Harman Kardon Go + Play
You won’t be slipping this rather beefy boombox system into your backpack when you go on holiday. However, the carrying handle will let you drag it into the garden for a BBQ, or onto the backseat of your car if you want to take it on the road with you. It has an iPod dock – complete with video output for watching slideshows or video downloads – and an AUX input for connecting other types of MP3 player too. The stand-out feature, though, has to be the sheer noise that this beast pumps out – a total of 120W that puts most other portable systems to shame. The sound quality is also excellent – clear and crisp and with plenty of bass kicking through, thanks to the built-in sub-woofers.
JBL On Tour XT
JBL is well-known for its ‘Creature’ desktop speakers and the original On Tour portable speakers. The latest addition to the range is the On Tour XT, a compact set of speakers with a distinctive flying-saucer design. It has a standard 3.5mm audio socket that will allow you to connect most types of portable music player, as well as a USB port that you can use to charge devices when the XT is running off the mains. The XT includes a complete 2.1 speaker system with sub-woofer that produces good sound quality, and its 24W output was more powerful than we’d expected from such a compact set of speakers. Our only minor complaint is that the higher frequencies can become a little shrill when you turn the volume all the way up.
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There's no such thing ...
as an MP3 speaker! MP3 is a compression algorithm. These would appear to be active speakers (i.e. with built-in amplifiers) which have docks for separate MP3 players.
What I need for talking newspaper playback use is an active speaker with a USB socket and which can play MP3 files from USB flash memory.
I haven't heard any of the others, but a roommate has the Logitech Pure-Fi Anywheres, and they sound worse than my laptop speakers (which are crap as it is).
Shit quality anyway, why bother spending money on something that isn't there?
Seem to have missed the two best portable speakers...
Saitek A200 for long trips where you are sure you have power and a bit more luggage space. (It really needs mains power.)
Sony SRS-T70 for short trips with only hand luggage. (Also allows un-amplified audio when you run out of power.)
Nimzy Vibro Max?
I'm sure her indoors has got one of those hidden in her knicker drawer.