Speak­ing vol­umes

Whether you’re af­ter small and handy or big and loud, these wire­less speak­ers have some­thing for ev­ery­body, writes Rod Ch­ester

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

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.

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