5 Great Portable Speakers Found Cheaper, Perfect For July-B-Qs

Sure, talking to friends is great, but a barbecue without music is like a barbecue without hotdogs, and speaking of which I went to TWO of those in the past week. Who neglects hotdogs at a barbecue? And no Brooklyn, this is not a hot dog, nor is it an acceptable replacement.



Since no one wants to hear the tinny sound of good music being turned bad through your cell phone that’s laying on a brick outside, get some portable speakers. Here are some good ones price compared a-la BIGWORDS.com. Remember, this is one of your few chances to force everyone around you to listen to an entire play list of yours. That means for at least five hours, pretend you don’t still listen to Dave Matthews and 311.



Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox

Retail Price (not our price): $399.95


  • Studio sound at home. Set it up, hook up your music player or phone, and you’ve got club-heavy beats anywhere in your house. The Beatbox speaker’s special high-voltage circuitry creates a sonic experience louder and deeper than any other speaker its size.
  • Dump your equipment. The Beatbox speaker is loud enough to replace a mountain of equipment. Advanced components mean more bass, more accurate response rates, and much clearer music. No need for huge speakers and amplifiers anymore.
  • Remote control your beats. The Beatbox speaker system comes with a pocket-sized remote that lets you handle your iPhone or iPod from across the room.

BIGWORDS Price (includes shipping): $227.98



*Recommended:Philips Fidelio DS8500 Speaker Dock with Remote for iPod/iPhone (White/Silver)

Retail Price (not our price): $199.99


  • Compatible with all iPod products with a 30-pin connector (except iPod shuffle)–this includes the newest iPod nano and touch models; also compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • Advanced PureDigital sound processing technology offers vastly superior sound performance; higher signal-to-noise ratio
  • Smart sound design brings you the best bass reproduction possible
  • Acoustic volume allocated to each mid-range driver perfectly matches its acoustic requirements; low tones come out deep and tight, delivering strong and rich bass
  • Most top-grade audiophile appliances allow the display to be turned off for absolute enjoyment of music, and for power to be focused on sound reproduction; with the proximity sensor feature, you can enjoy that, too

BIGWORDS.com Price (shipping and including):$38.98


JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Gray)

Retail Price (not our price): $169.95


  • Built-in, high-capacity, 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery provides more than 12 hours of playback time on a single charge and can even recharge your mobile devices
  • Wirelessly streams stereo music from any Bluetooth device
  • Durable, portable design lets you take full-range JBL sound with exceptional bass anywhere you go

BIGWORDS.com Price (includes shipping): $142.99



Braven BRV-1

Retail Price (not our price): $199.99


  • Rugged, WATER RESISTENT, and built for the outdoors
  • protected from rainfall, water jets, and water splashing.
  • Enjoy 3 watts of audio output per channel
  • Use the built-in noise-canceling mic to makeand take calls wirelessly on your own

BIGWORDS.com Price (includes shipping):$147.97



*Recommended: Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (comes in several cool colors)

Retail Price (not our price): $199.99


  • Red Dot Bluetooth wireless speaker/speakerphone
  • Sync with MyTALK online platform to download apps, software upgrades and latest features
  • Brings wireless audio to wherever you want
  • Built-in microphone frees you to share conference calls anywhere
  • Bluetooth V2.1 compliant
  • Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone’s MyTalk portal
  • Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere
  • Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum
  • Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery
  • Wireless portable speaker in red connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device

BIGWORDS.com Price (including shipping): $101.98


Meghan Schalk


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