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Recent Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Braven 710 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Braven 710 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

The Braven 710 is a go-anywhere portable Bluetooth speaker slightly smaller than a brick, but just as tough thanks to its aircraft grade aluminum shell. The 710 also boasts IPX5 certification, meaning it's splash/water resistant (though don't expect it to swim if you drop it in a tub of water). What about the sound? Suffice it to say that Braven has at least one neat trick up their sleeve which promises better than average sound quality from the form factor. Curious? Click to keep reading and watch our Youtube video review.

Review: Braven's 710 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that's the size of a brick, and just as tough, not to mention water resistant. If you're looking for a go-anywhere speaker, click to keep reading.

— August 07, 2014 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Denon HEOS Wireless Audio System Preview

Denon HEOS Wireless Audio System Preview

Denon is throwing it's hat in the wireless speaker ring with their new HEOS Wireless Audio system. Featuring a trio of speakers, with pre-amps and more on the way, this system connects to your phone, wireless network, and the Internet. It can stream content from your mobile devices, NAS drives, cloud services, or local devices via a USB port. While details are still a little thin, we know the prices will range from $300 to $600 each for the speakers.

Preview: Denon is throwing it's hat in the wireless speaker ring with their new HEOS Wireless Audio system. Featuring a trio of speakers, it can stream from the Internet, your phone, or NAS drives.

— June 25, 2014 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Speaker System Preview

Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Speaker System Preview

The new Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system takes just about all the performance of the MilleniaOne CT system and shaves $300 off the price, albeit cutting a few corners. What sort of corners? The CT 2 no longer has aluminum enclosures, the satellite speakers are no longer ported meaning less bass, and the subwoofer is a less potent model. The amplifier power has been slightly reduced as well. Will you miss those corners? With the MilleniaOne CT system costing $1200 and the CT 2 costing $900, perhaps not.

Preview: The new Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system takes just about all the performance of the MilleniaOne CT system and shaves $300 off the price by cutting a few corners such as aluminum enclosures.

— April 10, 2014 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Satechi ST-SX200 AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers Review

Satechi ST-SX200 AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers Review

Are you looking for new computer speakers? The Satechi ST-SX200 AirBass Active Bluetooth speakers are a great solution. With a single usable input on the back (either 3.5mm or stereo RCA) and Bluetooth, you can connect your computer and stream from your phone or device. The Satechi ST-SX200 have a USB port for charging, a subwoofer output (a rarity on speakers of this size/price), and a very small form factor. With a few caveats, it is hard to find anything really wrong with the Satechi ST-SX200 speakers. At under $100/pair, they are a great value and we have no problems recommending them.

Review: The Satechi ST-SX200 AirBass Active Bluetooth speakers are a great desktop solution with a single usable input on the back (either 3.5mm or stereo RCA) plus Bluetooth and fantastic aesthetics.

— March 19, 2014 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Harman Kardon Nova Bluetooth Speakers Video Review

Harman Kardon Nova Bluetooth Speakers Video Review

The Harman Kardon Nova Bluetooth Speakers feature fantastic aesthetics, NFC Bluetooth pairing, and a passive radiator for additional bass. They sport a 1.25" tweeter and a 2.5" driver in each speaker rather than the "full range" drivers we sometimes see on this type of speaker. Other than Bluetooth, there is a 3.5mm input as well as an optical input and a 3.5mm headphone output available. Sonically, the Nova speakers sound phenomenal for their size. If you are looking for stylish, good sounding, Bluetooth speakers, and have $300 to burn, these are for you.

Review: The Harman Kardon Nova Bluetooth Speakers feature fantastic aesthetics, NFC Bluetooth pairing, and a passive radiator for additional bass. At $300/pair, these are recommended.

— March 17, 2014 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth Speaker Review

Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth Speaker Review

With the aptX codec, Bluetooth audio is finally capable of CD-quality wireless reproduction. Aperion Audio leverages this new technology, along with analog and digital inputs, to create a pair of affordable, do-it-all speakers for the modern lifestyle. Say hello to the new Allaire Bluetooth Speaker System. Can these mini-monitors compete against traditional speakers and the new field of bluetooth speaker docks? The answers lie within.

Review: Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth Speaker System. Can these mini-monitors compete against traditional speakers and the new field of bluetooth speaker docks? The answers lie within.

— February 18, 2014 07:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

MartinLogan Crescendo Bluetooth & Airplay Speaker Preview

MartinLogan Crescendo Bluetooth & Airplay Speaker Preview

Making its debut at CES 2014, MartinLogan's latest creation, the Crescendo, is a nod to the times: a compact speaker system with wireless connectivity options including Bluetooth and Apple Airplay (over WiFi). Priced at a nickel under $900 and available in gloss black or a real walnut veneer, MartinLogan claims, unlike so many similar systems, that the Crescendo doesn't sacrifice sound quality in the name of convenience. What tricks does Martin Logan have up their sleeve? Keep reading to find out.

artin Logan's latest creation, the Crescendo, is a compact speaker system priced at $899.95 and packed with feature. What does this premium tabletop system bring to the table? Keep reading to see!

— January 08, 2014 10:45 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Panasonic SC-NA10 Bluetooth Portable Speaker Preview

Panasonic SC-NA10 Bluetooth Portable Speaker Preview

Panasonic's $200 SC-NA10 is the first of two portable Bluetooth speakers from the AV giant. The SC-NA10 has two 1.625" drivers and a 3.125" passive radiator. With a mic for answering calls, Bluetooth, NFC (for easy pairing), low-latency apt-X, and Panasonic's own XBS Master DSP for maximizing the sound output and quality, the SC-NA10 is a speaker you won't mind taking with you. The cover doubles as a stand (aped from the iPad covers), it has a 3.5mm input, and it will charge your phone. The real claim to fame of the SC-NA10 is the battery. In long-play mode, it will last up to 20 hours - an industry best.

