One of the reasons we love music through headphones is the freedom of mobility with secluded sound. You can be out and about in your own world, listening to track after track. But what if you decide you want to share that audio experience with others? Ya gonna need a speaker.
There was a time when Sony championed portable audio. Many of us had a Sony Walkman of one type or another, back in the day. However, once MP3s and digital music hit the scene and completely changed the arena, the company fell out of place to the faster and more innovative. But with Sony’s latest product unveiling at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, all this just might change.
Cambridge Audio is really good at one thing, and that’s speakers (and the accessories that go with). The way they go about crafting audio products, one might think it’s equal parts engineering and magic. You’ll always hear more coming out of Cambridge Audio speakers than what they look like they’re capable of. And the sound is nothing shy of impressive.
Although there’s been some backlash lately against music streaming services, that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down. Just last month, I finally made the leap to Spotify Premium and I’d be lying if I said my life isn’t monumentally better as a result. Finally, I can listen to “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn even when I’m underground. So, it’s no surprise that YouTube has decided to try its hand at a streaming music subscription service. Although it’s not yet official, new screen leaks suggest that YouTube will be realeasing YouTube Music Key to compete in the streaming game.
I’ve had my eye on V-Moda for a while. Not only have they received some recent awards, but the trend of melding fashion with wearable tech puts a bullseye right on the company. The thing is, V-Moda hasn’t been doing anything different since their humble beginnings. People have finally caught on to the notion that tech should look as good as it performs.
If you’ve ever tried running or working out with a set of cabled headphones, you likely know the feeling of inconvenience they present. If the cords aren’t getting in the way somehow, they’re banging around and generating line noise. When you’re done, they need to get wrapped up without tangling. Depending on the workout intensity, you might need to wipe sweat and/or grime off too.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, it’s not an easy thing to stand apart from the rest. As you should know by now, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes by all sorts of different manufacturers. But while I was roaming around at CES 2014 earlier this year, one in particular caught my eye at the iLuv booth.
There’s been growing attention and focus toward audio products that deliver better and truer sound quality. Neil Young’s Pono player breached 6 million dollars in crowdfunding, all for the purpose of high fidelity music. Many new headphones and speakers focus on the listening experience with the intent to make the music sound as best it can.
While some people don’t mind maxing their budget for the best audio quality possible, others are content to get the best bang-for-their-buck. Sometimes, that’s a little easier said than done, considering the different qualities one would want: fit, audio quality, and appearance, to name a few. Some of the best, budget-friendly audio options are ones that are inexpensive, yet don’t come off as cheap. That’s the key point right there.
You were teased with the idea of it, then managed to catch glimpses of it from CES 2014 coverage. And not too long ago, the Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell speaker hit Kickstarter and surpassed the funding goal with the help of 1789 backers. I dig what Outdoor Tech dishes, so they sent me a pre-production unit to test out.
Today’s portable, wireless speakers are so many, yet retain similar shapes. More or less. So when one strays from the pack, it’s hard not to notice. Take the FAVI Boomerang, for instance. A boomerang speaker? Crazy! Crazy? Like a fox, maybe.
We review a lot of Bluetooth speakers at Technology Tell, so it’s safe to say we know what we’re talking about. Thus, when I say that the Damson Vulcan Bluetooth speaker packs impressive sound for its size, you know I’m telling the truth. But we’ll get to that, let’s start with the other details first!