Google Play Music app on Android can cast directly to Sonos speakers
Sonos is adding support for Google Play Music to its multi-room speaker system, the company has confirmed. While both Android and iOS will gain the extra support, users on Android will be able to control music playback from the Google Play Music app itself, and marks the first time the speaker manufacturer is allowing a third-party app to control the speakers directly.
Includes USB charging, adjustable light levels
Soundfreaq has started shipping the Sound Rise, a new Bluetooth-based clock speaker. The device is relatively straightforward, for instance featuring built-in dual alarms, which can use separate weekday/weekend settings and a gradual volume increase, whether an alarm is toggled to FM radio, a connected device, or a chime. The speaker also includes a sleep timer which can be set in increments up to 120 minutes, and dimmable display brightness that can even be shut off completely.
Pair of Bluetooth streamers bring portability, bass to mobile device audio
Bluetooth speakers come in enough configurations that anyone should be able to find one to suit their needs. Be it a speaker to fill an entire room with sound that never moves from its spot on a shelf, or a small speaker clipped on a bag pumping out music on the go, there are tons of different units on the market to match an individual's tastes. Boomphones and id America each offer a speaker that may fit a niche for customers looking at small form factors with unique features. Which speaker will do the trick in our showdown -- Boomphones Pocket Speaker or the id America Touchtone?
M2 Bluetooth-enabled 2.1 speaker system offers room-filling sound, wirelessly
Kinivo has announced the availability of its M2 wireless speaker system, available for purchase online. The Bluetooth-enabled 2.1 speaker system is intended for home or office use, and includes two compact speakers with an active subwoofer. Its design features a black finish with copper accents on its volume controls. Able to connect to one's home entertainment system or workspace equipment, the speaker system can stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, as well as any device that can connected through its auxiliary input. The M2 2.1 speaker system is priced at $70.
Units shoot for higher-than-CD audio
Audio gear maker JBL has announced two new wireless speaker systems, the Authentics L8 and L16. Both units support AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth 3.0 streaming, as well as direct input via phono, SPDIF, or 3.5mm jacks. Notably, the pair also use 24-bit, 96kHZ signal paths, enabling better-than-CD quality.
iLuv introduces SyrenPro wireless, weather-resistant speaker
Audio peripheral manufacturer iLuv Creative Technology announced yesterday its extension of its Syren line of speakers, with the addition of the SyrenPro. Equipped with new features such as 'TrueWireless Stereo,' the SyrenPro allows users to wirelessly pair two SyrenPro units to create a combined stereo sound system. Able to withstand outdoor usage, the SyrenPro has a weather- and UV-resistant body. Its Bluetooth capability includes voice prompts for easy pairing, and SyrenPro's aux-in port allows for connection to devices without Bluetooth.
Streaming speakers, home entertainment systems on show from Samsung
Samsung has laid out what it plans to show at CES next week, alongside its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television. The Shape M7 that Samsung launched in October will be accompanied by a smaller model, a Soundbar and Sound Stand, a home entertainment system with a Blu-ray player, and a component audio system for entertaining that offers 2,500W of audio power.
Win a Divoom Bluetune-Bean
The new year is closing in fast and Electronista want's to get the party started, so we've teamed up with Divoom to give away three of their Bluetooth speakers through the evening in our countdown to the new year. The year isn't over yet, so to get things started we have the Divoom Bluetune-Bean.
Day six of Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" features free "New Years Eve Mix" from Avicii
Apple's annual 12 Days of Gifts is on its sixth day, with today's offering being the "New Years Eve Mix" single from Swedish DJ Avicii. Each day's gift can be found by using Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app, available for iOS devices, and users can subsequently download the gift item directly from the iTunes Store. Normally priced at $5, the "New Years Eve Mix" single is accompanied by Avicii's music video for "Wake Me Up".
Jambox, Mini Jambox can have Liquipel coating applied for $50
Jawbone is giving customers the ability to make their portable speakers water-resistant, when extra protection via a hydrophobic coating is bought from its website. The Jambox and Mini Jambox now lists an option to add Liquipel 2.0 to the devices as a $50 extra, making the regular-sized version cost $200, and the smaller model $230.
