Docks and Speakers http://www.stuff.tv/docks-and-speakers/all en-GB Naim Mu-so http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of wireless speaker systems do a decent, musical job. But the Naim Mu-so can make a valid claim to be genuine hi-fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1254" height="900" title="Naim Mu-so review" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Naim_Mu-so-06.JPG?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some fine products emerging in the world of wireless speakers, but none that could really be called &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; &ndash; until now.</p> <p>British manufacturing stalwart Naim has thrown its hat into the ever-widening wireless speaker ring with the Mu-so. It&rsquo;s an expensive piece of kit, no doubt, but it also lays claim to being as close to real hi-fi as a wireless speaker has a right to get. Not only that, but it&rsquo;s beautifully built and feels like a quality piece of equipment too.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £895.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beautiful build – especially that wonderful, tactile knob </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Chock full of streaming features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> The sound can thicken up a touch - but only at serious volumes </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking good, feeling good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake, this is a premium, stylish piece of kit. The brushed aluminium skin (over hi-fi speaker favourite MDF) lends a touch of class to proceedings &ndash; the aluminium has a practical purpose too, acting as a heat-sink at the rear of the unit.</p> <p>What wins it for us in the style-stakes, though, is the utterly gorgeous and tactile volume dial. It&rsquo;s illuminated and such a pleasure to use that you&rsquo;ll go out of your way to use it rather than the remote control. It&rsquo;s also the Mu-so&rsquo;s touchscreen interface, so as well as spinning it for volume, you can tap it for various functions &ndash; input select, pause/play, radio presets and so on. The display is clear, clean and classy, in keeping with the overall impression of the unit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a choice of grilles too, if the standard black is a little too Hoxton for you. An extra &pound;70 will get you a replacement &ndash; there&rsquo;s a choice of colours: vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Look colourful, sound colourful " alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-19.JPG?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ins and outs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naim claims 450W of power lies under the Mu-so&rsquo;s hood &ndash; and we can quite believe it. The amps are driving high-tech speakers that use DSP technology developed from Naim&rsquo;s work with ultra high-end car manufacturer Bentley.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d expect plenty of options from such an expensive piece of kit, and Naim doesn&rsquo;t disappoint. The Mu-so will accept aptX Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, and Spotify Connect &ndash; and it has internet radio on board too.</p> <p>If you want to go old-school and wire something in, there&rsquo;s a USB port that will charge and play Apple kit, an optical input and a 3.5mm analogue in. And, if your wi-fi signal&rsquo;s a bit flakey, there&rsquo;s an Ethernet port too.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim/naim-unitiqute-2/review">Naim UnitiQute 2 Review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Music whatever way you want it" alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-08.jpg?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Power</strong>: 450W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Ethernet, internet radio, optical, USB</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: Yes</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: Silver with black cover (coloured covers available)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 12 x 63 x 25.6cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 13kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Format factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so has extensive file compatibility, supporting all the popular audio formats in which you might have your tunes stored, from low-res MP3s and Spotify streams to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files.</p> <p>If you want full-fat high-res (and you do) you&rsquo;ll have to go through the Ethernet cable &ndash; wireless high-res tunes are limited to (a still mighty fine) 48kHz.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Some fine-looking bodywork..." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-11.jpg?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Remotely interesting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is a remote control supplied with the Mu-so, and it&rsquo;s responsive and simple enough to use. Having said that, if we weren&rsquo;t going manual with the knob, we&rsquo;d generally use the control app (iOS and Android) instead. It&rsquo;s neat and gives you full control over your music collection across smart and NAS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, but how does it sound? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Naim Mu-so is no &lsquo;style over substance&rsquo; fly-by-night. The power behind this unit is stunning, driving songs along with sure-footed rhythm, loads of detail and plenty of deep, rumbling bass, the like of which we haven&rsquo;t experienced before from a wireless speaker. The scale of sound is huge for the size of the box &ndash; but it&rsquo;s not all bombast; there&rsquo;s subtle detail too and superb resolution retrieval with high-res tracks.</p> <p>A minor niggle occurs when you really turn up the wick on the Mu-so, when the sound thickens up just a touch &ndash; but we&rsquo;re talking really loud here, and there&rsquo;s never any hardness or brightness to things. At regular volumes, it&rsquo;s a beautiful, well-constructed sound that you just wouldn&rsquo;t expect from a &lsquo;wireless speaker&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">Monitor Audio Airstream S200 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="We&#039;ll be hitting that rhythm stick.." alt="Naim Mu-So" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-04.JPG?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Naim Mu-so Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mu-so is a superb piece of kit. Naim has chucked pretty much every feature you could want from this type of unit, and made it sound superb at the same time.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pricey, yes, but it really is as close to hi-fi as we can imagine this type of unit getting &ndash; suffice to say, we think it truly does look, feel and sound its price.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/naim/mu-so/review" target="_blank">Read their full Naim Mu-so review here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Hi-Fi and Streaming Systems in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3839" title="Naim Mu-so review verdict" alt="Naim Mu-so review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Naim_Mu-so-1.jpg?1416240926" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first proper &lsquo;hi-fi&rsquo; wireless speaker? We certainly think so: looks good, sounds superb.