Top 3 Best Bluetooth Guitar Amplifier Speaker Combos

Bluetooth speakers are not that new, and battery operated portable versions are everywhere. What is new is the blending of the bluetooth speaker and guitar amplifier. Most major amplifier brands have come to market with their own offerings. Here’s a list of our top 3 picks in the categories of best overall premium package, best portable package and best for the budget conscious consumer.

BEST PICK – Premium Bluetooth Speaker Guitar Amp Combo

Line 6 AMPLIFi

Up first on this list is the Line 6 AMPLIFi series. I think this is the clear leader in the new bluetooth speaker/guitar amplifier hybrid frontier. Here’s why…

It’s not often easy to be excel in different fields, but the AMPLIFi does and makes it look easy. It delivers great amp tone and features for the guitarist, and serious bluetooth speaker sound for the audiophile. It also looks unique and stylish as a home speaker – so much so that even my wife (who typically hates guitar gear and claims “it all looks like same”) is happy to have it in the family room entertainment center. That’s an award winning feat by itself, if you ask me!

Some amps being promoted as bluetooth speakers sound like, well your smartphone played through a guitar amp. Not so with AMPLIFi. Line 6 delivers a premium quality audio experience, and superior tone control.

In fact, it’s in the control that the AMPLIFi magic really shines.

The Line 6 mobile app, called AMPLIFi Remote, makes it a breeze to record and share your creations or tweak your tone. You can call up a multitude of professionally recorded jam tracks, or any song from your personal library to jam with or listen to whenever the mood strikes you.

But it gets better!

AMPLIFi Remote gives you the ability to automatically match your amp tone settings to the music you’re playing along with. Simply pull up your song of choice, and select the tone matching feature and AMPLIFi Remote will pull the preferred preset from thousands in the cloud. You can also dial up any legendary guitarist’s tone and automatically have their tone for a jam track, or solo work or just whatever you want.

And all of this is free!

Beyond the artist tone matching, AMPLIFi Remote allows you to tweak all the usual settings on a amp as well. AMPLIFi offers a choice of over 200 virtual models of guitar amp and speaker cabinet configurations.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s available:

  •  70+ amps
  •  100+ effects
  •  20+ speaker cabinets
  •  Remotely control all amp and effects parameters
  •  Automatic tone matching
  •  Access thousands of tones online

You can also share your own tones via Twitter and Facebook or rate existing ones on the cloud.

The Line 6 AMPLIFi comes in 30w, 75w and 150w variations and looks modern and stylish in your living room, or just about any room.

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BEST PICK – Portable Bluetooth Speaker Guitar Amp Combo

Vox Adio Air GT

Up next is the Vox Adio Air GT. The Adio is a 50W 2×3 bluetooth modeling guitar combo amplifier that is not nearly as fully featured as the AMPLIFi, but it has strengths that the Line 6 doesn’t have.

As an amplifier, the Adio Air GT provides everything you’d expect from Vox – classic cleans to AC30 and high-gain overdrive.

The Adio Air GT also delivers when it comes to performance as a bluetooth speaker. Adio provides the cabinet resonance of a guitar amp, with the high fidelity and spatiality and depth you expect from stereo speakers.

The uniquely designed cabinet provides an immersive listening experience when paired with your smartphone or tablet. The Adio features a bass reflex construction that uses a flair design to provide excellent low-frequency response, with minimal unwanted noise.

Like the Line 6 AMPLIFi, the Vox Adio Air GT models a wide range of amps (though not quite as many as the AMPLIFi). The Adio uses its VET (Virtual Elements Technology) to model the amp and effects components circuit design:

  •  11 built-in amp models (including the AC30 and a variety of high-gain and clean amps).
  •  The variety expands to 23 when using the Tone Room software.
  •  8 different built-in effects:
    •  4 modulation effects, such as chorus and tremolo
    •  4 ambience-type effects, like delay and reverb
  • 19 total effects available with Tone Room

Where the Vox Adio Air GT comes out ahead of the Line 6 AMPLIFi is in its portability. The Adio is a much smaller package, weighing only 6.39 lbs, and even runs up to 8 hours on 8 AA batteries.

Recording with the Adio is also fairly robust with the inclusion of a USB port and JamVOX III software.

The Vox Adio Air GT is the best pick for portable bluetooth speaker guitar amp combo.

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BEST PICK – Budget Bluetooth Speaker Guitar Amp Combo

Blackstar FLY3BLUE

The FLY3BLUE is a 3w bluetooth version of the original, but the addition of bluetooth makes it the perfect take anywhere practice amp or MP3 speaker dock.

The FLY3BLUE features bluetooth connectivity as well as a line in jack, so it can be used with older MP3 players and smartphones and tablets.

