Summer is getting close, and you probably are planning on hitting the UTV and enjoying the freedom it gives.
But, I’m going to be honest, it is boring and hard to drive without music accompanying you.
You probably know that feeling of hitting the roads and not hearing anything besides the sound engine.
To prevent that and find a solution for you, I have rounded up what I think are the best speakers.
Before we dive deeper into the list, for you guys who don’t know, let me explain what a UTV is.
UTV, known as Utility Terrain Vehicles, are built and used for work. They are large and powerful, offer passengers a seat side-by-side, and are built-in with lots of storage. Despite all this, they lack plug-and-play speakers.
After hours of researching and studying, I concluded that basic rugged Bluetooth speakers prove to be the best speakers for UTV.
They bring tons of value to the table, for example, great sound quality, great protection from the elements, cost-effective price, and most importantly, they do all that in a compact form. What’s more, they are pretty versatile, meaning that you can use them for almost anything besides Utv.
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The Top 5 Best Speakers For UTVs
5. Sony SRS-XB23 – Best Bass
Cameras are not the only thing Sony knows how to build. Sony is sure one of the heavy hitters when it comes to Bluetooth speakers. They decided to fresh their outdoor lineup by offering us the Sony SRS-XB23; the XB on the name means extra Bass and it is the reason why I listed it as Best for Bass.
The SRS-XB23 comes in a cylindrical shape, and it measures 4.06 x 4.06 x 9.09 inches while weighing as little as 1.26 pounds. Sony was quite generous in colour aspect and gave us the chance to pick it in black, coral red, light blue, olive green and taupe. Make sure you pick the right colour to blend in with your UTV.
The outside of the speaker is covered with a mesh grille that covers the speaker cone drivers, and around the back, you will find the speaker’s playback controls. It has an IP rating of 67. The six implies that it is highly dustproof, and the seven means that it can withstand splashes heavy rain and can even survive immersion of 1 meter for 30 mins.
As for connectivity, the XB23 uses Bluetooth 5.0 and supports the three major codecs – SBC, AAAC and LDAC. There’s even a USB C port meaning that you will have to carry a single charging cord both for your phone and speaker.
Having a heavy bass signature, the SRS-XB23 sure gets loud. However, it produces all that nice and punchy Bass without massive distortion, while passive radiators help the bass sound cleaner. This made it rank it as one of the best bluetooth speakers for hardstyle too.
And as for battery life, Sony promises us about 12 hours of playback on a single full charge, but that was only possible If I kept the sound at 50% volume, meaning that if I were to blast it at max volume, it would last less then 12 hours.
But yeah, 10-12 hours are plenty enough to take you through the UTV rides.
- Great Bass quality
- Well Priced
- Stereo pairing and Party Mode
- No EQ control
- No Wi-Fi
- No Smart assistants
4. Anker Soundcore Motion Boom – Best Value
Sony and JBL have cornered the market of outdoor Bluetooth speakers, with a bunch of models across all ranges. So it is always nice to see competition like the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom try to challenge them. There’s nothing groundbreaking regarding the Motion Boom, but it does what it does at a great price – the value it brings in is hard to beat.
It measures 13.62 x 5.83 x 7.87 inches and weighs more than our first option, which is understandable. However, Anker decided not to offer the Motion Boom any flashy or flamboyant colour; it kept things plain and straightforward with the black finish. The speaker’s left and right ends are outfitted with passive bass radiators that vibrate when the Bass drops, and there’s the built-in handle which I think is quite a handful.
It has an IPX7 rating that makes the speaker waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Soundcore Motion boom can easily survive sudden rains while driving your UTV without issues.
Like the above option, it is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, but the latter only supports the SBC codec and not AAC or AptX.
As for the sound, the quality sounds great, and I’ll leave it there—nothing groundbreaking about it, but nothing awful either.
Just make sure to keep the bass boost mode On since without it, the sound will come tinny and thin, something you don’t want while driving on your noisy UTV.
Thanks to the Bass Boost mode, it delivers a well-rounded sound signature that will accompany you through wild rides.
Anker Promises us roughly 24 hours of longevity, yet the battery heavy varies with your volume levels.
- Adjustable EQ
- Good Design
- Without the Bass Boost, it doesn’t sound that good.
3. JBL Xtreme 3 – Most Versatile
While JBLS, flip and charge lineup receives a lot of praises in the Bluetooth speaker spectrum, the Extreme lineup receives the same respect from outdoor athletes or consumers in general.
As the name suggests, this is one tough boy born to live “Extremely”. It is large, powerful, and ready to take a beating.
You can pick it in Black, Blue and camouflage colour. It measures 5.28 x 11.75 x 5.35 inches and weighs 4.34 pounds. Yep, it is one hefty big boy – It makes sense when you consider how tough it is built. On the front of the speaker, you will be greeted by the large JBL logo that is emblazoned in the grille. There’s also an adjustable strap that has rubber grips not to let it slide around, while on the bottom panel, there are more rubber strips to keep the speaker even more stable on flat surfaces.
It has an IP67 rating, just like the pick from Sony. In addition, it is waterproof and safe from dust, capable of surviving immersion of 1 meter without any issues.
The speaker is compatible with Bluetooth 5.1, making it better than both above options in Bluetooth connectivity, and it supports AAC and SBC Codecs.
