the writers workbench: portable sound
The laptop may be built in.
In the speakers, but they are ideal only when you are born.
Smart phones and tablets can play wonderful sounds through earbuds, but sometimes you won\'t be tied up or may want the same to be heard by others around you.
Or what if you\'re traveling on a long plane? Or in your car? Or. . . or. . . or. . . ? ? ?
Okay, you see.
This month, we look at a portable sound that we often and have fun. •X-Mini Kai•X-
• Audio-mini carnival • BT Wireless Pocket Speaker • Braven 600
Quiet tech. ATH-
Quiet tech. ATH-
Luca2 BT-ANC23 headphones • Phiaton PS 210 BTNC headphones-
Macally Car adapter-X3 Bluetooth headset-MINI KAIX-
Mini has always been one of my favorite small but powerful pocket manufacturerssized speakers.
There are other competitors now, but X
Mini leads all the way.
They added several new entries in one line.
At first glance, X
Mini Kai looks like the standard of the company-bearer, the X-Mini II.
It\'s golf ball-
The size and twists are open to provide a richer bass.
But then there were differences.
Most notably, Kai allows Bluetooth connection, so you can now listen to the speakers in a traditional way (
Insert the connected cable)or wirelessly.
Kai also has a microphone so it can be used as a speaker phone.
There will be more later.
Like all X.
Mini speakers, you can create a speaker chain by inserting speakers into each other, and Kai can now also be used as a Bluetooth \"dongle \".
\"This means that you can connect an unlimited number of wired speakers to it through the headphone jack and play them wirelessly.
I tested this and it worked fine. -
The sound is loud.
The sound is more impressive than the original X-Mini.
The Kai is slightly larger and now uses 40mm drives with 2 speaker output. 5 watts.
Very good quality, even better than X-Mini II.
It doesn\'t have a low bass, but the sound is vibrant and loud for this little thing.
Don\'t be fooled by its pocketsize --
The speaker pops up enough volume to fill the medium-sized room. (
It is important to know something about listening to music via a wireless Bluetooth connection.
This is true for any speaker with Bluetooth.
Bluetooth uses digital compression, which will cause a slight drop in sound on the wireless connection.
With Bluetooth, the quality is still very good, just a little bit more blurry than if you were using a wire to connect to a music player.
This is what any speaker will do. )
Bluetooth pairing is easy and the device is immediately recognized.
If you want to switch from Bluetooth to Wired, you have to remember to switch from Bluetooth to \"audio \".
\"This will interrupt the Bluetooth connection and you have to simply reconnectpair.
You can control playback using the volume wheel--
A quick turn to the right or to the left.
Turning the Wheel and keeping it will increase or decrease the volume. (
It beeps when you reach full loudness.
The wheel will also pause playing.
Although I prefer the independent volume wheel of X-
Mini II, the device does not need playback function, which is very good.
Also, putting everything on one button will make the design cleaner.
Another important feature of Kai ---
In the microphone, so you can use it as a speaker for your phone.
If you listen to music while on the phone, the concert is cut off when the phone is answered.
Press a button and it becomes a speaker phone. The X-
Mini Kai is only 3 years old.
5 ounces with rechargeable lithiumion battery.
It offers 8 hours of playback or 4 hours of use with Bluetooth.
The wireless range is a very respectable 33 feet.
The only serious argument between me and the speaker has nothing to do with the speaker. Like all X-
Mini product with the most concise fonts in the world in the user\'s guide.
Prepare a magnifying glass when you start.
It retails for $140, but at the time of writing this report, Kai can be found online for $81. X-
X of mini RAVEAnother new speaker-
The Mini line is Carnival.
This provides a built-inin FM radio.
In most other ways, it functions similar to the rest of the company.
The sound is great and the sound is loud.
The device has a built-in speaker jack with a separate USB charging jack and a sack bag.
You can put the other X
The mini speaker creates a bigger sound.
Its rechargeable battery will last up to 8 hours of audio and 6 hours of FM playback. You tap an up-and-
Scroll down the button to the available station.
Overall, although I do have some problems, the sound is clear and clear.
To be clear, I\'m sure X-
Mini Carnival is suitable for most people.
This is a successful product for the company and the representative of the company said they do not have a customer return record-
I tend to believe that because X-
The mini products I have tested over the years are of very high quality.
However, I can only say to my personal experience, and (
Even if it\'s just a rare lucky draw)
I have a question.
