beatsbydre.com | $300: Beats by Dre’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. The uniquely shaped device, heavily playing up the company’s connection to Dr. Dre, can also charge smartphones and serve as a speaker for
phone calls. The smaller Pills retail for $200.
Jabra Solemate Mini
jabra.com | $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.com | $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.
Harman Kardon Nova
harmankardon.com | $299: A slick, artfully designed pair of wireless speakers, the Nova provides the type of serious audio Harman Kardon is known for in a sculpted package that fits well in any office or clutter-free room.
Skullcandy Air Raid
skullcandy.com | $150: This rugged-looking box looks best fit for the back of a Jeep, but its retro military design is pure Skullcandy cockiness. Still, the attitude is backed by sound that outflanks the
competition’s — with 10 hours of play in between charges.
bose.com | $300: Looking to court a younger consumer interested in more colorful devices, Bose, a brand usually known for its dark, steel gray or metal accents, delivers SoundLink, which features a folding magnetic cover that comes in red or purple (for $30 extra) or burgundy and tan leather ($50). Inasmuch as the mobile speaker resembles a clutch purse when held, women may be drawn to the product.