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You can balance convenience with clarity (and cheapness, too!) in our roundup of the week's best audio deals. Get a refurbished Philips Airplay-enabled speaker, a pair of open-back HiFiMan headphones, or take to the road with a Boss speaker system.
It may look like a Dyson bladeless fan, but CNET was a fan of this striking Philips speaker when it launched in 2012. While that review (and others) lament the somewhat fiddly nature of setting up AirPlay, it notes that the SoundRing "offered good clarity and put out more bass than I thought it would." The review's mention of the speaker's high price (around $300 on launch!) is also negated by it costing roughly one-fourth of that now. Features include a 360° design, 16-watt amplifier, AirPlay support, auxiliary input, and a USB port.
A 90-day warranty applies, although it's not clear who backs it.
With a brand name like "HiFiMan," it makes sense that these Editors' Choice headphones would focus on fidelity over portability, and this Rtings review backs up that assumption.
Audio fans will know the open-back cups help create a more accurate soundscape, but they also leak sound and have no noise-blocking. If that doesn't bother you, the review notes that they're "comfortable for long listening sessions and deliver an excellent representation of instruments and vocals". The headphones feature single-ended planar magnetic drivers, 20Hz to 35kHz frequency response, and 35-ohm impedance.
BuyDig discounts a few refurbished Ion Audio Bluetooth speakers. You can choose between the Job Rocker Plus 50-watt speaker for $89, the pictured Block Rocker Max 100-watt speaker for $119, or a Road Warrior 500-watt speaker system for $179.
You'll save between $16 and $85 on each, and while the Road Warrior's name alone would tempt this writer toward it, there's one to fit every need. CNET's review of the Block Rocker speaker praises its sturdiness and features, and while they lament the mono sound, it doesn't stop them from awarding it a 7 out of 10 in the end.
Note: These items are covered by a 1-year CPS warranty.
Portable speakers and headphones aren't the only ways of taking your audio on the go – you can strap this Boss system to your bike or ATV and terrorize the great outdoors at high speed. (Please be responsible.) The set features four 3" speakers and one 4-channel Bluetooth amplifier – but do note that "weatherproof" isn't equivalent to "waterproof." Boss notes in the Amazon answers section that it's "able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely."
This 10-watt speaker is offered at its best-ever price, which taken alongside this very positive review, makes this a very tempting Editors' Choice deal. TechRadar praises the speaker's long battery life and its easy portability, while acknowledging that its sound, while strong for its size, has no aspect that "sticks out." It features Bluetooth 3.0 with NFC pairing, auxiliary input, and up to 12 hours of battery life.