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Bluetooth Stereo Speakers for Untethered Listening
LIstening From Afar: Bluetooth Stereo Speakers
Bluetooth stereo speakers allow users to enjoy their music and calls without their cell phone or MP3 player in hand. They provide better sound and are perfect when you want others to enjoy your music with you.
Many of these devices will connect with compatible Bluetooth devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, PCs, laptops, and Macs. Some even provide line-in jacks to connect non-Bluetooth devices.
They are perfect in the office, your bedroom, out on the deck, or even at poolside. They're great at small gatherings and parties too. Some of these Bluetooth stereo speakers are very portable; in fact they're so small you might fit them in a large pocket while others are more of a desk top system.
These speakers often provide direct control of your calls and music from their face or allow you to control the speaker remotely via your cell phone. Either way, you can enjoy your music just the way you want it.
Once you've decided that better quality audio and the simplicity of wireless is for you, then it's time to think about a few things before selecting your Bluetooth stereo speakers.
Bluetooth is limited to a range of just over 30 feet. However, it's important to know what the manufacturer states as the range to assure it's up to your expectations.
2. Sound Quality
Wired speakers generally provide the best sound quality, but some Bluetooth speakers are certainly worthy of praise. Audio is best judged in person, however, reading online reviews can be very useful when this isn't possible. Consumers can certainly compare speaker size, power/wattage, and features like Bass Boost for a richer sound and echo cancellation.
3. Compatibility and Connections
Certainly, before you buy you'll want to know that the speaker is compatible with the device(s) you want to pair it with and that it provides any necessary connections for other/non-Bluetooth devices if desired.
In many situations, a user would want to be able to control their music remotely, directly from the speaker itself. In fact, some of these Bluetooth stereo speakers allow you to take speakerphone calls as well.
The EQ5 is a portable speaker that supports any Bluetooth enabled music player or mobile phone, including the iPhone and iPods. It allows you to listen headphones free to your music or calls. With a built in mic it can act as a speaker phone when connected to your cell. It features echo cancellation and noise reduction to assure clear call quality.
The speaker has music and call controls on it's face. It will pause music automatically when calls are made or received. A metal grill protects the internal speakers and the kickstand assures you can direct the sound wherever it sounds best. It comes with a rechargeable battery and connects with Bluetooth to make sure you can operate wire-free. This Bluetooth stereo speaker measure 6" x 2" x 10".
Motorola EQ5 Demonstration
This Motorola Motorokr EQ7 Bluetooth stereo speaker features JBL speaker technology for improved bass and overall sound. It allows you to listen to any MP3 player, cell phone, or PC with compatible Bluetooth.
Enjoy music or use it as a speakerphone. With echo cancellation and noise reduction, call quality will be good. This portable speaker measures 6" x 2" x 10". Users can purchase rechargeable batteries to keep operating costs to a minimum.
Motorola EQ7 Demo
This Altec Lansing SoundBlade is another option for those wanting Bluetooth stereo speakers for their cell phone or MP3 player. It's portable, measuring 13" x 3" x 8" and connects wirelessly with any cell phone with A2DP Bluetooth technology. It also connects with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. Users can enjoy music or make/receive speakerphone calls. Cell phones with AVRCP protocol can be used as a remote control for this speaker or the speaker can control the music.
This device features 2.5" neodymium full-range speakers and gives you the ability to place voice activated calls. It can operate with 6 AA batteries or via any outlet with the included power adapter. It has a one year warranty.
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This speaker allows you to wirelessly connect to any device with Bluetooth A2DP technology; cell phones, MP3 players, computers, and so forth. It offers 5 watts x 2 full stereo sound output and a 33 feet wireless range. It even offers a line-in jack to allow you to connect directly to any music source.
This device operates by AC power and comes with the necessary AC adapter. It has a one year warranty.
Altec Lansing T515
The Altec Lansing T515 provides not only a portable stereo speaker system and speaker phone capabilities but also a wearable headset. It captures stereo music streaming from your cell phone and allows you to listen anywhere in the room. It includes a rechargeable head set with built-in mic and earbuds.
This speaker also features a 3.5mm auxillary input for connecting other devices. It operates for up to 7 hours per charge and comes with a one year warranty. The T515 measures 7.2" x 11" x 3.5".
Altec Lansing T515 Review
The Supertooth Disco is a very portable lightweight option. Using Bluetooth A2DP, users can connect and stream stereo music files from a compatible phone, PC, MP3 player, or other device. It comes with a 3.5mm stereo cable and a neoprene carrying case.
Users can even control the Supertooth Disco with their phone. Controls include Play, Pause, Previous, Next, Stop, and Volume Up and Down. It provides a great listening experience and offers Bass Boost for enhanced bass. It operates with a NiMH rechargeable battery and measures only 4" x 14" x 4".
See a Supertooth Disco Demonstration
This speaker offers Bluetooth wireless capability (version 2) with compatible Bluetooth devices and PCs. It offers 48mm neodymium magnet units with 6 Watts total power output for great sound quality. It operates with either 3 AA batteries or via the included AC adapter at a wall outlet.
This speaker is not pocket sized but measures 12.6" x 8.1" x 5.8".
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The SP 99 features 2 watts x 2 stereo sound output and provides a 33 feet wireless range. With Class 2 v1.2 Bluetooth technology you can connect to your cell phone, computer, or MP3 player and enjoy your music remotely. It also has a built-in 3.5mm auxillary jack for connecting to other audio sources.
Users can control music with the MP3 player or cell phone in their hand, or directly on the face of the speaker. This Bluetooth stereo speaker comes with a rechargeable built-in battery, AC adapter, and 3.5mm audio cable. It measures 4.1" x 3.1" x 11.6".
This is a more substantial speaker. The M1 delivers 28 Watt RMS audio and featurea an internal subwoofer. It provides up to 10 hours of listening with it's rechargeable battery. It will play stereo music via Bluetooth A2DP profile devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, PCs and Macs.