When I scroll through the station, I went through the entire FM band, and more than half of them didn\'t come in at all.
This includes two radio stations that I often listen.
Many of these stations may have weak signals, but there should be something else to pass through, but it\'s just completely silent.
Other portable radios in the home can receive radio stations.
I believe this product works well for most people.
Maybe this is a specific run from a problem.
The built-in FM radio in a small speaker is definitely a convenience.
Highly portable XMini (which weighs 3. 5 ounces)
In most stations, it does have its usual wonderful sounds that are indeed picked up.
That is to say, I have a bigger personal dispute over the product-
There are no presets, so if the stations you want to listen to are far away from each other on dial-up, it may take time to switch between stations. The X-
Mini Carnival is a very good concept with some very powerful features.
I have to believe that most people don\'t have the problems I have.
Still, I prefer X-
Although for some, it may be a preference to have the FM built into your pocket speakers.
When writing, X.
The Mini Rave retail price is $75, but $50 can be found online.
Satechi bt Wireless Pocket Speaker Satechi BT speaker is challenge X-
In this case, the Mini design, especially the Kai.
Satechi listens to music via Bluetooth wireless connection and also includes a built-in-
Handle mobile phone calls with DSP microphone.
It can also be connected to your music player via a headphone jack plug or daisy chain to become a Bluetooth \"dongle \".
\"Similar in design to X-
Mini Kay, although flatbottom \"legs.
\"This makes the touch more stable when placed on the table, though a bit less compact.
Still, it\'s very small, in the pocket --size portable.
Very good sound from Satechi.
Although it is not particularly hot, the tone is clear and loud. (
Also, like all Bluetooth speakers, the sound is slightly more blurry than when using the built-in speakersin cord. )
There are function buttons for volume, next/last track and change mode--
Everything was clear, but I found their design a bit confusing, so it was a little more troublesome to use than I liked better.
When writing, you can find it online for $46.
BRAVEN 600 Braven has three portable Bluetooth speakers
Between pocket products
Size portability and highest portability
Stereo audio end.
The model tested is their low. end (
High quality though)600.
However, what makes them different from most small speakers is that they can also be used as portable chargers.
You don\'t go to the speakers in your pocket.
They are more suitable for briefcases or backpacks or to walk around the house. (
They may even be too big for wallets unless they are bigger and excessivethe-shoulder bag. )
The braaven speakers are small but not small.
The Model 600 is rectangular block 6. 25 x 2. 5 x 1. 75 inches.
It\'s not heavy at all, although you\'ll notice it\'s 12 ounces heavy when carrying it.
All the designs are elegant and stylish with solid aluminum body.
The first thing. -
The sound quality is very good.
Very clear and clear without any confusion, the treble is very good and the bass is quite good (
Though don\'t expect it to go deep and flourish).
There are two HD speakers so you can get stereo as well (--somewhat.
It won\'t let you have a lot of separation from the sound, but it will add a lot to the rich sound).
The volume does not explode on the grassland, but it makes a sound big enough to fill up a good soundsized room.
The sound via Bluetooth is very good. (
As mentioned earlier, the sound of all Bluetooth devices has dropped slightly due to the compression of digital files. )
It is easy to pair and can work a little more than 30 feet at most.
If you do not have Bluetooth on your audio device, an audio cable is provided to connect Braven--
It can \"daisy chain\" to other speakers and connect them together to get a bigger sound.
The brave can also be used as both hands.
Free phone calls. (
Although it is portable, you will use it most conveniently when it is sitting on a table. )
You can call, press a button and go back to your music.
Most notably, however, the braaven line can also be used as a charger in case your phone or audio device is powered off on the road.
Just connect the included cable between the speaker and the device.
Not the most powerful charger (1400 mAh)
, Only for mobile phones and music players, not tablets, but you should be able to get a full charge from your tablet.
When playing music only, the braaven 600 battery has a rated life of about 14 hours, but you may lose a few hours when used for charging.
The problem I have is secondary.
This product comes with a tote bag, but it may be a bit larger: When you put everything in (
Speaker, two wires and a very nice small charger with foldable plug)
The bag has passed.
Squeezed and pale. (
Not only does this make it clunky, but it looks ugly, and it\'s no big deal other than the brave people who go out of their way to keep it stylish. )
Also, I hope the audio cable has been built --
It will be much more convenient.
Other models of braaven line include a model made specifically for outdoor use and a high
Play and Charge terminal models with stronger battery life.
The price of Braven 600 is not cheap.
