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The Ultimate Speaker Buying Guide

Are you looking to treat yourself or a loved one to a new speaker? Well if so, you might be a little unsure of which type of speaker suits you best. Not everyone enters our store knowing exactly what they want, which is why we have these handy buying guides to help make your decision even easier. Below, we have a range of different speaker types, from sound bars to radios. So regardless of your budget or your needs, there will be something below for you.


Here at DID, we have a massive selection of sound bars that range in price but maintain the same quality throughout. With brands like Sony, Sonos, and Samsung featuring heavily in our Sound bar collection, we have everything you could want in one place. Not only is the quality of sound within each speaker in our collection of the highest calibre from the cheapest variants upwards, but the prices are reasonable too. 

Portable Speakers

If you are buying a speaker, then a portable Bluetooth speaker is likely what you will gravitate towards because they are the most versatile and the most affordable considering the features they offer.

Some of the brands on offer include JBL, Sony, and Sonos, all of which are of the highest quality. These are just some of the speaker brands available but don’t feel like you have to pay €200 for a speaker, there are more affordable options available like the Sony Wireless Portable Speakers, or maybe the Google Nest smart speaker might tickle your fancy?

Similarly, if you are a big spender and are looking for a new speaker, there are some top-class portable speakers in our collection, from the Sony X-Series, to the JBL PartyBox.


For all you audiophiles out there, we have a selection of turntables that range in price from €99.99 to €449.99, so regardless of your budget, you can get what you want and need. Turntables have become quite a niche, but vintage is back in again, and if you are looking to add a little vintage flair to your home, then the turntable will do just that.

We stock turntables from brands like Audio Technica, Sony, and AKAI, and with features like Bluetooth connectivity, one-step auto playback, and distortion-free sound, you can experience the best quality music with ease.


The humble radio is the final collection piece we wish to feature in this buying guide. Whilst it might be an old-fashioned pastime, listening to and enjoying the sound of the radio is still a pleasure for many, and here at DID, we take great pleasure in making sure that you can do it in the most enjoyable and modern way possible.

Gone are the days are small and pokey radios, nowadays, we have radios that come in all shapes and sizes and come with a range of functions and parts. If you prefer the vintage look, we have old-fashioned style radio players, or if you want something clean and modern, we have that too. Many of the radios have Bluetooth and loads of other modern features. Simply drop into one of our stores or shop online to see them for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Our Collection

Here at DID, across our 23 Irish stores and online, we have a huge selection of speakers to choose from for budgets of all shapes and sizes. With high-quality brands stocked, such as Akai and Sony, as well as party speakers, smart speakers, and even speaker stands, you are truly spoiled for choice. Pop into one of our stores today and ask for a sales assistant or contact us online with any queries that you might have. Similarly, if you have your eyes on a speaker that is a little more expensive (over €80) then perhaps you can avail of our Humm Finance plan, where you can buy your new speaker now and pay for it later on in installments.

Speaker FAQs

How do I connect my portable speaker to my device?

You can typically connect your portable speaker to your device using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or an auxiliary cable.

How long does the battery of a portable speaker last?

The battery life of a portable speaker can vary depending on the speaker's make and model. Generally, most portable speakers can last anywhere from 5 to 20 hours on a single charge.

Do I need an antenna for my radio?

In most cases, yes. Radios require an antenna to receive radio waves and pick up stations. Some radios have built-in antennas, while others require an external antenna.

Do I need a separate amplifier for my record player?

It depends on the record player and your sound system. Some record players have a built-in amplifier, while others require a separate amplifier or receiver to boost the signal.

How do I clean my records?

To clean your records, use a carbon fibre brush to remove surface dust and dirt. For deeper cleaning, use a vinyl record cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to gently clean the grooves of the record.

How do I connect my soundbar to my TV?

You can typically connect your soundbar to your TV using an HDMI cable, an optical cable, or Bluetooth.

How many channels should my soundbar have?

The number of channels in a soundbar can vary, but a 2.1 channel soundbar is a common setup, with two front speakers and a subwoofer. A 5.1 channel soundbar includes five speakers and a subwoofer for a more immersive experience.

How do I choose the right soundbar for my TV?

When choosing a soundbar, consider the size of your TV, the room size, and your budget. Look for a soundbar that is compatible with your TV and has the features and channels you need for the best audio experience.