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A look at Bluetooth® wireless speakers

Unless you possess the organizational skills of a reference librarian, your tunes are probably all over the place – a bunch of songs on an MP3 player, a few of your favorites on your cell phone and maybe a Beethoven symphony or two on the laptop.

However you manage your playlist, accept nothing but the best when it comes to listening to your music. Ditch the ear buds and wimpy built-in laptop speakers for Bluetooth enabled wireless speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, so you won't miss a single note.

The Beat Goes On

With Bluetooth technology, you have the flexibility to listen to your music however and wherever you want, without the need to plug in your portable music player using a cable or place it into a docking station. There's no reason to even stop your music mid-song after your morning jog or afternoon commute. Once you open your front door, getting your music from your MP3 player or mobile phone to your wireless speakers is as simple as pairing the two devices together.

Looking to enjoy a new album at your desk? Forget about those tinny computer speakers or uncomfortable headphones. Streaming music from your PC to your new wireless speakers is idiot-proof — just pair your Bluetooth enabled portable music player or mobile phone with your PC or Mac and you're ready to rock.

Wireless speakers round-up

What's wireless now? Expect lots of style and a big sound from today's Bluetooth enabled speakers, with some models amping it up to 60 watts. The price range fits any pocketbook.

Jawbone Jambox

Jawbone Jambox

The Jambox  packs a big punch and pumps out big sound from such a small speaker (12 ounces or 327 grams). In CNET's review of the Jambox , they called it "a rechargeable speaker that breaks our preconceptions for what a Bluetooth speaker can do (and how good it can look doing it)." You can pair the $199 USD rechargeable speaker (available in four different colors) with your mobile phone, portable music player, laptop, or other Bluetooth enabled device.

Creative D200

Creative D200

Small, lightweight and with a minimalist design, the Creative D200  fits into any decor, from dorm room to corporate office. With a retail price of $130 USD, this little box delivers big sound without breaking the budget.

Devotec Solar Sound 2

Devotec Solar Sound 2

Version 2 of Devotec's portable solar-powered speakers  has been getting rave reviews. "Pretty cool how a small device can fill the room with such full sound," wrote Daniel Chubb in Product Reviews . And the $99 USD price tag is just one of its many features.

Creative ZiiSound D5

Creative ZiiSound D5

If high-end audio is the way you want to go, consider the Creative ZiiSound D5 . Priced at nearly $300 USD, Creative boasts that the ZiiSound's "monocoque design and delicately placed amplifiers" raise the quality of the audio by reducing the number of parts used in the speaker's manufacture.

Parrot Zikmu

Parrot Zikmu

If you want a full-blown wireless home-theater sound experience — and have the budget for it — take a look at the Parrot Zikmu speakers . These floor-standing, audiophile-quality speakers aren't small (29 inches high) or cheap ($1,600 USD per pair), but a pair of them can create an immersive sound field that wraps around the listener. You can wirelessly send music from a laptop, iPhone, iPad, or other Bluetooth enabled device directly to these speakers, without the need for an A/V receiver.

Creative ZiiSound T6

Creative ZiiSound T6

Last but definitely not least, Creative just released this new high-end speaker system that combines a pair of swiveling speakers (designed for enhanced surround sound) with a powerful subwoofer. Pair the ZiiSound T6  with a Bluetooth enabled device to play wireless music from mobile phones, laptops, and even Creative's own ZiiO entertainment tablets.

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