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Since our list of “Off-Brand” 29″-52″ Flatscreens was so popular, we decided to “create” one for Off-Brand Wireless Speaker Systems. “Off-Brand” doesnt neccessarily mean there are no name brands or brands you’ve never heard of or wireless speaker systems that are simply no good. In our case it means wireless speaker systems that did not score at the top of the list and since there are so many different brands that scored so closely together. We say this in the nicest way “Off-Brand” Now again this could be the difference of just a few decibels or megahertz in the test results, things you probably dont care about. (However if you do care we recommend Getting a subcription to “Consumer Reports”) The main thing for most people is the price and do they sound good! So at this time we like to remind you that most online retailers have very flexible and generous return policies. So go ahead buy those “Bad Boys” you’ve been dying to take to your next group meeting and hook up your phone and play “DJ” or whatever people use wireless speakes for these days. Here is internettop40.com‘s list of Top40 Off-Brand Wireless Speaker Systems. Enjoy and as Always Please Vote for your favorite and Share this list with all your Facebook friends. Thank you! ttyl

#1 Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Altec Lansing's Super Life Jacket had good overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact and is a bit boomy and subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is somewhat thin and metallic. Treble is extended but very prominent and sizzly. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience mainly in the upper midrange, lacks fine detail and sounds thin and somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a large sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing Super Life Jacket ease of use to be good. Connecting to Bluetooth is very easy. The unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator and indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. Unit also has NFC. The console volume controls are large and in a prominent place, but are low contrast and nothing else to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. The +/- are unlabeled multifunction controls which also unpairs from Bluetooth. Bluetooth has priority over line-in, don't have to disconnect line-in. Unambiguous.

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#2 Libratone ONE Click wireless speaker

About  $150.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Libratone with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Libratone's ONE Click had good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact but is a bit boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy and a bit gritty. Treble is smeared and sizzly and upper treble is subdued. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. As a stereo pair they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models but sound quality remains hazy and congested.

Ease of use: We found the Libratone One Click ease of use to be good overall. Bluetooth setup: Unit is in pairing mode the first time its turned on, however afterwards it requires the press of an ambiguously labeled, multifunction Bluetooth pairing button. The volume control is a unlabeled and multifunction touch control, that when actuated in a clockwise touch fashion the graphical position is displayed and is non-persistent. No source selector switch. Plugging in the line source, immediately switches to line in and unplugging can resume Bluetooth playback. App Remote: Volume control works for all sources, its a prominent radio dial, unlabeled with a non-persistant numeric level. The App, allows for EQ, pairing, Station streaming and volume and limited transport controls.

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#3 Polk Audio Omni S2 Rechargeable wireless speaker

About  $170.00

An Play-Fi compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Polk Audio's Omni S2 has good sound quality. Bass has good impact, but it's prominent and boomy overall and lacking at the deep level. Midrange is soft and has a "far away" sound. Lower and mid-treble are recessed and upper treble is slightly pronounced and sizzly. The unit has an echoey quality that overwhelms any natural room ambience from the recording. The sound also lacks fine detail. Wireless sound quality is similar to line-in sound quality. When used as a stereo pair, one speaker starts playing before the next and the stereo image has noticeable artifacts: The sound starts in the middle and is bass heavy. Approximately 20 seconds later, it shifts to the right and the bass becomes less prominent. In short, a solid stereo image never forms. There is no change in room recovery or ambience. The speaker does provide a decent volume level in a medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good. To connect to a WiFi network via WPS, you simply press a WiFi button on the rear of the unit. When you hear a beep, press the WPS button on the router and wait less than a minute for a connection. You won't hear a tone, but there is a clear visual indication that the connection is complete. Other WiFi setups require a downloadable app that walks you through the process. For the most part, the app works well as a remote, but it doesn't let you choose line-in source as an option and it's not always responsive.

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#4 Fugoo Style XL wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Fugoo's Style XL had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is somewhat pronounced and boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy and a bit nasal. Treble is sizzly, subdued and upper treble is muted. So-so recovery of room ambience, sounds somewhat congested, and lacks fine detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality except that bass is more pronounced when wired. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. The Fugoo Style XL connecting Bluetooth is easy. Controls are high contrast buttons that are in a prominent place, however there is nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. The +/- controls are also unlabeled multifunction for speakerphone and play control use. Switching sources between Bluetooth and wired source involves a plugging into an unlabeled line input - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight or no delay. Must unplug to regain connection to Bluetooth. There are verbal cues that clearly state what function is active.

