If you're looking for sweet new speakers to scatter around your patio, rumpus room, or Netflix binge dungeon, Philips' has new Fidelio E6 wireless cinema speakers and a 90W subwoofer that can do just that.
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Unless you're an endurance racer who spends 24 hours in their vehicle, there's not much point to sinking a small fortune into a killer sound system you rarely get to hear. But with Harman's new Voyager Drive, your car's stereo easily becomes a portable Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere.
Your smartphone or tablet is a gateway to tens of millions of music tracks, of audio playlists and podcasts and internet radio stations. The only problem is that your smartphone's speaker is not great — and that's where wireless sound systems come into their own. And sure, you can hook up a Bluetooth speaker for a temporary high, but if you're listening at home then you can do a lot, lot better. Sonos's new Play:5 speaker is about the size of a regular bookshelf speaker — the kind that you'd have paired up next to your TV, for a small home theatre setup — but it packs so much more power.
It's quite possibly the most recognisable film score of all time, and without a doubt, the best way to enjoy John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack is on iHome's new Millennium Falcon-shaped Bluetooth Speaker.
If you have a gaming PC or home-office machine that lives on a workdesk or in a study, it makes sense to invest in a good pair of speakers. But on my desk, I also have two smartphones, an iPad, and a constantly revolving suite of wireless devices. It makes more sense, then, to invest in a good set of speakers that also have Bluetooth. Edifier's Luna Eclipse speakers, new to Australia, are made for everyday PC usage but are equally at home playing back your favourite tunes wirelessly.
There are lots of Bluetooth speakers out there, but all compromise in one way or another — they're too big, have terrible battery life, or just don't sound very good. It's refreshing, then, when there's a viable alternative, even if you have to pay a bit more to get it. Bose's newest, smallest Bluetooth speaker is actually one of the best you can buy, despite its relatively high price tag.
Do you ever miss your old Sony Discman? Find yourself longing for that rounded, flat, vaguely ovoid shape? Well, you can have it — in a portable speaker. The new UE Roll is the smallest — and cutest — Bluetooth speaker yet from Ultimate Ears, and it takes over from the already impressive Mini Boom. Despite its small size, it actually sounds pretty damn good.
Beats' Pill XL speakers are HOT HOT HOT! As in, they will literally catch on fire, and you should remove them from your home or office environment immediately. Apple is recalling Beats' largest Pill speaker model because overheating batteries may cause the oblong, overpriced speakers to be set ablaze.
We all want our own Iron Man suit, complete with flying capabilities and palm cannons. The reality is none of us are billionaire geniuses, so we'll have to make do with what we've got. And that's this to-scale helmet from Tony Stark's famous costume that you don't so much wear on your head as, uh, listen to. Yes, it's a speaker.
The Rolly, a dancing, rolling, glowing MP3 player, was yet another intriguing product in a long line of curiosities from Sony. Unfortunately, it wasn't intriguing enough for consumers to actually spend $US400 on it. But someone at Sony is obviously still carrying a torch for the Rolly, because the company's new rolling Bluetooth speaker seems eerily familiar to a product that already failed.
Multi-room audio is, in Australia, the Next Big Thing. If you have a big apartment or a house, buy three or four speakers within one brand and you'll be able to play music from them all simultaneously, filling your home with sound. Despite the company being a relatively new entrant to the game, LG's Music Flow speakers are more than a match for Samsung or Sonos.