You know the rock I’m talking about. It’s a lump in the yard that’s disguised as a rock but it’s really a speaker. And while it was clever enough back then, today’s outdoor speakers work via Bluetooth, and they’re discreet enough to stay out of the way, yet portable enough to follow the party, no matter where it ends up. That rock? Well, it’s pretty much relegated to the yard. If you’re looking for music that can move to the deck, the front, side or back yards, check out this trio of powerful Bluetooth indoor/outdoor speakers.
Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell Boombox is designed to be the life of the party anywhere you go. Dust proof, shock proof and water resistant, this tough shell is completely wireless and connects with your computer, smartphone, tablet or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. It streams clear sound from a 30-foot range, and a charge lasts up to 9 hours. And when the dust clears and the guests have gone home, Turtle Shell is ready to get to work on that conference call with its built-in speakerphone and microphone functions. Colors include neon green, neon pink, blue, red, black and white. Priced at $129.99. Available through Outdoor Technology with free shipping.
ECOROX by ECOXGEAR offers a portable Bluetooth speaker for that party where someone or something always ends up in the pool. Completely waterproof, and designed to float, Ecorox features play, pause, skip back, skip forward functions along with a hands-free mic when you want to receive calls. Measuring in at 2.5 inches high by 5.3 inches wide and 3.2 inches long, it’s small enough to be discreet, but loud enough to keep the party rocking. Comes in black, red or orange. Priced at $129.95, Ecorox is available at most Apple stores.
Eton Rugged Ruckus portable wireless speaker not only streams audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, but if your party takes place in the daytime, the Rugged Ruckus’ solar panel sucks up the sun’s rays for continuous music. A built-in lithium battery keeps the party going for 8 hours when the sun goes down. And this speaker, weighing in at about one pound, does double duty as a charging station for your mobile device through the USB out port. The speaker is splash proof, meaning a little spilled beer is ok, but don’t take it for a swim. Comes in green and black. Priced at $99.95, Eton Rugged Ruckus is available at local REI stores.