If there is one thing that’s indicative of the changing audio landscape, it’s the explosion of headphone and Bluetooth speaker choices. Just a few years ago, decent headphones were an expensive luxury and you could count the number of Bluetooth speakers available on one hand. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, countless portable speakers were introduced and to be honest, most are similar in features, sound and looks. Not Fugoo speakers. While the name alone might make one stop and pay attention, it’s the unusual features that set them apart. Fugoo offers three models — or more correctly, one model sold with a replaceable shell in three choices: Style, Sport or Tough. Each version has its own unique attributes, but underneath is an identical speaker. That speaker is dust proof, sand proof, snow proof and waterproof to three feet for 30 minutes. In fact, if the Fugoo speaker does get dirty, it can be hosed off. There are six speaker drivers — two tweeters, two woofers and two passive radiators for deep bass. The volume will go to 95dB, pretty loud for a speaker this size. Included is a 40-hour battery, which is way longer than what most other speakers offer. Also available are lots of accessories, such as bike mounts, straps, clips and remote controls. The three models are priced at $199.99 for the Style and $229.99 for the Sport or Tough. All are available now.
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