Tag - Speakers
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.
Bowers & Wilkins has updated the Zeppelin speaker once again, making its speakers more powerful while simplifying its design. The new Zeppelin Wireless retains the shape of its predecessors, except the company has removed the dock element completely, instead requiring users to stream audio wirelessly to the speaker using AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX, and Spotify Connect from their mobile devices.
Bose is launching a new generation of its SoundTouch speakers, increasing the connectivity of its family of network-connected audio devices. The upgrade to the existing SoundTouch speakers is accompanied by the announcement of a new device in the range, with the SoundTouch 10 being a compact a new smaller model that offers high-quality sound reproduction along with the same in-home streaming as the larger versions.
Sonos has upgraded one piece of hardware and revealed new software, in a pair of announcements today. The audio device manufacturer has refreshed its Play:5 wireless speaker with a new design, upgraded internals, and multitouch controls, while Trueplay is software that will allow Sonos users to make sure their speakers are playing music correctly for the environment they are placed in, retuning them if necessary.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are highlighting three Bluetooth speakers that can help boost your listening experience, including a basic model, a waterproof one for the bathroom, and one with a Lightning dock built into it.