Posts Tagged ‘Speaker’
- Wi-Fi speaker with Apple AirPlay: Stream uncompressed audio over home Wi-Fi from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or laptop
- Simple setup for multiple devices: Quick-start app connects the speaker to your Wi-Fi network and all your iOS devices-no individual pairing required
- Easily expandable: Add AirPlay speakers to more rooms to sync your music as you move around the house
- Premium sound and style: Beautiful modern design looks great in any room and delivers big, detailed stereo audio
- Built-in Apple Dock Connector: Makes it easy to charge your iPad or iPhone or play music from your iPod classic or iPod Nano
Logitech Air Speaker with Apple AirPlay technology lets you use your home Wi-Fi network to stream uncompressed audio from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or laptop.
List Price: $ 399.99
Price: $ 159.95
Granted, $ 2,700 is still a pretty steep price to pay, but if you’ve already bit the hi-fi bullet and picked up Bang & Olufsen’s satellite dish-inspired BeoPlay A9, you’ll probably be happy to learn that the speaker just got Spotify Connect. If you’re a premium subscriber to the streaming service (more money, we know), you can hit play on the speaker to stream your music from the cloud, the minute you get home. You can control the music from your mobile device, but you don’t have to worry about pairing it with the speaker. Hey, no one ever said convenience was cheap.
Filed under: Home Entertainment
We’ve come across all kinds of electronics-free acoustic amplifiers in the iPhone accessories market, but stereo horns for a non-Apple device? That’s a double-first for us. For the debut act of HTC’s “Here’s To Creativity” campaign to support young artists in the UK, the phone maker commissioned …
We first got our mitts on IK Multimedia’s iLoud wireless speaker (above left) back at NAMM in January and now you can do that same. If you’re in need of a refresher, the Bluetooth unit houses a 1/4-inch input with the outfit’s iRig circuitry, power and gain controls, an aux input and front-mounted …
Finally, after years of producing large, dense networked speakers, Sonos has gone mini. Last week Sonos announced the Play:1, an entry-level addition to their already impressive line up of hardware. The speakers, about as big as a Foster’s beer can, offer a nearly magical way to extend your wireless speaker network and produce excellent music playback to boot.
The Play:1 speakers are clad in a metal sheet and made of dense, acoustically tuned plastic. They have a 3.5-inch mid-range woofer and two tweeters. They also have two built-in Class D amplifiers and only has two ports – a power plug and an Ethernet plug for wired setup.
To use these speakers you have to own the Sonos Bridge, a small box that connects to your Ethernet router (the $ 199 Play:1 comes with a free Bridge until after the holidays). The Bridge then controls music selection and playback via an intuitive mobile or desktop app, the Sonos remote. The Bridge then transmits music to the various Sonos components in your home. You can pair Play:1 speakers together to create a single-room stereo setup, connect them with other components like the Play:Bar sound bar to create a surround-sound system, or simply put one unit in a corner or on a shelf. You can also add the Sonos Sub, a sub-woofer, for far richer sound.
You can place multiple Play devices around the house and assign them to separate rooms and then send music via Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, and your own music collection to each speaker. It is, in short, an amazing system that has only gotten better over the years.
The Play:1 adds another interesting new feature to the mix – on-speaker play/pause controls. Whereas previous Sonos components had a “whole room” mute feature and volume buttons, the new system allows you to pause or fast-forward music. This prevents the “silent Sonos” problem where you mute an album or playlist and it keeps going for hours while you’re not listening to it.
While I prefer Sonos speakers to nearly all others I’ve tried simply based on ease of tuning and set-up, it’s important to address a few limitations. The Play:1′s are not very powerful – something remedied by creating a stereo pair – and the audio tends to fuzz just a bit at higher volume. Instrument separation is there, but it’s not as drastic or pleasing as I’d like, and there is a distinct drop in quality from the Play:3 to the Play:1. These tiny speakers are great for smaller rooms and for out of the way spots where absolute fidelity isn’t critically important.
