June 29, 2014

Bicycle Speakers - Which one to choose?

I've been on the lookout for a reliable bicycle speaker to use on our monthly Night Pedal Cruising rides and after much research I've reached the point where I can't choose between the the Philips ShoqBox Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and the Scosche boomBOTTLE Bicycle Speaker. They're both robust, have great sound quality and fit neatly into a bicycle's bottle cage.  I've summarised the features of each speaker below, but would love some advice from anyone who owns either.


Optimised for the great outdoors the Scosche boomBOTTLE Bicycle Speaker is a tough weatherproof portable bluetooth speaker that fits conveniently in your bicycle's bottle cage allowing you to bring great tunes out on any ride.

A very popular choice of speaker among my friends the boomBOTTLE delivers clear crisp sound even at full volume in high traffic conditions via dual 40mm drivers and passive subwoofer. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous music playback, long enough for even the most intense endurance rides or day of cycle touring.

Devices can be connected to the speaker wirelessly via bluetooth or via a 3.5mm AUX cable.

When it comes to quality and value for money the boomBOTTLE seems a little expensive compared to the Philips ShoqBox Bicycle Speaker but from what I gather this is a popular and well known brand of bicycle speaker.


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The Philips ShoqBox Bluetooth Portable Speaker is a rugged speaker built to take a few splashes and knocks and still keep on performing. Encased in a robust rubber casing this speaker fits perfectly in a bicycle's drink bottle cage and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 8 hours.

Powered by two neodymium speaker drivers and Philips wOOx bass radiators, this speaker claims to offer loud, clear sound even in heavy traffic.

The speaker features wireless bluetooth connectivity allowing music to be streamed to the speaker from any bluetooth device which means less cables to get caught up on your bike. Devices without bluetooth however can be connected a 3.5mm AUX cable.

This speaker is a lot cheaper than the boomBOTTLE and while I don't need bluetooth compatibility at the moment it may be a handy feature to have in the future.

On the other hand I could save myself a lot of worry about prices and features and just go for something simple and cheap like the Ivation Multi-Function Bicycle Speaker but if I'm going to take the plunge I'd rather get something that will do the job and last well into the future.

I guess I'm torn on price. Friends recommend the boomBOTTLE, yet the ShoqBox is cheaper seems to offer more features so I'm kind of leaning in that direction. If you've had any experience with these products I'd love to hear from you before I buy.


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