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Recent Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Soul Party in a Box P910 Preview-the $1000 Boom Box

Soul Party in a Box P910 Preview-the $1000 Boom Box

Soul Electronics is a relative newcomer to the world of AV, but they hit the market with plenty of backing. While they started with headphones, Soul is now moving into new territory, starting with the redesign of the boombox. After over a year of R&D the company has determined that a $1000 portable, wireless entertainment system dubbed “Party in a Box P910” is just the ticket for struggling musicians, middle income families, college students and people looking to set up a giant 20" box next to their TVs for better audio. The PIAB P910 jams so many functions into one sleek package (Bluetooth, Aux input, an Apple-compatible dock and HDMI) that we wonder if they are simply charging $75 per feature.

After a year of R&D Soul determined that a $1000 portable entertainment system dubbed "Party in a Box P910" is just the ticket for struggling musicians, middle income families & college students.

— January 25, 2013 06:10 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Sound Cylinder Preview: Give your iPad a Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Definitive Technology Sound Cylinder Preview: Give your iPad a Portable Bluetooth Speaker

This year at CES, Definitive Technology showed off a new portable Bluetooth speaker, the Sound Cylinder. As the name implies, it is a cylindrical shape and sports a 43mm woofer on one end for bass, and power/volume controls on the other. On the front of the unit are two 32mm mid/high frequency drivers and on the back is a USB port for charging, adjustable kickstand, and 3.5mm audio input jack. On a full charge the battery can last for up to 10 hours (depending on system volume). We got a private demo and were impressed by the pronounced stereo effects for such a small speaker. Definitive Technology also showed off a new prototype soundbar designed to offer people a lesser expensive alternative to the SoloCinema XTR.

This year at CES, Definitive Technology showed off the Sound Cylinder, a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for use with laptops, phones and tablets.

— January 14, 2013 12:25 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

iHome iDL100 Clock Radio with Two Lightning Docks & USB

iHome iDL100 Clock Radio with Two Lightning Docks & USB

iHome has done it again, hitting the market first (as far as we can tell) with a premier lightning-based docking solution for those looking for the ultimate tabletop alarm clock. We've always admired iHome's alarm clocks for being the best at what they are intended to be—first and foremost, that is. The iHome iDL100 includes two lightning docks as well as a triple 2.1 charging hub for your iDevices. The iDL100's universal USB dock is legacy-compatible, so even if you don't have the latest technology you can still recharge and play audio from legacy devices.

iHome has done it again, hitting the market first (as far as we can tell) with the iDL100, a premier lightning-based docking solution for those looking for the ultimate tabletop alarm clock.

— January 08, 2013 15:30 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Monster ClarityHD Model One Speakers Review

Monster ClarityHD Model One Speakers Review

This week we had just enough time to take a sneak peek at the latest loudspeaker from Monster, the Clarity HD Model One speakers. So in a sense, think of this as an unboxing video... except that it's not... and... well, those videos are kinda like watching someone else open a present. Anyway, we want to tell you more about these speakers and then maybe you can find a place to audition them. The Clarity HD Model Ones by Monster are certainly different - even in their looks. They're bold with color options of Gloss Red, Gloss Yellow, Bronze and Silver that look like they were applied by slipping the speaker into a paint shop while they were putting the finish coat on an Italian sports car.

This week we had just enough time to take a sneak peek at the latest loudspeaker from Monster, the Clarity HD Model One Bluetooth speakers. So think of this as an unboxing video-except that it's not

— December 31, 2012 07:10 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Dirac HD Player App for iPhone Earbuds Review

Dirac HD Player App for iPhone Earbuds Review

The question I believe I need to answer is whether purchasing the Dirac HD Player for your stock iPhone earbuds is better than buying a new set of headphones. Well, if you could point me to $2.99 headphones that perform as well as the Dirac HD Player, I'd say no. But you are going to have to spend upwards of $40-$60 to get something that sounds as good as the Dirac HD player. While it can't turn your earbuds into $500 headphones, it can take something that sounds fairly horrible out of the box and make them sound so much better than you won't believe your ears. I know I didn't.

The question I believe I need to answer is whether purchasing the Dirac HD Player for your stock iPhone earbuds is better than buying a new set of headphones... read on to see.

— December 04, 2012 13:15 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Geneva Sound System Model XS Speaker Review

Geneva Sound System Model XS Speaker Review

This week we're reviewing the Geneva Sound System Model XS. The Geneva XS bills itself as the "world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound." While it sounds pretty good, considering it's a battery-powered system with dual 1" tweeters and a 2" woofer, I'm not sure I'm ready to deliver the "Hi-Fi" moniker to it just yet. In fact, I don't know that anyone's every really thought of a small portable speaker like this as Hi-Fi... maybe that's why Geneva went after the market.

This week we're reviewing the Geneva Sound System Model XS. The Geneva XS bills itself as the "world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound."

— November 28, 2012 22:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Brookstone Big Blue Media Tower Preview

Brookstone Big Blue Media Tower Preview

At $400, the Big Blue Media Tower has a lot of features perfect for distributed audio. With two physical inputs plus Bluetooth compatibility, it would be well suited to a living room environment. With the small footprint (eight inches square) and relatively small overall size, even the most fervent objectors to speakers should be pacified. The angled drivers means that sound should be well disbursed and the ported design should provide adequate bass. This could be the perfect gift for those relatives that don't really want speakers but do want a way to listen to their music easily.

At $400, the Big Blue Media Tower has a lot of features perfect for distributed audio. With two physical inputs plus Bluetooth compatibility, it would be well suited to a living room environment.

