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Consumer Reports: wireless speakers for mobile devices

(WMC-TV) - More people are using their tablets and smart phones to watch video and listen to music. Until recently, the sound hasn't been very good unless you use headphones.

But now Consumer Reports has tested portable wireless speakers that are supposed to help.

The magazine's experts tested almost 20 portable wireless speakers with rechargeable batteries. They use Bluetooth, so you can play audio from a smart phone or tablet wirelessly. 

Testers evaluated sound quality in a specially designed lab. Some speakers sounded pretty good, but others didn't perform as well, with the worst delivering distorted audio. 

The Jambox from Jawbone was the lowest-rated speaker. Beats by Dr. Dre fell somewhere in the middle. 

Testers also looked at how easy the speakers are to use and the features each one offers. You want to be able to set up the speakers without too much trouble and comfortable controls. A USB port is also helpful so that you can charge your devices.

In the end, the TDK Life on Record Wireless Weatherproof Speaker topped the ratings with top-quality sound. It comes with a USB port and can also be used as a speaker phone for phone calls, all for about $150.

Consumer Reports said that its tests show sound quality is improving on mobile devices such as tablets and phones. But none has reached a level that can compete with what you'll get from a set of speakers.

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