By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016
As of today, owners of Sonos systems around the world can stream Apple Music directly through their wireless speaker hardware, the company announced. Anyone with an Apple Music subscription, or even a free trial, can stream any song from Apple’s catalog to their Sonos speakers.
Just choose Add Music Service in Sonos’s companion iPhone app, scroll down to the Apple Music icon and log into your account. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016
Another iPad Air 3 design drawing, published Monday by Engadget, seems to support the thesis that the forthcoming device refresh will be outfitted with four speakers and include support for the Smart Connector. As you know, both of these features have made their debut with last fall’s release of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The alleged design drawing follows a similar image which the French blog NowhereElse.fr posted a week ago. That drawing gave us our first glimpse into the Smart Connector and four speakers, both of which are now believed to be in tow for the iPad Air 3. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016
A purported drawing published Monday by French blog NowhereElse.fr indicates that Apple’s third-generation iPad Air might borrow the iPad Pro’s four-speaker setup for better audio reproduction.
In addition, the tablet could sport a LED flash. The site has obtained the design drawing from a fairly reliable source though it couldn’t vouch for the veracity of the leaked image. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2016
We are big fans of House of Marley gear here at iDB. I recently reviewed the Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker, praising it for its sound and portability, and we have highlighted several of their other products over the years. So naturally, when we found out that many of their Bluetooth speakers and headphones were on sale, we just had to share it with you.
In my Chant Mini review, I noted that House of Marley products are unique in that they are built using earth-friendly materials like Hemp, bamboo and recycled plastic, and thus look very different than other consumer electronics. But, if you can get past the unorthodox aesthetics, my experience with HoM gear is that it sounds great and is very well made. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2016
House of Marley has built up a solid reputation among consumers and reviewers for delivering products with unique, eco-friendly designs, great-sounding audio and affordable prices. So of course I jumped at the chance to check out their Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker.
I’ve been playing with the Chant Mini for a few weeks now, and I have to say that I’ve been impressed. The speaker sounds great for its size—at just 4.25″x5.5″x4.35″ this thing is incredibly portable—and I have to admit that the unconventional design has kind of grown on me. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2016
If you’re in the market for a great-looking wireless speaker for your desktop that packs some rather advanced audio technology in a sleek frame, look no further than the Pavilion, a new project that recently launched on Kickstarter and has already raised almost $50,000 funding out of the $70,000 target.
The Pavilion is a high-performance wireless speaker that looks gorgeous. It has a unique D-spiral acoustic system and definitely feels luxurious thanks to the clever use of different materials. Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 29, 2015
Welcome to another edition of our accessory spotlight series. We want to present you with a well-rounded variety of accessories for your iPhone or iPad so you can find what is just right for you. Many of these products are not new, but are spotlighted here because of their high consumer ratings. Today’s category is portable mini Bluetooth speakers.
This year, speaker maker House of Marley launched a new cylindrical speaker that packs a punch for its diminutive size and costs much less that others in its category. It is shaped like a soda can and blasts your tunes in multiple directions. Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 17, 2015
I love connecting my iPhone to my little portable speakers so I can bring my music to any party. The technology is great, and the convenience is awesome. But, oftentimes, the sound quality suffers. There are a handful of portable wireless speakers that perform exceptionally well, but none of them provide that true stereo sound that I’m looking for.
So, when I heard about Mass Fidelity‘s claim that the Core portable wireless speaker simulates stereo quality sound I thought, “yeah right.” The company sent us two Core speakers to test out (for the purpose of multi-room use). Frankly, my opinion has changed. We’ve got a hands-on review of the Core by Mass Fidelity for your reading pleasure today. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015
As promised, Apple Music is available on Sonos wireless speakers from today, marking the first official third-party integration of Apple’s subscription-based music service.
Available as a public beta, the feature lets you access select Apple Music features on wireless speakers by Sonos, including custom playlists through the For You and New features and Beats 1 radio. Of course, you can also play any song from your Apple Music catalogue through your Sonos speakers. Read More
By iDB Deals on Nov 5, 2015
Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Boom is a compact, durable wireless speaker made to provide a 360-degree sound design, with up to 15 hours of battery life. Add powerful and clear midrange & treble, with a strong low-end, and you’ve got a versatile little blaster that’s well worth the price tag – especially when you take 25% off, for a total of $149.99 that’s $50 cheaper than Amazon. Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 5, 2015
Whether you are watching Star Wars on Blu-Ray or listening to Drake in iTunes, you want your audio to be at its best. Having a home theater system that also lets you play music from your iPhone 6s is even better.
