Bluetooth speakers: UE MINI BOOM $70, BOOM $170, JBL Charge 2 $130 shipped ($20-$30 off)

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It features a wireless streaming from from up to 50-ft away, a lithium-ion battery with up to 10 hours of playback, a built-in speaker phone and “ jaw-dropping sound with crystal clear highs and deep bass.” These mini speakers have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 730 Amazon customers.

We also spotted the larger Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $169.99 shipped ($30 off) at both Amazon and Best Buy (colors vary at both). While we have seen them dip lower, especially with bulk packaging and refurbished models, this is matching the best new price around. It also has a 50-ft streaming range, NFC, 15 hours of playback, as well as a water and stain resistant costing. For more details on both the BOOM and the MINI head over to our full review of both models. The BOOM also has great reviews with a 4.6/5 star rating from over 1,300 customers.

jbl-charge-2-portable-bluetooth-speaker-blackNot interested in UE BOOMs? We also have one of our favorite speakers of the year on sale today, the JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black, for $129.99 shipped from Amazon and Best Buy (matching the the best we can find).

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Giveaway: 10 limited edition Skrillex Ultimate Ears BOOM Bluetooth speakers ($200 value)

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Update (12/10 6:10pm):  The UE BOOM speakers are being shipped out today and should be delivered to winners by next week or so.

Ultimate Ears launched a brand new limited edition version of its popular UE BOOM Bluetooth speaker this week. This time joining forces with well known dance music artist Skrillex, it is emblazoned with the producer’s hand drawn characters while maintaining the same internals as the highly rated original models.

It is now available via UltimateEars.com, but we have teamed up with the company to offer ten 9to5 readers a chance to win the $200 speaker for free. Head below to find out how to enter the giveaway:

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Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker (multiple colors) $340 shipped (Reg. $400)

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Best Buy is offering the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors for $339.99 shipped. That’s $60 off the original price, between $55 and $60 under the average selling price and Amazon, as well as matching the lowest we’ve seen this speaker go for.

Based on the iconic design of Marshall pro speakers and amps, the Stanmore series features:

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Bang & Olufsen enters the competitive portable Bluetooth speaker arena with its gorgeous BeoPlay A2

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Bang & Olufsen – the creators of high-end audio and visual equipment – has announced that it is entering the portable Bluetooth speaker fight and its first effort certainly appears worthy of our attention.

From the looks of it, B&O has come out swinging.

During the same week that another top-of-the-line audio company released its own Bluetooth device, B&O’s lower brand BeoPlay is showing off its A2 for the first time. Built utilizing their strong background in audio, this speaker has a striking design that certainly has the look of a high-end audio device.

While it may not be as many “features” as some Bluetooth devices, certainly the name B&O will turn some heads in the audio world.

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Top portable Bluetooth speakers: Ultimate Ears Mini Boom: $77, Jawbone JAMBOX $83 shipped

We’ve got the two most popular sub-$100 portable Bluetooth speakers on sale for their lowest prices ever new.

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Amazon offers the Ultimate Ears Mini Boom in Red/Black for $76.99 with free shipping. That’s $23 off retail and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this unit new. We favorably reviewed/loved the Mini Boom along with its bigger sibling the UE Boom.  Amazon reviewers give it 4.5/5 stars.

Features include:

  • Huge Sound: UE MINI BOOM is the small speaker that delivers unexpectedly bold, jaw-dropping sound with crystal clear highs and deep bass
  • Add a Second Speaker: Wirelessly connect two UE MINI BOOMs together in stereo via the UE MINI BOOM app to double up the awesomeness with even huger sound
  • Party Longer: The rechargeable lithium-ion battery pumps out up to 10 hours of party-driving beats
  • Better Wireless: Stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device from up to 50 ft.; 50% farther than most other Bluetooth speakers
  • Music Everywhere: It is the perfect companion for your on-the-go lifestyle-ultra-compact design, simple controls and a crystal-clear speakerphone

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Amazon is offering a Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System for  $82.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, the Jambox retails for $199 but most retailers are charging $120 or so. Features include wireless bluetooth connectivity, 10 hour battery life and the ability to be updated with apps. Features:

  • Wireless portable speaker in black connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device
  • Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere
  • Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum
  • Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone’s MyTalk portal
  • Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery

Need something a little bit bigger? NewEggFlash has the full sized Logitech Boombox refurb for $89.99 shipped.

