TechFan 188 – Are You Blue

On December 5, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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David and Tim talk about a few different BlueTooth audio products, including the LuguLake Portable Wireless Speaker, the Genius headset, and more. Tim talks more about his iPhone 6 Plus, and David took the plunge on a iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. And Owen is flying to Hawaii, so we hate him now.

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Genius HS-920BT Bluetooth Headset – Review
LuguLake Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Review
Nemo’s 2014 Hardware Accessory Roundup, Part 4
8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller
Shure SRH145 Portable Collapsible Headphones

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Mio Alpha Heart Rate Sport Watch and iHomeAudio iBN10 Executive Music Station – Nemo Memo


 

Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Sport Watch
Company: Mio
Price: $199 U.S.

ALPHA

Mio’s ALPHA is a stylish, rugged, easy to use fitness watch that is as versatile as it is light weight. Within seconds of opening its carton you will be charging its battery via the dedicated, custom USB cable, and within hours you will be using this attractive watch to its optimum capability.

An insufficient written manual is included. The full manual is online as a PDF. If you have never before used a fitness watch you may be confused by the terms and features described, plus the device itself. One helpful phone call to the toll free USA phone number will have you fully acquainted with Alpha’s modes of operation. Email and web support are available.

ALPHA provides two basic statistics: heart rate and workout timing. That’s it, in addition to a digital clock. Users can monitor or record this information as desired, including synched Bluetooth iOS app record keeping (not tested).

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BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds – Review

On September 8, 2014, in Audio, Bluetooth, Headphones, by Russ Walkowich

PUMP HD Sportbuds Waterproof/Bluetooth Headphones
Company: BlueAnt
Price: $129.95 MSRP

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I have been running and working out for many years now and since the advent of portable electronic devices, the one pet peeve that I’ve had is that I have never really found a set of headphones that will work properly once I’ve started to sweat during the workout. Apple’s earbuds or any major brand in-ear headphones always seem to have the same issue; sooner or later my sweat will cause one side or the other of the in-ear headphone to stop working properly until I’ve dried it out. So when BlueAnt said that they had a waterproof bluetooth headphone, I knew that I had to give them a try.

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Review

On July 21, 2014, in Review, Speakers, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Manufacturer: Inateck
Amazon (US) price: $16.99
Portable Speaker

The little speaker that could. Here’s an impressively small speaker for impressively little money. It doesn’t deliver audiophile quality sound, but for a little speaker, it does what you’d expect for about half the price of its nearest competitors.

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A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones – Video Review

On February 6, 2014, in Features, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

A.M.P. pulse wireless headphones
Company: Antec
Price: about $150 on Amazon

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SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Review

On February 3, 2014, in Review, Speakers, by Elisa Pacelli

SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Company: Antec
Price: $50.75 on Amazon as of publication

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I’m not an audiophile, but I love listening to music. There’s always music on in my house; I even bring my iPhone out to the pool so my tunes can keep me company. Dragging out a large speaker and outdoor extension cord is very inconvenient and bulky. This is where the SP ZERO Wireless Bluetooth Speaker comes in.

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ZAGG Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System
Company: ZAGG
Price: $249.99 USD

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The days of the highly expensive component stereo systems are gone. No more turntables, tape players, CD players, tuners and amplifiers. (although I still have my complete system) The influx of Bluetooth capable speakers, headphones and everyday items has been steadily increasing over the past few years as users demand more from the items that they purchase and utilize everyday. One shouldn’t be surprised when that capability has been translated into speaker systems that provide portability and ease of use. ZAGG’s latest item, the Origin 2-in-1 Bluetooth Speaker System, provides the user with both in a well designed product that provides both in a unique way.

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Nakamichi BT Headphones – Review

On January 3, 2014, in Bluetooth, Headphones, Review, by Tim Robertson

Nakamichi BT Headphones
Model BT304
Company: Nakamichi
Price: $69.99

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First, if you read my review of the Nakamichi Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker, you will know that Nakamichi is a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment that I loved from the 80’s and 90’s but had left the U.S. market a decade ago. The trio of products they have recently launched back in the U.S. are all budget priced in a very competitive and busy market. The first product I reviewed was the Bluetooth Speaker and while I liked the build quality and features, the actual audio was sub-par and left me wanting more. I feared that the second product I was to review, these Nakamichi BT Headphones, would suffer a similar fate.

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Shuttr – Review

On December 16, 2013, in iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Shuttr
Manufacturer: Muku Labs
MSRP: $39.95
Shuttr

Shuttr began life as a Kickstarter project. It is a beautifully designed and executed remote shutter release for the iPhone (and Android phones). Once it is set up, you simply press the camera button on the remote to take photos from a distance. Simple selfies!

Shuttr

Shuttr is a breeze to set-up and use because it pairs with the iPhone effortlessly. Turn it on when Bluetooth is in the discoverable mode on your phone and connection is almost instantaneous.

Muku Lab’s design is sleekly minimal with a satin matte case that has only three controls. On the right side is a sliding on/off switch, on the left side is an iOS/Android switch, and front and center is the camera button that releases the shutter. There is a tiny green LED that indicates pairing and also glows when the device is on.

