Although many of the latest portable speakers pack an appreciable amount of power, sometimes you’re just in the mood for more. Bigger. Colossal, even. Thonet & Vander, an audio manufacturer based out of Germany, has recently debuted a number of high-end Bluetooth speakers to consumers in the US. We’ve recently had the opportunity to crank up and hulk out to the flagship model, the Koloss.
In the ever-expanding galaxy of Bluetooth speakers, portability and price are often the priority at the expense of style and sound, but the Fluance Fi50 is a slick, wood-frame speaker that succeeds in flipping that script. We took one home for a few weeks to test it out.
We've seen cycling gloves and jackets
with built-in turn indicators before, although the former still
requires you to take your hands off the bars to signal, while the latter
requires you to wear a jacket even when it's warm out. The Elecwear
cycling vest, however, attempts to address both of those issues – plus
it lets you listen to music, earphones-free.
Headphones let us enjoy music just about anywhere, but if you don't want to isolate yourself socially and share some tunes then a portable speaker is the way to go. However, not all are built to withstand the perils of rough outdoor life, and ones that are may not be portable or loud enough. Ultimate Ears' new UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker is designed to be adventure-proof, louder, and longer-reaching than the original.
Portable speakers are a great way to take the party anywhere, but many lack in the robustness department to the point where taking one to the beach is like using a Faberge egg as a rugby ball. To keep the tunes going even on a rainy day, JBL's Flip3 and Xtreme speakers not only boast exceptional sound quality, but are also so water resistant that you can rinse them off under the tap. We recently got hold of each of them and put them through the figurative wringer.
Depending on one's personal turf and aesthetic appreciation, a speaker can either take up space or be an integral part of living areas. B&O Play, by Bang & Olufsen, has recently introduced its latest speaker that's designed for the latter, complementing interiors while delivering room-filling sound. The BeoPlay A6 features touch controls, a host of wireless streaming options, and interchangeable fabric covers.
Despite the abundance of portable audio products, the choices for enjoying music while riding a bicycle are more limited. Headphones and earphones aren't ideal for those needing situational awareness, and most speakers aren't created with bicycle-mounting in mind. Scosche's recently-announced Bluetooth wireless speaker, the BoomBottle+, is designed to be rugged, loud, and conveniently-shaped to fit in most bicycle bottle cages.
iDevices is a company that doesn't believe in fixing what isn't broken, at least if the iShower 2, its latest iteration of its water-resistant shower speaker, is any indication. The Bluetooth device is nearly identical to the original iShower with just a few upgrades. Gizmag spent part of the northern summer with the latest version to see if it enables the ideal shower singing experience.
Although the days of freedom are quickly counting down to the start of
school sessions for many of us, it doesn't mean that fun in the sun has
to end. With that in mind, Ecoxgear has just launched a series of rugged
speakers designed to keep up and rock out.
Ultimate Ears boasts an impressive record with its line of Bluetooth speakers since the release of the original UE Boom in 2013, which it followed up with the smaller UE Mini Boom and the larger UE Megaboom. All of these speakers pack big sound, loud colors and a portable form factor. Ultimate Ears’ latest and most compact speaker, the UE Roll, launched just in time for the Northern Hemisphere summer and we dive in to see how it hangs, dunks, floats, and sounds.