Voxx International (formerly known as Audiovox) has a habit of making a splash at CES, and this year has been no different. Today, the company's Acoustic Research subsidiary announced a pair of audio docks: the AirPlay Audio System (ARAP50) and the Bluetooth Wireless Audio System (ARS70).
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.
I am the proud father of three, 3, 9, and 12. I recently upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Sony Xperia Z. Having so many kids warranted a change of pace. Let me tell you, it is mind blowing. I love Android, I love tech and I love my family. Not in that order though. I work hard, play even harder and take care of all that are around me when I can.
There wasn’t anything wrong with the softly curved, rounded rectangles and squares of its previous speakers, but NudeAudio went with a fancier approach this time. Studio 5 is 6” tall, with an amorphous, asymmetrical shape and offset Lightning dock.
Apple reinvented touchscreen smartphones; now it’s reinventing iOS. The new iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad has no small legacy to live up to, and it’s pulling no punches in doing so, refreshing not only the design but going deeper, streamlining commonly used features, paring back unnecessary bloat, and polishing up things like Siri.
Old iPhone docks are a depressing sight in this world of Lightning cables and connectors, sitting with their 30-pin connector exposed and lonely. There are a number of Bluetooth accessories that you can use with those devices, including one from accessory-maker Auris called the freeDa.
The Aerb Bluetooth Music & Speaking Mouse (Model Number: IBT-04) is a super-cool Bluetooth Speaking Mouse. Yep, it plays music, lets you make phone calls, and more with its built in microphone and speaker.
Wren Audio's release of the distinctively wood-bodied V5AP unfortunately coincided with widespread industry abandonment of the AirPlay wireless audio streaming standard it was built upon: Apple's Wi-Fi-based AirPlay was slow, buggy, and susceptible to audio drop-outs, which combined with unjustifiably high price tags to keep most users away.
Geneva Lab has introduced three new wireless sound systems: the Geneva Sound System Model M Wireless ($599), the Geneva Sound System Model L Wireless ($1,199), and the Geneva Sound System Model XL Wireless ($2,299). The Model M uses Bluetooth A2DP for wireless audio streaming and includes an FM radio, digital clock with alarm, LED display, and touch-sensitive controls.
Considerably more expensive than most Bluetooth wireless speakers of its size, Grain Audio's PWS.01 - Packable Wireless System ($249) attempts to justify the premium with a solid walnut enclosure. According to the company, it's not just there for looks, but for better sound, too.
Portable audio wares are never in short supply here at CES, andJBLis looking to do its part to maintain those levels. Adding to the fray, the company has announced a Bluetooth-enabled trio with the Flip 2 speaker, Synchros S400BT headphones and J46BT in-ears to suit a variety of mobile listening sensibilities.
Continuing its series of wireless media devices, Sony has just made available its Bluetooth-powered BM10 music receiver. Sporting a design identical to that of the Sony IM10 wireless display announced last week, the BM10 focuses more on spreading your music to more areas than your smartphone or tablet speakers can reach.With almost the same dimensions as the IM10, standing at 75.
Nearly 7” wide by 3.1” tall by 2.3” deep, PWS.01 is around a half-inch to an inch larger in each dimension than the plastic and metal speakers that defined the near-pocketable Jawbone Jambox category several years ago.
Yes, Windows Phones are finally keeping up with the Joneses. Thanks to thelatest update, smartphones running Microsoft's mobile OS can now have top-of-the-line components. We got a good taste of how this feels with theNokia Lumia 1520(spoiler: It's pretty dang good), but most people would prefer flagship specs in a smaller phone.