Don't-Miss Speaker Stories
A compact Bluetooth speaker lets you enjoy your music anywhere your legs will carry you, without the hassle of wires. We tested four comparably priced and sized models: the Beats Pill, Braven 650, CubEdge Edge.Sound, and Definitive Technology Sound Cylinder.
The Shift A2, from venerable speaker maker Paradigm, offers good sound (and just as good looks) in a desktop speaker than can be run solo or in pairs.
The Playbar is one of the best soundbars in its price range, but it can’t compete with a midrange AV receiver and a 5.1-channel speaker configuration.
Bowers & Wilkins' A7 AirPlay speaker is, put simply, acoustically incredible.
The Jabra Solemate takes many design cues from the Jawbone Jambox. And it makes a couple small improvements, too.
Westinghouse's $100 Unplug Bluetooth speaker is portable and rechargeable, and it offers sound quality that rivals that of the popular Jawbone Jambox.
Bose's SoundLink Air is an AirPlay speaker that lacks some basics and requires a separate purchase for portability. But it's easy to use and it sounds good.
JBL's Micro Wireless Bluetooth speaker fits in a (big) pocket and weighs next-to-nothing, yet it sounds good and is surprisingly inexpensive.
We’ve rounded up an impressive assortment of accessories that will blend right in with the aluminum-and-black motif of an Apple-centric home or office.
The Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-K is a rechargeable, portable AirPlay speaker with several powerful features, hampered somewhat by a clunky interface.
Brookstone's Big Blue Live Bluetooth speaker system rivals the popular Jawbone Jambox at half the price, and for just $50 more, the Big Blue Studio offers truly impressive audio quality.
Stem Innovation's Time Command marries an iOS app with an alarm clock, with mixed results. But it does manage to throw at least one unique feature into the mix.
The Libratone Zipp is stylish, offers excellent sound, and allows you to configure ad-hoc AirPlay networks when no other Wi-Fi is available. The only real catch is that such great features come at a price.
The Hidden Radio is clever, cute, and very portable. But its sound quality and usability are disappointing.
The inAir 5000 from Altec Lansing is an excellent AirPlay speaker system that's easy to recommend.