Moment Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Soundmatters

soundmatters-moment-2One thing that I love about being a gadget and tech reviewer is how good it is to review more than one product from one company. Oftentimes, I lose contact with a company, but when I reconnect, reviewing their product is like being reunited with an old friend. Such is the case with Soundmatters, as it has been years since I reviewed the FoxL DASH7 and the Dash-A, but I finally had a chance to review the Moment.

The Moment is a speaker that will fit in the palm of your hand, but you would be surprised at how much sound it can put out. It is billed as an ultra-portable audiophile speaker, the company says that it uses patented carbon-poly acoustic drivers and carbon-fiber infused body in order to provide near-field listening. I paired the Moment with my smartphone to listen to music, and I will testify to the ultra-precise, wide-frequency sound, as well as clear detailing and deep dynamics.

soundmatters-moment-1The battery life is good for up to 10 hours, with 90 minutes on a full charge. Now would be the time to talk about how it can charge. There is a place on the back of the moment that is one of those Energizer Wireless Charging technology stamps. In fact, the Moment comes with a stand that you can see here that allows connection to a USB/micro USB cord. All you do is just stick it on, and it is like the Moment is a bust, and the stand/charger is the neck. By the way, the charging cord can be used on the Moment speaker itself.

All in all, the Moment is one terrific Bluetooth speaker, and it can be purchased for about $169.00 ($249 MSRP) on the Soundmatters site.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 3: iHome Wireless Bluetooth Speaker or iBT9

ihome-3Okay, so it is time to conclude our iHome review products for the holiday with a product that isn’t going out of style anytime soon, the wireless, waterproof, and shockproof Bluetooth speaker. That’s about the best name I can give this product, besides its name of iBT9.

I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I have seen this product before from Fugoo and others, but this does not make it inferior. The iHome Waterproof speaker is understandably waterproof and dustproof, and it is also made to be shockproof.

Just imagine taking this to the beach. That seems to be the thing that I always say when I am reviewing speakers like this. You can stream your tunes to it via Bluetooth, so make certain that your tablet or smartphone has a good playlist. I’m told that you have nine hours with a full charge.

This has the usual stuff like an aux-in jack, and a USB port for charging other devices. So it is part speaker and part mobile battery.

You should be able to pick the iBT9 up at the iHome site for about $99.99.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 1: Vanity Speaker or iHome iCVBT5

ihome-1Ah, yes, there is nothing like iHome for the Holidays. I have reviewed many iHome products many a time. So many times, that I just don’t feel like putting in hyperlinks. I’m going to close out this week with three different iHome products, and I’m going to start with the most unusual: the iHome Vanity Speaker or iCVBT5.

The iCVBT5 is essentially made to be that one vanity mirror that we all have to take a good look at ourselves. It has the 1x and 5x magnification settings, and it also has some bright LED action going on. The issue is that this vanity mirror is a speaker.

You can join it with a mobile device via Bluetooth or just a wired connection. The iHome Vanity Speaker is something that should be wireless, but it does require plugging it into the wall. I’m not certain if you should use it by your bathroom sink if you are worried that the cord could get wet. What is interesting is how the iHome iCVBT5 has a USB port, so you can charge something while you’re looking at yourself.

The one drawback for the iCVBT5 is that the box says full spectrum color, and I thought that meant you could make the LED light on it any color. That might be a great feature for the next version of this product, but sadly, the only color of the light is white.

Still, the iHome Vanity Speaker is a very, very useful item for any home in any room. It is available on the iHome website for $99.99.

Sound Cover Tablet Speaker from Onanoff

sound-coverIt’s been a while since I have reviewed a good Onanoff product, and since they make a lot of good ones, that is a shame. I will quickly summarize this product saying that it is a speaker made for tablets, and it is stated that it can boost the iPad volume by 400 percent.

I have to admit that this is one product that I thought would be something else, but when I reviewed it, it did more than I thought. You see, what I thought this was a speaker that can mount itself on the back of an iPad. The packaging says that it is from the iPad Air, so I thought this Sound Cover speaker was designed for the iPad Air, but honestly, I think it would work for any tablet.

In fact, I tried it out with my Android smartphone, and it worked with the Bluetooth for it. Yes, this speaker works wirelessly, and it works with an included wire too. In fact, out of curiosity, I connected this with my desktop, and I had a great speaker.

onanoff-sound-coverThe speaker is very thin, but it has a lot of power to it with a 20 kHz high frequency performance. The front of it vibrates intensely, so it would be a mistake to lean your tablet against it. You will notice how the speaker has a backing that can lean out, and the design is pretty impressive.

There are some other great features, such as a built-in microphone. It also comes with a travel bag, the 3.5 mm stereo cable, and a USB charging cable. The battery is a 3300mAh Lithium Polymer type, with 15 hours of playtime when fully charged.

In short, it is quite something, and should work with whatever you got. It used to be $199.99, but is now available on the Onanoff site for $129.99 in gold, silver, and black.

Our Hands-On Review of the BRAVEN BALANCE

BRAVEN BalanceIt’s been a while since we reviewed a decent BRAVEN product, and man, were we pleased to receive the BALANCE. The company has a reputation for making Bluetooth speakers that are durable and formidable, and this one is no exception.

What you are seeing here is the wireless Bluetooth speaker that is pretty flat, which is why I chose this shot here as an image. There is a Boost Mode which is very loud, and the side speakers are elastic which probably improves its overall loudness. At least, that is what I am assuming it does, because I am not an audiophile.

The BALANCE is well-named as it has a big battery of 4,000 mAh which can charge smartphones, and it has an 18 hour playtime. Oh, it is also a good BALANCE because it is certified IPX7 waterproof which means it is good for poolside and it can be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

You should be able to purchase the BRAVEN BALANCE for about $129.99 on the BRAVEN site, and it comes in the colors of Yellow, Pink, Black, Blue, White, and Orange. It also comes with cords for all kinds of countries, for some reason, but hey, that is one of its many BRAVEN BALANCE bonuses.

