Wireless Audio Stories May 17, 2015

Update (5/18 12:30pm): Amazon has matched this pricing on the SONOS PLAY:1 two room starter kit for $349 with free shipping.

Crutchfield is making it easier than ever to get into the world of wireless whole home audio. The online retailer is offering two SONOS PLAY:1 speakers in white or black for $349 shipped. These regularly go for $199 individually and today’s deal delivers a savings of roughly $25 per speaker. This is within a few dollars of the best price we’ve seen for an individual PLAY:1 and the lowest current offer. Crutchfield’s excellent service and support are an added bonus to this deal.

These speakers are widely respected by consumers as an excellent bridge into the SONOS ecosystem. The PLAY:1’s feature two class D tuned amplifiers, one 3.5″ mid-woofer and a tweeter. The humidity-resistant design allows for the speaker to be placed in a bathroom or outside on humid days. With access to a variety of music sources, such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music, the PLAY:1 is a solid option for starting a whole home wireless music system.

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Wireless Audio Stories April 16, 2015

expiredJawbone MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors $50 shipped (Orig. $130)

AT&T offers the Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker in Red or Purple for $49.50 shipped. This is $80 off the original list price, $38 better than Amazon and the best current price. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Although it’s small in size, this speaker packs plenty of punch to fill a large space. It has enough battery life to last 10 hours, so you can count on it all day. The Jawbone Mini also has a built-in speakerphone and can be paired for stereo sound.

Wireless Audio Stories April 3, 2015

Wireless whole home audio is moving away from being labeled a new and expanding category to something that is refining itself as a necessary need for audio enthusiasts. We’ve seen new releases from Bang & Olufsen this year, as well as updates to Aether’s speaker, while SONOS continues to reign supreme.

This week, Samsung announced a new entry into the whole home audio competition with its Radiant360 R7 Wireless Speaker that offers a number of familiar features plus some new ones.

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Wireless Audio Stories March 11, 2015

expiredBluetooth Streaming Audio Adapters: Mpow $9 (Reg. $20), Aukey w/ hands-free calling $15 (Reg. $20)

Amazon has the Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Audio Adapter for $10.99. Coupon code 4WK8549F brings the final price down to $8.99 Prime shipped (free trial). This device originally retailed for $20 and today’s price is the best that we can currently find.

This highly-rated Bluetooth adapter is capable of adding wireless streaming to any headphones via the 3.5mm audio jack or to a stereo system with a USB input. The slider case hides the USB adapter, eliminating the need for cap that can be easily lost.

Next up, Amazon has the Aukey Bluetooth Audio Receiver Dongle for $16.99. Apply coupon code L3F3T3CD at checkout and the price drops to $14.99 Prime shipped. Today’s price is the best that we can find on this well-rated Bluetooth dongle.

Features include the ability to make any pair of headphones wireless with the built-in 3.5mm audio jack, a rechargeable battery rated for six hours of listening time and all the cables needed to get started. Additionally, it has a microphone that enables hands-free calling. This Aukey product ships with a 18-month warranty.

We’ve also got a nice deal on a Kinivo Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit as well.

Wireless Audio Stories March 4, 2015

Just take a second and look at it. Isn’t this one of the prettiest speakers you’ve seen in a while? This is the Cone wireless speaker from Aether and it just picked up a few added features that tightens the gap between it and SONOS. As of this week, the previously AirPlay-only speaker now is capable of going on the road while also making a push to cover your whole home. expand full story

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