UE Boom Bluetooth speaker wins Gold at Design Excellence Awards, now $180 (Reg. $200)

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Today, Ultimate Ears has announced that its well regarded UE Boom Bluetooth speaker has won a 2014 Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA). Sitting atop the entertainment category, this marks the very first IDEA for Ultimate Ears as a brand but the fourth design award for the UE BOOM itself. The award is given out to excellence in product design, sustainability, packaging, concept and more. Today’s announcement points out that only 27 of the 2,000 entries received a Gold IDEA this year.

The popular Bluetooth speaker has also received great user reviews and has recently seen a $20 price drop on Amazon, Best Buy and the official UE site. While we have seen the unit for less, they rarely go on sale and not usually with all the color options available. Apple.com is still charging $199.95. Outside of pre-owned options and sketchy retailers, this is the current lowest price available.

The BOOM is designed to “change standard one-directional sound,” with a 360-degree experience that blasts sound out in every direction. It also features a 50 foot range to wirelessly change songs, adjust the volume and take phone calls. You’ll find 15 hours of battery life and the possibility of linking two of them together via the UE BOOM mobile app. For a complete rundown, head over to our review of the Logitech UE Boom and Mini Boom.

Silver and Bronze IDEA winners in the entertainment category included the NOOK Glow Light, Beats Studio Headphones, Jambox Mini and more. You can see the rest of this year’s winners on the official IDSA site.

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BT Speakers: Bowers & Wilkins Z2 $300 shipped (Reg. $400), more

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Amazon is offering the Jabra Solemate Mini Wireless Bluetooth speaker for $70 shipped today. 

Amazon is also offering the rarely discounted Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System for $299.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the regular price and within $3 of the lowest we’ve ever seen. It features a Lightning connector and Apple’s AirPlay so you can easily stream music from your iOS devices, Mac or PC. There are also further customization and set-up options through the free Bowers & Wilkins Control appIt has received a 4/5 star review on Amazon, 4.5/5 star on Apple.com and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

More notable Bluetooth speaker deals:

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Bluetooth Speakers: Sony SRSX5 (multiple colors) $168 (Reg. $200), Logitech UE Boombox $140 (Reg. $250), more

sony-srsx5-bluetooth-speaker-readAmazon offers the Sony SRSX5 portable Bluetooth/NFC speaker for $168 with free shipping, which is the first sizable discount we’ve seen since its release in March. Almost every other retailer is charging close to the full list price of $199.99 for it. This is a premium speaker that is made to compete with the Bose Soundlink Mini, Logitech UE Boom and other high-end portables. It features 20 Watts of total power, power bank functionality, and built-in speakerphone functionalityEarly reviewers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Available in black, red, and silver.

Use your savings to buy a custom carrying case for your new SRSX5 speaker.

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Here2Save (fulfilled by Amazon) via Amazon offers the Logitech UE portable Bluetooth speaker for $139.99 with free shipping. That’s $110 below list and within $20 of the best price that we’ve seen this year. 9to5Mac says it “probably has the best sound of any portable Bluetooth device we’ve come across.” It features a 50 ft. wireless bluetooth range, 6 hour battery life and can connect up to 3 devices simultaneously. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from over 200 Amazon reviewers.

We’ve also spotted a few other discounted BT speaker options including:

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Bluetooth Speakers: Urge Basics Soundbrick $30 shipped (Reg. $80), Samsung Portable $80 shipped (orig. $200)

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Update (5/20 8:45am): Newegg is offering the black Urge Basics Soundbrick Stereo Bluetooth Speaker with built-in mic for $30 shipped using code EMCPEHW98 (Reg. $80, $1 under our previous mention, and the current low)

Samsung (DA-FM61C) Bluetooth Speaker-sale-01Next, we have the manufacturer refurbished Samsung (DA-FM61C) Bluetooth Speaker for $79.99 shipped. That’s as much as $80 off some new prices, about $38 under the average selling price and the lowest refurbished unit we can find by $10. It features two 10-watt neodymium speakers, NFC, a fold-out stand, an aux-in mini jack and about 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. 

Buydig is also offering the Sony Micro Bluetooth Music System with NFC for $149.99 shipped (Reg. $249) using code SPRINGSAV during checkout.

You can also find more great deals on everything from headphones, Apple products and more Bluetooth speakers in our Daily Deals round-ups.

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JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker & Lightning dock: $130 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Update: Amazon has now dropped the JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker an additional $35, down to $95 shipped.

