Small speaker reviews: Wireless, rechargeable and just plain cool


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A ton of sound from a box that’s less than a pound? It’s possible. We tested eight small speakers in hopes of finding the perfect piece of portable audio: small size, dynamic audio, rechargeable battery and Bluetooth technology for wireless music controlled by phone, iPad or laptop.



Small wireless speakers

We cranked up the new Big Jambox, pictured above, the upsized version of the impossibly small original Jambox. We also tested the new Bose SoundLink, the new Soundfreaq Sound Kick, plus offerings from SuperTooth, JBL, Geneva and Tivoli.

With suggested retail prices from about $100 to $300 (and sales prices readily available), we’re thinking Father’s Day present, perhaps?

Photo credit, top: Jawbone

Photo credit, right: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times