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/naim-mu-so/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Hi-Res Audio Mu-so Music Naim Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:23:28 +0000 Emily P Burt 1453271 at http://www.stuff.tv Monitor Audio Airstream S200 http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are many ways to stream your music to the Monitor Audio Airstream S200 - but all sound great </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="899" title="As Hi-Fi goes, these guys have some serious heft." alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Stuff_Airstream_Main%20.jpg?1415892981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/whathifi" title="View user profile.">WhatHiFi</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new generation of wireless speakers need to do more than simply stream your tunes. They need to sound great too. Enter the impressive Monitor Audio Airstream S200</p> <p>This unusual-looking noise-maker has a long list of streaming features that really shouldn&rsquo;t be available in a unit that costs just &pound;200. And yet, not only can you get all those features for that money, you can get terrific sound while you&rsquo;re at it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/monitor-audio/airstream-s200/review </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds brilliant for the money </div> <div class="field-item even"> Streaming ability - it ticks all boxes </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Simplicity itself to set up and use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks a touch unconventional </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tower bridge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wireless speaker that looks like a 1:1000 scale skyscraper might seem a touch unconventional, but the Airstream S200&rsquo;s unusual design means it can house all the necessary technical gubbins while fitting in to most rooms fairly easily, with a relatively compact footprint.</p> <p>Besides, it needs to be quite chunky to get the two 7.5cm mid/bass drivers inside. These sit alongside a 20mm tweeter and a techy-sounding &lsquo;race-track&rsquo; bass driver, in a combination that proves good and powerful.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-gorgeous-spherical-speakers-look-good-they-sound/news" target="_blank">These gorgeous spherical kebab speakers should sound as good as they look</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2953" height="1969" title="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/14928096144_ae6fb5f28f_o.jpg?1415892981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Island in the stream </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And this unit streams via pretty much whatever method you would care to chuck at it. AirPlay and Bluetooth streaming aren&rsquo;t found together often, but here they share streaming duties with Monitor Audio&rsquo;s Airstream Direct (a handy way of creating its own wi-fi network if you&rsquo;re not already in a zone). There&rsquo;s a USB input that will charge your device as well as play back from your iPod, iPhone or iPad, and a 3.5mm input for everything else.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/deezer/sonos-and-deezer-elite-will-massage-your-eardrums-streaming-high-resolution-audio/news" target="_blank">Sonos and Deezer Elite will massage your eardrums with streaming High-Resolution Audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="The pick-n-mix of ports" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-06.JPG?1415892981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In-play setting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are buttons on the side of the unit to help with set-up as well as control volume and which input the S200 is using. A light on the front of the speaker shows which input is currently active. As there are so many possibilities you&rsquo;ll probably have to memorise a few, but it&rsquo;s not too taxing. We&rsquo;re relieved to report, for instance, that the &lsquo;Bluetooth&rsquo; input colour is a light blue.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/denon/dont-let-size-fool-you-denons-miniature-speaker-system-punches-well-above-its-weight/news" target="_blank">Denon&#39;s miniature speaker system wants to be your all-in-one PC speaker solution</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5668" height="3779" title="Turn it right on up.." alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-05_0.JPG?1415892981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monitor Audio Airstream S200 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Claimed power</strong>: 65W</p> <p><strong>Connections</strong>: Airplay, aptX Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA, USB, aux-in</p> <p><strong>Remote</strong>: No</p> <p><strong>Finishes</strong>: black, white</p> <p><strong>Dimensions (hwd)</strong>: 27x12x14cm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 2.25kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound investment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All the inputs in the world would be irrelevant if the Airstream S200 sounded mundane. But, of course, it doesn&rsquo;t. It sounds remarkable for the money, belting out a spacious, confident sound that, while quite capable of being ballsy, is subtle too, when it needs to be. That authority is enhanced by a surprising and welcome amount of bass oomph &ndash; helped by the unit&rsquo;s innovative shape, no doubt.</p> <p>Stuff being Stuff, we pushed the S200&rsquo;s volume to see what it could do, and it goes impressively loud &ndash; easily room-filling &ndash; but never edges into harshness. It&rsquo;s very well-rounded even when being driven at full chat, with no uncomfortable bright edges to the sound.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news" target="_blank">Philips Fidelio E5&#39;s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5760" height="3840" title="Why opt for a quiet life?" alt="Monitor Audio Airstream S200" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monitor_Audio_S200-03.JPG?1415892981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monitor Audio Airstream S200 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Monitor Audio Airstream S200 is a bit of a hero. It will handle pretty much anything you care to stream at it, and it sounds brilliant into the bargain.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more it dares to look different at the same time as providing all the quality and features a modern wireless speaker needs to have.</p> <p><strong>REVIEWED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR SISTER SITE <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">WHATHIFI.COM</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.whathifi.com/monitor-audio/airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">Read their full Monitor Audio S200 review here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hi-fi-streaming/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best Hi-Fi and Streaming Devices in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wireless speaker that gives your music the care it deserves &ndash; and a superb streaming solution</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/monitor-audio-airstream-s200/review#comments Airstream S200 Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Monitor Audio Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:09:13 +0000 Emily P Burt 1452871 at http://www.stuff.tv The first Bluetooth speaker from B&W is transparently gorgeous http://www.stuff.tv/bw/hi-fi-specialists-bw-release-first-bluetooth-speaker/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “I’m ‘a do things AirPlay; AirPlay, or the highway”…it no longer sings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W T7" alt="B&amp;W T7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/t7%20main.