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Jabra Solemate Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (multiple colors) $50 shipped (orig. $100), more

Jabra_Solemate_Mini-sale-all colors-Woot-01Staples is offering the Jabra Solemate Mini Wireless Speaker for $49.99 shipped. All four colors are available in today’s deal: black, blue, red and yellow. That’s $50 under the original listing, between $20 and $25 under Amazon’s current listing depending on the color, and the lowest new price we’ve seen by $5.

It features 8 hours of battery life and a durable round rubber exterior that is sweat, dust and splash resistant. It also has Bluetooth/NFC (version 3.0) pairing and an integrated audio cable for wired connections.

These Bluetooth speakers have received a 4.2/5 star rating from over 80 Amazon customers. You’ll find more home audio/speaker options below and in today’s Daily Deals round-up.

More notable bluetooth speaker deals:

  • TDK TREK Max A34 Wireless Weatherproof Speaker (black) $130 (orig. $250) | Amazon
  • OontZ Curve Portable Wireless Speaker (titanium black) $24 (orig. $65) | Amazon

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Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials


These tech essentials will not only help you survive college life, but maybe even help you land a spot on the Dean’s list (no promises). Even though the majority of our top picks are geared towards college students living in a dorm, we think they can help students of all ages.

All of the recommendations below have been shaped by my experiences while attending a four-year private University.

Entertainment

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The fall is not only back to school season, but also home to the baseball playoffs and the start of the football season. MLB.TV is expensive and NFL Sunday Ticket is a hassle. We recommend a Sling Media Slingbox to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams while away from home. The all-new SlingBox M1 was just released and is the most affordable Slingbox ever at just $149.99.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be the flashy options for dorm room gaming, but we recommend saving a few bucks and opting for an Xbox 360 or Wii U. The Xbox 360 has a huge back super-smash-bros-wii-ucatalog of awesome games that are now priced to move. Plus, some next-gen games (like Mortal Kombat X), will also be available on 360 and PS3. The Wii U has had a rough run, but party games like Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers make it an excellent choice for dorm room hang sessions.

Skip Blu-ray and DVD. The players will take up prime TV stand real-estate and it’s a hassle to find the movie you’re looking for and then physically pop it in a player (I know, first world problems). Instead, go with a Roku 3/streaming stick or Apple TV to stream your media from Netflix (free trial), Hulu Plus (free trial), and iTunes.

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It’s perfectly OK that listening to Norah Jones Spotify radio (student discount) helps you study, but don’t be that guy and play it out loud. A nice pair of headphones are key for school. If your budget allows it, then definitely upgrade to a set of noise-cancelling cans, like the Bose QC15, to drown out any background noise. Bust out a larger portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech UE BOOM (review) or Jawbone’s Big JAMBOX (review) when it’s time to party.

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Urge Basics Sound Brick Bluetooth speaker w/ mic & call controls $30 shipped (Reg. up to $70)

Urge Basics Soundbrick Stereo Bluetooth Speaker-sale-01Groupon has the Urge Basics portable Sound Brick Bluetooth speaker with built-in mic for $29.99 shipped. That’s $50 under the original listing, as much as $40 under some trusted retailers, $3 – $5 (+ shipping) under Amazon depending on the color and matching the lowest we’ve seen these BT speakers go for. Today’s deal is offered in black, blue, red, or white.

The Urge speakers feature volume and call control buttons as well as a non-slip runner finish. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and “most Bluetooth-enabled tablets & devices.”

Along with a USB charging cable and a one year warranty from Urge, these speakers have received a 4.2/5 star rating from over 300 Amazon customers.

