We know that summer seems an age away, but we’re already thinking about spending sunny days on the beach and in the garden, walking and picnicking in the countryside – perhaps even doing some work on our neglected allotment. Outdoor wireless speakers have become so common and affordable it’s easy to relax al fresco listening to music or our favourite radio shows and podcasts.
When we say ‘wireless’ we use the term in all its manifestations. That’s to say, a speaker that works via wi-fi or Bluetooth and also doesn’t need to be hooked up to mains electricity.
Each of the outdoor wireless speakers we’ve highlighted has its own special features or plus points; whether it be size, affordability, play time between charges, water resistance or the ability to light your way!
- Outdoor Tech Buckshot 2.0 – mini wireless speaker: £28.49, Cyclestore
- Kreafunk aGlow light up Bluetooth speaker: £99, Prezzybox
- Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus Bluetooth speaker: £279.95, Amazon
Christmas must be approaching – some definite present hints have been heard recently! Justin’s mentioned wireless speakers 3 times in the last week. Not exactly shoe-horning it into any random subject, but the moment music or bands are mentioned, up the subject pops.
It would be great actually, to have a premium music streaming service like Spotify working in conjunction with wireless speakers dotted around the house. No more wires or CD cases cluttering up rooms. We’ll keep hold of our vinyl collection, but we’d love to move into the 21st century with a wireless system too. Perhaps his dreams will come true – here are some favourite wireless speakers for various budgets that we’ve identified as possible buys.
- Minx Air 200 wireless music system with Airplay, Bluetooth & internet radio (black): £299.95, Amazon
- Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless multi-room speaker: £169.95, PC World
- Sonos PLAY:1: £169, Sonos
- LG Music Flow P7 portable Bluetooth speaker with leather carrying case, oak: £149.95, John Lewis
- Spotify multiroom speaker: £129.99, Philips
On the same day we bought our vintage Anglepoise lamp, we bought this fabulous 1960s radiogram.
We’d actually been on the look out for an amplifier to go with a record deck we had – but suddenly, as bidding was about to stop at £30, we couldn’t resist this beauty!
It’s a Garrard Dynatron – radio, record player and speakers – housed in a teak cabinet.
Not only does will it provide music in lounge – we think it’s a great looking piece of furniture. Streamlined & good proportions, it fits the space exactly – the teak is a lovely warm colour too.
Justin was very impressed with this particular feature… the slow, soft-close lid – no danger of records jumping.
And most importantly – it sounds good too!