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Summer Speakers and Gear to Take on the Go

New crop of portable Bluetooth devices gives you great streaming sound wherever you happen to be

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Who says you can't have serious speakers while you're at the beach? New wireless tech design means you can throw these portable devices in your back pack or beach bag and not worry about how your tunes will sound while you're by the pool or digging your toes in the sand. And there's nothing worse than running out of juice or struggling to locate a good signal, so check out the accessories to keep you streaming all summer long.

Braven BRV-XXL; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone


Braven BRV-XXL

This modern boombox has a grab-and-go handle that makes it easy to bring the party outside. It's rugged enough to withstand getting wet (or getting dropped), and the sound is big and loud. But be warned: At 18 pounds, it's pretty heavy.

Cool Feature: The huge rechargeable battery lets you play music for about 14 straight hours, and you can use the USB port to charge devices away from home. $350; braven.com

B&O Beoplay A1; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone

B&O Beoplay

B&O Beoplay A1

The discus-shaped Beoplay produces shockingly deep bass for its small size. There's no reason not to keep it in your backpack all summer long – it's even dust- and splash-resistant.

Cool Feature: Take a phone call – the A1 has a built-in mic, and speech comes through clearly. $249; beoplay.com

Scosche boomBOTTLE+; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone

Scosche Industries

Scosche boomBOTTLE+

The size of a tall-boy beer, this one's destined for the beach bag. It's water- and sand-proof, but not loud enough to irritate fellow sunbathers.

Cool Feature: It fits perfectly in a bike's water-bottle cage. $180; scosche.com

Libratone Zipp Mini; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone


Libratone Zipp Mini

The Mini can be toted out back for a party, or you can add a second Mini for a multispeaker indoor Wi-Fi system.

Cool Feature: Place your hand on top of the speaker to quickly "hush" it. $249; libratone.com

Marshall Stockwell; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone

Marshall Headphones

Marshall Stockwell

With a case that becomes a stand, the Stockwell can pack up easily and rock (loudly) from a desk or table. It's perfect for travelers.

Cool Feature: The analog dials look really good – and they actually make finding just the right volume easier. $229; marshallheadphones.com

Mophie Powerstation 2X; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone


Mophie Powerstation 2X

Nothing is more of a buzzkill than a Bluetooth speaker with a dead battery. This ultrathin external battery can slip into a pocket and rejuice your devices in a pinch. $60; mophie.com

Karma Go; Music; Tech; Rolling Stone

Karma Mobility

Karma Go

Tired of sucking down expensive data on your phone while you stream music? This mobile hot spot gives you Wi-Fi anywhere, and best of all, you pay as you go without a contract. From $149; yourkarma.com