Magazine article Variety

Sound Advice

Magazine article Variety

Sound Advice

Article excerpt

Turns out cord-cutting has infiltrated the speaker industry, too. A slew of electronics manufacturers are rolling out mobile sound systems that use Near Field Communication (NFC) or built-in Bluetooth to easily pair the devices with smartphones, tablets and laptops, delivering impressive audio wirelessly via small packages.

Jabra Solemate Mini | $99

A smaller version of Jabra's Solemate, the miniaturized line offers impressive sound for its size, as well as bold, bright colors. And Jabra's signature rubber sole on the bottom is pretty cool, too.

Sony SRS-BTX500 I $300

Embracing a higher-end industrial aluminum look to appeal to the executive ranks, Sony's premium wireless speaker is 15 inches long and 2.5 inches thin, and resembles a soundbar for TV. A smaller, more portable version is also available. Both deliver rich sound and can serve as a speakerphone.

Beats Pill XL I $300

Beats by Ore's new larger portable wireless Pill XL speakers, top, are nearly twice the size of the company's previously released Pill speakers. Better still, these can be paired with any of Beats' portable speakers to amplify sound in stereo. …

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