Wire(less) for sound: Go-anywhere Bluetooth speakers for your superyacht
by Zoe Dickens & Sam Fortescue
If you've designed a perfect party yacht then a great set of speakers is an absolute essential. Whether relaxing on the beach club or dancing into the early hours, don't let poor sound quality or messy wires ruin your fun with our edit of the best wireless speakers for superyachts.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6
Beoplay offers 360-degree sound and powerful bass for its compact size. Dust- and splash-proof with phone function and up to 16 hours’ play time, it comes in pearl-blasted aluminium and leather.
These work equally well as a standalone desktop sound system or as a multi-room solution. Each one channels lossless audio direct from a Bluetooth-enabled source, be it your phone or your hi-fi. It even contains its own amp and DAC circuitry to provide the requisite oomph to your preferred playlist’s highs and lows.
Master & Dynamic MA770
The first speaker from luxe headphone specialist Master & Dynamic, the MA770 was designed in collaboration with internationally-renowned architect David Adjaye - a pedigree evidenced by its modern, sculptural profile. Constructed in a concrete composite that promises advanced acoustic benefits, the speaker is fitted with top-of-the-line components and Chromecast for multi-room link up.
Hark back to the glory days of ghetto blasters with JBL’s Boombox. Designed for waterside use and with deep bass, it will play for up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Bose Soundwear Companion
These high-quality speakers are designed to be draped over your shoulders for truly portable sound. Sweat- and weather-resistant, they charge
in three hours and provide upwards of five hours’ playback time at full volume.
Devialet Gold Phantom
If you like your music loud than few wireless speakers offer more than Devialet's Gold Phantom. A whopping 4,500W of power translates into a sound pressure level of 108dB/m - roughly the same as your average private jet. And, while less portable than its counterparts at 11.4kg, what it loses in weight it makes up for in style with a striking curved design and 22 karat gold-plated covers. You can also link up to 24 Gold Phantoms together and control them via your phone for unrivalled surround sound.
Ultimate Ears Boom 2
One of the few wireless speakers designed with waterproof capabilities in mind, the UE Boom 2 can be submerged in depths up to one metre for 30 minutes meaning it can be used anywhere from pool to shower with complete confidence. A 15 hour battery life, integrated Siri and Google Now and 360-degree sound make it primed for modern life while those who really want to get the party started will be pleased to know that up to 150 UE speakers in the various Boom ranges can be connected for the ultimate experience.
The brand that filled stadiums with its wall of sound in the 1960s now offers a mini Bluetooth speaker in a guitar-inspired red velvet pocket. Just like the original amps, you can control treble and bass individually.
Bower & Wilkins Zeppelin
Big enough to fill a large room with quality audio but small enough to sit comfortably on a cabin coffee table, Bowers & Wilkins' next generation of wireless speaker is a great choice for those looking for something substantial yet portable. Complete with AirPlay and Bluetooth, as well as Bowers & Wilkins' custom Control app, the Zeppelin is compatible with most mainstream devices.
Teufel Rockster XS
With a totally rock ‘n’ roll look, this wireless speaker throws out impressively clear sound. Waterproof and shockproof, it has a 14-hour battery life,
which can be extended with a USB power bank.