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Chromecast Audio

At £30 the Chromecast Audio is almost a no-brainer. It enables users to stream their phones to any old speakers and because it uses Wi-Fi it doesn't have the same issues as Bluetooth such as battery drain, dropouts and poor sound quality.

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UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker

While away from home a student can untether their speaker system with the UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. It's a tiny waterproof unit that gets IPX7 certification for extra toughness from the elements.

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Logitech X300 Bluetooth speaker

If you're shopping for a Bluetooth speaker and size is a factor, the super-compact Logitech X300 is definitely worth your attention.

And at just £60, it's light in your hand and on your wallet. Who doesn't appreciate that?

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Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker

The Sonos Play:1 is a big step up from your average wireless speaker. It's offered in both white and blue options, and both support streaming music services including Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Google Music, 7Digital, Deezer, Soundcloud and Napster.

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Pro-Ject Elemental turntable

The most affordable Pro-Ject turntable, the Elemental, is a step above the "toys" you see in the sub-£100 category. This record player features striking looks and a decent cartridge as well, for just £159.

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LG SH7B sound bar

The LG SH7B is a wireless sound bar and subwoofer combo which offers excellent performance and wealth of connectivity options.

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Jawbone Mini Jambox Bluetooth speaker

Jawbone has proven itself a valuable addition to the family. It's not cheap but it proves its worth with excellent sound quality and volume, nine different colour options and a super-lightweight build at just 255 grams.

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Dragonfly DAC

From left to right: the original DragonFly, DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red.

The Audioquest Dragonfly DACs improve the sound of both computers and phones from £89.

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