Yamaha crafts Bluetooth cube speakers

The launch of Apple’s boombox last week has thrown iPod speaker world into turmoil – how are keen accessory makers to compete with the big Mac daddy?

The launch of Apple’s boombox last week has thrown iPod speaker world into turmoil – how are keen accessory makers to compete with the big Mac daddy? With some charming Bluetooth travel speakers, says Yamaha.

The tiny NX-A01s won’t directly compete with Apple’s chunky Hi-Fi – they offer all the usual jukebox connectivity, but also have a Bluetooth module that lets you play tunes wirelessly from your phone.

With mass storage phones such as Sony Eric’s W950i and Samsung’s i300 poised to steal a chunk of the portable audio pie, this looks a smart move from Yamaha and is a more versatile option for the gadgeteer with more than one music device.

The output doesn’t, as you’d expect from an 84mm cube, register high on the Richter scale – total output is 10W, although Yamaha’s ‘SR Bass’ tech apparently provides a rumble that belies the unit’s size.  

And they don’t take batteries – instead you have to tie them to the mains, which isn’t ideal for travel speakers.

But we’ll still be leaving a spot in our holiday suitcase for the NX-A01s – they’ve been given a ‘tentative’ launch date of June this year, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

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