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A Bluetooth speaker? Pah-tooey! </strong><br />Are you going to clean that up? Because it&rsquo;s not our job to scrape your prejudicial sputum off the deck. And there are several reasons why the T7 Bluetooth speaker deserves more respect. For one, it&rsquo;s made by British hi-fi superstars Bowers &amp; Wilkins, AKA &lsquo;B&amp;W&rsquo;. For two, there are several very good AirPlay speakers in its showroom already, including the iconic Zeppelin speaker. And, for three, the T7&rsquo;s got some see-though bits and we bladdy love those.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>See-through? I finger my snook and say this to you: &ldquo;&#39;Tis a gimmick.&rdquo; </strong><br />Well, B&amp;W says that the honeycomb structure is designed to minimise cabinet resonance, giving this handbag-sized speaker clean sound right up to its higher volume levels. Ditto the soft-touch rubber enclosure that surrounds it, and likewise the twin bass radiators, surrounded as they are by two 50mm drivers. The T7 has sufficient heft to it &ndash; 40g shy of a full British kilogram &ndash; to make you believe that it might be capable of some notable bass action. One thing we do know: the T7&rsquo;s hexagonal halo reflects light in an intriguing way and the whole thing looks, feels and smells like quality.</p> <p><strong>Wait, what? You said &ldquo;smells&rdquo;.</strong><br />Oh, come on. Everybody smells new gadgets. (MacBooks, in particular, have an attractive high-tech smell. Give one a sneaky sniff the next time you&rsquo;re in an Apple store.) Surely you wouldn&rsquo;t ignore one of your most revealing senses when thinking of spending &pound;300 on a new wireless speaker?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W T7" alt="B&amp;W T7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/T7%201.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W T7" alt="B&amp;W T7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/T7%202.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W T7" alt="B&amp;W T7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/T7%203.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Wait, what? You said &pound;300! </strong><br />Ah, yes. The T7 is a little on the pricey side. But remember all that stuff from earlier about the internal construction and materials. And it does have a whole wodge of lithium-ion battery built in &ndash; enough, says <a href="http://www.bowers-wilkins.com" target="_blank">B&amp;W</a>, for about 18 hours of playback at 75% volume. It has aptX codec Bluetooth, or you can connect your source physically using an aux-in socket. But, yes, you can certainly get cheaper Bluetooth speakers. Few of which, though, have see-through bits.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-lsx-70-speaker-and-lamp-rolled-one/news" target="_blank">Yamaha Relit LSX-70 is a Bluetooth speaker and a lamp rolled into one</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W T7" alt="B&amp;W T7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/T7%205_0.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B&amp;W T7 is transparently gorgeous </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bw/hi-fi-specialists-bw-release-first-bluetooth-speaker/news#comments B&W Bluetooth Speakers Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:37:09 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1451007 at http://www.stuff.tv These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump up the bass and carry it around for all the world to hear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="663" height="497" title="Rule Basstania" alt="These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bass-trunkies.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So gluing electronics to bags is art now?</strong><br />Everything is art. The sandwich we made for lunch, for example, was a particularly exquisite one. Thinly sliced pastrami, gherkin, a dash of mustard, on rye bread. Delicious. Beautiful. But we digress.</p> <p>This suitcase isn&#39;t just a work of art. It&#39;s functional work of art. Those speakers? They work you know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Work as in&hellip;</strong><br />As in they actually play music. You know, like actual speakers.</p> <p>The Bass Trunkies, as they&#39;re so affectionately called, all began life as actual trunks and suitcases, carting clothes around without fanfare.</p> <p>Then one day, they underwent a transformation. Each unique Bass Trunkie was fitted with a built-in digital amplifier, an eight hour battery, speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as an optional Bluetooth receiver. They were reborn into sexy, portable music-making machines.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="889" height="667" title="Well-travelled" alt="These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bass-trunky-3.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s like the million dollar man. Except with suitcases.</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p>Exactly. Old, battered and tired one day, bright eyed and bass-pumping the next. 200W of power will comfortably be enough for a merry gathering, and you can almost guarantee no one else on the beach will have speakers quite as funky as yours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="Cool and the gang" alt="These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bass-trunky-1.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I would like to purchase one magical soundcase please.</strong><br />Certainly. Head on over to <a href="http://basstrunkies.co.uk/?product_cat=all-products" target="_blank">basstrunkies</a> and nab one of your own from &pound;250.</p> <p>Rock on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="Our daily view" alt="These suitcase speakers pack in bags of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bass-trunkie-3.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bags of sound: suitcase speakers </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1#comments Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:47:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440661 at http://www.stuff.tv How to make the world's best festival sound system http://www.stuff.tv/bw/how-make-worlds-best-festival-sound-system/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With &#039;Glasto&#039; preparing to assault Somerset&#039;s ears, we meet the unique B&amp;W system taking festival sound into the next-gen… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Sound System" alt="B&amp;W Sound System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BW1.gif?1403834098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Festivals are better known for flower garlands, upcycled furniture and astronomically expensive lager than audiophile sound.</p> <p>But as Glastonbury 2014 kicks off another summer of alfresco gigs, it seems fair to ask &ndash; why does sound quality still appear to be lower on most festival billings than knitting tents?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might get loud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Debuted at Primavera Sound 2014 and heading next to Womad festival (24-27July 2014), the one-off &#39;Sound System&#39; consists of four, three-metre high stacks, which together produce a huge 30kW output &ndash; or 120 decibels from eight metres away.</p> <p>Our ears had the pleasure of auditioning the system&#39;s incredible clarity and dynamic range at Primavera Sound, where it was joined by 360-degree video projections (all streamed on boilerroom.tv) to create an immersive, next-gen festival experience.