It's not just the Beats Executive on-ear headphones that are new from Beats Audio, as the company has also released it's own portable Bluetooth speaker: the Beats Pill. Yes, it's a pill-shaped speaker, likely a play on the fact that it's part of the Beats by Dr. Dre line, and doctors prescribe pills. Anyhow, cheesy concept aside, the Pill brings 12 watts of power across four 1-inch drivers into it's contoured frame, made up of metal grilles and soft-touch plastic. The rechargeable battery can pump out up to 7.5 hours of tunes, and offers NFC support for easy pairing with Bluetooth devices that support the standard (including the upcoming Lumia 920, HTC devices, and all Android Jelly Bean NFC smartphones--the iPhone doesn't have NFC support at this time.) A microphone is also built-in, allowing the Pill to also work as a speakerphone, and a physical audio input lets you connect devices that don't support Bluetooth as well. You can pick up the Pill Bluetooth speaker for $200.
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We give you our review of the Jawbone JAMBOX in this episode. The JAMBOX is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that you can use with smartphones, tablets, and anything else that can stream audio or phone calls over Bluetooth. It also has an aux in, so that you can use it with non-Bluetooth devices as well. It's light and portable too! Take a look in this episode. If you wanna get one for yourself, the JAMBOX typically sells for $199, but you can get it on Amazon for $162.
We give you a look at the Monster Gratitude in-ear headphones, a collaboration between Monster CEO Noel Lee and the band Earth Wind & Fire. Some of the highlights of the Gratitude in-ear headphones include unique noise isolation to keep the music sounding good and outside noise out. The headphones are tuned to make live music and instrumentals sound amazing, and fans of that style of music will love the Gratitude in-ears. The headphones also feature a flat cable design that makes it so that the cables don't get tangled, a ControlTalk in-line mic and volume control so you can use them to take calls with your smartphone, a premium rose gold finish, and two protective carrying cases. You can pick up the Monster Gratitude headphones on Amazon.
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We give you a look at Monster's Inspiration Headphones in our chat with Noel Lee. This is Monster's first noise-canceling over-ear headphone. The Inspiration headphones are fashionable, and will be available in black, white, and a limited edition silver color. The headbands are interchangeable if you don't like any of those colors. Expect to pay $279 for a pair of Inspiration over-ears when they begin shipping this spring. This was recorded at CES 2012.
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HTC has announced a strategic investment and partnership with Beats Electronics, with the goal of bringing high-quality sound to HTC phones.
HTC did not disclose the amount of the investment, which AllThingsD pegged at $300 million. HTC had previously announced an "major news announcement" for Friday, scheduled for 8:30 AM in Los Angeles.
In a separate statement, however, HTC said that a "line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations would be launched this fall". Beats Electronics is most known for its "Beats by Dr. Dre" brand, with a partnership with the iconic rapper and producer.
In this episode we open up the Sonos PLAY:3, the latest wireless Hi-Fi speaker system from Sonos. The PLAY:3 is the smallest wireless speaker system that Sonos offers, allowing you to plug it in and set it up just about anywhere, but still getting big sound. You can pair two of them together for a wide stereo sound stage, and you can also turn it vertical and it will automatically go into mono sound mode. We open up the PLAY:3 and show you how it looks - be on the lookout for our PLAY:3 review over on Bleeding Edge TV!
You can get the Sonos PLAY:3 now for $299.
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I know, the title is a little mundane; it was either that or ‘how to torture others with your terrible taste in music’ but that wasn’t very product-descriptive. Not only can you use this shirt, complete with embedded speaker and pocket-remote, as an attempt to turn yourself into Jack Spade from ‘I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka!’ but you can also use their pre-loaded sound-effects to pepper your work-day with fart noises and boing-boings. It’s all your choice. Only $30 and 4AAA batteries and you’re off to the very annoying races.
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Creative has made some terrific stereo system speakers in the past few years, and the Inspire S2 set is the latest of the bunch. The Inspire S2 features some high-quality speakers with the Creative DIRECT-THROW subwoofer for great range. They are small speakers designed for a big punch. With a headphone port and AUX in, you should have some great projected sound for whatever devices you choose to attach to it. You can pick up your own Creative Inspire S2 set for $79.
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For aspiring Michael Phelps’ who like to do their laps to music, the Finis SwiMP3 is a perfect answer. The waterproof player uses bone-conduction technology so the sound vibrations are transferred from the cheekbone to the inner ear. Attach to any snorkeling mask or goggles and get 10 hours of tunes before needing a recharge. The integrated panel has on/off, volume, next/previous track, pause, and shuffle control and the 256MB of storage allows about 60 titles. The SwiMP3 has a MSRP of $149.99.
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These may look like ordinary speakers, but there is a spy cam with a 3.7mm wide angle lens cleverly concealed. The Computer Speakers not only work with your PC, but with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. They have simplified power and volume control as well as a headphone output jack. Each camera includes a free wireless 2.4 GHz receiver (a $160.00 value.) Available in several models, prices start at $126.00.
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