Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
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While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.
The Bose SoundTouch Controller is a $99 wall-mountable remote for Bose's wireless audio systems -- but it can control only one unit at a time.
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The Grand S Pro is a good deal with a carrier agreement, but U.S. Cellular has other phones that are faster and more reliable.
While it's fairly expensive at $200, the Bose SoundLink Mini is one of few standout products in the ultracompact wireless speaker category, featuring a top-notch design and very good sound for its tiny size.
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.
The $200 SRS-X5 delivers excellent sound in a relatively small package and competes directly with the top-selling Bose SoundLink Mini.
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
U.S. Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro has both the brawn and the reliable call performance that make it a good choice for users looking for a rugged feature phone.
Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.
That's what a group of talented twentysomethings are promising on their recently launched Kickstarter project, we'll see.