The Chrissy holidays are here, which means it’s time to kick back and enjoy all the music, TV shows and movies you’ve been meaning to catch up on. On the other hand, who wants to stay cooped indoors during the Aussie summer? Fortunately, it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too: here are six fabulous AV gadgets designed to bring your entertainment outdoors.
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Crucially, it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery so you don’t need a wall outlet. This means it can also double as a portable charger for your gadgets. The unit is finished in genuine leather complete with bevelled aluminium edges and fancy stitching.
The 2.5m version (pictured) is large enough to provide comfortable viewing for up to 50 people – you can also snap up a colossal four metre model which is suitable for up to 350 viewers! There’s also a smaller non-inflatable version which starts at $899.
You can connect up to 10 SRS-XB40 together and synchronise the music for truly massive sound. Best of all, it comes with an inbuilt battery that lasts up to 24 hours in-between charges: impressive for such a beefy unit. For the party people out there, it also boasts a multicoloured line light, speaker lights and a flashing strobe that pulses to the music’s beat.
If your outdoor music activities involve actual exercise, Plantronics’ latest wireless headphones are definitely worth a look. These in-ear, Bluetooth-enabled headphones are designed for both fitness and everyday use with an eartip-loop that wards against dislodgement.
They’re also sweatproof – which is very handy in the Aussie summer. The Backbeat FIT 305 come with three different earbud sizes for optimum comfort and an ultra-light and portable construction. Other highlights include a reflective sport-weave cable for improved night visibility, a 10-metre wireless range and up to six hours of wireless listening on a single charge. Audio is delivered by 6 mm drivers.
If you own a pool (or enjoy annoying other swimmers with your blaring music), the G.A.M.E Floating Bluetooth Speaker & Light Show is your jam. It’s a floating, waterproof (IPX7) Bluetooth speaker that connects wirelessly to iPhone and Android devices. The base of the unit is festooned with flashing lights that can be synchronized to your music.
The inbuilt battery lasts up to eight hours which isn’t too shabby. You can also sync multiple units for a full-on pool party.
The battery is charged via the included USB port and the whole thing converts into a backpack. You also get an integrated pillow. (Just remember to take the speakers out of the towel before washing!)