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Recent Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Ematic ESB100 Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone Preview

Ematic ESB100 Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone Preview

Ematic is looking to exceed your expectations with their ESB100 Bluetooth speaker. When you buy a wireless Bluetooth speaker, you expect to get a wireless Bluetooth speaker. You don't expect it to be a speakerphone that is compatible with Android Voice Commands and Siri. You don't expect it to be able to connect to your system essentially transforming it into a Bluetooth receiver for your home theater. While we're not exactly sure all the specifications of the ESB100, we like what we see so far. With a 35 hour battery, two different grille colors (both included), and a small size (about the size of a softball), the ESB100 looks like a lot of functionality that many people would want.

Ematic ESB100 Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone is a Bluetooth speaker with a 35 hour battery life, Aux out for connection to your home theater, and Siri and Android voice command compatible.

— October 24, 2013 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Berlin Boombox Preview

Berlin Boombox Preview

I think the regular readers of Audioholics know that I'm mostly pretty fair when I write these preview articles. I try to present the good with the bad in a way that informs rather than incites. But, this time, I can hold my tongue no longer. Sometimes Kickstarter uncovers some truly original products. Products that are too niche to be considered by major producers but cool enough that there are enthusiasts who would gladly put out money for them. This is not one of those times. The Berlin Boombox is a DIY cardboard boombox that connects to your device by 3.5mm. Yes cardboard. Yes, you put it together yourself. And yes, it does cost $80.

The Berlin Boombox is a DIY cardboard boombox that connects to your device by 3.5mm. Yes cardboard. Yes, you put it together yourself. And yes, it does cost $80.

— October 13, 2013 20:45 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technologies Cube Tri-Polar Bluetooth Speaker Preview

Definitive Technologies Cube Tri-Polar Bluetooth Speaker Preview

The new Def Tech Cube (not to be confused with any of the various SuperCubes) is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a bit of a unique design. Yes, it is in the shape of a cube (almost - it is 7.7″ H x 7.5″ W x 7.5″ D) but it has drivers firing in three directions - hence the "tri-polar" moniker. According to our information, it has five 1.25″ mid/high frequency drivers firing out the sides (under the grilles in the picture) and a 5.25″ woofer firing out the top. While Bluetooth is nice for compatibility with most portable devices (and some computers), it can be problematic to pair. Those phones with NFC (Near Field Communications) can gently bump the Cube to pair their devices. The Cube gets near-CD sound quality from Bluetooth streams by supporting aptX and AAC codecs. A 3.5mm input is available for a direct connection. The Def Tech Cube will retail for $399.

The new Def Tech Cube is a portable Bluetooth speaker in the shape of a cube (almost - it is 7.7″ H x 7.5″ W x 7.5″ D) but it has drivers firing in three directions - hence the "tri-polar" moniker.

— September 27, 2013 09:31 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Cambridge Audio Minx M5 Multimedia Speaker System Review

Cambridge Audio Minx M5 Multimedia Speaker System Review

I can take almost nothing away from the Cambridge Audio Minx M5. This multimedia speaker system sounds like it was designed by people that love good sound and really want to bring it to you. Cambridge Audio did a lot with the Minx M5. The higher frequencies and midrange sound fantastic. I mean, REALLY good. Better the harder you listen to them. The bass isn't as deep as you'd like, but what are you going to do with a 5.25" woofer in an 8" cube? The real standout is the control module. Putting volume and power control where you can reach it is one thing. Pairing it with the main USB input, a 3.5mm input, and a headphone output is brilliant. The Cambridge Audio Minx M5 is a speaker system truly deserving of the moniker "Multimedia". This may be the only system you use with more than one device.

Review: The Cambridge Audio Minx M5 is a speaker system truly deserving of the moniker "Multimedia". This may be the only system you use with more than one device.

— September 08, 2013 20:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Aperion Audio Allaire ARIS Wireless Speaker System Review

Aperion Audio Allaire ARIS Wireless Speaker System Review

Winner of the 2013 Audioholics Consumer Excellence award, the Aperion Audio Allaire ARIS Wireless Speaker system is impressive. Reproducing crisp audio, paired with a sleek design, the ARIS would enhance most home decors. The ARIS Wireless Speaker System is “future-proof” and the option to future proof a tabletop audio system can be invaluable as the ever-changing world of technology continues to advance with new breakthroughs. Stream in style with the ARIS, your ears will thank you.

