Music in public places, disrespect?
The fact of listening to music in public is something that creates two clear sides in any situation in which it happens: the one who plays the music and the one who listens to it. There are many who think that playing music with a speaker in public is a complete lack of respect towards the rest of the people around you. And a very clear example of this is what happens on the beach.
But of course, is it really that problematic, or is it more of a musical taste problem? It is true that there are occasions and moments when, perhaps, it is not the most successful act. Or, for example, you may not like the reggaeton genre too much and you may be “forced” to listen to it on your nerves. But think that if you enjoy classical music, wouldn’t you like to listen to it?
Then there is the problem of the volume at which people put the music on the beach, for example. Being able to play music with a loudspeaker in a public place does not give you the right to form a party as if you were partying in Ibiza. This, we believe, is the biggest problem of all since, if what bothers you is the musical genre, that is your problem. And, if it were the opposite, we are sure that you would like to be respected while listening to Beethoven’s fifth symphony while looking at the sea and burying your feet in the sand.
In the end, and trying to be as neutral and understanding as possible, it is a matter of mutual respect. Respect for those who want to listen to rap on their towel or deck chair while chatting with friends, and respect for those around them without turning the music on full blast. Many times before looking at something that is bothering us, we should empathize thinking about what would happen if we were on the opposite side. That way we would all be happier.
Best speakers to use on the beach
Having said all of the above, and after getting into philosophical / reflective mode, it’s time to show you those speaker recommendations for the beach that we discussed at the beginning of this article. But first, and although we have already talked about this in other articles on related topics, let’s review those essential qualities that a speaker must have for this type of use:
- Power: As we have already mentioned in the previous section, it is not a matter of taking a 200 W speaker to the beach because we would end up bothering other people. However, power is a relevant parameter for listening to music. Our recommendation is that they have a minimum of XW.
- Connectivity: Of course, we need the device to be wireless to be able to use it in the middle of the beach without any power source nearby. But, in addition to Bluetooth, that this has NFC it could be useful for faster synchronization.
- Endurance: aspect of vital importance if you do not want to be with that constant fear that your equipment will end up breaking down. These speakers should have at least splash protection and, if possible, dust resistance. The parameter that defines this is IPXX protection, where the “Xs” are represented by numbers: the first refers to resistance to dust and the second to water.
- Autonomy: this is something that will depend a lot on how you use the equipment. If you want to be listening to music the 4, 6 or 8 hours that you are on the beach, take a good look at the number of theoretical hours that the manufacturers mention that you can use their device in a row. Normally, the actual duration will be somewhat shorter, but it can be an indicative detail.
And well, now, it’s time to show you our compilation of some of the best speakers you can take with you to the beach.
JBL GO 3
The JBL GO 3 is one of the most popular speaker families of this type on the market. It is a device with Bluetooth connectivity, IP67 water and dust resistance, an autonomy of about 5 hours of use and a wide range of colors to suit all tastes. It is true that the power of this model is not too high, since it remains at 4.2 W, but to enjoy music with friends on the beach it may be enough (as long as we do not have a lot of noise around us.
Anker SoundCore 2
Another quite popular option is this Anker SoundCore 2, which is available in black or blue. It is a Bluetooth speaker with a power of 12 W and an autonomy of up to 24 hours of use, according to the manufacturer. How could it be otherwise, this model has IPX7 protection, so it will not have many problems with water and humidity.
Following in the wake of the cheapest loudspeakers for this type of use we have at Sony SRS-XB13. A fairly small device but with the sound quality and bass that define the audio products of this manufacturer. This speaker comes with IP67 protection against water and dust, an autonomy of about 16 hours of use and is available in a wide range of colors.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
If the risk of a “dip” is high, the best alternative is these Ultimate Ears Wonderboom since they are completely waterproof,
although we do not think they react very well to sea salt. They are Bluetooth speakers with 360º surround sound. It has an autonomy of about 10 hours of use and, in addition, it has the ability to connect to another speaker like it to emit sound in stereo. In its catalog there are also different colors for each user to acquire the one that best suits their tastes.
JBL Flip 5
Another of the most popular manufacturers within the wireless speaker sector is JBL. This, in particular, is your model Flip 5. It includes IPX7 protection against water, up to 12 hours of autonomy of use and a sound with more than decent power and quality. This model can be used both vertically and horizontally and we can buy it in a wide variety of colors.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore
Although, if what you are looking for is the maximum sound fidelity, you should opt for this or the next speaker option. Specifically, this is the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore, a device with IP67 resistance against water and dust, autonomy of up to 27 hours of use and the sound quality to which this manufacturer has us accustomed. The design is another aspect in which this model improves, with an aluminum body that we can buy in 3 different colors. Of course, keep in mind that all these more premium features have an impact on the price.
Bose SoundLink Revolve +
Finally, being the model with the highest cost of this entire list of recommendations, there is the Bose SoundLink Revolve +. This is a waterproof and dustproof Bluetooth speaker, has a long battery life of up to 17 hours of use and has 360º sound. In addition, as a differential aspect, it incorporates the Alexa assistant, so that we can request it whatever we need at any time.
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