10 Bluetooth Speaker Systems for Tunes On the Go

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-07-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It's high time to enjoy the July Fourth weekend with plenty of food, fun and fireworks. Nothing helps festivities like a little bit of music, and whether it's "The Star-Spangled Banner" or Bruce Springsteen, blasting barbecue tunes is essential for the party. Long gone are the days of tape decks, CD players and massive speaker sets that had to be hauled from the living room to the yard. Technology has advanced to the point where big sound comes from tiny speakers that can fit in your pocket. Forget about coils of wires and the search for extension cords—the Bluetooth speakers shown here are largely wireless. That means you can start the party wherever you feel like it. Of course, sound quality is the ultimate determinant for these gadgets, but style is in no way sacrificed. These babies come in a variety of colors, shapes and design aesthetics to match almost any taste. Best of all, Bluetooth speakers are ideal for consumers who aren't strictly Apple-centric since they work with all nearly all smartphones, including Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices and many Android tablets, as well as all iPhones, iPads, and all iPod Touch models. Take a look at the latest Bluetooth speaker systems.

 
 
 
  • 10 Bluetooth Speaker Systems for Tunes On the Go

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - 10 Bluetooth Speaker Systems for Tunes On the Go
  • Philips Dot Offers Splash-Proof Design ($59.99)

    Like all Bluetooth speakers, the Philips Dot speaker connects wirelessly to devices, which means no more cables. Other features include a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls, convenient auto-sensor for music on/off, and a rugged and splash-proof design ideal for indoor and outdoor environments.
    2 - Philips Dot Offers Splash-Proof Design ($59.99)
  • Bose SoundLink Speaker III Brings Premium Sound ($299)

    A silicone button panel protects the unit from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille adds to durability and resists fingerprints. In addition, the rechargeable battery plays up to 14 hours, while curved edges and a thin profile make for easy grab-and-go portability.
    3 - Bose SoundLink Speaker III Brings Premium Sound ($299)
  • Ultimate Ears Boom Lets You Make Some Noise ($175.70)

    The 360-degree speaker design drops immersive sound into any space, and features a water- and stain-resistant acoustic skin and 15-hour rechargeable battery. Use the UE Boom app's alarm feature to wake up to your favorite music, and choose music from your iTunes library, Spotify playlists, Pandora, iTunes Radio and more. You can also switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away.
    4 - Ultimate Ears Boom Lets You Make Some Noise ($175.70)
  • Jawbone Jambox Matches Sound With Style ($251.95)

    Precision-tuned drivers and dual passive bass radiators work in concert to produce clear, full audio at any volume. The speaker also has a built-in microphone that lets you make hands-free calls and video chats using Skype, GoogleTalk and FaceTime.
    5 - Jawbone Jambox Matches Sound With Style ($251.95)
  • HMDX Audio HX-P230BL Jam Gets Colorful ($27.99)

    The Jam wireless speaker features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to four hours of wireless play. The speaker also comes with line-in capability, which allows you to connect your non-Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to the speaker. Measuring 2.5 inches in diameter by 2.5 inches high, the premium Jam wireless speaker comes in six colors.
    6 - HMDX Audio HX-P230BL Jam Gets Colorful ($27.99)
  • TDK Life on Record A26 Trek Keeps It Compact ($79.99)

    The Trek is designed to function in nearly any environment. Carrying an IP64 rating, the speaker features a rugged, weatherized housing that resists dust and water. Less than 7.5 inches wide and weighing less than a pound, this ultra-portable speaker is built to move—rain or shine. The speaker is equipped with 2.0 Stereo Configuration, meaning two forward active drivers and two passive radiators.
    7 - TDK Life on Record A26 Trek Keeps It Compact ($79.99)
  • Logitech X100 Goes Full Circle ($49.99)

    This minimally designed speaker allows you to press one button to wirelessly connect the speaker to your smartphone or tablet, and also features one-touch volume and call controls. Available in five stand-out colors, the speaker offers a built-in five-hour rechargeable lithium-ion battery and Bluetooth connectivity from up to 30 feet.
    8 - Logitech X100 Goes Full Circle ($49.99)
  • Beats Pill Now Has Added Apple Cache ($179)

    Apple recently made a highly publicized play to purchase Beats Audio, known for its stylish headphones and speaker systems. This model features tap-to-pair with near-field communication (NFC) technology for easy and instant Bluetooth 2.1 audio and supports SBC, aptX, AAC codecs for high quality streaming. You can also use the auxiliary input for other MP3 players, phones, PCs or anything with an analog output for optimal sound from all devices.
    9 - Beats Pill Now Has Added Apple Cache ($179)
  • Omaker M3-Outdoor Sport Can Take a Beating ($29.99)

    This uniquely designed speaker is meant for outdoor use in tough environments. It's shock-proof and splash-proof, so don't be afraid to put it on the beach or place it by the pool. In addition, a built-in 1,000mAh rechargeable lithium battery can be charged through a USB cable and supports charging while playing.
    10 - Omaker M3-Outdoor Sport Can Take a Beating ($29.99)
  • JBL Pulse Includes a Light Show ($169.99)

    The acoustics company raised the stakes by including a built-in audio and visual experience with programmable LED lights that pulse to your music. Pre-programmed and custom-programmed light themes control brightness and color. The speaker also supports NFC pairing and features two high-performance drivers and a built-in bass port for clear, room-filling sound.
    11 - JBL Pulse Includes a Light Show ($169.99)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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