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Smartphones and tablets are phenomenal portable media devices, especially if you've plugged in a good pair of headphones. Relying on the built-in speakers might get by in a pinch, but they're not going to single-handedly provide background music for a party without a little bit of help. If you're in that situation, now might be a good time to check out the online clearance section of Best Buy, where we've found two speakers that have been drastically reduced in price: the Philips Fidelio AS111/37 speaker dock and the Shoqbox SB7200 portable Bluetooth speaker.

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The Philips Fidelio speaker dock is currently available from Best Buy for $30. That's significantly less than the usual price of $89.99 and lower than the $38.35 price it's currently going for at Amazon. Both prices are lower than the last time we saw this device go on sale. This has a physical dock, but it might not be a good solution if the micro USB port isn't situated at the bottom of your device or, as is the case with the HTC One, doesn't face the usual direction (apparently the USB connection is movable). It supports Bluetooth streaming, though, so it's worth something even if you completely ignore the dock.

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The Shoqbox produces higher-quality sound and usually goes for $179.99, more than twice its current price of $74.99. This offer is quite a bit cheaper than the $91.99 to be found at Amazon (but a little bit higher than the last deal we posted). The Shoqbox syncs via Bluetooth and comes with a built-in microphone so you can switch to speakerphone when grandma chimes in right in the middle of Macklemore.

Both speakers are compatible with devices running Android 2.1 or higher, so if you want to surprise someone with either as a gift, chances are their phone is supported.

$30 Philips Fidelio Speaker Dock on Best Buy

$74.99 Shoqbox Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Best Buy

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Brian

    My wife has that Fidelio dock - for her HTC One. The USB connection is adjustable. It can be adjusted left/right as well as rotated around.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Thanks, that's good to know. Now I almost want one.

      • Brian

        No problem. There are even some adjustable "pillars" that you can raise or lower (independently), which also helps to customize the way it holds if you have a case on it. Speaker on it is acceptable. I'm actually looking to replace my current dock, so I'm glad I saw this. I think I paid $50 for hers a while back, so I went ahead and ordered one.

  • FernandoRocker

    Is the Shoqbox a better option than the Braven 850?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      850? I highly doubt it, they're not even in the same category, are they? You should be comparing to the 650. I don't have the shoqbox, so I don't know, but it's not hard to best the 650.

  • Michael

    How does it work with the Moto x?

  • Ben Enos

    Wow what a great deal!

  • Steph Chi

    WTF ... as often, Best Buy (and Amazon) says "you are not - in France - eligible".
    So I am looking for a cousin ;-)

  • http://www.mightydwarf.com/ JJ Matt.

    Both look like amazing deals! could this mean that there are production run issues with this lot of speakers? I assume that the return and warranty policy would be honored. This may not be the case if it is a clearance item. For now I will stick with my Mighty Dwarf BlueII - Bluetooth vibration speaker.

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