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MAKE YOUR TUNES POP BLUETOOTH SPEAKER GUIDE

No one can deny that uncompressed music files and hi - res streaming are king when it comes to audio, but a huge chunk of to day 's trac ks are being mi xed for low-res files and portable, diddy speakers . With that in mind, we enlisted a pro record producer to help us test the best of 2019's Bluetooth noise – bringers to see which ones offer the purest poptastic performance…

UE MEGABOOM 3

UE MEGABOOM 3

Offering a warmer sound than the Bose on the right and a proper kick from the low end, the ever-popular 360. sound-spraying Mega boom is a featurepacked Bluetooth best buy that hasiP67 (take it swimming for 30 minutes), 20-hour battery life, slick onboard controls ... and if the mood strikes, you can link up over 150 Booms for the ultimate surround-sound shindig. The latest generation of Megaboom has been tweaked to push the bass even harder, and the redesigned Magic button now lets you play , pause and skip . If you hold it down you can summon a preset playlist without having your phone handy

BOSE SOUNOLINK REVOLVE+

£280/bose.co.uk

It's small, reassuringly well made and as far removed from a youth-orientated speaker as you 'll get, but the Bose 's silky style and lovely delivery had Mike sold. It's the hi-fi equivalent of a parent taking his kid raving: the Bose signature sound - one of easy agreeable balance- copes admirably with the low bass punch and high-octane treble, and makes for a most enjoyable listen. Sure, it feels a little shrill at high volume , but it has an IPX4 rating (it'll take a good splash) and 360. Sound plus 16-hour battery life and a useful rope handle. It also offers Siri and Google Assistant smarts.

SONY XB501G

£300 I sony.co.uk

With a 125mm subwoofer and two angled 45mm satellites, this 23cm cube can project a real rumble. A 16- hour battery life will keep it going for the entire party, plus it has a rain-proof IP65 rating, Google Assistant and NFC Bluetooth or Wi - Fi connectivity.

SOUNDCORE FLARE

SOUNDCORE FLARE

The Flare has Bluetooth with NFC for quick pairing, and a choice of five colours and five lighting patterns to entertain as you listen. Battery life is an acceptable 12 hours, it's waterproof (IPX7), and a companion app lets you tweak the disco lights.

KITSOUND SLAM XL

KITSOUND SLAM XL

At 47cm wide and almost 20cm tall, with two Sin full range drivers pushing out 100W of power, all hidden behind an angry metal grille, the Slam XL is a monster of a Bluetooth speaker. There's also a range of LED lights and even a built -in strobe to complete the 'mini mobile disco' look, though it is mains-powered. It 's a fun proposition and the strobe is a neat touch we've not seen at this price point before. And it's loud enough as a standalone speaker- or paired with another for double the oomph- at a house party. However, as Mike pointed out: "It's loud, but my goodness it sounds thin and the bottom end lacks kick…it's lacking warmth too."