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You don't have to spend a lot to get great headphones. We tested six full-size models that each cost less than $100 (one of them significantly less), and we came away impressed by what you can get.
The Blue Nessie looks awesome and has clever features. But Lex Friedman says the audio it captures sounds rather disappointing.
JBL's SoundFly line includes both AirPlay and Bluetooth models, each designed to let you stream your music, wirelessly, to the nearest AC wall outlet. We tested both to see how they stack up...or plug in.
Bowers & Wilkins's Z2 is both an AirPlay speaker and a Lightning-connector speaker dock. And it's very, very good.
The Big Blue Media Tower lives up to the tower part of its name. But it wouldn't make much sense in your entertainment center.
The Zooka Bluetoth speaker sports a clever design. But it's tough to recommend regardless.
The Playbar is one of the best soundbars in its price range, but it can’t compete with a midrange AV receiver and a 5.1-channel speaker configuration.
The Jabra Solemate takes many design cues from the Jawbone Jambox. And it makes a couple small improvements, too.
NuVo Technologies is mainly on the right track, but most people won't benefit from the features that render the players in this system so expensive.
The UE Smart Radio is a capable music streamer with access to both your local tunes and all the online services you could want. The rechargeable battery makes the compact unit even more portable. What holds the Smart Radio back from being a better product is the flaky desktop and mobile software.
Bose's SoundLink Air is an AirPlay speaker that lacks some basics and requires a separate purchase for portability. But it's easy to use and it sounds good.
The third version of Apple's iTunes and Apple TV controller may be the nicest yet, thanks to interface improvements and support for new iTunes 11 features.
The Pioneer A3 XW-SMA3-K is a rechargeable, portable AirPlay speaker with several powerful features, hampered somewhat by a clunky interface.
This lovingly crafted DAC and headphone amp delivers a stellar audio performance rivaling that of much pricier audiophile gear.
The Libratone Zipp is stylish, offers excellent sound, and allows you to configure ad-hoc AirPlay networks when no other Wi-Fi is available. The only real catch is that such great features come at a price.