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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 [...]

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"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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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In the world of home theater systems everything seems to be getting bigger and bigger. With digital media providing immersive sound for movies and TV programs, your sound system needs to be first-rate to take advantage of that immersive quality. But what happens when you don't have the space to install an expensive multi-speaker sound [...]

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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 [...]

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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. One thing I like about reviewing products is getting to test them in everyday situations. Case [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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