The legendary Fender brand of electric guitars and amps has powered rock’s biggest acts from Deep Purple to Dire Straits, and is the gear of choice for Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and dozens more A-list axe grinders. Now, Fender is trading on that legacy with the Newport speaker; styled like a guitar amp with retro knobs for adjusting treble, bass and volume. It certainly gets loud enough, and the sound is exciting, and not too refined.
30 W, 133 x 184 x 75 mm
JBL Pulse 3
JBL speaker bars are great value for money, and offer superb sound, excellent build quality and some clever innovations. This might not be JBL’s best-sounding speaker (although it still sounds pretty good!), but it has a built-in lava-lamp light show displaying an array of colourful LEDs that respond to the rhythm of the music. With the app you can choose from a number of presets, or snap a photo and match your speaker to the colour palette.
20 W, waterproof, 223 x 92 x 92 mm
B&O BeoPlay A1
The sophisticated sound of B&O’s legendary hi-fi speakers echoes beautifully through its pint-sized Bluetooth speakers too. The surround sound is soaring, detailed and perfectly balanced – almost effortlessly so – across most music types. The minimalist European styling means the awkward buttons on the brushed aluminium body have little tactile feedback, but you’ll get a lot more adjustments using the free B&O phone app.
2 x 140 W, 133 x 48 mm
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