The Echo is more than just another Bluetooth wireless speaker. It offers hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn or stream from Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. Echo also provides news, weather, alarms, timers and more plus crisp, 360º omni-directional audio.
Bang & Olufsen’s more wallet-friendly BeoPlay division has just released its first-ever portable Bluetooth speaker, the A2. Shaped from a single chunk of solid aluminum it features internals consisting of a large woofer and smaller tweeter connected by a passive bass radiator to produce 180 watts of premium sound. Available in three colors all featuring a leather strap handle.
The T7 Bluetooth speaker is small but sounds big due to its design. To eliminate speaker vibration, it features a Micro Matrix: a rigid honeycomb of interlocking cells that brace the cabinet to minimize distortion. It also features advanced bass radiators tuned for more low-end thump. Battery life is an after-party-worthy 18 hours.
Dual drivers and twin passive radiators give this little speaker big bass. The JBL Charge 2 also features a USB port to charge other devices and a Social Mode that allows up to 3 people to DJ.
Actively blocking 95% of ambient noise, Phiaton’s latest noise-canceling buds also feature Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC technology for instant tap-to-link pairing.
Definitive Technology, a leader in high-end loudspeakers (and proudly used in the werd.com office), has just released its Wireless Music System, equipped with their Play-Fi technology for delivering audiophile-grade music anywhere in your home over Wi-Fi. A range of speakers, subwoofers and amps allows you to create the perfect system for your space.
This discreet voice-activated earbud makes hands-free calling effortless. With no wires or wraparound microphone to cramp your style it pairs simply with your device and stores safely in its charger/case.
After 6 years of silence, the Technics brand returns with two new home hi-fi systems. The R1 and C700. Both audiophile-quality systems feature stereo amps, a network audio streamer, speakers, and use Technics Definitive Sound technologies to create dynamic sound quality. Still waiting on pricing, but don’t expect the word budget to be used near these.
‘The most advanced wireless speaker system ever developed.” The creators of the Core didn’t just say it, they believe it. And since their Indiegogo campaign is 5X overfunded in less than a week, others are convinced, too. The compact speaker achieves life-like, better than stereo sound by “leveraging a combination of wave field synthesis and beam forming, to create an acoustic bubble in the room.”
Disgruntled former Beats By Dre headphone guy Steven Lamar has launched his own brand, Roam. His high-end buds are called Ropes & what makes them unique is the pendant attachment that contains a small amp using “noise equalization” technology to produce more dynamic sound.