Plenty of wireless speakers can charge up your device — by using a dock or a cord. The TDK Wireless Charging Speaker ($400) takes a different approach by building a Qi-compatible inductive charging pad into the top. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 wireless audio streaming, a built-in rechargeable battery, four full-range left/right speakers, a ported subwoofer, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless connections, an IPX3-compliant weatherized design, and a USB charging port for those times when you just feel like plugging something in.
Speakers don't have to be old to look cool — but it definitely doesn't hurt. Made from reused discarded loudspeakers, every Tombox (€190-€250; roughly $230-$300) is unique, offering a built-in rechargeable battery that can last for up to two weeks, an oversized volume knob, a single 3.5mm cable and plug for hooking up your audio source, and retro styling that trumps any modern boombox. Also available in oversized plus models.
Fill your favorite TV-watching area with sound without filling with speakers with the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama ($2,200). This high-end sound bar boasts a mirror black stainless steel enclosure and a black steel mesh grille to help it blend into most systems, can be wall mounted, and offers a full range of inputs, including two optical digital, one coax digital, and two analog RCA, plus a subwoofer pre-out. But what's really important is the sound, and the Panorama has that covered with dual 3.5-inch subwoofers, two 3-inch midrange drivers, a single Nautilus aluminum dome tweeter, and four surround speakers, receiving a total of 100W of power. The downside? It weighs a whopping 32 pounds, so if you're going to wall mount it you'd better choose a sturdy surface — lest both it and your wall come tumbling down.
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, you've got a lot of options — but few as rugged as the Philips Shoqbox ($180). This roughly tube-shaped speaker features two 4-watt neodymium speaker drivers, dual bass radiators, an eight-hour rechargeable lithium battery, Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a water resistant cover to protect the USB charging port and 3.5mm aux jack, a shock- and splash-proof design, and a built-in metal loop for clipping it to your bag or belt using a carabiner.
We're big fans of Sonos' wireless speakers, but they're not exactly built to handle deep bass. The Sonos Sub ($600-$700) is. This self-powered subwoofer connects effortlessly to your existing Sonos system, adding a healthy dose of low-end aptitude thanks to two force-canceling speakers that are positioned face-to-face to eliminate cabinet buzz and rattle. Available next-month in a gorgeous glossy black finish, with a matte black model arriving in October for a $100 discount.