Top 10: Portable Speakers

by Melissa Goldstein
phillipsoundshooter Light as a feather, this wireless Philips Soundshooter speaker can be tossed into your beach bag, and will last all day thanks to its rechargeable battery--which is more than we can say for those PB&J sandwiches. $50, Apple 
sonyericksson The Sony Ericsson MS430 is the sort of thing James Bond would use if tasked with a music-listening mission: the silver bullet is small enough to fit in your pocket, packs 8.5 hours of stream time, and up to 500 hours of stand-by time. From $137, Amazon
samsung Launched earlier this year to rave reviews, Samsung's portable speaker pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled devices merely by tapping them together--for those times when you need to feel like The Fonz. $278, B&H
carbonaudio With a 30-foot Bluetooth range and a resilient silicone shell cover, the Zooka can clip onto the edge of your iPad or MacBook, is offered in a spectrum of bright colours, and stands out as the most childproof of the bunch. $100, Carbon Audio 
yamahaPDX Streaming tunes wirelessly is effortless with this octagonal four-inch woofer by Yamaha, which packs up to eight hours of music time and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, and tablets. $130, Crutchfield 
kendallbluetooth This walnut-encased Kendall Bluetooth Speaker evokes a certain wood-paneled-station-wagon carpool nostalgia, while offering all the mod-cons you need for a picnic jam session. $188, Wantcy 
beatspill The Pill from Beats By Dre is the remedy for a small space conundrum and the need for big, booming, high-quality sound. $200, Beats by Dre
jawbome With the spring introduction of Jambox's Pre-Mixed Design-Your-Own Ultra-Portables, audiophiles have their pick of more than 100 custom colour grill and cap combinations. $180, Jawbone 
bangolufsensbeolit The mac daddy of portable speakers, Bang & Olufsen's Beolit 12 is a study in streamlined design and function. And, thanks to its leather strap detail, the brand's signature crystal-clear acoustic capability can be toted wherever you go. $799, Bang and Olufsen
logitech This nifty UE Mobile Boombox from Logitech has a battery life of 10 hours and is the most social of the bunch: it can pair up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices and connect to two devices at the same time. $100, Logitech 

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