Posts Tagged With: sound

HyperPS Bluetooth Speaker 8/10

I’ve reviewed a lot of bluetooth speakers at this point, and if I’ve realized anything it’s that there are plenty of variations in the price and quality available. Thankfully, these usually go hand in hand either with a high price and high quality, or low price and (expected) lower quality. There are certainly some situations where you pay a lot expecting a lot and end up let down, or buy cheap speakers that end up not working at all. I’m happy to say these speakers fall into neither quality.

Low price, and somewhat low quality. If that seems unacceptable I’m not sure what to tell you; at this point I basically live by ‘you get what you pay for.’ That being said, these ~$13 speakers sound about how you would expect ~$13 speakers to sound (maybe a little better).

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If you’re buying these to provide sound for a somewhat small area, say if you’re going to the beach and don’t want to bother others, these speakers are great. And as far as I’m concerned, if they do that at their price it’s more than worth the cost.

With some pretty cool LED light features and a metal exterior that certainly doesn’t come off as cheap, it’s better than a lot of other speakers you’ll find at the price.

You can find them for sale on Amazon here.

These speakers were sent to me for free in return for an unbiased review.

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T9 Wireless FM Transmitter 9/10

For a few years now, I’ve driven a car with no direct cable for my phone’s audio, nowhere to plug my phone into the car’s system, no bluetooth capability, and not even a cassette player to use as an adapter. Couple this with my personal hatred for radio, and I’ve struggled to figure out a way to listen to my music (or podcasts) on long commutes – that is until now.

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Once exhausting all of the options listed above, I began to think of other ways to play my phone’s audio in the car. My first thought was to just use the phone itself, it does have built-in speakers after all. After one drive it seemed like a less than optimal solution, and after one drive with the windows open I realized it wasn’t going to work at all. Then I looked into changing my car’s radio, or another part of my car, to be able to connect my phone. After looking up the process involved in doing so, as well as the price, I realized that too wasn’t going to work.

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Polaris V8 Speaker 7/10

Being a follow up to a previous review I did, of the Polaris Palm Beats compact speaker, I think if there’s one thing I’ve noticed, it’s that Polaris makes great speakers.

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I wasn’t sure how to feel about the design of these speakers, and that’s one of the big things that’s going to take away from my final rating. My first instinct was that it was a pretty cool look and a pattern on top that I really liked (you’ll see it in pictures). As I used it and looked at it more, however, I began to dislike the design more and more. While the top has a cool pattern, it makes the buttons hard to see which is a pain (especially when using it outside in the sun). It’s also almost as if the speaker is trying to be slim and compact, which is hard with how long, tall, wide, and heavy it is. So that really took away from my final opinion.

The sound quality on the device is great, however I did have a bit of trouble when trying to play music from my laptop. I will most likely never use a bluetooth speaker with my laptop, simply because there’s really no need to when everybody has a phone, but it should be addressed anyway. I played the speaker at low, mid, and high volumes from iPhone devices, Android devices, and Windows devices, each with great sound. When connecting to a Macbook Air, however, the sound was fuzzy even at low.

Before I get into the specifics, I want to make a quick point to mention the removable battery. Most of the time with bluetooth speakers it runs for a certain time, and once it dies you need to charge it before using it again (which can easily become a pain). With the V8, however, there’s a battery backup, so as long as you bring a backup battery you’ll probably never run into the problem of needing to plug it in to make it last a full day (as the speaker expected my expectations with an ~12 hour run time with the battery). If you need a speaker that lasts more than 12 hours I suggest buying an external battery, finding one that’s designed specifically to last that long, or to refrain from listening to music from such extended periods of time (though I can’t blame you).

Even though this review was riddled with mixed feelings regarding how great the added features and run time were, too my not being impressed by the design or how the speaker connects to some devices, my final takeaway is that I would still recommend it. Like I’ve said, Polaris makes great speakers, and honestly I think one of the reasons this speaker lost a lot of points is because it’s hard to follow up my last Polaris speaker review (of the Palm Beats Speaker). So if you’re looking for a mid-sized, mid-priced speaker, this is definitely a good choice.

You can find one for sale on Amazon here.

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iHome Rechargeable Mini Speaker (8/10)

The way we listen to music has completely evolved. That is a blatant understatement, because I don’t know about you but from speakers to headphones (only mentioning sound) it seems like there are as many options as there are songs. I know that to me portability is more important than volume and bass, but regardless of the size I just want something that works in a world of a million options.

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I think in terms of looks this one definitely speaks for itself. With the pop-up design it’s extremely convenient on the go, and when in use it gives off a nice “vibe” so to speak. It adds a nice look to most settings, but definitely doesn’t overdo it with color or any other features.

 

In terms of functionality, I have absolutely no complaints. For its size it has tremendous sound, and quality to boot. The only problem, which I don’t consider a problem because it’s to be expected, is at its loudest volume some factors of the music become out of proportion.

 

All in all this one gets an (8/10) and is goes up there as one of my personal favorites.

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(Wired) SleepPhones Review (7.5/10)

As my readers know, I recently did a BedPhones review, and was not a huge fan of them. Well, after seeing my unhappy review, another company in the exact same field contacted me asking me to review their product. And after reviewing them, I have realized while they are good, I think it is hard for any company to flourish with an invention such as this.

Lets be honest, when you’re looking for something to help you fall asleep, looks aren’t always the most important. I think if anybody is willing to wear those giant sleep apnea masks, SleepPhones should be no problem. And in the end they really aren’t that”unstylish”, it’s just the idea of wearing a headband to sleep coming off as weird that turns me off.

The next most important thing, in my opinion at least, is sound quality. When putting these on I definitely wasn’t expecting the same sound I would get from a pair of beats by dre. but I was expecting a mostly good sound. It wasn’t until I put them on in the right way that I got the maximum sound experience, which is a good result from little hassle

All in all, if you had to choose I would definitely tell you SleepPhones is the way to go, but with the sound quality I had to give them a 7.5/10.

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