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Recommended retail, as of August 2016.
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Takes phone calls
A microphone built into the speaker makes it possible to take an incoming phone call.
Stereo speakers play audio from a left and right channel, creating the illusion sound is coming from more than one direction.
Pair with additional speaker
Some speakers can be paired together in order to play back music with more volume, or to simulate a stereo speaker set up.
Can tolerate splashes, but cannot be submerged in water.
CHOICE Expert Rating
The overall score is made up of the audio score (60%), battery score (20%) and ease of use score (20%).
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Performance tests are based on our listening panel's appraisal of two pieces of music. The speaker is positioned about two metres away from the listener, with the panel assessing overall quality.
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We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent.
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Ease of use score
Ease of use is important for a wireless speaker, particularly with some of the more fully featured models that can take some time to learn the controls and options available. Our tester looks at initial setup, how the speaker deals with an incoming phone call in the middle of music playback and any physical controls on the speaker.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- CHOICE Buy
- Audio score
- Battery score
- Ease of use
- Weight (kg)
- Battery time (hours)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Stereo speaker
- Pair with additional speaker
- Bluetooth version
- Auxiliary input
- Auxiliary cable provided
- Takes phone calls
- Dust/water resistant
- Splash resistant
- Shock proof
- Charging time claimed (hours)
- Dimensions h x w x d mm