At the time of writing, the retail price was $150.
This is also the price on the Internet, although it is brand new at the time of review, the price on the Internet may change.
In addition to the price, you can also get high-quality sound quality and portable charger.
Although the best pocket speaker might be super teeth, sometimes you want something higher-
Whether it\'s the depth of the music or where you want to play it (
For example, a picnic or a big room at a party).
The disco at SuperTooth has a powerful entrance.
It\'s definitely bigger and heavier than anything else commented here, but offers some interesting features.
First of all, disco can play on battery power or AC power or your music wirelessly or wired.
Disco supports Bluetooth A2DP with any (
This includes smartphones and iPod touch. --
But there is also a cable attached to an MP3 player or laptop that is not Bluetoothenabled.
The sound is quite impressive, loud and thriving, but also clear and clear, with a good balance of bass and treble. (
Obviously, this is subjective to a person ---
Enthusiasts will ask for more
Then, enthusiasts always ask for more. )
It has 28 watts of sound-a 12-
Watt subwoofer and two 8-
Stereo Drive in Watt.
It is important to reiterate what is said above: While Bluetooth provides the advantage of a wireless connection, it also uses digital compression to lower the sound.
This is the advantage of the cable.
Any compression distortion can be eliminated using it.
The wireless Bluetooth sound here is still very good even without the cable, although it is a bit muddy (
Although this will be more or less pronounced based on the music you play).
The disco includes a bass boost button to compensate for any degradation, and it works fine even though you lose a bit of crunchy.
So, you may not like to use it for some music.
It is worth noting that the Bluetooth of the disco has 36-
Longer foot operating range than many devices.
Depending on the volume, the disco battery is rated for 3 to 10 hours.
Its standby time was rated as an impressive 1,500 hours. (
No, I didn\'t get a chance to test this. . . )
The speaker uses a rechargeable battery with 3-
Hour charging time
It would be nice to include the remote control, although to be fair, most people may have portable music sources in their hands, so they can control the volume, track and speed
Forward this way.
Otherwise, the dial in front of the disco is the way the equipment is operated.
Disco is not light as mentioned earlier.
Although it is the most, its price is slightly higher than 2 pounds
Absolutely portable at 12. 5\" x 3. 5\" x 2. 75\" (
And equipped with protective covers).
However, this is not something you want to carry with you in your backpack, nor is it a handbag that you often go from room to room.
It carries more to a specific location (
For example, enter your backyard or put the car in and take it out)
Let it sound when needed.
It also makes a very good speaker in the room.
Another thing to mention is that the Bluetooth design is excellent and looks almost elegant.
It is very strong, the lines are very beautiful, and the angle is more suitable for the room speakers.
Rubber feet are on the bottom, increasing stability.
Please note that there is no pocket in the suitcase of the charger or cable, although the latter is easy to plug in.
At the time of writing this report, SuperTooth Disco can be found for $118, which is a very respectable price for similar speakers. AUDIO-
Quiet tech. ATH-
Of course, sometimes you want to listen to your music, but you need the privacy that only headphones can bring.
If these headphones make noise, too.
It would be better to cancel such beneficial technology on the way to travel by plane. Audio-
Wide Iron Triangle
From burn-in headphones to highly portable headphonesear models.
Let\'s see a few travelers. The ATH-ANC27 are over-the-
Headphones claiming to reduce noise by 85%.
They need an AAA battery to deal with the active noise.
Cancel, but will work passively when the battery is off. (
The on/off switch is on the ear cover and the battery box is easy to turn on and the headset is not always the case. )
The headphones provide good audio, and of course there is a noticeable difference between the two modes.
Used in case of off noise cancellation, the ANC27 provides very warm sound which is good
Balance, although a bit muddy.
However, turning on the noise elimination, the sound is very clear and bright, and (for my ears)
Even better, the bass is reasonable and the treble is good, although it is a little bit of a problem.
The volume also increased slightly.
It is important that it also eliminates the surrounding noise well, especially at the lower level of rumbling, which you will encounter on the plane (
Or in the whisper of coffee
House, for example). Even higher-
Like other music, the final noise is blocked despite some passing through. Being over-the-
Ears, you will also get the opposite benefit because the audio you are listening to will not bleed.
The headphones are very comfortable to wear, with soft cushions on the ears and adjustable headband with padding on the head.
The ear cup is on the very small side, but, so big, cracked-
The challenged mind may have different results.
It weighs just under 7 ounces (
These things are light, but their ears will get heavy in a few hours.
