I like the design on Brookstone’s Big Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. While available for less than a hundred bucks you get two front-facing full-range speaker drivers, a down-firing subwoofer and a passive radiator, touch sensitive volume controls on top and bass/treble controls on the back. The whole thing weighs in at 6.6 lbs (almost 3 kg) and got a Bluetooth range of 33 feet.
Buy @ Brookstone ($149.00)
Buy @ Amazon ($99.00)
Here’s the Party In A Box dock / speaker system by Soul Electronics (rapper Ludacris’ line of audio products). This system is big enough to dock an iPad comfortably, but comes with both AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8GHz transciever able to stream uncompressed CD audio or hook up with wireless speakers – but who cares, it sports analog VU-meters!
Speaker-wise there’s dual 6.5" subwoofers, two 3" midrange speakers and four 1" tweeters. Power-wise you can run it on a 110/240V power supply, a 12V cigarette lighter adapter or just regular batteries if you want to take it with you.
From the product page:
“The PIAB P910 is the ultimate wireless, high performance entertainment system. Unmatched in its class, this innovative system generates the dynamic sound of a full home theater system in the form of a portable and stylish box. A powerful 8-speaker omnidirectional hybrid system fills the room with unparalleled deep bass, and crystal clear mids and highs, while wireless technology allows streaming of music through Bluetooth.”
(…oh, and there’s HDMI as well, allowing you to hook it up to your TV).
Product page: Soul Electronics
Buy @ Amazon.com ($999)
Looking for a new set of stylish Airplay speakers? Here’s NS2 Air Monitors by the Swedish up and coming brand Nocs, allowing you to stream music from your computer (Mac/PC), iPad, iPhone or iPod wirelessly. The 70W NS2:s sports hand-built rubber coated cabinets (available in six colors), silk dome tweeters and Kevlar reinforced woofers.
Product page: Nocs.se: NS2 Air Monitors ($TBA)
This is Bose CineMate 1 SR, a home-theatre system featuring a sleek soundbar speaker (for full simulated surround sound), a wireless subwoofer (mmm.. one less cable to worry about) and a programmable IR remote control. Besides that it can analyze the room’s dimensions and determine wether it’s mounted on a wall or put flat on a table to automatically adjust the sound parameters to make it as wide and spacious as possible.
Buy @ Amazon: Bose CineMate 1 SR ($1,499)
This is the Ozaki iSuppli Gramo iPhone Charger / Speaker, equipped with a working, old-school gramophone style speaker for music or Facetime sessions even your grandparents would approve of. Available in white, black and red.
Buy @ Audiocubes ($69.99)
More docking speaker goodies: here’s JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker Dock allowing you to play all your music over WiFi from any iTunes running computer (Mac/PC), iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with iOS 4.2 or later. Besides that it sports a color display showing the album artwork along with album / artist / song information.
Other features include HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization), USB port, dual alarms, playback control buttons and digital FM-radio with 10 station presets.
The speaker will be available this spring, no price tag yet though.
JBL.com: On Air Speaker Dock
When Harman Kardon launched SoundSticks II it became a permanent part of MoMA’s collection in New York, now it’s updated to version 3 (III) and while this 2.1 sound system still feature 40 watts (20 watt sub woofer and 10 in each speaker) it now comes with a white LED light and black feet to match the new iMac better. It was launched in Japan earlier this year but now finally available in the states.
Other than the fancy looks you get a speaker system with 3.5mm stereo jack input (so it’s suitable for most mp3 players and computers), touch controls for volume and mute, a six inch down-firing subwoofer and four transducers in each speaker.
HarmanKardon.com: SoundSticks III (Product page)
Amazon: Search for SoundSticks
Okay. There’s big speakers and there’s huge speakers, but I think Arcadian Audio’s Pnoe Horn deserves its own category (I had to publish this under “furniture” as well as “audio”, hah). After 10 years of development they’ve created a horn speaker designed to create “the smoothest, roundest path for the sound wave front, without any obstructions, so that there are no sources of standing waves and spurious reflections”. How about that now. It’s made out of shiny fibreglass (both in- and outside) with special damping materials and it uses the AER MD3B driver for “ultra detailed presentation and warm sound”.
There’s no word on pricing, but I think it’s safe to assume they’re crazy expensive.
Boston Acoustics announced that the midrange SoundWare XS 5.1 will be available as of July 2009; a speaker set with five ultra-compact speakers (measuring less than 4 inches) plus a compact subwoofer sporting a 100 watt amplifier. Each polyhedron-shaped satellite performs as a two-way speaker with a 2.5-inch woofer and a 0.5 inch tweeter.
Perhaps not enough juice to shake the foundations of a huge room, but it looks very interesting for someone like me, looking for a set of small yet-good-looking speakers able to provide decent sound for movie-watching in a small apartment.
Link: Boston Acoustics
Here’s LHT888 by LG Electronics. A stylish DVD home theater system in that piano black finish some of just can’t get enough of these days. Besides offering 1080p upscaling via HDMI and support for media via USB you get DTS / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital 2 channel, XTS Pro and an AM/FM tuner.
Oh, and did I mention that the rear speakers are wireless?
LGE.com: LHT888 DVD Home Theatre System ($649.95)
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