iPod Docks and Speakers
Geneva has introduced the Model S’s successor, which gains not only re-engineered innards but also makes an important gain by losing something. Gone is the iPod Dock, which limited you to small 30-pin small like iPods and iPhones, and in its place is Bluetooth streaming. The Model S Wireless aims to provide the same superlative sound as the original from a much broader range of devices.
Marantz was founded in 1953, making this their 60th year of providing advanced audio technologies. To celebrate, they’re rolling out two new products that highlight said technologies. The Reference Class NA-11S1 Network Audio Player and DAC create true “studio master” quality audio right in your living room, while the Consolette is the first ever wireless streaming speaker for audiophiles.
With the bulk of desktop and shelf speaker systems going wireless, it makes sense that your home entertainment center would do the same. And it makes sense that your receiver would support AirPlay. So, when it comes time to either upgrade your current AV receiver or invest in your first, a great place to start your search is with the AirPlay / Pandora / vTuner compatible Pioneer VSX-823-K.
Packing two speakers and a mic, the BOOM Movement Urchin Bluetooth Speaker is a great option for sound and the occasional conference call on the go, and it features a handy trio of accessories that let you clip it, stick it, or hang it just about anywhere.
Logic3, makers of Ferrari-branded audio gear, has announced the launch of their FS1 Air speaker, a 2.1 channel sound system featuring AirPlay and Bluetooth integration, as well as an old school 30-pin Dock for you nostalgics. Part of the Scuderia Ferrari line, the FS1 Air is designed to evoke the spirit of Ferrari’s racing team in both looks and audio quality.
Marantz recently announced two new home A/V receivers—the NR1504 and NR1604—both of which provide AirPlay compatibility for the wireless home theater enthusiast. With a plethora of connectivity options both wired and wireless, these new receivers provide you the ability to enjoy your media your way, whether you’re streaming from your computer, sharing tunes from a friend’s iPhone, or have serious cabling to deliver high quality sound from your home theater equipment.
Much as I love the mobility of modern computing, small size means that a sacrifice has to come somewhere, and it’s usually in audio quality. While great advances have been made in miniaturizing speakers, they still lack the range of larger speakers. The Sound Cylinder from Definitive Technology, however, gives your Bluetooth-enabled devices rich, full sound in a small, stylish package.
If you have any experience with being in a band, you know why the first thing you do when you make a buck is hire roadies to carry around your amps. So, what if you could trade the amps in for a small device that can turn any surface into a speaker? You wouldn’t, because a tabletop will never be as powerful as your Marshall stacks. But PLX Devices’ Yaba X certainly could have its uses.
TechnologyTell and Geneva Lab are teaming up to give away a Geneva Sound System Model XS. Inspired by the classic travel clock, the Model XS comes in a sturdy leather-like clamshell case that flips open to deliver rich and detailed sound via Bluetooth, auxiliary input or the integrated digital FM tuner. It retails for $249.95, and today is your last chance to enter to win it.
What is it about red that it always seems to be a limited edition thing? Black, white, silver, 365 days a year. Red? Only when they want you to have it. Such is now the case with the metallic red HiddenRadio speaker, which will be limited to 500 units. If you’re looking for a red Bluetooth speaker, amplifier and FM radio to complement your decor, better hurry.