You’ve got your entire music library in the palm of your hands, but when the mood to party strikes and you’re on the road, will you be ready? Here, a roundup of four of our favourite portable speaker systems.
Porto Go Speakers (picture above)
Like a modern day ghetto blaster, these Scandinavian speakers – which one reviewer described as a “portable sound revolution” – are perfect for accompanying you on a stroll through the ‘hood. The sturdy leather casing holds a robust 2-kilogram system: The sound maxes out at 100 decibels – about as loud as a motorcycle’s revving engine. $299
iHome Rechargeable Mini Speakers
These microscopic accordion-like speakers fold out to offer surprisingly big sound. Don’t expect a bass with much thump, though; if you’re blaring Lil’ Jon, these speakers may seem a touch on the skimpy side. Better for cocktails than crunk. $59.99
Nokia MD-7W Bluetooth Speakers
If you’ve squeezed a jukebox into your BlackBerry (or iPhone), try these Swedish-made Bluetooth speakers, which allow you to connect to wirelessly – a rarity among portable speakers. Set up is stunningly simple, and the sound produced is balanced and warm, with a distinct absence of tinniness. $130
Sonic Impact iFusion IF3
The Hummer of portable speakers, the iFusion is tough, durable and a touch clunky. But they also come loaded with extras, including a built-in FM radio and an alarm clock. Plus, they fold in half and zip up to make a handy carrying case for your iPod. $169
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