At first glance, the Logitech UE Boombox looks a bit like something Judy Jetson would carry to a beach party on an asteroid. It’s all smooth curves and brushed aluminum, evoking the Mac Pro’s cheese-grater aesthetic, as well as mid-20th-century design.
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but, well...your computer speakers probably suck. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; most desktop speakers and even many surround-sound systems are designed to minimize size and cost, with sound quality coming in at a distant third in terms of priority. And for many users, that’s just fine. For general computing and most gaming, fidelity isn’t quite as important as, you know, just getting the sounds to your ears. But if you create multimedia, or do anything that requires detailed, accurate sound reproduction, Cerwin Vega’s XD3 speakers deliver great performance for a reasonable price.
We decided to go easy on the refurbs for a bit to let some of that stock move so we can see some new deals slip into place. But there really wasn't much in the way of Macs this week. No, the real action is in the accessory market. As the iPhone 5 rolls out across the globe, accessory makers are rushing to meet it and be THE case you want, while we suspect we're going to start to see 30-pin doodads begin to get the clearance sale treatment. With no further ado, let's go see those accessories!
It's too early to see it, but you know in the next couple weeks the market is going to be flooded with accessory deals as manufacturers prepare for the iPhone 5. For now, things are holding steady, but the dam's gonna burst soon. Meanwhile, get your hands on some of these top tasty bargains.
Bluetooth speakers are having a moment--not only are they dropping in price and increasing in quality, they provide more versatility than speaker docks. You can stream music from a Mac, an iOS device, or even a PC or Android handset, and you’re not stuck in one spot, either. As our office fills with piles of Bluetooth speakers, we singled out three in the $150 range: The main boast of SuperTooth’s Disco is 28 watts of kicking audio, while Soundfreaq’s Sound Step Recharge aims for versatility with four input options, and Brookstone packs big sound and sensitive controls into the Big Blue Studio.
With Mountain Lion fresh out the gate, there doesn't seem to be too many deals on actual Macs this week, so cases it is. iOS accessories know no season and proliferate worse than bunnines in the springtime. We've rounded up the best of the sweet little bunnies and have just what you're looing for. Take a look at that face! How can you say no?
For those about to rock, Altec Lansing’s inAir 5000 is a glorious set of AirPlay speakers. Setup is easy. Download a free app for your iOS device, plug that in to the speaker, and walk through the couple of steps it takes to name the device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. You can also configure it by connecting to a network it creates temporarily through a browser on your computer, or using WPS on supported routers. You can then send music wirelessly straight from an iOS device running iOS 4.2—which can only stream to one speaker at a time—or by streaming music to one or more speakers from iTunes on your Mac or PC.
The tenth annual D: All Things Digital conference kicks off tonight in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California with Apple CEO Tim Cook in the hot seat for the first time, being interviewed by co-hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Travel speakers aren’t just for traveling, or at least not for going too far. The thoughtful design of iHome’s iDM11 makes it great for road warriors, but also for rocking out in the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, or anywhere that isn’t already wired for sound.
Once you move beyond simple computer speakers and speaker docks, audio equipment can quickly get extremely complicated, not to mention expensive. Orb Audio’s line of modular products aims to bring audiophile-quality components at relatively affordable prices. And best of all, you can start with a small desktop system, then later expand into a full home theater setup using your existing speakers.