A sound investment: wireless speaker set plays in multiple rooms

A sound investment: wireless speaker set plays in multiple rooms

As mobile multimedia devices continue to grow in popularity, so does the market for accessories such as premium headphones, multifunction docking stations and sound bars. What separates Bem's offering from a number of other wireless speaker systems on the market is that the streaming device -- whether a smartphone, tablet, computer or even a dedicated stereo system -- connects with the base station, which then wirelessly streams the music to three rechargeable battery-powered speakers that have an effective streaming range of 120 feet (36 meters).

The perfect solution for parties or for simply playing the same music in different rooms around the home, the speakers should last for six hours between charges before they need to be returned to the base for a recharge. At 152x152x152mm each speaker is small and compact enough to carry around the home or even further and, thanks to subtle design (available colors are black or white), won't draw unnecessary attention to themselves or look out of place in a regular house or apartment.

The Bem is by no means the only wireless speaker system on the market, but it is the first one to offer this level of functionality at the $300 price point. For the same price, the immensely popular Jawbone Big Jambox offers similar, if not better, battery life -- 15 hours between charges -- plus it offers a wireless connection between the speaker and the device. It is, however, a single unit speaker which, although loud enough to fill any building (not without potential complaints from neighbors), can only be placed in one room at a time.