Logitech Wireless Boombox Z715
It’s not as loud as some of the other beasts in this group, but Logitech’s Wireless Boombox is one of the few that you could actually carry around in a backpack with you. It’s hardly a weakling either, with 30W output and a nice clear sound that will be fine for an outdoor BBQ or a bit of a boogie in a holiday apartment. There’s no dock for an iPod or iPhone but, of course, the Bluetooth wireless means that you can use it with just about any mobile device these days. It’s got a rechargeable battery that should last for about six hours, but it’s a shame there’s no carrying case.
Reg Rating 85%
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Philips Fidelio DS8550
Like most of Philips’ Fidelio range, the DS8550 is primarily designed for use at home. However, this particular model does have a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to five hours, so there’s no reason why you can’t take it outdoors for a BBQ or stick it in the boot of your car when you go away for the weekend. There’s a built-in dock for iOS devices, but it also provides Bluetooth wireless streaming so that you can use it with a wide range of Bluetooth mobile devices. The sound quality is excellent and its 30W output will be perfect for a civilised soirée with friends either indoors and outdoors.
Reg Rating 90%
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You're not alone in feeling despair that the de facto standard for dock connectivity is proprietary, but I guess they're assuming that iPod users will outweigh all other customers?
No cassette decks? No double speed copying?
El Reg goes chav
Look forward to hearing one of these 'beauties' being driven loud by a thick, ugly chav family at a park near you.
O wh-i, o wh-i
I really like the look of the Ion Audio one, but if you can't plug in two non-iOS devices, it's limiting its market unnecessarily....
...ever heard of USB? Of course it's more than just the port, one needs an open standard to browse/control. Oh, wait, I think there's one of those as well.
Epic FAIL for these manufacturers.