Magnepan makes flat speakers, and has been perfecting the technology for more than 40 years. How flat is flat? The Super MMG three-piece system I'm looking at today is a mere 1.25 inches thick! The Super MMG floor-standing speaker is 48 inches high and 14 inches wide; the DWM Bass Panel is 19.25 inches high, 22.5 wide, and, like the speaker, just 1.25 inches thick. The Super MMG and DWM can be that thin because they don't use traditional box cabinets, cone woofers, or dome tweeters; they have "planar" flat drivers, designed … Read more
Music should be able to go wherever you go. It can, of course, thanks to your smartphone and tablet, but those devices have pretty anemic built-in speakers. If you want to share the love (and the Daft Punk), you need something a little more robust.
But still portable. And battery-powered. And Bluetooth-friendly. Also cool-looking.
Check, check, check, check. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Luzy's Storage Place (via Amazon) is offering the Francois et Mimi Trois Plus portable Bluetooth speaker for $14.95 when you apply coupon code VDXV45MK at checkout. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime … Read more
Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I'm not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers. For me the sound compromises that come with compact size and wireless technology are hard to swallow. I have less of a grudge against the smaller, under-$200 models; they produce "good enough" sound, but the more expensive models' sound pales next to a pair of wired Adam Audio, Audioengine, or Emotiva self-powered speakers.
The Jawbone Jambox became one of the first big-name portable Bluetooth speakers when it debuted in 2011. Jawbone supersized it the following year and introduced the larger, more expensive Big Jambox. And now the company is going the other way: the new Mini Jambox is, as you can guess, a Bluetooth speaker that's about half the size as the original. In fact, the $179 rechargeable isn't much larger than an iPhone.
In addition to its tiny size -- the Mini is just 58mm by 154mm by 24.5mm (HWD) and tips the scales at a mere 9 ounces … Read more
Last weekend I had a yard sale with a few pairs of speakers to unload. After the first wave of hard-core hagglers trampled through my yard I noticed that someone had trouble resisting the impulse to dent the center of my vintage speakers.
Since I was not about to let them spoil my day (or my profits), I rushed the speakers inside the house to fix them up. A quick online search for some DIY solutions bore some useful results, which I've gathered here.
Swabs and glue OK, honestly, this technique bubbled up from the dark recesses … Read more
When it comes to speaker design, the world of hi-fi audio can get pretty outlandish. Beyond the basic rectangle, you have speakers that look like pyramids, spheres, wavy towers, and flat planes.
But until now, there hasn't been one that looks like a traveler's coffee mug.
iCreation's SpeeCup is more than just a speaker. The 8.5-inch-tall casing also contains Bluetooth hardware, integrated play controls, and a battery with 20 hours of charge. The battery helps the SpeeCup's portability: I could use it in my car, then take it into a hotel or use it in … Read more
The GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven is, as we audiophiles like to say, "transparent" -- it sounds like an open window to the sound of music. That's always the goal for high-end speakers, but only the very best ones take you all the way there.
The Triton Seven's slender cabinet leaves no doubt: this is a thoroughly modern design. The swept-back, nonparallel-sided cabinets, and high-gloss black accents are distinctive; I'm sure the Triton Seven will never be mistaken for just another big-box tower.
The Triton Seven's front, sides, and rear are covered with a wrap-around … Read more
Most speaker docks are exactly that: a speaker designed to accommodate your smartphone (and occasionally your tablet) for both charging and music listening.
If you want to keep your device close at hand, however, you need a Bluetooth speaker -- but then you lose out on a place to recharge.
So why can't a speaker offer both capabilities? Surprisingly few do, but today's deal does: For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the Soundfreaq Sound Step Recharge wireless speaker dock for $99.74 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CSKATE-5 at checkout. That's … Read more
Like free stuff? Of course you do! Otherwise you wouldn't be here.
Do you also like cool audio gear? Duh, who doesn't!
Well, cheeps, you've come to the right place. Your friendly neighborhood Cheapskate has joined up with Accessory Genie to offer an exclusive Back to School Giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment (see the rules below, followed by an extra-special bonus deal) and you're entered to win a mighty sweet bundle of audio goodies.
Here's … Read more
Sure, your mouse is an integral part of the computing experience, but what has it done for you lately?
Probably just moved your cursor around. Slacker! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Over Half Sale has the Aerb Wireless Bluetooth Mouse with speaker for $29.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CNET15 at checkout. This vocal rodent normally sells for $44.99.
I know: crazy gizmo, right? But maybe not so crazy. For starters, it's a Bluetooth mouse, offering one less bit of cord clutter on your work surface (except when you're charging it, … Read more