— November 21, 2012 04:35 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Edifier e10 Exclaim 2.0 High Performance Desktop Speakers Preview

Edifier e10 Exclaim 2.0 High Performance Desktop Speakers Preview

Are the Edifier e10 Exclaim 2.0 desktop speakers a collection of buzzwords all wrapped in an attractive package? Maybe. But with dual enclosures, each featuring a passive radiator and it's own amp, and a focus on sound quality through DSP and DRC, they are very good buzzwords. While we'll withhold any verdict on sound quality until we actually hear them, the Edifier e10 Exclaim speakers have a unique enough design, and enough of the technology we like to see in a desktop set of speakers, to justify the $99.99 price tag.

Are the Edifier e10 Exclaim 2.0 desktop speakers a collection of buzzwords all wrapped in an attractive package? Maybe. But they sure are pretty for $100 a pair.

— November 09, 2012 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Unmonday 4.3L AirPlay Speaker Preview

Unmonday 4.3L AirPlay Speaker Preview

At $700 a pop the Unmonday 4.3L speakers aren't exactly cheap. With a built in wireless router for Apple AirPlay anywhere, amp, 10 hour battery life, and Dolby Surround, you can see where your money went. With a speaker that is only now going into production, it's hard to anticipate how they'll sound. And no matter how cool the control scheme is, or or how portable they are, sound is what is most important in a speaker. We're very interested to see how these are received when they start shipping in 2013.

At $700 a pop the Unmonday 4.3L speakers aren't exactly cheap. With a built in wireless router for Apple AirPlay anywhere, amp, 10 hour battery life, and Dolby Surround, that money is quickly spent.

— November 03, 2012 18:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

AQ Audio SmartSpeaker Preview

AQ Audio SmartSpeaker Preview

Out of the box, the AQ SmartSpeaker will stream from your iDevice/iTunes via AirPlay or your Windows 7 machine via Play To. With a DLNA certified Android streaming app on the horizon, the AQ SmartSpeaker is the most compatible wireless speaker we've ever seen. For $179 a pop ($349 for two, $675 for four), the AQ SmartSpeaker is an easy way to add a whole home audio system without wires. With each of the speakers able to be set in mono, left, or right modes, you've got a multitude of options. A 3.5mm jack allows you to take the speaker with you. It all sounds great. All we need to know now is how the AQ SmartSpeaker sounds.

Out of the box, the AQ SmartSpeaker will stream from your iDevice/iTunes via AirPlay or your Windows 7 machine via Play To with a DLNA certified Android streaming app on the horizon.

— November 01, 2012 04:10 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

WAE WSM01 Hercules Portable Wireless Speaker Preview

WAE WSM01 Hercules Portable Wireless Speaker Preview

Regardless of your smartphone or tablet preference, WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) has a portable speaker for you. Their first offering, the WSM01, uses a USB dongle to connect to your PC/Mac/Linux computer via 2.4GHz. That's right, Linux. That should tell you something about how universal WAE is trying to be. On the horizon look for Made for iPhone certified and Android compatible modes. Even an offering targeting audiophiles. Whether you are looking for a desktop model or something to take to the beach, WAE is looking to provide want you want.

Regardless of your smartphone or tablet preference, WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) has a portable speaker for you. Their first offering, the WSM01, uses a USB dongle to connect to your PC/Mac/Linux.

— October 29, 2012 21:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Palo Alto Cubik Speakers Review

Palo Alto Cubik Speakers Review

When Palo Alto's Cubik speakers showed up, I had to take a look. As you can see, they have a unique design - the speakers seem to float in the air, positioned in a way that the drivers points up at you - perfect for a desktop placement. They're also angular, but more than that, they are like dice with the clipped edges that makes them seem like they could tumble over at any second. I do a lot of work on the computer. While I'm a reviewer, I also have to do a lot of writing, editing... Facebooking. In any case, I'm always on the lookout for good speakers for my workspace. It's important, to me at least, that I have decent speakers on any computer that's parked on a desk. I'm also a fan of good design.

When Palo Alto's Cubik speakers showed up, I had to take a look. As you can see, they have a unique design - the speakers float in the air, positioned in a way that the drivers points up at you.

— October 28, 2012 04:30 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

NuForce S3-BT CD Quality Bluetooth Speakers Preview

NuForce S3-BT CD Quality Bluetooth Speakers Preview

If you absolutely must have wireless speakers, the NuForce S3-BT speaker system features the latest in Bluetooth streaming. With an additional analogue input for use with non-Bluetooth devices, they are pretty flexible. We wish there were some sort of subwoofer output as we doubt they really reach down to 50Hz with any authority. More than anything, we'd like to get our hands on these - literally just to feel them. Speakers wrapped in leatherette? If nothing else, they'll have that going for them. At $299 a pair, they certainly are priced right.

If you absolutely must have wireless speakers, the $299/pair NuForce S3-BT speaker system features the latest in Bluetooth streaming plus an additional analogue input.

— October 24, 2012 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Behringer iNuke BOOM Junior Preview

Behringer iNuke BOOM Junior Preview

The Behringer iNuke BOOM Junior takes everything that was in the original, furniture-sized, iNuke BOOM dock and makes it smaller. Behringer has included dual tweeters, dual midranges, and a woofer to make sure you are still blown away by how loud it is. When the original has 10,000 watts, those interested in the smaller, more affordable version are going to be worried about volume. At $180, the iNuke BOOM Junior has enough features to be competitive though it's volume is obviously the selling point. While we remain skeptical, we're curious about how it actually sounds. Now that it doesn't cost more than our car, we might actually get a chance to find out.

At $180, the Behringer iNuke BOOM Junior has enough features to be competitive though it's volume is obviously the selling point.

— October 19, 2012 07:35 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews