All the best new audio tech to prep for spring and summer gathos (fingers crossed)


It’s time to amp up the search for the perfect speaker (pun intended), in the hope that our spring and summer social lives reflect a little more normalcy than previous months. I’m talking backyard BBQ’s, finska in the park, beach picnics, all of which require background music to keep the vibes high.

If tech isn’t your schtick, no fear, we’ve done the hard yards for you. Portable, durable, colourful, tend to be the dominating features, so we’ve pulled together the top 5 speakers on the market today to really get your gatho going.


SOUNDBOKS takes the crown as the ultimate party starter, and one of the loudest at that. With over 40+ hours of battery life and the ability to connect to x5 nearby speakers, the sesh will live on (and on, and on). The speaker also features a Pro Panel for connectivity, meaning you won’t be scrambling for a pesky adapter when it’s time to connect your microphones or instruments.

With a thumping 126 decibel delivery, it’s a ‘take your music to the festival’ type of beat.

RRP $1,599.


Perfect for all self confessed sun babies, the JBL Xtreme 3 is the perfect waterproof companion. With the JBL Xtreme 3 you are able to wirelessly connect up to two smartphones or tablets, so everyone can have a turn adding to the queue. You’re also able to pair your portable device with another compatible speaker to get an even louder sound.

Did we mention the over-the-shoulder strap and built in bottle opener? A summer essential.

RRP $399.95.


Roam is perfect for whenever nature calls. Super lightweight with built-in WIFI and Bluetooth connectivity, SONOS Roam also has voice activation and waterproof capabilities to truly take on the outdoors. Don’t be deterred by size, this guy is small but mighty, its acoustics having been engineered to deliver a clear and deep sound.

Bang for your buck is all that comes to mind here.

RRP $279.00.


The biggest and boomiest sound in the UE Boom range, Hyperboom is far more than a pretty face. With extreme bass, great sound balance, and the same beloved UE Boom quality, Hyperboom offers x6 times the extreme sound emitted by its Megaboom predecessor. What’s more, you can connect to all existing speakers in the family.

Size is truly justified by the promised 24 hour battery life. We’ll take it.

RRP $599.95.


This home portable speaker provides 360-degree sound that you can move from room to room, without skimping on sound quality and volume. The Bose Home Portable Speaker offers built-in voice control, as well as Bluetooth and wifi connectivity. Perfect for those constantly on the go, or working from home, this light-build speaker serves its purpose.

A minimalist design that won’t upset the Feng Shui – it’d be rude not to.

RRP $499.95.

With the power to reduce anxiety, improve your mood and mental alertness, and induce the funk, we highly recommend throwing your money behind some epic music makers in order to lift spirits this spring and summer.


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