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Get a Westinghouse Digital Bluetooth speaker for $79.99

It's like the Jawbone Jambox, only half the price. And it comes in your choice of four colors.


Today I'm winging my way to CES, otherwise known as Geek Mecca. Deal posts will be a bit sporadic for the next few days while I check out the tech of tomorrow (and try to avoid getting trampled in the process -- the show is a madhouse, seriously).

One product category I expect to see a lot of: Bluetooth speakers. They're coming in all shapes and sizes these days, and prices are creeping ever lower.

For example: Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the Westinghouse Digital Unplug Bluetooth speaker for $79.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. Unlike a lot of 1SaleADay items, it's new, not refurbished. (But like a lot of 1SaleADay items, it could take two to three weeks to arrive.)

The Unplug resembles the popular Jawbone Jambox, but with a slightly taller and thicker footprint. It sports two full-range drivers and a vented bass driver, the idea being to deliver a more full-bodied audio experience than most single-driver speakers. It also features a noise-canceling microphone, meaning you can use the Unplug as a speakerphone to make and take calls.

Ideally you'll pair the speaker with your Bluetooth-equipped smartphone or tablet, then wirelessly stream your audio (which can come from any source: playlists, Pandora, movies, or even games). But there's also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting the speaker to any player that has a headphone jack. (Westinghouse even supplies the necessary cable.)

Like all good portable speakers, this one features a rechargeable battery that Westinghouse says is good for up to 10 hours. And I like that it relies on a Micro-USB charging port, meaning you don't need to pack Yet Another Charger if you have other like-equipped devices.

You can get the Unplug in your choice of four colors, including a rather fetching-looking red.

I haven't listened to this speaker myself, and reviews are somewhat few and far between -- but there's a pretty informative one over at iLounge. Key takeaway: "Westinghouse uses its larger size to deliver audio that surpasses the Jambox in amplitude, while roughly matching it in clarity at most volume levels."

Works for me -- especially considering that the Jambox still sells for $149 in most quarters (and has a decidedly uglier appearance, in my humble opinion). Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Do you have a 3D-capable TV and Blu-ray player? Time to show them off: Amazon has the Avatar Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $19.99. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime members, or pad your cart to over $25. Even if you're not a die-hard fan of the movie, there's no question it's the ultimate showcase for a 3D-equipped home theater.

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