Speakers have come a long way since then, with wireless music-streaming the new normal. We’ve rounded up five of the best new cord-free offerings, and they’re more powerful than you might expect. Sonos Playbase 4.5/5 / $999 / sonos.com Sonos Playbase is the latest member of the Sonos family and offers an audio solution for those who do not hang their TV on the wall.Source:Supplied Like all Sonos products, the PlayBase shows an Apple-like obsession with detail, down to the 43,000 individually drilled holes in its grill. Designed for the 70 per cent of us who don’t wall-mount TVs, it is easy to set up, pairs with other Sonos speakers for full surround-sound, and works with existing TV remote controls. A clever, well-designed product that is good as a stand-alone unit of part of a wider speaker family. Sony Super Bass SRS-XB40 4/5 / $250 / sony.com.au The Sony SRS-XB40 speaker is a portable speaker designed to deliver powerful bass.Source:Supplied Sony’s new speaker is a party machine. Lights around its grill can flash and strobe in time with the song you stream to it, it’s water-resistant for taking parties outdoors, and it’s big on bass, delivering more thump than most portable speakers, particularly speakers of its size. It feels a lot like a shrunken version of the giant party speakers making the rounds of electronic stores and backyard parties, but it’s more subtle and less likely to invite the police to your door. Beoplay Beolit 17 4/5 / $749 / beoplay.com Beoplay Beolit 17 portable wireless speaker has a 24-hour battery life.Source:Supplied This is a striking speaker, as you might expect from Beoplay, with a wraparound aluminium grill and elegant leather handle. More impressively, however, its battery boasts a 24-hour battery life from a single charge. Its sound quality, like its aesthetic, is top notch but it lacks weatherproofing for when you want to move the party. Harman Kardon Go + Play 3.5/5 / $448 / harveynorman.com.au With a stainless steel handle, the Harman Kardon GO + Play is a portable home speaker.Source:Supplied Despite a stainless-steel handle, its 3.5kg weight and five-hour battery life means this Harman Kardon unit can’t match other