Don't-Miss Home tech Stories
The G-Go water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is shaped something like a Dustbuster or an iron, but it sounds a lot better than either of those appliances.
iHome's iW2 AirPlay speaker system is small but loud, with good sound and well-implemented features.
Jawbone's sequel to the acclaimed Jambox speaker is notably bigger, and this is a case where bigger really is better.
Logitech's UE Air AirPlay speaker system gets a lot right, from its simple setup to its wireless performance to its built-in iPhone/iPod dock cradle. But it's audio quality is unremarkable.
Onkyo's SBX-300 iOnly Bass Dock Music System works with iPads, iPhones, and iPods, providing good sound and looks. It's especially appealing at current street prices.
The Lower East Side Audio Dock Air sounds amazing and doesn't take up much space, but it's not without some odd design choices.
We tested four desktop amplifiers, each with a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), aimed at turning your Mac into a quality desktop audio system.
The BassDock is a very good iPad charging stand, and the integrated speaker is plenty powerful, too.
The iMainGo XP is an iPad case that doubles as a speaker. It's a clever idea, and it works well for video-watchng, but it's bulky and it doesn't sound great for music.
The Wireless Boombox from Logitech is slim and portable, but you may be better served by its sibling, the S715i.
The Beolit 12 is lovely, portable, and sounds great. But boy, is it expensive.
Pioneer's X-SMC4-K supports Bluetooth, AirPlay, iPhone and iPod docking, Internet radio, FM radio, and more. But it's clunky to use and exhibits numerous flaws.
The Focal XS Book is a 2.0 desktop speaker system that provides rich sound without a lot of extras.
The Denon RCD-N7, an AirPlay-enabled receiver, packs a heck of a lot of functionality into a compact package.
Grace's Bookshelf Micro System offers audio from a fair number of streaming sources but navigation, control, and the sound of the bundled speakers aren't very good.