Speaker

ihome-idl46-5

I've had my iHome docking alarm clock since the 3nd generation iPod Touch came out. I enjoyed the easy interface that iHome brought, and that it worked with my iPhone when I got one. Sadly, when they upgraded to the Lightning connector the dock no longer worked with my phone, but I had grown so [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews, Watches, Clocks
gracedigital-encore-7

We review a lot of speakers here on The Gadgeteer. Some of them have Bluetooth, AirPlay or NFC. The speaker I'm reviewing today doesn't have any of those features. What it does offer are some things that most of the speakers we review don't have including a color display, physical remote control and the ability to play 1000's of [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
SherwoodEXM304

Portable speaker systems range in price from $20-30 for the little pocket-sized ones to huge $600-800 units that can become your entire stereo. Where's the sweet spot? We've reviewed many here at The Gadgeteer, and the ones I actually consider for purchase or gifting usually fall somewhere in the $100-$250 range. I was sent Sherwood's [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
berlinboombox

If you would like to relive the 80's, Berlin Boombox will take you back in time when big hair was in style and boomboxes were our audio players of choice. The Berlin Boombox has paired retro style with a modern environmental sensibility by offering a speaker designed for your iPhone, Android smartphone or Windows phone. [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
korus-10

We sure do review a lot of audio related gadgets here on The Gadgeteer. Bill Henderson or as I call him, Mr. Headphones, almost exclusively reviews headphones, earphones and speakers. This year I've done my fair share of portable Bluetooth speaker reviews as well, but one category that hasn't received a lot of our attention are the [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
favi-boomarang

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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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News
Braven_855s

Wow. In a recent news item, I stated how Braven isn’t taking it easy after a string of successful portable speakers by releasing the monstrous Braven 800 – a direct competitor to Jawbone’s BigJambox speaker. It’s only been a few days, but Braven went and did it again with the Braven 855s, an identical twin [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Gear, News
Braven_710

The Braven numbers just keep piling up. The portable Bluetooth speaker maker has introduced the 710, yet another model in their ever-expanding lineup. What makes this speaker different from the similar 650 is: NFC (near field communication) pairing with non-iDevices, true stereo left and right pairing using two speakers, HD audio drivers, and APTX Bluetooth. [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News
Divoom-BluetuneBean_00

We like our tunes!  And as much as we like our personal earbuds, sometimes we don't just want to keep the music to ourselves, we want to jam out loud or share it with the folks around us.  The Divoom Bluetune-Bean Bluetooth portable speaker and speakerphone does this in a fun, compact shape and size.  [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
musemini-dboom-7

The MuseMini DBoom speaker features NFC, an emerging trend that we're starting to see in small portable speakers.  NFC stands for Near Field Communication and is built into most newer Android phones. NFC allows for quicker Bluetooth connections between the phone and the speaker. Instead of going into your Bluetooth settings, scanning for devices, pairing [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News
showertunes

Now you can take your gadgets into the bathroom with the ShowerTunes Shower Curtain / Liner. The curtain features a built in waterproof speaker system and a special play-through/see-through pouch to place your smartphone or tablet. Watch and listen to music while you shower, or take a call while you soak in the tub. The [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

A bang for your buck

thodio_a-box_boombox

Talk about turning swords (in this case, bullets) into plowshares; the thodio A-BOX .50 cal Ammo Can BoomBox heavy edition has to be one of the most unusual and ingenious speaker conversions I've seen lately. Just look at the thing: It's an authentic steel ammo box that has been converted into a powerful, handmade boombox [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
arctic-s113bt-1

The popularity of portable Bluetooth speakers is pretty obvious if you've been keeping track of all the reviews we've been doing for the past year or two. Guess what? We have another one for you today. It's the S113BT from Arctic. What makes this speaker any different from all the others on the market? This [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
divoom-bluetune-bean

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, which one is more important to you, big sound or portability? If you answered portability, I think you may be interested in learning more about the Bluetune-Bean from Divoom. This is a small Bluetooth speaker with a carabiner loop that can be used to attach it to your belt [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News
NudeAudio_Speakers_1

There's a new speaker company in town and they're nude. Boy, that was easy to write! Seriously, NudeAudio is a recent player in an almost over-crowded portable speaker market. One way they are trying to be noticed – besides their name – is to make speakers that look like no other, which is understandable because [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
Geneva_Model_S_wireless

Last year, The Gadgeteer reviewed the beautiful and innovative Geneva Model S. Nothing looked like it (or still looks like it) and the motorized dock was a conversation starter. However, that was so then and this is now. Once the iPhone 5 and new iPad ditched the 30-pin connector, the days of speakers with docks [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, News
cambridgeaudio-minxgo-7

The latest Bluetooth speaker to show up on my doorstep is the Minx Go Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Audio. I've been using it for a few days and so far it's been a winner in both sound and battery life. It's more expensive than some of the other speakers that I've looked at recently (see related [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
iphone-phonohorn

Ok kiddies, it's time to put on your Martha Stewart apron and bust out some scissors, glue and construction paper so you can make this cool (and free) sound amplifying dock for your smartphone. Consider this as an upgrade to the DIY Styrofoam Cup Sound Amplifier idea that we brought you a few weeks ago. [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
icup

Gadgeteer reader Gary Henderson sent in a great tip for anyone who wants to increase the volume on their tablet without spending money on portable speakers or other accessories. All you need is a simple paper, plastic or Styrofoam cup and a pair of scissors or a knife. Cut a slot in the cup and [...]

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