High-tech boom boxes
These portable wonders will keep your favorite songs pumping all summer long.
Built like a tank, Griffin’s $129 boom box can pump out tunes from your iPod for up to ten hours. Yet despite its rugged looks, the Journi weighs an anemic 2.2 pounds, making it the perfect beach buddy. Your iPod sits comfortably in between the Journi’s speakers and, thanks to the unit’s adjustable dock connector, you can use any dockable iPod. Don’t have an iPod? An auxiliary input on the back of the box lets you connect your MP3 player of choice. Available at griffintechnology.com.
Creative XM Travel Audio
Even though it only weighs 12 ounces, don’t let the small size of Creative’s $79 XM fool you. These tiny speakers kick out serious sound, letting XM Satellite Radio subscribers take their satellite receivers on the road. The unit connects with any XM2go Satellite Radio receiver and lets you listen to live satellite radio. Available at us.creative.com.
Harman Kardon Go + Play
Making your iPod look like King Kong on top of Skull Mountain, Harman Kardon’s Go + Play is an iPod boom box for serious audiophiles. The $349 system has enough sonic muscle to make you think you’re listening to your living-room stereo, even when you’re miles away from home. Its stainless-steel handle makes it easy to take the 3.9-pound system on the road, while the bundled remote lets you control the boom box from afar. Like the other units shown here, the Go + Play is compatible with other MP3 players. Available at the Apple Store, 679 N Michigan Ave at Superior St (312-981-4104).