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    How to increase the volume of a Bluetooth speaker

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    Below are some tips and tricks to boost the volume of a Bluetooth speaker and help you get the most out of it. You bought a Bluetooth speaker, but after a few minutes, you noticed that the audio volume is too low for your needs. Do not worry, the solution to this problem is much simpler than it seems: in fact, below I will explain in detail the most effective techniques to increase the volume of Bluetooth speakers without any complex technical intervention.

    In this article
    • Consider the effect of room size on sound quality
    • Place the Bluetooth speaker in the right spot
    • Double-check all audio settings
    • Connect to multiple Bluetooth speakers

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    Consider the effect of room size on sound quality

    Bluetooth speakers are portable devices. That small size gives them less amplification powers than their larger cousins.

    Sound is a form of energy and follows the inverse square law, which states that the intensity of sound decreases by about six decibels for every doubling of the distance from the sound source. The effect is the opposite when you bring the sound source closer.

    A Bluetooth speaker in a larger room or open space will sound different than a speaker in a tiny room. Sound dissipates with distance, so sound quality will depend on the size of the room and other variables such as the material of the walls and floors.

    If you want to increase the volume level of the portable speaker, avoid using a lower powered Bluetooth speaker in a large room or in open spaces. There are high-performance Bluetooth speakers like Soundboks and Bose S1 Pro suitable for outdoor parties. Yours may not be suitable.

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    Place the Bluetooth speaker in the right spot

    The size of the room also determines the precise point for placement. Check for obstacles such as a chair or vase between the speaker and listeners. The speakers have three basic audio drivers: tweeter, midrange driver, and woofer.

    Obstructions do not affect woofers and subwoofers as the lower frequencies are omnidirectional and can bend around objects in the room. The high-frequency sounds of the tweeters are directional and work best when aimed at the ears. Any obstacles stand in the way of the full range of sounds and your acoustic experience. Follow the two rules of thumb:

    • If your Bluetooth speaker has low volume, do not place the speakers directly on the floor as the surface can attenuate the signals. For example, a carpeted floor can absorb sounds. The speakers sound best across all frequency ranges when they are closer to ear level.
    • Don't put them too close to the walls. Low frequency (bass) sounds from woofers are reflected off walls and interfere with direct speaker sounds. You can reduce this acoustic interference by placing it away from walls.

    Experiment with different positions by moving the speaker while listening to the same song. try to figure out the perfect spot where your Bluetooth speaker sounds the loudest.

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    Double-check all audio settings

    Configure the Bluetooth speakers with an optimal volume that does not cause distortion. If your phone is the source of the audio, check the volume settings as well.

    Sources like VLC Player and iTunes come with equalizer settings. Choose the suitable equalizer preset (there are more than 20 presets in iTunes) and see if they help improve the overall sound quality.

    Dropout is a common problem in Bluetooth speakers. Place the source such as your phone or computer near the Bluetooth speaker to avoid weak signal.

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    Connect to multiple Bluetooth speakers

    Many Bluetooth speakers today come with WiFi support. You can pair Bluetooth speakers for more optimal sound. For example, two Apple HomePods can be set up together in the same room. The PartyBoost function in some JBL speakers allows you to connect multiple PartyBoost compatible speakers via Bluetooth instead of WiFi and boost the bass of a Bluetooth speaker.

    Software amplifying apps for laptops and phones can also help boost the volume of a Bluetooth speaker. Change their settings and you can also correct the distortion of the sound. Try some apps to amplify your speakers and see if they help you with the perceived volume of your Bluetooth speakers.

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    Further Reading:

    • How to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a computer
    • How to connect Bluetooth speaker to the phone
    • The best Bluetooth speakers for your car
    • How to increase the volume of the AirPods
    • How to connect Google Home to Bluetooth speakers
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