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Best portable Bluetooth speakers

Tue Jul 08 2014, 14:00

For movers and shakers: Nude Audio Move M
The Move M by Nude Audio isn't designed for nudist beaches but has a thick, protective silicone sleeve, made for those who cannot sit still as it defends itself against knocks or bumps.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review Nude Audio M

Whether you've got ants in your pants or you just like your music literally in the palm of your hand, the Move M Bluetooth speaker will stay with you at all times thanks to its built-in, rope-like wrist strap.

With good quality pleasant sound reproduction and bass levels in a small ultra-portable device, the 4x4in speaker with its finely perforated grille also features a speakerphone and mic so you can answer calls without having to take your phone out of your pocket. All this, along with an eight-hour battery life, is priced at just £40.

For those who live in a closet: Divoom Bluetone-Solo X-Bass
While just half the size of a can of coke, this pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker can pack quite a punch, offering a lot of sound with little distortion at high levels, despite its tiny size.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up reviewDivoom X-Bass

Perhaps aimed primarily at students who don't have enough space to eat a microwaved meal, let alone store a sound system, the Bluetune Solo costs around £40. It comes in red, orange, purple, black, white or blue, so those who want to express their personalities can, all while playing that really bad music that students listen to.

What's more, the Bluetune Solo features a 'daisy-chain' capability that lets users link their speakers together to transform their audio players into surround sound systems, thus increasing sound volume. Great for those sharing dorm rooms at university halls.

For time travellers: Anymode Sonicblock
If retrograde futurism is your cuppa tea, then so will be the Sonicblock by Anymode, a wireless speaker with subwoofer that comes with a look that's reminiscent of what people in the '80s thought the future would look like.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review anymode sonicblock

This time travelling piece also boasts an impressive battery life of 10 hours, and is light enough to take anywhere. However, what makes it futuristic is that you can control the speaker with your voice alone, skipping tracks and upping the volume with your god-like commands.

The voice activated Sonicblock retails for around £120.

For the stylish: Sony SRS-BTX500
Music fans that list style as their second highest priority - just below music, of course - might be pleased with Sony's most recent portable speaker, the drearily named SRS-BTX500.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review Sony SRS BTX500

Touting Near Field Communications (NFC) connectivity, meaning that you can tap a compatible smartphone on top of the unit for the music to transfer from one device to the other, the SRS-BTX500 is a sleek looking piece of kit.

The build is solid and this feels like a quality product for its £280 price. Its stylish brushed aluminium side panels ensure that it looks the part in any environment, with good, sharp playback quality and a decent six-hour battery life.


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