The Only Way to Listen to Music Outside
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The Only Way to Listen to Music Outside

Speakers for the road, beach and beyond

  • 11 June 2015

Because soundtracking your summer is a 24-7 gig, here are nine ways to keep the tunes with you wherever you go: beach, campsite or open road.

For every occasion, literally: Mr. Everything

Besides being a Bluetooth speaker (or not Bluetooth: you can pair your device via an NFC chip), the Kickstarter-ed Mr. Everything acts as a charger, power outlet, utility box and LED light. It even, no joke, jump-starts your car.

To pair with wine: Drytunes

Heavy duty is an understatement. A 100% waterproof and dust-proof wireless speaker, Drytunes provides 315 cubic inches of dry, modular, secure storage for your electronics or whatever other valuables you carry (including, yes, a bottle of wine). Bonus: you can control it with a stylus from the outside.

To keep it cool: Marshall Kilburn

Looking more like a guitar amp of yore, the new Marshall portable is the kind of speaker that soothes the rock ’n’ roll soul. Available in black or cream, the Kilburn provides up to 20 hours of Bluetooth-enabled tunes and uses old-timey analog dials for controls. And — it almost goes without saying — it brings the ruckus.

For roving audiophiles: BeoPlay A2

Weighing in at a nimble 2.4 lbs, this 360-degree speaker can be carried like a tiny suitcase — an empty one, at that. One charge lasts up to 24 hours and it remembers up to eight devices.

For sonic and visual aesthetes: UE MegaBooom

This highly portable, very colorful speaker is great for spontaneity: just grab and go. With the “Double Up” feature, you can pair two of UE’s speakers to double the power.

For underwater adventures: Fugoo

A Bluetooth speaker that packs a punch and works up to three feet underwater.

For bike trips: Scosche BoomBOTTLE

Shaped like a water bottle so it can stow easily on your two-wheeler, the Boombottle provides 10 hours of clear sound and is weather/splash-proof to boot.

Your modern day boombox (Pictured at top): Vifa Copenhagen

Like an elegant Scandinavian suitcase, the Copenhagen features a minimalist design and rich, warm sound.

For absolute convenience: Rocki

Take your ‘80s boombox on the road again. Rocki transforms your vintage music boxes into wireless amps. Streams Spotify for ya, too (May we suggest our summer playlist?).

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