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First Look: Monster iClarityHD

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First Look: Monster iClarityHD

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The Monster iClarityHD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker 100 delivers excellent quality sound and even includes a microphone for hands-free teleconferencing with a Bluetooth smartphone, but we can't recommend a $120 accessory when Logitech and Creative offer a similar product for less.

-Bluetooh speakers are an easy way to play wireless music from a smart phone or a laptop, but these devices are relatively new to the market and you might reach above your budget with them, such as the case with this guy. I'm Justin Yu, Associate Editor for CNET.com, with a first look at the Monster Cable iClarity HD Bluetooth Speaker. It will set you back a $120, but it is one of the smaller Bluetooth speakers we've tested, and it does deliver on its promise for great audio quality thanks to dual 35 mm drivers that live behind the small grill on the front. On the right side, you'll find buttons for power, as well as volume, and another button that turns the iClarity HD into a portable speaker phone when paired with a Bluetooth smart phone. On the back, you'll find a simple on/off switch and a mini USB port. Now, it's important to note that there's no external power source. So, to recharge the speaker, all you have to do is plug it in to an open USB port on a computer. Pairing the Bluetooth speaker is simple and we're off playing music on an iPhone in less than 5 minutes. On that note, the iClarity HD does deliver adequately deep bass thumps at low- and mid-range volumes. But the tiny fuzz does kick in at higher volumes, and we're just not as excited about the fidelity as the sound matters; Foxhole version 2, another Bluetooth speaker, that's actually more expensive. So that being said, the iClarity will do fine at an indoor get together or, otherwise, smaller party. But, don't expect the device to power your next house party. So keep that in mind and you'll be happy with your purchase. I'm Justin Yu. This is the Monster Cable iClarity HD Bluetooth Speaker, and that sounds good to me.

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