Review: Aperion Audio Allaire ARIS Wireless Speaker system is impressive. It’s card system makes it future proof. Stream in style with the ARIS, your ears will thank you.

Aaron Howard — August 13, 2013 12:30 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Wireless Music System Review

Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 Wireless Music System Review

The Minx Air200 from Cambridge Audio is a $600 AirPlay and Bluetooth speaker. Yes, we're high rollin' today. At that price I realized that it had better impress me...a lot...or this would be a very tough, very tiring review. Unboxing the speaker I liked the size of the Air200. It's substantial. Sitting at 7.2" high and nearly 18" wide, it's much larger than I had expected and weighs 11 pounds. The Air200 is white with a silver rim and gray speaker grill cloth that spans the entire face of the system. On top are 5 Internet Radio preset buttons and controls for Volume, Power and Source.

The Minx Air200 from Cambridge Audio is a $600 AirPlay and Bluetooth speaker. Yes, we're high rollin' today. At that price I realized that it had better impress me or this would be a very tough review

— July 29, 2013 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

BRAVEN 855s Bluetooth Weather-Resistant Speaker Preview

BRAVEN 855s Bluetooth Weather-Resistant Speaker Preview

At $300, the BRAVEN 855s Bluetooth speaker is expensive but well equipped. Bluetooth 3.0 enabled, it has a 3.5mm input for a direct connection and the ability to pair with another BRAVEN 855s for a stereo experience. With a built-in mic, you can use it to answer calls without having to disconnect. Heck, with a little creative accounting, you could pass this off as a business expense as a speaker phone. With a water resistant case, you don't have to worry about Dave from accounting getting sloppy at the office party and spilling his beer on it...again. As an added bonus, the BRAVEN 855s can charge your wireless device with a charging-only USB port. While we're not sure how it would fair on an actual adventure, we're pretty sure it can take any abuse you might throw at it around the house or office.

At $300, the water resistant BRAVEN 855s Bluetooth speaker is expensive but well equipped. It has a 3.5mm input, can pair with a second BRAVEN for stereo, and can charge your wireless device..

— July 28, 2013 08:15 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Wren V5AP AirPlay Speaker Review

Wren V5AP AirPlay Speaker Review

I'm a big fan of Apple products, and so anything that plays nice and plays back my music typically turns my head. That's the Wren V5AP in a nutshell. The AP stands for AirPlay, and the Wren V5 also comes in BT (Bluetooth) and PF (Play-Fi or Android) flavors as well. What’s even more surprising is that Wren will update or change your unit from one technology to the other for just $99 within the warranty period-that’s within the first three years if you register the product within 30 days.

I'm a big fan of Apple products, and so anything that plays nice and plays back my music typically turns my head. That's the Wren V5AP in a nutshell. The AP stands for AirPlay.

— July 23, 2013 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Cambridge Audio Minx M5 Multimedia Speakers Preview

Cambridge Audio Minx M5 Multimedia Speakers Preview

Cambridge Audio introduces their new Minx M5 multimedia speakers. This desktop system connects digitally (USB) to your computer and uses its own DAC rather than connecting to your soundcard like other systems. The Cambridge Audio Minx M5 have 3" cube (2" drivers) satellite speakers paired with an 8" cube (5.25" woofer) sub. An external control unit allows you to control the volume and power of the Minx M5 and has a headphone output and a 3.5mm input for your portable device. All this for $229? Cambridge Audio has seriously thrown down the gauntlet with the Minx M5 multimedia speaker system.

The Cambridge Audio Minx desktop speaker system connects digitally to your computer and uses its own DAC. Satellites with 2" drivers and a sub with 5.25" woofer go down to 45Hz.