Amazon has the JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker and Lightning dock for $130 shipped. That’s $110 off the regular listing, $70 under JBL’s price, and the lowest price we’ve seen this model go for. It features a Lightning dock for iPhone 5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch and other compatible Apple devices, AAC Bluetooth streaming and an aux input. It has received a 4.4/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

The Harman Audio Store has a great deal on a refurbished version of this JBL speaker dock for $70 shipped. It also has some other nice refurb options like the Legendary JBL sound for iPad, iPhone, and iPod for $49 (Reg. $170) and the JBL Jembe Powerful two-piece entertainment speakers for $42 (Reg. $70).

You’ll also find one of 9to5Mac’s favourite BT speakers, the Logitech UE 984-000304 Boombox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Silver) for $120 shipped today, that’s $130 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

JBL OnBeat Venue Bluetooth speaker & Lightning Dock: $130 shipped (Reg. $200)

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Bluetooth Speakers: Eton Rugged Rukus All-Terrain Portable Solar $65 (Reg. $100), Klipsch KMC 1 $250 (Reg. $300)

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Amazon offers the Eton Rugged Rukus All-Terrain Portable Solar Bluetooth Speaker for $64.99 with free shipping. That’s 35% below list, $15 better than the average street price, and the best deal we have ever seen by $7.

Perfect for camping and tailgating, this solar-powered speaker can achieve a full charge from just 5 hours of direct sunlight and in return produces 8 hours of audio playback. You can also charge it with the AC adapter if you happen to be near a wall outlet. The internal battery can be used as a power bank to charge your gadgets. It is water-resistant and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 feet. Available in black and green. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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It features dual 2.5″ full-range drivers, dual 3″ passive bass radiators, remembers up to eight Bluetooth devices, a 3.5mm audio in, a USB charging port and up to 16 hours of battery life on a single full charge. Along with a one year warranty and the free set of Klipsch earbuds, this unit has received a 4.6/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

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Sony Lightning iPhone/iPad clock radio speaker dock $68 (Reg. $100), Bluetooth dock $98 (Reg. $179)

sony-lightning-clock-speaker-dockAmazon is offering the Sony Lightning iPhone/iPad clock radio speaker dock (Model ICFCS15IPN) for $68 with free shipping. That’s $32 under retail and the best price we’ve seen by nearly $10.

You may feel like alarm clocks are no longer practical thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, but as Seth found out while reviewing a Philips dock we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss these bedside companions. The Sony Lightning dock is a convenient way to keep your iPhone/iPod/iPad charged overnight while waking up to your choice of radio, iPod, or buzzer. You can even control it from across the room with the included miniature remote. Compatible with all current generation Lightning-equipped Apple devices. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you’re OK without the alarm clock capabilities you can step-up into the the Sony RDPX200IPN Lightning dock with Bluetooth for $98. This model has received a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.
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Philips Shoqbox splash/drop-proof portable Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $150)

philips-shoqbox-speaker-dealBest Buy is offering the Philips Shoqbox SB7200 series portable Bluetooth speaker for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s $70 under retail, which retailers like Apple are currently charging, and within $12 of the best price ever. It features a rugged splas/drop-proof design, a built-in mic for speakerphone functionality, and a swipe sensor that allows you to skip songs with the wave of your hand. Special pricing only available for the black model. Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Put your savings towards a second Shoqbox and pair the two units up to create a stereo system of left and right channels.

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Panasonic Bluetooth speaker w/ subwoofer and iPad stand $50 shipped (Reg. $200)

Panasonic-desktop-wireless-speakerPanasonic is offering its SC-NP10 wireless Bluetooth speaker system with integrated subwoofer for $49.99 with free shipping when you enter coupon code JAMNOW at checkout. That’s a savings of 75% off retail, 50% off the sale price, and the best price to date. Rated 4 out of 5 stars. Features include:

  • 2.1ch Speaker System – includes an integrated Subwoofer and Surround Sound playback
  • Wireless Music Streaming – Bluetooth-enabled to stream music from your mobile device
  • Universal Tablet Stand – ideal design for watching movies on your tablet

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Jabra Solemate portable Bluetooth speaker (Refurb) $75 shipped (Reg. $200 new)

jabra-solemate-bluetooth-speakerTanga is offering a refurbished Jabra Solemate portable Bluetooth speaker for $69.99 plus $4.99 shipping for a total out the door cost of  $74.98. That’s $125 below retail for a new unit and $46 below Amazon’s current asking price. Available in black or white. Includes a 30-day warranty.

Rated 4.5 stars from over 430 Amazon reviewers.

