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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 04 Jul 2014 16:50 #49189

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Greetings!

I'm looking for suggestions/personal experiences with portable bluetooth speaker solutions for use with my MBP. I've read about the Bose SoundLink Mini, Jambox, and a few others, but haven't really listened to any of them.

I want something to use when I move my setup to the living room or off-site to edit, or to just to listen to music through something other than my TB display or near-fields. Anything out there that sounds nice and full that fits the bill?

Thanks!

Craig
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 06 Jul 2014 14:38 #49276

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Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Bose Soundlink Bluetooth!
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 07 Jul 2014 00:37 #49296

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Keep in mind theres a delay so your video and sound won't be in sync if you're planning to edit over bluetooth. Most speakers have a line in though so as long as you cable it for those times you'll be fine.
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 07 Jul 2014 01:23 #49305

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Not on my Bose, no noticeable delay.
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 08 Jul 2014 16:20 #49452

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Well, I finally made it to a Best Buy to try out various models of speakers. Honestly, I was surprised how bad a lot of them sound. Then again, we're talking about portable bluetooth here.

BenB, the one that did impress me the most was the Bose SoundLink, but I wasn't too impressed with the mini version. Ironically, I tried out the Bose Companion 20 system, which isn't bluetooth but still portable. While coming in at $249, they actually sounded pretty sweet to me.

It's really hard to listen to these in a big-box environment, because you're never really sure what kind of source audio you're getting. Search continues...
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 09 Jul 2014 17:09 #49540

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No, I don't have the "mini" version. I have the original model. Looking at Bose's web site, it looks like they don't make it any longer, having split it into two models, the "mini" and the "III". What I have I assume is closer to the version III, not the mini.

Even Bose calls the mini's audio performance "good", compared to the III's.
www.bose.com/controller?url=/popup/compa...uetooth_speakers.jsp
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations? 20 Jul 2014 15:59 #50247

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Very nice, but a little out of my price range.

Actually, I ended up going with the Motorola Deck. As far as portability, sound, features, and price, I thought it was the most bang for the buck. Again, I was just looking for something that would give me some good reference sound. I still use my near-fields for the important stuff.

Thanks again to everyone for their input.
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