In the age of smartphones and MP3 players, many audiophiles never leave home without their music. But headphones aren't the only way to listen on the go.
Here is a selection of five highly portable Bluetooth speakers you can truly take anywhere.
Bose SoundLink Color
With a range of around 30 feet or nine metres, this Bluetooth speaker can play close to eight hours of music on one charge. The device can connect to two devices simultaneously and makes it easy to switch between them.
Compact, lightweight (1.25 pounds) and highly portable, the SoundLink Color is available in five colours (blue, mint, red, black and white). It can easily fit into a purse or can simply be carried by hand.
The Bose SoundLink Color is available for US$129.95 (RM435).
BeoPlay A2 by B&O Play
The first Bluetooth speaker from Bang & Olufsen, launched through its B&O Play brand, the BeoPlay A2 promises 360° sound. Thanks to the True360 solution, audio is projected with equal intensity in all directions, so everyone at the party enjoys the same sound quality. The manufacturer promises a battery life of nearly 24 hours, a record for a speaker of this size.
The BeoPlay A2 is priced at US$399 (RM1,335).
Grundig GSB 200
In Grundig's range of portable Bluetooth speakers, the GSB 200 stands out for being shock-resistant, dustproof and waterproof (up to 30 minutes under one metre). With a battery life of 16 hours, the 10W speaker also has a USB port that can be used to recharge other devices in a pinch.
The GSB 200 costs €99 (RM411).
Emïly by Ora-ïto
A portable Bluetooth stereo speaker, Emïly is part of French designer Ora-ïto's first ever line of tech products. Designed to blend in with any interior design, the device is easy to carry thanks to its handle, which also doubles as a stand. Compact and powerful, the Emïly has two drivers of 6W each. The device is NFC compatible and has a battery life of seven hours.
The Emïly is priced at €150 (RM623).
Beats Pill 2.0
The latest-generation Beats Pill speaker, with the same capsule shape as the original, is a real featherweight at just 310g, making it easy to take everywhere. There are only two control buttons for the sound, as the rest of the settings are controlled directly through a Bluetooth-enabled device located within a range of up to 30 ft (9m).
The Beats Pill 2.0 is available for US$199.95 (RM669). — AFP/Relaxnews 2014
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