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Oluv aka ClavinetJunkie finally got around to reviewing a speaker that I've been curious about for the past several months.  That speaker is the Meizu Lifeme TBS30.  Billed as a under $100 speaker that sounds as good as a $300 speaker Oluv puts it to the test and surprise...he loves it...with a few caveats of course (Oluv ALWAYS has caveats).  With a wide, open sound featuring solid bass and clear highs, Oluv actually suggested that this just might be the best speaker in this price range...a new #1.  The build quality is outstanding with a solid aluminum chassis all around that comes in handsome silver or dark grey colors.  So where's the rub?  Well it seems that the low end has a bit of gating, that causes a breathing or unnatural sound compression when at low volumes.  At louder volumes it isn't very noticeable so this is an outstanding speaker as long as you're not looking for very low level listening.  The other glitch he found was the battery low indicator which seems to start beeping even when the speaker has another 1.5 hours of life left.  This beeping went on far too long but the good news is that it 'might' be fixable with a software update...but we don't know if that is coming or not.  As long as the speaker has full power or is plugged in you won't hear the battery warning beep so i'll leave it up to you to decide if you want this stellar sounding speaker or not.  I've included a link below to Aliexpress where you can pick one up for$64.99 presently.



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Arguably the best reviewer of bluetooth speakers on Youtube or anywhere else, Oluv also known as ClavinetJunkie unboxes and compares the JBL Flip 4 to a number of other speakers including the JBL Flip 3, the Charge 3 and the Onyx Mini.  Not surprisingly the Flip 4 is an improvement on the former model Flip 3 with deeper bass, better highs and a fuller, richer sound.  The Flip 4 also improves on its predecessor by now being fully waterproof.  We've included both the first look as well as Flip 3 vs. Flip 4 videos above so watch them and let us know what you think in the comments below. Will you be buying a JBL Flip 4?  We'll leave a link below to purchase from JBL.




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JBL introduced several new and updated products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the first week of January, 2017.  Among these are updates including the new Pulse 3, the Flip 4 and a new product altogether called the BassPro Go.   The video above highlights some of the new features of the Pulse 3 which include IPX7 waterproofing, 360 sound, new improved JBL Connect and greatly improved lighting effects.

Below we have the Flip 4 introduced (starts at 30 sec mark) including IPX 7 waterproofing, improved JBL Connect which lets you connect up to 100 other JBL Connect speakers (pretty cool!).  We also have improved sound (wattage and details still to be released) as well and all kinds of cool colors and designs.  The Flip 4 will be priced under $100 and will be available this spring.


Finally below we see a brand new product by JBL called the BassPro Go.  This is a really interesting product that doubles as both a subwoofer for your car or home and then can be disconnected and operated independently as a portable speaker (similar in size to the JBL Extreme).  It features a 140mm inch woofer and a pair of passive radiators as well as two 40mm smaller full range drivers.   There's also IPX7 waterproofing and JBL Connect functionality so this speaker can really do everything!  It's kind of a JBL Extreme that can also double as a subwoofer for your car which is awesome and kills two birds with one stone.  Pricing will be $599.95 and the Bass Pro Go will be available this summer.  These are some pretty awesome updates and we're excited to try them out in person and get some reviews up here at BluetoothSpeakerForum.com as soon as they're available.



Finally, JBL has at least temporarily dropped the price of the Charge 3 to $129.95 so grab one on Amazon here while they got em!

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Samsung has introduced a new member of its Level Box line of bluetooth speakers, the Level Box Slim.  Featuring 8 watts of power in a IPX7 water proof package  (30 minutes submerged up to 1 meter) with slim form factor, the Level Box Slim features 30 hours of battery life and has an optional bicycle mount as well. The company says it features impressive audio quality (we'll see in our testing) as well as conference call capability with its built-in mic. Perhaps most unique, it comes with a built-in stand and of course is available in several colors.  It's a pocketable speaker too with measurements of 148.4 x 79 x 25.1-milimeters and weighs 236 grams.  Pricing is unknown but the Level Box Slim will be available at major retailers and Amazon this spring.



