Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is officially launching in Mainland China ($414) and Hong Kong ($357) on January 18th. It will support both Mandarin and Cantonese right out of the box, giving it an edge over its competitors by Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi. For those who haven’t seen one in person, the device sports a small touchscreen up top, and has seven tweeters in its base, a four-inch woofer, as well as six microphones used for voice control and acoustic optimization. Read more for a review of this smart speaker and additional information.
Logitech’s MX Sound 2.0 Speakers have multi-device support that can be used for seamless switching, and you can get a pair for $59.99 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. Easy-Switch technology lets you seamlessly switch between audio sources by simply pausing the audio on one and pressing play on the other. Its 24 Watt Peak / 12 Watt RMS power and superior drivers deliver balanced audio, and when paired with the specially designed port, the tubes play notes that most speakers this size cannot. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
The Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 LE Limited “Phantom” Edition is a 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts loud, insanely great sound with deep, powerful bass in every direction – everywhere you go, all for $63.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. It’s crafted from incredibly sleek and uninhibited premium materials, making it tough, resilient as well as absolutely stylish. Use the app to unlock features like Block Party, Remove On/Off, Customizable EQ, Musical Alarm, Tap Controls and more. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
Logitech’s Z313 2.1 Speaker System is not only highly-rated, but provides plenty of sound for most personal computer / home theater setups, all for $24.99 shipped, today only, originally $49.99. The convenient control pod places the volume control at your fingertips, and its 25 watts (RMS) of power fills any room with dynamically rich as well as balanced music. Thanks to its compact design, the subwoofer fits in tight spaces, such as under desks and tables, producing deep bass you can feel. Simply connect the system to your computer, and you’re done. Product page. Read more for a full video review and additional information.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker that we’ve come across, that can withstand the daily rigors of life, without even flinching. For those familiar with its predecessor, the Ultimate Ears 2, you’ll notice that it’s the same cylindrical shape, complete with the now flat (previously slightly rounded) oversize plus + minus volume controls, but with a new “Magic Button” on top, and everything is wrapped in a new ultra durable, high-performance fabric rated to withstand falls of up to a meter. Yes, it’s also IP67 waterproof (1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes) and can even float if you happen to be near a pool, etc. Product page. Read more for our full review as well as hands-on pictures.
Anker’s Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker boasts an IPX7-rated casing offers impermeable protection, even during complete submersion, all for $44.98 shipped, today only, originally $69.99. Driven by two back-to-back drivers and dual passive radiators, Flare drops 360° of intense, bass-driven sound that fills any room or space. But Flare is for more than just your ears. A multi-colored halo of light phases and pulses to the beat of your music to take your musical experience to stratospheric heights. A synergy of light and sound that transcends the senses. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey film, and to celebrate, the Master Replicas Group has created a functional replica of the iconic computer HAL-9000. That’s right, this is no prop, but rather a functional speaker with Amazon’s Echo technology integrated, which makes it double as a virtual assistant. The replica consists of two parts: the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker Edition modeled after Discovery One, and the limited, internet-connected HAL 9000 with Command Console that incorporates one of the Bluetooth speakers with a 10.1-inch HD display as well as 10 buttons that can be used to interact with HAL. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and the Indiegogo page.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is rated top in its class, and Prime members (get a free 30-day trial) can pick one up for $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. It offers 10 hours of musical enjoyment on a single battery charge, while its waterproof design means that you can listen while it floats and serenades you in the shower, pool or rain (ipx7-rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter). Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.
Marshall’s Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker combines style with function, and Prime members (get a free 30-day trial) can pick one up for $169.99 shipped, today only, originally $349. Hook it up wirelessly via the latest version of Bluetooth, featuring aptX technology, use the RCA input to plug in your record player, or simply connect the coil cord that’s included to your phone using the 3.5mm auxiliary input. The Stanmore features a classic Marshall design, with a vintage-looking front fret, gold-colored metal details, and that iconic script logo. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Cambridge Soundworks’ OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth speaker can be used in just about any weather, and it’s being offered for just $20.99, today only, originally $44.99. Distinct mids and highs from two precision acoustic drivers deliver excellent stereo sound and enhanced bass from a proprietary passive bass radiator design. It’s splash-proof, rainproof, dust-proof, sand-proof which makes it a perfect outdoor, or even shower, speaker. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.