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Looking for a portable bluetooth speaker to play with my iPhone 5, ipod nano for around $250
i dont want a monster sized boom-box id like something i can still carry around with me & bring to the beach!

are there any good ones out there besides the basic ones at best-buy like

jambox
beats pill
jbl flip
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Check out Braven Audio. None are great but this is the one I kept. It supports aptX as does my Android phone, which helped with audio quality.

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My wife swears by her Bose Soundlink. I tend to agree. I know Bose gets no respect with their home theater stuff but I really think they do a great job with their small stuff. We have the Bose Radio along with the Soundlink and couldn't be happier.
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Here's a pretty good comparison:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/09/08/the-great-bluetooth-speaker-roundup-8-of-our-favorites-compared/

I had a similar budget (to $200), I own both the Beacon Audio Phoenix (very cute, gets loud) and the Braven 650 (best audio quality and range, and aptX). I had also purchased every bluetooth speaker Best Buy carries, all of them were returned. Jambox, IMO, deserves none of its sales - it was a dog. I actually returned the first and picked up a second, I thought surely with all the accolades it's received I had a defect. Nope.

It's unclear whether the reviewer above had an aptX capable player. I don't think so, because I tested both Braven 600 and 650 side by side, even without simultaneous switching I detected better quality (I won't rule out placebo effect). The Braven 650 remains my personal favorite.

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yea i dont know. i understand its tough to get great sound in a tiny portable speaker that why im willing to go larger then the beats pill but i dont want to lug around a boom-box sized speaker either!
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They're cool little speakers for convenience and portability. If I'm tinkering somewhere outside or meeting friends for a kayaking trip they're great to listen to music while having a beer afterwards, but we all understand there isn't going to be reference sound. I don't mean to sound negative, heck I own two of them wink.gif

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Yeah the Beats Pill sounds very average at best! If you can invest an extra $70, One Call has some open box Klipsch KMC-3 systems for $320.

black http://www.ebay.com/itm/Klipsch-KMC-3-Black-Open-Box-2-1-wireless-home-music-system-/151074431635?pt=US_Audio_Docks_Mini_Speakers&hash=item232cbce293#ht_3622wt_950

white http://www.ebay.com/itm/Klipsch-KMC-3-White-Open-Box-2-1-wireless-home-music-system-/171065035916?pt=US_Audio_Docks_Mini_Speakers&hash=item27d4454c8c#ht_3622wt_950
(only 1 left)

Instead of going from 12 Watts with tiny drivers for the Pill, to the Jambox's 36 Watts, it's a huge leap to the Klipsch with 130 Watts, bigger drivers, Apt-x, and a 40Hz-24Khz FR.
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My wife and I really enjoy the Big Jambox. The Bose soundlink may have a bit more bass. She liked the size and look of the Big Jambox better. The battery on it really does last forever, so it could play all day at a tailgate or BBQ or whatever.

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I understand the Klipsch is great sounding, but those 8 D cell batteries to power it would keep me away.

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net,
and that thing is like 17" long!
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Looking for a portable bluetooth speaker to play with my iPhone 5, ipod nano for around $250
i dont want a monster sized boom-box id like something i can still carry around with me & bring to the beach!

are there any good ones out there besides the basic ones at best-buy like

jambox
beats pill
jbl flip
etc.


thanks everyone!!

You may want to consider these http://www.versaudio.com/index.html

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those look nice, i like the wood look.
think i need something a little bigger, no?
the tiny speakers just dont cut it
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How does the Klipsch KMC 3 compare to the Big Blue Media Tower from Brookstone?
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The Danley Ion. $90 Tom Danley is a certified genius. I doubt you'll find better for the size.

http://www.danleysoundlabs.com/products/accessories/danley-ion/

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flying fool,
i dont see any prices on that website.
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They are more of a pro audio speaker company. So their website leaves much to be desired. It gives the price and ordering info on their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=460136600689145&set=a.185068854862589.34485.126113687424773&type=1&theater

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I'm curious, but not even a whisper on the internet other than your endorsement. I'm an early adopter of tech but it may still be a bit too early yet for Danley. It's also a mono speaker.