Secur Products Part 3: Bluetooth Speaker Lantern and Flashlight

Secur SP-5004_product_aOkay, I finally got around to reviewing my last of the Secur products, and you can read my reviews of the Folding Solar Powered Lantern and the Bluetooth Flashlight and Powerbank. This time, it is the Bluetooth Speaker Lantern and Flashlight, or SP-5004.

Let me start with the Bluetooth Speaker. I have no idea if this is a standard for Bluetooth Speakers, but it does tell you when it is time to pair, and when it has paired. It was pretty easy to get that set up, and I had some terrific sound coming from this thing.

Oh, and lets talk about the flashlight. As you can see from the picture here, the device can extend like a lantern thanks to a spring thing inside it. So you can turn on the thing and it will light an area around it. You can also flatten the thing, and it will shine in one direction like a regular flashlight.

So, like most Secur products, it can do a lot in one single package. It is just a matter of specs like can it play music in 8 hours, 4 hours of charging time, and 3 Watt Bluetooth Speaker. You should able to purchase it for about $59.95, and there is more information at the Secur site.

iHome Part 2: The iBT74 Wireless Color Changing Speaker

iHome IBT74Well, today’s iHome product isn’t like any that I haven’t seen before, but it is quite great. The iBT74 color changing rechargeable Bluetooth speaker is a gem of a product, and you can quote me on that.

Why would I say something like that? Well, it does kind of look like a gem, you know, a well-polished one. So, there are some really cool color effects that can do this thing where it slowly changes or blinks. There is a push-button thing to change it.

Syncing to the iBT74 is pretty easy through Bluetooth, and I had a brief problem syncing it, but I got through it. It also works via direct line-in via the included cable and any device with a headphone jack.

For those that want to use it for Bluetooth phone calls, that is possible. Another bonus is the convenient carrying strap included with it.

Something like this is quite good, and it is available for $59.99 on the iHome site.

Secur Products Part 2: Bluetooth Flashlight and PowerBank

Secur SP-5003_product_aOnce again, we are here to review another Secur product, and this one is the Bluetooth Flashlight and Powerbank, otherwise known as the SP-5003. In case you are wondering, this product just just about everything.

For example, if you need a light, it has it, and it is quite bright. It takes about 5 hours to charge, and the part that is the bulb just pops right off. Why would it do that? Well, if you connect a USB cable to it, you can charge a device. You will have to turn the flashlight on, and the reason why I say that is because I couldn’t get it to work until I did that.

Yes, when you pop off the bulb, there is a USB port there, and you can put on a speaker that is identical to the other side of the flashlight. The speaker is a 3 Watt job that syncs with a device to play some music and it plays 28 hours worth of it on a full charge.

So, it is a flashlight, mobile battery, speaker, and it is also a Bike Mount Bracket. Yep, it has a thing to put it on a bike, so now you have a light, and a speaker too. Not bad.

Okay, that is understating it. To say this product is “not bad” is wrong, because this product is absolutely great. It is available on the Secur site for $49.99.

Kürbis Bt Bluetooth Speakers from Thonet & Vander

Thonet and VanderI’m pretty pleased with Thonet and Vander, as I saw them on display at CES 2016, and their speakers look like something that would be prized by audiophiles. Sure, I am not an audiophile, as it is always difficult to review speakers and evaluate them for sound as I have only human ears.

So, now it is time to give the specs like how Kürbis Bt with a power output of 60 watts RMS, that’s 30 watts for each speaker. After testing it out with something simple like my cellular phone, I wasn’t expecting to get the sound that I got. By the way, the Bluetooth has a range of 10 meters.

Thonet and Vander calls this “Hammer Bass”, and it certainly hits like a hammer. Again, this is about all the science like an antimagnetic shield , the mesh protective cloth, as well as some bass reflex. Again, I don’t really know much about the sound and how it is produced, only that it is producing it. But hey, can you argue with 5.25-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters.

So, yes, I will recommend the Kürbis Bt speakers because, they are quite darn nice. You can find more information about it on the Thonet and Vander site, and on Amazon for $179.99.

Native Union Part 1: POWERLink and Switch Bluetooth Speaker

Native Union PowerLinkIt’s been a while since I reviewed some good Native Union products, and I was pleased to try out several new products that I am going to review during Black Friday week, and I will recommend them for holiday gifts.

I’ll start with the POWERLink, a charging cable that looks like it is in the shape of a woman with a long dress. Okay, I hope that no one thinks it’s weird that I describe it that way. Look at it, what does it look like.

Like Nomad with their charging cables, the Native Union POWERLink makes charging something easy as carrying with you. So if you are in a place where you need a quick boost, you have a way of getting some juice.

Granted, you will need a spare USB port to do this, but those are pretty common these days. The POWERLink can be something decorative, and that is something that works out really well for everyone. It is available to purchase on the Native Union site for $59.99.

Native Union SwitchThen there the Switch, which is a Bluetooth Speaker, and it sounds good. Best of all, it looks good, too. It reminds me of a long LEGO brick.

The way that I judge a Bluetooth speaker is whether or not I can use it without looking at the instructions. In this case, I was able to press the top, and then I was able to sync it in seconds. From there, I was playing music through it, and I am told that it will play music wirelessly for up to 14 hours.

Of course, it can be used as a professional conference call unit for hands-free or group settings. There’s also a convenient USB port for an emergency recharge, in case you got the CHARGELink handy. Yeah, you knew that was going to work its way back.

Anyway, you can get it for purchase on the Native Union site for about $129.99.