Portable Speaker

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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New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

LG is introducing seven new members to its Music Flow family of speakers. What makes these seven noteworthy, aside from being new, is that they are the first of their kin to support the Google Cast streaming technology. This means that users will be able to "cast" their music easily and effortlessly, not just from their Android smartphones and tablets, but also from iOS and Chrome OS devices. With the new Music Flow line, audiophiles will be able to enjoy the benefits of quality wireless audio, on top of LG's own special features.

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Echo’s PowerSound speaker boasts 32 hours of playback

Echo’s PowerSound speaker boasts 32 hours of playback

Portable speakers have gone wireless, and that's a good thing -- you're now able to play tunes from your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, no cable tethers to be found. The downside of battery life still remains, however, and when the internal battery dies, so does the party. Enter Echo's PowerSound speaker, which has a giant battery and boasts 32 hours of playback time on a single charge -- something that'll take you through an entire weekend of camping and music listening, for example. It also doubles as a power bank.

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TDK Life on Record TREK 360 review; big sound in every direction

TDK Life on Record TREK 360 review; big sound in every direction

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s plenty out there to choose from. If you want to get a bit more premium, the choices start to thin out quite a bit. Try to get an upgraded option, but still remain affordable, and the choices are fewer. With the TREK 360, TDK wants to give you reason to think smaller without considering compromise. With speakers forcing sound in 360-degrees, does the TREK 360 produce enough quality sound to make you want to buy one? We find out.

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Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker includes selfie button

Portable speakers are old news at this point. It is not hard to find a little Bluetooth offering to complement your on-the-go lifestyle, and so another announcement elicits little more than a yawn. What's a company to do? Try to make its product unique by including something you wouldn't ordinarily expect to find on your speaker -- in Divoom's case, that is a shutter button for taking selfies. Yes, you can now take a selfie using a speaker. What a world.

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