Loud and clear

Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son puts the lat­est por­ta­ble speak­ers to the test

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

NOVA HAR­MAN/ KAR­DON

$ 399

ehifi.com.au

THE Nova Stereo Stream­ing Sys­tem has a 2.5- inch driver, a 1.25- inch tweeter, plus Blue­tooth and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity. The speak­ers also de­liver a deep sound for their size. Along with aux­il­iaryin, they have an op­ti­cal in­put, so you can con­nect them to your TV or set- top de­vice. One de­sign fl aw is the mode but­ton that shows au­dio in­put with colour, but not in a way that’s eas­ily in­ter­preted.

GX- BT7 SHARP

$ 249

sharp.net.au

THIS unit has NFC, Blue­tooth, plus USB and aux­il­iary- in ports, which cover most ways to con­nect a de­vice. While the sound qual­ity is rea­son­able, the plas­tic case gives it a bit of a bud­get look and the mode light in­di­ca­tors, un­der the speak­ers, are diffi cult to see.

MINI JAMBOX MUL­TI­PLAY JAW­BONE

$ 229.95

au.jaw­bone.com

THIS tiny, de­signer speaker, the small­est of Jaw­bone’s col­lec­tion, just re­ceived a so­cial up­date. Mul­ti­play mode has been added to this cre­ation, al­low­ing two Mini Jam­boxes to col­lab­o­rate for stereo sound, or just for a louder re­sult. Both users must in­stall the new soft­ware us­ing a con­nected com­puter to make it work, and both must be logged on to dif­fer­ent ac­counts. Once in range, the pair can play a song to­gether from a Blue­tooth- con­nected phone, set­ting one up as a right speaker, and the other as a left speaker, us­ing the three but­tons atop the units.

BRV- X BRAVEN

$ 300

braven.com

BRAVEN ex­tends its range of tough speak­ers with this in­dus­trial, wa­ter- re­sis­tant, out­door unit that will sur­vive drops and down­pours. The BRV- X sound qual­ity is ad­e­quate, but it’s the ver­sa­til­ity of the de­sign that ap­peals most, in­clud­ing its abil­ity to charge USB de­vices.

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