Thankfully, there are several technologies to help you out, including Bluetooth and AirPlay. We list the best options below. Just make sure to pick up an extra Lightning cable, though, because these work great for streaming audio, but you'll still need to plug in your iPhone to recharge it, of course. Note: all of the items listed below work with all iPhone models, not just the iPhone 5. Compatibility with iPad, iPod Touch, and even Android phones is listed where applicable. Bluetooth speakers: Bluetooth is the go-to option for anyone looking for a (usually) cheap and easy wireless speaker. Bluetooth speakers are ideal for households that aren't strictly Apple-centric, since they work with all nearly all smartphones (Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry) and many Android tablets, as well as all iPhones, iPads, and all iPod Touch models (except for the first-gen Touch). The only real downside is that audio fidelity is often a step down from the non-Bluetooth options listed below (but still much better than Bluetooth audio devices sounded just a couple of years ago). Note that many (but not all) Bluetooth speakers are designed with rechargeable batteries, so they can be moved from room to room with ease. Travel models are even smaller, and often include speakerphone functionality as well.
Shown above: Read the CNET review of the Soundfreaq Sound Kick, Check out best portable Bluetooth speakers under $100, Bluetooth dongles: It's a little-known fact to many people that you can turn any stereo, boombox, or even an old pair of PC speakers into a wireless audio system, Just add a Bluetooth adapter, Two of our favorites are available for $30 or less, Read the CNET review of the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver ($25), Read the CNET review of the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter ($30), dinosaurs iphone case AirPlay speakers and receivers: Bluetooth is compatible with almost every mobile device, but AirPlay is strictly Apple -- and thus only compatible with iOS devices, Macs, and Windows PCs running iTunes, AirPlay-compatible speakers and AV receivers connect to the source device via Wi-Fi, where tapping an icon allows any audio to stream effortlessly, The sound quality is generally better than the Bluetooth devices mentioned above, but most AirPlay-compatible audio products cost more, too..
Shown above: Read the CNET review of the Logitech UE Air. How to get started with Apple AirPlay. Sonos: The Sonos family of products is in a category of its own. Designed from the ground up as a multiroom audio system, Sonos products use a proprietary wireless mesh network to communicate among one another. Rather than streaming audio from the iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch), Sonos instead uses those devices (as well as Android phones) as a remote control. The audio source instead comes from "the cloud" -- Sonos works with nearly every service out there, including Mog, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM, Last.fm, Slacker, Rdio, Songza, TuneIn Radio, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Wolfgang's Vault, Aupeo, and Stitcher -- and it can also pull your iTunes library from a networked PC, Mac, or NAS drive. Unfortunately, it's not compatible with iTunes Match, but it will work with Amazon's similar Cloud Player -- if you want to take the time and effort to move your music collection there. Prices range from $299 for the Play:3 (with built-in speaker) to $499 for the Connect:Amp (add your own speakers).
Shown above: Read the CNET review of the Sonos Play:3, Read the CNET review of the Sonos Play:5, Read the CNET review of the Sonos Connect:Amp, Apple TV: OK, this is not a speaker, nor (really) an audio device, But it deserves mention here because it's just $99, and it's the only product that can handle AirPlay video (mirroring some video apps from the iPad and iPhone, and all desktop video from 2011 and 2012 MacBooks), Of course, it also handles audio streaming from those devices as dinosaurs iphone case well, So, if your Apple TV is connected to an AV receiver or a TV, you can send any iPhone audio to the big speakers in your living room, (You could also connect a pair of powered speakers, so long as it has an optical audio input, such as the Audyssey Media Speakers), Alternately, you could go with the Apple AirPort Express -- that $99 product doubles as a router, wireless bridge, and print server, but it won't stream video..
Read the CNET's Apple TV review. Read the CNET's AirPort Express review. The kitchen sink: Sony's STR-DN1030 AV receiver: Don't want to have to choose among Bluetooth, AirPlay, or Wi-Fi? Sony has a perfect solution with the STR-DN1030 AV receiver. This puppy has all three wireless technologies built-in, so you can mix and match as you see fit. It's also an excellent all-around AV receiver. Read the CNET review of the Sony STR-DN1030. Apple's decision to move from the venerable 30-pin iPod/iPhone port to the new, smaller -- and incompatible -- Lightning connector is a good excuse to ditch charging docks altogether. It's time to go wireless.