Five of the best wireless speakers

Why play your music through a cable and a dull, black box when you can opt for one of these stylish wireless speakers instead?
 
 
 

 

  • Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 silver
    Hannah Bouckley
    By   | Tech & Gadgets editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 19 December 2013, 09:42 GMT

    Price: £250

    Website: Amazon

    The Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 is an extremely elegant music player with FM radio. The name refers to the nylon cover that opens like a stand, but closes to conceal the speaker grill, so you can transport it easily.

    Built-in Bluetooth allows the X3 to connect wirelessly to smartphones and tablets without the need for messy cables. Support for apxT Bluetooth helps retain audio quality while streaming.

    The Soundbook X3 includes a 20-watt speaker, the use of high-quality aluminium helps retain acoustic energy so that songs sound more faithful to the original recording.

    Near field communications (NFC) makes pairing the dock with an NFC smartphone (such as the HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 or Samsung Galaxy SIII) as easy as tapping the devices together.

    With silver/turquoise and charcoal/burnt orange versions available, the elegant Soundbook X3 is suitable for a bedroom, front room or kitchen, while the 10-hour battery provides more than enough juice for parties.

     
     

     

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  • Creative Airwave HD red and black
    Hannah Bouckley
    By   | Tech & Gadgets editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 19 December 2013, 09:42 GMT

    Price: £130

    Website: Creative

    Available in vibrant red and black, the Creative Airwave HD has an unusual and eye-catching triangular design, ensuring it can be held comfortably in a hand, while the 30-degree incline helps fire sound in an upwards direction.

    Inside the pair of full-range drivers and amp working together to create a loud sound - while minimise vibrations.

    Music can be streamed wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet, while Creative Multipoint allows two devices to be connected simultaneously – so you can a friend can take turns to play DJ. The built-in battery lasts seven hours.

    Volume, playback and Bluetooth controls reside on the top of the speaker for easy operation, although the built-in NFC chip enables easy pairing with a compatible phone.

     
     

     

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  • i-Box Max
    Hannah Bouckley
    By   | Tech & Gadgets editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 19 December 2013, 09:42 GMT

    Price:  £150

    Website: iBox

    With a black and orange uniform, the Max instantly stands out from other wireless speakers. It has some neat design flourishes such as the rubber volume dial and brushed metal touch-sensitive control panel.

    Inside are 5cm drivers a 7.5cm bass radiator and 30 Watt amplifiers to boost bass, individual bass and treble controls are included too.

    Bluetooth is on board for streaming music from a laptop, smartphone or tablet wirelessly, and supports aptX for high-quality streaming. NFC allows easy pairing, while a built-in microphone lets you use the Max as a speakerphone.

    The Max is the third wireless speaker from Brit-brand i-Box and comes with a five-year warranty.  If you are looking for something smaller, try the 16cm Trax (£70) a portable speaker with 10-hour battery (like the Max), making it a good choice for holidays.

     
     

     

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  • Marshall Stanmore
    Hannah Bouckley
    By   | Tech & Gadgets editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 19 December 2013, 09:42 GMT

    Price: £400

    Website: Marshall

    The Stanmore’s design is reminiscent of a classic Marshall speaker, but its size is a relatively compact 350mm. You get the recognisable logo, vintage front fret and faux-gold detailing and it even comes with a stereo cable replicating a coiled guitar cable.

    Billed as a ‘loudspeaker’ the Stanmore includes two ¾-inch dome tweeters and a 5 ¼-inch subwoofer outputting at 80 watts. Separate bass and treble controls allow listeners to change the sound to suit their ears.

    Bluetooth is built in for streaming wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet, but the Stanmore isn’t just for digital music. An analogue input lets you hook up a CD player or turntable and optical out hooks up to a streamer or a television.

    At £400, the Marshall Stanmore isn’t cheap, but it’s a good choice for musos.

     
     

     

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  • Pure Evoke D2 with Bluetooth LIFESTYLE
    Hannah Bouckley
    By   | Tech & Gadgets editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 19 December 2013, 09:42 GMT

    Price: £100

    Website: John Lewis

    For our final cable-free music player we’ve opted for something a bit different. Pure’s compact Evoke D2 is a wireless speaker, but it’s also is a digital (DAB) radio with 20 presets for storing favourite radio stations.

    Inside there’s a tuned speaker and digital amplifier, other features include FM radio, kitchen and sleep timers, mp3 player input.

    Bluetooth allows you to stream music from a smartphone or tablet, while the free Pure Connect Android and iOS app provides access to 20,000 internet radio stations and 200,000 on-demand programs.

    The Evoke D2’s compact design makes it a good choice for a bedside table and kitchen, and its wooden casing comes in domino black and white glacier finishes.

     
     

     

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