LG isn't the only consumer electronics company looking to sell you very expensive sound equipment with Google Cast built-in. Sony has just announced a line of sound bars and A/V receivers that will support Google Cast. As with LG, these will not be cheap devices.
Sony's new sound bar collection has four different sound bars including (in ascending cost) the HT-CT380, HT-CT780, HT-NT3, and the HT-ST9. The cheapest one is $349.99 MSRP and the most expensive goes for $1499.99. Read More
You may remember a few months ago when Google announced its Cast platform was becoming an audio streaming standard. If so, you might also notice the lack of products that support it so far. LG is throwing its hat into the ring with the newly announced Music Flow speakers. There are seven different products in this lineup ranging from $179 to $999.
Altec Lansing has announced a meaningful update to last year's Life Jacket speaker, which was pretty cool in its own right. This year's version is called the BoomJacket, which boasts double the battery life of its predecessor along with increased connectivity range. It can also be used as a portable charger for your other devices, though we don't have any specs on that just yet.
Take a look at some of the stuff Altec Lansing did to the Life Jacket, which is now the older model. Read More
Google's inexpensive Chromecast is already popular for streaming audio from sources like Play Music and Pandora to your television, but now it looks like the company wants a more specific approach for music. To that end Google has announced "Cast for audio," an audio-only version of the system that streams directly to connected and certified speaker systems, no extra hardware required. The first compatible speakers should reach the market in the spring of this year. Read More
More droids everywhere! If you're itching to androidify your life, then this cute little speaker will definitely help the process and won't cost you a lot. At $15, it is 79% off its normal price on Amazon and $5 less than the previous deals we previously spotted on Best Buy and Newegg.
With two stereo speakers, a passive subwoofer, peak output of 8W, and an 850mAh lithium-ion battery, this bugdroid will play your tunes loud enough and for a respectable 6-hour duration. Read More
A few months ago Spotify introduced the ability for users to stream music over Wi-Fi to a select speakers. The feature, coined Spotify Connect, was unfortunately limited only to iOS devices. Now an update has landed for the Android app that officially makes it multi-platform.
You will need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to make use of this feature, but that's not all. Only a few speakers currently work with Spotify Connect. Read More
The bugdroid speaker is back on sale. This thing is so darn adorable it doesn't even matter there are better quality speakers out there. The speaker is shaped like our favorite OS personified, and it plays music. What more do you want?
The Accessory Power GOgroove Pal Bot (as it's more properly known) has 8 watts of peak output and an 850mAh lithium-ion battery good for 6 hours of tunes on the go. Read More
Hope you've got a large available line of credit for this year's Google I/O, because the big G is not holding back. After we've found leaks of the mysterious
orb of power Nexus Q, now Google's device page has shared some more secrets: expensive bookshelf speakers to go along with its new "social streaming media player."
The speakers will only be available in the US initially, and seem to be of a pretty high quality. Read More
If you're in the market for an Android speaker dock for your phone, then you'll want to pay attention right about now. The Philips AS351, the little brother of the AS851 that we reviewed and loved a few months ago, is currently available for $95 on Amazon with a $20 coupon that takes the price down to just $75. That's over 40% off the list price of $129.99.
Like its more expensive counterpart, the AS351 comes with Bluetooth functionality built-in which allows you to listen to your music without having to physically dock your phone, although there's no remote control with this model so you'll have to change any volume settings on the unit itself. Read More
Sonos is a company well-known in the tech industry for their line of wireless speaker systems, designed to let you sling music around your house without the hassle of complex setup processes or routing wires through ceilings and walls. To mark the launch of their Sonos Controller for Android application, Sonos generously loaned me a full multi-room system consisting of two Sonos S5 speaker units and a wireless ZoneBridge router. Read More