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#5 Klipsch Groove wireless speaker

About  $80.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Klipsch with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Klipsch's Groove is a monophonic speaker that has good overall sound quality. Bass has mediocre impact, is a bit subdued and soft, and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but is hazy and bit gritty. Treble is subdued and upper treble is rolled off, and sounds a bit smeared and sizzly. Does a mediocre job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized rooms.

Ease of use: We found the Klipsch ease of use to be good overall. Connecting to Bluetooth is very easy; it requires a press of a low contrast button on the unit and then the selection of the unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Also, tones and pairing notifications can be disabled, if so desired. Console controls are generally obvious, where volume controls are low contrast, marked +, -; and the volume controls work with BT and with the Aux inputs. However, the volume controls have an unlabeled multi-function capability included in the factory reset routine.

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#6 Braven 2200m wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Braven with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Braven's 2200m had good overall sound quality. Bass has good impact and is somewhat boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is a bit thin, constricted and somewhat grainy. Treble is subdued and smeared and lacks upper treble. Does a so so job of recovering room ambience and is a bit congested. Provides a decent volume level in a medium to large sized room. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. When combined with a second unit to form a stereo pair because these are two separate speakers they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models and the midrange is somewhat congested and a bit grainy - remains good.

Ease of use: We found the Braven 2200m ease of use to be good overall. The Braven Balance connecting to Bluetooth is easy. Bluetooth pairing requires a press of the low contrast play button which is unmarked for Bluetooth pairing and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; the unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Console controls are in a prominent place but nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols which are low contrast, no index markings but it has a tone burst indication when you reach the max settings. Pressing and holding volume control will skip tracks which is a unlabeled function and may occur accidentally while adjusting volume up or down. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. Optional app can be installed, app installation is straight forward. Once app is installed and paired with speaker, switching between inputs is fairly intuitive. However, exiting app is necessary to access local content on mobile device.

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#7 Bowers & Wilkins T7 wireless speaker

About  $350.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: B&W's T7 has good overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact but it's a bit prominent overall and lacking at the deep level. Midrange is fairly even but somewhat soft and "boxy." Treble is recessed and smeared. The unit does a mediocre job recovering room ambience. The sound is congested and lacks fine detail. There's no significant sound-quality difference between Bluetooth and wired connections. The speaker does provide a decent volume level in a medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Bluetooth simply requires the push of a button. The problem is that button is not well marked. In fact, all controls have very low-contrast labeling, which makes identifying functions difficult. This unit lacks a remote, which isn't an issue if it's near at hand or paired with a mobile Bluetooth device that can serve in that role.

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#8 Braven BRV-X wireless speaker

About  $100.00

The Braven BRV-X is part of the Wireless speaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Wireless speaker models like the BRV-X are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Sound quality: Sound quality represents the speaker systems tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for the most balanced sound.

Ease of use: Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on the speaker and/or it's remote control.

Versatility: Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features.

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Sound quality: The Braven BRV-X had good overall sound quality. In its "indoor mode" bass has very little impact, and mid and lower bass is lacking, midrange is thin, and upper treble is very pronounced and sizzly. Its sound is clear overall, but it doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience--and what little bass there is sounds constricted. In its "outdoor mode" the volume gets louder but the bass is reduced even further and the overall sound quality degrades to fair. When two units are used as a stereo pair the sound quality remains good, but the stereo image can be made wider depending on how much they are physically separated. There was no significant difference in sound quality whether a Bluetooth or wired connection was used. The speaker can provide a decent volume level in a small to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: The system's ease of use was only fair overall. Bluetooth pairing requires the push of an unlabeled multifunction button, and the controls on the top of the unit have very low contrast. The speaker lacks a mute control. To switch from a Bluetooth to wired connection requires you to stop Bluetooth playback and then connect the wired device; there's a delay of several seconds before you'll hear the music from the wired source.

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#9 Tivoli Audio Music System Three wireless speaker

About  $200.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with analog audio inputs and AM/FM clock radio alarm functions.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Tivoli Audio's Music System Three had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact but is soft, and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is somewhat even but is grainy, congested, somewhat hazy and "boxy". Treble is extended but is prominent and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds "boxy", congested and is lacking in detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be excellent overall. The Tivoli Audio Music System Three connecting to Bluetooth is adequate where pairing requires a press or flip of a well marked button or switch on unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; the unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. But the Bluetooth button is a marked multifunction button and must manually reconnect but not re-pair to source device after turning the unit off. Also, it's important to note that pressing and holding the Bluetooth button will erase paired devices from memory. Console controls are excellent with a prominent, large-dial volume control, though low in contrast, which is also a labeled Snooze and power button and selecting sources is unambiguous use of an source button that is prominent and clearly labeled and clearly indicates with words or symbols on the LCD display which source has been selected.

