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FrontRunners: Music Business

Bailey S. Barnard

Displaying an attractive leather-and-aluminum exterior, the Harman Kardon Esquire (www.harmankardon.com) portable speaker superbly pairs style with performance. The speaker measures roughly 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide and is less than 2 inches thick. The dual drivers in the speaker, each individually powered by a potent 10-watt amplifier, create a small but accurate soundstage with crystal-clear musical nuances. The Esquire, which is priced at $250, also has a built-in microphone that allows it to serve as a mobile teleconferencing speaker, and it easily syncs with any Bluetooth-equipped device.