Speaker

plx-yabax

Vibration speakers are unique because they turn ordinary objects like a table or a box into a speaker with full sound. The Yaba X is an ultra portable vibration speaker from PLX Devices that has already achieved full funding through Kickstarter. The pocket-sized Yaba is made of cast zinc and is going to be available [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Music Gear, News
rocksteadyxs-6

Update: This review has been updated to reflect the 1.5 version of the hardware. See notes below. Full sized speakers will almost always sound better than smaller speakers, but sometimes smaller can be the way to go when space is a premium or portability is required. That's why we're seeing so many Bluetooth speakers popping [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
divoom-ifit2-1

Most families have several media devices, such as the iPad, Galaxy, Surface, or any of the many smart phones available nowadays, and our family is no exception. We have iPads, iPhones, and an Android tablet. Also, with the new Lightning adapter, we have a total of three different charging cables for our devices. This makes [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, iOS, Reviews
Native_Union_Speaker_2

The portable speaker market is getting more and more crowded ... and more interesting as well. Jambox, FoxL, Scosche, JBL, Braven, and a host of others are competing for your wallet and coming up with some twists in design and/or features to grab your attention. Native Union is a company you may not have heard [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, News
ihome-iw3-1

iHome makes a lot of nice accessories for Apple products, and I've gotten to review quite a few things.  I've reviewed docking speakers and Bluetooth speakers, but the iW3 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System is the first AirPlay speaker from iHome that I've gotten to try.  As you know by now, I have a lot [...]

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mini-cinema-for-iphone-4-4s

Tired of watching videos on your small iPhone 4/4S screen?  Here's the most whimsical approach to increasing the image size and sound volume from any device.  The Mini Cinema for iPhone 4/4S from OhNeed is a very low-tech approach to turning your display into a bigger screen.  The Mini Cinema has an old-fashioned horn to [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News
NuForce_Cube_Speaker_1

With the growing popularity of wireless speakers – both Bluetooth and AirPlay – many speaker companies have begun to release products that are redefining how we listen to music. Suddenly, there are very small speakers that can produce quality audio with decent bass. Until recently, this was almost unheard of. Jambox, Soundmatters, Braven, Scosche, Jabra, [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

LG 300W Sound Bar System review

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I do enjoy my 47" LCD TV, but the sound quality never seemed to equal that of the picture.  I realize that it's difficult to get any fidelity out of a couple of puny speakers, however, the alternative of getting a surround sound system was more than I wanted or needed, not to mention having [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
original-marshall_hanwell_rgb_highres_09_7515

If you play a guitar, you’ve heard of Marshall amps. It’s hard to miss a rock photo from the 60s and 70s without some guitarist wailing in front of a wall of Marshall amps. Now, you don’t have to be a musician to feel that power. Marshall has introduced the Hanwell – its first consumer [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
gramaphone

The Gramophone combines sculpture with sound to create a unique speaker system for the iPhone or iPad that will definitely turn heads (and ears). Designed to resemble a Victorian era phonograph, the base of the Gramophone is constructed of solid walnut and the horn is made of iron and brass. The interesting thing about this [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News
JBL_Soundfly_2

Maybe the JBL SoundFly is appropriately named. With Apple’s AirPlay technology, sound kinda flies from your iDevice to the speaker. There’s no wires, so how else is it going to get there? Now that Apple has nixed the 30-pin dock, it’s a given that AirPlay wireless speakers will only become more popular. New speakers seem [...]

