Don't keep your music tethered to an immobile stereo in your living room; take it with you using portable speakers that stream tunes from your smartphone or tablet (most via wireless Bluetooth technology). These small, light speakers—like many of the
devices you’ll find on Groupon—provide a substantial volume and quality boost from the built-in speakers of laptops and smartphones and come in
a variety of styles
, from mini egg speakers to designs that resemble a guitar amp.
For the Great Outdoors
Whether you’re headed to a picnic or the beach, an outdoor speaker lets you bring a lively soundtrack with you. When shopping for rugged options, look for waterproof speakers with an IP rating and reinforced corners that stand up to accidental drops. Models with all-day battery life let you spend more time listening and less time charging.
For the Home
For a unique listening experience, shower speakers are hard to beat, giving you full musical accompaniment as you belt out high notes and clean up for the day. But in the kitchen, office, or bedroom, you’ll want something a bit more traditional; brands such as
Beats by Dre
let you create rich soundscapes with boomboxes and full-featured WiFi speakers.