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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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CES 2013: Portable Speaker Roundup




CES 2013 saw the introduction of quite a few new portable Bluetooth speakers, some sporting innovative designs like Qube's ultra tiny golfball sized speaker and Zagg's 2-in-1 speaker design. Here are a few of the more notable offerings:

Zagg Origin
The Origin speaker from Zagg is a dual Bluetooth speaker system that comes equipped with a small, portable speaker that can be taken on the go, and a larger desktop speaker.

Origin's smaller speaker seamlessly docks with the larger speaker, providing an uninterrupted listening experience. The docking speaker charges the portable speaker, which has a 10 hour battery life, and both speakers work in conjunction when fit together. It will be released in the Spring of 2013 and will retail for $249.99.
FELT Pulse and FELTaudio
FELT Audio's FELT Pulse Bluetooth speaker is small enough to fit into a pocket. It can also snap onto the back of the company's FELTaudio cases, and with an integrated speaker phone, it can be used to make conference calls.

The Pulse comes with a built-in stand and clip, so it can be set up on tables and desks or clipped to pockets and car visors, and it sports an eight hour battery life. It will be available in the Spring of 2013 for $99.
Matrix Audio Qube
Matrix Audio's Qube is 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches, and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. The current version works with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the company plans to ship a Bluetooth version in March.

The Qube comes in black, silver, and red, with additional colors planned for release at a later date. Despite being smaller than a golfball, the Qube sports 3 watts of output and an eight hour battery. The Qube will retail for $49.99.

Braven BRV-1
Braven's new BRV-1 is a rugged, rubber covered speaker that is water resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use. The company also announced the larger 850 Bluetooth aluminum speaker, which is similar in size to a Big Jambox, but able to charge iPads and iPhones.

The BRV-1 will retail for $170 in February 2013, while the 850 will be available for $300 at a later date.

Article Link: CES 2013: Portable Speaker Roundup
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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What I would like to see is a set of 2 small portable bluetooth stereo speakers, one right one left, so you can position them apart and get a stereo field. That would be cool.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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I would really like a small speaker with Airplay support. Such a thing does not exist, though, and I don't hold out much hope that it ever will.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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I believe Boombot was there with their REX speaker. I'm a kickstarter backer of this project and think it will be a good product: water resistant, light, super portable, excellent sound, nice design. Check em out.
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I would really like a small speaker with Airplay support. Such a thing does not exist, though, and I don't hold out much hope that it ever will.
Libratone Zipp

http://www.libratone.com/zipp/intro/
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most of these speaker are hardly worth the costs for their usefulness
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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Only $400!

Meanwhile comparable sized portable bluetooth speakers are available for $55. I get that AirPlay adds to the cost but why can't we have a $75 AirPlay device? Heck, even $100 seems difficult to achieve and it's been 2 years!
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I would really like a small speaker with Airplay support. Such a thing does not exist, though, and I don't hold out much hope that it ever will.
1. Airplay sends uncompressed data over the wireless medium
2. Airplay requires WIFI (it would be difficult to do airplay in any other place except your home)
3. Airplay drains battery life substantially compared to bluetooth on both the sender and the receiver devices
4. Cost of implementing Airplay into a portable device is high
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I would really like a small speaker with Airplay support. Such a thing does not exist, though, and I don't hold out much hope that it ever will.
A small speaker with excellent sound via Airplay exists. I own one and I am very satisfied with its performance and am deeply impressed by its stereo effect in the small set up. Running iOS-devices (iPad, iPhone) and native support for Mac iTunes. You may google "airplay loewe airspeaker".


May be interesting for you if you like the price too.

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 09:12 AM   #11
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I have a Logitech UE that I take with me on trips, and it sounds great for $100.

Lasts a long time too on a charge.
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What about monoprice's new 10W Bluetooth speaker? It combines a regular speaker/microphone and an induction speaker to use on big flat surface. Induction speakers I've heard so far seem to fall flat on higher frequencies and this appears to solve that by having two speakers.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10909&cs_id=1090901&p_id=9953&seq=1&format=2
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Absolutely not very exciting.

However, if you like portable audio check out minirigs from the UK : http://minirigs.co.uk/ They look a bit low rent but pretty much everyone I know that's heard one has bought one as they're that good... They're not big enough to go to CES but I suspect a lot better than most of the crap being made by big players!
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Big Jambox

I bought the Big Jambox before the Christmas and have been very pleased with it. I use it every day.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 08:47 PM   #15
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That BRV-1 looks like it could be a great beach speaker. Anybody have any opinion of Braven speakers and how they compare to other portables on the market?
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