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#143320 10-Apr-2014 13:15
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Hi There!

With a Maximum budget of no more than (and preferably considerably less than) $200 I am looking for a portable (perhaps no bigger than a toaster or so) speaker that I can connect to 4th and 5th Gen iPods and current and preferably 2014 gen Android devices.

Bluetooth seems to be the go. 

I do want really decent quality music and reasonable bass. I don't think my budget would allow for Airplay but if it did I would be over the moon.


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  #1022831 10-Apr-2014 13:19
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I've tried a few and the best bass one I've got now is the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker 

its $199 US, but you get what you pay for

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  #1022832 10-Apr-2014 13:24
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Wow that is a LOT of 5 star reviews (1900 on amazon). I might have to go and take a look. I wonder if it might go on sale Easter (though I want it for a trip that weekend).

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  #1022843 10-Apr-2014 13:36
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They (the Soundlinks) are pretty good.

Take your phone into a JB store, they have most of them setup and ready to listen.

I was reasonably impressed with the Logitech UE Minis, but they are nothing on the Bose.



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  #1022854 10-Apr-2014 13:47
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I purchased the Sony SRS-BTS50. From memory, was $140.

Great battery life and more than happy with sound for the speaker size.

Bluetooth and aux input.

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  #1022877 10-Apr-2014 14:12
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Hey I'm currently looking into this too.

Some of your options are:

Logitech UE Boom
Bose Soundlink Mini
Logitech UE Boombox
Jawbone Jambox (from amazon, free shipping)
Jawbone BIG Jambox (from amazon, free shipping)

^ I haven't auditioned the jambox, but the UE Boombox sounds way better than the other 2.  However it is a great deal larger.

I'm planning of getting a larger portable bluetooth speaker myself, most likely going to go for
Sony SRS-X5 ($300) or Sony SRS-BTX500
They aren't quite as portable as ones above, but give better sound.

The other option is Panasonic SC-NA10 / SC-NA30, which I havn't tried out yet.

You could also buy the Bose SoundLink III direct from amazon for $299USD which would be about $350 NZD

I posted here a couple of days ago - http://www.gpforums.co.nz/threads/486107-bluetooth-speakers?p=10212080

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  #1022881 10-Apr-2014 14:15
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kiwijunglist: Hey I'm currently looking into this too.

Some of your options are:

Logitech UE Boom
Bose Soundlink Mini
Logitech UE Boombox
Jawbone Jambox (from amazon, free shipping)
Jawbone BIG Jambox (from amazon, free shipping)

^ I haven't auditioned the jambox, but the UE Boombox sounds way better than the other 2.  However it is a great deal larger.

I'm planning of getting a larger portable bluetooth speaker myself, most likely going to go for
Sony SRS-X5 ($300) or Sony SRS-BTX500
They aren't quite as portable as ones above, but give better sound.

The other option is Panasonic SC-NA10 / SC-NA30, which I havn't tried out yet.


Thanks. I am actually keen to see if WiFi is an option, that way it would have wider use for me, as it could be used as Airplay compatible in my house.

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  #1022882 10-Apr-2014 14:18
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If I was using apple stuff I'd go for Sonos Play 3 (not portable though).  It doesn't support bluetooth, but does have android control app + playback apps.

If you want WIFI + bluetooth then Sony SRS-X5 and BTX-500 are worth a look.




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  #1022884 10-Apr-2014 14:20
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I picked up a JBL Charge in the new year, preferred it over the Logitech UE Boom - the Logitech sounded rather distorted to my ears. 
Has decent base and volume for the size, gets used at all our parties/BBQ's now rather than cranking up the main stereo to noise control breach levels :-p

 

 





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  #1022886 10-Apr-2014 14:21
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Let me know what you audition and what you think.

If you are going bluetooth, then you should try to get one that supports aptX, the bose doesn't however with speakers this size, I think you can't notice the drop in streaming quality anyway.  The disadvantage of the bose is it doesn't have speakerphone ability either if a call comes in however I doubt this feature is that useful, and the mini definitely has the best looks and the charging stand is cool (less good if your main use is portable though, as a micro usb charger is way more useful if you travel etc)




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  #1022895 10-Apr-2014 14:29
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kiwijunglist: If I was using apple stuff I'd go for Sonos Play 3 (not portable though).  It doesn't support bluetooth, but does have android control app + playback apps.

If you want WIFI + bluetooth then Sony SRS-X5 and BTX-500 are worth a look.


I don't see WiFi on either of those two models.



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  #1022917 10-Apr-2014 15:01
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hmm my mistake. no wifi.

The avantage of a wifi speaker, is that some of them can stream independently from your phone, so you could turn your phone off, and the sound would continue.




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  #1022933 10-Apr-2014 15:08
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Ahh it's only the bigger SRS-X7 that has Wifi
http://www.sony.co.nz/product/srs-x7
I might want till it's on special.  They often take 20% off Sony, that would make it $340, which is the same price as amazon.

If you wanted better battery life, I'd buy the Bose Sound Link 3 on amazon or the mini (locally), or maybe the UE Boombox (if not too big in size for you).  THe sony ones aren't quite as good running off the batteries.




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  #1024832 14-Apr-2014 12:16
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I have two different options depending on where I want to use a speaker for my iPhone:

1)http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Waterproof-Portable-Speaker-Orange/dp/B003H3JJZE/ref=sr_1_22?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1397433955&sr=1-22&keywords=outdoor+ipod+speakers
This is a great little speaker for the outdoors as it is waterproof and fully contains your device inside it.  I've even had it floating in my pool and it works a treat!  Sound quality is surprisingly good for what it is, but not as good as the other speakers mentioned here.  At $65 delivered from Amazon (at the time I purchased it last year) you cannot go wrong with an outdoor speakers.  Mono only though, and no BT or wifi.  It connects via a 3.5mm cable internally so it fit for all devices which fit inside it.

2) A Logitech UE Boom.  My girlfriend bought me a cheap bathroom speaker for Xmas.  I found I used it so much that I decided to get something with better sound quality.  After a bit of research online, I decided to audition both the Bose Soundlink Mini and the UE Boom after reading all the good reviews on each.  I did like the Bose (which is a surprise as I normally shy away from anything Bose) but the premium on it was hard to justify.  Also at the time I was shopping for a speaker, the Bose was out of stock everywhere.  It wasn't water resistant either which the UE Boom is.  I liked the sound quality that the UE Boom pumped out enough to purchase it.  I've used it in a variety of settings and it just does the trick.  Again not wifi but is BT and has a line in for non BT devices.

Let us know what you decide on.

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