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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Considering Wireless Speakers For Your Home Or Office?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re..._speaker_review

"iHome manufactures dozens of Apple-oriented audio devices, ranging from headphones to speaker docks. The AirPlay-capable iW1 wireless speaker is by far the company's most advanced product, but its $300 price tag pits it against some tough competition, including the Sonos Play:3. Most people will stream music to the iW1 over their Wi-Fi network using Apple's AirPlay technology, or by docking an iOS device using the provided USB cable. But you can connect any audio source to the speaker using a 1/8-inch cable."

Making decisions about speakers is never an easy proposition. There are just so many options, performance levels, designs, and price points. If you are interested at all in the pro's and con's of various speaker systems, you will know that there is a lot of reading that can be done to form an opinion, and reviewing audio is somewhat subjective. If you are in the market for a wireless sound solution then the iHome iW1 speaker would be worth investigating. MaximumPC has evaluated the unit, and provided some comparison points with other systems, like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air. The rechargeable battery in the iHome unit provides a useful and somewhat unique feature, but you'll have to hit the Read link to "hear" the whole story.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altec Lansing InMotion Air Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/r...eaker-System/p1

"Every year the gadget world is swamped by new buzz words, technological breakthroughs or product types that we simply must buy into. For music fans the must-have gadget is a dock and the buzz word it must now have is 'AirPlay' - Apple's wireless streaming connectivity capable of supporting lossless audio. So can we take a wireless speaker with none of this functionality seriously? Actually yes..."

Bluetooth-based speakers tend to be more on the "suck" side of the spectrum than the "awesome" side, but it seems Altec Lansing has pulled a rabbit out of their hat here and delivered a system that actually allows Bluetooth-transmitted audio to sound good. Go figure! If you've got a Bluetooth device and want to listen to music without having to connect it to a speaker dock, this looks like a good solution.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Stupid Gadget Friday - Square USB Speaker 5 Ports Hub

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.sourcingmap.com/square-u...er-p-63014.html

"This Square USB Speaker 5 Ports Hub w. SD Card Reader is multifunctional which features card reader, 5 ports usb hub and a speaker. SD Card Reader features 4 card slots: SD, TF, M2 and MS. It is suitable for enjoy light music at home and office. The elegant appearance is adorable and likesome."

Just what every computer needs, a mono USB speaker with a built in Hub and multi card reader. Wait, what? A mono USB speaker? Is it even possible to get a computer these days that doesn't have a soundcard built in? Oh well, at least it has a cool blue light. Happy Friday!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sound Asleep Speaker Pillow

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/arch...ound-pillow.php

"We have reported on previous sound pillows, but they were merely decretive (and ugly). The Sound Asleep pillow is actually a standard pillow which you can throw your own pillow cases on blending it in nicely with your bed set. Teamed with an MP3 player containing a sleep feature- you have a pretty nice bed time set up. The Sound Asleep pillow is only selling in the UK at the moment for £20, but we will keep our eyes out for a US release."



I'd never be able to fall asleep with music on (unless I was playing a track of just white noise). I could see this being useful for instances where one parter likes noise while sleeping and the other does not as long as the speaker was situated such that it was fairly directed and muffled so that only someone with their head directly on it would hear it.

Tags: speaker, pillow

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Soundolier Speaker Lamp

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.soundolier.com/products/duo.aspx

"The Soundolier Wireless Speaker Lamp is a stylish floor lamp with an internally hidden 5-1/4" full range wireless speaker. This innovative design provides full 360 degree sound dispersion using a patent-pending, pole piece mounting. This eliminates speaker stands, speaker wire, unsightly speaker boxes, and cutting holes in the walls for inflexible and costly speaker installations."



I'm torn between whether I think this is pretty cool or pretty stupid. It is a novel solution, but kind of ugly. I'm also assuming the constant vibration of the speaker won't do much for the life of the light bulb.

Tags: speaker, lamp

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