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Summer get-togethers wouldn’t be complete without music, especially if you’re looking to add a fun atmosphere to even the most intimate of gatherings. Speakers that can be used both indoors and outdoors are a must-have for any event (especially in light of the unpredictable Canadian weather), and one top-rated pick from Best Buy Canada is guaranteed to get the party started.
The Sony XP700 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker is designed to bring top-quality sound to your next party, and has plenty of power to amp up your favourite tracks.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $600
This supersized speaker has everything you need to enjoy your next special event. It’s designed to be splashproof, making it a great choice for poolside or dockside events. Its speakers point both forward and backward in order to help distribute sound evenly, and its battery lasts for up to 25 hours of listening. In case you’d rather stay connected, it also comes with a detachable power cord.
For a real party vibe, the Sony XP700 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker even comes with built-in lighting that flashes in time to the music. If you’d rather skip the flashing lights though, you can turn them on and off with just a quick switch.
First things first, this speaker is large. When I unboxed it and initially started setting it up indoors, it was nearly as tall as my dining table and fairly hefty to move around - despite being considered a portable option. It’s definitely a great choice if you’re looking to cover a large area with just a single speaker, but may be overkill if you’re working with a small space.
I was able to hook this speaker up to my phone in just seconds thanks to its speedy Bluetooth connection. It also comes with a 3.5mm male-to-male stereo audio cable, which I used to connect the speaker to my record player with mixed results. In my opinion, its size and modern technology make this speaker better suited to the Bluetooth connection, which provides ultra crisp sound — no matter what genre of music you’re listening to.
I can see this speaker being a great addition to cottage trips and backyard barbecues — as long as you plan ahead and make room in the car since it does take up quite a lot of space.
What others are saying
The Sony XP700 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker has earned an impressive 4.9-star rating from dozens of customer reviews. Shoppers have been impressed with its sound quality and size, making it a great choice for barbecue season.
“I have had dozens of Bluetooth speakers over the years and this one is the cream of the crop, hands down!” reads one review. “Even though this bad boy is so loud, the sound quality is on point as well! Crisp highs, and clean lows as well! So this setup is a little expensive but trust me it is totally worth it! Indoor, outdoor, wherever you use it this will not disappoint!”
“This speaker can really be the centre of the party. Bass is good but not super. Lights are built behind the handles. They react to whatever beat you are listening to and have multiple patterns. Was easy to connect to Bluetooth. It is a little on the heavy side but solid,” reads another.
For those who are looking to really bring the party feel home, the Sony XP700 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker doesn’t disappoint. It’s ideal for musicians too, since it can easily be connected to an electric guitar, bass or microphone through the added aux inputs.
At $600 this is on the pricey side, but given its superior sound quality and versatility it may be worth the investment — especially if your home is the gathering place for friends and family this season. Plus, there’s always the Sony XP500 Splashproof Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker, which offers a slightly smaller size and rings in at $500.
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