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).
The Core is a wireless speaker system that connects to your iPhone or Android device and sounds like "two widely separated full size HiFi speakers." The Core can work with any device - OS X, Windows, iOS or Android included - just so long as it has Bluetooth.
Let’s face it: Bluetooth speakers are nothing new. What is new however, is a Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth speaker. B&W is one of the most revered speaker companies in the world and their wireless Airplay speakers—Zeppelin and A series—are among the best. But their use of Airplay locked them out of the massive Bluetooth market as well as the Android ecosystem.
We were surprised by just how much we liked Divoom's Voombox , so we're excited to hear how its Voombox Travel Rugged Portable Wireless Speaker ($50) sounds. The size, shape, and price tag are all very similar to that of JBL's Clip and Logitech's X100 . That is to say, it's a palmable round speaker, with metal, plastic, and rubber elements. It streams audio using Bluetooth 4.
Sony has rolled out a pair of new wireless music accessories that use Bluetooth to connect to smartphones and tablets. The new accessories include the Bluetooth Speaker BSP10 and the Bluetooth Headset SBH60. The BSP10 is a smallish, round portable speaker designed to make it easy to share your music with a group. It measures 78 x 60 mm and weighs in at 300g.
There are oh so many Bluetooth speakers out there. Little plastic ones that sound tinny, larger battery-operated speakers that you can take with you and improve the sound quality.
In a departure from the small and the portable is this new speaker from Audioengine (US$299.00).
Over the years, I’ve had the chance to review several small, wooden speakers from Pyramid Distribution. You’ll find links to those reviews at the end of this review. I had assumed those cute little speakers, shaped like acorns or Scottie dogs, would be more fun than functional, but I was proven wrong by every one of those I reviewed.
There are now so many portable speakers available that have Bluetooth, speakerphone capabilities, really good sound for their size, and decent battery life, that choosing one is getting harder and harder. But really, who cares? Just a few short years ago, these technological perks we take for granted were mind-blowing.
Remember the Core wireless speaker? We detailed it back in September when it was still wet behind the ears on Indiegogo. Though only on the crowdfunding website a short while, the device -- which stands out from the crowd on a platform involving holographic audio -- was already seeing notable success.
From a visual standpoint, Pocket Kick clearly fits the Soundfreaq brand. While there are many color variants available, most of the company’s speakers have a black-on-black scheme as a default. This one is no different, with strong steel grilles on the front and back, sandwiching a rubberized plastic frame in the center.
Want to listen to that back-to-school playlist with a bit ofpanache? Harman International's chi-chiJBL AuthenticsL16 and L8 wireless streaming docks now supportSpotify Connectstreaming, letting you control songs from your phone while not actuallystreamingfrom it. On top of improving Bluetooth range, that means you can play games or surf without interrupting music playback.
I’m not normally a fan of over the ear style headphones because they feel a little too isolating and usually aren’t that comfortable to me. When the VOXOA HD Wireless Headphones were offered to me to review, my first thought was to offer them to Bill H. or the rest of the Gadgeteer team, but the fact that they werewireless headphones piqued my interest so I accepted the offer.
The Sherwood RX-4508 receiver is an audio receiver; it doesn’t have HDMI jacks so that you can use it as the central hub in your home theater setup. That’s not to say that you couldn’t connect your TV’s audio-out to this receiver’s Aux-in jack for better sound, because you can do that. You can see from the dimensions listed above, the RX-4508 is a sizable piece of equipment.
Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation? Which towels for the guest bathroom? And so on. And on. Such is part of life, just like the sun rising and winter preceding spring.
Headphonesandmusic playersaren't all Sony had on tap in theaudio departmentforIFA, as the company has also announced a newsoundbar/wireless subwoofer combo. Having already outedtwo of the devicesearlier this year, the HT-ST5 offers the option of 380 watts of 7.1 surround sound across seven digital amps and nine total speakers with support for both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HS formats.
If you already have a rocking sound system but want to add some wireless streaming into the mix, then Motorola might just have the solution for you. Moto Stream is a funky looking Bluetooth-enabled audio receiver that can effortlessly play your tunes streamed from almost any device, and at a price tag that won't cost you an arm, a leg, or any other body part. Just plug in your stereos via the 3.
How does it soundWhat I like about the Matrix2 headphonesWhat I don’t like about the Matrix2 headphonesThe Bluetooth audio products market is a tough one to crack, but MEElectronics has a unique take onit that continues to make them a very intriguing option in this space. Often celebrated for their great value, MEElectronics has recently revamped their Air-Fi Matrix Bluetooth headphones, relaunching it as the Air-Fi Matrix2 AF62 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones .
A few weeks ago, I told you about a portable, wireless TV speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer that lets you bring the sound closer to you without moving the TV. I did a little more research, and I found that the speaker is made by Serene Innovations, which makes a lot of products for people with hearing impairment. I was really interested in something like this for my bedroom TV.
Dear Mercedes, Bentley would like to show you what real luxury looks like. The new Mercedes-Maybach may be stunning the LA Auto Show with its interpretation of a private jet for the highway, but just around the corner it was British stalwart Bentley which was demonstrating how opulence is done properly.