April 20 (cough… cough cough cough) is coming up this Sunday, and it should be a rollicking good time in Colorado and Washington state, at the very least. A new audio company cheekily called 420 Audio is commemorating the occasion with its new “high”-fi Bluetooth speaker.
Yup, that’s right. Outdoor Tech is back with a bigger, boomboxier version of its unique and popular Turtle Shell wireless speaker. The Big Turtle Shell was showcased at CES 2014, along with the rest of their product lineup. I wasn’t able to connect my smartphone to play some of my own music, as random people continuously linked their devices to the speaker (any available speaker, for that matter). We even caught part of a phone conversation, listening to some poor person baffling over why he/she couldn’t hear a thing from their device. Haha.
I’m always interested in the latest speakers and audio technology that comes about. Nothing expensive, though, but just in the typical consumer price bracket. What can I say, except that I have a budget for the equipment to create the soundtrack for my life.v
Although the number of Bluetooth speakers grows each month, there are so many more non-wireless speakers on the market. Many of these, arguably, present better and more detailed sound quality than some of the newer generations. It’s a shame to think that an excellent speaker could be considered obsolete simply due to the lack of wireless to complement the surge of mobile trends.
Many portable wireless speakers try to be a number of different things these days: alarm clock, battery bank, or a piece of furniture, to name a few. But flashlight? Sounds crazy, right? But maybe not. Pyle Audio has just introduced a multi-function speaker that includes a built-in LED flashlight.
As a portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s pretty hard to stand out and get noticed these days. But when you’re (practically) the only vibration speaker in town (or CES 2014), you get attention. And draw some crowds it did.
At CES 2014, you couldn’t turn your head without seeing some booth showcasing portable Bluetooth speakers or headphones. There are so many of them out and available now. While it makes it easier for consumers to own one, manufacturers have their work cut out in terms of standing apart from the competition.
Sometimes it’s hard to please consumers, especially when they won’t settle for less, pushing the boundaries for what more can bring. Some manufacturers likely feel the same way and up the ante with new product releases. For instance, take BRAVEN’s rugged BRV-1 speaker. This speaker is compact and delivers big sound, but it now has a much bigger brother.
Many companies are making a return to Hi-Fi with releases of audio products touting improved sound quality. From headphones to speakers, easily portable or not, consumers have a wide range of options available.
Creative Labs has been well-known for their Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs. I’ve always used them in my gaming rigs throughout the years. They’re powerful, feature-rich, and have never let me down. Creative has had their brand of speakers over the years, too.
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A lot of manufacturers are getting in the Bluetooth speaker game, or at least upping the ante with their new and current products. Some are going bigger for better sound and quality, while others are designing ones to appeal to those looking for something compact and portable.