The Bluetooth-speaker market has skyrocketed by more than 400 percent in the past year, spurred by the large number of smartphone and tablet owners . Instead of tethering your mobile device to a dock to rock out, you can stream your favorite tunes to a wireless speaker and use your phone or slate as a remote. Bluetooth's audio fidelity has also advanced beyond its grainy-sounding early years to become a richer experience for discerning listeners.
These wireless speakers represent the best cross-section of what's on the market for every budget. Some models also have strengths that will suit very specific needs, whether you're looking for a speaker for the car or one that can be dunked in water. Here are our top picks.