New products don’t always hit it out of the park the first time up to bat. Sometimes a second round is required to get that groove and impress upon the masses. When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, this means big business. The market is saturated with options, and manufacturers are vying to draw consumers to their niches.
If you’ve ever shopped around for an ultra-portable, highly-affordable Bluetooth wireless speaker, it’s very likely you’ve seen at least one from X-mini. These guys have been making pocket- and keychain-sized speakers for quite some time – enough to garner excellent ratings of their entire product lineup in the thousands. They come in a variety of great colors and the price point can’t be beat.
Contrary to popular belief, rugged speakers aren’t only for summertime use. Trust me. One can find much adventure and trouble outside of the few summer months. But even if you’re not big on outdoor activity, rugged and/or waterproof speakers are great in and around the home. Backyard? Bathtub? Don’t let your imagination ruin the possibilities and limit how and where you can listen to music. Especially with a speaker as small as the FreshETech All-Terrain Sound.
It’s hard to escape portable Bluetooth speakers these days. They’re everywhere, and the competition continues with ferocity. It’s almost getting to that point where they all sort of just blend together. But every once in awhile, one catches your attention and singles itself out. In the case of the Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth speaker, it was the artsy design, with a bright logo against a field of blue, that piqued my curiosity.
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.
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.
The market for Bluetooth speakers is pretty packed, so it can clever engineering, marketing, or both to stand out and attract attention. While speakers still come in a variety of shapes and sizes, “rectangular” or “cylindrical” still appear to dominate. Yawn. Boring.
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.
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!