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iHome iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock and USB Charge/Play review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Monday, June 16th, 2014

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 soRead More…

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Grace Digital Encore Wi-Fi Music Player Internet radio review

on Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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 ofRead More…

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Sherwood Excape EXM-30 Bluetooth speaker review

on Friday, March 21st, 2014

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’sRead More…

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Berlin Boombox – A speaker that can be recycled

on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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.Read More…

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Korus V400 and V600 Premium Wireless Speakers review

on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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 theRead 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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BRAVEN goes big (and now wet) with 855s Bluetooth Speaker

on Monday, November 11th, 2013

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 twinRead More…

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Braven adds another number to its line-up

on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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.Read More…

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Divoom Bluetune-Bean Bluetooth speaker review

on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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. Read More…

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MuseMini DBoom Bluetooth NFC speaker review

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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, pairingRead More…

Bang & Olufsen redefines how you listen to TV

on Saturday, September 28th, 2013

This post brought to you by Bang & Olufsen. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you ever think about what you’d do if you suddenly came into a lot of money?  I do.  I’d buy my mid-century modern dream house, order a bunch of Knoll furniture, and call Bang & Olufsen to equip my house forRead More…

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ShowerTunes Shower Curtain – Now you can take a shower with the boys from New Direction

on Friday, September 20th, 2013

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. TheRead More…

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A bang for your buck

on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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 boomboxRead More…

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Arctic S113BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker with NFC Pairing review

on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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? ThisRead More…

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Divoom introduces the Bluetune-Bean

on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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 beltRead More…

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Audio goes nude with new range of speakers

on Friday, August 16th, 2013

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 becauseRead More…

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Geneva Model S loses a dock and gains much more

on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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 docksRead More…

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Cambridge Audio Minx Go Bluetooth speaker review

on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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 relatedRead More…

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If Martha Stewart was a gadgeteer, she’d make this Phono Horn for her iPhone

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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.Read More…

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DIY Tip: Jack up your tablet’s volume with a Styrofoam cup

on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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 andRead More…

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Kinivo BTX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker review

on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

A few weeks ago Steve reviewed the Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker and gave it a thumbs up. Today I’m going to tell you about another Bluetooth speaker from Kinivo. The BTX350 is physically smaller with a smaller price tag to match. But how does it sound? That’s the $39.95 question. Let’s take a look.

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iHome iBT4 Bluetooth Boombox review

on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Are you shopping for a portable speaker for your favorite Bluetooth enabled device? Take a look at iHome. They have a large variety of speakers, so if you can’t find something there, you probably don’t know what you want. They recently sent me the funky looking iBT4 wireless Bluetooth speaker which I’ve been testing for a couple weeks.Read More…

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Musemini DBoom portable speaker connects to your smartphone via NFC

on Friday, June 14th, 2013

We’ve been seeing a huge influx of portable wireless Bluetooth speakers on the market in the last year or two, but now there’s something new on the horizon that will make streaming music from your mobile devices even easier. The Musemini DBoom portable speaker connects to your smartphone via NFC (and Bluetooth if you don’tRead More…

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Logic3 and Ferrari unveil an AirPlay speaker – VROOM

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Logic3 has introduced the Scuderia FS1 Air speaker dock from their Ferrari Audio lineup of speakers and headphones:. The design is inspired by Scuderia Racing Team’s work with Ferrari. The Speaker looks fast with a sloping front nose and a raised spoiler in the rear. Even the two rear-facing speaker grills look like classic tailpipeRead More…

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Divoom Bluetune-solo portable Bluetooth speaker review

on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Divoom Bluetune-solo is a portable Bluetooth speaker that will let you enjoy your tunes wirelessly, while also providing speakerphone capability, all in a package that is half the size of a can of soda. There are a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market right now, let’s see if this one is worthyRead More…