Today's iPod speaker systems are designed to connect to the wide array of digital devices, including laptops, smartphones and portable music players. The best systems feature a number of components: wireless (typically Bluetooth or Apple Airplay) compatibility, durable construction, long battery life and solid sound quality. In many cases, portable speaker systems can double as a speakerphone, because users make their calls from the same wireless device they store or stream music.
Wireless iPod speakers used to be a premium product, but now you can find Airplay and Bluetooth-enabled models for well under $500. And there are plenty of well-reviewed options under $200 – including the our Best Reviewed Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 (Est. $150) , which offers excellent sound quality and convenient Bluetooth connectivity.
Our Best Reviewed iPod speakers were chosen based on ease of use, appearance, and performance (both audio quality and battery life, if applicable). We relied on sources like CNET, PCMag.com, Engadget.com and DigitalTrends.com -- all of which feature full-fledged audio tests and software trials -- to determine which speakers are the best devices. The most thorough reviews test speakers using a variety of music styles, which gives a better picture of its overall performance. User reviews at Amazon.com and other retail sites offer insight on long-term use of particular iPod speakers.