The Logitech Wireless Boombox strategically forgoes Apple's AirPlay standard that would have bumped up its $150 price tag, instead using Bluetooth to receive wireless music from any enabled device. Sonic fidelity takes a minor hit as a result, but this speaker earns our recommendation for its equal convenience both inside the home and out in the backyard. You can also find wireless speakers that offer better portability, but if you're shopping for a way to play music from a stationary, wireless speaker set, the Logitech Wireless Boombox's sonic resonance won't disappoint.
Design and features
The guts of the Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad are nearly identical to those of the Logitech S715i that earned our Editors' Choice Award last year for its marriage of impressive sonic range and sculpted design. With the exception of a missing iPhone dock and Bluetooth integration, the bubbly shape is the same, as are the dual passive 2-inch radiator woofers set up on either side of the front faceplate.
The shape is undoubtedly bulky and not meant for long-distance travel, so for mobile use we recommend checking out the Soundmatters FoxLv2 or the Jawbone Jambox for their compact stature--just know that you'll pay around $50 more for the size reduction.
Two 3-inch drivers sit alongside the woofers on the front of the Boombox, protected by a hard plastic that feels durable enough to endure light spills and dirt, although we didn't subject it to a drop test and we don't suggest you do so either.
Controls for establishing a Bluetooth connection are simple enough and very similar to those of other Bluetooth speakers. Make sure your music player's Bluetooth profile is tuned to "discovery" mode, hold down the Bluetooth button on the Boombox's control panel, and you're all set.
Nearly all smartphones and tablets bundle Bluetooth these days, but Logitech also installs an open 3.5mm audio jack on the back and generously includes a dual-plugged cable in case you want to play music from a non-Bluetooth device. Playing music through the wired connection will always give you better fidelity, however, since sonic degradation is an unfortunate symptom of the bandwidth limitation over the wireless connection.