AQ Audio Smartspeaker £300 for a pair, aqaudio.com Speakers to melt the hearts of hi-fi nerds. The sleek 24W can be divided, becoming individual wireless iPhone/PC docks, or put together for full stereo sound.
Bose SoundLink Mobile speaker II £249.95, bose.co.uk When Soundlink arrived in 2011, it blew the top off the Bluetooth speaker category, so punchy was the sound. Now it's even better.
John Lewis Boom Bar Wireless Speaker £29.95, johnlewis.com These are ideal for new students who don't want to take pricey speakers into halls. They have an eight-hour battery life.
ION Water Rocker Waterproof Floating £79.95, johnlewis.com Pop this in the bath while you're having your evening soak. It bobs in the water, while your MP3 stays a respectful distance away.
Nokia Play 360 £95, amazon.co.uk This has a whopping 24-hours of battery life. Ideal then, for when you are camping or at a music festival (preferably not in the British weather). The sound is 360 degrees.
Beats By Dr Dre Beatbox Portable £349.95, store.universal-music.co.uk These have a whacking deep bass. Looks-wise they are unmistakeably Beats, and have little carrying grips.
Big Jambox £259, store.apple.com At 1.23kg it's not as bag-friendly as its little brother the Jawbone. But the loudness sure makes up for the weightiness. It connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Logitech Ue Mobile Boombox £79.99, Logitech.com This is tiny with a surprisingly warm sound. Has a 10-hour battery life and an option that turns it into a speaker phone.
Monitor WS100 £250 for two, monitoraudio.co.uk When you want to play your music straight from your PC or Mac, there's this nifty pair of 20w speaker with a surprisingly oomphy sound.
Libratone Zipp £369.99, johnlewis.com Audiophiles argue endlessly about the difference in quality between Bluetooth and home Wi-Fi. This creates its own Wi-Fi hot spot and then links in your iPad or iPod.
These speakers – whether mini or massive - combine great sound quality and a pleasing lack of wires to tangle with...
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