Premium speaker set uses high-end material in construction
Audience today announced that it is now shipping the ClairAudient "The ONE" single-driver speaker set. The new model is the smallest in Audience's ClairAudient speaker lineup, at just seve inches high by 5.5 inches wide by seven inches deep. The ONE is tailored for desktop music listening, compact high-end stereo systems and surround-sound home theater.
Killer Concepts takes shot at loud yet compact Bluetooth speaker
Headphones and portable speakers are, for my money, still the best uses of Bluetooth, at least when it comes to audio. There are other options, like connecting to a full-sized stereo or car system, but in those cases there are often equally convenient alternatives with better fidelity. It's when you're traveling somewhere that fidelity takes a back seat to qualities like compact size, or minimizing wires. On the surface the RocksteadyXS seems to fit that bill; we'll put the hardware to the test in our review.
Can connect with other Sonos units for better sound
Sonos has announced the Playbar, a new soundbar speaker for TVs. The unit is designed to sit over or underneath a TV, and contains six mid-range and woofer modules, plus three tweeters. Sensors built into the bar automatically adjust the orientation and EQ of the modules for optimal performance.
BlueBoard connects to Apple devices over Bluetooth
IK Multimedia has announced three new music peripherals, beginning with the iLoud and iLoud Mini, a pair of lithium ion-powered portable speakers. Despite being portable the units are said to have monitor-like accuracy, and significant power. The Mini's output is rated at 12W RMS, while the regular iLoud scales up to 40W RMS.
JLab offers straightforward entry into Bluetooth market
It can be pretty difficult to distinguish new Bluetooth speakers these days. After all, by design they're compatible with just about every wireless device, which means that makers can't count on a captive audience. JLab's Bouncer seems unremarkable on the surface, since there aren't any revolutionary technologies here. In our review, though, we'll test whether it holds out as a good speaker nevertheless.
JBL adds Jembe Wireless Bluetooth speakers to lineup
JBL has added a Bluetooth-ready version of its Jembe desktop speakers to its lineup. Although removing the need for a wire from the paired Bluetooth device, the new Jembe Wireless still requires a wired power supply that also powers an on-board power amplifier. To help ensure the best possible audio quality, the speakers incorporate Harman's TrueStream tech that ensures the speakers run the latest and most optimized software.
Last of a dying breed?
The days of speaker docks like the Pure Contour 100i are probably numbered, even if they'll continue to be made for a while. In an age of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it makes less and less sense to limit people to the devices a specific connector format might support. Still, quality non-wireless docks exist, and they're especially handy for people who want to charge their devices and listen to them at the same time. We'll judge if the 100i is a worthwhile entry into the field.
Sliding cover guards dock, controls
iHome says it has launched the iD55, a portable stereo speaker for iOS devices. The unit can dock and charge iPhones, iPods, and iPads; it also supports sound-only connections for other devices via an aux-in jack. In either case, SRS TruBass processing is used to add clarity and bass to output.
Monster follows up Model One with ClarityHD Micro
Monster has revealed the latest model in its ClarityHD line. Joining the Model One is the new ClarityHD Micro Bluetooth speaker. The model is aimed at the higher-end of the segment and offers full support for AAC and apt-X encoding. In addition to streaming audio, the device will also double as a speakerphone allowing users to make and receive calls using its built-in microphone.
DA-E750 to support AirPlay, Bluetooth, more
Samsung has announced that an upcoming speaker dock, the DA-E750, will be available in the UK and Korea starting June 18th. The dock features a wide array of wireless connectivity options, as well as a vacuum tube-based amplifier meant to improve sound quality.
Braven unveils multi-talented Bluetooth speaker line up
Braven has taken the wraps offits new SIX Series Bluetooth speaker range. Designed for smartphone users, the range comprises the Braven 650, 625S and the 600. In addition to being to be daisy-chained to create a larger sound stage, the speakers can also double as a mobile charger over a built-in USB port as the video embedded below demonstrates.
Logitech dips into AirPlay audio
If maybe a little more slowly than Apple would like, AirPlay is becoming a staple of the wireless speaker market for iOS devices. The technology has a few advantages: Wi-Fi streaming allows for higher-quality audio than Bluetooth, in theory, and its integration into iOS and iTunes guarantees widespread support of options like broadcasting to multiple audio outputs in different rooms. Logitech's first entry into the AirPlay market comes courtesy of its Ultimate Ears brand, something previously limited to headphones. The UE Air Speaker rides on two promises: first, an easy setup process, and second, high-fidelity sound. At $400, can it deliver on expectations? We review it here.
Can also work with other devices, including TVs
Home, car and recreational audio equipment maker Pyle has unveiled its new PSBM60I iOS Sound Bar Docking System that both charges the devices and uses them to deliver up to 300 watts of sound utilizing a 5.25-inch woofer, two three-inch full-range speakers and two one-inch tweeters. The dock can be used with non-iOS devices via a 3.5mm mini-cable and can even be be used for DVD or TV sound via RCA cables.
Tango uses rare tilting back
Continuing a series of CES announcements, XtremeMac has announced the Tango TT, a new speaker dock for iOS devices. The dock is unusual in featuring a sliding back, which can raise or lower a device for viewing at different vertical angles. It also features a flexible dock connector, which lets iOS devices (including iPads) sit in the dock in portrait or landscape orientations.
Griffin Twenty amps, streams iOS audio
Among the companies announcing AirPlay-based electronics at CES are Griffin and Acoustic Research. Griffin's contribution is the Twenty, an amp that pairs with an AirPort Express to pump AirPlay audio into a nearby speaker. The amp supports 2.1 channels, producing up to 20W of output per channel. Users can also attach a powered subwoofer; automatic active crossover kicks in at 80Hz. A pricing and a launch date for the Twenty remain unannounced.
Packages to launch in March
LG is currently teasing new 3D home theater systems that the company plans to show off next week at CES in Las Vegas. The products include three separate packages, each pairing the one of the company's Cinema 3D televisions with different bookshelf speakers, towers, subwoofers and center channels.
Macs, iPads, iPods see discounts
A leaked pamphlet shows the some of discounts Apple is planning to offer for this year's Black Friday sale, according to 9to5Mac. In terms of computers, the company is taking $101 off the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. iPad 2 discounts range from $41 to $61, depending on storage capacity, and a similar philosophy applies to the iPod touch, which is getting between $21 and $41 off. Both the 8 and 16GB iPod nanos are $11 chepaer.
Features flat design, time sync
XtremeMac has begun selling the Luna Voyager II, a new alarm dock for iOS devices. The unit's signature element is a flat design, which should have several advantages such as making it easier to use while in bed. The dock is built to fit iPads as well as iPhones and iPods, and in many cases a person should be able to connect a device while still keeping a case on.
Small speakers able to fit into tight spaces
Energy has debuted its first multimedia speaker system with the Energy Power EM-2.1, a front-firing subwoofer and compact two satellite speaker system that features fiber composite cone drivers. The speakers, which are about the size of a wall outlet, sit easily on either side of a monitor or computer, while the subwoofer is also compact in size, making it a true "desktop" system.
Includes call controls, stand
Audio gear maker iHome is now shipping the iDM15, a new set of Bluetooth stereo speakers. While aimed mainly at iPhone, iPod and iPad users, the speakers should also work with any other device capable of Bluetooth audio. Phone owners can take advantage of features like a built-in microphone and call and answer buttons.
Accessories set to launch in September
Logitech has introduced several new wireless accessories geared for the iPad, iPhone and Android-based devices. The headset features Bluetooth connectivity, enabling users to listen to music and videos or place calls without a wired connection to the device. A noise-canceling microphone is claimed to reduce background noise, while the integrated battery is said to offer six hours of playback time depending on conditions.
Launch set for September
Logitech has unveiled the Tablet Speaker for iPad, its latest audio accessory. Despite its name, the gear is designed to attach to any tablet thin enough to support it. A rubberized clip latches on to one edge of a tablet, while a 3.5mm cable bridges with the tablet's headphone jack.
Handmade home-theatre quality modular systems
Orb Audio has expanded and launched their latest line of tiny but audiophile-class, hand-made in the US speakers, called the Orb. The four-inch, 17-ounce round satellites -- about the size of a baseball -- can function as stand-alone units or be part of a modular system that includes subwoofers and additional speakers. The company says they offer high-quality construction but with direct-from-manufacturer pricing.
Sound, keyboard and scanning aids
MacNN has reviewed three recent products, beginning with Audioengine 2 desktop speakers. The units are said to have "excellent" sound quality, especially in terms of bass, meanwhile offering other advantages such as dual inputs. Some minor drawbacks include power and volume controls being placed on the back, and the use of bare wire cables instead of ones with banana clips.
Tech now costs $50
Selected Denon and Marantz audio hardware should now finally support Apple's AirPlay streaming technology, as promised, the two companies say. Supported Denon receivers include the AVR-4311CI, AVR-3311CI, AVR-991 and AVR-A100, as well as the N7, a combination networked CD receiver and two-channel speaker system. Compatible Marantz gear includes the SR7005 receiver, AV7005 preamp, NA7004 network audio player and M-CR603 networked CD receiver.
