Beats announces light Pill+ wireless speaker, available in November

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


Mass Fidelity Relay review: stream music from your iPhone to your analog speakers

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


Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System brings true surround sound to your living room

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


Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III brings the party to your people

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


Alpatronix AX400 is a tiny speaker with a big sound

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


Review: Inateck MercuryBox Bluetooth speaker

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


Bose SoundDock Series III is a rich sound system for your entertainment center

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


The UE Boom Bluetooth speaker offers 360 degrees of immersive sound

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


Apple recalls overheating Beats Pill XL speakers that pose fire safety risk

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2015

In a rare display of a voluntary product recall, Apple has pulled the Beats Pill XL wireless speakers citing a possible fire safety risk caused by overheating.

According to a media release Apple PR put out Wednesday, the voluntary recall of all Beats Pill XL speakers, “including a refund for customers,” does not affect any other Beats or Apple products.

“Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” notes the press release. Read More


Harmon Kardon SoundSticks: when modern industrial design meets beautiful sound

By Lory Gil on May 7, 2015

Some speakers are great for on-the-go listening. Others are meant for rugged used in the outdoors. There are plenty of quality mobile Bluetooth speakers out there. But what about stationary speakers? Harman Kardon, one of the best-known quality sound system companies, offers the SoundSticks Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System so you can stream media from your iPhone in style. Read More


NYNE Multimedia Aqua Bluetooth speaker is fully waterproof, and it floats

By Lory Gil on May 6, 2015

As the weather gets warmer and summer looms around the corner, I find myself daydreaming about spending hours at the river, swimming in the cool pockets of still waters. Wouldn’t it be great to bring a speaker? But, I don’t want to ruin it by accidentally dropping it in the water.

NYNE Multimedia has solved that problem with a fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker called Aqua. Not only can you drop the external audio source right into a body of water, but it will also float, so you don’t have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of the pool. Read More


Take your sound to the next level with Anker Classic Portable Bluetooth Speaker

By Lory Gil on May 2, 2015

There is no reason to even bring up the fact that the iPhone’s internal speaker system sucks, but I just did. So the best solution to a terrible sound is boosting it with something else.

The Anker A7908 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a box speaker that fits in the palm of your hand, but packs a punch when it comes to increasing the volume of your iPhone 6. The nearly 20-hour battery life makes it possible for you to keep the party going, all night long. Read More


CES 2015: Moshi launches AirPlay speaker with eye-candy cabinet design

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

Moshi, the maker of premium accessories and peripherals for Apple devices, announced today at CES in Las Vegas a gorgeously crafted wireless speaker with built-in support for AirPlay, a media streaming technology from Apple.

Because AirPlay is directly supported by the Spatia speaker hardware, as Moshi is marketing its new product, you can stream music from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac to the speaker without being connected to a home Wi-Fi router. Read More


CES 2015: SuperTooth unveils inexpensive multiroom wireless speaker system

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2015

SuperTooth, a maker of Bluetooth speakers hailing from France’s Nebias, unveiled at CES a multi-speaker system that does more than fill your room with wireless music.

They’re calling it the Multiroom System and it uses up to five speakers connected by Bluetooth and controlled by an app for iOS or Mac to bring music to different rooms of your home.

Setup couldn’t be simpler.

The master speaker receives the music from your device via Bluetooth and then streams it wirelessly to up to four satellite speakers anywhere in your home, using proprietary RF wireless technology. Read More


Reminder: Beats offering 10% off headphones and speakers with free shipping

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

Although this has been running for a couple days now, it’s worth noting that Apple-owned Beats is running a nice holiday promotion that offers discounts on select headphones and speakers and free next-day shipping on all in-stock items at the Apple Online Store.

As Bryan Wolfe of AppAdvice writes, the special promotion offers the Solo2 headsets for $179.95 instead of the regular $199.95 price point. As for the latest Studio Wireless headsets, they are available for $341.95, normally a $379.95 value. Read More


Divoom Bluetooth speakers offer big sound in a small package

By Jim Gresham on Dec 17, 2014

The market is crowded with Bluetooth speakers. Every time you turn around, there is someone selling another Bluetooth speaker. They are an excellent iOS device accessory and I recommend having at least one. Of course, they run the full range of prices and I have had my hands on cheap and expensive several hundred dollar models.

When choosing a speaker, it is important to decide what is most important to you. Do you need one small enough to throw in your bag or do you prefer a home theater style option that can shake the walls with crisp and booming sound? Divoom is on the lower end of the Bluetooth spectrum. Providing small packaged, portable Bluetooth speakers with a rugged edge is the niche market for the Texas based company, which sent them over for review. Read More


The Truffol DuraSound offers big sound with small footprint

By Jim Gresham on Oct 3, 2014

There is an assortment of Bluetooth speakers on the market and almost any accessory maker thinks they should enter the flooded marketplace. With that attitude, your product should bring something a little different to the crowd. Truffol’s DuraSound exists somewhere between business professional and outdoor appropriate.

DuraSound has a very conservative, simple, rectangular design, with a flat matte finished front and back grill. This simple design with clean edges and finishes makes it suitable for the office. In contrast, the color-matched silicon bumper allows the device to be toted around for after hour drinks. Read More


Claimed rear camera with OIS and other iPhone 6 components surface in new photos

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014

Modified Russian accessory vendor Feld & Volk, known for customizing iPhones with luxury parts like solid gold volume buttons, Friday on its Instagram profile published photos it claims show a rear camera with optical image stabilization for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version, along with an assortment of other claimed components such as the microphone, speaker and the power button with rubber seal.

Jump past the fold, give the images a quick look and join us in comments for an analysis. Read More


New iPhone 6 parts reveal larger speaker, embedded Apple logo and redesigned vibrator

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

A flurry of photographs of the allegedly leaked iPhone 6 parts published Thursday morning by French blog hint at several design choices Apple engineers took in order to make the device more sleeker and thinner than its predecessor.

Internal and external components like SIM trays, the Apple logo, Home buttons, the internal speaker and vibrator motor all appear to be differently designed and engineered than the comparable parts found in the iPhone 5s.

The leaked parts suggest that the next iPhone will be offered in the same silver, gray and gold colorways as the iPhone 5s while featuring an improved vibrator, the embedded logo on the back and possibly an enhanced sound system. Read More


The Big Turtle Shell and its 2.0 sidekick are Bluetooth speakers that can handle the elements

By Jim Gresham on Aug 24, 2014

I’m partial to having a speaker in almost every room of the house. There is no particular reason why and, after thinking about it, I am not really that into music. However it is nice to always have some jams going in the background. Thanks to Outdoor Tech, I can have music going in one room, but still hear it in the next. Or, if I am rocking out in the neighborhood pool, I am loud enough to get in trouble.

After meeting with Outdoor Tech at CES, I was really excited about both the Big Turtle Shell and the Turtle Shell 2.0. If you can recall, I reviewed the Turtle Shell gen. 1, and was pretty impressed. In fact, the Turtle Shell has not left my kitchen, except for a couple of roadie tours, for a complete year. I have access to a lot of gear, so it is definitely a credit to the product for any one to make it a full year.

I must admit, the Turtle Shell has been de-throned, in favor of the 2.0 version and the big brother, Big Turtle Shell. Read More

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