The many, many Bluetooth speakers of CES 2014 (pictures)
There's an endless number of Bluetooth speakers at CES 2014 and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We're rounding up the most interesting ones we can find.
There may be more Bluetooth speakers than any other product type at CES 2014 and they come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and colors. We'll be adding to this list as the show goes on, but here's what we've seen so far.
Pictured above is a handbag-shaped Bluetooth speaker from Acoustic Research's "AR for her" line, scheduled to come out in the spring.
Massive Audio, maker of car audio gear, unleashed a full-size Dalek studded with the company's equipment. Massive Audio is advertising the "Massive Dalek" as the world's loudest and largest Bluetooth speaker.
Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick is just 1.2 inches thick, sporting two 2.5-watt drivers in its compact cabinet. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 with a rechargeable battery that's quoted to last 10 hours. Charging is handled via a micro-USB port, plus there's also a mini-jack input for making an analog connection. The Pocket Kick is set to come out in the spring for $99.
What do you get when you cross a Bluetooth speaker with a 7-inch Android tablet? Vizio's Portable Smart Audio speakers, which provide standalone music playback capabilities via apps running on Android, in addition to standard Bluetooth streaming capabilities. For more information, check out CNET's full story from the show floor.
The Soundfreaq Sound Rise alarm clock supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has a mini-jack input. There's no battery, as it's supposed to live on your nightstand, and it has other alarm-centric features like dual alarms and adjustable screen brightness. The Sound Rise is scheduled to be released in April for $69.
Sony's SRS-X7 might be the sweet spot of Sony's new wireless speakers, offering up refined looks, a portable design (six hours of playback time), and tons of wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC.
The Double Spot is a revised version of last year's Sound Spot, sporting a textured front panel that's more decor-friendly than your typical black plastic Bluetooth speaker. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, and it's being sold this summer for $119 without a battery or $149 with a battery. You can also add a battery on your own at a later time for $39.
Sony's SRS-X9 is its flagship wireless speaker for 2014, capable of playing back high-resolution audio files and supports just about every wireless feature you can imagine, including Bluetooth, aptX, NFC, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and DLNA.