New styles onboard for iOS-docking Fidelio line
Philips has updated its Fidelio and GoGear MUSE lines at CES today. Fidelio Primo Docking speakers get an upgrade to a metal casing, while the Fidelio Lifestyle Docking Speakers launch new styles for iPad, iPod and iPhone, offering full range sound for each of Apple's iOS devices.
Makes several upgrades over original Zeppelin
Audio specialist Bowers & Wilkins has announced the Zeppelin Air, a new luxury speaker system aimed at iPhone, iPod and iPad users. While equipped with a dock, the Air's main feature is support for AirPlay, Apple's recently-introduced wireless streaming technology. Any AirPlay-compatible device can stream audio to the speaker, including computers running iTunes.
Zona works with any surround AV receiver
Aprerion Audio has unveiled its Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System designed to work with any surround AV receiver. The bookshelf speakers are appropriate for high-end and other systems, and are simple to install. Users need only plug the speakers into a power source, and the wireless transmitter plugs directly into the surround pre-out jacks.
PDX-31 ships in dark red, black, and light grey
Yamaha has taken the wraps of its portable PDX-31 speaker dock for Apple’s iPhone and iPod. It also includes an auxiliary in (stereo mini-jack) for use by any media player. The premium sound system is built for durability with a dual-wall “box within a box” construction that houses a high quality amplifier with matched 3 ¼-inch speakers.
Features multiple alarm settings, Li-ion battery
Audio specialist iHome has launched the iP49, a new portable speaker system for iPhones and iPods. The unit folds for travel, but is still said to produce 20W of output using four neodymium compression drivers. Equalizer controls improve bass, treble or simulated 3D effects. Clock functions allow listeners to set separate weekday and weekend alarms, as well as custom snooze times, and toggles for DST and gradual wake or sleep.
USB speakers include microphone input
Hercules has added two new products to its line of multimedia speakers, the XPS 2.0 35 USB and the XPS 5.1 70 Slim. The XPS 2.0 35 USB is a pair of USB powered 2.0 speakers with a total power output of 2.5/3-watts that offers an integrated headphone jack as well as a microphone input for online chats. The speakers are designed for both laptop and Netbook users, and come with a padded black carrying case. Additionally, the speakers are made to meet RoHS standards and come magnetically shielded to help prevent interference with other electronic devices.
Over 15 new products
Macally has launched a slew of new products in concert with the ongoing CES expo. The first is the AmpTune, a stereo speaker system for iPods and iPhones that offers a choice of vertical or horizontal docking. Handhelds charge while docked. The FMport is a full-channel FM transmitter for iPods and iPhones that includes a remote control. The PowerGo is a three-in-one battery charger, with an internal battery that takes power from AC, car or USB sources then transfers it to Apple devices via USB.
Range of audio gear
Electronics maker iLive has announced 33 new audio products designed for iPhones and iPods. The gear varies in design from retro to modern. iPhone users will find over a dozen new products designed for their devices, ranging from portable speakers to home theatre bar speakers. The iLive iTDP610B features a DVD player that upconverts to 1080p, and uses TruSurround to simulate 5.1-channel surround. Other iPhone products include micro systems such as the iLive iHP310B, and clock radios like the iLive iCP610B.
Portable sound provides mixed results
MacNN has reviewed the iLive IS108B, a portable speaker system with a built-in iPod dock. The unit folds up into the size of a paperback, and can be powered either through AA batteries or an AC adapter. A clock display is situated in the dock, which fits many different iPods.
ScreenBeat USB, Sonar Speaker
Logic3 and USBfever have each launched new speaker systems for notebooks and MP3 players: the ScreenBeat USB and the Sonar Speaker. The aluminum, cylinder-shaped ScreenBeat speaker produces 3W of RMS output. While specifically designed for notebooks, the speaker is capable of working with any media device with a USB port, and is powered by the device it is plugged into. A compact design is meant to sit close to the front or sides of a computer.
Compact speaker set for MacBooks, iPhones, iPods
TuneWear has announced the BoomTune Bomb II Stereo, a compact speaker set for use with MacBooks, iPhones, iPods and other portable devices. The system projects sound in a 360-degree radius with 36mm drivers, and offers an 86dB signal-to-noise ratio. Input comes through a 3.5mm stereo jack; improved sound is said to be possible by opening up the top of each speaker.
Speakers provide DSP, pebble remote control
Loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins has announced its latest set of computer speakers, the MM-1. Each speaker integrates one 3-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter, with each driver powered by a dedicated 18W amplifier. The tweeters feature B&W's Nautilus tube-loaded design claimed to dampen resonance and improve high-frequency sounds.
