Acase's BlackDiamond3 Speaker is a great way to bring in your own private New Years. Compatible with many Apple, HTC and Samsung Galaxy devices, the 5 x 4.7 x 5.1" Brilliant Wireless Speaker has a top half with LED lighting in up to 16,000,000 colors that syncs with the music in 3 different modes. The bottom contains two stereo speakers, equalizer and bass tube. A remote controls both the audio and video at a range of up to 10m via Bluetooth. The BWS package includes a 2-in-1 mini-USB/3.5mm to USB cable and a AC-to-USB Power adapter.
iHome is trying to cater to Apple's AirPlay crowd with its WiFi iW1 Speaker. Easily set up, it promises its SRS WOW HD audio will have an impressive 3D sound. In addition, it has a USB port for charging, 4 speaker drivers, a touch-sensitive control panel and is upgradeable. A free app includes set-up instructions and the speaker comes with an IR remote and charging base.
Beats recently came out with a new speaker system designed for those who like their brand but not their usual prices. For less than $200.00, the Pill is portable and can be used from up to 30 ft away. It can double as a speakerphone with its built-in mic. The system features 4 speakers, can be controlled by other Bluetooth devices and has both a 3.5mm line-in and -out. Included in the package is a 1.5m audio cable, AC adapter, USB cable and handy carrying case.
Harman's JBL OnBeat Venue Wireless Speaker, when used with an iPhone/iPad, is thought by many to sound good enough replace a home entertainment system. With dual full-range drivers and Slipstream port technology, it can also run older iOS devices with its 30-pin connector. An auxiliary jack can attach to an HDMI TV (cable not included.) Included is the free app MusicFlow download for volume control and EQ settings, as well as editing and mixing.
TDK has a new Wireless Speaker that charges while in play. With its built-in Bluetooth v2.1 technology and "weatherized" design, it is compatible with Qi devices, and features 4 full range left and right speakers and ported subwoofer. With both a USB port for charging and 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input, it comes with AC adapter and runs on rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours of play. TDK's signature sound will set you back $399.95.
Jabra's new Solemate portable speaker can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth 3.0, USB or a 3.5mm input, with a cable tucked neatly inside its rubber base. With 3 speakers and two tweeters, the device can also double as a speakerphone with built-in mic. Teamed with ClubCreate, users can create and share tunes legally. In black or white, the Solemate only needs 2.5 hours to fully charge and offers 10 hours of playback.
iHome has gone glitzy with its speaker tower. Bluetooth connectivity eradicates annoying cords and the iP76 has 16 multi-color LED clusters to treat users to a light show with variable colors. Color fade, pulse to music, strobe and favorite color selection makes it even more adaptable. The 36" tall speaker system will hook up to your iPhone/touch, has video outputs for additional connection and comes with remote.
Braven, formerly Spar, has given its wireless Six Series speakers the additional capability of charging your smartphone while working. Priced between $150 - $190, all three last from 12 to 20 hours per charge, have a range of 33 feet and speakerphone access. They can also connect with other speakers with 3.5mm in and out jacks and the internal mic works with Skype, iChat and other apps. The 600 and 655 models are made of aluminum and the 650 and the 625 is more rugged and has a built-in LED flashlight. Pre-order now for a June delivery.
Jawbone Headsets have been around a long time and they are finally getting around to growing up, or in this case the 5" Jambox . The portable speaker is compatible to most wireless smartphones, computers, tablets or Bluetooth devices. It features two drivers with a dome for a wide audio spectrum. It gets up to 10 hours of usage with its rechargeable battery and its MyTalk portal allows download of software and apps.
Satechi's Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker is quite unique and features 2 x 2W audio with A2DP. Compatible with most enabled devices, including Apple and Android, this miniscule wireless cube is perfect for those on the go who prefer it to a bulky earpiece. The built-in 3.5mm audio jack makes for simplified USB charging that provides up to 6 hours of play.
UK based Dbest claims to have the planet's smallest Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini-Speaker Set. A mere 3.9 x 2.6 x 8.2" and 8.3 ounces, they can be set down or hung up. With a built-in amp and compatibility with most devices, they promise 20 hours of wireless playback (40 wired) with a range of 45 feet and can charge via USB. The PS4001BT works via 2.1+EDR Bluetooth and comes with its own travel pouch.
It may look like the latest in room fresheners, but the HiddenRadio and Bluetooth speaker is simply a basic device without the glitz. Audio is increased to 80dB when you turn it on and a 3.5mm socket is a convenient plug-in for other audio electronics. A built-in AM/FM radio provides extra listening options and it will go for 30+ hours before needing a charge. A $119.00 donation at Kickstarter will ensure you as one of the first recipients.
Marmitek has a solution for those extra rear speaker cords. The Surround Anywhere220 is a digital transmitter and receiver with a built-in amp that handles uncompressed sound. With an automatic ON/OFF function and remote volume adjustment, the correct balance is easily achieved. Pick one up from their site for £131.94 (~$220.00.)
Soon after releasing their new N9 smartphone, Nokia has a new line of wireless products that can leave you cord-free. Their Nokia Play 360 is portable, the MD-310 is a music receiver for your home stereo, attachment is USB on the Fast Charger AC-16 and the NFC+ Bluetooth headset is compatible and comfortable. The niftiest aspect of said accessories is that the user only needs to tap it to the phone to establish a connection, and in the case of the speakers, they know to switch to stereo when two of them are detected. Look for a Q3 release.