Portable bluetooth speaker with zero latency (AUX IN)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by filo01, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. filo01

    filo01 Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    Ostrava, Czech Republic, EU
    - signal thru AUX IN must be with zero or unnoticeable latency
    - not so strong DSP processing which causes effect like compressor/limiter at high volume
    - internal battery or AA cells
    - neutral sound

    What I've tried:
    - SL-1000S - Aliexpress, high latency
    - Bose Soundlink Mini I - high latency and not enough middle frequencies
    - Sony SRS-XB3 - latency is OK, too much midrange
    - Denon Envaya Mini - latency is OK, but DSP causes clipping, good sound
    - JBL Charge2 - latency is OK, but boomy basses and not enough middle frequencies
    - JBL Flip 3 - similar to Envaya Mini
    - Marshall Kilburn - latency is OK, sounds very good
    - IK Multimedia iLoud - latency is OK, sounds very good
    - Sony SRS-XB30 - latency is OK, loud enough for practicing, but strong DSP processing sometime causes equalization changes during playing (the sound becomes thinner)
    - Bose Revolve - high latency even with 1.50 firmware
    - UE Roll 2 - noticeable latency
    - DOSS Soundbox Color - latency is OK, but less bass frequencies
    - Creative Roar2 - latency is OK, loud enough for practicing, my piece had a problem with rattling on A string (C#)
    - Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Mini - noticeable latency
    - Lamax Beat Sentinel SE-1 - latency is OK, not loud enough for playing
    - Lamax Beat Street ST-1 - latency is OK, average sound, drop volume to zero when you unplug and plug jack into the AUX
    - Lamax Sounder SO-1 - latency is OK, very powerful, average sound

    Anyone has a positive or negative experience with other bluetooth speaker?

    Thank you for your answers.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  2. Yannick

    Yannick Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    I know this thread is pretty old but I'm having the same need, and so might others.

    You could try these speakers:
    - Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 - Quite expensive ($500) but apparently the sound is amazing. It does have an aux in line and reviews say no lag.
    - Denon Envaya 250 BT - I know you tried the mini but this is a bigger version so might fit your needs
    - UE MegaBoom - Apparently they fixed their latency issues with June 2018's firmware: https://community.logitech.com/s/qu...e-boom-2mageboom-delay-issue-catch-all-thread

    I'm interested in reviews for these speakers, especially about the latency part.
  3. guitarobert

    guitarobert Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    Just picked up a Marshall Kilburn II. It has zero/unnoticeable latency. The sound quality is excellent as well. Bonus, it is styled to look like an amp and has a Marshall logo on it! It’s a great solution for low latency / low volume practice, if you have a modeler or other line-level device to run through it.

    Someone at this link did a nice summary of speakers available at the time. The Marshall speaker here showed the lowest latency. The Kilburn II is a newer model, and feels like it has zero latency on the aux line in as well.


    On the other end of the spectrum is the JBL Charge 4. It has extremely high latency on the aux line in, feels like 100’s of ms. Completely unusable with a musical instrument.
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  4. Badtone

    Badtone Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Kerrville, Texas
  5. Darwould

    Darwould Member

    May 31, 2018
    I came to this thread looking for the same thing. After many failed attempts with name brands I ended up trying the Ikea Eneby line of speakers and there is no aux latency! Bluetooth latency is actually very good as well with very little noticeable lip sync issues when watching videos. They are crazy cheap and sound great. The Eneby 20 is the 8inch one that you can buy a 2600 mah battery pack for. It also plugs into the mains as well (built in power supply). For the price this speaker can’t be beat. Great Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a mini guitar practice amp. You can’t go wrong.
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  6. guitarobert

    guitarobert Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    I picked up an Eneby 20 and a battery for it. Couldn’t resist trying it. Great find! This speaker sounds fantastic. To my ears, it’s better than the Marshall I have. The Eneby has more mids, and deeper bass. Also compared it to a recent JBL Charge and it is at least on par with it. It’s great when good gear pops up in very unexpected places and at a low price.

    Would love it if the two speaker Eneby 30 had the battery option. I’m assuming that one is stereo. I may pick one of those up as a non-portable small speaker.
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