If you’ve held out so far on getting a portable Bluetooth-enabled speaker, 2014 is your year to get one. Not only are they available is all sorts of sizes, colors, and personalities, they pack more features than just your regular speaker.
The personal audio market is pretty populated these days. To remain competitive, it can mean adapting an extra something-something in order to stand apart from the crowd. This can be a new direction in marketing, improved performance, a significant drop in price, or even having a celebrity endorsement.
Valentine’s Day is one of those days that can be a bit hard to win. The commercialization of this particular day leads people to believe that flowers, hearts, and chocolates are the way to go. But then there’s that backlash of dead plants, overindulgence of rosy colors, and sweets that go straight to the hips and thighs. Who wants that kind of drama?
If you haven’t noticed, there have been a lot (i.e. a flood) of new audio products hitting the market recently. New technologies and features have been added to speaker systems to add value and maintain a competitive edge.
Available in red, white or blue, they feature a 50mm proprietary multidimensional driver, “soft protein” leather over-ear cups, and a lightweight adjustable headband.
Popular headphone brand Skullcandy has partnered with textile developer Realtree to add the latter’s Xtra matte camo pattern to its Crusher, Hesh, Uprock and Ink’d lines.
While roaming the halls of CES 2014, you couldn’t get very far without passing another booth showing off an assortment of Bluetooth speakers and/or headphones. Bright colors had been a recurring theme as well, with some products looking more like polished candy than pressed plastic.
Attention Parrotheads: MTX Audio is now the official audio company of Margaritaville. “This new partnership has created a musical concoction that helps Margaritaville fans and other audio enthusiasts escape to an island state of mind accompanied by the music they love,” says the press release. Sweet.
Although Jawbone has been making notable strides in the wearable tech ring with the Jambox and the Up fitness bands, it seems the company is returning to its roots with a new Bluetooth headset, the Era. If you recall, Jawbone first entered the tech ring with Bluetooth headsets. At least you can say you learned something today!
There’s been a growing shift of manufacturers introducing higher-quality audio in smaller, portable products. With the market practically saturated with smartphones and tablets, it’s any wonder why there are so many players in the game of compact wireless speakers.
The holidays might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little gift. And as my roommate reminded me yesterday, Valentine’s Day is only a month away (eye roll), so you can instead opt to drop (not so subtle) hints to your significant other. Either/or. I’m not judging either way. Point is, you’re going to want this adorable 3D-printed music box. BECAUSE IT’S SO COOL!
Welcome to the future, where you can purchase Bluetooth speakers based upon how well it matches your personality and/or outfit. What a time to be alive! Companies like Sony and Ecko are releasing more fun and fashionable speakers that are portable enough to go almost anywhere. – speakers are portable and adorable. The tiny palm-size more »