Hifi News - Wireless Systems
Bose Soundlink Micro
Bose launch the Soundlink Micro
he £99 Bose Sounlink Micro is a waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that is small enough to clip on to your belt or bicycle handlebars. It features a tear-resistant silicone strap, custom-designed transducer and silicone passive radiators. The SoundLink Micro’s exterior is constructed from silicone rubber with minimal seams and gaps and scratch resistance. The Bose Connect app allows you to control your SoundLink Micro speaker’s Bluetooth connections easily. Two SoundLink Micro speakers can be connected together in Party Mode for power or Stereo Mode.
Bose Soundlink Color II
Bose launch the Soundlink Color II - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
he Bose Soundlink Color II, at £99.95, is a portable Bluetooth speaker and the II in the name gives away the fact that it is an upgraded version of the original Color Bluetooth speaker. Bose sum up the Color II with “We took the bold sound of its predecessor and gave the SoundLink Color speaker II a rugged exterior and IPX4 water resistance, making it ready for anything you throw at it.”
Bose Soundlink Revolve+
Bose launch the Soundlink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker
he Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus, at £279,95, is the bigger brother of the Soundlink Revolve and is to date Bose's best-performing portable Bluetooth speaker. Like the Revolve, the Revolve+ is a 360 degrees speaker so can be placed in the centre of the room to give everyone the same experience. If placed near a wall the sound will radiate and reflect around the room. The tapered cylindrical shape with a flexible handle makes this wireless speaker easy to grab and go. Its durable aluminium body provides worry-free protection, and its water-resistant design lets you keep the party going, even if it starts to rain. The rechargeable, lithium-ion battery plays up to 16 hours, for full-day listening. Voice prompts talk you through wireless Bluetooth pairing, and you can easily take calls with the built-in speakerphone. You can even access Siri or Google Now right from your speaker. Pair two SoundLink Revolve speakers in Party Mode for a louder sound, or put them into Stereo Mode.
Bose Soundlink Revolve
Bose Launch The Soundlink Revolve - Bluetooth Speaker
he Bose Soundlink Revolve, at £199, is a portable Bluetooth Speaker. There are two Soundlink Revolves, the Revolve and the bigger and more powerful Revolve+. Bose claims that these Revolves are their best Bluetooth speakers. The Revolve in the name gives away the fact that they're engineered with true omnidirectional sound for complete 360 degree coverage. Place them in the middle of the room and the speakers spread the sound in all directions, giving everyone the same experience. Set near a wall and sound will radiate and reflect around the room, offering an immersive experience. The tapered cylindrical shape makes this wireless speaker easy to grab and go. Its durable aluminium body provides worry-free protection, and its water-resistant design lets you keep the party going, even if it starts to rain. The rechargeable, lithium-ion battery plays for up to 12 hours: for full-day listening. Voice prompts talk you through wireless Bluetooth pairing, and you can easily take calls with the built-in speakerphone. You can even access Siri or Google Now right from your speaker. Pair two SoundLink Revolve speakers in Party Mode for more performance power. Or put them in Stereo Mode when instruments and vocals will naturally separate and spread across a sound stage.
Libratone takes the Zipp Back to Black
he Libratone Zipp has always been a colourful wireless speaker. After a host of colour possibilities, Libratone has gone back to black with the Nordic black Zipp at £249.
Cambridge Audio YoYo Range
Cambridge Audio Launch YoYo - A New Bluetooth Speaker Range
ambridge Audio's YoYo Bluetooth speaker range consists of three models S, M and L or Small, Medium and Large. S at £150 is pictured top left, M at £300 is pictured on the right and L is pictured bottom left and is coming in 2017. All are wrapped in worsted wool and are available in different colours, starting at 4 for S, 3 for M and 2 for L.
Pure Evoke H2
Pure launch the Evoke H2 - Portable Digital Radio
he Pure Evoke H2 retails for £99 and is a portable and compact Digital DAB/DAB+ and FM Radio with Alarm. The H2 is the entry level model in the four strong Pure Evoke range, which includes the H3, H4 and top of the range H6.
