Acoustic Energy AEGO BT2
The new BT2 occupies the same large but portable ‘sound brick’ arena as the Riva Turbo X and the slightly smaller B&W T7 and Creative iRoar Go. These are single-unit speakers that, while ultimately too large to take on a flight, are perfect for home and garden use or any holiday trip by car. This one measures 140 x 200 x 100mm.
The home-grown BT2 is superbly crafted from aluminium and it’s so weighty it’s actually quite difficult to get out of the box. This is a good thing because mass equals quality and this speaker screams quality, from the clean aesthetics of its gorgeous aluminium housing to the simple rubberised four-button control panel on top.
If you really want to impress your barbecue guests, take this silver brick into the garden, log on to its low latency Bluetooth 4.2 apt-X system and start the party. The sound quality is hugely impressive, its stereo 2.5-inch drivers and twin bass radiators producing crisp highs and oodles of low-end grunt that perfectly compliment any style of well-produced music.
Given that its output is 40 watts RMS, you can rest assured that it’ll go plenty loud enough to disturb most of the neighbourhood. Amazingly, it’ll also go on thumping for up to an industry-leading 36 hours on a single charge. The built-in USB device charger and microphone for hand-free phoning can be considered a bonus. If you’re in the market for a premium portable Bluetooth speaker that looks fantastic and delivers in spades then give this one a whirl. It's arguably the best sounding portable on this page.