Redesigning the boom box: Bluetooth speakers compared

Check out our roundup of portable Bluetooth speakers.

The days of blasting music out of a portable boombox are behind us, and while some companies still offer retro jambox wannabes for iPods , the best way to free your music from the aural confines of an MP3 player is through a portable Bluetooth speaker.

We've rounded up several Bluetooth speakers for your consideration. All of these wireless speakers benefit from limited loss in audio quality while still maintaining a small footprint and extended range. Functionality varies according to model, and they differ in regard to rechargeable versus alkaline batteries, size versus sound, and the capability to be used as a Bluetooth speakerphone, but all of them have an external 3.5mm line-in port for a hardwired connection.

We loved using the Soundmatters FoxL v2 , a candy-bar shaped speaker that blew us away with its tiny size and huge soundstage, but it's $200 price tag limits its appeal to hardcore audiophiles. With value in mind, our favorite in the bunch is the $80 Creative D100, an acceptable compromise between price and output quality. If you're on the hunt for a portable speaker to pair with your smartphone, the D100 is an excellent option that earns our recommendation.

Click here for our roundup of portable Bluetooth speakers.

 

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