August 22, 2007

Advantek Networks Portable Bluetooth Speaker System

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We just recently came across this really cool product from Advantek Networks called the ABT-SPK-A8. Ya we know, great name right. Not sure why companies feel the need to give their products such crazy names that no one can actually use. You'll never see someone say, "hey Jim did u get out the new ABT-SPK-A8, its really sweet". Seems like they could have spent just a few more minutes and come up with a name that had some actual words in it. OK, so this isn't a really a problem with the product itself, just us ranting over what we get so frustrated with. So onto the actual review.

This looks to be a pretty cool device. It will allow you to stream any audio being broadcast from a Bluetooth enabled device. And its not limited to just your music. You can pair it up with a bunch of different systems, so say for instance you are rocking out to your favorite tunes on the back porch and your buddy calls, well this can drop the music and switch to the phone.

We aren't sure how it will sound, but the convenience factor is pretty high. Granted its small size this isn't meant to entertain anyone else but you, so don't expect this to be the life of the party.

via coolest-gadget
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August 20, 2007

Parrot Bluetooth Speaker System

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Parrot has a very cool wireless speaker system that we think is a very interesting option. Using Bluetooth these speakers will be able to play music from any device that is broadcasting over Bluetooth near by. Most wireless speaker systems we have seen have been rather large while the Parrot Party is only nine inches long. So you can bring this just about anywhere and use it to add some more omf to your party.

Admittedly no one is going to call the cops on you while you are rocking these speakers since they only have two 3 Watt speakers, but still its a great option to have. With more and more devices sporting Bluetooth these days this would make the perfect companion for your party on the go.

at Amazon
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August 1, 2007

Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones

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One thing that has always frustrated us with all the devices we have here is the amount of cables that accumulate after awhile. Sure plenty of them are necessary like power and all, but so many of them are just the product of slow advances in technology. OK, so we might be overstating the problem slightly, but so much of the world these days is either wireless or going wireless we just wish we could do away with them all.

One place were there has been great advances in wireless technology has been with headphones. We have reviewed a bunch of other wireless headphones( here, here, here, and here ) and they have all been good, but they have all been huge with a large base stations and meant for the home stereo.

Logitech is aiming the FreePulse squarely at iPods and MP3 players to make a stylish and small headphone you can use anywhere. We personally don't like the earbuds that ship with the iPod and we hate the wire that hangs down from your head when you are listening to music. So the thought of plugging in a Bluetooth transmitter to the iPod and have wireless headphones on is genius in our book. And for under 80 bucks at Amazon its hard to beat!

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July 12, 2007

Review: Hands on with the Rocketfish Wireless Rear Speaker Kit

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One of the things we always have a problem with is how to get rear speakers in our main living area without having to run cables under rugs or all over the walls to make it behind the couch. Well Rocketfish has come out with a great product with their Wireless Rear Speaker Kit.

The concept is simple enough, have one unit hook into your rear speaker slots and beam the audio to a receiving box that his hooked up to the actual rear speakers. While the concept is simple it is the execution that gives so many companies problems. You not only have to have a strong signal that can be received at a a good distance, but you have to maintain the audio fidelity as much as possible. We have heard other wireless systems that got the job done, but the sound produced by your speakers sounded tinny or hollow.

With this system we got very nice sound out of our rear speakers as we blasted a few of our favorite movies out over our stereo. We were greeted with nice subtle sounds coming from either side of us. We never heard any drop outs and the sound was as true as if we had the speakers plugged directly into the receiver.

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May 26, 2007

Audio Technica AT-SP550TV Infrared Speakers

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Well if you didn't think companies could attempt to deliver products to fill every possible convenience you can think of check out the AT-SP550TV! You hook up the transmitter to your TV and you put the receiver wherever you like to sit. The transmitter beams the sound to the infrared receiver and outputs the sound only where you are.

This is great for anyone who has ever had the problem of trying to watch the big game while someone else in the house needs some quiet time. No need to turn the volume up super loud so you can hear it across the room. Just hook up this crazy device and you can enjoy whatever is on TV without disturbing anyone else.

Currenly these are only slated for release in Japan, but we will keep you posted if they land State side.

via engadget

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April 17, 2007

Onkyo MHP-AV1 Digital Wireless Headphone Review

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Over at Audiocubes we came across a very nice set of wireless headphones from Onkyo.
These headphones operate in the 2.4GHz range and offer 5.1 Dolby Digital sound! That will allow you to listen to the most demanding of digital media without any real loss in quality.

You hook up the base unit to your stereo via a digital connection or over standard RCA cables. The headphones are completely adjustable allowing you to fit them to your head and block out just about all external noise. These aren't noise canceling headphones, just form fitting so that the nice big cushy ear pads do most of the sound blocking for you.

The headset's rechargeable batteries should last around 9 hours before they need to be charged again. The base unit has a power cord so no batteries are needed there. From looking at the specs on both the transmitter and receiver we were very impressed.

