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Anyone deeply involved with youth or school baseball understands the need for a quality sound system to reach outdoor audiences. We often wondered about what might be the best portable speakers for baseball fields, so here we dedicated time to research and review top audio amplification options for ballfields.
If you don’t associate sound systems with baseball fields, look closer. Sure, not many youth or Little League organizers electronically announce their regular season games. But a lot of high school and college programs do. Plus there are special events like opening and closing days, team parties, travel to tournaments, and more.
Youth baseball leagues and school baseball programs could benefit greatly from investing in quality portable speakers for their fields.
Consider: It would reduce the hassle of having to borrow or rent one for special events; and with a little creativity, these mini sound systems could prove extremely popular. They could even make more people want to attend games, whether or not they care for the game.
Outdoor portable speakers are fun ~ and they are designed to be! Let’s take a close look at 6 of the best we found.
- The ION Audio Block Rocker Plus tops our list for use at baseball fields, for a number of reasons including a fair price for the significant features
- We like the ability to broadcast in 3 out of 4 possible directions with the Monster Rockin’ Roller 270 ~ as well as its very long battery life.
- Those who want to rock it loud or announce it most clearly will be interested in the Bose S1 Pro, our top choice for audio ability alone.
- If you know you’ll just beat up your speaker, here’s the Ekotrek GDI-EXTRK210 by Ecoxgear, which is not only waterproof, it floats!
- Affordable, compact, and light, the Monster Rockin’ Roller Mini is a wonderful option for newbies and travelers
- For the budget-conscious, the PBX Portable Bluetooth Speaker by QFX provides plenty of pop in a neat little package
In reality, any organized baseball operation could use a portable outdoor speaker or speakers. It’s just a matter of how often the devices would be used.
Portable speaker usage can be divided into 5 categories:
These are the Opening Days and Closing Ceremonies almost every youth baseball league stages annually. This includes summertime all-star tournaments, too, not to mention individual team parties.
League fund-raisers and other non-annual, special events can shine with the right outdoor audio equipment.
Really serious leagues will provide background to some games by an announcer calling the plays and adding color to action and surrounding festivities. Some organizations even have fields with an announcer’s box built right behind home plate.
Outdoor portable speakers can be used to direct fans to the snack bar between innings for a tasty snack or cold drink, or to explain safety rules around a complex such as no running in between fields, or about touching live balls on fields with no outfield fences.
Communications at ballfield complexes can be very important to a youth or school baseball organization. Key messages like when to vote for the league board of directors, or to submit your name as a manager candidate, can be repeated over and over so they are more likely to be remembered.
Many baseball leagues appreciate playing music in between innings, games, or even during breaks in action like pitching changes. If you plan to use an outdoor speaker for both verbal and musical uses, pay attention to audio features on models.
The first thing to look for is the no-brainer: sound quality. By this we mean the ability to project sound accurately and clearly, namely the human voice but also music, to ears many feet away. Many manufacturers will promote how far their unit reaches.
Sounds should be clear and not muffled, and an insider’s tip to gauge if a model will not sound “cheap” is to closely look at materials used and overall weight. If it’s super-light, it is more likely to rattle inside, or not seem strong enough to use it at the highest volumes. Beware of models containing too much plastic.
Can’t get to a model to actually test the sound? See online user comments. It might take reading quite a few, but you’re bound to find opinions about sound from people who actually used it.
Ease of transporting a portable speaker is important for almost everyone, as anyone who has lugged a huge amplifier to and from locations can attest. Check into the product’s weight, size, and whether or not it has wheels and a handle.
Also consider the tip above: sometimes models sacrifice sound in favor of the more easily marketable light weight. It’s difficult to explain an excellent sound amplification. It’s not hard to list a weight number that people easily understand.
The word portability means different things for different people. Maybe those with a truck, van, or Jeep don’t care about the size of the unit; but anyone with a compact or subcompact car should pay attention to the speaker’s dimensions. Additionally, think about storing the unit outside the car, especially if it will be kept along with a lot of other baseball gear in a league storage unit. In which case, the more compact, the better.
A good outdoor speaker will be strong and resilient to bumps, minor drops, scrapes, dust, and maybe even water. Those who plan to use a speaker in a region with wet or unpredictable weather might pay close attention to these details.
If you can see a model in person before purchasing, pay attention to the corners and edges, and whether any protective coverings are included at trouble spots. If you cannot see a model, closely pay attention to user reviews online.
Gone are the days when ultra-long extension cords were stretched all over a baseball complex, to connect the sound system. Modern outdoor speakers can have a battery to go “wireless” ~ a truly convenient feature. Consider how you plan to use an outdoor speaker, and judge battery life estimates accordingly. Key question: How long will the battery last precisely when fully charged?
Another modern addition to outdoor speakers is the ability to link it to other gadgets via Bluetooth or WiFi. If not, it would allow a wire connection only. Those who plan to move the speaker a lot, e.g. traveling teams, might go with one with wireless connectivity. Bluetooth might be preferred considering WiFi connection can be sketchy at times.
Outdoor speakers come in a great variety of models and prices. It could be beneficial to know your budget before getting too deep into the purchase process. There are affordable models. However, remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Sometimes an extra investment into a very durable, connectable, high-decibel model is worth it.
1. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields Overall ~ ION Audio Block Rocker Plus
The ION Audio Block Rocker Plus is our top recommendation for use at baseball fields, for a number of reasons, perhaps top among them a mid-range price for all the features included.
Whether the plan is to use it as a public address (PA) system, or to play music, the Block Rocker Plus has the power (100 watts) and its rechargeable battery gets you up to 35 hours of use before needing a recharge. This is a plug-in-and-use model portable speaker system for almost any baseball operation.