A minute or so makes things feel comfortable again.
In terms of packaging, the earmuffs are easy to turn and fold.
They have a hard case suitcase which is very protected--
The only downside is that this case is a bit large and will take up precious space in a small carry-on roomon. (
The strange thing is that the case is separate and the two halves have to be compressed together, which requires a little effort.
But this is a problem between me and my independent thumb. )
Another good feeling is that the wires are removable, so if you want to use headphones to eliminate noise without music (
It\'s like sleeping.
There will be no loose cable jumping around.
Those of us who are easy to lose these things may want to plug in the wires.
It is helpful that a small twist locks the wire on the plugin slot.
Battery life is up to 40 hours. The ATH-
ANC27 includes a month-
The Prong adapter, along with the/stereo adapter.
It retails for $120 at the time of writing this report, but can find $60 online.
This is a very good price for a solid quality
Quiet tech. ATH-
Very light, supercompact in-
Headphones for noisecancelling. (
There is no AAA battery attached, it weighs only about 11 ounces. )
The company says it will reduce the noise by 90%. Noise-
The battery is needed for cancellation, but the headset works passively without the battery.
The sound quality of this daily headset is very good. With noise-
Cancel. the sound is warm.
Mix although slightly muted.
Some of the reasons for the latter are that the volume drops lower without noise
Cancel, but the sensitivity of \"mute\" continues even after raising the volume. With noise-
Cancel the activation, the sound is brighter and louder, and the feeling is more separated.
The bass is more obvious, but not deep.
Although the treble is a bit thin, it is worthy of respect.
Cancellation works fine. It blocks low-
It\'s over, and the rumbling ambient noise is very good, but it doesn\'t cancel that much \"high\"
External noise (like music)as over-the-Headphones. Being in-
23 won\'t stop your music from bleeding like a cup covering the whole ear.
There\'s a warning--
You have to make sure to press the earbuds deep into your ears to \"seal\" or the noise will bleed.
The external control hangs from the wire and contains an on/off switch, volume control, and a clip for connecting to the shirt.
If it is left hanging, it is very light, but it is a little troublesome, and the cutting effect is very good.
While it doesn\'t matter to be able to control the volume of the headphones, it\'s certainly handy if you want to put the music player in your pocket or bag. The ATH-
The ANC23 has three sizes of rubber suction heads as well as extra foam suction heads.
Including a 2-
Core air joint, and soft carry bag.
Battery life is up to 60 hours.
To a large extent, if one likes more-
Ears or morethe-ear headphones.
These products are very light, easy to wear for a long time and provide a strong medium term
Range quality of sound.
They retail at a high price of $170 when writing, although it can be found online for only $47, which is quite cost-effective.
Phiaton ps 210 BTNC Phiaton offers a lot of high
The quality features of small and light packaging.
It has many advantages and disadvantages, but it is mainly the former.
These are Bluetooth-
Headphones with noise
Cancellation and microphone for mobile phone use.
Although they are the best, they can also be Wired
Designed for wireless.
The dongle is hung on the earbuds and it contains all the controls (volume, fast-
Forward, reverse, telephone-up and such).
It can be clipped on clothes or used with the attached neck strap, especially useful for jogging.
The dongle is rather light, though you will feel the resistance of a caught.
The earbuds themselves are very light and comfortable to sit.
The sound quality is very good. The high-
The treble is crisp, and although the bass is not deep or high, it is clearrounded.
The sound is accompanied by a pleasant abundance, though not necessarily the widest separation.
As with all Bluetooth audio devices, there is slight confusion but slight in the compressed sound.
I don\'t notice any changes when noise cancellation is turned on, which sometimes affects the audio itself.
Very good noise cancellation.
The company said it would block 95% of the background sound and I wouldn\'t be surprised if it was accurate. (
And an echo-
\"Off\" technology, making background noise when using microphone call time limit. )
As mentioned earlier, Phiaton can be used with Wired, but it is clear from just observation that it is designed for Bluetooth-
There is no built-in audio cable in the dongle;
It is separate to plug in the power.
The downside is that it is a separate part that can be lost.
The advantage is that if you plan to use it primarily via Bluetooth, this makes it a more elegant and convenient device-
No rope to hang down.
Note, however, that although battery power is not required when connecting a wired audio cable, this will cover the power button.
This means that you can\'t use any of the buttons on the dongle or cancel the noise.
Also, on my device, the audio cable does not work properly while it remains good.
