The 10 Best Portable Line-In Speakers

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in September of 2016. If you prefer the reliability of a wired connection to sometimes-spotty Bluetooth, one of these portable speakers will fulfill your music listening needs. Quite a few models make good use of an analog line-in signal, which on consumer devices is often known as the auxiliary or aux input. Here are some quality options at various prices with a range of useful features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best portable line-in speaker on Amazon.

10. Oontz Angle 3

9. ProReck Party

8. Bugani 40W

7. Ultimate Ears Boom 3

6. Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus

5. ProReck Freedom 8

4. Aiwa Exos-9

3. JBL Boombox

1. Samson Expedition XP106

Editor's Notes

July 21, 2019:

Generally speaking, "line in" tends to refer to an audio signal at the consumer-grade line level being sent into an amp or powered speaking using an aux input, which can be a 3.5-millimeter connector, 6.35-millimeter connector, or pair of RCA jacks. There are tons of high-quality Bluetooth speakers available, some of which even have built-in light shows, but here the focus is on wired connectivity and how much the speaker can make of it, keeping in mind that the SBC codec used by Bluetooth for streaming audio tends to noticeably degrade sound quality.

Most of these are battery-powered, because the most portable options don't need to be plugged into anything but an audio source. If you're looking for standard DJ speakers that aren't too hard to move around, though, the ProReck Party set is a good option that's remarkably affordable for such a loud PA system. The Oontz Angle 3, Bugani, and UE Boom are reasonably priced options that, while known for their Bluetooth connectivity, work just as well or better using an aux cable. The Ion, ProReck Freedom, and Samson are also DJ-style loudspeakers, but unlike traditional PA systems, they do have rechargeable batteries. In particular, the Samson offers more wired connection options than just about anything else, which is why it's at the top of our list. If you're going for pure sound quality over a standard 3.5-millimeter plug, though, the JBL, Bose, and Aiwa are very much worthy of consideration, as they're all made with high-quality internals that will put an analog signal to better use than most others could do with a Bluetooth connection.

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