Get an iLoud Bluetooth speaker for $234 shipped

Designed with musicians in mind, this premium speaker (normally $299) features a microphone/guitar input for use with iOS music-creation apps.

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Listen to music or make your own with the iLoud Bluetooth speaker.
Listen to music or make your own with the iLoud Bluetooth speaker. IK Multimedia

Calling all musicians (and music lovers): today's deal is for you.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the IK Multimedia iLoud Bluetooth speaker for $239 shipped. And when you apply coupon code cheapskate5 at checkout, your price drops to just $234. It lists for $299.99 and sells elsewhere in the $290 range.

So, yeah, $234 is still a lot for a speaker. But this is about as premium as they get, a great choice for a den or family room where you want rich, full sound from a fairly compact package. Or for your coffee-shop gigs, beach visits, and everyday travels.

The iLoud weighs just under 3 pounds and measures 6.3 inches by 9.8 inches by 2.4 inches. It's portable, with a rechargeable battery that's good for about 10 hours, but it can just easily find a semi-permanent home on a bookshelf or the like.

What really sets this model apart from the competition is its 1/4-inch guitar/mic input. No, the iLoud doesn't double as a traditional amp, but it does allow for pairing with an iOS device and some app-powered music creation and performance, courtesy of a built-in IK iRig circuit. (Be sure to read the full description to get a better understanding for how this works. I'm not a musician, so it's a little Greek to me.)

CNET hasn't reviewed the iLoud, but I recently had the opportunity to demo one. To my ears it sounded fantastic -- at least as good as my other favorite Bluetooth speaker, the $299 Braven 850. That model lacks the guitar input, but it does afford speakerphone capabilities, which the iLoud does not. (Quick survey: Does anyone ever use that feature?)

I definitely recommend reading the iLoud reviews at iLounge and PC Mag. They're quite positive overall, the key complaints being the all-plastic body and the need for iOS accompaniment to take advantage of the guitar features.

Of course, those reviews were based on a $300 price tag. At $234 out the door, the iLoud seems a little more splurge-worthy. I'm listening to one right now, and it really does sound exceptional. Do take note, however, that delivery may take up to two weeks.

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