Portable speakers

Marshall announces their first portable speaker

Marshall Headphones has produced some home speakers in the past, but their newly announced Kilburn is their first portable speaker.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a Marshall without that iconic Marshall amp style, grid, and classic logo.  It connects via Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR or a audio cable.  It has a 4″ woofer and 2 …

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MB Quart QUB Bluetooth speaker review

In the continuing expansion of the Bluetooth speaker market, I have noticed a few trends. There are those designed for personal, near-field listening. These boost the sound from your tablet or smartphone enough that you can hear it as a bubble around your person, but those further away hear it as tinny noise. Next, there …

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Travel light with this speaker / backup battery combo

Like to travel light, but don’t want to deprive yourself of needed gadgets?  With the Pebble Aria, you’ll have a 3500mAh backup battery and a portable speaker in one small package.  The reserve power is enough to charge a phone up to two times, or it’s enough to power the speaker for up to seventy …

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Protect your Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker while you travel

If you own a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker, you may wish for a sturdy case to protect it in your gear bag.  Look no further than the CitySlicker case from Waterfield.  This case is custom-designed for the Mini Jambox, which fits perfectly in the main compartment.  A mesh pocket on the front of the CitySlicker holds …

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Kitsound Hive Wireless Speaker review

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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This retro “tape recorder” is actually a speaker

Although it looks very much like a cassette tape recorder I had years (and years) ago, the iRecorder is actually a speaker for iPhone 4/4S and 5/5S.  (It should work with any audio source with a 3.5mm jack, but the cassette compartment fits the iPhones.)  You plug the speaker’s 3.5mm audio cable into the iPhone, …

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kubxlab Earshots Stereo Speakers review

In the world of portable stereo-speaker competition, everyone is looking for that edge, that one thing that will set them apart from the others, the one thing that makes you want to buy their product over the competition. kubxlab is no exception to this, but they have embraced the simplicity of the past with their …

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Braven 625s Bluetooth speaker review

First things first.  Do you enjoy listening to clear clean voices with readily identifiable instruments and feel a little uneasy with big booming bass?  Then the portable Braven 625s speaker, built for the outdoors thanks to a rugged rubber exterior, should be a Bluetooth speaker at the top of your wish list.  I usually stream movies …

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BassBuds BassBoomz high performance Bluetooth speaker review

It is often said that good things come in small packages. But when it comes to music and speakers, we tend to think in the opposite direction, that bigger speakers equal better sound. The folks at BassBuds are trying to change that perception with their latest offering, the portable BassBoomz High Performance Bluetooth Speaker.

Keep your music fresh in a Mason jar

This speaker is small enough to be portable, but it may be better off kept out of an overloaded gear bag.  Instead of metal, plastic, or wood, the Mason Jar Speaker and Amplifier uses a glass canning jar enclosure.  The battery-operated speaker components are in the “lid” and just screw down onto the jar.  You’ll …

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X-Mini Uno and Max portable speakers review

If you read my article of Life as a Gadgeteer reviewer, you’ll know that review gadgets that get used frequently after reviewing are far and few between. It’s no secret that I loved the X-Mini Capsule II, KAI, and Max II (see related posts), and in fact these still get heaps of use and have gone way beyond …

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SuperTooth Disco Twin Bluetooth speaker review

Almost everyone has some sort of personal music player (phones, iPods, tablet devices – I have even see hats that can play your music). Listening to your music by yourself is fine, but what happens when you want to share your music with friends? SuperTooth has added their latest entry into the portable speaker game …

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How many licks to get to the center of a Ballo speaker?

Don’t you think these little speakers from Hong Kong-based Oyo and Bernhard|Burkard Product Design look like a Tootsie Roll Pop?  The Ballo is actually a speaker with a rechargeable battery inside a polycarbonate shell.  It’s a 3.5″ sphere that’s compatible with most audio devices with a 3.5mm audio connector, and it automatically turns on when plugged in …

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RichardSolo FreeWheelin Audio System for Helmets review

FreeWheelin attached to clip with round charging cable.

Bluetooth speakers are becoming quite popular, since most folks are carrying their music on their phones or tablets. Sure, plugging in an AUX cable gives a better connection in most cases, but trying to use something while its tethered, or having something fall off the edge of a counter because it was precariously balanced next …

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