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The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the biggest events of the year for the bluetooth speaker industry.  As expected it's where many companies choose to introduce their latest speakers to the world and this year is no exception.  In Las Vegas this past week Sony introduced not one but FOUR new speakers to its Extra Bass line including several models which include light effects. 

Starting at the bottom of the price ladder we have the XBS-10 which is a small, super portable mono speaker that features one driver plus a passive radiator in a design that is similar to the Anker Soundcore Mini.  It offers some cool extra features though such as the ability to connect up with another XB-10 to create a stereo pair as well water resistance and 16 hours of playback.  Moving up the line we have the XB-20, XB-30 and XB-40 which all feature two drivers plus passive radiators. 

What makes each different from each other are the size of the drivers, the wattage and the complexity of the new lighting effects each produces.  The XB20 has lights around the edge, the XB30 has additional strobes while the XB40 adds LED on the speaker cone itself.  Sony claims the top two models produce 'club-like' lighting effects with multicolor patterns ranging from pure white to rainbow that can pulsate with the music.  More details are expected to be released closer to their release in the spring of 2017 and we'll have them for you when they do.  We're super eager to hear the sound quality of these new speakers and how they compare to the competition.


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We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are here, many major retailers are holding their annual'After Holidays', 'End Of Year' and 'New Year's' deals and specials for online shoppers for anything related to technology and for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  These are some of the deepest discounts and sales of the year as stores try to clear inventory before Dec 31st.  This is a great chance get great deals on all sorts of gifts and items you've been putting off to buy, just waiting for those 'best of' sales and discounts.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large online sale participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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Xiaomi stormed the bluetooth speaker world this past year with its amazing pencil box Xiaomi Mi hit the market.  Raved about by reviewers such as ClavinetJunkie, Javi's Boombox, Jim's Review Room, Cnet, PortableAudio and more it features amazing bass response and solid mid-range and highs in a small, sleek metal body the size of a pencil box.  Available in three colors here in the U.S.; gold, blue and pink, we typically see it priced at between $39-$60 but it's on sale now for the lowest price we've ever seen with free shipping as well...just $32 at the link below.   Also for sale are the Xiaomi Mini which typically sells for $15...now on sale for $9.99 and also the Xiaomi Round speaker also on sale for $21.45.  The older Xiaomi Square Box speaker is also on sale for $14.75, but we think the 'Original Xiaomi' speaker on the far left above sounds better.  We've placed links below to the page so make sure you grab a few to give as gifts while the sale is going on.


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While there are a lot of bluetooth speakers out there, few brands can claim to be as high end as Bang & Olufsen.  The A1 shown in the above video is B&O's smallest speaker and features unbelievable bass response and 360 degree sound.  Forged from a beautiful piece of aluminum and featuring a low profile this is as much a piece of art as it is a speaker.  But make no mistake...the sound is simply phenomenal...you really do get what you pay for.  Now the A1, which was just introduced earlier this year still lists for $249 anywhere here in the U.S. that you look...from the B&O website to Amazon to Ebay...you really can't find any discounts on it because it is a current model product that is considered very exclusive and high end and frankly, B&O doesn't need to discount it.  That's why I was surprised to have stumbled acrosss the A1 for half price on the Aliexpress website.  Yep...that's right...at the link below you can pick up a genuine B&O A1 speaker in either silver or moss green brand new from aliexpress.  Don't miss this opportunity.  This is a STEAL at this price.



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Bluetooth Speaker News / Review Of Updated iSoundbar SL1000s
« on: November 30, 2016, 03:01:24 PM »

I just received my SL1000S bluetooth speaker and was surprised upon sliding the sleek black unit out of the bubble wrap that it appears to have undergone some minor design changes...all for the better!  First up, the oversized silver 'iSoundbar' emblem has been removed...now the black aluminum mesh in the front is unblemished and looks a lot cleaner.  Secondly, the unit now fetures a colored horizontal light that glows in one of three colors to let  you know which sound mode you are using...treble, bass or 3D.  The sound meanwhile is just as good as ever with the 1.75 inch iron boron magnet drivers and oversized passive radiator giving off lush deep lows and a beautifully full sound reaching from 60Hz up to 20,000KHz.  The 3D mode is particularly impressive with instruments seeming to be placed all over the room.  If you close your eyes you would think the sound coming out of this speaker was 5x the size or a full surround sound system.  It's mighty impressive and for a little over $35 shipped it can't be beat for the price.  I'll have a full video review up shortly, but in the meantime if you're looking for a portable battery powered bluetooth speaker that will really impress...pick one of these up at Aliexpress at the link below.  Trust me...you'll be glad you did...and it makes a terrific present for anyone for the holidays.


