Most people's music files now live inside a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Great.
But wait. It really isn't that friendly to wander around your abode wearing headphones. The rest of your troop want to hear (or ridicule) your tunes.
Here are some hot wireless speakers to let you stream over the airwaves.
Team tunes - Jongo - £169.99 from www.pure.com
This colourful range of music makers is from the group that brought digital radio to the masses, so it knows a thing or two about sweet sounds. You can use a single Jongo to stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth gadget, or connect up multiple machines via Wi-Fi so you can listen to music all around your house. From the east wing to the west wing, you'll have music everywhere thanks to this compact, rich-sounding speaker.
Sleek sounds - Logitech UE Boombox - £199.99 from www.amazon.co.uk
The new UE brand from Logitech has upped the ante in terms of sound delivery and this, its top-end boombox, is a flagship model of note. Connecting over Bluetooth, there is simply no loss of clarity as your bass is pumped over the airwaves. Premium quality, including a die-cast aluminium handle, it's designed to look the business.
High-end music - Ruark Audio MR1 - £299 from www.superfi.co.uk
Not for the faint of wallet, these finely crafted speakers give high-quality sound. Any Bluetooth system can stream to this stylish pair, which come in a choice of walnut, white or black lacquer finishes. Easy on the eye to boost your computer or TV systems, your ears will be most pleased too.
Make noise - Logitech UE Mobile Boombox - £79.99 from www.amazon.co.uk
This mobile boombox is ideal for taking on your travels. It'll pair up with your Bluetooth music machine to set your tunes free, giving a bass sound that's far above your expectations. Available in a range of colours, it really punches above its small dimensions.
Dr's orders - Dr Dre Pill - £169.95 from http://store.universal-music.co.uk
With a 30ft range, this deep bass delivery system will not leave you disappointed. This portable player is visually striking and ideal for those looking to crank up the volume to 11. Complete with a carry case and carabiner, you can clip it on to your bag for a 21st-century boombox experience.
Room filler - Sony BTX 500 - £279 from www.sony.co.uk
This is a must-have for fans of the brand. Among the first to incorporate near field communication (NFC), all you need to do is touch the slim system with your NFC-enabled smartphone for a clear, vibrationless sound. With wireless streaming over Bluetooth as well, it's well ahead in the tech stakes. Fully portable with a rechargeable battery, it makes a stylish addition to any room in your home.
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