Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I'm not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers. For me the sound compromises that come with compact size and wireless technology are hard to swallow. I have less of a grudge against the smaller, under-$200 models; they produce "good enough" sound, but the more expensive models' sound pales next to a pair of wired Adam Audio, Audioengine, or Emotiva self-powered speakers.
The Jawbone Jambox became one of the first big-name portable Bluetooth speakers when it debuted in 2011. Jawbone supersized it the following year and introduced the larger, more expensive Big Jambox. And now the company is going the other way: the new Mini Jambox is, as you can guess, a Bluetooth speaker that's about half the size as the original. In fact, the $179 rechargeable isn't much larger than an iPhone.
In addition to its tiny size -- the Mini is just 58mm by 154mm by 24.5mm (HWD) and tips the scales at a mere 9 ounces … Read more
Last weekend I had a yard sale with a few pairs of speakers to unload. After the first wave of hard-core hagglers trampled through my yard I noticed that someone had trouble resisting the impulse to dent the center of my vintage speakers.
Since I was not about to let them spoil my day (or my profits), I rushed the speakers inside the house to fix them up. A quick online search for some DIY solutions bore some useful results, which I've gathered here.
Swabs and glue OK, honestly, this technique bubbled up from the dark recesses … Read more
When it comes to speaker design, the world of hi-fi audio can get pretty outlandish. Beyond the basic rectangle, you have speakers that look like pyramids, spheres, wavy towers, and flat planes.
But until now, there hasn't been one that looks like a traveler's coffee mug.
iCreation's SpeeCup is more than just a speaker. The 8.5-inch-tall casing also contains Bluetooth hardware, integrated play controls, and a battery with 20 hours of charge. The battery helps the SpeeCup's portability: I could use it in my car, then take it into a hotel or use it in … Read more
The GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven is, as we audiophiles like to say, "transparent" -- it sounds like an open window to the sound of music. That's always the goal for high-end speakers, but only the very best ones take you all the way there.
The Triton Seven's slender cabinet leaves no doubt: this is a thoroughly modern design. The swept-back, nonparallel-sided cabinets, and high-gloss black accents are distinctive; I'm sure the Triton Seven will never be mistaken for just another big-box tower.
The Triton Seven's front, sides, and rear are covered with a wrap-around … Read more
Most speaker docks are exactly that: a speaker designed to accommodate your smartphone (and occasionally your tablet) for both charging and music listening.
If you want to keep your device close at hand, however, you need a Bluetooth speaker -- but then you lose out on a place to recharge.
So why can't a speaker offer both capabilities? Surprisingly few do, but today's deal does: For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge wireless speaker dock for $99.74 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CSKATE-5 at checkout. That's … Read more
Like free stuff? Of course you do! Otherwise you wouldn't be here.
Do you also like cool audio gear? Duh, who doesn't!
Well, cheeps, you've come to the right place. Your friendly neighborhood Cheapskate has joined up with Accessory Genie to offer an exclusive Back to School Giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment (see the rules below, followed by an extra-special bonus deal) and you're entered to win a mighty sweet bundle of audio goodies.
Here's … Read more
Sure, your mouse is an integral part of the computing experience, but what has it done for you lately?
Probably just moved your cursor around. Slacker! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Over Half Sale has the Aerb Wireless Bluetooth Mouse with speaker for $29.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CNET15 at checkout. This vocal rodent normally sells for $44.99.
I know: crazy gizmo, right? But maybe not so crazy. For starters, it's a Bluetooth mouse, offering one less bit of cord clutter on your work surface (except when you're charging it, … Read more
As the iDevice universe moves away from 30-pin connectors and toward Lightning technology, users of older iPhones and iPods can look forward to scooping up some killer deals on 30-pin-powered accessories.
Like this one: For a limited time, you can get the Fluance FiTSD600 2.1 Speaker Tower for iPod/iPhone for $199.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code FITSCNET at checkout. Regular price: $349.99. This Cheapskate exclusive just saved you $150, baby!
This is not your average speaker dock. It's a tower, a piece of furniture, something you can stand in a corner to blast … Read more
The Magico Ultimate is now in its third revision, and runs close to $600,000 a pair, too bad you didn't jump on the originals back in 2004, when they were just $229,000! The original and current Ultimate speakers share the same "horns," the megaphone-like pieces that sit in front of the drivers, but the new speaker has redesigned drivers, crossover networks, and amplifiers. The form-follows-function "Blade Runner" aesthetic won't appeal to buyers with traditional tastes, but Magico's line of box speakers is certainly more conventional looking, and affordable. Well, affordable in … Read more