Massive Audio Dr Who Bluetooth Speakers

Massive Audio LogoTom Baker will always by my Doctor with his long scarf and robotic K-9 companion. I haven’t really followed the recent successful re-invention of Dr Who but the Tardis and the Daleks will forever be part of my childhood. For fans of the show, the folks at Massive Audio now have a range of Dr Who Bluetooth speakers. Jamie and Nick get Whovian with Jeremy Larsson from Massive Audio.

Officially licensed from the BBC, the range includes a Tardis and two Dalek models, which have sound effects and flashing lights for extra fun. There’s a ten hour rechargeable battery and the unit can act as a speakerphone with a noise cancelling microphone.

The Tardis and Dalek Sec are currently on pre-order for $119 and the Assault Dalek is $149. The initial stock run sold out so the next batch is expected in March.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Nick DiMeo of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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Amp is the First Theater-Experience Speaker Case for Tablets

OIO logoOIO has created a high tech speaker case for iPad Air, iPad 2, and other smaller tablets. It is called Amp. It folds up and becomes a case when not in use. The case is made from precision aluminum and includes an adjustable built in stand. The speakers can be set at many different angles.

Scott spoke with Gregg Davis from OIO who shared details about this innovative speaker case. The tablet and the speakers connect via Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The speakers keep the separation of the 2 channels, left and right, like you would experience if you were watching a movie in a theater. They provide double the volume of a Mini Jambox or Beats Pill.

A single charge enables the speakers to work for upwards of 7 hours. The iPad can snap in and out of the case with ease. The sound from the speakers can fill a room. Or, you can use your earbuds or headset if you prefer.

OIO is currently taking preorders for Amp. It is expected to become available in April of 2015 for a street price of $199.00.

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Kinivo Music and Video Gadgets at CES

Kinivo LogoKinivo have a range of consumer-oriented music products from headsets to speakers, including several with Bluetooth. Don chat’s with Henry Wong, Kinivo’s Director of Product Management to find out more.

All of Kinivo’s products are competitively priced – for example the ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker with rechargeable battery costs less than $20. The BTH360S Bluetooth Stereo Headphones which supports wireless music streaming and hands-free calling costs $69.99 so these are good value products. There’s also an interesting HDMI switcher, the HS420 which has four inputs and two outputs, at just under $65. Could be very handy for advanced gaming or home cinema setups.

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Ion Audio Gets The Party Going at CES 2015

Ion Sound Experience

The great thing about Ion Audio is that they concentrate on fun audio products: seriously, who else puts a speaker in plant pot? At CES, Ion has continued in the tradition of fun with two products for two very different environments. Todd listens in with Wendy Fortin, Ion Product Manager.

First up is the Block Party Live, a 50W PA speaker on luggage wheels complete with light show. No really, there’s a light dome on top that projects coloured lights. Music can be streamed via Bluetooth and there’s an Apple and Android app to control the lights. Available now for $199.

Coming inside, the Sound Shine are wireless stereo speakers with built-in LED lighting. Screwed into a standard lamp holder the two speakers can either work as independent mono speakers or can be paired up for stereo sound. As with the Block Party, music is streamed via Bluetooth and both the music and light output can be controlled via an app for both Android and Apple devices. Available in Q1, $69 buys a single lamp and $129 gets a pair.

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Acoustic Research Expands its Speaker Collection at CES

Acoustic Research SpeakersAcoustic Research has expanded their speaker series with the launch of four new indoor/outdoor speakers for Spring of 2015. The new lineup includes quality Bluetooth speakers at prices to fit any budget and style. The names of the new speakers are: Hatteras, Glendale, Pasadena, and Orleans.

The Hatteras speaker is $219.99. It is a high-power outdoor Bluetooth stereo speaker system that provides both style and functionality and that can be used all year round. The Hatteras speaker is a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree winer. The design was inspired by America’s lighthouses. This speaker is 2 feet tall, is weather and UV resistant with 40 Watts of yard-filling power. It can illuminate parties with 360 degrees of area lighting and multiple settings.

Acoustic Research Glendale and Pasadena speakers

The Glendale and Pasadena speakers are from Acoustic Research’s Premier Series. Each delivers 10 Watts of full-range audio performance for crystal clear sound both indoors and outdoors. They are equipped with Bluetooth technology. Both speakers can be powered via AC. The Glendale is capable of running on AA batteries, while the Pasadena features a built-in rechargeable battery. Glendale will be available for $199.99 and the Pasadena will be available for $99.99.

Acoustic Research Orleans

The limited-series Orleans, which is $99.99, features big, bold, three-way sound. You can stream and control your music from your devices using Bluetooth wireless technology or the built-in Aux Input for other wired sources. The Orleans features 10 Watts of high-quality, full, rich, audio performance and has a power span of 10-12 hours using AA batteries.

Visit Acoustic Research in the Central Hall at Booth # 10406 at CES.

BRAVEN Showcases BRAVEN Balance at CES

BRAVEN BalanceBRAVEN introduces a Blutetooth speaker that is ideal for those who have active lifestyles. It is called the BRAVEN Balance. It comes in six lively colors: Raven, Alpine, Raspberry, Electric, Sunset, and Periwinkle. This is the newest Bluetooth speaker with bass optimization technology from BRAVEN.

The BRAVEN Balance features an anti-slip exterior for easy carrying even when it is wet. It is capable of surviving accidental spills or drops and has an IPX5 waterproof rating. That makes this speaker perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. It is suggested for use in fitness studios, on-the-court- in the locker room, or on the deck.

