Six alltime favorite picks for portable stereo speakers, plus one new tabletop version from the American audiophiles at Klipsch.
Klipsch has been in the audio business for 65 years, and the Music Center Stadium is the Indiana-based company's first foray into the wireless sound system game. Which isn't to say it doesn't pack a punch. The same engineering that goes into Klipsch-programmed LiveNation venues is evident here. It wallops at loud volumes, and even more impressive, sound is crystal clear even at low levels. It connects via Bluetooth to mobile devices or can plug into a mixer. Available Fall 2013. Courtesy of Klipsch.
The Ceramic Subwoofer by Joey Roth extends your system’s frequency response down to 40 Hz. While you will physically feel bass-heavy music, you’ll also notice new richness in vocals and acoustic instruments.
Yves Behar's smart design for Jambox by Jawbone has most certainly had a hand in hammering the final nail into the boombox coffin. This impressive wireless speaker pairs with a number of electronic devices, such as your iPad or tablet devices, Smartphone, Mac or PC using Bluetooth, and it's highly compact and portable. For bigger sound, check out the Big Jambox, launched in 2013.
Roughly the size of an eyeglass case, this diminutive hi-fi audio system from Geneva flips open to reveal stereo speakers, a woofer, digital amplifiers, a radio tuner and an alarm clock. Completely portable, it can run 5 hours on a single charge and connect to any audio device wirelessly via Bluetooth or with the included line-in cable.
Stream golden oldies from Namibia or a continuous classic rock playlist from Canada without leaving your sofa—or turning on your computer. This NetWorks system channels Internet radio from around the globe. The new surface for the recognizable Tivoli Audio unit is courtesy of designer Ilaria Marelli.