Speakers

Samsung_Level_1

It appears that Samsung has come out swinging in the “Let’s beat Beats” game. Say what you will about Beats audio quality (I do), you cannot argue with their marketing genius. They hold about 60% of the headphone market – which makes them a prime target. Samsung has released two new headphones, an earphone and [...]

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Audioengine_A2_1

A year ago, I reviewed the monstrous but wonderful Audioengine A5+ speakers. These behemoths will rattle not only your windows, but the neighbor's as well — yet still sound good doing it. But let’s be real, unless you have a big desk (I do), the A5+ speakers are just too big and loud for most [...]

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xmini-3

Love music but just wish your phone's speakers were a bit louder?  On the go and hate carrying around one of those brick sized portable speakers?  X-mini has the perfect solution for you!  The X-mini WE and ME speakers are a whole lot of loud in a tiny package. Both the WE and ME speakers are [...]

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Audioengine_W3_4

I will admit upfront that this review is way overdue. The main reason is because the Audioengine W3 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is a product that is not easy to categorize. It performs some unique functions and duplicates some that are built into existing products. It’s taken me a while to sort it all out [...]

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Audioengine_A2_1

Audioengine doesn’t know when to leave well-enough alone. Case-in-point: Their A2 speakers were just about the perfect size and rating for desktop use, and consumers obviously agreed because they have sold quite well. Even so, Audioengine figured they could do better, so they’ve introduced the new A2+ powered desktop speakers. These mini-powerhouses have been substantially [...]

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cambridgeaudio-minx-air-200-5

A couple months ago I posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Minx Go and concluded at that time that it was my current favorite small speaker. Then I was given the opportunity to try the Minx Go's bigger brother, the Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Wireless Music System. At twice the size and four times the [...]

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Incipio acquires Braven

BRAVEN_incipio

We here at The Gadgeteer are fans of BRAVEN. Their cool speaker lineup only gets better each year. Accessory maker Incipio has wanted to get into the portable speaker market, and now they’ve gone from having no speakers to being a major player with the purchase of BRAVEN. “The BRAVEN team is thrilled to be [...]

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Satechi-Speakers-1

I love listening to music or podcasts on my home PC and at my office. Sometimes you just need to tune into something upbeat to get your work done!  My desk space is limited, so since I was given the opportunity to try out the Dual Sonic speakers from Satechi, I grabbed the chance. Note:  Images can [...]

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B_W_Zeppelin_Air_speaker

Bowers & Wilkins climbed on the Apple AirPlay wagon in 2011 with their wild and wonderful Zeppelin Air speaker (with dock connector). The following year, when Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with their proprietary Lightning connector, I thought B&W would go totally wireless with the next Zeppelin, as they had with the newer – but [...]

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orb-audio-sale

We've reviewed Orb Audio speakers and amps a few times here at The Gadgeteer.  If you'd like a refresher of Orb's great designs and quality, check out Julie's review of their speakers, and my reviews of their Booster and Mini-T amps.  Orb Audio has just released their 2013 Mini-T amplifier, and they're making a special [...]

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boombot-rex

Boombotix is a San Francisco based company who originally started developing portable speakers for urban cyclists as an alternative to headphones. They currently have a Kickstarter project for a new speaker called the Boombot REX. The REX is an ultraportable 2.1 speaker system with a rugged ABS plastic body and a built in noise canceling [...]

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Audyssey Bluetooth Wireless Speakers_1

Audyssey has taken their expertise in sound tweaking and released some interesting speaker products: a cool AirPlay dock, a killer Bluetooth dock and a pair of small, but powerful media speakers. Now, they’ve taken those media speakers and created a wireless, Bluetooth version, the Audyssey Wireless Speakers. These speakers are crammed with technology, like Audyssey [...]

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Audyssey_Audio_Dock_Air_4

A while back, I reviewed the Audyssey South of Market speaker/dock, which Audyssey has recently renamed the Audyssey Audio Dock. I felt – and still feel – that the addition of Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming technology would have made that Audio Dock practically perfect. It has only Bluetooth for wireless, and I’m just not a [...]

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ultralink-ucubespeakers

Going for a consistent look for your Apple setup? With a small footprint, aluminum body and matching detachable stands, the uCube speakers from UltraLink have a style that looks like they should have been included in the box with an iMac or MacBook. Plug 'n' Play USB powered, they claim to utilize a "smart" Digital [...]

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xmini3

In my X-mini KAI Capsule Speaker review I mentioned two things that I considered might be worth pointing out.  The first was the price. When I reviewed the KAI  I showed it around to a lot of my mates. The universal opinion was " Oooh I love the size! Oooh I love the sound! Oooh, the price....I [...]

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ihome-idm5

The iHome iDM5 is a Bluetooth keyboard speaker system for smartphones and tablets. It features a full sized keyboard along with speakers and a microphone that offer speakerphone and streaming audio capability. The speakers have SoundClear® Voice echo cancellation and Music 3D technology along with SRS TruBass sound enhancement. If all that doesn't get you interested, the iDM5 [...]

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la_boite-laptop-table

The La Boite Concept+CC LAB's LD120 Hi-Fi Soundsystem+Laptop Desk from the A+R Store is the first high-fidelity laptop desk.  The desk has a leather-covered surface, and it's available with red, black, or white legs with a piano-lacquered finish.  It measures 30" tall x 22.5" wide x 20.5" deep.  It has a built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) [...]

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Zooka Wireless Speaker

Zooka Wireless Speaker

I'm currently looking for an extension speaker for my Thinkpad Tablet as the in-built speaker is pathetic (yes singular). That being said, I don't want it connected all the time - only when I want to share watching a movie and the like.  I want it portable and rugged enough to take with me wherever I [...]

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orb-audio-mini-t-amp-1

I recently reviewed the Booster Mini Amplifier from Orb Audio, and I had ordered a pair of Mod 1 speakers so I could review the amp.  I was very surprised to also receive speakers and a subwoofer with the Booster amp, and I ended up with 2 extra pairs of Orb Audio Mod 1 speakers.  [...]

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orb-audio-booster-amp-1

The picture above is dominated by my giant 65" TV, but you'll notice two little speakers sitting in front of the screen (click for a larger view).  These little beauties are Mod 2 speakers from Orb Audio, a US-based "high-end speaker manufacturer who has proven that price does not equate to quality in the home [...]

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