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UE Boom Bluetooth speaker wins Gold at Design Excellence Awards, now $180 (Reg. $200)

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Today, Ultimate Ears has announced that its well regarded UE Boom Bluetooth speaker has won a 2014 Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA). Sitting atop the entertainment category, this marks the very first IDEA for Ultimate Ears as a brand but the fourth design award for the UE BOOM itself. The award is given out to excellence in product design, sustainability, packaging, concept and more. Today’s announcement points out that only 27 of the 2,000 entries received a Gold IDEA this year.

The popular Bluetooth speaker has also received great user reviews and has recently seen a $20 price drop on Amazon, Best Buy and the official UE site. While we have seen the unit for less, they rarely go on sale and not usually with all the color options available. Apple.com is still charging $199.95. Outside of pre-owned options and sketchy retailers, this is the current lowest price available.

The BOOM is designed to “change standard one-directional sound,” with a 360-degree experience that blasts sound out in every direction. It also features a 50 foot range to wirelessly change songs, adjust the volume and take phone calls. You’ll find 15 hours of battery life and the possibility of linking two of them together via the UE BOOM mobile app. For a complete rundown, head over to our review of the Logitech UE Boom and Mini Boom.

Silver and Bronze IDEA winners in the entertainment category included the NOOK Glow Light, Beats Studio Headphones, Jambox Mini and more. You can see the rest of this year’s winners on the official IDSA site.

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BT Speakers: Bowers & Wilkins Z2 $300 shipped (Reg. $400), more

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Amazon is offering the Jabra Solemate Mini Wireless Bluetooth speaker for $70 shipped today. 

Amazon is also offering the rarely discounted Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System for $299.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the regular price and within $3 of the lowest we’ve ever seen. It features a Lightning connector and Apple’s AirPlay so you can easily stream music from your iOS devices, Mac or PC. There are also further customization and set-up options through the free Bowers & Wilkins Control appIt has received a 4/5 star review on Amazon, 4.5/5 star on Apple.com and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

More notable Bluetooth speaker deals:

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Bluetooth Speakers: Sony SRSX5 (multiple colors) $168 (Reg. $200), Logitech UE Boombox $140 (Reg. $250), more

sony-srsx5-bluetooth-speaker-readAmazon offers the Sony SRSX5 portable Bluetooth/NFC speaker for $168 with free shipping, which is the first sizable discount we’ve seen since its release in March. Almost every other retailer is charging close to the full list price of $199.99 for it. This is a premium speaker that is made to compete with the Bose Soundlink Mini, Logitech UE Boom and other high-end portables. It features 20 Watts of total power, power bank functionality, and built-in speakerphone functionalityEarly reviewers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Available in black, red, and silver.

Use your savings to buy a custom carrying case for your new SRSX5 speaker.

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Here2Save (fulfilled by Amazon) via Amazon offers the Logitech UE portable Bluetooth speaker for $139.99 with free shipping. That’s $110 below list and within $20 of the best price that we’ve seen this year. 9to5Mac says it “probably has the best sound of any portable Bluetooth device we’ve come across.” It features a 50 ft. wireless bluetooth range, 6 hour battery life and can connect up to 3 devices simultaneously. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from over 200 Amazon reviewers.

We’ve also spotted a few other discounted BT speaker options including:

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Bluetooth Speakers: Urge Basics Soundbrick $30 shipped (Reg. $80), Samsung Portable $80 shipped (orig. $200)

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Update (5/20 8:45am): Newegg is offering the black Urge Basics Soundbrick Stereo Bluetooth Speaker with built-in mic for $30 shipped using code EMCPEHW98 (Reg. $80, $1 under our previous mention, and the current low)

Samsung (DA-FM61C) Bluetooth Speaker-sale-01Next, we have the manufacturer refurbished Samsung (DA-FM61C) Bluetooth Speaker for $79.99 shipped. That’s as much as $80 off some new prices, about $38 under the average selling price and the lowest refurbished unit we can find by $10. It features two 10-watt neodymium speakers, NFC, a fold-out stand, an aux-in mini jack and about 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. 

Buydig is also offering the Sony Micro Bluetooth Music System with NFC for $149.99 shipped (Reg. $249) using code SPRINGSAV during checkout.

You can also find more great deals on everything from headphones, Apple products and more Bluetooth speakers in our Daily Deals round-ups.

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