Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

This is the 1st of your 3 free articles

Become a member for unlimited website access and more.

FREE TRIAL Available!

Learn More

Already a member? Sign in to continue reading

Jingle Bell Swing

Great gifts that bring you closer to the music you love

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Tribit XBoom Bluetooth speaker

Tribit XBoom Bluetooth speaker
Tribit XBoom Bluetooth speaker

Here’s the perfect starter system for a kid just getting into music—or an adult who wants music on the go. Unlike almost all Bluetooth speakers, the XBoom has a balanced, full sound that handles Billy Cobham’s most bombastic solos as deftly as it delivers Cécile McLorin Salvant’s softest vocals. The XBoom is fully waterproof and it floats, so you don’t have to worry if the kids knock it into the pool or somebody spills a drink on it.

Check the price on Amazon!

Originally Published

Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.