Transmitter

Transmission band: 2.4GHz band (2400MHz~2483.5MHz)
Corresponding audio format: Dolby digital, DTS and AAC, 44.1/48kHz linear PCM, analog 2ch
Input terminal: Optical digital 1, Coaxial digital 1, RCA pin 1, 3.5mm stereo mini- 2 (front 1/rear 1)
Output terminal: Optical digital 1

Receiver

Driver unit aperture: 40mm
Playback frequency zone: 20Hz - 20kHz
Power source: Private nickel hydrogen electric battery x2
Electric battery duration: 9 hours
Charge time: 6 hours

We are seeing more and more high quality wireless headphones hitting the market as of late. Just a few years ago the thought that there would be a lot of affordable wireless headphones that actually sounded great seemed like a pipe dream. Not anymore. We are very excited for the future as more companies start offering wireless headphones as the digital music landscape continues to evolve.

You can pick these bad boys up over at AudioCubes.com.

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April 10, 2007

Ety8 In-The-Ear Bluetooth Earphones Review

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Ety8's Bluetooth earbuds are part cool new device and part Star Trek geek product. Earbuds have been all the rage lately when it comes to listening to your portable music, but there was always one thing that people didn't seem to like....the wires. So now Etymotic Research has answered our wishes with a Bluetooth ear bud that doesn't sacrifice quality just to be wireless.

They claim on their website:

Etymotic Research developed the world's first in-ear high fidelity, noise-isolating earphones. Now enjoy the freedom of wireless in-ear earphones and audio quality expected from Etymotic.

Well for the money they are charging for these suckers they better be high fidelity! They are selling at Amazon for $300 with the iPod adapter and $200 without it. Not sure if we could ever buy Bluetooth earbuds for $300, but if you really want the freedom and don't mind a few of your friends making fun of you for these big square things stuck in your ear, then go for it.

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April 9, 2007

Oregon Scientific IB368 iBall Wireless iPod Speaker with Transmitter Dock

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Oregon Scientific has another very cool product out there that we think you might be interested in. We reviewed their Music Sphere earlier and really liked what they had produced. Now looking over the iBall we have found another great product that we think is sure to make many an iPod owner happy.

With the iBall you have a transmitter that you dock your iPod into and a receiver that picks up the wireless transmission and outputs it via its built in speaker. The receiver unit has a little LCD display that displays all sorts of information from the current time to the bass/treble output levels to the songs playing status.

The docking station is much more functional then many we have seen on the market these days. It charges your iPod as well as lets you sync it with iTunes. Most other units only will charge the iPod and make you disconnect the iPod and dock it with your computer to add/remove songs. So the ability to just leave it in the dock and have complete control over it is a great feature.

Also to note is that the receiver unit comes with an auxiliary line-in for hooking up a CD player or another MP3 player. This is a great addition that really expands this devices usefulness. You could for instance take this outside with a CD player and stream music outside at a Summer party. We like choices and the simple inclusion of an aux-in makes us smile.

The iBall supports the following iPods:

  • iPod shuffle (512 MB and 1 GB models)
  • iPod mini (4 GB and 6 GB models)
  • iPod with click wheel (20 GB and 40 GB models)
  • iPod with dock connector (10 GB, 15 GB, 20 GB, 30 GB, and 40 GB models)
  • iPod with color display (20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 60 GB models)
  • iPod nano

So just like its cousin, the Music Sphere, we love this product and think that anyone looking to use their iPod as a way to stream music around the house or outside would love it. Amazon is currently selling these guys at a HUGE discount so now is a great time to pick one up.

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March 22, 2007

Pioneer SE-DIR800C Wireless Headphones

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Wireless headphones have always been the holy grail of speaker technology for us. One of the main issues they typical face is the low quality sound that is produced. Most digital receivers only output 2 channel stereo via the headphone jack so even if you had high quality wired headphones you were out of luck, not to mention if you wanted to use wireless headphones over that same link.

Well Pioneer has a set of wireless headphones that seems to fix these issues. Instead of using the headphone jack you hook your optical cable from your stereo into the back of the base station. The included base station is full of high end stereo goodness. It will allow you to hear the full sound coming out of your stereo and not just the wimpy 2 channel sound.

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March 20, 2007

Panasonic Digital Wireless Headphones

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A great addition to anyone serious about wireless music is a good pair of wireless speakers or headphones. Panasonic has a made a great pair with the RP-WH5000S.

These headphones have gotten great reviews based on non-existent hiss which is the bane of all speaker systems, wireless or not. The come with a very functional base unit that allows you to customize your sound experience in 3 ways: music, cinema and voice. We think that is a great touch since your speakers should reflect the type of music coming through them.

Wireless speakers and headphones are such great additions to anyones entertainment center do to the freedom it allows. With wireless headphones you have the ability to listen to your great music collection without bothering anyone else around you, and listen in any room you want.

At Amazon.

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