New Wren V5BT's 3-inch throw drivers and four layer voice coils produce realistic bass
American audio company, Wren Sound Systems, is now shipping its latest speaker product, the Wren V5BT portable speaker. Powered by Intersil's classic D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, the V5BT is able to deliver room-filling sound in a compact design.
Crescent-shaped Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock released
Favi Entertainment has launched its latest mobile accessory, the Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock. A Bluetooth and NFC-enabled speaker, the Boomerang can pair with a mobile device from up to 33-feet away, or rest on the outside edges of a device to create a portable home-theater experience. Its expansion sleeve design is adjustable, accommodating desired viewing angles as well as varying sizes of devices, with its curved shape allowing for wearing around the neck. The Boomerang can play audio for up to ten hours, and is available in two sizes: the original Boomerang, which has two 6-watt speakers, and the Boomerang Mini with two 4-watt speakers. Featuring up to ten hours of audio play, both Boomerang speakers are available in a variety of colors. Currently available for pre-order, the 6-watt Boomerang dock is priced at $80, and the 4-watt Boomerang mini is priced at $60.
Series branded as Immaculate Wireless Sound
Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first wireless speakers, taking advantage of the 24bit/96kHz WiSA standard. The lineup can be used as separate modular components, or as a complete set comprising the compact BeoLab 17 bookshelf speakers, the BeoLab 18 floorstanding columns, and the BeoLab 19 subwoofer. Electronista attended the company's Manhattan launch event to hear if the new set fulfills its promise of "Immaculate Wireless Sound."
Tries to bridge gap between quality and portability
Many Bluetooth speakers are marketed as "portable" these days, but that definition is often a stretch, to put it mildly. Just because something can technically be picked up and moved doesn't mean you can fit it into a bag or luggage. Nude's Move M, though, is one of those speakers that tries to be authentically portable; we'll put it to the test to see if that's true, and if it holds up as a speaker in general.
Apps can configure SoundTouch presets with Internet radio, specific albums
Bose is taking on Sonos by making a version of its SoundLink speakers that are designed for home use. The SoundTouch range of wireless home audio speakers consists of three speakers that all connect over an existing Wi-Fi network, and are able to pull audio from song libraries on the local network as well as over the Internet.
Sonos speakers go on sale before official announcement
A new speaker from audio producer Sonos has apparently gone on sale without being officially announced by the company. The Sonos Play:1, having been last seen visiting the FCC early last month, has been sighted on retail store Target's shelves, with the Play family speakers shown to be available in black and white enclosures.
Lots of sound in a compact package
Portable Bluetooth speakers can sometimes feel as if they're a dime a dozen, at this point. Here at MacNN and Electronista, we seem to get word of new ones launching several times a week -- it's reached a stage where it's simply impractical to cover everything. The Mini Boom is a natural exception, since both Logitech and Ultimate Ears are well-known names. In our review, though, we'll see if there's anything that genuinely separates it from the competition, or if it's simply riding on brand recognition.
Speaker competes with Bose Wave, Sonos systems
Samsung has introduced the Shape M7, a wireless speaker that can be used alone or synced with other M7s placed throughout a home. The system integrates a single subwoofer alongside stereo silk-done tweeters and two midrange speakers, built from a combination of carbon nanotubes and paper.
Balanced Mode Radiator drivers replace tweeters in Cambridge Audio speakers
Cambridge Audio has launched a new range of speakers for the home, one which it claims is an "entirely new approach" to speaker design. The Aero range uses Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers with conventional cone drivers, similar to the ones used in its Minx speakers, rather than the usual tweeters employed in more traditional designs.
Speaker set uses Lightning, 30-pin, or USB 'Korus Wands' for streaming
Core Brands has announced the immediate online availability of the Korus portable wireless speaker system for high-fidelity audio playback from iPhones, iPads, and computers. Two models are available: the V400 for smaller areas, and the V600 for larger areas. Up to four speakers can be combined into one system, with the ability to separate speakers to use independently at any time.