— June 25, 2013 08:30 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Zagg Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System Preview

Zagg Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System Preview

Convenience. The Zagg Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth speaker system represents it. Honestly, we expected the portable and the desktop speakers to connect wirelessly to share content but having the portable one as the main Bluetooth receiver makes the most sense. We can see a lot of people interested in this product. While $250 isn't cheap, it certainly isn't overly expensive seeing that you are getting two speakers in the deal. If you tend to listen to music in your bedroom or office, but occasionally want to take it with you, the Zagg Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth speaker system could be perfect for you.

The Zagg Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth speaker system is perfect for those who primarily listen to music in their bedroom or office, but occasionally want to take it on the go.

— June 21, 2013 08:05 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Geneva Lab Model S Wireless Speaker Preview

Geneva Lab Model S Wireless Speaker Preview

The original Geneva Lab Model S was an award winning iPod dock. The new Geneva Lab Model S Wireless gets rid of the dock and adds Bluetooth 2.1 compatibility for use with all smartphones. Sure, you still need to plug it into a wall but it will connect to your device without you having to plug it in. Those without iDevices are sure to be glad to hear that Geneva Lab went with Bluetooth rather than AirPlay. We're interested to see how this new Model S Wireless speaker will sound. With a "we'll believe it when we hear it" specified response down the 75Hz, FM Radio with alarm, and 3.5mm input, there is something for everyone. Everyone looking for a $300 retro-chic clock radio that is.

The original Geneva Lab Model S speaker was an award winning iPod dock. The new Geneva Lab Model S Wireless speaker gets rid of the dock and adds Bluetooth 2.1 for use with all smartphones.

— May 22, 2013 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 iPod/iPhone Dock Preview

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 iPod/iPhone Dock Preview

The B&W Zeppelin retailed for $600 when it was released. That was a hard pill for people to swallow. But the new Z2 is coming out with a much more affordable $400 price tag. While it certainly isn't an impulse buy, the Z2 is much more in reach for most of us. In the end, we've found that with B&W, you get what you pay for. What you're getting with the Z2 is a top of the line Apple dock and AirPlay streamer with the heritage and know-how of the legendary Bowers & Wilkins behind it. For many, $400 will be a small price to pay for the promise of that sort of sonic performance. We are very keen to see how well this new dock holds up to the flagship Zeppelin.

What you're getting with the B&W Z2 is a top of the line Apple dock and AirPlay streamer with the heritage of the legendary Bowers & Wilkins behind it. For many, $400 will be a small price to pay.

— March 21, 2013 06:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Dok CR34 Multi-Charging Dok Station Review

Dok CR34 Multi-Charging Dok Station Review

The problem with most clock radios is that they will charge a device, but typically only an Apple or Android device. One product. One type of dock. Now, in my bedroom, on the nightstand I have three devices: my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindle Touch. If I had the newer iPhone 5 then I'd have, literally, three different connection types to deal with. No clock radio can handle that... Except this one.

The $75 Dok CR34 Multi-Charging Dok Station may not be the very best alarm clock with all the latest features, but its other features are significant enough to render the clock a lesser function.

— February 08, 2013 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Yamaha TSX-132, TSX-B32, MCR-042, and MCR-B142 Preview

Yamaha TSX-132, TSX-B32, MCR-042, and MCR-B142 Preview

f you are looking for a great looking desktop audio system, Yamaha may have what you need with their new MCR-B142 ($449), MCR-042 ($399), TSX-B232 ($549), and TSX-132 ($449). They can grab music from multiple sources, including an internal CD player, iOS devices or flash drives (via USB), AM/FM radio or from a 3.5mm Aux input. The MCR-B142 and TSX-B232 also feature Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music directly from a portable device. You can also download the Yamaha DTA Controller App for your iOS device and control the alarm settings remotely. The MCR models are styled like a typical shelf stereo system, with a head unit and two separate speakers. The head unit puts out 15Wx2 and the two speakers feature a single 4.5” driver in a bass-reflex enclosure. The TSX systems are all-in-one, like a Bose Wave Radio, and feature dual 3.15” cones. Read on for a full review.

Yamaha is hoping to claim the high-end desktop audio/alarm clock market market with the release of 4 new offerings ranging from $399 to $549.

— February 05, 2013 12:10 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews