On Monday I raved about one of the best small speakers around, the Sunfire CRM-2. I love the little thing because it avoids most of the classic pitfalls of wee designs, but as good as it is, it can't completely mimic large speaker sonics. Priced at $800 each, it's as expensive as many larger designs; buyers are paying a premium for the wee speaker's radical technical engineering that's required to extract maximum performance from its compact dimensions. Big speakers have an ease that little speakers never fully muster. Small drivers, no matter how good or expensive … Read more
While we continue to maintain that speakers for bikes and motorcycles are of dubious value if you ride amid the din of Manhattan or Tokyo traffic, we do agree that they're preferable to headphones for safety reasons. And while enjoying your music in the open air, you might as well look good too--that's where "Cy-fi" comes in.
Scheduled for release next year, Cy-fi looks more like a spaceship console affixed to the handlebars than a speaker designed specifically for the iPod Nano. And to prove it's not just a pretty face, it uses wireless Kleer technology … Read more
After having done its level best to corner the iPod clock radio market, iHome is expanding into mobile phone accessories. But despite its extensive experience with media players, the new business won't necessarily be a slam dunk.
As Chip Chick rightly notes, wireless speakers and other Bluetooth accessories have proven to be rocky terrain for other companies, and iHome's new iHC5S system is trying to succeed on multiple fronts--as a four-speaker stereo, MP3 clock radio, speakerphone and who knows what else, for $150. It's an effort well worth trying, however, as mobile phone makers continue to morph their handsets … Read more
After seeing so many crazy speakers on the market (with equally crazy prices), we often find ourselves pining for simpler products from simpler days. So it was almost a relief to come across the "Retro Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speakers" from Exeluxe.
As indicated by their name, these loudspeakers are a throwback in the best sense of the word, handmade in the color of your choice while housing 5.25-inch drivers and a 1-inch dome tweeter. Each unit is about a foot square and 7 inches deep, according to GeekAlerts, with vinyl covers that would fit perfectly in the ever-popular … Read more
Just as we had contemplated with luxury turntables, we seriously considered a self-imposed moratorium on high-end speakers. But once again, our resolve was weakened by yet another irresistable offering.
The latest example of loudspeaker insanity (or brilliance, depending on your view) is the "Loreley Mk II" from German Physiks. Audio Junkies says it looks "more like a piece of alien machinery than a loudspeaker," a statement that we find a bit harsh--after all, there are aliens and there are aliens. But granted, the Loreley does have a certain Brazil-ian quality to it.
The company says … Read more
Fact is, all of the wireless speakers I've reviewed for CNET still use speaker wires to do what speaker wires always do, deliver audio signals from power amplifiers to the speakers. And since wireless speakers have built-in power amplifiers, they need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet. So where a standard speaker has one wire, the wireless speaker has at least two! The "wireless" part refers to the system's ability to wirelessly transmit audio signals from the front of the room to the surround speakers.
The two wireless transmission systems, infrared and radio frequency, … Read more
IXOS, the company usually responsible for gnarly speaker wire, has joined the "Made for iPod" party. Its gift? The XMI308--a portable tube-shaped iPod speaker system. It's a silvery contraption that runs on four AAA batteries, from a USB power cable (which doesn't carry data) or from an AC adaptor.
The XMI308 has a pair of 25mm (1-inch) drivers, each capable of outputting 2W of power. These drivers are curiously mounted on the two ends of the speaker tube.
But we're compelled to cite the latest assault by the evil Hello Kitty Empire in the form of these iPod speakers seen on Shiny Shiny. It's apparently an attempt by Sanrio to conquer the non-driving MP3 crowd.
So why are we obligated to mention them at all? It's a public service announcement, in hopes of aiding The Resistance.
When I use my computer, I typically find myself listening to music and podcasts, or maybe even watch some videos. And while my six-year old Altec Lansing speakers do a pretty nice job of reproducing sound, the Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System does it far better than any other computer surround sound system I've used.
The Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System is well-equipped and quite attractive. It comes with four speakers (FL, FR, RL, RR), a center channel, subwoofer and a control pod that does your bidding. The subwoofer is cased in a nice black plastic, while the speakers are small, yet adequately sized to fit any space. Even better, the G51 came with extra designs that you can cut out and apply to the side of the speakers for additional customization. If you'd rather to do it yourself, you can also surf over to this page to download software and artwork. If that still doesn't work, you can always design your own and insert it into the "patent-pending mod system" on each satellite speaker. Sure, it's not the greatest of add-ons, but it does add some personal flair to an otherwise run-of-the-mill design.… Read more
Undeterred by iPhone mania, Nokia continues to chug along with its own music phone efforts and has just come out with a new portable speaker device for its Xpress handset. That's a good thing, considering some of the unfortunate alternatives we've seen out there for other phone speakers.
Rather than something that looks like a genetic experiment gone awry, Nokia's MD-6 "Pocket Speakers" take on a sleek form that looks something like a cigarette lighter as seen on Krunker.com. Following that theme, it has a hinged top that opens to reveal both speakers at … Read more