-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.
Vizio Elevate soundbar lifts the roof with Dolby Atmos
UE Hyperboom is built to party
Samsung's Atmos soundbar offers big sound, fewer boxes
Yamaha's YAS-209 offers the best sound from an Alexa sound bar
Roku smart sound bar improves your TV’s audio and apps
JBL's Android TV sound bar sounds good, still needs work
Ikea's Symfonisk speakers take Sonos into wacky and affordable...
Creative Stage is the budget desktop sound bar to beat
Klipsch's striking R-51M monitors sound great on a budget
B&W's 606 speaker gets Continuum driver for better detail, deeper...