Damson Jetstream Midi and Large tune themselves to their surroundings (hands-on)

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/ Updated: January 7, 2014 11:29 PM PST
Damson Jetstream
The Damson Jetstream Midi can adjust its audio to ambient noise. Brian Bennett/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- Portable Bluetooth speakers have flooded the market in recent years but British electronics maker Damson thinks its new devices have an edge. The company announced two wireless soundmakers at CES 2014 which automatically adapt to ambient conditions at the press of a button.

Called the Jetstream Midi and Jetstream Large, these products connect to smartphones and laptops via Bluetooth to belt out music and other mobile-based audio. What sets the gadgets apart say Damson is their ability to sample ambient noise levels then adjust the character of the audio they produce accordingly.

At the tap of a button, the speakers activate their onboard microphones and special wafers of silicon to analyze sound conditions around them. So in a noisy room the speaker’s equalizer settings will be tweaked differently than if the device were sitting in a quiet location. The same is true if you wanted to hear music in a small office versus a cavernous lecture hall, or outdoor BBQ.

Interested in these fresh toys Damson has to offer? Both products will hit the market in the spring. The Jetstream Midi should cost $199, while the bigger Jetstream large will set you back $299.

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Damson Jetstream Large

Part Number: CNETJetstream Large

MSRP: $299.00

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