aptX Stories February 20, 2016

There has never been a better time to upgrade to a new pair of speakers for your home audio setup. The market is flooded with options at different price points to meet every need. From Bluetooth to traditional 2-channel, you’re bound to find something to fit your budget.

Audioengine, a speaker-focused brand out of Texas, recently released its HD6 powered speakers. These 2-channel bookshelf speakers are packed with nearly every mainstream connectivity medium. We’ve spent the last month testing and cranking tunes on our way to delivering a recommendation for our readers. At $749, these speakers are at the higher-end of the Bluetooth market. Were they able to perform? Head below for more.

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aptX Stories January 28, 2016

It seems like we’ve been inundated with Bluetooth speaker offerings over the last year. Even worse, each new release seems to be a redesign of another model already on the market. Finding a way to standout from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult as established brands are seeing hundreds of new names enter the space.

Fluance, an audio company up in Ontario, has released a new addition to its line-up of hi-fi equipment called the Fi70 High Fidelity Music System. Instead of going the route of traditional portable speakers, it has opted for an all-in-one system that mixes mid-century looks with modern technology. You’re either going to love or hate the design…

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expiredBluetooth 20W Speakers: Sony SRSX5 $77 shipped (Reg. $105+), TaoTronics $40 shipped (Reg. $60)

Update (1/28 10:45am): We also spotted the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (open-box) for $69.99 shipped (Orig. $400) at ChubbiesTech (98.6% positive feedback) via eBay.

Walmart offers the Sony SRSX5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $77 with free shipping. For comparison, it originally retailed for $200 and still fetches $105+ at retailers like Amazon. Today’s deal is $15 less than our previous mention and the lowest price that we can find. Sony’s SRSX5 features 20W of power, a dual passive radiator bass system, Bluetooth connectivity with aptX support and eight hours of battery life. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 525 Amazon reviewers.

Next up, Sunvalleytek via Amazon offers the TaoTronics 20W Boom X Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $59.99. Applying coupon code BLUESK06 drops the final price down to $39.99 shipped. That’s good for $90 off the original list MSRP, $20 off the regular going rate, $5 less than our previous mention and the lowest price that we can find. Features include a two 10W speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, up to six hours of battery life and a “lifetime” warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

aptX Stories January 12, 2016

expiredQuick Review: SoundPEATS’ Q9A Bluetooth earbuds offer solid value at less than $20, exclusive discount

One of our most popular products featured on 9to5Toys in 2015 was Bluetooth headphones. From well-known names like Beats or JayBird to a plethora of companies that flooded the market, it seemed like going wireless was on everyone’s mind. Bluetooth headphones were once seen as a luxury item with a price tag to match, but over the last 12 months the cost has slowly dropped as we’ve seen many new brands come on the scene.

SoundPEATS was one of those fresh faces. Its low-cost Bluetooth headphones and earbuds are amongst some of the the most popular options that we post. Over the last few weeks we’ve spent time with one of SoundPEATS most popular models: the Q9A earbuds. Head below for a quick review and an exclusive offer for 9to5Toys readers.

aptX Stories September 16, 2015

expiredKanto YU5 Bluetooth 4.0 Bookshelf Speakers in five colors: $250 shipped (Reg. $350)

Best Buy’s Official eBay Storefront offers the Kanto YU5 Bluetooth 4.0 Bookshelf Speakers in five colors for $249.99 shipped. Also available direct from Best Buy. Today’s deal is $200 off the original MSRP, $100 better than Amazon and the lowest price that we can currently find.

These aren’t your standard bookshelf speakers – Kanto has included Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with aptX support as well as optical, 3.5mm and RCA inputs. All of these connectivity options make this pair of speakers an excellent companion for your TV, computer or home audio setup.

A one-inch silk dome tweeter, five-inch kevlar driver, two-inch bass port and “acoustic grade” cabinets pump out 80W of power. Additional features include auto-standby mode and an included remote control. Amazon customers rate these speakers 4.4/5 stars.

aptX Stories May 6, 2015

expiredMpow Swift Bluetooth Stereo Sport Earbuds $22 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

If you are looking for a great Apple Watch accessory, Amazon offers the Mpow Swift Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds for $29.99. However, when you enter the code: SS8WAMYF at checkout, the total drops to only $21.99 Prime shipped. That’s $8 off the regular price, $38 off the original list price and tied with our previous mention as the lowest we’ve seen.

These highly rated buds come in green, blue or orange and feature Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec. They also have a stable design for all levels of exercise and are sweatproof. An 18-month warranty and 45-day money-back guarantee from Mpow also applies.

Looking to spend even less than that? These Apple style buds are on sale for only $11.99. 

aptX Stories May 4, 2015

Bluetooth Speakers: Sony SRSX5 $130 (Reg. $180), UE Mini Boom $70 (Orig. $100)

We have a couple of nice deals on Bluetooth speakers today starting with Amazon offering the Sony SRSX5 in black or red for $129.99 shipped. Matched at Best Buy. It typically retails for $180, today’s deal is within a few dollars of the lowest we’ve seen it go for and the best current offering. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Features:

  • Powerful stereo sound with 20 watts of power
  • Subwoofer with dual passive radiators for rich sound (50 Hz to 20 kHz)
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with AAC and aptX support
  • Convenient One-Touch Listening technology
  • USB power port for charging smartphones and tablets

We’ve also spotted the UE MINI BOOM at Amazon for $69.99 shipped in multiple colors. While it’s not the lowest price that we’ve seen, lower priced deals often aren’t from retails as desirable as Amazon, it is the best current offering. It is rated 4.4/5 stars and features 10 hours of battery life, NFC connectivity, and a 130Hz to 20kHz frequency response.

Looking for more Bluetooth options? We also have a nice deal on a splashproof Omaker speaker as well.

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