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#10 Aiwa Exos-9 wireless speaker

About  $300.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from AIWA with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: The Aiwa's EXOS-9 would have had a very good sound quality score except that its volume setting drifted frequently dropping the score to fair sound quality overall. Bass has good impact but is somewhat prominent and boomy and the deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is even but is somewhat hazy, congested and a bit dark. Treble is fairly extended but lacks treble air and upper treble is slightly subdued. Does a decent job recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested and is lacking in detail. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a large sized room. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound remains somewhat hazy and congested, it can get louder but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience remains decent, sound quality would have been very good except for volume fluctuations scoring good as a stereo pair.

Ease of use: We found the Aiwa EXOS-9 ease of use to be very good overall. Volume control knob is prominent but not labeled and lacks index, graphical and numerical markings for volume level. Analog (line-in) and wireless volume control action and features are the same. Bluetooth pairing is excellent. Switching between sources involves plug and unplug - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight or no delay, unplug for Bluetooth playback. Unambiguous. Has low contrast aux in labeling.

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#11 Ion-Audio Tailgater IPA77 wireless speaker

About  $120.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Ion with analog audio input, microphone input and AM/FM radio.

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Sound quality: Ion's Tailgaiter had fair overall sound quality. Bass has decent impact and is a bit boomy and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but is hazy and a bit dark and grainy. Treble is subdued and upper treble is muted. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience; overall sound is somewhat congested and lacks some detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. The unit provides a decent volume level in a large sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Ion Tailgaiter ease of use to be very good overall. Volume controls are prominent and well labeled with index markings for volume level and is easily repeatable and easy to actuate. Analog (line-in) and wireless volume control action and features are the same. Lacks graphical/numerical level of volume. Bluetooth pairing is excellent. All sources - Bluetooth, AM/FM Radio and Line-in play at the same time. Have to turn off audio from source so that there will be no overlap. There is some ambiguity about this where the Bluetooth labeled button is not a connect control but a disconnect control from Bluetooth. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself.

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#12 Soundcast VG1 wireless speaker

About  $150.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from SoundCast with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Soundcast's VG1 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact and mid bass is subdued and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is somewhat even but hazy and grainy. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound remains somewhat hazy and congested, it can get louder but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience remains so so, sound quality remains fair. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Soundcast VG1 ease of use to be very good overall. Volume controls are prominant but low contrast, there is nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols. Bluetooth pairing is excellent. The unit lacks a dedicated source switch; line-in audio plays, but is automatically overridden by connected wireless audio playback, when wireless audio is stopped (does not needed to be disconnected) line-in audio resumes.

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#13 UE Roll 2 wireless speaker

About  $65.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from UE with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: UE's Roll 2 had fair overall sound quality. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but is a somewhat gritty. Treble is extended but is somewhat smeared and a bit prominant. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar except that when wired upper midrange and treble is slightly subdued. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room but better suited for near field listening. The speaker is monophonic. As a stereo pair they can be placed to provide better stereo separation than many other models, and room ambience recovery improves to decent but the lack of bass keeps it in the fair range.

Ease of use: We found the UE Roll 2 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing requires the press of an unmarked button and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. The volume control are large high contrast buttons (+/-) which are also multi-function when both pressed indicating power level of unit also has max volume audible indicator. Switching sources involves plugging in the line-in cable then audio plays, but is automatically overridden by connected wireless audio playback, when wireless audio is stopped line-in audio resumes. Line-in jack is unlabeled and slightly difficult to connect found under a semi-rigid rubber flap.

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#14 Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 360 wireless speaker

About  $95.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from UE with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: UE's Wonderboom had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact and mid bass is boomy and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, gritty, somewhat congested, a bit echoey. Treble is prominant and smeared. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested. The speaker is stereo but sounds like mono unless your really close to it. Provides a decent volume level in a medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the UE Wonderboom ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are large high contrast (+/-) buttons and also has max volume audible indicator. Unlike most models in our ratings the device lacks a line-in input jack.

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#15 Sony h.ear go wireless speaker

About  $145.00

A wireless, portable and DLNA-compatible Wifi and Bluetooth speaker system from Sony with NFC and analog audio inputs

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Sony's h.ear go had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact, is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, and "echoey" sounding and somewhat hazy. Treble is smeared, sizzly and "papery" sounding and upper treble is muted. The unit has an echoey sound quality that overwhelms any natural room ambience it may be recovering from the recording. Lacking in fine detail and is a bit congested. Wifi, Bluetooth and wired sound quality is similar. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound remains "echoey" sounding, is a bit hazy and congested but bass has better impact and since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience improves to decent, sound quality improves to good. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network was very easy if you have a router with WPS capability. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network was fairly easy (download the free SongPal app on your Apple or Android mobile device and follow instructions which may require network password entry). Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a touch control then selection of unit from the Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Volume controls are high contrast. Console lacks mute control. Source button that is not prominent yet clearly labeled and indicates with LED lights which source has been selected, although these are also not prominently placed. Remote control app is very good overall.