LaCie Sound2 Speakers
LaCie and loudspeaker manufacturer Cabassee have announced the Sound2 Speakers, a new USB-powered speaker system. The set is designed to be used with any computer, iPhone, iPod or other media player, with plug-and-play connection to avoid setup hassle. The system integrates a Class D digital amplifier with magnetic shielding, which reaches a total output of 15W per speaker. Cabasse's Wide Band Drivers provide a frequency response reaching from 80Hz to 20kHz, while a bass reflex design helps enhance the low-end sound.
Aimed at audiophiles
Designer Joey Roth has announced the Ceramic Speakers, a pair of cone-styled speakers made from porcelain, cork and Baltic birch. The set includes an amplifier based on the Tripath 2024 T-Amp, with a mix of gold plating, stainless steel sheet metal and cast iron. The system uses 1/8-inch jacks, and 16-gauge oxygen-free copper speaker cables with banana plug connectors.
GizFever intros new iPhone accessories
GizFever has introduced three new products to its line of mobile phone accessories, the All-in-One USB Power/Data Link Cable, MultiFunctional Mobile Speaker, and the Multifunctional Digital Solar Charger II. The all-in-one USB cable enables users to power, recharge and transfer data from mobile phones such as the iPod and iPhone 3G, along with other portable gaming and music devices. The cable comes with seven different connectors including one for the DS Lite, PSP and a 5-pin mini USB; the cord itself stands approximately 138cm long.
iLive iT319B, iT209B
iLive has unveiled two new bar speakers with integrated iPod docks, DVD players and AM/FM radio, the iT319B and iT209B. The iT319B is a 3.1-channel speaker system with a built-in subwoofer and SRS TruSound technology, capable of upconverting the DVDs it plays to 1080p. It includes 10 radio station presets, and a remote which can be used to control both the speaker and a docked iPod. A line-in jack allows for additional audio devices.
Chill Pill speakers ship
Koyono has released the latest addition to its Apple accessory line, the Chill Pill. The device, used with an iPod, iPhone, or notebook, is made of two speakers that magnetically connect in order to reduce size for storage. The Chill Pill uses a rechargeable internal battery and can be used for up to 8 hours.
Today's featured deal of the day from DealNN is on the Altec Lansing inMotion Digital Mini-Theater from Marketwarehouse.com. It is regularly priced at $349, but has been reduced to $119 with FREE shipping. It features two 3" neodymium speakers, a built-in 4-inch side-fireing subwoofer and a 8.5-inch widescreen display for viewing photos and videos from dockable iPods.
Mackie HD speakers
Mackie has introduced two new high-definition loudspeakers, the 1800W HD1531, and 1600W HD1521. Both speakers incorporate the company’s acoustic correction processing that delivers transducer time alignment and phase correction, and features a 15-inch neodymium woofer with 3-inch voice coil, and a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver with heat-treated titanium diaphragm. Also integrated is Mackie’s fast-recovery circuitry, which helps the amp recover from the occasional aggressive transient, to provide clean audio under most situations.
Dice speaker for iPod
Buffalo and Kokuyo have partnered to release the Otokoro iPod mini-dice speaker (model: BSSP05I). Designed to resemble small dice, each speaker stands 28mm in-width by 28mm in-height, and offers 1W output and 160Hz-20kHz frequency response. In order to use the speaker, simply set the iPod onto the dock connector, and the device works off the iPods power supply. In addition, users can adjust the volume of the speakers by pressing the top buttons near the dock.
Deals from DealNN today showcase a variety of products from MacBooks to iPod docking stations. OnSale.com has reduced the price on the white Logitech Pure-Fi anywhere compact speakers for iPod from $127.99 to $75.99. This docking station is compatible with most dockable iPods and includes a travel case and wireless remote.
DealNN: JBL Spyro
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DealNN: iPod speaker case
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New JVC home theaters
JVC is promoting three new home theater systems at CES, the TH-G31, G41 and G51. All three feature 5.1-channel surround speakers, with power rated at 1,000W; these attach to a receiver which decodes DTS and Dolby Digital input, while providing HDMI video output and 1080p upconversion. A front-facing auxiliary input allows additional connections. The G31 is the simplest of the three, providing no extra improvements.
Memorex at CES
Electronics builder Memorex has announced a collection of new audio-video systems, generally focused around support for Apple handhelds. The Mi9490P is nominally a slot-loading CD player with an FM radio, but also features a dock on top which supports both iPods and iPhones. Output is rated at 30W, and the stereo also features an LCD with track display and adjustable equalizer settings. A related system is the Mi4290P, an alarm clock. Though it drops the CD player and equalizer, and is capable of just 10W of output, the clock retains an FM tuner and LCD display along with support for iPods and iPhones. Dual alarms allow couples to wake at different times.