Pump it up

Mu­sic speak­ers have come a long way from clunky boom boxes, writes Mau­reen Shel­ley

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

DOMA MINI SPEAKI Doma, $ 12.95 to $ 19.50; www. doma. hk ★ ★ ★ ★

This speaker gets full points for its cute ap­pear­ance and should be a big hit with young mu­sic fans. It lost some of its ap­peal, how­ever, when one of the two units re­viewed failed to work. The SPEAKi comes with a 3.5mm cable to con­nect to your MP3 player and users charge it via a com­puter con­nec­tion. The minia­ture speaker ar­rives in white, orange, black, blue, fuch­sia, sil­ver, green or red and has a key chain con­nec­tor for easy car­riage. The sound is sub­stan­tially bet­ter than that de­liv­ered through your smart­phone.

SONY, SANS300 Sony, $ 229; sony. com. au ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This Sony speaker serves as one to rule all in­puts. The SANS300 will con­nect wire­lessly to Blu-ray home the­atre sys­tems, a hi-fi, PCs or gad­gets such as smart­phones and tablets. The speaker has 360-de­gree de­sign and de­liv­ers sur­pris­ing vol­ume. There is a free app for your iPod or iPhone so you can use these de­vices as the re­mote con­trol. It will sync with com­pat­i­ble de­vices so you can have the same sound play­ing in mul­ti­ple rooms.

SMIGGLE HAVE A BALL Smiggle, $ 24.95; smiggle. com. au ★ ★ ★ ★

These fun speak­ers would be hard to miss. The Smiggle sound gad­gets come in vi­o­let, fuch­sia, aqua, fern and black, and while they’re big­ger than a golf ball, they’re smaller than a tennis ball. De­spite their small form, and a weight of just 65g, the speak­ers de­liver 2w of sound of a rea­son­able qual­ity. They oper­ate for up to eight hours once charged and Smiggle also of­fers a di­nosaur-themed USB cable hub or a Luna LED stand­ing light in match­ing colours.

J& L IWALL J & L, $ 299; dock­hub. com. au ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This speaker is not ter­ri­bly por­ta­ble, be­ing 1m tall and 44cm wide. Re­gard­less, it serves as a dock­ing sta­tion for your iPhone, iPod or MP3 player, and also has an FM ra­dio and an in­put for your TV. The eight-inch sub­woofer can pro­duce a thump­ing big sound, com­ple­mented by two tweet­ers and 50w of sound through the mid-range. The 18kg unit it­self comes in char­coal or cherry oak and can be moved out­side for par­ties or bar­be­cues.

UNIDEN BTS200 Uniden, $ 129.95; uniden. com. au ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The bass de­liv­ered from this por­ta­ble speaker is amaz­ing and the gad­get comes with plenty of ex­tras, too. The BTS200’ s re­mov­able bat­tery can be used to charge your smart­phone. Its LED dis­play shows how much charge it has left, and the speaker can act as a mu­sic player when con­nected to an MP3 player or smart­phone, or as a speak­er­phone for con­fer­ence calls.

The speaker, which is com­pat­i­ble with Android or Ap­ple phones and tablets, pro­duces 4w of sound power from two chan­nels and will play for up to five hours.

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