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#16 House of Marley Chant Sport wireless speaker

About  $80.00

A wireless Bluetooth portable speaker system with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Marley's Chant Sport had good overall sound quality. Bass has almost no impact, mid and lower bass is lacking and upper bass is subdued. Midrange is somewhat hazy and a bit nasal. Treble is subdued overall and the mid treble is a bit sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, and sounds somewhat congested. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room, but is better suited for near-field listening. The speaker is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the Marley Chant Sport to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The Chant Sport volume controls are prominent, but +/- buttons are low contrast. Switching between sources is plug/unplug, where line-in has priority over Bluetooth, and there is a clear audible indicator that line-in is connected and a prompt switch over to line in. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself, but inconvenient in other situations.

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#17 House of Marley Get Together Mini (EM-JA013) wireless speaker

About  $105.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Marley with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Marley's Get Together Mini had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so so impact but is slightly boomy and doesn't go deep. Midrange is hazy and grainy. Treble is a somewhat smeared, sizzly and upper treble is lacking. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room and can distort with some program material at max volume level. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality except that it is slightly more hazy and grainy.

Ease of use: We found the Marley Get Together Mini ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The Get Together volume controls are prominent high contrast +/- buttons. Pressing and holding volume control will skip tracks which is a unlabeled function and may occur accidentally while adjusting volume up or down. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. Switching between sources is plug/unplug where line in has priority over bluetooth and a prompt switch over to line in. Aux jack labeling has poor contrast. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself, but inconvenient in other situations.

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#18 Ecoxgear EcoCarbon wireless speaker

About  $60.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Ecoxgear with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Ecoxgear's EcoCarbon had fair overall sound quality. Bass has very little impact and mid and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, gritty and somewhat congested. Treble is sizzly and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized rooms.

Ease of use: We found the Ecoxgear to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy - Unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred. Console lacks mute control. The volume controls are prominent, high contrast +/- and speaker symbols but button presses were more difficult than most. Source selection between Bluetooth and line-in is simple plug/unplug of the Line-in jack. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself, but inconvenient in other situations.

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#19 Ecoxgear Sol Jam wireless speaker

About  $130.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Ecoxgear with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Ecoxgear's Sol Jam had fair overall sound quality. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Mirdrange is grainy and somewhat hazy, upper midrange can be piercing with some program material. Treble is subdued, and somewhat smeared and lower and upper treble is lacking. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room but better suited for near field listening.

Ease of use: We found the Ecoxgear Sol Jam to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was very easy - Unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred. Console lacks mute control. Volume controls are high contrast and well labeled, has audible beep to indicate when you reach the max setting. However, the controls require a firm press otherwise more difficult than most to depress. Source selection - Plug and unplug - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with no delay. Unplug to directly go back to BT. Bluetooth content keeps playing when line-in is used unless directly paused. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device which can be used like a remote itself, but inconvenient in other situations.

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#20 Sony XB30 wireless speaker

About  $150.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Sony with analog audio inpu

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Sound quality: Sony's SRS-XB30 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is prominent and somewhat boomy and deepest bass is lacking. Midrange is fairly even but is hazy, muffled and a bit grainy. Treble is smeared and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested and is lacking in detail. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound remains hazy and congested, it can get louder but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience improves to decent, sound quality remains fair.

Ease of use: We found the Sony SRS-XB30 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are high contrast buttons (+/-) and has a max and min visual volume indicator. The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight or no delay. Unambiguous. Aux input label is low contrast. Note: The stereo pairing setup of two units is a tedious process which required a combination of button presses on both units and an unintuitive and slow configuration process in the Fiestable App.

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#21 808 Audio Canz XL wireless speaker

About  $90.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from 808 Audio with analog audio input.

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Sound quality: 808 Audio's Canz XL had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so so impact, is a bit boomy and lacks deep bass. Midrange is thin, somewhat hazy and a bit grainy and "metallic" sounding. Treble is somewhat smeared, subdued and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room. The sound field is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the 808 Audio Canz XL ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing: Unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred. However, the bluetooth pairing button is unlabeled as such and also serves as the clearly labeled power button. Volume controls are high contrast, nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols, has indicator lights to indicate when you reach the max or min settings. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. Switching sources: Plug and unplug - The line input has priority over Bluetooth when plugged in with slight delay. Unambiguous.