The Panasonic SC-NA10 portable speaker has an industry leading 20 hours of playtime, Bluetooth, NFC, low-latency apt-X, an integrated cover/stand, can answer calls, and a price tag of $200.

— December 08, 2013 11:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Incline Desktop Speakers Review

Definitive Technology Incline Desktop Speakers Review

Your computer or monitor’s speakers leave a lot to be desired when it comes to audio quality. OK, let’s just say it: they stink. Why should you settle for inferior sound at your desk? You shouldn’t. And Definitive Technology looks to give your desktop setup a major upgrade with their new Incline bipolar desktop speakers. Does Definitive Technology deliver an audiophile-quality desktop system? Read our full review to find out.

Review: Definitive Technology looks to give your desktop setup a major upgrade with their new Incline speakers. Does Definitive Technology deliver an audiophile-quality desktop system? Read on.

— November 26, 2013 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

iCreation speeCup Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Dock in a Cup Review

iCreation speeCup Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Dock in a Cup Review

The iCreation speeCup is a speaker in a cup. About the size of a Venti coffee, it connects via Bluetooth to your phone or portable device. The speeCup has an upwards-facing driver that fires into a convex plate for maximum dispersion of sound and sports a bass-reflex design. There is a control ring and a few buttons on the top and you can wave your hand over the top of it for some gesture controls. The kicker is that is has a line-out turning this "speaker into a cup" into a "Bluetooth dock in a cup". Either way - it's in a cup. While I found it to be a Jack of all Trades, Master of None - the Bluetooth was one of the best implementations I've ever experienced. With no line-in as a backup - it better be.

Review: The speeCup is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a line out for integration with your home theater. With near-perfect Bluetooth pairing, we can almost forgive speeCup's sound quality.

— November 20, 2013 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Digital Music System Review

Cambridge Audio Minx Xi Digital Music System Review

The new Minx Xi Digital Music System from Cambridge Audio is a hopped up high-end streaming media player that will let you play just about any music source imaginable. It's built on Cambridge Audio's popular NP30 platform and shares a lot of the same controls and features, but it adds a 40W stereo amplifier to make this a small integrated amplifier on steroids. Integrated amp, network music streaming device...the terminology is tough because it does almost everything.

The new Minx Xi Digital Music System from Cambridge Audio is a hopped up high-end streaming media player that will let you play just about any music source imaginable.

— November 12, 2013 11:15 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

IK Multimedia iLoud Portable Speaker Preview

IK Multimedia iLoud Portable Speaker Preview

Don't let the name fool you, the iLoud is probably one of the coolest portable speakers we've seen in a long time. Billed as a portable speaker with "studio monitor sound", the iLoud isn't your typical portable speaker. Sure, it has Bluetooth and a 3.5mm input, 40 watts of power, and a bass-reflex design but lots of other speakers boast similar specs. What sets the IK Multimedia iLoud head and shoulders above the rest is that you can plug your guitar or mic directly into the iLoud along with your iDevice to not only provide portable amplification for the instrument but audio processing from your iDevice. At $300 a pop, it isn't cheap but point us to one other offering with the same features as the iLoud.

The IK Multimedia iLoud isn't just another portable Bluetooth speaker - you can plug in your guitar and iDevice for amplification and audio processing on the fly and on the go. Very cool!

— November 08, 2013 05:40 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

NanoHiFi PNH-2200 Portable Desktop Audio System Review

NanoHiFi PNH-2200 Portable Desktop Audio System Review

It's easy to find a desktop system for your home or office. But it is hard to find one that sounds really great. NanoHiFi has put together a portable desktop audio system that aims to do just that - sound great. Depending on the model you get, you may have access to just FM and USB (as well as external sources) or you can bump up to a CD player or even a CD with a Bluetooth connection. While we had some issues with the NanoHiFi PNH-2200, one thing we didn't have a problem with is the sound. The sound quality is rich, lush, and agnostic of placement. For some, that will more than justify the price. For people that don't want to fiddle with the Bluetooth, read on to find out if the NanoHiFi is for you.

Review: While we had some issues with the NanoHiFi PNH-2200 Portable Desktop System, one thing we didn't have a problem with is the sound. The sound quality is rich, lush, and agnostic of placement.

— November 05, 2013 14:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

kubxlab Earshots Portable Speakers Preview and Sound Test

kubxlab Earshots Portable Speakers Preview and Sound Test

The kubxlab Earshots are very small (the size of a shot glass), portable, rechargeable speakers for your mobile device or laptop. They are what amounts to a tweeter in a small case. While we like the design, the sound leaves something to be desired. With a 3.5mm connection to your computer or device, they aren't trying to be wireless with all the hassles that often come up with those types of connections. Since they are two different speakers that can be located in different places, they will provide a stereo image - something many portable speakers claim to do but often fail miserably. When all you want is an upgrade to your laptop's speakers so that you can enjoy some music, being small and light is probably enough. Add in that they operate on a Li-Ion battery so you can use them anywhere and it is easy to see why someone would want to spend $50 on the kubxlab Earshots. Until they hear them that is.

The kubxlab Earshots are very small (the size of a shot glass), portable, rechargeable speakers for your mobile device or laptop. While we do like their design, the sound quality isn't very good.

— November 01, 2013 08:35 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews