Whether you’re after small and handy or big and loud, these wireless speakers have something for everybody, writes Rod Chester
DASH 7 ( SOUNDMATTERS)
$ 259, foxl. com. au IN audio, most things usually live up to your expectations – assuming your expectations are solid. Buy a small portable speaker and you’ll get a matching sound.
The DASH 7 is an exception to the rule, with a sound quality that belies its super compact size. It is small enough to sit in front of even an iPad Air without blocking the screen and its “twofers” ( woofers that are also tweeters) deliver a surprisingly big sound.
It comes with a wraparound case that doubles as a stand, a USB charger with enough wattage to also charge a tablet and it doubles as a speakerphone for your smartphone.
X100 ( LOGITECH)
$ 59.95, logitech. com IF you’re shopping for the major sound system for your home, it’s all about the quality of the output. But there are times when other factors, such as convenience and cost, are at the top of the list.
The X100 is not going to wow audiophiles with its output but this small Bluetooth speaker is a practical and attractive design that will let you hear your music on the move.
It has a microphone and doubles as a handsfree unit for your phone.
It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but big enough to give you a reasonable audio level.
SOUNDSHOOTER ( PHILIPS)
$ 59.95, philips. com. au THIS rubberised tiny barrel- shaped unit with a 2W speaker offers a handy way to listen to your music out loud when you’re on the go.
It is just 8cm high and comes with a carabiner clip so it is easy to take with you.
It connects to your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth and the rechargeable battery promises eight hours.
It has a microphone so you can use it to make hand- free calls.
WOODBOURNE ( POLK AUDIO)
$ 849, polkaudio. com. au BACK in the day, good- quality speakers came in big, wooden boxes. The 60cm- wide Woodbourne continues that heritage with a classic, large
timber veneer top.
BRV- 1 ( BRAVEN)
You can easily connect your device through Bluetooth, or if you have an iOS device you can use Airplay on your home network.
It also has USB, optical, stereo 3.5mm and ethernet ports. The rich, deep sound is a sign the quality of exterior is reflected on the inside. $ 219.99, braven. com THE trouble with most wireless speakers is that they don’t seem to realise you might want to take them where speakers shouldn’t normally go.
Braven’s speaker is tough enough for most outdoor outings. It is water resistant ( although that doesn’t mean you should immerse it) and its 1400mAh battery is designed to give 12 hours of sound or, in a handy feature, act as a power pack to charge your mobile device.
It’s a solid design and looks tough enough for anything.
The sound quality may not be mind- blowing but is certainly good enough for this type of speaker.