Like the Vox Adio, the FLY3BLUE is a portable, battery powered amp (6 AA), but not as fully featured when it comes to modeling. They only effect available is Tape Delay.

You can also connect the FLY3BLUE to the FLY 103 official extension speaker for stereo setup, but again stereo sound is something available with both the AMPLIFi and Adio without the need for another speaker.

Where the FLY3BLUE comes out ahead though is in price. It’s a fraction of the price of either the Line 6 AMPLIFi or Vox Adio. It also makes the FLY3BLUE the best pick for budget bluetooth speaker guitar amp combo.

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Orange Micro Crush PiX: CR3 vs CR6

The Orange Micro Crush PiX line of amps is Orange Amplifiers’ entry into the portable battery powered amplifier market and They are a worthy addition.

The Orange Micro Crush CR3 and CR6 are both decked out with with a woven grill, tiny rubber footstools and the trademark Orange finish, just like their big brothers in the Orange Amps family.

What sets the Orange Micro Crush PiX amps apart from other battery powered amplifiers is that they are not plastic – their wood and metal construction makes it a bit more durable than some other mini-amps.

Orange Micro Crush PiX CR3

Orange-Micro-Crush-CR3The Orange Micro Crush CR3 Amp is a 3w solid-state amp and features a single 4″ speaker. It has no on-board sound effects (most portable battery powered amplifiers don’t), but features an overdrive channel and tone and volume controls.

The clean tone is a bit on the light side, which may make it a bad out-of-the box pairing with a telecaster (though you could always roll the tone knob back on the guitar itself to even it out). But the overdrive channel is where the Micro Crush CR3 shines – it’s just incredible for such a little thing. I’d call it a Tiny Terror, except that name is already taken. Let’s say it’s a Micro Terror, or Tiny Beast. 😉

I already reviewed the CR3 a while back, so you can read the full review here.

Orange Micro Crush PiX CR6

Orange-Micro-Crush-CR6The CR6 is like the Micro Crush CR3’s big brother. Like the CR3, the CR6 is also a battery powered amplifier, so it’s totally portable and you can play it without disturbing the neighbors (unless you really crank it and live in an apartment..)

The features at a glance of the cr6:

  • Controls: Gain, volume, tone
  • Inputs/Outputs: Headphone line out; auxiliary line in
  • Output: Stereo, 6 watts
  • Speakers: 2 x 4″
  • Built-in Tuner
  • Wood cabinet construction
  • Battery power (18V AC power supply sold separately)

The Micro Crush CR6 lets you play with headphones, so as not to annoy the neighbors (or any co-habitants), but the twin 4″ speakers can put out plenty of decibels for their size. Meaning, you can still rock out when you want to.

The Micro Crush CR6 has decent clean tone and great Orange amp crunch tones.

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CR3 vs CR6

OK, so the CR3 and the CR6 are very similar, but how are they different?

Differences between the Micro Crush CR3 and CR6:

SPEAKERS:

  • CR6 has twin stereo 4″ speakers
  • CR3 has a single 4″ speaker

INPUTS:

  •  CR3 has only an instrument input
  •  CR6 also has an aux input, so you can plug in your
    favorite mp3 player and jam along

WATTAGE:

  •  CR3 is 3W
  •  CR6 is 6W

SIZE:

  •  CR3 measures about 6″ x 6″ x 3″ and weighs 1.87 lbs
  •  CR6 measures 10.5″ x 8″ x 5.5″ and weighs 4.5 lbs

Both the Orange Micro Crush CR6 and Orange Micro Crush CR3 are made of solid wood and feature the same Orange grill covering as the larger Orange amplifiers. Both are battery powered amplifiers that are completely portable and compact and both are excellent practice amps.

Neither one is appropriate for gigs, and they likely won’t keep up with a full band in practice. But that’s not what they’re for anyway. These little guys ooze Orange tone and vibe, and they’re small enough to leave in the living room without attracting too much undue attention from significant others.

Price:
The Orange Micro Crush CR3 Amp sells for around $80 (with power adapter!), while the Orange Micro Crush CR6 is currently only available through certain 3rd party sellers and can be found for around $150 at the time of this review. Yes, the CR6 is quite a bit more money, but it’s also getting harder to come by so it’s a bit of a collector’s item too so it should hold more of its value.

Conclusion:

You don’t get any effects, but that’s common with this size amplifier. What you do get is a very portable little practice amp and a good taste of Orange tone.

These are excellent amps for rock and metal, and each Orange Micro Crush makes a great addition to the office or living room for those times when you just want to plug in an play, but don’t want to (or can’t) rattle the windows.

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