Despite what we've seen on the market lately, there's no rule that says portable speakers must look like electronic mutations. In fact, as mobile phone makers get more comfortable with their musical side, they're beginning to create better speaker concepts all the time.
From an aesthetic perspective, Veritronix has come up with an eye-catcher that seems ideal if you don't need a phone with surround sound and don't want an attachment that's reminiscent of The Fly. And beyond its good looks, we appreciate that the VX-818--which measures a svelt half-inch thick--works wirelessly and … Read more
There's nothing more annoying than getting your headphone cables tangled up or losing the headphone adaptor for your mobile phone. Enter the Philips SHB6102 Bluetooth headphones, which might solve your mobile music woes.
These stylish headphones allow you to listen to your music and answer calls wirelessly over Bluetooth. You can pair them with your stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)-enabled phone, or alternatively use the provided 3.5mm adapter.
The adapter lets you connect these headphones to any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you can connect them to your old Walkman cassette player, CD player … Read more
Contrary to popular belief, Crave doesn't hate every attempt to adorn gadgets and their accessories. It's true that the fashion gremlins have been hard at work spreading their atrocious taste to headsets, for example, but every once in awhile they miss one--and the result is something as beautifully designed as Jabra's JX10 Bluetooth line.
Thankfully, the company exercised sufficient self-restraint with its luxury versions, which Luxurylaunches says come in 24k gold plate and stainless steel. Of course, once we learned that the headset was the work of a former Bang & Olufsen designer, it all made sense.… Read more
The vast choice of mobile phone accessories gives Crave a pounding headache. We rarely find something genuinely worth spending our hard-earned cash on. "Yet again, mobile phone companies are trying to sell us stuff we don't need," we think to our amalgamated Borg-self. But Sony Ericsson's MBR-100 might just change our mind(s).
This little electro-lozenge enables you to wirelessly blast tunes stored on your mobile phone through your hi-fi system or PC. A refreshing change from music screeching out of annoyingly crap 0.01W mobile phone loudspeakers, perhaps?
The MBR-100 is simple to connect. After … Read more
Listen up, hoodies: if your nearest and dearest are on the verge of murdering you because of your penchant for listening to music through your mobile phone's tinny, squealing-cat speaker, here's a way to sort your mobile music life out.
Behold the Bluetooth beast that is the Parrot Boombox, an iPod Hi-Fi-like speaker system that blasts out tunes from your mobile, MP3 player, computer and any other device via Bluetooth or a standard headphone jack. Of course, it's not portable, but it offers a handy living-room audio solution for listening to digital music from multiple sources.… Read more
Wires are the bane of music-lovers' lives. If you're not spending hours untangling your headphones, you're pulling them out of your mobile phone of MP3 player by mistake. Fortunately, something called A2DP--aka stereo Bluetooth--is putting a stop to this madness.
These Gear4 Bluphones, for example, feature A2DP technology that lets you hook them up to any stereo-Bluetooth-enabled device, such as the Nokia 6300, and listen to music in stereo without wires. If the device doesn't have A2DP support but does feature Bluetooth then it will still play the music, but in mono.
The Bluphones have built-in controls … Read more
Beyond showing its slick new cell phones at CTIA, Kyocera also demonstrated its new Bluetooth Music Gateway. This nifty device receives music from any stereo Bluetooth phone or device and then transfers the tunes to your home stereo via a standard RCA cable. You can see it here with the Kyocera E5000 music phone. Though not the first such device on the market, it still caught our eye due to its compact design and simple, easy-to-use functionality. It's also reasonably priced at $79.99. Look for a full review from CNET in the next couple weeks.
The company also … Read more
BlueAnt is an Australian company specializing in Bluetooth products, and it has been slowly making a name for itself in the American marketplace as well. We've even reviewed several of its more popular headsets, the X3 Micro and the T8 Micro for example. Well, the company has released a new Bluetooth speakerphone at CTIA this week, called the BlueAnt Supertooth Light, a Bluetooth speakerphone to be used in the car for easier hands-free driving. A full-duplex, high-performance speaker with clear voice capture and noise cancellation, it is designed to fit neatly onto your car's visor. It has a … Read more
LG has made great strides with their music phones, integrating stereo Bluetooth into most of its recent music-playing handsets. As a result, the company debuted a Bluetooth stereo speaker that will pair up nicely with them, acting as a cool, portable speaker that you can bring around on trips. The LG MSB-100 Bluetooth stereo speaker is a smart-looking device, with a glossy-black finish paired with milky-white accents. Not only can you use to blast your tunes, you can also use it as a speakerphone for conference calls. It will be available in May this year for around $120.