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If you've been waiting to buy a really top-notch audiophile quality bluetooth speaker then today is the perfect day to grab an awesome deal on one of two Denon bluetooth speakers. 

First up is the Denon HEOS 1.  This is the smallest member of Denon's audiophile multiroom system that can be used either independently or networked with other HEOS speakers such as the HEOS 3, 5 or 7.  This is the newest version of the HEOS 1 and includes bluetooth built-in.  It offers awesome sound from its two drivers and while it is a plug-in unit, you can purchase the optional 'Go Pack' which includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery.  This new version of the HEOS 1 also includes high resolution audio support as well as support for streaming services such as Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL and Rhapsody.  Normally priced at $199, there's a special sale going on right now for $100 off!  That's right...the HEOS 1 is just $99 for a limited time.  You can grab one at the link below.


Ok, so say you want an all-in-one unit that includes a built-in lithium battery and will provide you with knock your socks off sound in a portable package and you plan on using the speaker exclusively with your phone or tablet to stream music and don't care about multiroom networking.  If that's the case then the Denon Envaya DSB200 is the speaker for you.  This speaker will literally knock your socks off.  It has some of the most powerful bass and the fullest 'soundscape' and depth of sound of any portable bluetooth speaker i've ever heard.  Don't believe me?  Just read some of the reviews and they'll back me up.  This thing ROCKS.  It has a 100mm bass radiator in addition to two 57mm full range drivers and has all kinds of special electronics voodoo added in from high resolution aptX® CSR decoding, MaxxAudio® technology and even includes 4 different colored grill inserts to customize the look of the device.  Normally the Envaya DSB200 would set you back $199...and in fact that's the price it's still selling for on the Denon website...but it's on sale on Amazon right now for just $79.99!  That's an amazing deal.  If  you've been looking for a bluetooth speaker that has AWESOME sound quality...you need to grab one of these right now.  I'm serious...this thing will blow away any other portable bluetooth speaker even 3x the price.


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In his never ending quest to find the ultimate in portable bluetooth speakers ClavinetJunkie, also fondly known as Oluv has come across what he calls a 'real gem for $36'.  With an elongated, thin form factor not that different than the Denon Envaya Mini, the iSoundbar features some deep bass for its size...reaching as low as 50 or 60Hz and has some nice touches such as DSP with 3 separate modes including a bass boosted mode and Oluv's favorite a 'sd' mode which produced a rich soundscape that really enhances the stereo effect.  The sound is clear and full with adequate bass and a nice smooth wide dynamic.  Add in a 4400 mAh battery and such nice features such as MicroSD card support and touch sensitive buttons and we have a winner.  While the same sound bar under different names is selling for up to $80 on some sites, the best deal is for just $36 on Aliexpress.com   If you'd prefer to buy on Amazon they have it as well for a bit more.   We'll leave links below.  So what do you think now that you've watched the video?  Plan on picking one up for just $36?  Seems like quite a steal if the sound quality lives up to what Oluv is saying.





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Bluetooth Speaker News / Scosche Introduces Waterproof BoomBottleH20+
« on: September 30, 2016, 06:17:28 PM »

Scosche, the maker of sports-oriented lifestyle electronics has introduced the latest in its line of cylindrical bluetooth 'BoomBottle speakers, the BoombottleH2O+. Featuring IPS67 waterproof specs, and a durable military spec design, the BoomBottleH2O+ is designed to fit perfectly in the bottle holder of your bike.  It also allows stereo pairing with another BoomBottleH20+ as well as built-in EQ for both indoor and outdoor listening.  The speaker itself has 12 watts of power driving a 50mm upfiring, wide dispersal driver and a passive subwoofer below. It can be controlled by an optional remote and mounted in various ways via suction cups.  It offers 11 hours of battery life and an LED indicator for easy battery level reading. Overall, it looks to be a really nicely designed unit and is available in 4 different colors..and did we mention that it floats so you can take it in the pool, in the river or lake...wherever and not have to worry about this thing dropping to the bottom.  Includes carabiner clip, suction mount optional.  It lists for $130 and you can pick it up at the link below.