Use your savings to accessorize your new Solemate with fun colored ‘soles.’

The Jabra Solemate is a go-anywhere, do-anything portable speaker with massive sound that lets you share your music everywhere. Party on the beach, dance in the kitchen, or play in the park – wherever you go, your Solemate will be ready to make any event amazing. It works with any Bluetooth-enabled device, so all you have to do is provide the tunes and Solemate will do the rest.

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Logitech UE Mini Boom portable Bluetooth speaker $72 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Update: Knock the price down to $72 at Best Buy when you enter coupon code bloggers10off at checkout.

Best Buy has the Logitech UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker for $79.99 with free shipping. (Amazon matches).That’s a savings of 20% off retail and a new all-time low by $10. Currently available in black and green ($90). It builds on its acclaimed predecessor, the UE Boombox, by offering even bigger sound. 9to5Mac explains:

It is both louder and crisper at higher volumes as well. It is another class…to quote Spinal Tap, they’ve gone to 11 and further. As you can see in the video – the sound of the Boom at 1/3 is what the Box didn’t hit until 2/3rd of the way.

The accompanying iOS/Android app provides firmware updates, EQ customization and the ability to pair multiple speakers. Check out our full review of Mini Boom in the YouTube video below. Spoiler alert! We found it to be an incredible value. Early Amazon reviewers agree, rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Need an even bigger speaker? Take a look at the Mini’s big brother.

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Bose Deals: SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker $40 off, SoundDock Series III $224, headphones, $500 off entertainment systems, more

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Update: The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker deal is now over

We have spotted some nice deals on highly rated Bose gear today including the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker, the Solo TV Sound System, various home entertainment systems, and even some high quality Bose headphones.

Amazon also has the new Bose SoundDock Series III Digital Music System with Lightning connector on for $224 shipped right now. That’s $25 off the original listing and only the second time Amazon has offered the SoundDock III this low. This will charge all compatible devices through the Lightning connector dock, comes with a remote control and is available in black, blue, green, orange, and purple. Like most of Bose’s audio gear, the SoundDock Series III has received a 4.3 stars out of 5 rating on Amazon.

Bose-QuietComfort-15-Acoustic-Noise-Canceling-headphones-sale-Bose round up-01Next up, is the highly rated Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones for $30 off today. You can grab these cans for $269 shipped today, down from $300 (w/ black and brown options). These come with an airline adapter, carrying case, and two audio cables: “one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling.” Again, these also come with a 4.4 stars out of 5 rating among over 1,300 Amazon reviewers.

Amazon is also running a promotion offering 10% off various Bose audio systems including the Bose Solo TV Sound System ($359) and the CineMate® GS Series II Digital Home Theater Speaker System ($539). It is also offering as much as $500 off 3 different high-end Bose Lifestyle Series Home Entertainment System configurations.

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Logitech UE Boombox Bluetooth speaker: $150 (or $120 refurb) Shipped

logitech-ue-boombox-dealAs part of their Early Doorbusters Blue Sunday promotion, Best Buy has the Logitech wireless Boombox Bluetooth speaker for $149.99 with free shipping. That’s $100 below retail and the best price ever by $30. 9to5Mac says it “probably has the best sound of any portable Bluetooth device we’ve come across.” It features a 50 ft. wireless bluetooth range, 6 hour battery life and can connect up to 3 devices simultaneously. Rated 4.5 stars by Amazon reviewers.

Looking for an even more portable Bluetooth speaker? Grab the mini boom box or the updated Mini Boom, both are at all-time lows.
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Logitech UE Mini Boombox Bluetooth speaker: $69 shipped

91bci4gzz7l-_sl1500_Amazon is offering the Logitech UE Mini Boombox Bluetooth speaker for $68.99 with free shipping.  That is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for a new unit and a total savings of 31% off the original retail price (since updated) of $100 for the Bluetooth speaker that 9to5Mac dubbed “The absolute best portable Bluetooth speaker you can buy.”  9to5Mac went on to say:

The sound is so full that I can easily use it on a desktop and almost forget I’m not using my $200 Audyssey Lower East Side speakers or pop it in a rental car and don’t worry about getting your iPhone to work with a new car’s stereo. Speakerphone calls rival a conference room Polycom that costs 10x the price. This hits most of the sweet spots and I believe that a majority of people will find this the best option.

The UE‘s features include speakerphone functionality, multiple device access and an ultra-portable design and 6 hour+ battery. It’s not just 9to5Mac that loves the UE, 225 unique Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 stars. Available in black or other colors for more.

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