</p> <p>Ahead of its next stop on the festival circuit, we chatted with B&amp;W&#39;s Head of Engineering Stuart Nevill about how it was made, why it&#39;s unique and why we can&#39;t have it in our garden.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Sound System" alt="B&amp;W Sound System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW2.gif?1403834098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why did you make the Sound System? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We asked ourselves why people go to gigs and festivals. Nothing beats the rush of experiencing live music, but all too often there&#39;s something missing: sound quality.</p> <p>A lot of sound systems have a horn between the moving element and the air, which produces &#39;colourations&#39; (the blurring of an instrument&#39;s original sound).</p> <p>Don&#39;t get me wrong, horn systems are great and designed for a purpose: to be extremely loud and sensitive. But we wanted to bring hi-fi quality sound to live music, with all the realism you&rsquo;d expect from a top-end speaker, but delivered at scale for the first time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Sound System" alt="B&amp;W Sound System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW3.gif?1403834098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How did you go from home loudspeakers to a PA system? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We had some idea how to do it from an unofficial system we did for one of Coldcut&#39;s tours of war-torn Eastern Europe. We knew the direct radiator approach (a system with direct facing drive units formed into a &#39;line array&#39;) could work. So we did some calculations, and on paper it looked like we could go loud enough and get the quality.</p> <p>We tested the Sound System in a massive warehouse, a development space next to our factory. Everybody heard it. It was rattling cutlery in the kitchen. There were some predictions saying it wouldn&#39;t go loud enough, or would blow up! But it really did sound like a giant hi-fi, which was very impressive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Sound System" alt="B&amp;W Sound System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW4.gif?1403834098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What makes it different from other sound systems? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unless a customer wanted quality above all else, they wouldn&#39;t go for something like our system, because it&#39;s big, heavy inefficient and takes a lot of power. But the quality speaks for itself. The best hi-fi speakers aren&#39;t lightweight things, they&#39;re heavy. You can&#39;t change the laws of physics.</p> <p>So we paid the same amount of attention to the cabinet design as we do our normal hi-fi speakers, hence why each speaker stack weighs one tonne! We&#39;re definitely not saying &quot;this is the way it should be done&quot;. But it&#39;s proving a point that if you use good ingredients you can scale it up and make something really great.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="B&amp;W Sound System" alt="B&amp;W Sound System" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BW5.gif?1403834098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where can we hear the Sound System next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ll be taking it to Womad festival (24th-27th July) next. It&#39;s going to be much more about listening there, so won&#39;t come with the 360-degree moving projections we had in Primavera&#39;s Igloo tent.</p> <p>Lots of festivals, including Bestival and Glastonbury, asked us about the Sound System, but we wanted the right bill &ndash;&nbsp;and the DJ line-up for Primavera Sound 2014 was so good.</p> <p>At Womad we&#39;ll use it to demonstrate all the things you can listen for, so it&#39;s going be more like a TEDx event. If all goes well, next year we&#39;ll hopefully look at doing two or three festivals.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-tents-reviewed/feature" target="_blank">5 of the best tents - reviewed</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zYoC9hJuPd8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bw/how-make-worlds-best-festival-sound-system/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bw/how-make-worlds-best-festival-sound-system/feature#comments B&W Docks and Speakers Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:12:49 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440212 at http://www.stuff.tv The beautiful OD-11 cloud speaker plays nice with Spotify and AirPlay http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/od-11-cloud-speaker-play-nice-spotify-and-airplay/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think this cube speaker looks familiar? You’re not wrong… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OD-11 cloud speaker to play nice with Spotify and AirPlay" alt="OD-11 cloud speaker to play nice with Spotify and AirPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/od-11-cloud-speaker-main.jpg?1403158698" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I feel like I&rsquo;ve seen this speaker before&hellip;</strong><br />You may have, especially if you&rsquo;ve spent any time in Sweden. The 2014 OD-11 is a modern day reworking of Stig Carlsson&rsquo;s original, first released way back in 1974.</p> <p><strong>So this is a 40-year-old speaker?</strong><br />Nope. Well, the exterior is the same &ndash; and we think you can agree that the design is distinctly timeless &ndash; as is the &ldquo;ortho acoustic&rdquo; construction, which directs sound upwards, towards the ceiling. This widens the sweet spot, allowing you to wander around your room without losing optimum audio quality.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But what&rsquo;s new?</strong><br />There&rsquo;s a new 100W analogue amplifier inside, but perhaps more interesting is the built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with cloud-based streaming services. Spotify Connect is one &ndash; and the company say others will be supported. The OD-11&rsquo;s firmware is fully upgradeable via Wi-Fi, you see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect, the tech that&#39;ll fill your home with streamed music</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The OD-11&#039;s hockey puck remote control" alt="The OD-11&#039;s hockey puck remote control" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/od-11-cloud-speaker-remote.jpg?1403158698" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So only Spotify works?</strong><br />The speaker is also fully AirPlay compatible at launch, so music kept on iOS devices and any computer running iTunes should be playable too.</p> <p><strong>Can I buy one?</strong><br />From 18th July, the OD-11 will be available in the US, priced at US$899 (&pound;530). You&rsquo;ll be able to buy it at New York&rsquo;s two MoMA Design Stores, or online via <a href="http://www.teenageengineering.com/">teenageengineering.com</a>. A European launch is yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">LISTEN UP, HERE&rsquo;S MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The OD-11&#039;s design is 40 years old but still glorious" alt="The OD-11&#039;s design is 40 years old but still glorious" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/od-11-cloud-speaker-red.jpg?1403158698" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Hot Stuff Spotify Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:22:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439492 at http://www.stuff.tv Bowers & Wilkins' debut PA aims to bring 30,000W of audiophilia to the mosh pit http://www.stuff.tv/bowers-wilkins-giant-speaker-stack-cranks-volume-well-past-11/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wish we could kit out Stuff HQ with this sound-blasting behemoth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bow to it. BOW" alt="Bowers &amp; Wilkins&#039; giant speaker stack cranks the volume up well past 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BowersWilkins_Sound_System_2.jpg?1400069776" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bowers and Wilkins has unveiled a new speaker stack set to rock the ear drums of festival goers while also treating them to music that doesn&#39;t sound like it&#39;s having a buzzcut in a metal bin.