That said, the Play:1′s make excellent satellite speakers for surround-sound use. For example, you can add a Playbar, a Sub, and two Play:1 speakers together to create a working 5.1 system for your home theatre and music playback. The results are amazing – the Play:1′s add a great deal of depth to 5.1 content and the entire setup is so easy to install that it makes competing 5.1 systems-in-a-box look obsolete. Clearly the best feature, however, is the wireless playback. This allows you to place the satellites nearly anywhere in the room and ensures you don’t have to run speaker cable through walls or floors. Anyone who has messed with banana clips and cable snaking can attest to the benefits of the wireless system.
As a die-hard Sonos fan it’s hard to find fault in the Play:1. At $ 200, they offer those on the fence a chance to try out the system and experience the ease with which Sonos can stream music through the house. While a complete home system can get expensive – the Sub and the Playbar are both $ 699 and the Play:3s are $ 299 – all you really need to experience the system potential is a Play:1 (or pair of Play:1) and Bridge. You can (and will) add other hardware to the system over time.
Will audiophiles be blown away? Perhaps not, but those who are sick of catch-as-catch-can whole home audio solutions will rejoice. Because the remote is actually our phone you can select playlists, albums, and songs and even wake up to music or Internet radio, turning the Play:1 into a clock radio. I would argue that the Sonos system, as a whole, is far better than AirPlay, DLNA, and ChromeCast simply because you can bring far more audio sources, you can control playlists and albums with ease, and you can even connect an Apple Airport Express to a Sonos Play:5 speaker to add Airplay audio to the mix.
The Play:1′s are, in short, a great way to expand a current system or learn about the Sonos ecosystem. Whether you need a small speaker for the kitchen or want to add a polyphonic spree to your living room, I see no reason why the average home user wouldn’t want to use Sonos over similarly priced – and less fully-featured – speaker systems. Sonos, to borrow a timeworn cliche, just works.
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Wireless speakers still aren’t usually the first choice of those primarily concerned with sound quality, but high-end manufacturer Bang & Olufsen is setting out to change that perception with its latest offering. Announced at the CEDIA conference this week, the company’s new wireless speaker platform promises to deliver 24-bit, uncompressed audio to either a pair of speakers or a full 7.1 surround setup. To do that, the platform employs the WiSA open standard, which operates in the 5.2-5.8 GHz range, along with some more proprietary tech from B&O and Summit Semiconductor. The end result of that, the company says, is not only speakers that provide a “second-to-none multi-channel wireless experience,” but ones that are compatible with any WiSA-compliant device. The company isn’t quite ready to show off any new speakers based on the new platform just yet, though; it’s saving that announcement for late October, when a new set of “Immaculate Wireless Sound” speakers is set to debut.
A new project from Disney Research Pittsburgh lets you transmit sound through your body. Inshin-Den-Shin, which takes its name from a Japanese idiom for “unspoken mutual understanding,” consists of a nothing more than a voice-activated microphone, a computer, and a thin wire. After you talk into the microphone, the message is looped by the computer’s sound card and sent back to the microphone as a high-voltage (300 Vpp), low-current (50 uA) electric signal.
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There are already devices that transmit sound to your body without speakers. But what if your body was the speaker? Disney Research has just explored that possibility through its Ishin-Den-Shin project. The experiment amplifies mic input and sends it back as a high voltage, low current signal that turns objects (including humans) into electrostatic audio sources that can’t be heard over the air. Touch someone’s ear while holding the mic, for example, and you’ll deliver a private broadcast. Disney hasn’t said if will build Ishin-Den-Shin into any products, but the technology is simpler than what we’ve seen in electrostatic speakers or headphones; don’t be surprised if it pops up elsewhere.
Filed under: Science
Via: Ars Technica
Source: Disney Research
Is it pandering to have one of our Canadian writers play with every new BlackBerry? Perhaps — not that we could’ve stopped him anyway. In this week’s issue, we have Mr. Jon Fingas sharing his thoughts on the Q5 and its physical keyboard, while Philip splurges on JBL speakers to match his new Lumia 1020.