FENDER MONTEREY BLUETOOTH SPEAKER: RUGGED, LOUD, AND FUN, BUT ALSO PRICEY AND ONLY MARGINALLY PORTABLE
I thought the Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker that I recently reviewed ( go. macworld.com/fnew) was a clever homage to guitar amps, but the company’s Monterey takes the guitar amp metaphor to the absolute max. With real hex bolts holding its back in place, solid analog controls, as well as genuine Tolex covering and a Fender ‘68 tweed grill, it could easily be mistaken for the real thing.
Where the Newport is a punchy, portable, battery-powered speaker that can be used just about anywhere, the Monterey is more of a static conversation piece. It’s large, heavy, and has no battery, so you can’t really take it with you to the