Finding the best wireless speakers

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2014 - 02:51 PM |
Tagged: audio, bluetooth, wireless audio

Wireless speakers are being advertised everywhere, from TV commercials featuring Beats Audio shaped like a pill you really don't want to take to the floors of CES.  Such a glut of products is a good thing for consumers, assuming they are able to determine the best speaker for their usage.  The Inquirer took a look at over 10 different portable speakers, from the Q-bopz Green which uses a suction cup to attach to any glass surface to the Scosche Boombottle which claims to be able to handle any weather you might need to listen to music in.  Most use Bluetooth though NFC is utilized as well, check out which one is right for you and your travels.

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"BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS have replaced the now somewhat redundant 'i-dock', as the market has become saturated with an army of wireless boom boxes in all shapes, sizes and prices due to people prefering to use their smartphones and tablets for audio playback."

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Source: The Inquirer

Play wireless Blues on this blue bluetooth speaker from Antec

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2013 - 07:24 PM |
Tagged: wireless audio, speaker, bluetooth, audio, antec, AMP SP1

One of the best features about the Antec AMP SP1 Bluetooth speaker is that it recharges via USB which means you can skip the power cord and not have to buy batteries all the time, though you will have to remember to charge it.  It has a 3.5mm jack for direct connection as well but it is easily paired with any Bluetooth capable device with an easily accessible button on the top, between the volume control.  The LED on the side not only indicates successful pairing but also gives you an idea of the status of the battery.  Drop by Legit Reviews to get an idea how it sounds.

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"Antec has been a popular brand for high-performance computer components and accessories for the PC upgrade and do-it-yourself (DIY) markets since 1986. Times are certainly changing in the PC industry and many companies are evolving in order to stay relevant. Antec noticed that the market was changing and in 2012 they introduced a new global electronics division called Antec Mobile Products or A.M.P with the goal of putting state of the art mobile and audio technology into the hands of every user. AMP has introduced a number of headsets, USB power banks and even a speaker. Today, we’ll be looking at the AMP SP1 Bluetooth Speaker, which is the companies first and only speaker solution."

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Stream audio to your old iPod dock from new iPhones and Androids

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2013 - 04:49 PM |
Tagged: airplay, audio, Dolry HiFi Stone S, C4 Electronics, wireless audio

If the change from the 30 pin connector to the Lightning connector has made your high end audio with an iThang dock obsolete then this review from Legion Hardware might make your day.  The tiny little Dolry HiFi Stone S will plug into that 30 pin dock and accept either AirPlay or DLNA streaming over WiFi which will allow both iThangs and Android devices to stream music to the stereo.  Since it uses WiFi and not Bluetooth you get a longer range and much better sound as you can stream up to 150Mbps instead of Bluetooth's paltry 2.1Mbps.  It does cost about $90, but that is still a lot cheaper than a new stereo.

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"So, here we have an exceptional little piece of hardware that will both impress and come in handy in many situations. Even down to chucking it into your pocket when heading off to a weekend BBQ to impress the in-laws while taking over their sound system! Less impressive however is the price tag – at a substantial $89 it is a little hard to swallow. In saying that, there is certainly a great market out there and those who will be willing to pay for it gladly, either to save selling off that expensive Bose sound system, or just to add it to a couple of average sound systems you have lying around the house."

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RAZER cuts the cord on their new Chimaera Gaming Headset

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
Tagged: audio, wireless audio, headset, razer

RAZER's new headphones are wireless, with three rechargable AAA batteries which are easily accessible so that when they do finally stop holding a charge you can easily get at them to swap them for new ones.  The charging dock is quite well designed, actually giving you something more stylish than a nail to hang your headphones on when they are not in use as well as charging them.  When you are using them you will enjoy interference free quality audio, both sending and receiving, if the review at Mad Shrimps is anything to go by.  They liked this headset more than other wireless sets they have used in the past and compared them favourably to wired sets. 

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"The RAZER Chimaera Gaming Headset offers wireless connectivity for maximum liberty of movement, features large cups for confortable wear during long gaming sessions, a uni-directional microphone with a flexible mic boom and an easy to use charging dock."

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Source: Mad Shrimps

This Parrot doesn't need a million volts to Vooooom; wireless speakers for your iThing

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2011 - 12:27 PM |
Tagged: audio, wireless audio, ithing, starck

The Parrot Zikmu by Starck (not affiliated with Stark Enterprises) is apparently for the serious audiophile as they seem to be 1600 of whatever your local dollar equivalent is.  You are probably asking yourself why you would possibly want to spend that much money on a pair of WiFi/Bluetooth speakers with a built in iThing/A2DP smartphone dock and that is perfectly understandable.  The design of the speakers allows for 360o sound, which results in the lack of a single sweet spot for these speakers.  Instead no matter where in a room you are in relation to the speakers, you will be in the sweet spot.  t-break describes them as being worth every penny, so head over to check them out even if you'd never spend that amount of money on a speaker system.

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"The Parrot Zikmu, or Parrot by Starck as they’re more commonly referred to as, are a pair of wireless stereo loudspeakers that you can connect to via Bluetooth and WiFi. Designed to be used primarily for your iPhone and iPods, the Zikmu can be connected to any Bluetooth capable smartphone using A2DP, as well as Macs and PCs through WiFi. Don’t get scared by the price yet, let me tell you why they’re actually worth it."

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Source: tbreak