Speakers

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UE BOOM

Not too long ago we did a review of a bunch of Bluetooth speakers on the market. (You can check it out here if you need a refresher.) We walked away most impressed with the little Logitech number. Based on that, we're pretty excited for the UE BOOM. The wireless speaker from Ultimate Ears (a brand of Logitech) is meant ... continue reading
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The Vamp

Dust off those old box speakers you have stored in your basement and put them to good use with The Vamp. The sharp little red cube (also available in white or black) takes those existing speakers you used to have hooked up to your enormous stereo setup and gives them a new life. Simply place The Vamp anywhere on your ... continue reading
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LyteShow: Military-Grade Gatorade SPONSORED

Raw eggs, tripe soup, and bull horn tea are just some of the hangover cures people swear by around the world. A less gross and far more effective way to feel better is to simply get liquids and electrolytes back in your body as quickly as possible. Instead of downing bottles of water and Gatorade, use LyteShow. The electrolyte-packed concentrate is the quickest way to feel better after a night of heavy drinking. The mineral base was tested on wildfire firefighters, and unlike sports drinks, LyteShow contains no calories, sugars, carbs, or artificial flavors. It's the healthy way to kill a hangover fast. ... check it out
$15 buy
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Kendall Portable Speaker

We love new, fancy, high tech gadgets to the point that any third party observer would probably consider it an unhealthy obsession. But as of late, we've been far more interested in cramming all those creature comforts we've become used to (Bluetooth, rechargeable lithium batteries, modern amps and speakers, etc.) ... continue reading
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Volta Sound Block

Different strokes for different folks applies to a lot of consumer design, but it's particularly prevalent in the world of iPhone speakers. Some people want crazy bluetooth integration with their home stereo, WiFi network and Spotify account. They want to feel like their system is straight out of the house of the future ... continue reading
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Hands-On: Bluetooth Speakers

If you’re in the market for a portable speaker that you can easily toss in your bag on a daily basis, you’ve got quite a few options. The portable Bluetooth speaker market is blowing up right now, and you can get a solid music-blaster for a reasonable amount of cash. We gathered a bunch of different speakers, tested them all out here at the Cool Material offices, and found out which ones are actually worth your money. ... continue reading
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OD-11 Cloud Speaker

If you ask almost anyone what the most influential sneaker of all time is, they're probably going to say Nike Air Force Ones. If you didn't own a pair when you were little, you dreamed about it. If you did own a pair, you guarded those things with your life, never took them off, and dreamed about another pair. The ... continue reading
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Palmer Acoustic iPhone Dock

The guys at Palmer started working on this product because they love iPhones, design and music. We're sold because we love all of those things too. It just so happens that their acoustic iPhone dock (4 / 4S / 5 compatible) is better than what we would have even imagined if we thought up an acoustic guitar inspired ... continue reading
$49+ buy MORE: Audio, iPhone, Speakers, Tech.
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OYO Ballo Speaker

As you're well aware, we're all about the latest and greatest. Mini-computers with fruit badges worn as watches. TVs that come with their own glasses. Entertainment systems that connect to wi-fi, your home computer, and stream your definitely-not-pirated movies to you on your phone half way across the wold. But sometimes, ... continue reading
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Transparent Speaker

Dropping a large speaker into your home is a decision few make any more. Why buy a big boxy unit when there are minuscule ones that pump out just as delicious of a sound? We would make an exception, however, if the speaker was so good looking that it became a piece of art for our pad. Such is the case with the Transparent ... continue reading
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WOW Bluetooth Speaker

If we're being completely honest, it takes a lot for a bluetooth speaker to impress us these days. It seems like every company that makes anything involving a circuit board also makes a bluetooth speaker. While any one of them will probably get your music wirelessly from your phone to the speaker to your ears, most ... continue reading
$89 buy MORE: Audio, Speakers, Tech.
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Boombot REX Speaker

As much as we love our wireless Bluetooth speaker, we have to admit, we're wary about taking it camping or to the beach when the summer hits. Boombot REX is designed to be your new portable music pumper that can stand up to the elements. The small, dual-driver speaker is water-resistant, rugged and can be clamped right ... continue reading
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Lowdi Bluetooth Speaker

In a market that is starting to get flooded with Jambox-esque looking Bluetooth speakers, it's starting to become necessary to have something that makes your portable tune blaster stand out. Lowdi makes a worthy case. The new tiny Bluetooth speaker is the smallest on the market, meaning it owns the portability crown. ... continue reading
$130 buy MORE: Audio, Speakers, Tech.
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Quirky Helix Speakers

We've been known to belt out a little Michael Jackson in the shower from time to time. When you're in the shower, you're a rockstar. You might as well be in front of Madison Square Garden. But there's also neighbors, permanent roommates and other residents to consider. You need a bit of a buffer and that's where actual ... continue reading
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NuForce Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers

We can tell the difference between nice, warm vinyl and the tinny output of the same track from an iPhone, but we're by no means audiophiles in the classical sense of the word. When we heard about these NuForce Bluetooth 4.0 speakers it was a little bit of a shock to us because we didn't even know there was a Bluetooth ... continue reading
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