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#22 Harman Kardon Esquire 2 wireless speaker

About  $125.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Harman Kardon with an analog audio input.

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Sound quality: Harman Kardon's Esquire 2 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has little impact, is subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is constricted and grainy. Treble is subdued and smeared, and upper treble is lacking. The Esquire 2 doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and is congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room, but is better suited for near-field listening.

Ease of use: We found the Harman Kardon Esquire 2 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a well marked button on unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. Controls are prominant and labeling is high contrast. Volume control: There's nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols, no volume level markings and does not indicates when you reach the max or min settings. Works with line-in and Bluetooth inputs. Switching sources: Plug and unplug - Bluetooth has priority over line-in and must stop Bluetooth before line-in can play with a delay. Line-in jack is not labeled.

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#23 Sony Glass Sound Speaker (LSPX-S1)

About  $800.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Sony with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Sony's Glass Sound Speaker LSPX-S1 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has so-so impact, is subdued and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin and somewhat hazy. Lower and mid treble are subdued and upper treble is prominent and sizzly, a bit harsh at higher volumes. Does a so-so job of recovering room ambience mainly in the upper midrange, lacks fine detail and sounds thin and somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in small to medium sized rooms but is better suited for near field listening. When two units are used as a stereo pair the sound remains thin, though what little bass there is has slightly more impact than a unit alone, somewhat hazy and congested but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and room ambience improves to decent, sound quality remains fair.

Ease of use: We found the Sony ease of use to be good. However, unlike most models in the ratings this unit has most of its controls poorly placed underneath the units base requiring a user to flip it over to actuate controls which are low in contrast to read. The Song pal app provides more convenient access to a few of these functions buried underneath the unit. Switching sources involves Plug/Unplug and Aux has priority over BT. Aux input has low contrast labeling. Bluetooth: The pairing control is poorly placed at the bottom of the unit; as is the NFC tag. Bluetooth pairing requires a press of a well marked multifunction button on unit and then the selection of unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred.

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#24 UE Boom 2 wireless speaker

About  $130.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: UE Boom's 2 had fair audio quality overall. Bass has decent impact and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is somewhat thin and hazy and bit congested. Upper treble is pronounced and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience and is lacking in detail. Wired and Bluetooth sound quality are similar, except wired has subdued treble and is slightly "boxy" sounding. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a medium-sized room. When used as a stereo pair, it provides a very solid stereo image that seems to recover a bit more ambience from the recording. When two units are used as a stereo pair, sound quality remains the same, but since two separate speakers are used, the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. While Bluetooth pairing was easy and is NFC capable, the UE Boom uses controls that either are unlabeled or have low-contrast labels. The wired input is unlabeled. Has tone bursts for various functions such as on and off; in quiet environments these sounds are not particularly loud but unlike other models in our tests, they can be deactivated via its associated mobile app. This unit lacks a remote; not an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device, which can be used like a remote itself, but inconvenient in other situations.

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#25 Brookstone Big Blue Unplugged wireless speaker

About  $70.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Brookstone with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Brookstone's Big Blue Unplugged had fair sound quality overall. Bass has mediocre impact, is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy, grainy and lacks body. Treble is extended, but prominent and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and sounds congested and lacks detail. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound, quality remains the same, but since two separate speakers are used, the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement. It also recovers a little more room ambience, improving the speaker to mediocre. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a small- to medium-sized room. At elevated volumes, the unit may vibrate on surfaces.

Ease of use: We found the Brookstone Big Blue Unplugged ease of use to be very good overall. Connecting to Bluetooth is very easy. It shows a pairing mode indicator and indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. It also has NFC, though the NFC tag is ambiguously labeled with a "circle symbol". The controls are low contrast but are in a prominent place. Switching between Bluetooth and Aux input sources is very easy, with no delay. But stereo pairing is a tedious process, which requires instructions to perform.

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#26 Ecoxgear Ecostone wireless speaker

About  $70.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Ecoxgear's Ecostone had only fair sound quality. What little bass you can hear has decent definition, but it's weak overall and lacks impact. Midrange is thin, hazy, edgy, and grainy. Treble is extended but very prominent and sizzly. The unit doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience and the sound lacks fine detail. There's no significant sound-quality difference between Bluetooth and line-in connections. The speaker does provide a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: Although it lacks a mute control, this speaker is very easy to use,. The other controls are well-labeled. Source selection is simple: For a line-in connection, you simply plug in the line-in jack. When the jack is removed, the speaker connects via Bluetooth. This unit lacks a remote, which isn't an issue if it's near at hand or paired with a mobile Bluetooth device that can serve that function.

