Libratone, maker of the column-shaped portable Zipp speaker we reviewed last year, has unveiled another wool-covered speaker option: the Libratone Loop. With the latest speaker, users are again provided with a wireless connectivity option, but wall-mounting has been added into the mix, allowing the speaker to be fixed to a wall in addition to being placed on a flat surface.
High-end music component company Linn is taking on Sonos along with Apple's AirPlay and other digital streaming systems with its new Exakt speaker technology, offering lossless connectivity. The Exakt system - which Linn rather hyperbolically says evolves speakers into "intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable products" - consists of the Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers, mixing together lossless hook-ups with various digital processing systems including crossover phase correction.
Marshall has launched a vintage-looking stereo speaker line called Stanmore that harkens back to "the golden days of rock n' roll", giving owners the best of both worlds with analog knobs and modern technology. The Stanmore speaker is being offered in both black and cream colors, with a metal grille across the front and large classic-esque logo across the face.
This week there's a couple of new devices arriving from Grace Digital that may very well be the one thing that makes that ancient set of speakers you've been keeping in the garage worth the years of nagging from your significant other. Why don't you get rid of those old things? You're never going to use them, everything is wireless these days! Here's why: the GDI-BTAR122 (24 watt) and GDI-BTAR502 (100 watt) from Grace Digital work with Bluetooth 4.0 and connect to your old speakers - like the future attaching to the past, so to speak.
If you're a hard-core audiophile looking for some super high-quality speakers for your Mac or Windows computer, KEF has new product that you may want to check out. KEF has unveiled a new set of wireless desktop speakers called the X300A Wireless. The speakers promise high-end audiophile grade hardware throughout.
Jabra introduced its original Solemate wireless speaker late last year, and as we noted in our hands-on, it was about the weight and size of your average water bottle. For those who need something with more portability, the company is back with a new offering, the Jabra Solemate Mini, which it hails as an ultra-portable design with "surprisingly big sound."
Created specifically for the HTC One, the HTC BoomBass is a speaker accessory made to enhance the powers of HTC BoomSound. This accessory is a Bluetooth-enabled subwoofer with the added benefit of a dedicated amplifier, made to interact with the "HTC One family's BoomSound." This cubical device comes in at 64 x 64 x 64mm and aims to add to the already high-end speaker presentation on the HTC One with an enhanced bit of quality for lower range frequencies.
Panasonic has announced a new speakerboard that it is touting as an alternative to sound bars, two of which were just introduced by LG last month. The SC-HTE80 Speakerboard is a no-nonsense looking device, being little more than a dark rectangle with a simple, mostly invisible screen. Panasonic promises that it offers strong bass, however.
In what is perhaps the most science-fiction worthy story of the week, scientists at Harvard have created a gel-based speaker that is both clear and stretchy, able to play music while demonstrating the abilities of ionic conductors. To show off its capabilities, the scientists used it to play the "Morning" prelude from Peer Gynt. You can hear the speaker for yourself in a video we have after the break.