BRAVEN Balance has a low profile, ultra-thin design with outstanding sound quality and room filling bass. It also comes with BRAVEN Balance Technology, a proprietary bass optimization system that pumps out deep, rich sound even at lower volumes. The speaker features a built-in 4400mAH battery that can charge your mobile device. This speaker can also transform into a hands-free speakerphone with a built-in noise-canceling microphone.

The BRAVEN Balance will be available in Q2 of 2015 for $149.99. Visit BRAVEN at Booth # 5116 in the North Hall at CES 2015.

JVC Mobile Showcases its 2015 Product Line at CES

JVC logoJVC is highlighting 21 new products that incorporate the latest technology and convenience benefits to create a more entertaining driving experience. They have sixteen new in-dash receivers, four new speakers, and a subwoofer amplifier. These new products bolster an impressive lineup of more than 60 products.

All of the new receivers replace the 2014 models with stylish design and improved ergonomics. All touch screen equipped models enable the user to position icons for their most-used functions according to their preference. Drivers can swipe a finger on the screen to control volume and media selection on select multimedia receivers. If the vehicle is equipped with factory steering wheel controls, they an be integrated to control all the new JVC receivers.

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JVC Mobile’s new receivers expand on their integration with Android-based smartphones to provide a level of integration comparable to that of the iPhone. With the JVC Music Play app, CD and Digital Media receivers can now control audio selection and playback on stored media on select Android devices through a direct USB connection.

Apple phone integration remains a strong point of JVC Mobile receivers with support for music control over USB connection or via Bluetooth. It also offers direct access to Siri Eyes Free Mode for safe, audible, delivery of Web-based information.

Fourteen of the 16 new receivers include a built-in app to access Pandora Internet Radio through a connected device. Most of the receivers feature iHeartRadio. The new receivers include Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC). For MP3 or WMA-encoded audio, the Digital Track Expander helps to restore higher frequencies that are lost when music is compressed.

The HX line of speakers features a lighter and more flexible speaker cone and improved midrange reproduction throughout the four new models. The new single-channel amplifier benefits from a parallel drive MOSFET power supply to improve power while maintaining linearity.

Visit JVC at Booth # 1771 in the North Hall at CES 2015.

Juno Audio Announces Viotone M One Speaker at CES

Juno Audio logoJuno Audio announces the release of the Viotone M One at CES 2015. It is the only speaker in the world that utilizes the natural shape and wooden resonance of a violin to recreate music the way it was meant to be heard.

The Viotone M One’s patent pending InstruSound technology features special electro-acoustic engineering inside the body of the violin to breathe new life into the music that we love. The violin used for the speaker is made from 300-year-old wood and is produces through the expertise and experience of multiple craftsmen and a master artisan.

Juno Audio Viotone M One

It takes an entire month to handcraft the violin and each Viotone M One is built to order based on customer specifications. The unique design features an 8” high preformance Kevlar cone with neodymium motor assembly that is topped by a titanium dome tweeter for balanced, powerful, sound. Ceramic solid state transducer is integrated within the violin’s perfectly crafted body and the entire enclosure is powered by 3 separate amplifiers, each with dedicated DSP “tuning” totaling 1500 watts.

Visit the Juno Audio at Venetian Suite #29 – 116 at CES 2015.

BRAVEN Debuts BRV-PRO at CES

BRAVEN BRV-PROBRAVEN unveils the BRV-PRO at CES 2015. The BRV-PRO is a modular, rugged Bluetooth speaker that has been designed for the most adventurous outdoor enthusiasts. Described as a “versatile, tank-like” portable speaker, the BRV-PRO has the power to wirelessly blast HD music in any outdoor environment. It is durable enough to withstand dust, water, and drops.

The BRV-PRO delivers full HD sound and powerful bass in a compact, IPX7 waterproof design shielded by aircraft grade aluminum. It can be customized with versatile attachments that extend its adaptability. The BRV-PRO features a built-in 2,200mAh rechargeable battery that doubles as a power bank to charge USB devices. It can be outfitted with a solar charging panel for virtually endless music and power.

The BRV-PRO can be armed with several accessories. The BRV Glow Deck is an LED pad that doubles as a mini-lantern. The BRV Stack Plate Multiplier is a linking mechanism that allows for stacking multiple BRV-PRO speakers to wirelessly multiply music. There is also a GoPro compatible action mount for cameras and a Qi Wireless Charging pad (which powers up all Qi-compatible wireless charging devices.)

Visit the BRAVEN BRV-PRO and the BRV ecosystem of accessories at Booth #5116 in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall during CES 2015.

SuperNova – A Bluetooth Speaker and LED Light Show

ThinkGeek SuperNovaThinkGeek, my favorite place to shop when I’m on a quest to obtain the perfect gift for the geeks in my life, has launched something new and interesting. The SuperNova Light Cube LED Bluetooth Speaker comes from their GeekLabs Division. It could definitely put a little extra fun into your celebrations.

The SuperNova Light Cube LED Bluetooth Speaker combines a powerful Bluetooth speaker with a brilliant LED light show. It features a total of 36 different patterns. There is a high-fidelity Bluetooth speaker in the base of the SuperNova. Music can be played wirelessly via a Bluetooth-enabled device or through the standard audio port.

On top of the speaker sits the most visually dynamic part of the SuperNova. It is a cube with an array of LED lights and prisms. Each light prism simultaneously transmits, refracts, and projects the LED light below it. People can chose from among the 36 patterns and select the one that they feel best fits the mood.

It is also possible to have SuperNova’s LED prism array going without also having music playing. This allows people to enjoy some peace and quiet and still have the sensory experience of the multi-colored, changing, LED show. The SuperNova is available now at ThinkGeek for $99.99.