4. Great balls of sound: the Betron
Looking like something Batman might unhook from his utility belt, the Betron travel speaker is super light, tennis-ball sized, and seriously good value considering the volume you get out of it.
Charged by USB, the battery lasts a good 5–6 hours and connects to Bluetooth devices up to 10 metres away. The best feature, though, is the clever pop-up “accordion” design that extends the bass. Throw one in your backpack now!
5. Precious things: the Beoplay A1
The Beoplay A1 is a luxuriously sleek aluminium portable which, like most Bang and Olufsen products, looks most at home in a candle-strewn Copenhagen apartment rather than, say, a tuk tuk in Thailand.
Weighing in at 600g it’s not the lightest piece of kit, but its room (or forest) filling sound quality more than makes up for it. You can also bash it about it a bit thanks to its splash- and dust-proof properties.
Lasting a stonking 24 hours on a single charge, it will handle the most ambitious Spotify playlist and comes in four tasteful colours inspired by Nordic nature.
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6. Ace of Base: the Sony SRS-XB2
Having invented music on the move with the Walkman in the late 1970s, you’d expect Sony to have their toe dipped firmly in the travel speaker market and the SRS-XB2 Extra Bass is one of the finest in the mid-priced bracket.
A simple lozenge shaped design conceals a seriously punchy speaker tailor-made for dance music (hit the ‘extra bass’ button for a boost of deep stomach-rumbling power) and being water-resistant (read the small print though!) makes it perfect for al fresco beats.
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