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#27 Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2 wireless speaker

About  $120.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Altec Lansing's Life Jacket 2 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has very little impact and mid and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, gritty and a bit "boxy". Treble is very pronounced and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar except in wired mode treble is less pronounced but still sizzly and overall volume level is slightly reduced. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing LifeJacket 2 ease of use to be good. Connecting to Bluetooth is very easy. The unit is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator and indicates when pairing mode has occurred and never times out. Unit also has NFC. The console volume controls are large and in a prominent place, but low contrast, with nothing else to indicate that it is a volume control except a + and - symbols. The +/- are unlabeled multifunction controls, which also unpairs from Bluetooth. Source selection is mediocre since both Bluetooth and the Aux input play at the same time. Have to turn off audio from source so there will be no overlap. Unambiguous and line-in is poorly labeled.

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#28 JBL by Harman Clip 2 wireless speaker

About  $100.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from JBL with analog audio 3.5mm jack.

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Sound quality: JBL's Clip 2 had fair overall sound quality. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is grainy, congested and somewhat nasal. Treble is somewhat prominent and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small sized room but is better suited for near field listening.

Ease of use: We found the JBL Clip 2 ease of use to be very good overall. Volume controls are medium contrast, there is nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols. Bluetooth pairing is very easy. The unit lacks a dedicated source switch; however, Bluetooth audio connection takes priority over wired audio playback. To switch between line-in and Bluetooth audio sources plugging in with the integral 3.5 mm male line-in connector stops Bluetooth playback, before wired playback.

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#29 Altec Lansing H2O wireless speaker

About  $50.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Altec Lansing's The Jacket H2O had fair overall sound quality. Bass has very little impact and mid and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, gritty and a bit hazy. Treble is pronounced and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing - The Jacket H2O ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are low contrast (+/-) buttons and lacks a max volume indicator. The volume controls are also unlabeled multi-function to skip tracks and the controls can be difficult to actuate. Switching inputs involves plug unplug where the line-in input has priority over Bluetooth. Aux jack input is unlabeled.

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#30 Amazon Tap wireless speaker

About  $130.00

A WiFi wireless and Bluetooth portable speaker system with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: The Amazon Tap had just fair overall sound quality. Bass has almost no impact, mid- and lower bass are lacking, and upper bass is subdued. Midrange is thin, somewhat grainy and becomes harsh at higher volumes. Treble is smeared and sizzly, and upper treble is subdued. It does a mediocre job recovering room ambience in the mid- to upper midrange only. It also lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. No significant difference between WiFi, Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized rooms, but is better suited for near-field listening.

Ease of use: We found the Amazon Tap's ease of use to be good overall. WiFi setup is fairly easy, since when the unit is plugged in, it verbally states to follow the app's instructions. To use the speaker, you'll need to download the Alexa App, open and sign in to your Amazon Prime account; if you don't have one, you'll need to do that first before you proceed. The instructions are intuitive, and involve selecting a wireless network and entering the network password. The instructions also include a video tutorial, which presents how to use the product. However, Bluetooth setup instructions are not as convenient: For instance, instructions are hard to find in the Alexa app's help section. Also, there's an important setup step (which uses the verbal-command method) that's blended among other phrases provided on the "Try Saying" card. Additionally, there is a Bluetooth-pairing button, which has a low-contrast label and is a multifunction button for WiFi setup. Console controls are generally obvious; volume controls are high contrast, marked +, -; and the volume controls work with WiFi, Bluetooth and with the Aux inputs. Switching between sources was not entirely seamless. Line-in use disables WiFi/Bluetooth content, and Alexa voice commands. The App is unable to switch away from line-in until it's disconnected. Otherwise, WiFi streaming has priority over Bluetooth, but the app can't switch to Bluetooth, but requires exiting the app to manually reconnect to paired Bluetooth source. Line-in is plug/unplug, with no delay and is intuitive. We experienced an app-interface latency between streamed content that is playing and the album info displayed.

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#31 Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket 3 wireless speaker

About  $80.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Altec Lansing's Mini Life Jacket 3 had fair overall sound quality. Bass has very little impact and mid and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, gritty and a bit hazy and edgy. Treble is pronounced and sizzly. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are low contrast (+/-) buttons and lacks a max volume indicator. The volume controls are also unlabeled multi-function to skip tracks. Switching inputs involves plug unplug where the line-in input has priority over Bluetooth. Aux jack input is unlabeled.

