Review: Best Bluetooth Speaker for Parties on the Go

I've been meaning to test the RaveBox ($449.95) from Monster for some time, but I finally had a party to put it through its paces! This is a serious speaker, as you would expect from Monster, and it comes with a serious pricetag as well.  

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The RaveBox delivers powerful sound and, as befitting the name, a cool lightshow! Sound is delivered throughout the room, and the lighting is fun effect with multiple modes supported. The built-in battery lasts for 12 hours and can even be used to power your USB-based device, so you can keep the party going. 

The speaker is heavy, but portable, thanks to a heavy-duty handle as befits the boombox styling. Connectivity is via Bluetooth or a wired connection. The speaker is reportedly splash-proof and even waterproof

Pros

  • Powerful sound
  • Cool light show
  • Portable with heavy-duty handle
  • Bluetooth or wired connection
  • All-around sound

Cons

  • Pricey

Final Verdict

If you like to be the life of the party, the RaveBox from Monster lets you do just that. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.