The Wren V5 achieves a unique goal. It blends a beautiful, organic design with high-end technology to produce a speaker that looks every bit as good as it sounds. With built-in AirPlay compatibility and a host of wired input options, the V5AP offers great sound for virtually any music device.
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.
Movember is in full swing, and your moustache is surely looking really good right now. But how’s your iPhone looking? Your iPad? Your MacBook? Shouldn’t they get a proper moustache, too? Yes, they should get a proper moustache, too, and this is why SkinIt is offering a range of MoSkins, MoCases and MoDecals at 20% off their normal price.
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.
Monster is expanding their iSport line of headphones with the iSport Freedom. These are Monster’s first-ever on-ear wireless sport headphones. That’s right, they’re Bluetooth headphones powered by Pure Monster Sound. They can handle everything from playing your music with extreme clarity, tight articulation, and deep pounding bass to taking phone calls, and they’re durable and water-resistant enough to keep up with you through your workouts.
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.
With the forthcoming release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, many customers will be joining the Apple family for the first time. You’re sure to love your new device, but if you’re anything like me (and pretty much everybody I know)—you’ll be disappointed by the Apple EarPods included with the iPhone. Thankfully, companies such as AKG are here to help us out with their new in-ear and over-ear headphones.
Soen Audio is a newcomer to the audio scene, but one that is very much worth a listen. Their first product, the Transit Bluetooth speaker, just launched this past week. I spent a couple weeks using it for everything from music to phone calls, and I have to say I came away very impressed.
Love the sound of your Apple Earpods but find they keep falling out of your ears? Canadian industrial design consultancy firm OHM has come up with an elegant and inexpensive solution. You don’t have to replace Apple’s otherwise excellent earbuds; simply snap on a pair of OHM’s Sprng clips to make them stay put. Sprng clips are small adjustable plastic rods that sell for ten bucks a pair, and fit over the Apple earbuds to hold them in place.