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#32 iHome iBN6 wireless speaker

About  $50.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: iHome's iBN6 has only fair overall sound quality. Bass is weak and lacks impact, with just sub-par definition. Midrange is thin, nasal, gritty, and a bit metallic. Treble is prominent, sizzly, and spitty. The unit doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience. The sound is congested, harsh, and lacks fine detail. There's no significant sound-quality difference between Bluetooth and line-in connections. The speaker does provide a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room.

Ease of use: This speaker was relatively easy to use. Bluetooth pairing with NFC was simple: With the push of a button, you start the process and then select the speaker from your device. Selecting source connections-Bluetooth or line-in-is also simple. Just note that it's possible to play both simultaneously, so you may need to stop one to avoid overplaying the other. This unit also lacks a remote, which isn't an issue if it's near at hand or paired with a mobile Bluetooth device that can serve in that role.

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#33 iHome iBT77 wireless speaker

About  $50.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from iHome with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: iHome's iBT77 had fair overall sound quality. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is hazy, gritty, and somewhat thin and congested. Treble is prominent and sizzly and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, lacks fine detail and sounds somewhat congested. The speaker is monophonic. Bluetooth and wired sound quality are similar. Provides a decent volume level in a small to medium sized room.

Ease of use: We found the iHome iBT77 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are low contrast (+/-) buttons located on the bottom rear and lacks a max volume indicator. Bluetooth takes priority over line input but when you disconnect (don't have to unpair) Bluetooth then line-in is available for immediate playback. nothing ambiguous. Line-in labeling is low contrast.

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#34 Crazybaby Mars Levitation wireless speaker

About  $290.00

A levitating wireless Bluetooth portable speaker system.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Crazybaby's Mars Levitation had fair overall sound quality. Bass has good impact but is somewhat boomy and a bit prominent, and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is nasal, metallic and somewhat grainy. Treble is fairly extended but subdued, sizzly and somewhat smeared. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds somewhat congested and is lacking in detail. Can have upper midrange distortion with some program material. Provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room, but is better suited for near-field listening. The speaker is monophonic. There is a slight sound latency between the floating disc and the bass; noted when starting and stopping content or changing volume. When two units are used as a stereo pair, sound quality remains the same. Since two separate speakers are used, the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement, and room ambience does improve a bit, improving sound quality to good.

Ease of use: We found the Crazybaby Mars ease of use to be fair overall. Unlike most models, this speaker lacks a volume control on the unit. Bluetooth pairing requires you to press an unmarked multifunction button, which also serves as the power button on the unit and then the selection of the unit from Bluetooth selection list on source device; unit provides an obvious indication that the unit is in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. This unit lacks a physical remote; but the app remote is not obvious or intuitive. Transport controls are provided, but app integration with music on source device is crude at best, which allows to go to next unknown song but not select by album, artist, etc. Selecting desired content required exiting the app to select content from the native music app of smart device. This task often caused the Crazybaby app to fail and attempt a reconnect. The app can select between joint or stereo pair playback of two units, but the stereo pairing process is a very tedious setup process of pressing buttons on the two units.

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#35 iLuv Aud Air wireless speaker

About  $50.00

A portable Wifi and Bluetooth wireless speaker system from iLuv with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: iLuv's Aud Air had fair sound quality overall. Bass has so so impact, what little bass there is, is subdued and lacks deep bass. Midrange is "plasticky" sounding and lacks body. Treble is somewhat smeared, sizzly and upper treble is muted. Doesn't do a good job of recovering room ambience and sounds somewhat congested and lacks detail. No significant difference between Wifi and Bluetooth sound quality but wired sound quality treble is bit subdued. Can provide enough volume to be heard in a small to medium sized room but is better suited for near field listening. When two units are used as a stereo pair sound quality remains the same but since two separate speakers are used the sound stage can be made wider depending on placement and it recovers a little room ambience improving to so so - sound quality remains fair.

Ease of use: We found the iLuv ease of use to be fair overall. Wifi: Setup requires an app downloaded to a device, easy and intuitive, involves inputting Wifi network password. Bluetooth: Unit when placed in Bluetooth mode is always in pairing mode when not already paired, shows a pairing mode indicator. Indicates when pairing mode has occurred. DLNA: Setup is ambiguous, key steps are omitted, lacks a claim to DLNA capability, and does not explain how to connect in DLNA systems. Controls are in a prominent place but nothing to indicate that it is a volume control except + and - symbols, and no audible or visual indicators of reaching max/min volume. Works with line in and Bluetooth inputs. Volume controls are also unlabeled multifunction for skipping tracks - which can occur accidentally while adjusting volume. Mute is well marked, well placed, but no indication on unit when muting is engaged but doesn't mute line-in. Source button is prominent and somewhat well labeled and clearly verbalizes which source has been selected and indicates with a LED color which source is selected. App Remote: Volume control has non persistent graphical position marking and lacks specific index markings. Play/Pause works as mute, prominent and well labeled. App can switch between wireless sources except Bluetooth and can't switch to Line input source. Transport controls: Controls are obvious, play/pause, skip, and scrub bar provision, does not have stop. Works for wifi content only.