You will be forgiven if you think that this speaker packs heavy Bass since it is designed for outdoor use. But, instead, it is more preoccupied with the amount of Bass it provides rather than the quality of it.
Don’t get me wrong; Bass is still there – after all, it is JBL, and JBL audio devices are known for the insane Bass they provide.
Even Bassheads should be more than happy with the amount of healthy Bass this bad boy provides. I like how JBL kept things neat and doesn’t upset the rest of the frequencies.
As for Battery-life, JBL claims a nice amount of 15 hours before the speaker hits the dust.
- Loud, Punchy and Clean sound signature
- Great Durability
- A bit on the heavy side
2. Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 – Best Mid-Range
What did we learn so far from the above options?
A good Bluetooth speaker needs to provide good sound quality and excellent durability in a compact form.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 sure hits all those marks.
Coming at a Mid-Range price point, it is not cheap, but not expensive either, but at least you get what you pay for with it.
The Boom 3 comes in a cylindrical build to provide us with a 360 sound, and it measures 2.9 x 2.9 x 7.25 inches while weighing just 1.80 lbs. Moreover, you can pick it in many colours such as night black, lagoon blue, sunset red, ultraviolet purple, etc.
Aside from looking flashy and cool, the fabric is designed to be super durable. It was originally created for motorcycle jackets and fire equipment, another great touch that syncs this speaker with UTV. Thanks to the IP67 rating, you can take the Boom 3 for a dip in the pool and not worry about water projectiles when riding in your UTV.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is billed as a 360-degree speaker, which is accurate. No matter what way the speaker faces, the sound quality and volume level remain the same and don’t change.
With regards to sound quality, there’s nothing to doubt. The Boom 3 is made to deliver loud sounds. Highs and lows emerge as they should without the speaker flattening or distorting things at high volumes. As a result, it will sound great anywhere you put it, Yes, even in your UTV.
Battery life is another major selling point since it can last up to 15 hours on a single charge.
At this price point, Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is tough to beat.
- Great Design and a bunch of colours to pick from
- 360 degree sound
- Great Battery life
- Audio lack sharpness
- Could have had more features
1. FUGOO Tough XL – Best Overall
Last but not least, an even more “Extreme” option than the one we mentioned earlier, even the name warns us how tough this big boy is.
In a world where the likes of JBL, Bose, Ultimate Ears rule, Fugoo does an excellent job of giving them a “Tough” challenge (again, pun intended).
FUGOO sure takes things close to heart, and it isn’t kidding about the XL part. It measures 13.8 x 4.4 x 4.7 inches and weighs 6.20 lbs. With that being said, you can confirm that it should sit on your UTV and not be taken around.
Its IP67 rating makes it survive 1 meter of immersion and snow-proof, dustproof, sand-proof, and mud-proof. Tough XL promises us that it will be with us even in the worst weather conditions.
While you won’t be able to toss this speaker in your backpack, you can add a carry strap and a handle to the speaker shell. With the help of those two components, the Fugoo Tough XL is as compact and portable as the above options.
Sadly, Fugoo Tough XL only features Bluetooth version 4.0, but that’s nothing groundbreaking, not worth worrying about it. To compromise on the weak Bluetooth connectivity, Fugoo also includes a 3.5mm direct audio jack in case you want to go wired.
You will be gifted with a well-balanced sound that is delivered through the eight acoustic drivers that are all placed to create a 360 surround sound field. The drivers reproduce clean highs, a mid-range that punches and agreeable lows.
Overall, the sound quality is splendid, and it will fill your UTV with sounds.
Battery-life, Oh Boy.
Fugoo sure takes the cake here, from all the above UTV speakers. It can last a whopping 35 hours in a single charge; this is insane when you see that the rest of the UTV speakers struggle to get half of it.
- Great Durability, tough as the name implies
- Lively sounds and Bass
- Unbeatable Battery Life
- Quite Heavy
What do you need to consider when buying UTV speakers
As a music lover myself, I am well aware of the impact of music while driving. Your road trips become way more enjoyable when you are accompanied by music.
So, when buying a pair of UTV speakers for your UTV, keep the following elements in mind:
Of course, sound quality should be critical for any pair of UTV speakers you buy. All of the above speakers offer sound, but the difference between a cheap one and a premium one offers has a gap between them.
Don’t go directly into the market and grab the first speaker you see. You need to figure out what you expect from the speaker or the sound system you buy.
You might want a loud one, a balanced one or even a quiet one , which I wouldn’t recommend due to the loud noise of the UTV engine.
Whatever is the reason, make sure it will fit properly in your vehicle and obviously meet your needs. I’ve tried using a motorcycle riding bluetooth speaker in my UTV, but unfortunately it didn’t stay in place so i had to buy another one designed specifically for an UTV. That’s why i recommend you do your research carefully before buying.
Encountering bumps, vibrations, rain, muddy places, harsh weather conditions, in general, is something that is known when hitting the roads with your UTV.
For that reason, your UTV sound speakers should be able to deal with whatever you throw at them.
There are a few types of sound systems you can buy for your UTV. A sound system can be a sound bar, a Bluetooth speaker, a pair of headphones and more.
Finding the best Speakers for utv is not an easy task, especially with so many features and technology out there.
But once you find your favourite speaker, it will make your travels more fun and exciting.
Hopefully, I picked the right ones and made things easier.
I’m a Sound Artist creating immersive sonic experiences. I turn everyday objects into music, turning the mundane into something marvellous!