Using a good Bluetooth speaker is the best way to have portable, satisfying sound. But to get the most from your music, you need a Bluetooth speaker that is loud enough to fill any space you’re in.
But what’s the loudest Bluetooth speakers you need or want for the different spaces in your home? Some people will try to sell you on the Bluetooth speaker with the most volume, but loudness doesn’t equal quality. The ultimate Bluetooth speaker does not sacrifice either.
Keep reading to learn how loudness is measured, and tips for choosing a Bluetooth speaker that is loud enough for your needs.
How is loudness measured?
Loudness is measured in decibels, which is commonly referred to as “dB.” Every sound has a decibel rating. For example, leaves faintly rustling is about 20 dB, and a very loud car horn honking is about 110 dB. Decibel ratings are also used to determine the loudness of a speaker. For most Bluetooth speakers, they’re rated between 80 dB to 100dB, determining their maximum output level. Anything louder than 100 dB can cause hearing loss in less than 5 minutes.
Loudness is subjective. How loud or soft a sound seems varies from person to person, and how loud something sounds to you may not be the actual intensity of that sound. A loud sound in a quiet room seems louder than hearing the same sound in a car with heavy traffic, even though they have the same intensity. To understand and manage sound, we need to be able to measure it accurately.
How do I know how loud my Bluetooth Speakers should be?
You’ll need to consider the size of your space and how far away you’ll be from your speakers.
Distance from the Bluetooth Speaker
For every doubling of distance away from the speaker, the loudness drops by 6dB.
If you’re standing 10 feet away from your speaker and you move an additional 10 feet, the sound will be noticeably quieter. We don’t expect you to carry a tape measure on the dancefloor, but hope this will give you a slightly better understanding of how we perceive loudness.
If you plan to have your speakers close to you, then you don’t need the maximum output to get the most enjoyment out of your music.
The Size and Acoustics of Your Space
For room size and acoustics, what might sound great in one setting might not sound the same in another. By nature, sound is prone to bouncing off walls or being absorbed by surfaces and objects in your home, which will affect how you hear your music.
For example, you can get more bass response out of your speakers depending on how you place them in your home. Try placing a speaker directly against the wall for a bass boost or place the speaker in the corner of a room, up against the walls.
Louder Isn’t Necessarily Better
There’s a common misconception that louder speakers deliver better sound quality. Sometimes, less is more.
A speaker’s loudness rating isn’t an indicator of its sound quality. Premium build quality comes first. As you browse, pay close attention to what type of components and materials the speaker has, in addition to its frequency range. The frequency response will give you a better understanding of the range of sound a speaker can reproduce, from low to high.
Simply put, if you aim for good build quality and detailed sonic accuracy, you’ll get the ultimate sound.