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#36 Monster SuperStar Backfloat wireless speaker

About  $90.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with analog audio input

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Monster's SuperStar BackFloat has only fair overall sound quality. Bass is weak and lacks impact, with just sub-par definition. Midrange is thin, edgy, and somewhat grainy. Treble is extended but prominent and sizzly. The unit doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience. The sound is congested and lacks fine detail. The speaker does, however, provide a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room. There's no significant sound-quality difference between Bluetooth and line-in connections.

Ease of use: This speaker was very easy to use. For Bluetooth pairing, you press a well-marked button on top of the speaker to start the process and then select the unit from your device. Source selection -Bluetooth or line-in-is also simple: For an line-in connection, you just plug in the line-in jack. When the jack is removed, the speaker connects via Bluetooth. This unit lacks a remote, which isn't an issue if it's near at hand or paired with a mobile Bluetooth device that can serve in that role.

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#37 Fugoo Sport wireless speaker

About  $100.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system with an analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Fugoo's Sport has fair overall sound quality. Bass has very little impact and mid- and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is thin, congested, hazy, and very gritty. Lower and mid-treble is somewhat pronounced and smeared and the upper treble is subdued. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds congested, constricted and is lacking in detail. Loud Mode: It gets a little louder and more distorted. No significant difference between Bluetooth and wired sound quality. Provides a decent volume level in a small-sized room and better suited for near-field listening. But note that when the unit is placed on some surfaces, it will vibrate and distort the sound quality.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be good overall. Connecting the Fugoo Sport via Bluetooth is easy. Controls are high contrast buttons that are in a prominent place. However, they aren't clearly labeled. Works with line-in and Bluetooth inputs. The +/- controls are also unlabeled multifunction controls for speakerphone and play control use.

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#38 MOXO X-1 wireless speaker

About  $85.00

A Bluetooth levitating wireless portable speaker system.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: The MOXO X-1 had fair sound quality overall. Bass has almost no impact, mid- and lower bass is lacking and upper bass is subdued. Midrange is nasal, hazy, somewhat grainy and plasticky. Treble is slightly recessed, a bit sizzly, and the upper treble is subdued. It doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds congested and is lacking in detail and distorts at elevated volume levels. It provides a decent volume level in a small- to medium-sized room but is better suited for near-field listening. The speaker is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the system's ease of use to be fair overall. Unlike most models, this speaker lacks a volume control. Bluetooth pairing is very easy: simply press a poorly marked button and then select the unit from the Bluetooth selection list on the source device; the unit provides an obvious indication that it's in pairing mode as well as when pairing has actually occurred. It is also NFC capable. This unit lacks a remote, which may not be an issue if it's being used within arm's reach or if it's being used with a mobile Bluetooth device, which can be used like a remote control.

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#39 Altec Lansing Mini H2O wireless speaker

About  $30.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from Altec Lansing with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: Altec Lansing's Mini H20 2 had poor sound quality overall. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is telephone-like, rough, congested and gritty. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds congested and is lacking in detail and is generally distorted getting worse at higher volume levels. Provides a decent volume level in a small room but is better suited for near field listening. The speaker is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the Altec Lansing Mini H20 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are low contrast (+/-) buttons, has max volume audible indicator and are also unlabeled multi-function to skip tracks. Switching inputs involves plug unplug where the Bluetooth input has priority over line-in. Aux jack input is unlabeled.

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#40 JAM HX-P190BL wireless speaker

About  $15.00

A Bluetooth wireless portable speaker system from JAM with analog audio input.

Detailed Test Results

Sound quality: JAM's Classic 2.0 had poor sound quality overall. What little bass there is has little impact is subdued and deep bass is lacking. Midrange is telephone-like, rough, hazy congested. Treble is subdued and smeared. Doesn't do a good job recovering room ambience, sounds congested and is lacking in detail and is generally distorted getting worse at higher volume levels. Provides a decent volume level in a small room but is better suited for near field listening. The speaker is monophonic.

Ease of use: We found the JAM Classic 2.0 ease of use to be very good overall. Bluetooth pairing was excellent as the device is always in pairing mode when not paired. The volume controls are low contrast (+/-) buttons, has max volume audible indicator and is also an unlabeled multi-function to skip tracks. Switching inputs involves plug unplug where the line input has priority over Bluetooth. Aux jack input label is difficult to read.

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