Gone are the days of having to stand up and walk over to your speaker dock to switch to a new song or station. With wireless Bluetooth devices, you can play your music wherever you go and how you like it without having to lug around a heavy dock for your phone. With the introduction of the iPhone 5 and its new connectors, speaker docks have become a thing of the past. Now may be the best time to invest in a wireless Bluetooth sound system for your shiny, new iPhone 5 whether it be for music, videos, or calls.
Logitech UE Boombox
Logitech?s newest Bluetooth product is the Logitech UE Boombox. As you can tell, the speakers look slick and smooth. The UE Boombox isn?t just all show though, the sound quality is absolutely superb and is a beast all on its own.
For those looking for a premium Bluetooth speakers, look no further. The UE Boombox measures about the size of your standard boombox, weighs around 5 pounds, and can connect to your Bluetooth devices up to 50 feet. It comes equipped with 8 sound drivers, delivering it raw power and sound. While it may not be audiophile quality, the highs, mids, and lows sound great. However, the bass might be a little too overwhelming and can wash out the highs at times when playing bass-heavy tracks. When it comes to volume, the boombox definitely outshines its competition on the portable speakers market. It can deliver sound across an entire room and can be used outside at a reasonable volume without suffering from distortion. Its rechargeable battery allows 6 hours of music playback between charges; enough to last you a day at the beach.
Furthermore the unit includes an AUX port to connect to your devices when Bluetooth is not available. While the Logitech UE Boombox offers great sound quality and power, there is one drawback: its price. The boombox?s suggested retail price hovers around $249.99.
Good sound quality; great for almost everythingPowerful enough to deliver sound to entire room or outsidePortable, although it?s not something you want to carry around for longRechargeable BatteryLong range Bluetooth connectivityAux-port
Costly ($249.99)Bass can be overwhelming at timesNeed to dedicate space for the Boombox
Creative D100 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
If you?re looking for something less expensive, Creative?s D100 Wireless Bluetooth speakers may be up your alley. These sleek speakers offer good sound for an affordable price.
Smaller than a boombox, the D100 is great for small-medium sized rooms and on small outdoor spaces like a patio. Instead of using a rechargeable battery, the speakers use 4 AA batteries to allow playback of up to 25 hours. There is also a power adapter included with the unit for those who are willing to sacrifice a little portability to save on the cost of batteries. At the price point of $59.99, the unit offers decent sound quality for its price, although it lacks a bit of that ?oomph? in their music that some people may strive for, particularly in the bass. Additionally the speakers may connect to any Bluetooth device up to 30 feet and includes an AUX port.
Affordable ($59.99)Good Sound qualityGood for medium-sized areasAUX portUp to 25 hours playback with batteries; can use power adapterLong range Bluetooth connectivity
Battery cost may pile upNeed to dedicate space for the speakersLacking in bass
Grandmax Tweakers POP
Without sacrificing too much sound quality for portability, the Tweakers POP by Grandmax are a cheap alternative to other Bluetooth speakers for those who are on the go or are not interested in purchasing big. These little guys offer good sound quality and power for their price and portability.
The Tweakers POP are no more than 2.5 inches in diameter when in compact form and can connect to any Bluetooth devices within 30 feet. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is chargeable by USB and can retain a charge of 8 hours, which should be plenty to last you through the day of commute by car or for any free time you may have in your busy day. Although the speakers may not have the sound quality of other bigger Bluetooth products, they still hold their own in sound tests with good sound in the mid frequencies. This means that voices in particular sound great and can be used for podcasts, movies, and calls. The speakers also includes a condenser microphone and a call redial button for those planning to use this product for calls. When Bluetooth is not available, you can connect the speakers to the device of your choice via AUX port. Available for around $19.99.
Very affordable ($19.99)Good sound quality especially in the mids; good for small or medium-sized rooms for movies, podcasts, or callsMicrophoneAUX portSmall and compact making the system very portableRechargeable batteryLong range Bluetooth connectivity
For audiophiles, sound quality is not enoughNot powerful enough for a large room
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