Win a Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker
Since 1968, Cambridge Audio has been in the business of making amplifiers, tuners and later CD players. Fast forward to 2013, and the company has taken on building speakers for both the budget-minded and the most discerning audiophile looking for the best of the best. On the consumer end of the scale is the Minx wireless speaker range. The Minx Go Bluetooth speaker is the smallest of the bunch, but promises to offer "big music anywhere." Electronista has one to give away to our readers.
JBL Spark, Pebbles speakers added to lineup with unique features
JBL has added a pair of new speakers to its lineup. The new JBL Spark brings a unique megaphone-like shape in its design, which has the flexibility to be hung on a wall, or stashed in a shelf, or laid on a couch. The JBL Pebbles are a new set of plug and play speakers that are powered over USB by a desktop or notebook that also incorporate built-in cable management.
Harman Kardon launches new headphones, portable speaker
Harman Kardon has introduced its new Soho folding headphones and a new portable wireless speaker system dubbed the Onyx. The new headphones offer its most compact on-ear design yet, and come in three colors, white, black and camel. The new Onyx portable wireless speaker system incorporates a built-in battery, but still delivers 60W of power through four matched speakers. As with the rest of Harman Kardon's lineup, the new products are aimed at audiophiles.
Portable speakers available in varying sizes and colors
Design-focused audio company, Nude Audio, has announced the global release of its debut collection of four portable speakers in the 'Move' line. The speakers' design are intended to compliment popular sports fashion aesthetics, and are named akin to clothing size standards. The 'Move S' is the line's smallest speaker, able to fit into one's pocket, and available in both Bluetooth and wired versions. 'Move M' is able to produce more bass, and 'Move L' offers the ability to fill a room with a full sound. Each speaker is equipped with a bright carrying cord and durable silicone sleeve. Retailing between $30 and $100, the three Bluetooth speakers and one 3.5mm wired speaker are expected to be available in late August 2013.
Supports daisy-chaining via 3..5mm jacks
Speaker maker Soundfreaq has announced the Sound Spot, an upcoming portable Bluetooth model. The unit's lithium-ion battery can run for up to seven hours without a recharge. One notable difference is that the speaker includes a USB port, which can be used to charge any USB-equipped device, even when the speaker is running on internal power.
Logitech targeting Z600 at MB Air, Ultrabook users
Logitech has rolled out its latest set of Bluetooth stereo speakers, the Z600. The speakers have been targeted at MacBook Air and Ultrabook users, although they will work with any Bluetooth A2DP-enabled device including smartphones and tablets. The new speakers utilize Logitech’s easy-switching technology, allowing users to pair up to three devices at the same time – users just need to press pause on the device streaming music, and play on one of the other paired devices.
New dock tries to cover all the bases
The market for iOS speaker docks is sharply divided these days, and it's all Apple's fault. By switching to the new Lightning format last fall, it forced accessory makers to cater either to the broadest market of Apple devices -- which still use 30-pin connectors -- or the bleeding edge. Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning is of course aimed mostly at new hardware, but also takes something of a shotgun approach by including Bluetooth, USB, FM, and auxiliary inputs to boot. In our review, we'll see if the Sound Step holds up in terms of quality, not just support.
Supports older Apple hardware via USB port
Soundfreaq has announced the Sound Step Lightning, a new speaker dock. The unit takes its name from a Lightning port compatible with the latest generation of Apple mobile devices. Significantly, though, it also accepts input via Bluetooth, a stereo cable source, or 30-pin Apple devices connected through USB. The USB port can charge any connected device. Playback is controlled with capacitive touch buttons, an IR remote, or connected hardware.
Top-end iDL100 docks two Lightning devices at once
Peripheral maker iHome has announced three new FM radio alarm docks, all equipped with Lightning docks for later-generation Apple devices. The standard model is the iDL45, which also has a secondary USB port that can be used to play and charge older Apple devices with 30-pin connectors. Some other features include time sync, EQ controls, programmable snooze lengths, and dual alarms with custom day and time settings.
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.