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Logitech brings the boom back

Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad

Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad (Credit: Logitech.com)

Boom box technology has been stuck in the past. Just take a run through the portable audio section at your local Best Buy. You’ll see a sad arrangement of small speakers systems and boom boxes that still have cassette tape and battery trays.

iPhones and iPods connect using docks, which work well, but they lack innovation and style. All these blocky under designed products seem to blend into the device landscape as mediocre peripherals.

I’m not knocking every radio system out there, but I’ve had a lot of lackluster experiences with these devices. As a proud owner of an iHome radio, I’m pretty impressed with what they have done with regard to function and sound, but up until recently, I've missed the massive shoulder-sling-able boom box of yesteryear.

Enter Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad -- the best boom box system I’ve seen to date. It brings style, simplicity and massive sound that puts the boom back to the boom box.

The system is not just for iPad -- it’s compatible with pretty much any device that supports Bluetooth wireless audio, which includes most smart phones. Sound is powered by 2- to 3-inch laser-tuned neodymium drivers, 2½-inch neodymium tweeters and four 2-inch passive radiators.

Fancy tech-speak aside, this thing cranks out some serious sound. Volume can be controlled on your device and on the system itself. Bluetooth connection works amazing and streamed seamlessly for over 200 feet, depending on obstructions. It’s compact design and light weight makes it the perfect device to take to the beach, working outside or anywhere you want to jam out.

Added bonuses are a fully rechargeable nickel hydride battery said to give six hours of battery life, 3.5 mm input for non Bluetooth devices and a built-in collapsible stand.

Bottom line: The Logitech Wireless Boombox for iPad is the best boom box on the market. With intelligent simplistic design, amazing sound clarity and some seriously powerful speakers, this system is a steal at $149.99.

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