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It's from Danley. That alone should be enough for anyone that's familiar with any of their products. They're just not known to the general public. Ask mst people what they think about JTR speakers, and 99.5% wil have no clue what you're talking about. Ask them about what they think of BOSE, and most everyone will say they're the best even though they're crap. I don't trust the outside community on most all of my purchases. I base my purchases on what the people in the know have to say about a particular product.

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The point is, you're the only person in the know, apparently. No offense, but as a consumer I need more smile.gif

I can google "JTR speakers" and get website, forum discussions and lots of experience and comments. I can google "Danley Ion" and get nothing but their website and a mention in one forum. No reviews, no experiences, no comments. Nobody saying anything about this particular product, so it may be just a wee bit early to spend money on the Ion.

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I just bought the TDK A33 recently off Amazon for $149

It has all the features I want (weatherproof/dustproof, great for the beach), it's loud and has a really balanced sound including subwoofer.

I love it

Edit: Just to add to this, my friends have a Bose Soundlink, Soundfreaq Sound Kick and I think the TDK sounds better. I also went into the Apple store to test all their bluetooth speakers (which isn't really a great test) but the quality of sound coming from a lot of them was lacking. The only one that was decent sounding was the Logitech UE mobile boombox (the larger boombox sounds great, but too big), but it was too small for me and value wise the TDK won.
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The point is, you're the only person in the know, apparently. No offense, but as a consumer I need more smile.gif

I can google "JTR speakers" and get website, forum discussions and lots of experience and comments. I can google "Danley Ion" and get nothing but their website and a mention in one forum. No reviews, no experiences, no comments. Nobody saying anything about this particular product, so it may be just a wee bit early to spend money on the Ion.
Isnt that exactly what the OP is doing? How is my advice any different than yours? Isn't the OP doing exactly what you describe? Going on a forum and soliciting advice? Looking at forums and discussions?

You can also very easily google Danley speakers and find out anything you want to know about how well respected all of their products are. It's easy to infer that anything they put out is going to be at or near the top performing audio product when compared to others in the same category.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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I'm sure they're great, thanks for the reference.

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they all seem to be overpriced and dont really sound that great. im just sticking with my headphones too bad nobody else can enjoy the tunes im rocking out to!!! o well!!
thanks guys im outta here!!!
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You should have told us you were trying to find one that sounded as good as your headphones. We could have saved you a lot of time by telling you that it's an impossible task. There's no way for a tiny speaker to duplicate what a decent pair of headphones can sound like.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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I went with the Soundlink II after some pretty full-on research! I think I get addicted to the research more than wanting the actual product. I checked out this review: Bose Soundlink vs. Big Jambox: What are the best portable speakers? which had some good points. I've found my Bose to get far better than 8hrs worth of battery time, how long Bose says it'll last and have read that others are finding the same thing. Its pretty awesome to have out on the deck - gives some full sound...not what you'd expect from such a little thing!tongue.gif
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I just got the UE Boom and for me it's perfect. Bass is obviously lacking which is going to happen with such a small speaker, but you can literally stick the thing in your sweatshirt pocket. And it's LOUD. At 50% it will fill a room. Not an audiophile device, certainly more for convenience and portability, but anyone who is willing to sacrifice some low end for convenience and size should give this speaker a serious look.

I was debating the Soundlink II or Soundlink Mini, but was willing to sacrifice some bass for a smaller footprint.
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I went with the Soundlink II after some pretty full-on research! I think I get addicted to the research more than wanting the actual product. I checked out this review: Bose Soundlink vs. Big Jambox: What are the best portable speakers? which had some good points. I've found my Bose to get far better than 8hrs worth of battery time, how long Bose says it'll last and have read that others are finding the same thing. Its pretty awesome to have out on the deck - gives some full sound...not what you'd expect from such a little thing!tongue.gif
Bose employee troll!

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Recently purchased the Peachtree Audio DeepBlue - sounds fantastic!

A bit pricy but worth it!
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Has anyone listened to any of the Creative, Logitech, or Acoustic Research products? Something inside me keeps wanting to go with a brand I'm already familiar with.

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