Look, as much as I like (even love) my iPad, it isn’t perfect. One of the biggest flaws has to be the built-in speakers. We’ve come a long way from that mono atrocity the first iPad was cursed with, but even the latest quad-speaker iPad Pro still sounds “just OK” but not something you want to play music on for guests.
I’m not blaming Apple in any way though. At the moment there is just no way to get good, full-range sound out of speakers that are small enough to fit inside a razor-thin iPad Air.
Luckily there are now literally hundreds of dedicated portable speakers with a surprising amount of clarity and power to offer. While you could go with a generally cheaper wired speaker I think that in this day and age we need to get with the times and make use of wireless Bluetooth.
I feel the same way about headphones too, and you can go read my review page on those if you want a more personal audio experience.
Wireless is just so much more versatile and convenient. Modern Bluetooth is also now so power efficient that it really has no impact on the battery life of either the speaker or the iPad itself, so why sit with the ball and chain of a wired connection?
So let us find something to pump up those jams. I’ve put the speakers I think are the best at the top and sort of left the rest below them without putting them in any order.