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ABCO Tech Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker Auto FM Shower Radio review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Friday, April 18th, 2014

I am a big fan of audiobooks and podcasts.  I am an even bigger fan of listening to them while in the shower.  In the past, I have done this by cranking up the volume on my desktop stereo system that I have hooked up to my desktop computer’s sound card.  This produces enough volume Read More…

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Tego CERA Wireless Portable Speaker review

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” is exactly what popped into my mind the first time I saw the CERA wireless portable speaker from Tego Audio. You may think that is a funny thought to pop into my head, but looking at the speaker and how its Read 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 has Read 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 a Read 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; it Read 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 74 Read More…

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IK Multimedia iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker review

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

When you’ve reviewed as many Bluetooth speakers as I have, it takes something special for me to be interested in reviewing yet another one. When IK Multimedia asked me to review their iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker I agreed because I liked the physical volume knob on the front of the unit. But the ability to use Read More…

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Braven 850 Bluetooth speaker review

on Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Big. Bigger. Biggest. These words sum up the Braven 850 Bluetooth speaker. Braven is becoming increasingly known for their range of beautiful, simple and powerful speakers with unique traits that set them apart in this overly crowded speaker market.

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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 were Read 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.  Bluetooth Read 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 IUI Read 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 your Read 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 can Read More…

Scosche boomBOTTLE rugged weatherproof wireless speaker review

By: Leah Hallett
on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Let me start off by saying the Scosche boomBOTTLE is a really nice speaker for cycling, or for wherever you want to carry your music.  This speaker has high quality construction, great sound, durable rugged exterior, splash proof design, and it fits in most bicycle water bottle cages and cupholders.  If you frequently participate in outdoor activities Read More…

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Kitsound Hive Wireless Speaker review

on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Portable music has been a hit, especially  since Sony first developed their Walkman players and then Apple introduced their iPods.  But usually these portable players require wired headphones for you to enjoy your music, or you had to plug them in to huge speakers to fill the room with music.  Kitsound‘s Hive Wireless Speaker solves the Read More…

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Sherwood EXM-50 In & Outdoor Wireless Streaming Audio Bluetooth speaker review

on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Got your Bluetooth speaker yet?  Here’s another entry in the field, and it’s from Sherwood.  The EXM-50 does everything you’d expect from a Bluetooth speaker, plus it has apps for iOS and Android to control the device and is claimed to be resistant to spraying water.  Being new to the US market, we get to play Read More…

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UE MINI BOOM portable Bluetooth speaker review

on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Oh boy, it’s YAPBSR (yet another portable Bluetooth speaker review)! Hey don’t press the back button yet, this particular little speaker has a lot going for it. It’s the UE MINI BOOM and it’s made by Ultimate Ears (owned by Logitech), who make some of the best in-ear headphones on the market. When a notable headphone Read 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 is Read 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 suction Read More…

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Boston Acoustics MC100 Blue wireless speaker review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I have the luxury of living in a small condo, which means I have little room for a nice sound system. What that means is that I need a shelf-sized speaker that provides high-quality sound. It also has to be within my price range. The Boston Acoustics MC100 Blue seemed to offer that and more, Read More…

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Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth Speaker review

on Monday, October 28th, 2013

In my search for awesome portable speakers, I have had some luck as of late.  I have done a few reviews here on The Gadgeteer for portable Bluetooth speakers that are solid choices for the audiophile looking to untether take his or her tunes from the confines of the living room.  But until now, I Read 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 hours Read 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 something Read More…

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Damson Twist Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker review

on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

“It was the best of speakers, it was the worst of speakers”. With apologies to Charles Dickens, that pretty much sums up my experience with the Damson Twist Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker. To say that this speaker will surprise is an understatement. There is no speaker on the Twist speaker. Yes, you read that right. Read 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…