Minirig: It's available in all sorts of colours, but we say just grab a black or grey one, throw it in your bag, and you're never going to be without sounds, anywhere you go.
There are certain things that say a lot about a DJ. Their choice of headphones. How they answer the question: "so what type of music do you listen to when you're not DJing?" And, I'd say, the type of portable speaker they pull out for a bit of music "on the go". And for me, that speaker has always been the Minirig, which has just been updated. (And no, I don't own shares in 'em, or get paid to say this.)
Minirig speakers sound great, they are louder than any speaker this size has any right to be, and are clearly made to a different quality standard than even the best of the competition - something you only have to pick one up to understand. From a boutique UK company, these little speakers now pack an incredible 80 hours of play time, and are also designed to be able to charge your phone fully up to three times. That's pretty cool.
They come in lots of snazzy colours including an engraved design, you can buy them in pairs to use in stereo, and there's even a subwoofer available for a wireless "2.1" system. But for me it's all about a single one of these, thrown into its well-made tubular zip-up nylon case, along with all of its leads, and stashed in the bottom of my hand luggage as I travel.
For use with an iPad DJ app in a hotel room, to stream online radio or Spotify anywhere away from home, or - as I can attest to - filling a room of 20 people with enough sound to party, much to the amazement of all present (including me, I have to be honest), I have nothing but praise for Minirig. And let's be frank, 80 hours of play time from a rechargeable portable Bluetooth speaker really is something else.
Oh, and what other speaker manufacturer has locally flavoured DJ mixes on its website?
• We're looking forward to updating our review of the Minirig, as soon as we get one here to test. Meanwhile, buy from Amazon here (£129 in the UK, also available internationally), although double check you're getting the new one
Do you own a Minirig? Can you attest to the quality of these little gems too? Or is there another tpye of portable speaker you swear by? Let us know in the comments.