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Bluetooth-Equipped Speakers Run The Gamut

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New Bluetooth-equipped tabletop speakers are coming to market at price points ranging from a suggested $39 to $199 for Bluetooth-only models and up to $799 for models equipped with iPod/iPad docks, AirPlay and DLNA networking.

Many Bluetooth-only models are AC/DC portables.

Here are some of the newest Bluetooth speaker products announced or shipping:

Accessory Power:

The Westlake Village, Calif., company is rolling out a quartet of portable Bluetooth speakers over the next two to three months at suggested retails of $49 to $99. Three are portable AC/DC models. All carry the GOgroove brand.

Braven:

The Provo, Utah, startup launched a trio of Bluetooth speakers that double as hands-free speakerphones and charge mobile devices via USB. The speakers are the $149-everyday Braven 600, the $179 625s and the $189 650. They begin shipping at the end of June.

The $149 Braven 600 is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and is available in gray and red. The $179 625s is encased in a ruggedized, shock-absorbing exterior with aluminum grills and comes with USB flashlight and waterproof bag. The $189 650 features AptX and AAC audio decoding and aluminum body.

Coby:

The company plans to ship its first Bluetooth-only speakers sometime later this year following the late-April shipment of its first iPad/iPhone-docking speaker with embedded Bluetooth. The latter is the $39-suggested CSMP15. Details on the Bluetooth-only speakers were unavailable.

Edifier:

Three new Bluetooth-only speakers will arrive in the coming months, including the $349-suggested Spinnaker in June. It consists of two speakers in tuskshaped enclosures, each 15 inches tall.

Two other Bluetooth-only speakers, are the $129 Prisma, shipping in May, and the $99 Exclaim, shipping in July.

Two Bluetooth-equipped iPod/iPhone-docking speakers are the $299 Esiena, shipping in May, and the $99-suggested IF 330PLUS portable dock, shipping in August.

Eton:

The company’s first two Bluetooth wireless speakers are the $149-everyday solar-powered Rukus Solar and the $99 non-solar Rukus. They ship May 1 in black, white or green.

The Ruckus Solar uses solar power to charge its internal lithium-ion battery. Both speakers feature an E Ink display with 180-degree viewing angle in direct sunlight. Via USB, the systems charge most portable music players and smartphones.

iHome:

The company added to its Bluetooth speaker line with the shipment of the spherical $59 iDM8 and square $69 iDM11 AC/DC minispeakers with hands-free feature, lithium-ion battery, USB charging port and aux in.

Philips:

The company’s first four Bluetooth-only speakers will join a variety of iPod- and Android-docking speakers equipped with Bluetooth. The new Shoqbox systems are all one-piece portable AC/DC models shipping in May at suggested retails from $149 to $199. They feature stereo drivers, hands-free Bluetooth calling, voice prompts, motion gesture to control song playback and aux in. The line ranges in price from $149 to $199.

Samsung:

The company is incorporating AptX Bluetooth in all five of its first tabletop speakers, all with stereo Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone dock, and separate USBcharging dock for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Note.

The top model is the $799-suggested DA-E750 audio dock, which also features vacuum-tube preamp, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay and DLNA-based AllShare network technology.

Satechi:

The San Diego accessory supplier launched the Audio Cube Bluetooth speaker at $45 It features built-in rechargeable battery for six hours of playtime and aux in.

Soundfreaq:

The supplier of Bluetooth- equipped iPod/iPad-docking speaker systems shipped its first Bluetooth- only speaker, the portable AC/ DC Sound Kick, through Target stores nationwide in mid-April at $99.

TDK Life On Record:

The Imation-owned brand plans its first three Bluetooth-only speakers, all capable of reproducing music streamed over Bluetooth in the AAC and Bluetooth SBC codecs. Two are portable AC/ DC models with rechargeable batteries. They’re scheduled to ship in September.

The lineup starts with the $249-suggested A33 2.1 system with active left and right channels, embedded powered woofer, 15-watt output, water- and weatherresistant chassis, integrated mic for hands-free voice calls, 3.5mm aux in, USB charging of connected mobile devices, and rechargeable battery delivering six to eight hours of playback time.

The$299-suggested AC-only V513 Sound Cube is a 27-watt RMS system with a full-range driver on each vertical side and a powered woofer to deliver 360-degree sound. The 9- by 9- by 9-inch cube also features USB charging port and 3.5mm aux in.

At $399, A73 Boombox is an AC/DC model with rechargeable battery, integrated handle, AM/FM tuner, 3.5mm aux in, 29-watt RMS output, two 2-inch full-range drivers, two 5.25-inch passive radiators and one 5.25-inch subwoofer.

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