Portable Speaker

Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

In a world of square or cylindrical Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears' circular Roll 2 stands out, freshly updated for 2016 for music-lovers on the move. The form-factor is the same, a saucer-sized disk of tough fabric and rubber with a handy bungee cord loop on the back, it's still waterproof to IPX7, and so is the price, $99.99. Inside, therefore, are where the main changes have happened.

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Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

Battery Base for Amazon Echo lets you take it on the go

If you are one of the many folks who find that Amazon Echo to be a useful device for all sorts of things might have wished you could take Echo with you on the go. In fact, back in January rumors were swirling that Amazon was working on a portable version of Echo just for this group of users. Mission Power has unveiled a new accessory for the Amazon Echo called the Battery Base for Echo.

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Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker promises more bass on the go

BeoPlay has a new portable Bluetooth speaker that is designed to both allow you to listen to your favorite music wherever you are and to act as a speakerphone. With a speakerphone, you don’t have to keep your mobile crammed against your ear and multiple people can join in on a group call. The portable speaker is called the Beoplay A1 and its design delivers 360-degree sound.

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Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Razer Leviathan Mini Review

Inside the Razer Leviathan Mini you're going to get some deep, booming sound. That's for certain. If you connect this speaker to your Android device, you'll be able to say "OK Google" to it just fine - it uses what Razer calls "Clear Voice Capture" technology - you can use it as a speakerphone for your phone, too. But what is the Razer Leviathan Mini best at? Audio for your TV? Not so much. Wireless music. Wireless music in twos.

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Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Music, as with most gadgets and entertainment in one’s life, has become portable, with powerful speakers about the size of soda cans filling the market. They pack a battery, allowing them to run for hours without a wired tether; they connect to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, eliminating the other wired tether. Many even function as a speakerphone, allowing one to take a call seamlessly, then return to their music. All these things are true of the Nixeus ARC 4.0, a wireless speaker we recently took for a spin.

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Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Those who want a touch of hipster-chic in their homes but don’t want to fully embrace retro technology can find a nice compromise between the two with Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0, an updated version of its first Bluetooth Gramophone. The audio player can stream music from your mobile device, but does so without making it obvious — to those unaware, it simply looks like a small wooden box with a large horn speaker.

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Chant Sport 360-degree speaker is wireless, eco-friendly

Chant Sport 360-degree speaker is wireless, eco-friendly

House of Marley has announced its new Chant Sport, a Bluetooth speaker that boasts both "eco-conscious" construction and a waterproof design. In addition, the Chant Sport speaker also includes a 360 degree sound chapter for uninhibited audio. This is the latest addition to House of Marley’s Chant Bluetooth speaker lineup; it is, more or less, the size of a water bottle.

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UE BOOM 2 speaker boosts volume, range and ruggedness

UE BOOM 2 speaker boosts volume, range and ruggedness

In a world where Bluetooth speakers are practically giveaway items, you have to do something special to command a $200 sticker, and Ultimate Ears believes it has the answer. The new UE BOOM 2 takes the cylindrical BOOM of 2013 and gives it a refresh, cranking up the volume by 25-percent while delivering a promised fifteen hours of wireless battery life.

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Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

With the December 18th release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than six months away, now is the perfect time to start rolling out the merchandising tie-ins. While not directly connected with the new movie, one item that might be of interest to music fans is this bluetooth speaker in the form of a Stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker comes from UK-based outlet The Fowndry, known for a number of geek-related goods, and will go on sale in October.

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Ultimate Ears Roll Review – A kooky Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears Roll Review – A kooky Bluetooth speaker

The world is not short on Bluetooth speakers, but Ultimate Ears believes it's risen to the challenge with the new UE Roll. Smaller - not to mention circular - sibling to the UE Boom and Mega Boom, its boldly embroidered front and bungee-cord toting back may conspire to look casual, but there's some serious thought behind it. I summoned my most enthusiastic playlist and took a listen.

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The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

This week SlashGear caught up with the music producer and artist Robert Diggs, also known to you as the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan. This season RZA takes a new role as a guide for content strategy with portable audio equipment leader Boombotix. He's the new "Head Abbot", a take on his role as The Abbot with legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. While other legends in the music industry turn to streaming services to claim a spot in the next wave, RZA turns to the fans. To you. "To put music back in your hands."

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WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

WristBoom: Because a wearable speaker isn’t entirely crazy

I was all ready to trash WristBoom, and then I thought of my grandmother. Well, alright, there were a couple of stages in-between, but I had to drop the “cynical geek” persona and think outside the bubble to properly appreciate a chunky Bluetooth speaker you wear strapped to your wrist. And, while I’m still not sure this is the product the world has been holding its breath for, that’s not to say I’m unconvinced by its odd charms.

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