Can Anyone recommend portable speakers?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by opticalserenity, May 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking at the xMini speakers, they look good. Any other recommendations? They can be wired or stereo Bluetooth, either way. I just want something portable and louder than the ipad speakers.

    I also don't want to spend more than $30 or so
     
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    sonofpismo

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    Motorola EQ5

    I am using the Motorola EQ5 stereo bluetooth speakers. They have a fold out stand, and pair nicely with both my iPhone 3GS and iPad. All the buttons work except next/previous track (Apple's fault, not anyone else's). For their small size, they sound great. They are powered by a built-in rechargeable battery or and included AC adapter. They also function as a speakerphone. They are roughly the size on an iPhone 3GS. A line-in port is handy when not wanting to use bluetooth.

    http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/EQ5/

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    SchneiderMan

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    No they are all pretty much ****** in quality, however ^ that will probably be the best choice.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Motorola wireless speakers

    Have any of you manage to pair these with IPAD? My 64G Ipad will not pair with them. They work fine with Iphone 3GS
     
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    sonofpismo

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    3goldens

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    Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth Pocket-sized Audiophile Loudspeaker System w/Bluetooth

    no they are not all alike and the ones mentioned above do not even come close to the FOx wireless bluetooth I have spoke about before.

    Hands down the very best portable speaker system in the world!

    The others will sound like an AM radio compared to its audio componants and sound. Yhey are not cheap but worth ever single cent!

    See this link:

    Please note, I donate any and all proceeds from this store to Environmental groups fighting to protect our waterways!

    http://astore.amazon.com/wwwhovingus-20/detail/B00313JD06
     
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    sonofpismo

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    Great recommendation... but they are pricey! I'll add them to my "Wish List"
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the link!

    I dug a little into this as I thought these were WAY overpriced. What I found was that the CEO of this company, Godehard Guenther, used to own a/d/s. I was a huge fan of this guy a very long time ago. He was a huge innovator with suspension speakers, and back then that's all we ever bought for a while.

    But the point is that they also made the very best small speakers you could get. Braun also was making similar design but not as good as the a/d/s speakers.

    So who knows, I may end up buying one of these. But they are just so outrageously expensive, and I'm skeptical of bluetooth audio (but you don't have to use that)

    Mind you, this stuff is very high end, so you pay. It's painful, and there's certainly diminishing returns.

    FLWs
     
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    emptyCup

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    I have the iHome speaker, which I like. Undoubtedly you can get better for a lot more but this is small, easy to carry and holds a charge as long as the iPad. Also comes in a dual speaker stereo model.
     
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    3goldens

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    Bluetooth works really well, unlike all the other speakers I have demoed or owned these are by far miles ahead of all of them.
     
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    I just received the Altec Lansing bluetooth speakers and so far they work just great for watching movies and music. They are more than $30, but for $55 they sound great. The housing is just slightly wider than the iPad and slightly narrower. Bluetooth synced up nice. Downside, no remote, and the volume has to be adjusted from the buttons. It works for me.

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013N3T7O/ref=oss_product
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I ended up ordering the X-Mini Max II's from Amazon and they definitely do not sound as good as my Unibody MBP speakers. Yes, they sound better than the iPad, but still disappointing compared to my MBP. But compared to iPad, they're not bad at all.
     

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