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Bluetooth Speaker News / ClavinetJunkie Takes A First Look At The JBL Flip 4!!!
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on February 23, 2017, 01:57:13 AM »

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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Thanks for sharing your experience and the reviews. 
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Xiaomi / Re: Anyone else own a Xiaomi Mi Speaker?
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on February 23, 2017, 01:22:06 AM »
It's not just the case.  According to just every reviewer out there the more recent metal cased Xiaomi Mi speaker has much better bass response and better sound overall.  They really stepped it up with this newer model, hence why it's become so popular.  It is a bit more expensive however, usually in the $35-$45 range depending on where you buy it.
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Xiaomi / Re: Anyone else own a Xiaomi Mi Speaker?
« Last post by ninjah778 on February 16, 2017, 03:54:00 PM »
Don't mean to kick the dead horse here, but I own a previous model. I'm attaching some pics of it that I took earlier. For the $20 I paid for it, it is an amazing speaker. I doubt that I can get a better value in retail. But I wouldn't go for this one, mainly because I can't understand why it is almost twice the price of the older model - if it's just for the case, I'm absolutely fine with the plastic one.

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I have ordered a few speakers during Aliexpress' 11.11 sale, and reviewed all 5 in this video.

Maiha D007

This speaker has a long body and 4 channels. It is very loud, and the sound doesn't pop at maximum volume.
The M button switches between radio, Bluetooth and auxiliary mode. The bass opens up at 15hz at full volume, which is the most sensitive of the 5, but it doesn't sound very crisp.
It's legit LOUD, I had to decrease the volume during the test because my ears started to hurt. I also found the sound rather flat, much less dynamic in comparison to similarly priced Xiaomi and Bluedio speakers.

But it is not a bad speaker if loudness is your main priority, and if you aren't too picky with the sound depth.

AliExpress link: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/NJuVFMN

UBit AKA X6U

The difference in the sound quality between the more and less expensive speakers is instantly noticeable.
This X6U speaker has a flat sound, as expected not a lot of bass, though it does sound quite clear at the maximum volume. This speaker was soldunder the name and with a logo Ubit, but its' generic name is X6U.
The seller was such a tease, they added an AUX cable, even though there is no input for one. But there is a microphone, so this speaker can be used for calls, and the buttons can be used to switch between songs without touching the phone/tablet/computer.

AliExpress link: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/uzFQRzB

Bluedio BS-2

I thought that the Xiaomi speaker was the pinnacle of technology $20 could buy, until I tried the Bluedio BS2. This thing packs the most natural sound, and beautifully sounding bass. Although it only becomes noticeable at around 30-35hz, it is strong and dimensional. BS-2 is an open back speaker, which means deeper and a more "in a world around me" type of sound. This speaker also has a 3D mode, but it is unclear what it does. I though it was either mono vs. stereo, or 3d vs. surround sound, but I didn't really notice any difference.

AliExpress link: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/ZVrFUF2

Xiaomi speaker

Xiaomi speaker sounded clean and not overwhelming, very clear bass, warmer mids, and treble that didn't pop at high volume. The bass starts becoming clear only at 30-35hz. It begins to shake at uncontrollably at 70, and at 95-100hz it can't stand straight. But the main downside with this speaker is the absence of buttons except for the power one, so everything must be done from the device it's connected to. The alloy case is smooth all over and very pleasant to the touch. I also liked the front grill design, but note that it's present only on the black model. The only thing except for the speaker is a manual - there are no cords.

AliExpress link: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/uj2JYje

X3U

This speaker is a brick now.
When I got it, it worked only when plugged in, now it only shows the light, but no sound. The quality was nothing too surprising or impressive, and it was within the expectations for the budget. I prefer the X6U - the first speaker that we've looked at instead.

AliExpress link: http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/iUrrnIa

Out of the 5 speakers we have purchased, only 3 I considered worth buying. The blue X3U no longer works, and even though D007 is loud, the sound is flat and lacks dynamic range. The UBIT or X6U is surprisingly good for the price, and it proved itself as a good budget speaker. Xiaomi is the best portable speaker of the 5, with crystal clear sound, amazing bass and solid build. Bluedio is a bit bigger, but surprisingly they weigh about the same, and they have a similar battery life, at around 8 hours. The Bluedio's open back design give it a more natural and organic sound, and it is an optimal speaker for a primarily indoor use.
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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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Bluetooth Speaker News / Samsung Introduces New Level Box Slim Bluetooth Speaker
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on January 09, 2017, 04:18:49 PM »

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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Bluetooth Speaker General Discussion / JBL J80T speakers to bluetooth
« Last post by zell66 on January 01, 2017, 06:55:15 PM »
Have a old set of JBL speakers that the original box is bad and I restored the woofers. Now I am building a wave speaker box for them and want to power these speakers with battery and Bluetooth. Has anyone ever done this?
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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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