So you've decided to sign up for a digital music service. But what are your options for listening to the music other than headphones? Adrian Weckler picks three wireless speakers worth looking at.
Looking for a real stereo replacement? Sony's SRS X88 comes closest to replicating high-end audio quality on a portable wireless speaker. This is because of the device's 'high resolution audio' capability, which is higher than a CD's audio quality. Even if you don't stream the requisite type of high resolution music file standard (from Tidal, for example), the speaker will still "upscale" other music you play through it to 'near high resolution sound quality'. Its basic proposition is as a high-performing 90-watt wireless speaker that plays audio from your phone, tablet or PC, as well as from cabled sources.
Soundlink 2 (€300)
If you're looking for a high quality speaker without breaking the bank, this is a really beautiful piece of equipment. Its sound range is top notch and it is also arguably the best-looking wireless speaker on the market, with a leather flap that allows it to be carried if necessary. It's easy to connect a Bluetooth music source (your phone, tablet or laptop) and its rechargeable battery lasts about seven to eight hours, depending on the volume you choose.
For those who like to bring their speaker outdoors as well as indoors, it's best to have one that's not neurotic about water, dust or sand. Logitech's hardy little UE Boom speaker could be a solution. The cylindrical device, which sports impressive audio, can take a little wetness or rough-and-tumble while still belting out whatever your phone has to offer over Bluetooth. It has an above-average (rechargeable) battery life of up to 15 hours (for which, read 11 or 12) too, which means you don't need to lug chargers or extra battery packs around.