Google Cast has been pretty heavily in the news in the past couple of weeks. We had the new JBL Playlist speaker followed by Vizio's SmartCast Crave 360 and Crave Pro, all of which come with Google Cast capabilities built-in, then we got the Chromecast Preview Program announcement, followed by news of Sony's speakers finally getting multi-room and Hi-Fi audio support. Now there's another speaker joining the fold: the Onkyo NCP-302.
Behind that sexy name lies one of the most interesting Google Cast speakers we've seen to date. We knew Onkyo was a Google Cast partner (it has been listed on the site for a few months already), but we didn't expect it to come out swinging with its first product. Read More
Vizio has been teasing its new Google Cast speakers for several months and they're now finally, officially official. The new SmartCast Crave series has two speakers and they both look positively badass with a satin aluminum grille, but I have to say I'm mostly smitten by the 360.
The Crave 360 has a tubular shape reminiscent of the Amazon Echo, and uses it to blast tunes in 360 degrees. It's meant to be a portable and stationary speaker in one, with an 8h battery life and a wireless charging base that you can pluck it on and take it off whenever you feel like bringing it to the garden, park, balcony, or just moving it around the house. Read More
With Bluetooth speakers so common these days, it is pretty easy to find one that fits in almost every price bracket. One of the more popular ones that I see around my hometown is the UE Roll line, due in no small part to its portability and water resistance (Colorado folks like to go outside, what can I say). The Roll 2 brought some improvements, including a longer range and louder output than its predecessor, but it maintained the utter simplicity that makes this speaker iconic. Coupled with the UE Roll app, you can set up an alarm, adjust EQ settings, remotely power on the device, and connect up to three phones to it. Read More
I've had my eye on JBL for about a year now, ever since Cameron (we miss you Cam!) reviewed the company's Xtreme and Flip 3 speakers and came away more than impressed. Cam knows his music and sound, so his recommendation stuck with me until I spotted the speakers at a local reseller and thought I'd ask the customer rep to test them. The sound quality, clarity, and volume blew me away. But my main holdout for purchasing any JBL speaker was the lack of Google Cast integration. I know the Chromecast Audio exists, but I'd rather have something with the feature built-in, to avoid more unnecessary wires. Read More
This pretty little thing is the Libratone One Click. Designed by Danish engineers, with characteristic Scandinavian simplicity, it's a speaker that has caught the attention of everyone I've shown it to. Sure, it looks nice, but how does it sound? Read on my friends, and you'll find out.
What's in the box
- The speaker: It measures 4.7”×1.6”× 8” and weighs 2lbs with a 3" woofer, 1" tweeter and a passive driver.
- MicroUSB charging cable: No proprietary cord or charger. Sweet.
- Two different handles: A short one and a longer one, more on those later.
- Instructions and warranty info: In several European languages!
- Water resistant: IPX4 rated - splash proof.
Here at Android Police we've tested devices of all different shapes and sizes. Well, the Bluetooth speaker I'm reviewing today is the largest and heaviest portable speaker I've ever used – by a lot! This is the Braven BRV XXL ($350), and it lives up to its name in both size and sound. Let's have a look, shall we? Read More
At this point Bluetooth speakers are so thick on the ground that you can find them for anywhere between thirty or forty bucks up to several thousand. But any way you slice it, one third off of the retail price is a good deal. That's the discount that Best Buy is offering on the Fugoo Sport XL, a high-end Bluetooth speaker that's equipped with water and dust resistance plus a "shockproof" frame. It's normally three hundred bucks, but Best Buy's deal of the day is offering it for $199.99. Read More
What sounds great, has excellent battery life, and is red all over? The JBL Charge 2, that's what! Ok, so that wasn't a joke, but neither is the sale that Best Buy is having on the Charge 2, it's currently only $80 at Best Buy. That's not a lot to ask for a very highly regarded speaker, especially one in this particular shade of red.
What's special about this color, you ask? Ketchup stain resistance. This speaker was made for summer picnics and barbecues. Eat hot dogs around this bad boy all you want, it can take it. Ketchup red may not be everyone's color, but if you like it (or are color blind) it's a very solid price. Read More
This is the JBL Boost TV ($200), one of the newer speakers in JBL's ever-expanding audio portfolio. As you might surmise by the name, the Boost is a compact TV sound bar. It's also a capable Bluetooth speaker compatible with JBL's Android app and boasting some pretty cool features. I spent the last month using one as the primary speaker in my bedroom; spoiler alert – I really liked it. Let's take a look.
Design & Build Quality
The JBL Boost TV has a smaller footprint than most TV sound bars. It's 15 inches long, five inches wide, and three inches tall and shaped like an elongated football that's been slightly deflated (just the way Tom Brady likes it) that's had its ends cut off. Read More
It's no secret that we like JBL's speakers here at Android Police. Rich audio, sharp looks, and solid value make JBL's product line one of the best in the business. Today one of the smallest members of JBL's lineup, the JBL GO, is on sale for half off its retail price of $40 on JBL's own website. Yes, you mathematical geniuses, that means it's only 20 bucks.
The JBL GO comes in eight different colors (pictured above) from which you can have your pick as they are all currently available. The pint-sized speaker measures 1.2 inches x 3.3 inches x 2.7 inches with five hours of battery life. Read More