iPod Docks and Speakers
Pioneer has launched two new models of in-ear DJ-quality headphones designed to make excellent sound more portable. Rather than carting around a bulky set of DJ over-ear cans, the new DJE-1500 and DJE-2000 aim to offer the same sound quality via a lightweight in-ear form factor.
Macworld/iWorld Expo may still be three weeks away, but we’ve already got some new products to get excited about. Core Brands, LLC, has just announced it will demo the Korus V600 and Korus V400 wireless speakers designed for Apple gamers and video/music aficionados at the event, which takes place March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Launched at CES back in January of this year, ClearView bills its Clio Bluetooth speaker as the First Invisible Speaker; from the photos, that seems to be an accurate description. Product images on their website feel less like geek porn and more like a game from Highlights magazine—spot the speaker in the room scene. Featuring a single curved glass panel and barely-there base, the Clio transforms 2.1 channel sound from boring box to invisible marvel.
The HiddenRadio2 Kickstarter campaign is hot, and for good reason. This pint sized bluetooth speaker offers a great blend of functionality and design, and looks for all the world like something Apple would create if they chose to enter the mini Bluetooth speaker market.
It’s combination throwback, eco-nerd, and DIY. The Berlin Boombox is made of recycled cardboard in a pack-flat design, and in order to use it you have to put it together yourself. Oh, and if you know all the words to the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song, chances are it will look strikingly similar to a sound system you once used to listen to cassette tapes, too, but it lets you rock out to the tunes on your iPhone rather than carting around magnetic tape.
Harman, producers of some of the best audio gear available, announced several products that all shared a common theme: no cords. Bluetooth audio and other wireless streaming protocols are helping us ditch cables for listening to music, and Harman introduced three products to their JBL lineup and one stunningly gorgeous Harman/Kardon entrant at CES 2014.
It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.
You know, this actually makes perfect sense to me. I’m a guy who enjoys quality in my audio products: good sound, solid craftsmanship. The ladies in my life (specifically, my wife and daughter) like things that are pretty and/or purple. If a speaker system doesn’t look good sitting on the bookshelf, then it’ll be sitting in a box. If you’re in the same situation, the new Acoustic Research AR for Her line means you won’t have to sacrifice audio for fashion.
Vancouver based designer and manufacturer, Edifier, has introduced their newest product called the Luna EclipseT. The Luna EclipseT boasts a powerful 74 watts of power in addition to having a 3/4” / 19mm tweeter and a 3” / 76.2mm full range driver built into each speaker. The Luna EclipseT allows users to connect any compatible device via Bluetooth, including all of Apple’s iOS devices, Macs, and the iPod nano.
In the mood for turn-of-the-century nostalgia? You’re in luck, because Harman Kardon’s new Nova speaker system combines the see-through spherical design of Apple’s old Pro Speakers (which HK designed) with more modern technology like Bluetooth so you can appreciate their beauty using a more modern audio source.
Remember back when it was enough to get a speaker system that had good sound? Well, those days are gone! Now everywhere there are funky designs and color coordination on our bookshelves. And with the new JBL Pulse wireless speaker system, you’ll get a funky light show, too.
I suppose you need to have plenty of pride in your portable Bluetooth speaker to refer to as “talented,” but that’s just what Braven has done with their new BRAVEN 440. They also refer to it as water-resisant, ultra-compact and lightweight, while boasting of its room-filling stereo sound. Most of us, however, will just be smitten by the pretty colors.