Most Bluetooth speakers we see here at CNET are of the speakerphone variety, which you can pair up with a phone to make and receive calls. Since the rise of stereo Bluetooth, however, there are a few companies that make stereo Bluetooth speakers without the ability to handle phone calls. These speakers are dedicated music machines, and their primary function is to stream your music wirelessly wherever you may be. The BlueAnt M1 Stereo Bluetooth Speakers is one such device, and not only is it portable with a rechargeable battery; it delivers excellent sound as well. The BlueAnt M1 Stereo Bluetooth will cost you a hefty sum at $139 a pop, but this is a great gadget for a day at the beach or a party in the backyard.
We don't normally say this about portable speakers, but the BlueAnt M1 looks sleek, sharp, and unmistakably modern. We love the jet black finish, the silver detail on the sides, and the glowing white LEDs that illuminate the controls around the volume knob. Measuring 12-inches long by 3.5-inches tall by 3.46-inches deep, the M1 is slim enough to fit in a travel bag. The front and top of the device is wrapped in perforated steel, while the aforementioned volume knob is located on the front toward the right. The M1 speakers even come with a padded carrying bag with a grille opening for the vent on the back, in case you want to stream some tunes while the M1 is in the pouch.