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Ultra-compact studio monitors deliver huge sound

Big sound, small package. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Big sound, small package. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you make music of any kind, or are just looking to upgrade your sound system from the decent-yet-not-audiophile Bluetooth speakers you currently use, you know you want a set of speakers that can handle the highest of highs, the deepest of lows and everything in between without sounding muddy or overly tinny, middy or bassy. You want a speaker set that can handle the deep boom of drum ‘n’ bass and the sweet, high melodies of a Mozart concerto along with any type of loop you can throw at it from your own collection.

Studio monitors are a big deal when making music, as they offer up sound that is as true to the source as possible. You want to hear everything going on in your mix so you can make sure to create the sound that best captures your musical vision, whether during the recording, mixing or mastering phase.

The Reveal 402 studio monitors from Tannoy promise to deliver unparalleled sound and fury without a huge footprint, letting you create music properly on today’s ultra-portable MacBooks. They also let you just plug in any sound source, from XLR to mini-audio jack, with ease, making these ideal for both music creation and plain old rocking out while you’re working.

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Gadget Watch: New gear to trick out your iPad, your bike and your camera

Gadget Watch: Planes with iPad holders, bike-chain keychains and a $340 tote bag

Weatherproof Braven 710 Is Loud But Lacking [Review]

Weatherproof Braven 710 Is Loud But Lacking [Review]

710 byBraven
Category: Speakers
Works With: Anything with Bluetooth
Price: $170

Braven’s 710 Bluetooth candybar speaker has a lot going for it. It’s the same size as my favorite pocket speaker ever, the Braven 650. It’s made of aluminum, it has the same battery-sharing tech as all the other Bravens, and it even fixes some of my complaints about the 650 – it has proper buttons for volume and play pause.

Hell, it’s even waterproof. But there’s one thing that isn’t quite so good. It doesn’t sound as good as the 650. Not by much, but enough that you should still buy the 650 – unless you want to use it in the shower.

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Sound Rise, An iPhone-Friendly Bluetooth Alarm Clock

Sound Rise, An iPhone-Friendly Bluetooth Alarm Clock

Sound Freaq’s Sound Rise is an old-fashioned concept wedded to new-fangled function. It’s a clock radio (remember those?) that plugs into your iPhone and charges it while sucking the sound out of your music library or favorite streaming apps.

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Logitech’s Tiny X100 Bluetooth Speaker Comes With A Great-Looking Hole

Logitech’s Tiny X100 Bluetooth Speaker Comes With A Great-Looking Hole

Logitech’s cool-looking X100 “donut” speaker has a few things going for it. First, it’s small. Second, it’s cheap, and third, it has a hole in it that looks totally satisfying to stick your finger in and wiggle it around.

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This Bluetooth Speaker Is Also a Flashlight, Shower Radio, Battery Charger And… More

This Bluetooth Speaker Is Also a Flashlight, Shower Radio, Battery Charger And… More

Pyle’s Rocket Torch is a combination Bluetooth speaker and flashlight. It also has an FM radio and a microSD-card slot, plus a carabiner to hang it from your bag, belt or shower head. Yes, shower head. This thing is water resistant too.

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Huge Pumping Speaker Reminds Us How Cool Sony Used To Be

Huge Pumping Speaker Reminds Us How Cool Sony Used To Be

Remember back in the 1980s and some of the 1990s, when Sony made the coolest stuff around? Tiny Walkmans, awesome Hi8 video cameras and even some decent slimline (PC) laptop computers. Then it all went wrong, when Apple reinvented the Walkman as the iPad.

I’m not trying to say that the new Ultra Premium Hi-Res Bluetooth Speaker is about to turn the company around, but it is a reminder of what we used to love about Sony.

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Allo, The All-In-One Bike Speaker And iPhone Mount

Allo, The All-In-One Bike Speaker And iPhone Mount

Here we go: Just as the spring eases into the seasonal throne and forces winter to curl up and pretend to be a footstool for the next three months, along comes the Allo, a combination bike mount and speaker for your iPhone. It’s a Kickstarter project, but as the expected delivery date is May, you should get one in time for summer.

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Aether’s Cone Speaker Learns What You Like To Listen To

Aether’s Cone Speaker Learns What You Like To Listen To

Aether’s Cone speaker is simple, in both its physical design and its interface. Inside, though, it has a brain that learns what you like.

The Cone is a cone-shaped AirPlay-ready speaker which also streams music straight from the internet. It learns your tastes, and even lets you cue up tracks by asking for them, just like Siri.

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