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Sometimes looks can be deceiving.  The Kedsum portable bluetooth speaker is an example of this as you'll soon see.  I picked up this relatively small,  sport/outdoor speaker on sale on Amazon because I've been taking my bike out on the trails recently and this speaker has a nice bottom screw hole that lets you attach the speaker to your handle bar with an inexpensive mount kit.  It's also IPX5 rated for water and dust resistance so it seemed like I great fit, especially on sale. 

What I didn't expect was the huge sound that comes out of this thing.  Seriously, it is one of the loudest bluetooth speakers I've heard from any speaker anywhere near its size.  The bass is punchy too, but it is tuned a bit on the bright side with a tendency towards treble and high mids on purpose so that the sound travels during outdoor use.  Indoor I fire up an equalizer app on my phone and just nudge the treble down a tad and it sounds great...as good or better than many of my higher priced indoor bluetooth speakers. 

The speaker is rated at 10 watts and it has some nice extras like a MicroSD card slot and NFC.  It's sold under the Trendwood and aLLreLi brands on Amazon and elsewhere and has the model name 'Rockman-L'.  They're all the same speaker so whichever is selling cheaper...usually in the $20-$30 range...it's definitely a keeper if you're looking for an outdoor speaker that can get loud and not break the bank...that's also water and dust resistant.  I play a bunch of different tunes in the video above so make sure to watch and then let me know what you think in the comments below.

Buy Trendwoo version on Amazon: https://bit.ly/2cSA44p
Buy aLLreLi version on Amazon: https://bit.ly/2cnmdqQ
Buy Kedsum version on Amazon: https://bit.ly/2cnnnCB (out of stock currently)


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Bluetooth Speaker News / Anker SoundCore Mini Unboxing And Video Review
« on: September 17, 2016, 12:36:27 PM »

So I just received the newly released Anker SoundCore Mini bluetooth speaker and had a chance to spend a few hours with it before making the above video review.  Overall, I was impressed.  It's a nice sounding speaker, especially at mid to louder volume levels.  It's a solid piece of aluminum with nice, smooth lines and a perfect black anodized finish . Great build quality.  It offers a ton of nice 'extra' features such as built-in MicroSD card support and an FM radio tuner.  It has a 'full' sound compared to a lot of the competition due to a passive bass radiator that helps it avoid that 'tinny' sound many other speakers in this size class have.  Battery life is rated at 15 hours and judging by my use I wouldn't be surprised if it can get that. 

As for the negatives?  At lower volume levels it would have been nice to get a bit of bass boost to fill out the sound.  Also, using the FM radio is kinda tricky since there is no display. You have to search for presents and then simply skip from station to station and guess which it is.  A small led display showing the station on the side would have been great...maybe the next version.  Overall though, I really like this speaker. . It has REALLY punchy bass and great, clear sound with no noticeable distortion at loud volume.  Anker pretty much hit it out of the park with this one and get this...it's only $21 on Amazon right now.  That's a steal in my opinion for this as I think the sound is 'as good' or even better than units twice the price like the JBL Clip.  Grab one at the link below.



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Amazon introduced the follow-up to it's Amazon Echo on Wednesday, unveiling to the world the 'Echo Dot', a $49.99 hands-free voice-controlled device featuring Amazon's Alexa personal assistant technology.  Able to connect to other speakers or headphones via bluetooth, Echo Dot allows a user to use voice commands to do everything from play music, control smart home devices, look up things on the internet, read the news, set alarms and more.  Built-in support for Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn offer a variety of music sources.  It's compatible with connected devices from Nest, WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Ecobee and others so you can turn on and off your smart fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers etc.  Amazon is offering a 6 pack of Echo Dots where you buy 5 and get one free.  The company is encouraging homeowners to equip every room with one in its attempt to make its Alexa personal assistant ubiquitous.  The Echo Dot comes in two colors, black or white and will start shipping in October.  You can order one now through the link below at Amazon.




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