Bose SoundLink Mini II
Bose Launch A SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – Limited Edition
he Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II is now available in a limited-edition Black/Copper version at £169.95. It may look small, but it plays large. Custom-engineered drivers and a sleek, compact design deliver full sound from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. And with Bluetooth connectivity and 10 hours of battery life per charge, SoundLink Mini II is ready to go wherever you do. Plus, a built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud and access Siri or Google Now.
The DALI Katch Is DALI's "Tease" First Portable Speaker
he DALI Katch is a two driver and 18 Watt per channel, battery powered, portable Bluetooth speaker that will be available from October 2016. Bluetooth is via top-notch Bluetooth 4.0 Apt-X. Alternatively a wired connection can be employed via the analogue stereo mini-jack input into the Katch. Google Chromecast is also a possibility. The Katch has an old fashioned Loudness option renamed as an audio profile, where you can boost the bass to improve the bass when the volume is low.
JBL Clip 2
JBL Launch The Clip 2 - Bluetooth Speaker
he JBL Clip 2 - Bluetooth Speaker at £49, literally offers HiFi on the go as it clips to your ruck sack and then plays music over Bluetooth from your Smartphone. The Clip 2 is small enough to fit in your hand and is water proof.
B&W Zeppelin Wireless Speaker System
The B&W Zeppelin Wireless now comes in white
&W have added a second finish to the B&W Zeppelin Wireless. Moving away from the Henry Ford product philosophy, they've added a white finish to the previously black only Zeppelin Wireless.
Sony Launch The GTK-XB7 - Bluetooth Speaker
he Sony GTKXB7 at £279 is a large, rugged Bluetooth Speaker with LED lit - two bass and two treble drivers within the box so is capable of true stereo. It also has an extra bass button for a bass boost.
Pure Elan 3
Pure Launch The ELan 3 DAB and FM Radio
he Pure Elan E3 at £49 is a colourful (and has a colour screen) compact digital DAB and FM radio. The Elan 3 is available in a choice of three contemporary colours: red, blue and grey.
Sonus Faber SF16
Sonus Faber Launch The SF16 - Wireless Streaming System
ooking like something out of Start Trek (warp micelle satellite speakers ?) the SF16 is Sonus Faber's new wireless streaming system. In fact the Sf16’s distinctive design is inspired by the Snail, an iconic Sonus faber concept from the early 1980s that similarly incorporated stereo speaker pods on ‘wing’ extensions. Production of the Sf16 will be limited to just 200 per year, the first ones being available in September, priced at around ￡9,900.
Denon HEOS 7 HS2
Denon Launch the Heos 7 HS2 - Wireless Speaker
he Denon HEOS 7 HS2 Wireless Speaker is an upgraded version of the HEOS 7 which retails for £499 (but is available for less through Amazon), and now offers Hi-Res Audio support and built in Bluetooth.
Sony Launch The SRS-X11 - Bluetooth Speaker
he Sony SRS-X11 is a small cubic Bluetooth speaker that offers 10 watts and 12 hours of playback. The SRS-X11 is Sony’s smallest SRS and weighs just 215 grams. Communication with the SRS-X11 is by both Bluetooth and NFC pairing.
Devialet Gold Phantom
Devialet Launch The Gold Phantom
he Gold Phantom is a deluxe version of Devialet's Phantom Wireless multi-room speaker system. No one would question the power of the original Phantom but the Phantom Gold offers 8 times that power at 4,500W of power, 108 dB of physical impact. Devialet point out that this is similar to that heard and felt at a live rock concert. The frequency response for the Gold Phantom is a quite staggering 14 Hz - 27 kHz. The 27 kHz is achieved via Gold Phantom’s new Titanium Tweeter.
KEF MUO Speakers
KEF Launch Four New Limited Edition KEF MUO Finishes
he four new finishes for the KEF MUO speaker are limited editions, limited to just 300 units in total. Each of the four new finishes involves a colour-gradient. Each finish segues smoothly from one colour to another. The finishes are: Ocean (Blue to Green), Orchid (Purple to Pink), Meadow (Green to Yellow) and Sunrise (Pink to Orange).
