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Feb 13, 2014

editor's pick: speaker roundup for small spaces

By: Elaine Song
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Feb 13, 2014

editor's pick: speaker roundup for small spaces

By: Elaine Song

There are three undeniable facts about my life. The first two are that I live in a very small space and I’m rarely home. And when I’m out and about I’m always eyeing fabulous decor items that make my heart skip a beat. Then I have to remind myself that the gorgeous eight-foot floor mirror will not even clear my ceiling height. The third thing is that I am constantly listening to music. Whether it’s during my commute, lazy Sunday walks, or for those impromptu apartment dance parties. Which leads to my dilemma as of late – finding a multi-purpose speaker that has the quality to work in my home (albeit, a small bachelorette home) and is small enough to transport on my travels to the beach or camping. Keeping size, weight, quality and style in mind, I’ve rounded up five picks that may just be music to my ears. 1 SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speaker The smallest sibling in the Bose family, weighing in at 1.5 pounds, maintains the sleek, low profile style (not to mention sound quality) the brand is known for. For added protection, you can purchase a soft cover in a variety of colours to protect the aluminum body from scratches. bose.ca, $219.99.   2 JBL Pulse Bluetooth Portable Speaker What dance party is complete without a light show? The JBL Pulse has built-in programmable LED lights that keep the beat of the music. At 7” x 2.5” and being Bluetooth-ready it’s easily portable and ready to rock your favourite playlist from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. apple.ca, $199.95.     3 Beats Pill Never miss a beat with the smallest wireless speaker from the Beats By Dre line of sound equipment. While compact enough to fit in your hand, the Pill comes with powerful sound quality. Simply tap your phone to the device and the two are synced! indigo.ca, $199.95.   4 Eton Rugged Rukus While the Rugged Rukus, like the other speakers, is a Bluetooth-ready, smartphone-charging, sound-efficient device, its true appeal is its functionality outside of the home. Not only is it built for durability with carabiner-ready loops, it has a built-in solar panel for charging and is water-resistant! etoncorp.com, $99.99 US.   5 Samsung DA-E750 Okay, this speaker may not be something you take camping, but it’s so handsome I couldn’t help throw it into the mix. The cherry-wood design and more classic look rate high on my style charts. As for sound quality? The DA-E750 has what Samsung introduces as the world’s first “vacuum tube audio system”, blending digital and tube sound technologies for a “richer” listening experience. samsung.ca, see online for pricing.
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