A Boater’s Guide to Portable Speakers

Make no mistake, every Crownline boat is outfitted with a truly superior sound system, but sometimes those long days on the water require a portable option so you can bring the party wherever the mood takes you. From hanging out on the dock to exploring the islands, these ready-for-whatever speakers will keep you entertained for hours. Here’s our list of top Bluetooth portable speakers for summer 2020.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

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Beloved by users, the Wonderboom 2 is the runaway favorite for 2020’s class of portable speakers. It’s affordable, long-lasting, well-designed and—most importantly—loud. With 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this speaker offers the best bang for your buck without sacrificing audio quality. The icing on the cake is the Outdoor Boost feature, which essentially turns the volume up to eleven when you want to take your music to the next level.

JBL Xtreme 2

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JBL has become a massive force in the portable speaker market over the past few years, and the Xtreme 2 is certain to continue the company’s hot streak. It’s essentially an entire stereo system bundled into a portable and durable $250 box. Everyone will enjoy the impressive sound quality that’s perfect for everything from tailgating to beach parties. This is much more than a portable speaker, it’s an out-and-out party starter.

Denon Envaya DSB-250BT

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The Envaya DSB-250BT is powerful waterproof and dustproof speaker packed into a sleek design. This model is renowned for its clarity and looks like it would be just as comfortable in a well-decorated living room or high-end music studio. And it’ll look just as great on your Crownline.

JBL Flip 5

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The smaller, more popular JBL speaker isn’t as powerful as the Xtreme 2, but it’s arguably the more practical choice. This model does what JBL does best—offers incredible sound in a strong, portable package. The Xtreme 2 won’t blow the roof off a party, but it’s plenty loud for the beach or boat. It’s one of the most popular portable speakers in the world, and a steal at $99.

Sony SRS-XB32

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The New York Times called this the “mid-sized sedan of portable BT speakers.” It’s not as powerful as the JBL Xtreme 2 and Denon Envaya, but not as portable as the UE Wonderboom 2 and the JBL Flip 5. It exists in an underutilized space in between. The cost is comparable to the Flip 5, and it’s got better sound. If you’re looking for the most versatile option, this is a great place to start.

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