When it comes to power buttons--
It doesn\'t just turn on or off like most people do.
You have to keep it for a few seconds.
It\'s a bit annoying, though it\'s not a big deal.
However, the device provides voice confirmation played through ear plugs (
Tell you things like \"power on\", \"Bluetooth connection\", which is a very good touch and eliminates speculation. )
Overall, fishing feels very good.
Only one exception.
The lid on the bottom slot inserted into the audio cable and charger cable looks very fragile and is likely to break.
In the end, it\'s not a big deal because it will only open the Jack like most devices do.
Phiaton adopts \"halfin-
The \"ear\" design for your ear canal.
Silicone ear tip size included.
USB charger cables and pouch bags are also included.
Pouch \"snapshot\" opened and closed \"-
This may be more protection, though not very convenient than drawing lines.
As for charging, the music time of the headset is 14 hours and the call time is 12 hours (
The interceptor is closed, a few hours less after opening)--
The standby time is impressive 500 hours.
All in all, the Phiaton PS 210 BTNC is a very high quality, compact and lightweight multi-functional phone
Headphones, especially the best.
Suitable for Bluetooth use.
However, if you would like to use headphones with connecting wires primarily, other options (like the above-reviewed Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23)
But if you\'re a wireless soul, that\'s the purpose of the design.
They\'re here to spend money. -
At the time of writing, they retail for $159, but can find $129 online. LUXA2 BT-
Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth headsets
X3 bridge several worlds.
They don\'t have noise cancellation technology, but what they offer is the built-in wireless Bluetooth connection
Microphone and Red Dot Award-winning design.
Stylish Headphones light up at 4.
5 oz with very comfortable leather mat.
Although they are small, they are easily placed on the ears.
The headband is covered with a little soft padding, but it is enough to sit gently above your head. Well-
The buttons designed on one of the ear cups allow control of play/pause, track change, and speed-
Forward and volume.
There\'s an embedded microphone.
The call is free and music can be suspended during the call. (
Well designed as BT
X3 is, there\'s a strange place: Fast
The forward button is on the left and the Rewind is on the right.
Of course, the standard is the opposite. )
It\'s easy to connect Bluetooth, providing a solid 33-foot range.
While these designs are as many as the music, they offer a respectable-
Sound enough, though not the highest end.
Although there is no particularly rich music, the music is clear and there is no confusion.
Everything is in the middle
There is no range of bass or treble.
Be aware that when listening to music via any Bluetooth connection, the sound will always drop slightly due to the digital compression used by Bluetooth, which may play here.
With the convenience of wireless Bluetooth, you will get a respectable sound.
Proof of rechargeable lithium battery 7.
The play time is 5 hours and the talk time is 9 hours.
The standby time is 90 hours.
The charging time is one hour. The Luxa2 BT-
The X2 comes with charging cables and spacious suitcases.
At the time of writing, its MSRP costs $120, but $100 can be found online.
Macally card adapter this seems to be a strange addition when discussing portable sound options, but no matter how low
Technology, if you want to listen to the music of the MP3 player in the car, its quality is very high: low-end cassette adapter.
It should be noted that obviously it requires a cassette player in your car.
But that\'s one of the best reasons to have a car cassette, even if you haven\'t had an audio tape for decades.
Insert one end of its wire into the headphone jack of the music source and put the other end (
Basically a tape without any recording tape)
In the card in your car.
The music will then be played through the speakers of the car.
Macally produces a variety of accessories for Mac products, but the adapter works no matter what your portable MP3 device is.
The cassette adapter is made of light plastic, but it provides the sound as good as you get from the car radio speakers.
The most important problem with Cassette adapters is how noisy they are because they are often made very lowend.
Macally\'s sound was a bit \"rumbling\" but quite quiet.
If your music is loud, there is no problem at all, although in soft passages you may hear sounds like soft \"who.
\"It\'s far from distracting other devices from sometimes clicks ---
And far less static than the FM transmitter that can drown the sound.
Very low FM transmitter transmission
Transmit the frequency to your car radio and then hear your music files through it.
They work well and they are usually the only option for people who don\'t have a cassette player.
However, their static problems are exacerbated because the reception changes when you drive.
This is not a factor for Cassette adapters.
It is important to know that the cassette adapter is only suitable for use in car audio: for the normal cassette deck, the protruding wires are stuck by the mechanism.
The Macally cassette adapter retails for $15.
On the Internet, you can find prices as low as $8. 50.