Design Buzz: Bluetooth-Powered Speakers from SF’s Jawbone


Just our luck – as soon as we go the new iPhone one of our speakers blew. So we’re on the prowl for a new wireless speaker. Something that doesn’t just sound good but also looks beautiful. A friend recommended the new Jambox ($199) from the San Francisco-based company Jawbone (they’re offices are right in the design district), and we’re already smitten with the sleek, minimalist design before hearing even a note. Plus, it’s tiny (just 15.1cmL x 5.7cmW x 4cmH) and comes in four colors including grey, black, red and blue.

But the Jambox isn’t the only stylish speaker out there. Creative Technology Inc. sells an extremely affordable ($49.99) wireless speaker that comes in fun, bright colors like pink, blue and green.

Not surprisingly, Philippe Starck has also gotten in on the wireless speaker action, though at the opposite end of the pricing scale. The Parrot Zikmu speaker came out about two years ago but the company continues to release limited edition versions and new colors. Retailing at $1,600 (no, that extra zero isn’t a typo), why not pick up a couple for holiday gifts? Makes a great stocking stuffer.

Last but not least, is PlayGo’s USB speaker. Made from Corian and available in white or orange, the system’s plug and play set up takes just five minutes. It’s also pretty pricey, retailing for $779.99 on Amazon.

We love the idea of carrying something small, versatile and lightweight enough that it can provide the soundtrack to a party AND we can use it as a speakerphone for conference calls. Know any others stylish speakers? Tell us about it in the comments.

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