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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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