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OMA Monarch Speaker System

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

When your speakers look like beautiful butterflies, your sound will fly to new heights. Oswald’s Mill Audio has released just that in a new two-way speaker. The OMA Monarch Speaker System is two 15-inch woofers in a unique enclosure that deliver outstanding bass even when using the smallest of tube amplifiers.

The wings work. They actually help to load the woofers to deliver better sound. The Monarch is available in several wood types and finishes, but there is no word on pricing yet.

iLuv ArtStation Pro Turns the iPad 2 into an iMac

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

Most docks look the same, but iLuv is offering something different with their new imm517 and imm514 ArtStation Pro speakers for the iPad 2. This speaker systems puts your iPad above the speakers and makes it look like an all-in-one PC.

The ArtStation Pro system will come in both white/silver, or black silver, and comes with a remote and optional matching bluetooth keyboard. A wireless keyboard even helps to turn your iPad 2 into a neat version of the iMac Mini.

Philips Fidelio DS8800W AirPlay-enabled Speaker System

Posted in Philips by Reuben Drake on June 27th, 2011

Philips has debuted the modern looking Fidelio DS8800W AirPlay-enabled speaker system. This speaker features a total output power of 2x15W RMS, neodymium drivers, and even bass pipes for enhanced bass reproduction.

Some other features include a remote control and built-in Wi-Fi for AirPlay music streaming. It will cost you about $400 when it arrives in July 2011, which is right around the corner. Are you interested in this one?

iHome iDM12 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker System

Posted in iHome by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

The iHome iDM12 is a portable wireless speaker system designed for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Basically a small soundbar that provides two active speaker drivers and one passive radiator to produce excellent sound quality.

It’s pretty handy for your Apple gadgets since it also features a removable iPad stand and a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The iHome iDM12 comes with a protective magnetic casing that easily detaches to use as a stand for either portrait or landscape orientations. Pretty handy speaker system.

JBL AirPlay-Enabled On Air Wireless Speaker System Ships

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

JBL has now started shipping their new On Air Wireless Speaker System which is specially designed for iOS devices. This is among the first AirPlay-enabled speakers capable of streaming iTunes 10 music or Internet radio directly from your computer. We also love that it looks like it belongs in a spaceship cockpit.

This speaker system can use your existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your PC or Mac iTunes library and makes the link with Apple’s AirPlay technology. It also sports a small LCD screen so you can see the album artwork and song info when an iOS device is not docked.

JBL Cinema 300 Speaker System and Cinema 500 Home Theater Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

JBL has some new home theater speakers in the Cinema 300 and Cinema 500. Both speaker systems feature four satellite speakers and a 150-watt subwoofer. The JBL Cinema 300 is among the smallest speakers that the company has offered yet. Pretty good looking too. These will look great in the home.

The JBL Cinema 500 consists of dual-midrange center and satellite speakers, and a down-firing 150-watt powered subwoofer. The JBL Cinema 300 and Cinema 500 retail for $499 and $699.

iHome iA100 iPad Stereo Speaker System

Posted in iHome by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

There are many docks, but not too many iPad-friendly home stereo systems, so iHome has introduced its iA100 Bluetooth Stereo System, which is available for $199.

This docking station/stereo system offers Bongiovi Acoustics’ DPS technology, a built-in alarm clock, Bluetooth, and is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod via a 30-pin Dock Connector. It will basically turn your iPad into a fancy desktop alarm clock, which is no doubt exactly why you bought it.

Logitech Z623 2.1 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Logitech is at it again, with another above average PC speaker system at a below average price. The Z623 system is a 2.1 set rig, with a pair of mobile satellite speakers and a ported subwoofer. The company is aiming this system at users who want a home theater in their bedroom.

It includes RCA, 3.5mm input sockets and a built-in headphone jack. It delivers 200 watts of power and is THX certified for just $149.99. Available this September in both the US and Europe.

iHome iA5 app-driven Alarm Clock for iPhone

Posted in iHome by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

Yeah we hear ya. Yes this is yet another alarm clock speaker system for your iPhone or iPod touch. However the iHome iA5 App-driven Alarm Clock Speaker System was specially designed to work with the company’s iHome+Sleep app, which allows users to adjust the clock’s time, alarm, and EQ settings right from the iPhone itself.

By equipping the speaker system with the app users get up to 18 additional software alarms and nap alarms, and can browse local weather information. Owners can also set snooze or program wake alarms that can play movies or songs. A line-in jack allows for connecting additional audio devices.

JVC SP-FT 31mm thin home theater speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2009

JVC SP-FT 31mm thin home theater speaker systemThe problem with super thin HDTVs is that your bulky speakers tend to stand out like a sore thumb. Well, JVC has the cure with the above pair of 31mm thin speaker satellites. The SP-FT1 comes in black and the SP-FT2 in white with the AX-FT amplifier in the middle.

The amp delivers 80W of total output over 4 independent channels, and supports Dolby Digital, DTS and AAC formats. Expect to pay around ¥24,000 (or $267) for the amp and ¥20,000 (or $223) for the speakers when the black versions hit Japan later this month. The white ones will be available in November.

Hands on: Logitech Speaker System Z323

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2009

Hands on: Logitech Speaker System Z323Good speaker systems are hard to find. Especially if you want a small form, with big sound. And bass is usually disappointing in these small systems. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed with speakers that don’t deliver. So I decided to give Logitech’s Z323 a try.

These speakers are acoustically engineered to project audio evenly in all directions, not just one. The idea is that you hear the full range of sound throughout a room. Another interesting feature is the down-firing woofer designed to deliver rich, deep bass. The two satellite speakers claim to produce warm mid-range tones and crisp high notes. You can plug in your Logitech Squeezebox, gaming console, iPod or DVD player. So what did we think of the Z323? Read on.

Creative Inspire S2 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2009

CreativeIt’s a common problem. You want quality audio, but your space is limited. Creative’s latest Inspire S2 speaker system may be the solution for you. Especially if you are never without your notebook or MP3 player. It boasts exceptional audio clarity from its two high-quality speakers and the Creative DIRECT-THROW subwoofer delivers dynamic mid-bass.

Each satellite speaker is only slightly larger than a tennis ball, but is still capable of full-bodied audio. You can adjust the bass level to suit your taste using the control knob on the subwoofer. Includes Line-In input and a gain-adjusted AUX-In input.

Plug & Play: wireless speaker system

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Plug & Play: wireless speaker system
The idea behind this PLUG + PLAY wireless speaker system is that it would make all of your music available, regardless if it is stored on cell phones, PCs or MP3 players. That would be pretty damn convenient. The transparent speakers deliver high sound quality and also blend into most interiors at the same time. Audio files would be transmitted from a device and PLAY via the small PLUG elements. The plugs would be compatible with many different mp3 players, computers, cell phones and other devices. The end result is a system of speakers with a bluetooth receiver, and plugs as well as a bluetooth sender. Charging would be via the plug dock on the side of the speaker.

There is also a transparent LCD-display in the glass, that gives you the usual information about song title, equalizer, etc. This is a pretty fascinating concept, even though we won’t be seeing it anytime soon.