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gdock

Most of the speaker systems we feature here on The Gadgeteer are made for iPhones or the iPod touch. But today I am able to tell you about the gdock Speaker Dock from Grace Digital, which has been designed especially for Samsung Galaxy devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3, 2, Note I or Note II [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, News
aris-windows-8-speaker

Aperion Audio announces ARIS, the first speaker certified compatible with Windows 8 (also works with 7).  Using the Windows "Play To" function, you'll be able to send music wireless from your PC, tablet, or smartphone to the ARIS speaker.  The ARIS connects to your home network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), or with a simple on-board setup [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News, Windows Phone
outdoor-technology-turtleshell-9

The Turtle Shell from Outdoor Technology is a rugged water resistant wireless boombox that has been designed for indoors, outdoors and everywhere in between. This portable Bluetooth speaker is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, but with only 10 days to go, they are already over their goal and will be shipping units next month. They [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, iOS, Reviews
Braven_600_7

I am quickly becoming a fan of portable audio speakers and docks. They are convenient and sometimes sound way better than their size would indicate. Last year, I reviewed the wonderful Soundmatters FoxL speaker which impressed everyone who heard it with its jaw-dropping sound. Later Jawbone released the Jambox, which is basically a reworked FoxL [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
Cube_1

NuForce has added a cute and affordable speaker to the ever expanding portable audio market. Unlike the rectangular shaped Jambox or Soundmatters FoxL, the NuForce Cube is exactly that, a cube-shaped speaker small enough to carry with you.  (Click to enlarge the photos.) NuForce has added even more to this little wonder that makes it [...]

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Jawbone’s Bluetooth Jambox Smartspeaker is a miracle. Hearing this tiny speaker (and also Soundmatter’s FoxL – on which the Jambox is based) for the first time will quite literally make your jaw drop. So will the price: $200. That’s a lot for a portable speaker of any size, much less one that is only six [...]

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Audyssey Audio Dock Air

When I reviewed the South of Market Audio Dock from Audyssey, I was blown over by the sound, the bass, the size, the... well, just about everything. Everything, except the Bluetooth wireless. As I have said before, I am not a fan of Bluetooth. Maybe the new Bluetooth 4.0 will change my mind, but for [...]

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iHome_IP4_1

Does anyone remember the Apple Newton? It was arguably the first handheld mobile device and it was way ahead of its time. However, it had so many issues, it ultimately failed in the marketplace. Well, I remember the Newton. I owned four of them and I loved them all. Now, if you are wondering what [...]

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pure-contour-12

If you store your music on an iPhone or iPod and also enjoy internet radio, the PURE Contour is a one of the nicer speaker systems that I've had the opportunity to review. It offers a dock for playing the music on an iPhone/iPod while also charging its batteries, Internet streaming radio, FM radio and [...]

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Sony-SA-NS500-HomeShare-Portable-Speaker

The item in the photo may look like a plastic salt shaker, but it's a wireless speaker.  The HomeShare Portable Speaker from Sony can play music from your iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone through Apple's Airplay, or it can wirelessly stream music from computers, Sony Blu-ray integrated systems, or from the Sony tablet.  This little  9 [...]

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Libratone_Live_House3_RGB

All of a sudden, there are a lot of Apple AirPlay* speakers being offered just in time for the holidays. Libratone is a new high-end player in this enlarging US market. They’ve been around for a while in Europe where they are famous for their high quality and great sound. This Danish company subscribes to [...]

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Audyssey_LES_Audio_Dock_4

The one thing I really missed from the Audyssey South of Market speaker dock I recently reviewed was Apple’s AirPlay technology (plus no headphone port, but I digress). I was so sure that the next version of that speaker would have it. I was wrong – sort of. Audyssey has released an AirPlay speaker. It’s just [...]

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iecko1

No one has ever mistaken me for an environmentalist, however, I drive a hybrid car; my previous car ran on E85; I replaced most of my light bulbs with CFLs and I sort my trash for recycling.  I do these things, not because it makes me feel good.  I do them because it saves me money.  Hence, when [...]

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android-speaker

MobileFun brings us a this super cute Android Bluetooth 3.0 speaker for your car or desk. It's small but still packs 2W of sound. The Android's head doubles as a control to let you change tracks with a twist or pause with a push. It also has a built in microphone for hands-free calls. The [...]

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Posted in: Android