Are you trying to figure out which category of iPhone speakers to buy? It can be a little confusing since some speakers crossover different categories.
We have defined these categories to make them as easily as possible for ourselves and others to understand.
Here is a quick guide to understanding the main types of iPhone systems.
Home iPhone Speakers
The home speaker category is very broad and speaker systems will sometimes cross into other categories.
The best way to think of Home iPhone Speakers is to think about what makes up a good home speaker system. Maybe a speaker system that fits in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room. These systems range in price, sizes, quality and weight.Learn More:
Portable iPhone Speakers
A Portable system is a little more easy to understand. It is a system you cary easily or built for taking on trips.
Characteristics of portable systems include: handles, battery or AC operated, carrying cases, and light weight. Prices range from $50 to $300 with most systems being less than $100.
Ultra Portable iPhone Speakers
Ultra Portable speakers will fit in the palm of your hand and can easily be thrown into a backpack to carry around with you.
Characteristics that differentiate ultra portable from portable and other speaker types are: battery operated without AC adapter options, have 1-2 speakers, no proper ipod/iphone dock with only auxiliary inputs for mp3 players.
Weights are typically less than 1/2 pound and prices are generally less than $50.
iPhone Alarm Clocks
Alarm clock speaker systems are usually pretty obvious. They often are a basic stereo system with an iPod/iPhone dock and a digital clock. The best way to tell if it’s an alarm clock is to look in the specifications for alarm functionality.
Desk or Office iPhone Speakers
Desk speaker systems are can be similar to home and alarm clock speaker systems, but focus on simple playback functionality. They typically feature an iPod/iPhone dock with two or more speakers and a remote control. Assuming they are built for use outside of the home, they are usually easy to transport, but have better design and construction than portable speakers, and sometimes crossing into the “Premium” speaker category.
Premium iPhone Speakers
These speakers are the easiest to distinguish because of the price difference. Usually they will highly in speaker performance and quality. Not just in sound but also in functionality and design. A familiar name to most people is Bose. But there are others out there who make great premium speakers systems. These usually appear along side Desk and Home categories the most, but also make appearances with other categories.
This category is a little more specific. Most systems in this category will be called “Boombox” or look similar to stereo in the 80’s and 90’s. Some have opted to include a CD player, built in radio, and would be considered portable.
Bluetooth or Wirless iPhone Speakers
With Bluetooth enabled or wireless speakers you are able connect your iphone with out a physical connection. Currently (Fall 2010) there are not many bluetooth enabled speaker systems but we are starting to see more and more on the market
All Bluetooth Enabled Speakers
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