Loud and clear
Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson puts the latest portable speakers to the test
NOVA HARMAN/ KARDON
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
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
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
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.