, I think they have become quite used to it.
Having had A LOT of experience with sound systems over the past 30 or so years, I’ve compiled this guide to help you choose what system is best for you.
Here’s our top 5:
1. The Soundboks 2 (click to buy)
This portable Bluetooth speaker is an incredibly loud battery-powered speaker. The speaker has an average battery life of 40 hours, comes with a military-grade lithium battery, is around 200 watts and has its own carry bag for when you want to party on the go! This is an incredibly robust and very powerful speaker. Great for outside events and large house/garden parties. This speaker can be mounted on a pole stand and it has an auxiliary port. If you are seriously looking to party anytime, anywhere, this is the speaker for you.
2. Bose Sound Touch 30 (click to buy)
Weight: 11.5kg | Watts: 150 | Battery life: n/a | Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth | Aux-in: No | USB charging: No | Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless | Dimensions: 9.7h x 17.1w x 7.1d inches
The Bose Sound Touch 30 Series III Wireless Music System is perfect for larger gatherings as it has an incredible 150 watts of power! It may appear small, but this speaker packs some serious power! A full and powerful sound, your playlist will sound incredible. We have one of these in our lounge and regularly use it whenever we have friends and family over. This model comes in both black and white and works perfectly with an Apple iPad Air, Apple iPod touch and most handheld devices. This works via Bluetooth and Apple Airplay. The sound quality of this particular unit is INCREDIBLE. Well worth the price tag with the added bonus that it looks sleek and stylish in any room.
3. Sony GTK-XB5 Compact High Power Party Speaker, One Box Music System with Lighting Effects (click to buy)
Weight: 8.4 Kg | Watts: 470 | Battery life: n/a | Connectivity: NFC and Bluetooth | USB charging: n/a | Dimensions: 27.4 x 25.6 x 52.4 cm | Batteries: 2 AAA
Bring home the bass and add serious impact to all your music with high power and soul-shaking sounds to your house party! Create an ideal atmosphere with line, strobe and speaker lighting that change colour at sync with the beat. This lightweight speaker is easy to set up and store away when not in use. Wireless music streaming over Bluetooth, it also works horizontally and vertically and all connecting ports are behind the speaker. With an outstanding 470 watts of power, this speaker will deliver without sound distortion.
4. Disco DJ PA Home and Away System with Bluetooth, USB, SD & MP3 (click to buy)
Weight: 11.5kg | Watts: 2 x 150 | Battery life: n/a | Connectivity: | USB charging: n/a | Supported audio formats: USB, SD card, MP3 or Smartphone
A great bit of kit and very powerful! Nice bass and clarity, this is great for larger home parties. This complete set is both easy to set up and allows you to become the DJ at home, school or any medium-size hall. If you are a budding home DJ, there is no better place to start than with this set. Connect your music via USB, SD card, MP3 or Smartphone. Play pre-made playlists or allow friends to connect their smartphones to play individual songs. Equalizer, cables and microphone can all be stored at the back of the speakers for easy transport and storage. Comes with 2 x 150W Speakers; 1 x Equalizer with Bluetooth; 2 x 36mm speaker stands with stabilising / securing screws; 2 x Speaker box cables; 1 x UK 3 Pin Mains adapter cable. You may need some rca to xlr cables if you intend to connect turntables. You need mains power to run it or a generator 240 volt.
5. Fenton Portable Battery Powered Music System (click to buy)
Weight: 3.5 Kg | Watts: 300 | Battery: 2.2 Ah Lithium Battery 4 hours on full charge | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Aux-in: yes | Dimensions: 255 x 205 x 395mm
This is loud! This speaker is ideal for house parties, schools and/or presentations. With its Bluetooth wireless technology, users can simply connect their device and stream music effortlessly through the 300-watt speaker. Comes equipped with a dedicated microphone input with volume and echo control and an aux input to connect a CD player or your laptop for maximum flexibility. Main features at a glance: Portable PA speaker, incredibly simple to set-up and use, using Bluetooth wireless technology for audio streaming with integrated USB, SD/MMC media player. Includes wired microphone, additional Aux input to connect CD player or laptop, integrated stand mounting with 35 mm pole socket, LED illuminated woofer with on/off switch, mains & battery operated.
If you don’t have the room to store this type of equipment, you could always look for a smaller but still quite loud sound system.
Amazon Echo Speakers
The sound of this Amazon Echo speaker is spectacular given its size. Rich and full-bodied, this speaker does not disappoint. You can even sync it to any Bose® speaker when you want to play your music louder (which I do quite often!) All the benefits of Alexa with improved sound and a fresh look. Play your music through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn. With compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your entire home with music as well as listen to Audible or radio stations.
Amazon Echo Sub
When you want more sound from any Amazon Echo device like the Amazon Echo, this incredibly loud subwoofer is just the ticket to boost your existing Echo device for a louder and more rounder sound. Perfect for a larger gathering or kitchen party during the current lockdown. The Echo Sub delivers 100w of deep bass through a 6″ woofer. Pair with one Echo or Echo Plus to enjoy dynamic music that fills the room. Pair with two of the same compatible Echo devices for rich left/right stereo sound. Simple to set up and use–just plugin, open the Alexa App and wirelessly connect to your Echo device(s) to control music with your voice.
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