More and more people are using their tablets and smart phones to watch video and listen to music. Up until now, the sound hasn’t been very good unless you use headphones.
But now Consumer Reports has tested portable wireless speakers that are supposed to help. Some are being heavily advertised.
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Consumer Reports has tested nearly 20 portable wireless speakers with rechargeable batteries. They use Bluetooth, so you can play audio from a smart phone or tablet without having to plug it in.
First testers evaluated sound quality in a specially-designed lab. Some sounded pretty good.
“Some speakers didn’t perform as well, with the worst delivering distorted audio.” said Jim Willcox, Consumer Reports.
The Jambox from Jawbone was the lowest-rated speaker.
Beats by Dr. Dre fell somewhere in the middle.
Testers also looked at how easy the speakers are to use and the features each one offers.
Willcox said, “You want to be able to set up the speakers without too much of a problem, and you want controls that work well. Features we like include a USB port that you can use to charge your devices.”
In the end, the TDK Life on Record Wireless Weatherproof Speaker topped the ratings with top-quality sound.
It comes with a USB port and can also be used as a speakerphone for phone calls, all for about 150 dollars.
Consumer Reports says its tests show sound quality is improving on mobile devices such as tablets and phones. But none has reached a level that can compete with what you’ll get from also using a set of speakers.