Amazon's Alexa voice control assistant is undeniably slick, but the initially limited availability and high price of the flagship Echo device kept it out of the hands of a lot of people. New Alexa-powered gadgets like the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap have lowered the barrier to entry, but the real opportunity is in devices that license Alexa for use on other hardware. Such is the case with FABRIQ, an inexpensive wireless speaker that works with Alexa out of the box. 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
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
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
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
It looks good, it sounds great, it's water-resistant, and is available in all sorts of sweet color combinations. What am I talking about? The Logitech UE Boom 2, one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. At least according to Cam, but he doesn't work for AP anymore, so we may not be able to trust him (I'm kidding, we can still trust you Cam, I'm just a little bitter).
The speaker was on sale a little more than a month ago for $167, but there were only two color options to choose from at that price. Today it costs just $150 at Amazon and you can choose from ALL THE COLORS! Read More
The UE Roll may be the most diminutive member of UE's proud Bluetooth speaker family, but it's also the most portable. Weighing in at just 11 oz, the Roll punches above its weight class with surprisingly loud and clear audio for such a low profile device.
In addition to sounding great, the Roll also is waterproof and has a permanently attached marine grade bungee cord that you can use to hang the speaker on things. Things like your backpack, skateboard, dog, or the side of your head (if you buy two, you can put one on each side of your head for true stereo sound). Read More
The UE Boom is an awesome Bluetooth speaker. It's got everything a great wireless speaker needs, loud and crisp 360 degree audio, a portable design, water resistance, thumpin' bass, and a crazy 15 hours of battery life. The only thing lacking is a great price to go along with all those features. Well, what do you know, it has a great price today too! It's just $99.99 on Amazon, half the normal price, which means this is a big BOOMIN' deal!
That is, unless you ask Cam, he seems to think the JBL Flip 3, which is already priced at $100, is a better speaker. Read More
Sometimes, when I shop for a new gadget, I want the best quality possible, even if it means paying more. Other times, I'm just looking for the product that offers the best bang for the buck.
The bargain I have to share with you today is firmly entrenched in group number two. Amazon has the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Angle 3 featured as a daily deal for just $20, which is about $11 off the standard price.
For a speaker costing about as much as a lunch at Applebee's, it offers a decent array of features. The main selling point is the device's IPX5 certification, meaning it is splash and sand proof. Read More
Happy Monday AP readers! What's this, you're not happy!? A bad case of the Monday blues? Well, had you been listening to some sweet tunes this morning while you were getting ready for work, you might be in a better mood now. If you need an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker to jam out with while you brush your teeth and shave your face (or legs, or back, or whatever else you shave), then you should check out this deal. Read More