Tag Archives: Bluetooth

Mac: Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers


Satechi’s AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers ($130) are a good example of how simple design, executed properly, can lead to an attractive product. Coming in either black or white, these desktop speakers would look really nice next to an iMac or a MacBook. They’re not the fanciest things around, but at this price point, they don’t have to be.

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Ask iLounge: Using an iPhone with an external Bluetooth adapter

Q: If I were to connect a Micro USB adapter to my iPhone 4, and then insert a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter into the Micro USB adapter, do you think it would be able to work with Bluetooth 4.0 devices? – Scott A: Unfortunately, this wouldn’t work as iOS doesn’t include the necessary drivers to access third-party Bluetooth adapters via the Dock Connector port using the normal Bluetooth protocols. An individual third-party app could theoretically…

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IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard Bluetooth MIDI Pedalboard


The basic premise of BlueBoard is a relatively simple one. Musicians usually have their hands occupied playing their instruments, making it tricky to send program and control changes that may be required for switching instrument sounds or adjusting volume, modulations, effects, or other parameters on-the-fly. BlueBoard solves this by allowing these MIDI commands to be activated by foot, much like the effects pedals and stomp boxes traditionally used…

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Review: Cambridge Soundworks OontZ XL Bluetooth Speaker


This month, Cambridge debuted OontZ XL ($150), which it has pitched a competitor to Jawbone’s $300 Big Jambox and similar speakers; however, with an introductory price of only $100, users will be able to buy it for only 1/3 or 1/2 the Big Jambox’s price. Is OontZ XL a serious competitor to Big Jambox and its increasingly numerous rivals? Your personal answer will depend on whether you just need similar audio performance, or expect…

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Review: Harman/Kardon Go + Play Wireless Bluetooth Speaker


Viewed though the lens of history, the Go + Play series was Harman’s ultimate expression of style over practicality. Described in our 2007 review as resembling “an oversized women’s hobo bag,” with “a vaguely alien design that, like some JBL speakers, may not appeal to all users,” Go + Play measured 20” wide by 9.5” tall and 9” deep, packing four speaker drivers and a compartment for eight D-cell batteries. Harman…

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Review: Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds


To say that BackBeat GO 2 has a lot in common with BlueBuds X would be an understatement: these could easily be products from the same company, apart from cosmetic and pack-in differences. Both all-plastic models are shaped like slightly oversized in-ear canalphones, using rubber for both interconnecting flat cables and interchangeable ear tips. The cabling is an inch longer on BackBeat GO 2, running 25 inches from end to end, more than enough wiring…

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Review: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker


If it wasn’t apparent from photographs, you’ll know how much SoundLink Mini has in common with the Jambox from the moment you place them next to one another: our impression is that Bose’s engineers were tasked with creating something that was extremely similar in overall volume, but given the latitude to go just a little bit bigger if absolutely necessary. Featuring an unusual shape that looks like a bulging trapezoid, SoundLink…

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First Looks: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker


Like pretty much every other speaker manufacturer out there, Bose has decided to release its own portable Bluetooth speaker. SoundLink Mini ($200) follows the naming convention of the company’s larger speakers, but comes in a palmable package. Measuring about 7″ long, 2.3″ deep, and 2″ tall, it’s beautiful hardware for sure, far better looking than many of the inexpensive options currently flooding the market. It’s also surprisingly heavy, at 1.5…

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