5 goofy yet awesome portable phone speakers
When it comes to portable speakers, the industry is in resurgence, as most of us drag a smartphone around at all times, but their tiny speakers just won't do. Portable speakers come in all shapes, sizes, connectivity options, or battery endurance.
Those are perfect for improvised parties by the campfire, on the beach, or rather in your hotel room, and the more expensive ones even produce a pretty decent sound. Usually we round up speakers loaded with quality audio for the price, some of which are even stylishly designed, and offer an abundance of connectivity options.
There is a growing trend, however, towards unorthodox portable speaker solutions for your smartphone, and to illustrate what the industry is churning out, we've shown five of the goofier ones out there that you certainly can't stay indifferent to.
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Instead of using a box of Pringles, the folks behind iBam have created an electricity-free, sustainably harvested portable speaker, that simply uses the excellent acoustic qualities of bamboo for the sound production, and with great success, as you can hear in the video.An introduction to the iBam 2 Story from Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) on Vimeo.
Named aptly the MegaPhone, this large ceramic horn acts as a passive amplifier, using the same principle as the iBam. Simply place your iPhone into the top of the device and the MegaPhone transmits your favorite tunes without the need for electricity. The MegaPhone is available in several colors and rests upon a hand-crafted wood stand. At half a grand, it doesn't come cheap, but is certainly unique, or you can get the MegaPhone mini version for $272, and have the best of both worlds.
Keeping up with the sustainable trend, the Chant portable speaker from House of Marley doesn't offer electricity-free entertainment, but is built of enough recycled and renewable materials to win the treehugger's heart. It is not soome wimpy speaker, too, as it sports two sets with a passive radiator, and a rechargeable battery that will last you six hours of tune-blasting at your next yoga retreat.
The smaller speakers are easier to carry around, but if you like a deep sounds to you music, chances are you will not really hear it or feel it. The designers behind the Volcano claim to have found the solution to bring on the bass. “The bass is finally here.” The Volcano plans to be the next wireless speaker that brings the music with all the rich sound you want in a small, easily portable, Bluetooth speaker. It consists of two parts - the smaller cone-shaped one is a separate speaker you can easily carry, or attach it to the base for a richer, fuller sound experience.
Bem's Speaker Band does what it says on the tin - it is quite simply a wrist-worn Bluetooth portable speaker, that will be available in several color options. You can answer phone calls and make conversation from it with the built-in microphone, and there is a caller ID function, too. Nothing says "I love music" like wrapping your speaker around the wrist, too, while the Speaker Band has LED indicators, as well as play, pause, skip, and reverse music tracks buttons. Its battery can be charged with a microUSB cable, and is good for up to six hours of endurance.