In a very crowded marketplace, what can a newcomer to the Bluetooth speaker arena do to stand out from the crowd? Well, in the case of Mr. Everything, it's pack as much functionality and usefulness into a portable audio throwing box as possible. The water-resistant speaker comes with integrated emergency lighting, a wireless charging pad and enough stored juice to charge up a MacBook's battery twice or, as mentioned above, jump start a car. It's even got built-in storage. Not the flash memory kind, but somewhere to stow away essentials like protein bars or first aid supplies.
It's no secret that Star Trek fans are extremely into the technology
offered in the franchise. It's with that in mind that The Wand Company
has launched a Bluetooth replica of the Star Trek Communicator, just in
time for San Diego Comic-Con. Not only does it look just like the
beloved piece of technology, but it works.
If you've so much as picked up an electric guitar in the past few decades then you're more than likely familiar with the Marshall Amps brand. You might not be quite so aware of the company's line of stereo speakers, developed in partnership with Marshall Headphones. The Kilburn is the latest product to bring the brand's timeless looks into the home audio arena, offering a compact, wire-free listening experience with a lengthy (claimed) battery life.
It's not always practical or cost-effective to have a sound system in
every room of your home. If your light bulbs could play music, however,
it would kill two birds with one stone. Well, Sony Japan has unveiled
precisely that: an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
Wren Sound Systems has added a new model to its V5 wireless speaker range. Where the other three units are geared toward either Bluetooth, AirPlay or Play-Fi, the V5US supports all three wireless technologies for "near-universal device compatibility" and lossless audio streaming.
Ours is a world overflowing with Bluetooth speakers, all trying to set themselves apart from the growing pack. One of the latest features in that quest is buoyancy. We've reviewed higher-end speakers like the Nyne Aqua
that really do deliver a floating party, and there's others on the lower-end that disappoint – like the S-Bubble from little-known company Slive.
Ordinarily, if you want to get the 3D surround sound experience, you have to carefully set up several speakers within a room. Even then, there's one specific "sweet spot" where the effect is most pronounced. According to California-based electronics company Acemile, however, that's not the case with its new Theater Box portable wireless speaker. Just one of the speakers is reportedly capable of filling a 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) room with 360-degree 3D surround sound, that sounds equally good from any location.
We've come across Bluetooth speakers of all shapes
here at Gizmag, and at first glance the FoxL Dash7 is hardly one to stand out from the crowd. But spending some time with Soundmatters' latest offering you come to appreciate what's inside. The Dash7 might not pack enough punch to keep the neighborhood up at night, but it really hits that sweet spot of great portability without compromising on high-quality sound.
Last year's International CES (the 2014 show) was chock full of Bluetooth speakers, and one of the few that stood out from the pack was Nyne's floating, waterproof Aqua speaker. Gizmag has since had the chance to test one out and see if it truly sinks or swims.
With the Bluetooth speaker marketplace becoming increasingly crowded, designers are looking at their products from new angles to gain an edge over the competition. For Honk Kong-based startup Crazybaby, this included the speaker's underside, with the team developing a levitating Bluetooth speaker that floats above its charging station to project sound from every surface.