Like many people, music is the lifeblood of my day. Whether I’m waking up, working out, driving a car, or riding the subway, everything is better when there’s a soundtrack. To celebrate my love of music and the positive impact music has had on my life, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite portable audio players. With each device, I’ve included a song recommendation, just a handful of personal favorites I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Hope you enjoy.
In 2019, Sonos released its very first portable speaker: the Move. Across the board, reviews for the Move have been positive, with particular emphasis on the exceptional sound quality. As an owner, I can attest to that high quality, but what I really love about the Move is its versatility. Not its physical versatility (which is a definite plus), but the fact that it sounds great across a wide range of genres and at different volume settings, something you don’t find in a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers. If you’re like me, someone whose playlists jump wildly from genre to genre, from Alabama to Alabama Shakes, the Move is a great portable speaker solution because it can accommodate the gamut of musical tastes and preferences.
Song Recommendation: This Year by the Mountain Goats. Front man John Darnielle once described the Mountain Goats’ signature sound as “cheerful desolation,” the strangely hopeful idea that when things have gotten so bad, there’s nowhere to go but up. That might be the perfect sentiment for 2020, and This Year might be the perfect anthem.