Portable Speaker Reviews

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 05, 2014 11 comments

Off into the wilds of backcountry Montana astride my motorcycle....WOOOOT!!

This time my riding buddy Paul and I test three rugged Bluetooth speakers.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 03, 2014 16 comments

It's awful nice weather on the Slabs this time of year. Seventy five during the day, a nice chill 40 at night when the guitars come out to play at a campfire near you.

Paul (my riding buddy) calls it the "Rice Cooker", all I can tell you is that it's Thursday and we've been playing tunes on the Soundcast Melody boombox around the campfire for a week now, and it's still playing on its first charge.

Step inside for some cool pictures of Slab City along with the tunes.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 31, 2013 21 comments

Nine days of motorcycle riding in the back country of Montana is superb...but there are NO wall outlets along the way to keep gadgets for music and phone calls charged. This is the story of a little kit of gear I put together for solar recharging and playing music off the grid.

Some products were great, but one made me crazy with frustration.

John Grandberg Posted: Aug 06, 2012 12 comments

The Cube from NuForce: a diminutive metallic device measuring less than 2.5 inches in each dimension, packed full of features including a speaker, a DAC, and a headphone amplifier.

There's no way this thing actually sounds decent ... is there?

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 04, 2012 1 comments

Ah, the lowly boombox. Certainly, a device that sits squarely centered in the domain of personal audio. Promising so many things: radio; aux inputs; a clock maybe. Unfortunately, boomboxes rarely deliver more than the glorious resonant tones of plastic.

Tivoli tries to buck the tide with their iSongBook. Let's see if they succeed.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 15, 2012 12 comments

Editor's Note - After publishing Steve Guttenberg's recent review of the VISO 1 I got an email from Mark Stone, Lenbrook America's Marketing Manager, expressing his concern that Steve didn't quite "get" the product. Oddly enough, Steve had called me prior to the review saying he wasn't completely comfortable doing the review. I must say, I wasn't very comfortable doing the review of the Arcam rCube, a similar sort of product. InnerFidelity is all about audio products that don't go in the listening or home theater room, so the VISO 1 is exactly the type of product that needs reviewing in these pages.

I think I'm a little confused, and could use the input of InnerFidelity readers, but first, let's hear what NAD has to say.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Feb 09, 2012 1 comments

Every iPod speaker manufacturer pays lip service to sound quality, but very, very few deliver on the promise. To be fair it's a huge challenge, cost constraints are very real, and the pressure to keep the speaker’s size down to an absolute minimum cannot be denied. The iPod certainly isn't the limiting factor, you can load it up with lossless or WAV files and have a bona-fide high-end sound source. Now NAD, a brand with a long history of making great sounding products is sure to shake things up with its first iPod speaker, the VISO 1 ($700). It's a doozy!

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Nov 02, 2011 3 comments
I've never understood why the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air and Bose iPod SoundDock 10 iPod speakers are so popular. Sure, they sound acceptably good, but for that kind of money (around $600) you could buy a nice set of stereo speakers and an integrated amp and wind up with much better sound. For about a third the price of the B & W and Bose the Fluance FiSDK500 ($200) is a serious contender. It's by far the best sounding iPod speaker I've heard for anywhere near its price.

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