- Weight: 20.7 lbs.
- Height: 17.3 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Battery: Sealed Lead Acid
- Power: 100 watts
- Speakers: 8-inch woofer, wide-dispersion tweeter
- Special Features: Karaoke microphone; AM-FM radio; USB 2.0 port; ⅛” aux input for connectivity with other gadgets like CD players
What We Like
- Checks all the boxes for use at baseball games, at a mid-range price
- Battery life up to 35 hours when fully charged
- Moderate weight, has handle and wheels for ease of transport, user reviews predominantly positive
2. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields Runner-Up ~ Monster Rockin’ Roller 270
We very easily could have placed the Monster Rockin’ Roller 270 atop this list. This model adds more wattage, weight, and water-resistance compared with the portable speaker noted above, for price in the upper-middle range.
The Rockin’ Roller has some pretty solid bells and whistles, so to speak, including 100 hours of playtime on a full charge. We really like the side speakers that lend the “270” to its name. It broadcasts forward like most speakers, but also simultaneously left and right ~ for crowds at baseball facilities that wrap around the focus point in an arc.
- Weight: 29 lbs.
- Height: 18.6 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Battery: Mighty Max ML9-12 12 Volt 9 AH (calcium-alloy grid)
- Power: 200 watts
- Speakers: 3
- Special Features: App to control settings via smartphone or tablet; weather resistant; built-in wireless charger for other devices; reinforced shell
What We Like
- Side speakers to amplify sound in 3 (out of 4 possible) directions
- Tremendous battery life
- App for controlling settings, like FM radio, or bass and treble levels, from smartphones or tablets
3. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields for Audio ~ Bose S1 Pro
If your budget is unlimited and you demand the best audio quality possible, then the Bose S1 Pro is a phenomenal choice for a portable speaker that can command attention at baseball fields. The S1 is in the high end of the pricing range, but boy what you get for that investment.
Bose uses the term “big sound” in its marketing, and that’s what to expect with the S1 Pro. Its audio capabilities appear robust, with built-in sensors and multiple aiming positions to ensure the best sound possible in almost any setting. They call it “set and play,” and the S1 Pro is the best option for playing music at events.
- Weight: 15.5 lbs.
- Height: 13 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
- Battery: Lithium-ion
- Power: 160 watts
- Speakers: (3) 2.25-inch drivers mounted in curve, single 6-inch woofer
- Special Features: App to control settings externally; 3-channel mixer; Auto EQ
What We Like
- 103- to 106-decibel output
- Light weight, not too tall, and compact
- App to control from smartphone or tablet
4. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields for Durability ~ Ekotrek GDI-EXTRK210
Those worried about damaging their portable speaker because they know how it will be used should look closely at the Ekotrek GDI-EXTRK210 by Ecoxgear. It has similarities to the ION model that tops this list, such as the price and wattage.
What makes this portable speaker stand out is everything Ecoxgear put into durability ~ including the ability to float. Not that baseball organizers would need that feature, but it’s reassuring that you won’t lose your investment if a sudden downpour rain erupts mid-game.
- Weight: 19.2 lbs.
- Height: 16.7 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth or wired
- Battery: Lithium ion
- Power: 100 watts
- Speakers: (2) 2.5-inch tweeters, pair of 5.25-inch speakers, and dual 5.25-inch passive subwoofers
- Special Features: Button to connect with Siri or OK Google to control music settings; 6 preset EQ mode settings; USB output port; external microphone jack for PA or karaoke; AM-FM radio
What We Like
- Drop it into a pool and don’t worry ~ it’s waterproof, and besides, it floats!
- 100% Waterproof and dustproof
- 1-year parts and labor warranty
5. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields for the Dollar ~ Monster Rockin’ Roller Mini
The last couple of models on our list aim for the budget-conscious. The first is just a smaller version of a solid speaker outlined above: the Monster Rockin’ Roller Mini. This model is amazing for the number of features available in this low end of the price range.
Water-resistant, up to 36 hours of playtime on a full charge, input for a microphone or guitar, 60 watts of power, it’s all there and a great selection for newcomers to using outdoor portable speakers for baseball fields.
- Weight: 14.5 lbs.
- Height: 18.7 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, wired, USB, NFC technology
- Battery: 12V
- Power: 60 watts
- Special Features: FM radio; AUX input; battery indicator; Resistant to dust, sand, light moisture; USB mobile charger; car charger; carrying strap
What We Like
- Light weight and ease of portability
- Plenty of oomph for the dollar
- Solid battery life
6. Best Portable Speaker for Baseball Fields on a Budget ~ QFX Portable Bluetooth Speaker – PBX-61081BT/SI
Our final recommendation is aimed more at coaches and parents, not necessarily a league or baseball organization. The PBX Portable Bluetooth Speaker by QFX is a wonderful little tool to have for post-game celebrations, leisure time between games, team parties, or travel.
This is an investment that can spread into other uses like tailgating, beach trips, camping, park excursions, and more ~ complete with a remote control! Very light in weight, and with a retractable handle and caster wheels, the PBX is ready to roll! (And at a nice price).
- Weight: 10.6 lbs.
- Height: 20 inches
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, RCA, SD Card, USB, Infrared, AUX port
- Battery: 1A (up to 6 hours playtime on full charge)
- Power: 16.28 watts
- Speaker: 8-inch subwoofer, amplifier, equalizer
- Special Features: FM radio
What We Like
- Low price
- Comes with remote control, power cable, and auxiliary cable
- Low weight and compact size
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