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Gadgets August, 26 2013

Buyer’s Guide: 10 of the Best Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth used to be the most popular feature on a mobile phone. Sharing things wirelessly blew my tiny mind, even if all I did have to share was an over-pixelated early adoption of the “selfie.” Nowadays, our cellphones have internet, so sharing anything comes as easy as you like. But lest we forget the benefits of Bluetooth, which stretch to – and mostly include – Bluetooth speakers. The lack of cables means they can accommodate specificities like water resistance, durability, rechargeable batteries, and technology means that they still deliver an impressive sound quality. We’ve put together 10 of the best that are available now, check them out after the jump.

 

UE Boom x Jason Maloney

Ultimate Ears, the makers of the 360-degree wireless, go-anywhere bluetooth speaker – the UE Boom – has teamed up with American artist Jason Maloney on an exclusive run of 500 limited pieces. Adding character to your portable speaker, Maloney’s design features “Tippsy the Elephant,” a signature character of Maloney’s work. Available exclusively at Apple.com.

 

Boom Urchin

The Boom Urchin has been created with durability at the forefront of its design. It’s fully water-resistant as well as being shock- and dust-proof, so it can withstand almost any conditions. Buy it now from the source.

 

JBL Charge

Dubbed a ‘portable audio powerhouse,’ the JBL charge provides more than 12 hours of playback time on a single charge, and can even recharge your mobile devices. Get your hands on one from JBL themselves.

 

Lowdi

The Lowdi covers all bases with its exceptional sound quality, wire as well as wireless connectivity, USB port rechargeable, up to 8 hours of nonstop music, and all this in a carry case and under a one-year warranty. Get one for yourself straight from Lowdi.

 

Silver Hiddenradio and FM Radio

The world’s simplest and most intuitive Bluetooth speaker and FM radio. Lift the cap to turn it on, and lift it further to adjust the volume. Its compact size means it’s easily transportable while providing up to 15 hours of playback. Get one from Amazon.

 

TDK Life Speakers

The TDK Life Speakers match their high standard of sound with a stylish and durable design. They feature the signature TDK room-filling sound, with an integrated microphone which provides speakerphone functionality for hands-free calling. You can buy one here.

 

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox

The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to play music from up to 50 feet away, and two people can even take turns at playing music from their respective devices at the same time. And you can always rely on Logitech for big, clear, perfectly tuned sound. Buy one from Amazon.

 

Jawbone Jambox

Go anywhere with the Jambox and take a hi-fi quality audio system with you in an airtight enclosure that delivers the goods. It has a powerful built-in microphone for conference calls anywhere, and you can now even personalize yours with more then 100 custom color combinations. You can buy one now from Jawbone.

 

Audyssey Wireless Speakers

At a slightly higher price point than the rest of our speakers so far hitting around $300 USD, the Audyssey Wireless Speakers provide a more surround-style sound with split speakers that can be separately positioned. They keep the sound rich and full even at low levels, and you can get hold of a pair from Audyssey.

 

Braven 650

The Braven 650 is another portable speakerphone that features 20 hours of audio playtime, a 6W speaker output, and a mobile device charger, all encased inside aircraft grade aluminum. You can purchase one online now.

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