Reviews

Ultimate Ears' line of BOOM speakers recently got updated with the arrival of the BOOM 2 speaker. The BOOM 2 shares the same footprint as the original BOOM, but has been updated with a few nifty features. Among these is wake-by-bluetooth and stop/start/pause slapping capability.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.5
Creative's newest portable speaker, dubbed Roar 2, gets put to the test. This new device with an MSRP of $170 aims to take on the big guys in the portable-speaker market by including a wealth of features. The new Roar 2 is 20% smaller than the original Roar it obsoletes.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:8.1
UE's highly anticipated follow up to the original BOOM has finally arrived. MEGABOOM is the grand name of this new product that is just, as the name suggests, a MEGA-version of the original design. We put it through its paces to see if it is a worthy successor!
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.0
Luxa2 recently launched a smart little Bluetooth speaker dubbed GroovyA. The GroovyA features physical buttons for playback control and a rugged aluminum stand that allows you to change the device's output angle.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:7.0
ASUS marked their entry into the high-end sound card market with the Xonar Essence ST some years ago. Today, we will take a good look at the new STX II. The STX II brings new op-amps and a more precise clock generator to the table; the latter should lower jitter. The STX II also bolsters 7.1 outputs through a small break-out card.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.0
The UE BOOM was one of the first bluetooth speakers that wowed us. Today, we take a look at the newest revision of the BOOM. It features much improved firmware, allows you to customize its start-up sound, and comes with a bigger bundle.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.1
Creative's new SoundBlasterAxx series is rapidly expanding. Today, we take a look at the 200 Axx which packs a lot of unique features and great sound quality to boot. Priced at $149, it should be very competitive.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.5
Antec's new mobile products division dubbed a.m.p has just released the SP1 portable Bluetooth speaker. Priced at $89, it is one of the cheaper quality solutions out there for people wanting a good portable speaker setup. We put it through its paces to see how it fares against competing products.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:8.1
ASUS manufactures many sound cards but only a few great USB solutions. In order to correct that, they launched a wide variety of USB-powered products, and we will now take a close look at the U7, a 7.1 sound card powered via USB only, keeping cable clutter at an absolute minimum.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:8.9
UE BOOM is a brand new Bluetooth speaker with a lot of neat functions. It plays for roughly 15 hours, is very small, and light. It might just be the ideal companion for a day on the beach or as a wireless speaker for small rooms. With a huge range of colors and a good-looking design, it could be a major hit!
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.0
Logitech bought Ultimate Ears about a year ago and now we are finally seeing the first joint effort of the two companies. Today we will be taking a look at their new Boombox which is a basically a battery powered wireless speaker with over six hours of battery life.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
KRK Systems are known for their high-end studio monitors. Today we will be taking a good hard look at their entry level model dubbed Rokit 5. Instead of the usual studio use we see how usable they are as PC speakers.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
The Scythe Kama Bay Amplifier is made for all of you who want to use a pair of efficient passive speakers along with your PC without having to shell out the big bucks. Priced at only € 50 this amp could easily become an integrated part of your rig offering very solid performance for its price.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:8.0
While most manufacturers focus on looks when building a budget 2.1 sound system, Speed-Link went with a clean design and put more resources into delivering better sound quality. For a mere 70 EUR you get a solid 2.1 sound system, that works good in both games and for listening to music.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Speakers
Score:9.0