Libratone Launch The Too - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
ibratone describe the TOO as shaped like your water bottle, so can be carried in the side pocket of a backpack. The TOO is available from July 1st 2016. The Too offers up to 10 hours of playback on a single charge, is waterproof and two TOOs can be paired together to double the output power. Like the recently released One Click and One Style the TOO offers 360 degree sound.
Libratone One Style
Libratone Launch The One Style - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
he £139 Libratone One Style is a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that employs Bluetooth 4.1. The One Style has a 3 inch woofer, a 1 inch tweeter and a passive driver to deliver Libratone's trademark 360 degree sound. A protective rubber frame protects the One Style from any surface – wet or dry, and a neat little cover protects its elements... from the elements.
Libratone One Click
Libratone Launch The One Click - Portable Bluetooth Speaker
he Libratone ONE CLICK , at £139, is shaped like a book to fit easily into any bag and links seamlessly to mobile devices and other Libratone Bluetooth speakers. One Click features Libratone’s signature 360° sound and slick, Scandinavian design, and is available in a range of fashionable colours. The ONE CLICK speaker also boast a built-in speakerphone, over 12 hours of battery life – and is splash resistant – so you can listen and sing along in the rain. ONE CLICK features a sporty bumper-like frame with two interchangeable handles – one conventional and one hook for hanging on a bag, bench or branch. With a click or two you can change the way you carry or wear it to take on any everyday adventure.
Denon - HEOS System
Denon/Marantz adds HEOS Functionality Into AVRs
n a major announcement, Denon and Marantz brands have introduced many new additions to their higher end AVRs including the introduction of multi-room and online technology from its HEOS platform Denon AVR models getting the new functionality include the 4300H and 6300H. Launching in October 2016, the 4300H will have integrated HEOS functionality providing access to Spotify, Soundcloud, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Napster and compatibility with other HEOS products. The unit will also have Wi-Fi 2.4 & 5 GHz and Bluetooth built-in, 9x 200W amp with 11.2 processing, DDSC-HD with AL24 Processing Plus and new high performance 192kHz/32bit DAC. Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, AURO 3D (upgrade) are also on board and the machine boasts 7+1 HDMI with 4K 60Hz pass through (HDCP2.2), triple HDMI outputs with multi-source/multi-zone and AudysseyMultEQ XT32/LFC partnered by a new Audyssey App. The 6300H takes things up a notch with the same HEOS in-built capabilities, connectivity, 3D audio, connectivity suite and Audyssey tech, but over 11x 20W with 11.2 proc. and 13.2 pre-out, 4K 60Hz Scaling and 1080p Scaling.
B&W and Burberry team up for T7 Gold Edition wireless speaker
&W and Burberry have launched an exclusive gold-finish edition of Bowers & Wilkins' T7 compact 'pick-up-and-play' wireless speaker. High-resolution audio files can be streamed direct from a computer, tablet or mobile phone using Bluetooth aptX – without the need for Wi-Fi. The speaker is presented in a bespoke Burberry leather travel case designed in England and made in Italy, and comes in a choice of tan suede or black leather with a protective suede lining.
Bluesound Pulse 2
Bluesound Launch The Pulse 2 - Wireless Speaker
he Bluesound Pulse 2 (£595) is a wireless speaker which combines streaming (via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth aptX) and digital amplification to complete a standalone multi-room player. The Pule 2 is the bigger brother of Bluesound's Pulse Mini. The Pulse 2 offers 80 Watts of power and 3 audiophile-grade speakers. The digital processing is through the multi-core ARM® CortexTM 9 engine and an innovative 35-bit DirectDigitalTM AMP/DAC array. The Pulse 2 can decode Hi-Res Audio and can be paired with a second Pulse 2 to form a stereo pair. The Pulse 2 includes an integrated headphone amp, and has optical digital and analogue stereo inputs. You can even use the Pulse 2 as a TV Soundbar using the TVCONNECT learning IR sensor for seamless integration and control of HD / UHDTV entertainment systems.
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