Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Speakers

The Loop wireless speaker from Libratone

Gizmag was introduced to the Libratone Beat wireless speaker at CES 2010, and left mighty impressed. The Danish company has now raised the bar even further by unveiling a disc-shaped new addition to its FullRoom family called the Loop, which is claimed by CEO Tommy Andersen to offer "unparalleled sound quality."  Read More

The Minx Xi and Aero 6 speakers from Cambridge Audio

The UK's Cambridge Audio was at the 2013 Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo in Denver, CO, last week and took along an audiophile-pleasing addition to its Minx range, and a new range of speakers. The high end components found in the new Minx Xi all-in-one music player promise music streaming and internet radio lovers top quality sound for a wallet-friendly price. The company has also brought its great-sounding hybrid Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) driver technology to classic-looking speaker design for its Aero speaker range.  Read More

The Minx Air 200 wireless speaker system from Cambridge Audio

Last month I got the opportunity to spend some quality time with the Minx Go Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Audio and came away mighty impressed. Since then I've been playing my tunes through its bigger brother, the top of the range Minx Air 200. This wireless speaker is roughly four times the physical size of the Go, is compatible with Apple's AirPlay technology as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and has a monstrous 200 W amplifier at its heart.  Read More

Sony Europe has launched the new Walkman WH Series 3-in-1 headphones

Though many smartphones are also very capable music players, there are some of us who prefer to listen to tunes from a dedicated device while out and about. Whatever your poison, you'll also need to carry some headphones, and perhaps even a set of speakers for those moments when you've just got to share with those around you. Sony has combined three devices into one to create the new Walkman WH Series headphones, saving you space in your overloaded backpack and eliminating the chance of annoying cable snag.  Read More

ATake's new 2.1 channel Water Dancing Speaker System

Some soothing tunes pumping out through a speaker system is just the ticket after a hard day at the office, but there are times when your eyes need a gentle distraction too. Watching water bopping to the beat inside a sealed plastic enclosure as a multi-colored light show mesmerizes and relaxes fits that bill very nicely. There are a number of fountain audio throwers already available, but few are as arresting as the gorgeous 2.1 ch Water Dancing Speaker System from ATake that we spotted at IFA today.  Read More

Kyocera's 'Smart Sonic Sound' lightweight piezo film speaker (the medium-size model pictur...

Japan's Kyocera Corporation has combined a piezoelectric actuator with a special resin film to produce a proprietary, piezo film speaker that is considerably thinner and lighter than conventional electromagnetic speakers, while boasting similar audio levels. The Smart Sonic Sound already provides the audio for LG's 55-inch curved-screen OLED TV and the company hopes it will give designers of future TVs, computers and tablets more scope to place speakers on the front face of products, enabling an overall size reduction and expanding design options.  Read More

The Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Audio

Walk into any consumer electronics store and you'll likely encounter an overwhelming choice of wireless speaker systems on display. If you want premium cable-free sound, however, you can expect to pay a premium price. The Minx Go portable speaker from London-based Cambridge Audio is a little different. Not only is it claimed to offer high fidelity audio for a fraction of the cost of comparable systems, but its built-in battery keeps the party going long after other devices have given up and headed for the wall outlet. Gizmag has spent the last few weeks with a review unit, and we're suitably impressed.  Read More

Parrot's new Zikmu Solo is a single-speaker, 2.1 audio system

Parrot, a company known for its high-end audio devices, has released a new entry in its Zikmu line of wireless speakers. The new model, called the Zikmu Solo, features a 2.1 configuration, which is designed to generate high-performance sound quality without the need for two separate speakers.  Read More

The Glowdeck Bluetooth speaker wirelessly charges a smartphone

Smartphone users on the lookout for battery-powered wireless chargers, Bluetooth music players, and funky smart lights that bop to the beat will likely have to settle for a small collection of separates. There are devices that tick a couple of boxes, such as the Black Diamond III or TDK's Wireless Charging Speaker, but good luck finding one unit that does it all. If Justin Kaufman's new crowdfunding endeavor is successful, however, your quest might well be an easier one. The upper surface of his Glowdeck Bluetooth speaker system can charge the battery of any Qi-compatible device placed upon it using its own powerful battery or via a wall outlet, while the lights at the bottom flash to notify users of incoming calls or texts, or sync to the music being thrown out of the front-facing speakers.  Read More

The Trash Amps Jam speaker/amplifier

We’ve seen big glass speakers and we’ve seen smaller models, but Trash Amps’ Jam takes the whole glass speaker thing down to a new level – it’s a speaker and amplifier, housed in a Mason jar.  Read More

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