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BTSA1 Long Range Bluetooth Speaker Adapter
Amped Wireless
Price $69.99

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With this Bluetooth speaker adapter from Amped Wireless, you can wirelessly send music from your iPad, computer, smartphone, or other Bluetooth enabled device to any speaker in your house. Set up is simple and takes less than five minutes.

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AirBlue
Company: Kanex
Price: $49.00

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I’ve always had an issue with auxiliary cords. Either they are too long for comfort, or they won’t connect with my device because my case is too bulky on my phone. With the AirBlue Bluetooth to Speaker by Kanex, it solves all of my small, but big problems.

The AirBlue Bluetooth to Speaker device is simple. Charge the device, attach the 3.5mm auxiliary cord to the device, then the other end to the audio system of your choice. Next step is to pair your device whether it is an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or an Android device, and as long as you have Bluetooth you are all set.

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ZAGGkeys PROfolio+ Keyboard Case Review

On September 13, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

ZAGGkey PROfolio_ Keyboard Case
Company: Zagg
Price: $129.99

This review, was written on the Zagg Keys Profolio+

Let me start by saying that I am usually against these keyboard cases. In my mind and in Apples the iPad is the first post PC computer. Post PC means that having a keyboard and mouse attached to your device is no longer a must. When you put your iPad into a keyboard case like this, you are not using the most elegant solution. Not to mention these things usually have a cheap keyboard parts that really don’t work well. Lets see if Zagg can change this.

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Logitech UE Mobile Boombox – Review

On September 12, 2013, in Review, by Nick Rodriguez

Logitech UE Mobile Boombox
Company: Logitech
Price: $99.99

The mobile Bluetooth boombox product category is really popular as of late. I totally understand why. How awesome is it to be able to bring a small, portable device with you and get some great sound out of it to listen to some of your favorite tunes. No doubt the Jawbone Jambox is the king of this product category, but it is a bit pricy, and there is a ton of competition out there. Let take a look at what Logitech has to offer.

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Allaire ARIS Speaker System
Aperion Audio
$334 with Bluetooth adapter

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Aperion Audio hits another home run with its innovative Allaire ARIS powerful one-piece speaker. The well-designed physical unit is heavy and loud, and the sound quality is impressive. If you have been shopping for a premium plug-in speaker that works either with an audio cable or Bluetooth wireless connection, stop looking and start listening to ARIS.

ARIS is not battery powered, there is no remote control unit, and no wireless audio capability is built-in. You will need to plug ARIS into an AC outlet. With the optional and modestly priced Avantree Roxa Bluetooth Music Receiver,  your audio source can be anywhere within an enormous range of ARIS and perform at top quality using iOS or other device’s Bluetooth signal.

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JBL Flip – Review

On May 1, 2013, in Review, by Asher Weisberger

JBL Flip-Review
Company: JBL
Price: $99.95

JBL has been trying to get into the market of portable wireless speakers with several different types of products. These products include ones like the Micro Wireless and the Flip Wireless Speaker. The JBL Flip gets its name from its unique design to either be set horizontally or vertically in a small package while packing enormous, clear sound.

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HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Review

On December 3, 2012, in Audio, Bluetooth, iPad, iPhone, Speakers, by Curt Blanchard

HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Manufacturer: HMDX (HoMedics)
MSRP: $49.95 (Street: $35-$40)
Jam Bluetooth Speakers

 

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Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Review

On November 27, 2012, in Bluetooth, iOS, iPad Keyboard, Keyboard, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

Genius LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard
Price:$69.99 US
Company: Genius


I was recently sent a LuxePad 9100 Bluetooth Keyboard by Genius to review. In a nutshell, if you’re going to use a physical keyboard with your iOS (or other) device, this is a decent unit. However, there are shortcomings, not necessarily of the hardware, that you should be aware of.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Review

On November 22, 2012, in Bluetooth, iPad, Keyboard, Review, Tablet, by Steve Hammond

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Price: $99.99 US
Company: Logitech

Many iPad owners find the onscreen keyboard suitable for their usage, but when it comes to writing long emails or documents, a Bluetooth keyboard is welcome. While you can buy and use any standard Bluetooth keyboard, when traveling with your iPad, not all of them are very practical. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover may be the solution.

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iLuv Mo’Beats Speaker
Review

On September 12, 2012, in Audio, Bluetooth, Review, Speakers, Stand, Wireless, by Curt Blanchard

Mo’Beats Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand
Manufacturer: iLuv

Model: iSP245SIL
MSRP: $99.00 (Street: $86.00)
Link: iLuv Mo’Beats Speaker Stand

The Mo’Beats Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand is an elegant 9-1/2″ bar of extruded, anodized aluminum containing a 40mm speaker at each end with the electronics protected deep inside. It pairs with iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth so the sound from them is transmitted wirelessly to the Mo’Beats unit.

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Pioneer Elite N-30 Front View

Pioneer Elite N-30 Networked Audio Player
Company: Pioneer Electronics
Price: $499.00 USD

Pioneer, a venerable name in home audio, has come up with a pair of interesting devices to better integrate the audio part of the internet and your own digital music library into your home audio system, the N-30 and N-50 Networked Audio Players. The Networked Audio Players are part of Pioneer’s Elite product line, noted for their excellent construction and superb audio quality. Pioneer foolishly loaned me an N-30 to evaluate. I say foolishly only because I seem to attract products for review that have fundamental flaws that cause me to write far too many negative reviews. Sadly, this is one of them.

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