A wireless speaker worth hearing?

Donald Bell gives details on the Yamaha NX-B02 Bluetooth, battery-powered speaker.

Photo of Yamaha NX-B02 speaker.
It's only 7 inches tall, but I suspect the Yamaha NX-B02 portable Bluetooth speaker can put out some serious sound. Yamaha

When Yamaha shipped me its itsy-bitsy NX-A01 speaker cube last August, I had only two complaints: It needed to include Bluetooth; and it needed the option of being battery powered. Lo and behold, Yamaha got its act together and created the NX-B02, a taller, less tofu-looking, completely wireless speaker based on the NX-A01 design.

The Yamaha NX-B02 includes a stereo pair of 1.75-inch titanium cone drivers, along with the coolest little fluttering bass port I've ever seen (watch the NX-A01 First Look to see what I mean). You also get a standard 3.5mm line-input, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR/A2DP, and the option of powering the system from either an adapter or four AA batteries. Battery life is only about 4 hours, so using rechargeable batteries is definitely the way to go with this thing. The Yamaha NX-B02 is available now in either red, black, or white, with an MSRP of $199 and a street price hovering around $140.

Watch for my full review of the Yamaha NX-B02 in just a few weeks.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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