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Review roundup: Bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers let you stream music from your iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac, and can even act as a Bluetooth speakerphone. We took a look at five Bluetooth speaker systems to see how each fares.

Logitech S315i

Logitech's S315i rechargeable iPod speaker provides good sound, but lacks a remote and is a bit expensive.

Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime

Logitech's Pure-Fi Anytime alarm clock with iPod dock turns out to be pretty good at nearly all of its functions, even if there we have a few quibbles here and there.

Roth Audio Alfie

The Alfie looks pretty, but its high price tag is more a function of its multi-purpose nature than its sound quality.

Crystal Audio Video SSB-1 surround sound bar

The Crystal Audio Video SSB-1 surround sound bar is a good-sounding speaker set, but its virtual surround-sound feature doesn't live up to its promise.

Cygnett Maestro

Average looks aside, the Maestro produces decent audio reproduction from a speaker dock that won’t offend the ears, or for that matter the eyes.

iHome Audio iP1

The iP1 is visually striking, and its digital enhancement of compressed music is helpful with some genres. But there are other speaker docks that produce a more natural sound.

Razer Mako

Razer's Mako isn't the most accurate system out there, but its quite impressive thanks to good overall sound, killer bass, a bunch of useful features, and a unique design.

Harman Kardon SoundSticks II

Long after it original release, Harman Kardon's SoundSticks II remains a standout speaker system. While missing many features found on other computer speakers, the SoundSticks II offers very good sound and an eye-catching design for a reasonable price.

Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus (FX3021)

Altec Lansing's affordable Expressionist Plus gives you a 2.1 speaker system that provides decent performance, an impressive-for-the-money design, and some nice features.

Edifier E3350

Edifier's E3350 offers an eye-catching design and a nice set of features, but its sound quality reminds you that it's still a budget system.

M-Audio Studiophile AV 40

If you've got room on your desk (or bookshelf), the AV 40 is an excellent set of compact studio monitors that out-performs the traditional 2.0 computer speakers we've tested, and even bests many 2.1 systems when it comes to overall sound quality.

JBL Duet II

JBL's Duet II can't pump out loads of bass or volume, and don't have many options, but if you want detailed audio without giving up much desk space, the Duet II is worth a look.

Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II

Creative's top-of-the-line 2.0 speaker system offers good sound quality, attractive appearance, and varied listening options.

Orbitsound T6

Orbitsound’s approach to stereo is refreshing and the T6 is a lovely sounding unit.