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Best portable Bluetooth speakers

Tue Jul 08 2014, 14:00

For the accident prone: Jabra Solemate
The Jabra Solemate speaker's rugged design means anyone can take it anywhere and do anything with it. Well, not anything, but its durable construction means that it will keep on playing if you are prone to dropping things. Its unique design is dust and splash resistant and the rugged rubber sole can handle bumps and knocks while it continues to blast out whatever tunes you throw at it.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review Jabra Solemate

Featuring high definition Dolby sound, the Solemate won't just protect itself from the most accident prone, but it also sounds pretty good. It has Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, which digitally optimises voice and music and suppresses echoes, offering very clean tones.

With a long 10-hour playing time, the £130 Solemate has the potential to become a music fan's best mate, no matter how clumsy they are.

For thrill seekers: Scosche Boombottle
Scosche's Boombottle takes what the Jabra Solemate offers to the next level. Built for users that can't get enough of the extreme conditions offered by all embracing Mother Nature, the IPX4-certified weatherproof Boombottle can bust out grooves in the rain, snow or sunshine.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review Scosche boombottle

A rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides 10 hours of continuous music playback, while its rubber beer can-like design with shock absorbing speaker grill covers means it fits in most water bottle cages and cupholders, allowing you to take your music virtually anywhere.

The indestructible - well, almost, it's not submersible - Scosche Boombottle is available for £120.

For greenhouse inhibitants: Q-bopz Green
For just £30, the Q-bopz Green speaker is aimed at those that don't have a side table or mantelpiece to hold a standard upright speaker. Perhaps its main target audience are those people who live in greenhouses, as its ability to stick onto any glass surface with its built-in suction cup is rather impressive.

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review Q-Bopz

If you don't live in a greenhouse, however, the Q-bopz can be used as an audio streaming stand for your smartphone or tablet, sticking to the back of a device with a suction cup strong enough to ensure that it won't let you, or even a heavy tablet, down.

It's surprising how loud this little gem can be, too. The Q-bopz Green is rechargeable via a port concealed in the satin green silicone coating for up to seven hours of decent quality music. Better still, if you do actually live in a greenhouse, its colour will match your plants.

For the John Travoltas
If plain music isn't enough to get you in the mood for a groove, JBL's Pulse speaker with built-in programmable LED lighting will see that your hips are swinging before you can say "Macarena".

Best Bluetooth Speaker round-up review JBL Pulse

Not only does the Pulse offer a good all-round sound reproduction with decent bassy tones and easy-to-operate controls, but its multicolour lights - which dance behind the speaker 360 degree grill - can be programmable from five different themes via a free JBL app. The app allows you to download different options if you get bored of the stock choices, or you create your own. If you haven't got time for that, you can simply leave the show up to the music, as its "equaliser" setting means bars of light flash up and down around the speaker in time with your favourite tunes.

Delivering up to 10 hours of music, or five with the illuminations, this portable disco ball-come-boom box is powered by two 40mm drivers and a custom-tuned bass port for clear, room-filling sound. It costs £180. µ


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