</p> <p>Currently a one-off commission for Barcelona&#39;s Primavera Sound festival, the giant speaker stack is packed full of tech designed to sound amazing while it haemorrhages your internal organs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All that adds up to an output of 30kW and a whopping 120dB at 8 metres. That&#39;s as loud as standing 100 metres away from a roaring jet engine, and it&#39;s well above the 80dB limit for long-exposure hearing loss. Might want to move away from the front then eh?</p> <p>The speaker stack is so powerful that it requires substantial bracing in the form of a reinforced cabinet to prevent it from destroying itself with vibrations. Despite all that power however, Bowers &amp; Wilkins has managed to kill off any pesky distortion associated with standard large-scale systems by replacing the more standard horn system with a direct radiating transducer.</p> <p>In English, that means that the speaker stack doesn&#39;t have a horn between the moving element and the air. The result is a smoother, more uniform sound.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently you&#39;ll only be able to experience the system at Primavera, but we&#39;re hoping more venues will jump onboard soon.</p> <p>Now if you&#39;ll excuse us, we&#39;re off to gather as much money as possible to throw at Bowers and Wilkins in the hope that they&#39;ll let us hire its system for a BBQ this weekend. Nothing big, just a few mates.</p> <p>Can you cook sausages with nothing but bass? We&#39;ll let you know.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monstrous-178kg-iphone-speaker-really-does-goes-11-oh-and-it-has-built-monkey-head-too/news" target="_blank">This monstrous 178kg iPhone speaker dock has a built-in monkey head</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Are you bowing yet?" alt="Bowers &amp; Wilkins&#039; giant speaker stack cranks the volume up well past 11" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BowersWilkins_Sound_System_1.jpg?1400069776" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bowers-wilkins-giant-speaker-stack-cranks-volume-well-past-11/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bowers-wilkins-giant-speaker-stack-cranks-volume-well-past-11/news#comments B&W Docks and Speakers Mon, 12 May 2014 13:27:58 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1436984 at http://www.stuff.tv Glowdeck is the smartphone dock that does it all http://www.stuff.tv/glowdeck-smartphone-dock-does-it-all/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your one-stop shop for wireless charging, notifications and music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/glowdeck-01.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s a box. What tricks does it do? </strong><br />This is the rather wonderful <a href="http://www.glowdeck.com/" target="_blank">Glowdeck</a> &ndash; a Bluetooth dock with Qi wireless charging built in.</p> <p><strong>Sounds cool.&nbsp;</strong><br />The sound is probably the least of the Glowdeck&#39;s abilities, actually. You get 2 5W speakers and a Class D amplifier &ndash; which won&#39;t blow you away like a full Hi-fi system, but it&#39;s plenty for a bedroom or office setup.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So what&#39;s special about it, then?&nbsp;</strong><br />Its clever wireless charging tech. The charging area makes up a full third of the Glowdeck&#39;s top surface, and if your phone&#39;s connected to the dock over Bluetooth 4.0, it&#39;ll alert the Glowdeck to stop charging when your battery reaches 100 per cent, topping it off if it drops below full charge. That means your battery life should be extended, since the dock isn&#39;t continuously transmitting power to it. It also sports a pair of USB ports, for those who aren&#39;t blessed with Qi charging smarts.</p> <p>Oh, and it glows.</p> <p><strong>It&hellip; glows. </strong><br />Yes. Like a Max Power reader&#39;s car. There&#39;s a multicoloured LED light array underneath that can be set to flash coloured lights to flag up notifications, or sync up with your music for your very own light show.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-06.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-03.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-07.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Notifications?</strong><br />The Glowdeck features Streams, a notifications platform that updates over Wi-Fi, flagging up info from your social media apps, plus incoming calls, mail and weather info. They&#39;re displayed on the dock&#39;s 2.2in screen, while its LED array lights up to alert you to new notifications. You can customise Streams using the Glowdeck app, which lets you tweak the light settings for notifications and add new streams &ndash; you can also enable privacy settings so that it will only flash up notifications when your phone is nearby.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>So, how much is it? </strong><br />Glowdeck&#39;s currently touting for funds on <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glowdeck/glowdeck-a-companion-for-your-smartphone" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, where it&#39;s blasted through its US$30,000 goal. With 20 days on the clock, it&#39;s raised US$100,000. Pledges for a Glowdeck Beta &ndash; which gets you access to the online beta portal &ndash; start at US$190 (&pound;113). It&#39;s available in black acrylic, cherry, maple and walnut finishes, with delivery expected in August.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glowdeck/glowdeck-a-companion-for-your-smartphone" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.gizmag.com/glowdeck-mark2-kickstarter/31547/" target="_blank">Gizmag</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">Amazing Hot Stuff that&#39;ll brighten up your life</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C0blt8oQCxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-02.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Glowdeck" alt="Glowdeck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glowdeck-05.jpg?1397184639" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glowdeck-smartphone-dock-does-it-all/news#comments Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:26:17 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435213 at http://www.stuff.tv Soundwall crams a massive AirPlay speaker into a work of art http://www.stuff.tv/soundwall-turns-whole-wall-beautiful-speaker/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Modern music appreciation for your ears and your eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Soundwall showcases the art of good sound" alt="Soundwall showcases the art of good sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/soundwall.png?1395373988" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where&rsquo;s that music coming from?</strong></p> <p>Make an educated guess.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&rsquo;t see any speakers...</strong></p> <p>Follow your ears.