Yamaha’s YAS-203 sound bar with subwoofer is a top-of-the-line home theater audio connector with the added benefit of having Bluetooth support, so you can watch movies with full power and switch over to listening to music on your iPhone 6s without skipping a beat. Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 3, 2015
When it comes to portable speakers, a lot of times, convenience trumps sound quality and you end up with a device that you can take anywhere, but doesn’t really provide the best listening experience.
Grain Audio has added MaxxAudio sound processing, created by GRAMMY award-winning Waves Audio, to a walnut speaker shell with two two-inch loudspeakers and a bass isolation system that does not compromise sound quality for portability. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015
Apple-owned Beats by Dr. Dre today announced its very first wireless speaker since joining the Cupertino firm in May 2014 deal valued at more than $3 billion.
The new Pill+ is Bluetooth-enabled, lighter than its predecessor and comes with a twelve-hour battery that can be used to charge your devices through the USB and USB-C ports found on the back.
The Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Pill speaker and uses the stereo active 2-way crossover system to create an optimized sound field. Read More
By Lory Gil on Sep 29, 2015
The one thing I detest about streaming music from my iPhone is the subpar audio playback. I come from the record player generation, when people listened to music on vinyl, of which I still have many hundreds. Digital music just sounds flat when played through most portable speakers.
The best way to fix the problem with tinny, flat audio is to invest thousands of dollars in speakers that will play your music the way it is meant to be heard. However, many of us already have a kickass stereo system and aren’t looking to buy a new one.
That’s where Mass Fidelity’s Relay comes in. It is a Bluetooth connected digital-analog converter (DAC) that connects to your existing speaker system for transmitting digital music to an analog stereo. That means, even if your stereo is 40 years old, as long as you can connect traditional RCA cables to it, you can stream music from your iPhone. We’ve got a hands-on review of the Relay for you today. Read More
By Lory Gil on Sep 7, 2015
Have you noticed that most television sets these days have terrible audio? Most of the time, you have to take into consideration a new speaker system when buying a new TV. The Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System is a surround sound kit that will turn your music listening experience into a fully immersive one, even if you are playing it through your iPhone 6. Read More
By Lory Gil on Sep 3, 2015
Now that we have so many choices for our music streaming options, we have to figure out how we are going to transmit those audio waves to our ears. You may want to keep your music private by using headphones, or share your sound with others via a nice quality speaker.
If your speaker needs go beyond you and your close friends, it may be time to invest in a mid-range speaker that will provide enough sound to keep the party going, while still being portable enough to take with you to the next party of the night.
Bose’s SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is a perfect mix of high-quality, loud audio output and small sized portability. Read More
By Lory Gil on Sep 2, 2015
When you are hanging out with friend, whether it is a backyard barbeque or a picnic in the park, music always makes the festivities a little more enjoyable. However, packing a heavy, large speaker into your picnic basket isn’t exactly convenient.
Alpatronix AX400 Bluetooth speaker is less than five inches long and just over two inches tall. So, you can toss it in with all of your other outdoor gear and barely even notice its existence until you are ready to rock the tunes. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 30, 2015
One of my biggest beefs with the iPhone and iPad is the lack of love given to sound output quality. Neither device features speakers that face the user, and the speakers that are there produce sound that’s just passable in my opinion. It’s definitely one of the biggest opportunity areas for improvement when it comes to iOS hardware.
Other devices do a much better job with sound quality. For example, the HTC One M9 features front-facing speakers, as does the just-released Motorola G 3rd-gen. Even tablets like the Nexus 9 feature front-firing speakers that sound relatively good. The iPhone and iPad? Not so much.
But that’s okay, because that’s what external speakers were made for. In fact, I just got my hands on stylish-looking Bluetooth speaker called the MercuryBox (42.99 with Amazon discount code below). It’s from a German company called Inateck, who sent us a sample unit for review.
Is this the perfect device to improve your iPhone’s sound output? Read More
By Lory Gil on Jul 27, 2015
When you are sitting around, drinking coffee, listening to music in your living room after a long day at work, the last thing you want is to not be able to hear your music because the kids are playing too loud or the dog won’t stop barking. You need a good sound system.
If you really want to fill a room with sound, The Bose SoundDock Series III is exactly what you need to project your iPhone 6’s audio throughout the house. Although it is loud enough to act as your main sound system, it is small enough to sit on top of your Blu-Ray player without taking up very much space Read More
By Lory Gil on Jul 24, 2015
Apple’s new streaming service is a big hit. While it may still need some polishing, it is an excellent music player that houses an immense collection of tunes for you to listen to both on and off line. Now, you just need something to play music through that is better than the iPhone 6’s tiny speakers.
If you are looking for a little more power than just a personal, portable speaker, the UE Boom is the best in its class. It is small enough to fit in your drink holder, rugged enough to take camping, and powerful enough to be heard in a room full of partiers. Read More