If you are looking for the best Bluetooth speakers for college, you are not only looking for high-end speakers but speakers from a brand you can trust. No matter what you listen to, you can always trust Bose to deliver the high-quality sound you are looking for.
Bose has lots of Bluetooth speakers that you can take to college with you, most of them reasonably priced for students. That said, if you are looking for top rated speakers, you should expect to fork out some extra cash.
Today, we are going to start at the top, looking at the best Bose speakers for college, going down the list from our recommended choice all the way to some other alternatives that you will love. Without further ado, the top rated Bluetooth speakers for college.
Editor’s choice – Bose SoundTouch 30 wireless speakers
Right off the bat, we start with what we judge to be the best Bose Bluetooth speaker. This is based on the value that you get for the slightly higher price.
The Bose SoundTouch 30 is perfect for college because of its compatibility with most music streaming services right out of the box. In addition to streaming music, you can always play the music you have in your existing library.
Bose SoundTouch 30 does come with an integrated app and an intuitive remote control for when you do not want to get out of bed. Of course, it is compatible with Alexa, so you do have the option of using voice controls when using this Bluetooth wireless speaker.
When it comes to the sound, it justifies its above average price. It has thumping bass with the mids and lows remaining clear even on high volume.
One of the downsides is that there can be spotty wifi connection when using the Bose SoundTouch 30. Apart from that, we really love this speaker.
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If you are looking for a top rated Bluetooth speaker without breaking the bank, the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker is the one for you. It comes in at $99 for the old model and $129 for the latest model and at that price point, it is hard to find a better speaker for college than this.
One of the things we love about this speaker is that it is waterproof. It is also rugged and small enough that you can carry it around wherever you go. It also comes with a strap, so you do not have to struggle carrying it around college, although we suspect not too many college students will use the strap.
Remember when we said that this is the best value Bluetooth speaker for college? Its because it can do what most Bluetooth speakers at this price point cannot; you can pair two of these speakers together for when you really need to rock out.
Due to its rugged and waterproof nature, it is the best college Bluetooth speaker for outdoor use on this list. The only problem is that it comes with a 6-hour battery which might not be enough for some.
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Also consider – Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose Sound Bluetooth Speaker is another excellent compact and durable speaker. It’s is an excellent Bluetooth speaker for college because it pairs easily with all your devices. It is also water-resistant and rugged making it perfect for all kinds of environments.
It comes with voice prompts that help when pairing with your other devices. Barring that, you can always use NFC to pair it with your NFC-enabled devices.
It comes with an 8-hour battery plus inbuilt microphones for accessing voice assistants such as Google Now.
Have an Echo Dot that you would like to pair with this speaker? No problem! The pairing works seamlessly.
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For 360 degree sound – Bose SoundLink Revolve
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is one of the best performing Bluetooth speakers for students right now. It provides deep bass, is loud enough and with its 360-degree coverage, you can have a room full of sound instantly. The mids and highs are also crisp.
It also comes with a handle for ease of carrying, but we don’t see college students using it too much. Something that you will find useful is it’s waterproof and rugged construction, making it yet another excellent Bose Bluetooth speaker.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve has inbuilt microphones for taking calls and issuing voice prompts to the speaker, Siri or Google Assistant.
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For the media buff – Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System
This one is for those who would like a Bluetooth speaker to use with a TV. The Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System stands out since it sounds better than most TVs. It has a Bluetooth range of about 10ft with its robust connectivity allowing you to connect to any of your other devices, which means the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System is not only for use with TVs.
It comes with a dialogue mode that lets you enjoy dialogues with words and details standing out. It comes with a universal remote control that is handy for not only controlling the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System but also your TV, gaming or video systems. The remote also offers the ability to increase or decrease the bass so you can have heart-thumping action or softer bass depending on what you are viewing or listening to.
It does come with optional wall mounting and optical cables which we recommend you pick up if you are not going to be using this Bluetooth speaker in your college dorm.
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Why choose Bose?
All the top rated Bluetooth speakers we have looked at above are from Bose. But why?
- Bose has been creating speakers for over 50 years so you can trust in their quality.
- Most of their portable speakers are waterproof, rugged and portable which makes them ideal for those looking for students looking for the best Bluetooth speakers.
- Their sound quality is almost always above and beyond what most other Bluetooth speaker manufacturers offer.
- Think about your use case – There are those who are looking for something portable like the Bose SoundLink Revolve that offers 360-degree sound while others are looking for a speaker that pairs with their TVs. Both have different use cases which means they would go for different speakers
- Placement is key – A 360-degree speaker will not sound as good as it ought to when placed near a wall. Also, a unidirectional speaker might not get as loud as it could be when placed at the centre of the room.
- Always check the return policy – Although Bose speakers are quite durable, there is always the chance of damage during shipping. Ensure that you can return the Bluetooth speaker in case of anything.
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