Portable Party: The 4 Best Compact Speakers

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The beauty of summer is that you don’t know where it’s going to take you; from beach bonfires at the bach to prep sessions getting ready for a New Year’s Eve bash – having no conducive beats on hand to enhance the festive mood can leave you desperado for what has the potential to be a largely more lively experience. Well versed with the trials and tribulations of pulling out a portable speaker whose battery soon looses all life, or from which the cords invariably go amiss, we’re delving into the myriad of portable speakers on the market to uncover the ones that won’t leave you feeling hard done by.

1. The Upwardly-Mobile: Beoplay A1
Danish electronics brand Bang & Olufsen’s petite new Bluetooth speaker is a mere 12cm in diameter. Equipped with a small leather strap that can be attached to a bike or door knob with ease, the dust and splash proof casing makes it perfect for a moveable lifestyle. www.beoplay.com

2. The Thrillseeker: UE Boom 2
Throw this puppy into the water and marvel as it floats with ease. Emitting deep bassy sound and a feeling of durability, this ought to be the preferred speaker of the adventurous thanks to a rubber outer layer that makes it ready for all conditions. www.ultimateears.com

3. The Entertainer: Spaced 360
From the award-winning English brand Orbitsound, the Spaced360 offers brilliant sound quality thanks to their patented airSOUND technology and 360-degree soundscape which means you needn’t worry at which angle to direct your tunes. www.orbitsound.co.nz

4. The Chameleon: Fugoo
Said to be the Bluetooth speaker market’s best-kept secret, this jazzy little number comes with three different outer layers for ultimate customisation. Not only boasting an impressive 40-hour battery life, it’s also shockproof, waterproof and dustproof. Ideal. www.fugoo.com

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