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Do Your Speakers Suck?


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Let’s face it – portable devices such as phones do not have high-quality speakers built into them. They wouldn’t be quite so portable if they had huge speakers to lug around, right? However, there are times when you just need a better quality of sound coming out of your phone or even pumping out to a group of people. That’s why I jumped on the chance to review a couple of different removable speakers for my iPhone, courtesy of X-Mini.

The X-Mini Capsule is lightweight and portable. The cord wraps back into the device to keep it nice and organized and out of your way. This speaker charges via mini-USB and should last about eleven hours. It has decent sound quality, but I admit that I like the other model sent to me just a bit better.

The X-Mini Max has some seriously excellent sound. It’s very full and rich… much more so than you’d expect from a portable phone speaker. One very cool feature is that you can connect several of these together. The more you use, the better your sound experience will be! It takes only two hours to fully charge this little baby up, and it should last you around twelve full hours.

I’ve definitely found the portable speaker that I will carry along with me from now on. The quality is excellent and it’s easy to throw into my pocket or camera bag. This will come in VERY handy the next time I need to do a product or app review on my iPhone, as well.

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How To Optimize Sound Coming From Your Devices

I realized something last night: my iPad doesn’t have a perfect speaker setup. None of my devices do, for that matter. Unless you hold the speaker up against your ear, the sound is being pushed out in a direction other than where you need it to be. This is true of your phone, your iPad, your mp3 player and even your laptop. This frustrated me so much last night that I started looking for solutions online. The problem is that I really found nothing much to help. Therefore, I decided to appeal to Quirky for help.

Speakears! Slightly-concave cups that redirect speaker sound.

If you need a living example as to how this might work, go to bed and place your notebook computer on your tummy. Play a video or audio file. Then, cup each of your hands over your notebook’s speakers so as to bounce the sound waves directly towards your ears. You’ll absolutely hear the difference – and realize it’s not practical to keep your hands there indefinitely.

Now, imagine a product that will act as a pair of cupped hands – to be used atop your notebook computer or with any speaker!

I can envision exactly what needs to be done, but do not have the means to accomplish this goal myself. I can close my eyes and see what I’m thinking of, but I cannot begin to design anything such as this. This is where all of you come in. If you have suggestions or comments about my idea, please post them over on the Quirky page. Also, help spread the word by voting up the idea and share it on your social networks.

Creative Zii D5 Bluetooth Wireless Sound Speaker Review


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If I want to listen to audio on my iPhone, it’s not usually a great experience. It’s not practical to walk around with my hand cupped to my ear. Unless external speakers are Bluetooth-enabled, it’s a pain in the proverbial rear to hook them up and tether it. I have to thank the folks at Creative for sending along the ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth Wireless Multimedia Speaker System for me to review.

The ZiiSound D5 is a high-quality device that can dock your device, charge it and act as a wireless speaker system. The wireless transmitter will instantly turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a remote control. You’ll get superior Bluetooth stereo performance with their apt-X audio codec.

I found out about this at the recent Bluetooth Sig event. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing that would look nice and work well. I can connect any Bluetooth device capable of transmitting audio to this setup. It doesn’t “only” work with my Apple portable devices.

The speaker system is touch-enabled. I can control the volume in two different places… and it has seriously rich sound. I don’t sound quite so whiny when my voice comes out through these speakers. The bass sounds excellent, which is surprising with a set of speakers such as these.

This is the reason I like to get out of the house every once in awhile. I tend to find out about some very cool new pieces of technology when I venture out to attend functions and conferences. What new things have you discovered recently?

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