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Why is your Pollock singing Arcade Fire?</strong></p> <p>Because Reflektor is a very, very good song. How could it not be with James Murphy on productin duties and David Bowie contributing vocals? But back to the point: congratulations, you found the source of that elusive sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where are you hiding the speaker?</strong></p> <p>The entire surface of the art piece - the Soundwall - is the speaker. It&rsquo;s essentially a wireless flat-panel driven by a Raspberry Pi computer and amplifier covered by an art piece of your picking. Subwoofers can also be added to enhance bass.</p> <p>As for whether it&#39;ll actually sound good, we&#39;re not yet sure. Flat panel speakers have a tendency to being a bit bass-light, but there&#39;s a 2x25W Class D amp inside the smaller models and a 2x100W inside the vast Epic model. We&#39;re looking forward to hearing one.</p> <p>&nbsp;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/70067610" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/70067610">Introducing Soundwall</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/soundwallco">Soundwall</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>There are no switches... although it would probably hard to find one within that violent mess of art if there were. &nbsp;How do I work it?</strong></p> <p>Just plug it into a power source and set up an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection (or hook up your source via the dual analogue inputs). </p> <p>Apple users can easily use AirPlay to control the Soundwall, but Android users will by default have to use the slightly more technical UPnP protocol (or download an AirPlay-compatible app). That&rsquo;s not a deal-breaker though - there are loads of great, free UPnP apps - and a giant reverberating piece of art is certainly more pleasing than a standard Bluetooth speaker. If you like Jackson Pollock, of course.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>My place could use some sprucing up.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.soundwall.co/" target="_blank">Soundwall</a>&nbsp;could be just the thing, then. It comes in five sizes, ranging from the 24&times;36&rdquo; Poster for US$949 to the 40&times;60&rdquo; Epic for US$2499. As for the aesthetics, you can choose from their existing gallery of prints, submit your own to be custom-printed, or go all Pollock yourself and attack the canvas like a demented seagull.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">THESE HOT STUFF PRODUCTS ARE ART FORMS, TOO</a></p> <p class="p3">Source: <a href="http://www.soundwall.co/" target="_blank">Soundwall</a></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/soundwall-turns-whole-wall-beautiful-speaker/feature#comments Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:52:41 +0000 Will Findlater 1434038 at http://www.stuff.tv Aether Cone: the wireless speaker that knows what you want to listen to http://www.stuff.tv/aether-cone-clever-twist-portable-wireless-speakers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To keep things ultra-simple, this smart soundbox will learn what music you like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/aether-cone-main.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Another wireless speaker, you say?</strong></p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: the Aether Cone is an AirPlay-equipped speaker that connects to your home Wi-Fi network and, thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery, offers up to eight hours of on-the-go music playback.</p> <p><strong>But that&rsquo;s not all&hellip;?</strong></p> <p>Nope, that&rsquo;s not all. The Cone&rsquo;s big selling point is its brain: this is a speaker that learns what you like to listen to, when you like to listen to it, and where you like to listen to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the advantage of that?</strong></p> <p>The idea is to keep things simple. After an initial setup (for which you&rsquo;ll require a computer or mobile device) you switch it on and it&rsquo;ll start streaming things it thinks you&rsquo;ll like &ndash; music (it&rsquo;ll connect to as-yet unnamed music streaming services), podcasts and internet radio stations.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s just one control, a dial. Turn it to the right and it&rsquo;ll skip whatever&rsquo;s playing and move on; to the left, it&rsquo;ll repeat what you just listened to; a complete turn will change the artist and genre completely. In the dial&rsquo;s centre is a button which can be tapped to pause/play music; alternatively, hold it down and speak the name of an artist and track and it&rsquo;ll seek that out and play it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-front.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-rear.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" alt="Aether Cone: a clever twist on portable wireless speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aether-cone-profile.jpg?1394444644" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And how does it sound?</strong></p> <p>
That, we don&rsquo;t know &ndash; because we haven&rsquo;t listened to it yet. It does have a 3in woofer and dual tweeter design and, despite its appearance, offers stereo sound. There&rsquo;s also a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor inside, which presumably takes care of the &ldquo;thinking&rdquo; part of the speaker.</p> <p><strong>When&rsquo;s it out?</strong></p> <p>
Again, we don&rsquo;t know. The Cone is Aether&rsquo;s first product and they&rsquo;re yet to confirm a release date beyond &ldquo;2014&rdquo;. But we do know that it&rsquo;ll cost US$400 (around &pound;240) and come in two finishes: copper/black and silver/white. You can register your interest at the <a href="https://www.aether.com/" target="_blank">Aether site</a> if you want a heads-up on availability.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CONE YOU JUST READ THE REST OF OUR HOT STUFF ARTICLES, PLEASE?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZSg-_puiEjU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Docks and Speakers Hot Stuff Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:28:52 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433438 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha packs pulsing lights and crystal clear audio into its magical totem pole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yamaha-relit.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yamaha has announced that its wireless Relit speaker is now available for gadgeteers looking for an audio solution that&rsquo;s a little&hellip; different.</p> <p>The 1.1m metal tower promises clear CD-quality music streaming thanks to aptX Bluetooth support, and there&rsquo;s also an AUX-in for a more traditional cable setup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Available in a black or brown leather finish, the Relit also contains an internal light source which pumps out an &lsquo;aura of light&rsquo; that reacts to the music that&rsquo;s currently playing.</p> <p>An accompanying app also offers timer, sleep and playback controls if you don&#39;t fancy using the included remote, and six-step adjustable LEDs will let you crank up the brightness depending on your mood.</p> <p>If you feel like tripping out and unleashing your senses to the Relit&#39;s magic then you can snap one up now for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/yamaha-relit-lsx-700-bluetooth-speaker-lighting-system-black/p1115051?kpid=232566458&amp;s_kenid=48200682-29fb-70c8-5a95-00006000448a&amp;s_kwcid=ppc_pla&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmcampid=73#default" target="_blank">&pound;500</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-close.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="716" height="538" title="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" alt="Yamaha Relit wireless speaker blasts your senses with sound and light" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relit-2.jpg?1389957581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha Relit speaker brings sound and light </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/yamaha-relit-wireless-speaker-blasts-your-senses-sound-and-light/news#comments Bluetooth Speaker System Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Yamaha Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:53:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431340 at http://www.stuff.tv Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet? http://www.stuff.tv/eclipse/ces-2014/eclipse-td-m1-best-looking-airplay-speakers-yet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The curvy wireless speakers your desktop deserves are coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?" alt="Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eclipse-td-m1.jpg?1389381990" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eclipse has been making speakers for years, but the Fujitsu-owned company has just launched what might be its most exciting pair of noise-makers yet.</p> <p>The TD-M1 package consists of two compact and beautifully designed desktop speakers with built-in amplification, a high-quality DAC and wireless AirPlay capabilities that allow them to jive nicely with iOS devices and iTunes-toting computers. There&rsquo;s even an iOS app for full remote control via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.<br />&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eggs-actly the sort of speakers we want to own </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>AirPlay playback supports CD-quality audio, but if you&rsquo;re a golden-eared audiophile who demands the finest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Hi-Res Audio</a> the TD-M1s have you covered too: the DAC supports studio master quality sampling rates of 192kHz/24-bit for sources connected via USB.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re itching to try these out for ourselves, so look out for a review in the near future. Eclipse says the speakers will be on sale from February, priced at &pound;999.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eclipse TD-M1 " alt="Eclipse TD-M1 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eclipse-td-m1-2.jpg?1389381990" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Eclipse Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:23:23 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430990 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips cuts the cords with deluge of fresh wireless audio kit http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-cuts-cords-deluge-fresh-wireless-audio-kit/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Dutch company debuts new speakers and headphones galore at CES, most of them using Bluetooth for wire-free sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " alt="E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Philips-Fidelio-E2_2.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, music fans: Philips has unveiled a bevy of new audio gear at CES, most of it wireless.</p> <p>The Dutch company kicked things off with the E2 Fidelio Wireless Studio speakers, an elegant pair of Bluetooth and aptX-equipped columns that can be painlessly paired with mobile devices via NFC. They also feature an HDMI connection, which means you can easily hook them up to home cinema or gaming sources. Look out for the E2 package in the spring, priced at around &pound;300.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let&#039;s go outside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next up is the BR-1X speaker, a portable model designed for both in- and outdoor use (it features modes designed for both environments &ndash; indoor focusses on detail and clarity, outdoor on loudness). Each speaker comes with dual two-inch drivers, and you can daisy chain several of them together for a bigger sound. They&rsquo;ll be out from this month, priced at &pound;100 each.</p> <p>The final speaker, and the most portable of the lot, is the Dot. It&rsquo;s a palm-sized speaker that&rsquo;s battery-powered, ruggedised and splash-proof and can be turned off quickly by simply turning it upside down. Despite its dinky size, Philips claims it can pump out powerful audio, so all in all it sounds ideal for camping or beach trips. It&rsquo;s out in February, priced at &pound;60.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips BR-1X speaker" alt="Philips BR-1X speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-BR-1X-Khaki.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Dot speaker" alt="Philips Dot speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Dot.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foldies or Frames? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also announced today are two pairs of headphones: the Bluetooth-equipped Foldies (out April, &pound;100) and the Frames (out June, &pound;100-&pound;110 depending on finish). The Foldies are wireless and &ldquo;inspired by vintage road bikes&rdquo;, while the Frames are more lightweight. Both sets of cans fold up for easy storage and feature 40mm drivers.</p> <p>Look out for our reviews of Philips&#39; new generation of audio kit in the coming months.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards/feature">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Frames headphones" alt="Philips Frames headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Citiscape-Frames-Headphones---tortishell.jpg?1389381819" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Headphones Philips Wireless headphones Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:09:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430981 at http://www.stuff.tv Loewe Speaker 2go http://www.stuff.tv/loewe/loewe-speaker-2go/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A £200 Loewe speaker? Oh look you&#039;ve fallen off your chair. Pick yourself up and read on to see how close to Bluetooth speaker perfection it gets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Front%20High.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/verity-burns" title="View user profile.">Verity Burns</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Loewe is known for making high-end kit that isn&rsquo;t exactly concerned with budget. Expensive tellies, pricey speakers &ndash; chances are you won&#39;t be plumping for Loewe unless you&rsquo;ve got some serious cash to spend. A thrifty Loewe fan is about as rare as an invite to a pimps &#39;n&#39; ice cream party. &nbsp;</p> <p>Not so with the Speaker 2go Bluetooth speaker. At &pound;200 it really is the cheapest way to buy a piece of premium portable sound.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sexy, portable design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds powerful, fun and well-balanced </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Charges your smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks that last bit of clarity </div> <div class="field-item even"> Speakerphone isn&#039;t great </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid as a rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You only need to pick up the Speaker 2go to know it&rsquo;s from good stock. Its aluminium build makes it feel solid and reassuringly weighty, but not so much that it&rsquo;s a bother for any but the weediest of arms to carry around. It&rsquo;s a minimalist design, but a striking one - all clean lines and a nicely machined grille, with just a smattering of buttons and an NFC tag along the top for easy pairing.