Tag - Speakers
Every day, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our MacNN Deals store. Since the typically sunny summer is just around the corner, today's selections are all portable Bluetooth speakers, including two classy audio devices clad in leather and wood, another that's weather-sealed, and one that offers volume with a solid bass.
Two companies have introduced changes to the way iOS users can interact with their products. Ultimate Ears is updating the UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers with voice integration, while Sonos has updated its iOS Sonos Controller app to give it lock screen controls that can be used from the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as other additions that take advantage of the iPad's multitasking abilities.
We've talked about rugged, waterproof speakers before, and what we've come to find is that, usually, the most impressive speakers we've seen tend to be the ones that come in at higher price points. Today, we're checking out a more reasonably-priced speaker, the Aquatune 5712, to see how it holds up against its pricier competitors.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's selections are all speakers of varying kinds, with some able to be used outdoors in wet areas thanks to waterproofing, and one that performs double duty as a lamp for your bedroom or office.
Hey there, Amber here. As most of you know, I review a lot of audio equipment here on MacNN, primarily Bluetooth speakers and various types of headphones. Dozens, in fact, in the little-over-a-year that I've been writing here, and no, I don't have a wall'o Bluetooth like Mike and Charles say I do. Despite not having a testament to short-ranged wireless speakers in my home, I think that what I do have gives me a bit of perspective for what makes a Bluetooth speaker good, and I thought I'd pass this information along to you, in an effort to help you pick out a product that works for you.
So, you're in the market for a speaker, but you want one that can go places that most speakers can't, like out in the rain or in the shower -- but you're not willing to drop hundreds of dollars on a bulky waterproof speaker. No worries, friends, as iHome came up with the iBT15, also known as Drop+, a small, versitile Bluetooth speaker with an IPX5 water-resistant rating.
We love Bluetooth speakers, but there's generally a problem we have with them. Either they're a solo speaker, or you're expected to buy a second, usually rather expensive speaker and go through the arduous task of pairing them together for great stereo sound. But what if there was a better way to go about it? What if there was a set of Bluetooth speakers that worked in tandem without being expensive and uncooperative? Well, now there are: Introducing iHome's iBT11, also known as iHome's Split. We've spent some time with them -- see what we thought about the Split in our full review.
Your phone isn't loud. Your iPad isn't loud. Your MP3 player might not even play music without speakers or headphones plugged into it. So what are you to do when you want to show someone a video or your new favorite song, but they can't hear it over the rest of the noise in the room? Well, you could always reach for iHome's iM54, a rechargeable mini-speaker designed to always be on hand.
Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a modest tube about the size of your typical energy-drink can, that puts out sufficient volume to provide a wireless soundtrack of music for an intimate gathering, or double as an on-the-fly conference call speaker. Sometimes, however, you need to go large, and for that the company offers the Megaboom, a bigger speaker that offers even more volume for when you need more people to hear the music. How big is too big for a speaker like this? How loud is too loud? We had a listen to the Megaboom and rated its highs and lows in our review.
If you want to be really harsh about it, Apple's Keynote presentation software might only be better than Microsoft PowerPoint because fewer people use it. We are all so used to sitting through PowerPoint presentations that we recognise the software no matter how fancy the speakers get. Keynote seems newer and fresher just in comparison. Only, there is a huge amount of power behind Keynote and this is only increasing.