Five of the best Travel speakers for your holidays
JBL On Tour Micro
Despite its solo driver, the JBL On Tour Micro doesn’t deserve to be frowned out of stereo town. So while there’s no audio seperation or booming bottom end, this dinky 3cm-deep bleep box commands a clear, neutral and not insignificant sound – more than can be said for the speaker in your phone or laptop. Charged via USB, it’ll pump out around six hours of tunes on a full battery.
iLuv ISP120 Sport
Given the piddly price tag, iLuv’s AAA-powered ISP120 Sport should, by rights, sound pretty feeble. Instead, this robust speaker-come-phone case turns out to be one of the loudest and most natural sounding products here. Vocal reproduction is especially impressive and there’s hardly any distortion, even when wound up to the max. It’ll also cocoon your kit against any holiday mishaps. Well, it might.
X-Mini II Capsule Speaker
This squeezebox-style mono pod punches well above its weight. Despite having just one 40mm speaker, the X-Mini II produces a full-bodied sound that belies its diminutive size. What’s more, it’ll go on playing for around 11 hours on a single charge and can even be daisychained with other X-Minis to broaden the sound – handy for that impromptu beach party.
The rechargeable Chill Pill works on the same expandable concertina principle as that of the X-Mini, except it comes as a stereo pair of two-inch domed speakers that magnetically click together for easy transport. The cabling is all housed in the body, and though the sound is a trifle thin and prone to mild distortion, the Chill Pill is a worthy contender if you must have stereo.
Logic 3 iStation Rotate
When it comes to oomph, size really does matter. This battery/mains-powered Apple docker is chunky but still small enough for travel. Although designed to accommodate iThings, the iStation Rotate comes with an aux input for other audio sources. Even if you fail to appreciate the rich, warm, room-filling sound that radiates from the Logic 3’s pair of two-way speakers, you’ll find the ingenious swivel dock handy for watching TOWIE in your hotel room.