Portable Speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Bowers & Wilkins gets into wireless with T7 Bluetooth speaker

Bowers & Wilkins gets into wireless with T7 Bluetooth speaker

Audiophiles and purists might bemoan the trend, but almost anyone and everyone in the audio industry is making a Bluetooth speaker one way or another. The latest to join that bandwagon is Bowers & Wilkins, well-known for their high-end loudspeakers and audio equipment. Bringing in their expertise, especially in bass performance, the company is trying to give Bluetooth speakers an air of professionalism and credibility with its new T7 speaker. But not only does it sound nice, it also looks good to boot.

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iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

iLoud review: Bluetooth speaker by day, amp by night

The problem with Bluetooth speakers is that they’re typically underpowered, and not very dynamic. You get small-ish speakers pushing out varying levels of sound in both level and quality. The iLoud is meant as a no-compromise device that can even double as an amp for your guitar. To find out if it actually pulls double-duty, we took it for a spin.

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Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Dell AD211 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Bluetooth speakers are fairly ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the mix. Dell can be counted among those who want to make themselves known on your desktop with their AD211. The portable tube is appropriately priced, but does it pack enough punch to make you seek it out? Good question — let’s find out!

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The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

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. According to manufacturers Mass Fidelity, it relies on wave field synthesis to produce what they're describing as "acoustic holograms": sound that literally floats in space within your room.

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The Core portable speaker promises “better than stereo” audio

The Core portable speaker promises “better than stereo” audio

The Core is a speaker promised to be bigger than its size, at least in terms of audio quality. The maker is hailing its offering as the "most advanced" wireless speaker available, playing what is said to be audio above and beyond stereo quality. The device has been successfully funded through Indiegogo.

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Bose SoundLink expands with new speaker and headphones

Bose SoundLink expands with new speaker and headphones

Bose has expanded its SoundLink lineup with two new products, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker and the SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. With these products comes two different ways to enjoy your music, one of which involves a rainbow of colors.

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Om One: a levitating speaker you never knew you wanted

Om One: a levitating speaker you never knew you wanted

Bluetooth speakers are fairly boring in today’s market, but this one has set itself apart. So far apart, it’s not even touching anything. The Om One is a levitating Bluetooth speaker that has no wires during operation, and can be taken with you wherever you like.

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Pelty Bluetooth speaker is powered by a candle

Pelty Bluetooth speaker is powered by a candle

Inventor Gianluca Gamba has a new way to make your candlelight dinners classy: the Pelty, a wireless speaker fitted into a tower-shaped candle holder. Positioned below the speaker is a tea light candle, which powers the Bluetooth speaker with its heat output.

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Logitech X300 wireless speaker debuts

Logitech X300 wireless speaker debuts

Logitech has taken the wraps off some new portable wireless speakers, the X300. With the X300 comes the promise of "theater-quality sound" alongside a design that makes for easy toting from desk to the bedroom, poolside, or wherever some tunes are wanted.

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Bem Wireless Speaker Band now available

Bem Wireless Speaker Band now available

Back in February, Bem Wireless introduced a unique wearable, the Speaker Band. As its name suggests, the Speaker Band is a wrist band that, at first glance, appears to be a boxy smartwatch. Over the face is positioned a grille, however, and beneath it sits a little portable speaker.

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Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Multi Play update adds duo-DJ’ing

Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Multi Play update adds duo-DJ’ing

Jawbone’s MINI JAMBOX is getting friendly, with new software allowing two of the portable, battery-powered speakers to easily pair up for room-filling sound, while giving two people the chance to collaborate as communal DJs. Released today, the new firmware enables Multipoint in the MINI JAMBOX’s Bluetooth Smart Ready stack: put a couple of the speakers near each other, hold down all three of the buttons on both, and after a few seconds they link up and spread whatever’s playing between both. I caught up with Jawbone to find out more.

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