iPod Docks and Speakers
I say the Mighty Speaker “may” be sharkproof because the developer doesn’t actually make that claim. They have no reason to. But I’m watching something on SyFy about the greatest shark attacks in cinema, so I’ve got that on my mind. Hopefully, your speaker needs are more of the waterproof, sandproof and floating variety, which the Mighty Speaker can provide.
Is it too early to think about going back to school? Yes? Maybe? Regardless, it’s not too early to think about new speaker equipment, and that’s why we’re giving away an Ultimate Ears UE Boom wireless speaker to one lucky AppleTell reader. The specific model is the UE Boom – Jettison Edition, a limited run designed by skateboard artist Don Pendleton, worth $199.99.
Ultimate Ears has released a few limited-edition runs of their UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker, the latest of which is a collaboration with artist Don Pendleton. Continuing the company’s aim to blend people’s passions for music, design and art, the limited-run Jettison Edition is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style.
Nowadays, music is easily accessible from your iPhone, iPod, and similar devices, but what about sharing it with others? Those built-in speakers don’t go far in providing quality audio in large, open spaces. To that end, Divoom offers the Voombox Travel as a rugged, portable, wireless speaker that you can take just about anywhere to get hours of decent audio for everyone to enjoy. We got our hands on one to try out.
With the launch of their new 360 Scandinavian branding earlier this year, Libratone upped their design game. The company also used the recent CE Week show in New York to introduce some upgraded tech to their line as well. Announcements during the show last week included Spotify Connect integration, as well as updates to the company’s iOS app for better performance.
iSkelter’s continuing their mission of covering your desk with organic-modern bamboo design. Their latest product, the Beats Station, gives you a place to hang your Beats by Dre (or other over-ear headphones) and hold your iPhone or iPod, helping you to keep your desk organized and showcasing your headphones.
Microlab has announced a new 2.1 channel speaker system: the FC60 BT Desktop Nearfield Speaker. This is a speaker system designed to handle multiple audio inputs, including Bluetooth streaming. Just listen, Microlab said, and that’s exactly what we did.
Braven’s Bluetooth speakers incorporate unique features and some stunning industrial design, and their 710-model speaker can now be had in a limited edition gold designed to match your iPhone. Clad in an aluminum shell and boasting an abundance of tech, the Braven 710 is a portable Bluetooth speaker designed to stand out.
Your summer just got a little more colorful, both visually and aurally. Ultimate Ears has announced they’re selling a new UE BOOM design exclusive for Apple and Apple.com: the UE BOOM Crystal Edition. Why at the Apple Store? Well, take a look at the image. Throw a little purple in there, and you’ve got the old Apple logo.
Veho bills their wireless 360° M6 Mode Bluetooth speaker as being “retro,” but retro is so popular these days that it’s kind of become modern again, right? Retro design or not, the 360° M6 Mode speaker features superior sound quality and allows you to stream your music directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with 6 watts of high fidelity sound.
I’ve come across some absolutely marvelous Bluetooth speaker systems this week, both in design and functionality. Passing by the booths and sampling the audio, I’ve heard so much Asian pop music that old-school Avril Lavigne was actually a nice respite at one point. But I kept at it, because I never knew when another speaker set designed to look like a crimson aquatic mammal balancing a beach ball on its head was waiting at the end of the aisle.
Music is portable, headphones are portable, but so far good speakers have remained stubbornly stationary. The Bass Egg made a big impression at this year’s Macworld expo, pumping out huge sound with powerful bass in an easily portable package.