</p> <p>Ports around the back include an aux-in for hardwiring devices and a USB input, though this is for charging your phone or tablet rather than playing music from it. It&rsquo;s still a useful feature to include on a portable speaker, although it obviously has an impact on the otherwise eight-hour battery life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Rear.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling Blue…tooth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Loewe has done away with the AirPlay found in its pricier AirSpeaker and opted purely for Bluetooth instead &ndash; a clever choice since the Speaker 2go is more likely to be used away from home, when Wi-Fi might be hard to come by.</p> <p>The Bluetooth onboard is of the aptX variety, so compatible phones, tablets and computers are able to wirelessly send tunes to it in close to CD quality, and you can connect up to five devices at once. We found it to be stable in playback, easy to connect and the NFC pairing is a nice touch for those with devices that play nice with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Buttons.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look, no hands </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not all about music, though; the Speaker 2go also doubles up as a speakerphone so you&rsquo;re able to take hands-free calls. It offers echo-cancellation for improved clarity, and a voice-optimised microphone that sits along the top.</p> <p>From our experience, it&rsquo;ll do for the odd call that interrupts your music, but we wouldn&rsquo;t go out of our way to use it &ndash; it sounds a little on the muffled side on anything less than a perfect line, and unless you&#39;re close to the speaker, your mum won&#39;t be able to hear what you&#39;re saying no matter how loudly you bawl at her. Still, it&#39;s no deal-breaker.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Rear%20High.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power of Loewe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Play some music and you get quite a performance out of this little box. There&rsquo;s 40W of power to be had from two full-range drivers and a sub, and it&rsquo;s not shy about showing it off - you can crank it up pretty loud without risking distortion.</p> <p>Bass is rich and articulate, and goes impressively deep considering the wee size of the device - it never sounds boomy or out of control, either. In fact, it&rsquo;s a really well balanced listen &ndash; something of a rarity in this field &ndash; and the deep bass slots in nicely with a clear, energetic mid-range and detailed treble.</p> <p>That said, the Speaker&#39;s 2go&#39;s sound gets close to Bluetooth speaker perfection but falls just short. It does lack the spaciousness and articulation of the very best of its rivals meaning more complicated tracks lack a touch of clarity, and are at risk of sounding a little dynamically squashed and disorganised &ndash; especially at louder volumes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Foot.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearing things from a different angle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Speaker 2go has a hidden trick up its sleeve to help it project its sound further. To see it, press the top of the speaker downwards and you&rsquo;ll reveal an integrated pop-up rubber stand that appears from the bottom.</p> <p>This tilts the device up by exactly 7.5&deg;, which Loewe says helps to disperse the music around larger rooms. It doesn&rsquo;t look much, but it does actually make a difference, and helps your music sound more direct.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Loewe has done a grand job of pouring all the premium quality and attention to detail of its larger, pricier products into the Speaker 2go. It looks the part, feels well made and is quite the looker to pull out of your bag on your next camping trip, festival or BBQ.&nbsp;</p> <p>It manages to dodge any tubbiness in the bass and steers clear of brightness in the treble to make for a well-judged, well-rounded listen &ndash; not something wireless speakers are often that good at.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its speakerphone feature may well be best avoided, and it doesn&rsquo;t quite have the same dynamic punch, clarity and subtlety of rivals such as the Philips Fidelio P9 or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature">Ultimate Ears Boom</a>, but it&rsquo;s a thoroughly likeable, listenable sound, and at &pound;200 that makes it a pretty tasty buy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Loewe Speaker 2go review" alt="Loewe Speaker 2go review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Loewe%20Speaker%202go%20Front%20Left.jpg?1389150545" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A beautifully built speaker with a powerful, well balanced sound that just lacks the out-and-out clarity and subtlety the very best around<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/loewe/loewe-speaker-2go/review#comments Docks and Speakers Hi-Fi & Streaming Loewe Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:48:43 +0000 Sophie Charara 1430887 at http://www.stuff.tv This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound http://www.stuff.tv/audioorb-perfect-sound-bubble/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, not literally, but you can at least stop your lifelong search for inner peace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="845" height="634" title="This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound" alt="This huge AudioOrb lets you float away in a bubble of sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audioorbs.jpg?1389092517" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meditation is hard. Sitting down alone with the thunderous silence of our own thoughts is always a scary prospect, and by the time our minds have finished simulating epic lightsaber jousting tournaments on dinosaur-back, we&#39;re far more buzzed than relaxed.</p> <p>The solution? Why, it&#39;s a giant plexiglass sphere kitted out with 18 speakers of course, and it&#39;s called the AudioOrb.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dock yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simply crawl in, lie back and blast out some Enya to soothe your nerves and calm your racing brain.</p> <p>While there&#39;s no door to completely block out the outside world (or accidentally suffocate yourself in a giant musical hamster ball), its spherical shape will apparently almost completely block out any external noise. Go physics.</p> <p>It&#39;s layered with Tempur memory foam pillows for the ultimate full-body support, and you&#39;ll need them after you hear about its US$15,000 dollar price tag.</p> <p>There&#39;s one waiting for you on Indiegogo right now, but there&#39;s only two available so you&#39;d better hurry.</p> <p class="p3">[<a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/audioorbs/" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="766" height="575" title="The AudioOrb is the perfect sound bubble" alt="The AudioOrb is the perfect sound bubble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audioorbs1.jpg?1389092517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/audioorb-perfect-sound-bubble/news#comments Docks and Speakers Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:46:36 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430864 at http://www.stuff.tv