Amazon’s Echo Input device adds Alexa to just about any speaker either via AUX cable or Bluetooth, and it’s being offered for just $19.99, today only, originally $34.99. Once setup, you can ask Alexa to play songs, check the news / weather, set alarms / timers, sports scores, movie showtimes, restaurant hours, add items to your to-do list, or control even compatible smart home devices. Product page. Read more for a full video review and additional information.
IKEA and Sonos have officially unveiled the SYMFONISK line of WiFi speakers. One model is table lamp, while the other has a bookshelf model that can also be wall mounted, priced at $179 and $99 respectively. Both speakers can be controlled with the Sonos app, and easily integrate directly into the Sonos ecosystem should you have any existing speakers. Or, set them up using Sonos’s TruePlay custom tuning function as bonded stereo pairs or individual mono speakers. Apple’s AirPlay 2 integration enables iOS and MacOS users to stream any audio content directly to the speakers without using the app. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, and for those looking to purchase merchandise ahead of its theatrical release, there’s this officially licensed Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Bluetooth speaker, which includes all six stones. Other features include a 3.5mm input, which means you could connect it to Google Assistant, Alexa, or other smart devices. Or, you can pair two of these devices together for stereo sound. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 has just gone custom, thanks to myBOOM studio. This sleek portable Bluetooth speaker can now be customized to your liking in just minutes. You can choose from a variety of stylish fabrics, colors / patterns for different parts of the speaker (caps, hang loop, and volume buttons), or even add fun text on the speaker to make it truly your own. “Our speakers have always reflected the unique styles of our listeners, but up until today, our fans were limited with the color and design options we made available to them. With myBOOM 3, we’ve created this enjoyable and unique design studio where music enthusiasts can show their creativity and give their favorite Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 speaker a truly personalized look and feel,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. Design your own here. Read more for our full review and to see what we created.
Marshall’s Kilburn Bluetooth Speaker just might be the coolest-looking yet, and it’s being offered for just $139.99 shipped, today only, originally $188.23. Weighing just iunder 7-pounds, this speaker is a lightweight piece of vintage styled engineering, complete with a well-balanced audio which boasts a clear midrange and extended highs for a sound that is both articulate and pronounced. The stylish analogue knobs enable you to fine tune the controls to your personal preferences while the guitar-influenced leather strap enables easy and stylish travel. Product page.
GravaStar isn’t a movie prop or toy, but rather one of the coolest-looking Bluetooth 5.0 speakers we’ve seen. At 1.6kg (3.53lbs), this speaker remains stable even when playing music with heavy bass at high volume. On a full charge, you can expect up to 30 hours of continuous playtime through its 70mm (2.76in), 20W full-range speaker and large bass driver made from a polyphenylene composite and a metal magnetic core to reproduce deeper drums and clearer vocals. Read more for a hands-on video, pictures and additional information.
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.