Taking your music outside or into the shared kitchen down the hall used to be a bit of a mission - ghetto blasters perched precariously on windowsills or iPod docks with trailing cables.
But thanks to wireless speakers designed for outdoor use, those days are now over. With these new generations of speakers you don’t have to worry about wires or rain – but which is right for you and how do you keep from annoying your neighbours with the sound?
1. Find the right wireless speaker
If you want to pump out your favourite tunes for hours and hours, look for a portable wireless speaker that is:
- Long-lasting on battery power so you don’t need to plug in or recharge
- Lightweight and easy to carry around
- Able to stream music from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth
For a deep bass and multicoloured lights you’ll love the Sony SRS-XB41.
With it you can:
- Create your own mobile disco – flashing lights sync to the beat and bring your music to life
- Boost your party anthems by hitting the Extra Bass button
- Connect up to 100 wireless speakers with Wireless Party Chain
- Get it wet – the new fabric design is tough enough to withstand a deluge of rain. Not even the weather can dampen the mood
2. Organise your party
If you’re having a big party, try to plan in advance and but keep the numbers realistic. Your house isn’t a tardis!
Lucky enough to have a garden or heading to a park? Make sure you check the weather forecast beforehand so you won’t be rained off.
Don’t spend all of your student loan on food and drink – get everyone to pitch in or bring their own. And put anything breakable out of reach so you won’t lose your house deposit.
3. Keep the neighbours on your side
Out of courtesy it’s only right that you pop round to your neighbours to your neighbours to let them know you’re having a party. If you’re in halls, why not invite them along?
If your student house is in a non-student residential area, be mindful that not everyone has the energy to stay up all night partying – especially older people or parents with young kids.
4. Get the music sorted
Create a dedicated playlist on iTunes or Spotify with your housemates so that you don't have to play DJ all night. If the party has a theme, pick music to match.
Use wireless speakers so people can add their own mixes and new bands.
You might like:
- Laid-back folk: Laura Marling, Fleet Foxes, The Best of British Folk compilation
- Easy-listening R&B: Pharrell, Beyonce, John Legend
- Chilled-out electronica: Air, Haim, Ministry of Sound chill-out albums
5. Get your speaker set up
Decide where your speaker is going to go. Sony SRS is lozenge shaped with dual units pumping out great sound and bass – despite its size.
A single charge can keep the tunes going for up to 24 hours - make sure it’s fully charged before the party though. A flat battery would really kill the vibe. Set a volume level you’re happy with and don’t go over it – you don’t want to give your neighbours a reason to complain, even if you did give them a heads-up beforehand.
6. Is your phone or tablet good to go?
Since your phone controls the music, you want to make sure:
- The battery is fully charged
- You have paired it with your speaker over Bluetooth
- The Bluetooth range has been tested – you normally have to keep the phone within 10-15 metres of the speaker
- You can access Spotify or iTunes from your phone
For awesome garden party sound check out the Sony SRS-XB41 and other portable Bluetooth speakers
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