Bluetooth speakers that light up your ears and party space

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The Saratoga wireless speaker.
The Saratoga wireless speaker.
Photo: Acoustic Research

Cult of Mac CES 2016 full coverageIf music is one of the lights of your life, then shouldn’t your speakers shine, too?

Acoustic Research introduced a new line of wireless speakers that offer quality sound, a design attractive indoors and out and a customizable, multi-color LED light to fit the mood of your music and social scene.

Acoustic Research debuted the three speakers at CES in Las Vegas. Two look like attractive lanterns while the third is an elegant LED candle.

The Bluetooth Speaker market is expected to grow to be a $7 billion industry by 2019, according to ReportsnReports.com, which says competition continues to drive down the price as more consumers seek mobility (syncing a playlist on their smartphone to wireless speakers) over heavy, stand-alone stereo systems.

Acoustic Research is not the only vendor at CES using light and traditional lighting fixture design to distinguish itself from the glut of competitors in the wireless speaker space. Sony rolled out the Glass Sound Speaker, a beautiful light/speaker combo that caught the eye of Cult of Mac’s Lewis Wallace, who is reporting on the ground from Las Vegas.

The Saratoga wireless will retail for around $200 and offer a five-inch midrange driver, tweeter and bass resonator. It can fill a backyard patio with 20-watts of sound, be used in pairs with a Bluetooth connection and withstand the elements. It features multi-color lighting that can also be programmed for one solid color.

The Santa Clara.
The Santa Clara.
Photo: Acoustic Research

The Santa Clara wireless speaker will sell for $50 less, offering LED lighting and 10 watts of sound for up to 14 hours on a charge of the speaker’s lithium-ion battery (the company does disclose the battery life on the more expensive Saratoga other than to say it will outlast the party).

If in a mellow mood, Acoustic Research’s wireless candle will give you both light and sound for around $40.