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ECOXGEAR gets tough and loud with the new ECOSTONE Bluetooth speaker

on Monday, July 28th, 2014

ECOXGEAR is well known for their rugged waterproof speakers and gear, have just released their biggest speaker yet, the ECOSTONE waterproof Bluetooth speaker. ECOXGEAR states that it is answering a demand for a tough speaker that can deliver a bigger sound. The rubberized shockproof casing protects the speaker if accidentally knocked into a pool or overboardRead More…

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Creative comes out roaring with a new speaker

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

It was only a matter of time before a sound card company would take their expertise and apply it to a portable speaker. Creative, maker of the famous Sound Blaster card, has come out roaring with the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 speaker. This speaker is appropriately named Roar, not just because it can be loud,Read More…

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Add a Bluetooth speaker to your lamp

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

I have an iPad mini with Retina display, and I love everything about it except for its wimpy speaker.  I do like that it has an external speaker so I can – in theory – listen to sounds from the mini without having to plug in headphones.  In practice, I can barely hear the thing,Read More…

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The Braven Mira speaker is all wet

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Do you like to sing along to the radio while in the shower? Now, Braven lets you hear your backing group much louder with the new Mira; a speaker that you can play IN the shower. In fact, it has a built-in hook which allows it to be hung from a curtain rod or showerRead More…

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If you have a MINI JAMBOX speaker, you’ll want to get this update

on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Jawbone has released an update for the MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth speaker that you’ll want to be sure to get if you own one of these little speakers.  With the Multi Play update, you’ll be able to connect two of them to the same audio source.  You’ll be able to use them in unison mode, whereRead More…

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Nyne aims LOW with the BASS speaker

on Friday, May 9th, 2014

In 2013, I reviewed the Nyne NB-200 Bluetooth speaker. I was impressed with the sound relative to its size. Now, because everyone and their uncle make decent Bluetooth accessories, Bluetooth speakers need something extra to stand out. Nyne thinks they have done that with the new BASS speaker. As with similar speakers, the BASS comesRead More…

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Divoom’s rugged, wireless speaker is great for travel

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Divoom’s Voombox-Travel speaker is a 3″ round, puck-style speaker that’s perfect for taking everywhere you go.  It has a rugged, splash-proof design that makes it perfect for outdoor use.  It streams music wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.0, and it has a built-in microphone so it will function as a speaker phone for hands-free calling.  It hasRead More…

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Braven makes a loud splash with the BRV-X

on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

This is getting old. It seems like every week Braven is releasing a new portable Bluetooth speaker. A few weeks ago, they released the large, rugged and water-resistant BRV-X Bluetooth speaker. Think of it as a super-sized BRV-1 that was recently reviewed by Steve Holt for The Gadgeteer. That speaker sounded good, came encased in aRead More…

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This universal tablet pad improves your tablet’s sound

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

When you’re watching videos, it’s nice to have a stand to hold your tablet so you don’t have to.  The BiONN SoundPad universal tablet stand has 2.5W stereo speakers embedded in the front legs for better sound than your tablet can produce on its own.  The stand works with iOS, Windows, and Android tablets; itRead More…

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Edifier’s new Luna speakers may eclipse the competition

on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Edifier’s speakers are known for their iconic looks as much as their sound. The newly released Luna Eclipse e25 Bluetooth speakers are sure to continue that perception, because no other speakers look like them. They’ve even been awarded the prestigious 2014 iF Design Award. The egg shaped, Daft Punk helmet lookalikes feature a whopping 74Read More…

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Fugoo speakers are all wet

on Monday, January 13th, 2014

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 wereRead More…

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This iPad cover incorporates a Bluetooth speaker for improved sound

on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The one thing I don’t like about my iPad mini, and this is true of every iPad I’ve owned, is the wimpy sound from wimpy, back-facing speakers.  I’ve tried various methods of increasing the sound, but I usually just cup my hand around the bottom of the iPad to redirect the sound toward me.  BluetoothRead More…

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People will wonder if you stole a side mirror off a MINI Cooper when they see this speaker

on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

These cute little speakers from iUi look like someone pulled a side mirror off someone’s MINI Coooper and turned it into a speaker.  They connect wirelessly to your audio device through Bluetooth (AAC and apt-X Codec) or NFC; if your device has neither, the speakers also have a 3.5mm aux-in jack on the back.  The IUIRead More…

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This portable speaker can piggyback along for the ride

