You can also get slightly larger models for $50 and $60. All three support Bluetooth as well. Plus: your chance to win a "Logan" movie prop!
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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
As you know, I've tried hard to cut back on the
deals. But Wi-Fi speakers? That's a whole different enchilada. I've rarely shared those around these parts -- in part because they tend to be really expensive (think: Bose, Sonos, etc.).
Before I go any further, let me note that I'm writing this Wednesday night, meaning these could be sold out by the time you read this. "Yesterday Rick" apologizes if that happens, but I had to leave here bright and early this morning to retrieve Cheapskate Jr. from swim camp. I miss my fish-boy!
Why is Wi-Fi such a big deal? One word: multiroom. A Bluetooth speaker is an island unto itself; it pairs with your phone or tablet and that's that. Wi-Fi speakers can be configured in a mesh network of sorts, meaning you can hear your playlists in all your rooms. (Again, think Sonos.)
Another perk: Because each speaker is connected to your Wi-Fi network, range isn't an issue. With a Bluetooth speaker, you usually can't move more than a room or two away before the signal starts to break up.
This might be a good time to mention that all three speakers support
in addition to Wi-Fi.
They also share the same basic design: black, boxy and silver-topped -- not what I would call pretty, but certainly not ugly, either. Think of the three models as small, medium and large.
Beyond that, I don't know much about them. Amazon and Walmart carry them, but there's not a user review to be found on any of the SKUs. I do know the multiroom feature requires use of the QFX Tunes app, which allows for streaming from AirPlay, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn. (If you opt for Bluetooth connectivity, the sky's the limit.) The one thing that gives me pause: Some of the user reviews of the Android version of the app (which hasn't been updated since 2016) cite issues with multiroom playback.
My advice: Check out the Bach, Schubert and Mozart specs on the QFX site, then decide if the unknowns are worth the savings. You could literally buy one of each size for less than the price of a single Sonos speaker. Just saying.
Giveaway! Did you see "Logan"? I thought it was superb, far better than a lot of the superhero movies of late.
Even if you didn't love it, here's a giveaway you'll surely want to enter: Your chance to win a prop from the movie. Which one? Oh, just the phone case used by Hugh Jackman. It's certified and everything.
The grand-prize winner also gets the limited-edition Blu-ray set of the movie. Three runners-up will score that prize as well.