In a bit of news that should surprise absolutely no one, there’s a chance that some of your voice interactions with your smart speaker will be reviewed by a human at some company. Whether you’re rocking an Echo Dot, Google Home Max, or some other third-party device with one of the aforementioned assistants built in, […]
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IKEA isn't officially unveiling its first Sonos-powered speaker until April, but that isn't stopping the furniture store from offering a look in the meantime. As you can see here, the SYMFONISK looks like… well, a Sonos speaker with IKEA design cu…
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Electrostatic speakers are a different kind of speaker than you’re used to, and they manage to avoid the clipping and distortion that you get from traditional speakers at high volumes. We had a chance to test drive the Trevolo S speaker from BenQ to see just how they are, and our own Kent Oki dug in […]
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Google has its own set of Google Home smart speakers, but they’ve also opened up Google Assistant to other speaker manufacturers to essentially craft their own unique, Assistant-powered speakers to compete with Google’s own lineup. The results have been a mixed bag, with some speakers offering excellent takes on the smart speaker market, while others […]
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Anker recently released the Soundcore Flare, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in LED lighting system. It’s very clearly designed for being a social speaker, since the lighting reacts to music to liven things up a bit, but it’s also ruggedized and water resistant so you don’t have to worry about any spills or drops […]
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The Google Home Max enjoys a rather unique spot in the market in that it incorporates the benefits of a smart speaker with sound qualities – including a big sound – that are close enough to more dedicated devices like Sonos speakers. As good as that sound is, the Home Max has fallen short for […]
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Anker has officially launched their latest wireless speaker under their Soundcore brand, and it’s looking like a really cool party trick. The Soundcore Flare features a rugged, IPX7 certified design that’s great for dragging around wherever you go, but it also has a built-in ambient LED light around the base to liven up your music. […]
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Another day, another LG G7 ThinQ teaser. Following the 1,000-nit super bright display, today the Korean giant decided to boast another feature on its upcoming flagship smartphone: the "Boombox Speaker." As the name implies, we're told to expect a spe…
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If you’re intricately familiar with Anker’s plethora of products, you’ve probably seen some of their sub-brands that cover specific kinds of gadgets. Their smart home brand is Eufy, for example, and that brand is responsible for the latest version of the SoundCore Mini Bluetooth speaker. The second iteration of the fun-sized speaker shoots for better […]
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Looking for a new Bluetooth speaker to drag along through your outdoor adventures? You might want to check out this G-DROP speaker, which offers stellar sound and a waterproof design in a compact package. It’s on a nice discount right now, too. The speaker is IPX7 rated, so it can be submersed for 30 minutes, […]
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Bixby honestly isn’t that great, but Samsung loves it all the same. And with Google offering several Google Assistant speakers, Apple pushing their own HomePod, and even Microsoft taking misguided stabs at the market with a Cortana speaker, of course Samsung has to try their hand at things. We’d heard rumblings of a Bixby speaker […]
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There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o…
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Known primarily for their charging solutions,at CES 2018 Anker Innovations announced their entry into the smart speaker market with the ZOLO Model Zero. The new device is scheduled to be available in the latter part of 2018. Anker is stressing the design aesthetics of the new device. According to Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations: “Speakers […]
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Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it…
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Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor…
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Although Samsung is struggling to complete development and deployment of its Bixby artificial intelligence/assistant technology to English-speaking markets, the company is apparently unfazed by the critics and is working on a new product based on that same technology. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is jumping into the market for “smart […]
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Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […]
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The Amazon Echo was a major development in virtual assistants, but Google is striking back with the forthcoming Google Home. How does this new device stack up against the reigning king? We examine the info revealed thus far.
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Tired of always having to be cautious about liquids around your tech. Splash and turn up around the JBL Charge 3 wherever you decide to turn up. Find out what we think in this quick review.
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At E3 next week, Turtle Beach will be showing off the HyperSound Glass, a directional speaker that also happens to be the world’s first speaker made using a transparent pane of glass.
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NaturalRays’ Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker was reviewed on Talk Android last month. It’s a small, versatile accessory that operates without wires. What could you listen to with this speaker? Music is the clear option, but something tells me you should be listening to our podcast instead. We’re partnering with NaturalRays to give away three of these […]
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Take a look at the Turcom AcoustoShock, a ruggedized wireless speaker with great sound that also has a great price point. For just over $ 100, this speaker is a great choice for your outdoor excursions.
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We take a look and listen to Mpow’s nearly indestructible speaker to find out if the Armor Plus’ sound quality stacks up to its resilience.
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One of the great things about summer is having a picnic with friends and family — laying on a blanket while eating sandwiches, relaxing, reading, eating, talking, quaffing the odd glass of wine, and listening to music. Listening to music while out and about is often where the proverbial fly in the ointment appears because the quality of sound from your smartphone’s speaker usually isn’t anything write home about. This is where Wowzr’s BoomBox V2 comes in, a portable audio device that allows you to make a speaker out of everyday objects.
The BoomBox V2 portable speaker isn’t your typical portable speaker. Once its hooked up to the 3.5mm audio jack on your handset you then need to attach the mini speaker pad to an object that will allow the vibrations it creates to be converted into music. Until you attach the mini speaker pad to an object, the sound that emanates from it is quite low and somewhat tinny. Once it’s attached to an object such as a pizza box, Styrofoam container or even a piece of Tupperware, though, you’ll notice a vast improvement in both sound quality and loudness.
I attached the BoomBox V2 to a rather flimsy Graze box, a much sturdier filing box, and a Tupperware container, with results ranging from decent to great. While the sound from the admittedly flimsy Graze box was around 50% lower than the other two objects, the sound was still clear and loud enough to be heard without straining. The filing box and the Tupperware container gave much better results, however, possibly because of their thicker, stronger construction materials. The resulting sound was strong and clear. As the manufacturer recommends, I kept the output generated from the smartphone down to around 80-90% to avoid distortion. Now to answer the all-important question: how loud is the BoomBox V2? Well, lets put it this way (provided you have a suitable object to turn into a speaker): the BoomBox V2 is more than loud enough to provide music for a bedroom or if outside, a picnic without annoying the people around you.
The BoomBox V2 comes with 3 extra sticky pads, a USB-to-3.5mm audio jack cable, as well as an audio jack extension. Naturally, there’s also an instruction manual, but that isn’t really needed as the BoomBox V2 is very straightforward to use. Just insert two AAA batteries or connect it to a USB port, plug it into your phone or tablet, stick the mini speaker pad to a suitable object and you have sound.
I like that the BoomBox V2 feels sturdy since it is made of a strong plastic that doesn’t have any bend or flex to it. While the white sticky pad does pick up dust and fluff, you can wipe it clean with a wet cloth. If necessary, you can also replace it with one of the spare sticky pads that come with the BoomBox V2. Did I mention that I like the sound? Once you’ve found a suitable object to subject to the speakers vibrations, there’s a surprising amount of bass and clarity in sound for such a little device.
I don’t like that the audio cable that connects the BoomBox V2 to the tablet or smartphone is so short. Instead, I wanted the cable to be at least a foot-long. Having said that, there is a 50cm long extension included in the box but that means an extra item to carry around. I also feel that the BoomBox V2 would be more useful if it had Bluetooth connectivity. Perhaps in the next version?
The BoomBox V2 is a very useful portable speaker, and so long as you can find a suitable foil for its good vibrations, it is more than capable of providing music for a picnic or a bedroom. Knowing its limitations in that the BoomBox V2 isn’t loud enough for a death metal mosh-pit, you can’t go far wrong.
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