The Ultimate Speaker Buying Guide

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 Extra Bass Portable Speaker, 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. A great gift for someone, or for yourself this Christmas.


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 long does a Bluetooth speaker battery last?

Depending on the speaker you buy, the battery could last anywhere between 6-24 hours on a full charge. Some speakers have a fast charge option, so you can get a partial charge on your speaker quickly to keep you going for a few hours.

What happens when you overcharge a Bluetooth speaker?

Yes, if you overcharge a speaker, it can damage your rechargeable batteries, so watch out. We would advise unplugging your speaker if it is fully charged and not in use. This will help to extend the life of your speaker's battery.

How do I maintain a Bluetooth speaker?

There are a number of ways that you can help to maintain a Bluetooth speaker, keep dust away from it, clean it regularly, avoid any static electricity, and ensure that it is well-ventilated. Be sure to check if your speaker is waterproof/ water resistant. Keep all the connections dry and if you are unsure then avoid plugging your speaker in to charge. 

What are the benefits of using a sound bar?

Sound bars offer a number of benefits over traditional TV speakers, including better sound quality, improved dialogue clarity, and increased volume. They also take up less space and are easier to install than a full surround sound system.

Can I use a sound bar with any TV?

Yes, most sound bars are compatible with any TV that has an audio output. However, you'll need to check the connections and compatibility before purchasing a sound bar to ensure it will work with your specific TV.