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  • IronGiant 4 Jun 2017 14:31:08 6,288 posts
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    Looking for something to use in the garden etc, via bluetooth of course but also want a 3.5mm input.

    The Dali Catch has had good reviews and the Bose Soundlink always come up in the top lists.. budget upto 300 notes.

    Edited by IronGiant at 14:31:49 04-06-2017
  • whatthefu 4 Jun 2017 17:17:54 1,339 posts
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    I got a JBL Flip for under £60. Bluetooth and 3.5mm line in. Pity it doesn't have controls for android but I suspect that's on a more expensive model.
    Good sound and volume
  • infoxicated 4 Jun 2017 17:36:15 1,509 posts
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    I bought my mother a Sony SRS-XB2 for her conservatory and she absolutely loves it - the sound that comes out of it is incredible for something so small. After she opened it at xmas time and I set it up for her I was kind of hoping that she wouldn't be bothered with it so I could "acquire" it some time later!

    Unfortunately for me she uses it all the time, takes it on holiday with her, uses it for background music when we have family dinner there, and the grandkids take it outside to play music on when they're in the garden.
  • Murbs 4 Jun 2017 17:37:15 25,085 posts
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    Another JBL flip here, love it. If it's for the garden you might want to go bigger, such as the Charge or Extreme.
  • nickthegun 4 Jun 2017 17:47:08 86,367 posts
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    Yeah, I got a flip 3 for the bathroom and its great. I was thinking of getting a JBL Xtreme (ugh) for the garden but it might be a bit of overkill. They sound great for 170 quid, though.

    A charge 2 might be a bit more suitable, but I havent heard one yet.

    UE are alright, too. A mates got a few boom 2's and you can mesh them together. The megaboom is supposed to be decent, too.

    That said, with a budget of 300, im sure you can get something that beats the shit out of any of those.

    Edited by nickthegun at 17:48:44 04-06-2017
  • IronGiant 5 Jun 2017 14:40:48 6,288 posts
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    Had a listen to the Dali Catch, mid range and high sounded superb but its seriously lacking in bass! I dont want to rattle fillings loose but just a bit more oomph would improve it no end.

    Also tried the Audio Pro T3 which was great, especially at £199. Bass is more punchy and its a definite tempter.
  • minky-kong 5 Jun 2017 15:39:59 14,746 posts
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    Another recommendation for the JBL Flip from me, bought it for the gf earlier this year and we're both impressed with its sound and ease of use.

    As others have said, you might want one of the bigger models for the garden.
  • Decks 5 Jun 2017 15:56:32 29,765 posts
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    I've got a UE mini boom and its pretty great. Much better than than the appalling JBL Flip that these idiots have.
  • figgis 5 Jun 2017 16:57:50 7,721 posts
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    Also vouch for UE boom.
  • Dougs 5 Jun 2017 17:20:16 99,066 posts
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    Pfft. Who needs anything else?

    https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-Offers.htm?articleId=3716

    I don't actually have one, but I am temtped, in order to go full pikey
  • Your-Mother 5 Jun 2017 17:42:14 7,368 posts
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    I had a UE Megaboom and it was insanely boomy. Mega-ly so. Decent battery life and powerful.

    Also have a Bose Soundlink 2 in the kitchen and that's serving me very well. Can pair with two devices at once, so it's kind of handy to quickly swap between my Echo Dot and my phone.
  • Deleted user 5 June 2017 18:29:19
    I've had the Bose Soundlink Mini for a couple of years and it's astonishing for the size.

    Not usually a fan of US audio stuff, but it's corking. Had a duff one at first that would resonate badly on Purple Rain (missus is Prince fan) but nothing else. Got it swapped out and it hasn't missed a beat since then. Flawless Bluetooth connection every time and the battery lasts forever.
  • Crumb1ebad 5 Jun 2017 20:17:44 83 posts
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    Jbl flip for me. Don't think you can get better for the money.
  • darrenb 5 Jun 2017 21:31:20 1,140 posts
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    @Juz I'd agree, for the size it's a fantastic speaker, had mine over a year and never regretted it.

    I do fancy upgrading mine to one of the new cylinder ones
  • IronGiant 7 Jun 2017 17:24:53 6,288 posts
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    Ended up getting the Pro Audio T3 and what a cracking bluetooth speaker it is.

    It's small but fairly heavy and produces a very impressive sound. Love the design too!
  • Bichii 19 Jul 2019 11:37:40 4,517 posts
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    Anyone have the UE boom 3? Thinking about ordering one. I have a Bluetooth speaker already that is pretty good but not loud enough.
  • docrob 19 Jul 2019 15:26:44 1,771 posts
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    Juz wrote:
    I've had the Bose Soundlink Mini for a couple of years and it's astonishing for the size.

    Not usually a fan of US audio stuff, but it's corking. Had a duff one at first that would resonate badly on Purple Rain (missus is Prince fan) but nothing else. Got it swapped out and it hasn't missed a beat since then. Flawless Bluetooth connection every time and the battery lasts forever.
    Another owner here. It is amazing.
  • jenguin 19 Jul 2019 17:41:07 172 posts
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    @Bichii don't have the 3, but been more than happy with the UE boom 2.
  • Bichii 19 Jul 2019 18:26:46 4,517 posts
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    Thanks.
  • eleven63 19 Jul 2019 19:09:05 2,927 posts
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    Another one with a Boom 2. Great sound, long battery life, water and shock proof. Use it to listen to audio books in the car on longer journeys. Sits in the cup holder perfectly.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 19 Jul 2019 19:45:07 3,083 posts
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    Ruark are good if you want something that doesn’t sound shit
  • Nanocrystal 19 Jul 2019 19:46:45 2,402 posts
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    docrob wrote:
    Juz wrote:
    I've had the Bose Soundlink Mini for a couple of years and it's astonishing for the size.

    Not usually a fan of US audio stuff, but it's corking. Had a duff one at first that would resonate badly on Purple Rain (missus is Prince fan) but nothing else. Got it swapped out and it hasn't missed a beat since then. Flawless Bluetooth connection every time and the battery lasts forever.
    Another owner here. It is amazing.
    Yep.
  • Carlo 19 Jul 2019 21:42:35 21,685 posts
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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/KEF-Porsche-GRAVITY-Bluetooth-Speaker-Mercury/dp/B01LX0IF1T
  • greg_wha 20 Jul 2019 03:14:41 1,392 posts
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    KEF speakers are incredible but that in cringe in my opinion. 230 notes sounds high for a little speaker surely?
  • Dirtbox 20 Jul 2019 06:32:28 92,347 posts
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    Here you go https://www.amazon.com/DiamondBoxx-Model-XL2-Blue-231/dp/B06XYKVXJC
  • WoodenSpoon 20 Jul 2019 16:10:23 12,360 posts
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    Mini rigs are solid - https://minirigs.co.uk/
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