Speaking of Speakers: Five Cool Wireless Speakers

Looking for some good solid sound for your music? Here are some of the best out there that will bring your tunes to life without completely killing your bank account.

Jawbone Mini Jambox

Jawbox Mini Jambox

These Bluetooth-enabled speakers are not going to give you sound like Carnegie Hall, but the Mini Jambox will serve you well. Small enough to drop into your bag or your pocket, and sturdy enough to take most abuse, the Jambox is universally compatible with nearly all smartphones and tablets, with real-time streaming. Additionally handy is the ability to pair it with two devices simultaneously, should you need it for a presentation with another person. A downloadable iOS app allows you to remotely control the stream as well as the source, be it iTunes or other media applications. It will run you around 180,000 won. www.jawbone.com

Logitech UE BOOM

Logitech UE Mini Boom

It has been said that the UE BOOM looks more like an energy drink than a speaker. The ‘UE’ in the name stands for ‘Ultimate Ears,’ and it’s constructed with a special “acoustic skin with plasma coating” that makes it both water- and stain-resistant. After a day at the beach or up in the hills you can give it a good wash and it will look as good as new. At 1.2 pounds (54 grams), it’s light enough to carry around but still gives the feeling of some solid heft to it. The UE BOOM is available in six different colors and is designed to play in either a horizontal or vertical position. Available on Gmarket for around 175,000 won. www.gmarket.co.kr

Bose SoundLink Mini

Bose Soundlink Mini

You just knew there had to be something from Bose in the lineup, right? Well here it is: the SoundLink Mini. As one reviewer wrote, this is a speaker that Apple might have designed. Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, that’s a compliment in our book. This unibody aluminum-enclosed speaker is very easy to use and, like all Bluetooth speakers on our list, it will stream audio wirelessly from any smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth-enabled PC or audio player. An added bonus with the Mini is that it will remember up to six devices. And, for a palm-sized device, it has great sound. Depending if you buy it online or in the store, look to cough up between 230,000 and 275,000 won. www.bose.com

Logitech X300

Logitech X300


The Logitech X300 is the lowest-priced selection in our lineup of wireless speakers. (You can pick it up from varied retailers, including GMarket, for about 80,000 won). With a compact design, featuring two drivers along with a passive subwoofer, the Bluetooth X300 offers decent sound for its size with a sturdy design that allows it to be set up either lying down horizontally or standing up vertically. It also comes with a built-in microphone, which works great for speakerphone calls. Weighing in at 0.80 pounds (36 grams) the Logitech X300 is highly portable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It also comes in a variety of different colors for those looking to step away from the traditional black. www.logitech.com

OM/ONE Levitating Speaker

Levitating Speaker

If you’re into having a ‘wow’ factor for your home electronics and you’re looking for something that is truly impressive, check out the gravity-defying Bluetooth speaker OM/ONE. Thanks to the magnetic base, the round speaker levitates while at the same time spinning gently. You can grab the sphere and take it along with you as a portable speaker or just let it spin there above the stand and play your favorite tunes. There is also a microphone included so you can use it for phone conversations as well. It’s still in the prototype phase, but the final version is expected to have up to 15 hours of battery life. You can pre order for 199,000 won on their site: www.omone.com.




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