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Pulse Speaker from Felt Audio is tiny (2.2″ X 3.2″ X 0.6″), and it has a clip on the back that lets you attach it to a bag strap, car visor, or even your clothing.  The clip also functions as a kickstand.  This 1.5W speaker reproduces 150- 18000 Hz, and its rechargeable battery gives yourRead More…

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Gift ideas – Four portable Bluetooth speakers

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

For the music fan on your gift list, here are four portable Bluetooth speakers that I reviewed this year and think are worthy enough to consider. They are all small enough to stow in a gear bag or backpack (I’ll admit that one of them is borderline too big for that statement) so that you canRead More…

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Wrap sound around your smartphone or tablet with the FAVI Boomerang Bluetooth Speaker with NFC

on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

If you’ve been shopping for a portable Bluetooth speaker but just can’t pick one because they all seem to look alike (AKA boring), check out the Boomerang Bluetooth Speaker from FAVI. There are two models of this unique U shaped speaker that can double as a stand for your smartphone or tablet. The regular Boomerang isRead More…

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This little Bluetooth speaker goes anywhere you go – even into the shower

on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Lyrix Jive speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker.  Like many small, portable speakers, it can also serve as a speakerphone for handsfree calling.  It uses Bluetooth 4.0 and has the AVRCP audio/video remote control profile.  All this probably sounds pretty familiar to you, but the Jive does have some unique features.  It has a suctionRead More…

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Digital Treasures announces the availability of a gem of a speaker

on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This little Lyrix PowerBall Bluetooth Speaker looks like a cut gemstone, but it’s a great little travel speaker.  Pop off the top, and you reveal a Bluetooth 3.0 with AVRCP and A2DP-support, 3W speaker with a “sealed chamber, passive radiator design with neodymium” design; it reproduces 40Hz-20kHz (-10dB).  It has a lithium-ion battery good for 12 hoursRead More…

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Soundmatters debuts the DASH7 portable soundbar because … sound matters

on Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Soundmatters has introduced a new speaker to compliment the original – and amazing – FoxL portable bluetooth speaker. The DASH7 is a thin, ¾ inch-high wireless pocket-portable Bluetooth soundbar and speakerphone that will fit into any purse or jacket pocket. Soundmatters’ Lee Adams states how amazing it is to get DASH’s performance out of somethingRead More…

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It’s only rock & roll, but I like it more when it’s coming through a Marshall

on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Anyone knows a rock concert’s not worth listening to if there isn’t a wall of Marshall amps on the stage.  You can’t have a wall of amps in your home, but you can have a Marshall.  The new Stanmore speaker has the classic look of a Marshall amp, right down to the included coiled cable.Read More…

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Cambridge Audio Network Music Player for Audio Streaming

on Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Minx Xi from Cambridge Audio lets you access and enjoy music regardless of your source.  This Bluetooth audio streaming device plays music stored on a smart phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device.  In addition to “Standard Bluetooth CODEC (SBC), Minx Xi also supports the much higher quality Bluetooth system, aptX, which sounds even betterRead More…

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JAMBOX goes MINI while the sound stays maxi

on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

With all the portable Bluetooth speakers reproducing like rabbits, market leader Jawbone can’t afford to sit by and just watch. And they haven’t. Jawbone has introduced the newest member of the JAMBOX clan, the JAMBOX MINI. This speaker is about half the width of the original JAMBOX. and the sound quality is a bit shy of itsRead More…

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The unique Grain of wood

on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

If a company wants to be noticed in today’s saturated world of portable audio, they better have great design, a unique product, and a way to make the buyer feel good about purchasing their product. Grain Audio has these three attributes. What was begun as a Kickstarter project by two ex-Altec Lansing people has nowRead More…

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This waterproof Bluetooth speaker takes your sound anywhere you go

on Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Slingshot by BlueFlame is a Level-IPX4 waterproof speaker that can even be used in your shower.  The speaker supports Bluetooth V2.1+EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, and HFP devices, and it produces “big, beautiful sound with increased bass response and sonic radiator technology.”  It even has a microphone, so you can use it for hands-free calling with yourRead More…

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Edifier releases the MP260 Extreme Connect Bluetooth speaker

on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Edifier reminds us that good things come in small packages, and they say their new MP260 Extreme Connect speaker is no exception to that rule.  The Extreme Connect is small (6.4” x  2.44”  x  1.7” and 0.93lbs ), so it travels with you.  It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 12 hoursRead More…