Tell me your thoughts on the Amazon Echo. Do you like the product but don't buy into the Amazon ecosystem? Are you into the concept but don't want a black plastic cylinder taking up shelf space in your home? In case of the former, you might want to wait for Google Home. But if you're feeling the latter, then maybe you should check out the Triby portable speaker that comes with Alexa built-in. Read More
Just last week, we featured a deal for the smaller 1.45" ZenWatch 2 with a metal band. Now, we're back with another ASUS smartwatch offer; Amazon and B&H are both offering the 1.63" ZenWatch 2 with HyperCharge for just $119. Not only is this a larger, slightly newer model, but it's also $10 less than the deal from last week. Read More
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The Braven BRV XXL is the largest, loudest, heaviest, and most rugged speaker I've ever tested. It's so powerful that it literally shakes my house when played at full volume. Of all the gadgets I've used over the years, it is perhaps one of the least practical, but that doesn't change the fact that I absolutely love it. Read More
There are a ton of Bluetooth speakers on the market these days, but it's hard to find one as well-rounded as Logitech's Ultimate Ears (UE) Boom 2. Not only does it look nice, but it also sounds great, is water resistant, and has a very long wireless range. Now, the price is awesome too. For just $149.99, you can pick one of these bad boys up from Amazon in any color you'd like. Read More
JBL makes some killer portable speakers and I'm a big fan of its affordable, stylish, and stellar sounding product lineup. This morning, JBL announced that its latest generation of products is getting even a little better. As of today, JBL's current gen speakers will support Google Now voice integration.
The Flip 3, Charge 3, Xtreme, and Pulse 2 are all compatible with the new update (sorry Clip 2 owners, no support for you). To add the feature, all you need to do is download or update the JBL Connect app on your Android device. Once updated, simply long press the play/pause button on your speaker, wait for the ping, and then state your command. Read More
In early 2015, the MEGABOOM was the biggest, baddest speaker in the Ultimate Ears lineup. To get one, you had to fork over $300. By the end of the year, we were happy to see the speaker on sale for $50 off. Now you can turn that dollar sign into a percent sign... and move it to the right. Read More
Since I took over audio reviews at AP from Cam, I have been asked to share my opinion on speakers from dozens of brands. One brand that pops up often in these discussions is RIVA. I hadn't heard of the company before so I did some research and discovered that the newcomers to the portable audio industry are building speakers that are turning heads (or maybe just ears) with their smooth sound and sophisticated styling.
I asked RIVA to send me one of their speakers to check out, and they obliged, so today we'll take a look at the newest speaker in their lineup, the RIVA S ($250). 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
Memorial weekend is kicking off in the US and products of all shapes and sizes are going on sale. If you happen to be in the market for a speaker, it might be a great time to check out some of Wren's V5-series bookshelf speakers. Normally priced at between $199-$249 for models with a single connection type, these can be had for just $159 from Amazon, or direct from Wren with a discount code. The huge V5US all-in-one model with Bluetooth, Play-Fi, and Airplay is available for $399 with code.
Back in 2013, I reviewed the V5PF Play-Fi model, and then followed up with the V5US all-in-one model last year. Read More
A long time ago, Sony Electronics had a reputation for stubborn adherence to its own proprietary formats. Back when the iPod was just an MP3 player, Sony was still trying to promote its own ATRAC standard that was only available on its own hardware. ATRAC itself was a descendant of MiniDisc, another semi-proprietary format that tried to usurp the CD... not long after Sony had lost the BetaMax war. The company doesn't always lose - Blu-ray is a notable exception - but it doesn't learn very quickly, either. Read More