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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation Review: Smart Speaker with Alexa

Posted on 27 June 2018

Installing Echo Dot can assist you in various house chores. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Amazon’s latest device can make phone calls, play music, give you weather updates, send and receive message merely on a single command – all due to the state of the art integrated Alexa ecosystem.

It is safe to claim that you can turn the dream of smart living into reality via Echo Dot 2nd Generation.

The developers have kept its design quite straightforward and practical. It seems the company has put in significant efforts to enhance the functioning of the device.

Echo Dot is a hands-free and voice-controlled device. It comes with a small built-in speaker which connects to your speakers and headphones via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm audio cable.

Now, you can relax on the couch after a chaotic day and ask your voice-activated virtual assistant to turn on/off lights and lock the doors.

Moreover, it allows you to control various home features including thermostats, fan, TV, and more. It is worth noting that the Echo Dot is super-easy to use. All you need is to activate the device by saying wake words such as Amazon, Computer, or Echo.

The built-in microphones inside the device are always listening. Once they hear the ‘wake’ word, they begin recording your commands.

The microphones will then send your audio snippet to Amazon’s servers through the cloud. These servers recognize your commands and direct Alexa in this context. Plus, this activity takes less than a minute to perform the function. Isn’t it great?

Alexa, being a virtual assistant, can stream music from Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, or Spotify along with podcasts from TuneIn and iHearRadio. You can opt for it to set kitchen timers and morning alarm alike.

Not only does it manage a calendar but Alexa reads headlines for you from various new sources. No question, Echo Dot can lead you to smart-living without hurting your bank.

Photo courtesy: Amazon

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​Samsung HW-N550 Soundbar Home Theater Review

Posted on 08 June 2018

Purchasing a soundbar is a tough nut to crack. It is nearly impossible to find a quality bar in invested money. Not to mention, the cost does not always provide quality. If you are struggling to purchase a decent soundbar, you may want to try Samsung HW-N550. There is no denying that the company is famous for its splendid handsets. It is safe to say that the developers have done an equally great job on HW-N550. Samsung has made significant changes on the design and has switched from a cheap-looking body to a more sophisticated one.

You will get the sound bar in brushed gray and metal grille. It is 41.7 inches wide and 2.32 inches long. The soundbar comes with a metal bracket allowing you to hang it on the wall. The Samsung N550 soundbar features wireless subwoofer. It sports both DTS decoding and Dolby Digital to improve your sound experience. It is promising as company’s websites state before the launch.

The HWN550 also offers Bluetooth, USB, HDMI 2.0a in and out, and digital optical. All you need is to connect the sound bar to your Samsung TV via Bluetooth for sound either from smart TV application or onboard tuner. And enjoy your favorite movies within few minutes. The sound bar is front-firing one. You can incorporate rears too as the company has introduced compatible wireless rear kit known as SWA-8500S.

For setup, you will need to insert in an HDMI cable preferably UDP-205 Blu-ray player one on a Samsung 4K TV. The Samsung sound bar comes with a 3.1-channel system. Additionally, you can opt for subwoofer volume letting N550 control treble tone and bass. You will be delighted to find that it provides surround sound with a top-notch bass, giving you high-quality audio but without having to break the bank.

Photo by: Samsung

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​Dayton Audio T652-AIR Review: Home Aduio

Posted on 03 April 2018

If you are looking forward to a lasting audio experience, you need to invest in the T652-AIR tower speaker immediately. The designers didn’t only work on enhancing the quality of sound but the portability factor of the device makes it much more desirable – you can place it anywhere you want in your house!

The T652 comes with an Air Motion Transformer tweeter along with twin 6.5-inch polypropylene woofers.

You can find a port for bass at the bottom. The designers integrated non-marking rubber feet so that you don’t have worry about damaging the underbelly of the device. Also, to enhance your audio experience, the company suggests incorporating an amplifier with a range between 90 and 150 watts.

It is worth noting that the T652-AIR tower speaker is loud enough for a large space. The speaker is only two feet in length, which makes it the shortest tower speaker available on the market. Apart from this, the Dayton Audio sports various specifications such as:

  • 6 ohms impedance
  • 45-20,000 Hz frequency response
  • 1” AMT tweeter
  • 30” H x 7.1” W X 9.5” D dimensions
  • 88 dB 1 W/1m sensitivity

The AMT tweeter guarantees sound clarity and a powerful bass punch. The bass reflex tower is incorporated to provide a solid bass foundation to 45 Hz providing a rich and satisfying music experience.

Moreover, you can also use the tower speaker as an auxiliary for your home theater system. Install it anywhere in the house and it will give you a concert like feel.

Not to mention, the speaker is unbelievably budget-friendly compared to various bookshelf speakers. The company is determined to provide surround sound and debut each model with futuristic features. The design, sound quality, and specifications are convincing enough to invest in a low-cost speaker to experience splendid music.

Photo credit: Dayton Audio

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​Polk Signa Solo Universal Sound Bar Review

Posted on 31 March 2018

Isn’t it utterly irritating when your TV speakers provide crappy sound? Did you know you can get rid of it without spending a hefty amount? If you desire for clear and crisp sound, you should consider purchasing the Polk Signa Solo. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it the younger sibling of Polk Signa S1.

You will find it as one of the most pocket-friendly devices available on the market. The device will help provide an impressive surround sound experience without putting in much effort. Moreover, it is an ultra light and is compact device. Moreover, you will never need a subwoofer; the device alone is enough to enhance the overall sound effects.

Also, it is one of most simple sound bars to attach to your TV set with. The sound bar is quite straightforward to connect and has 3.5mm analog input along with Bluetooth and is ready to use – and you can also mount it as you see fit.

Furthermore, the device offers four drivers – 2.5-inches each and it comes with built-in bass ports. The company has collaborated with Dolby Digital to provide high-quality sound. The Polka Signa is rectangular in shape and measures 3.54-inches. The sound bar is 3.91-inches wide and 39-inches in length.

You will find numerous EQ settings such as night mode, movie, and music. Therefore, you can switch to any mode depending on your choice. The Polk Solo also comes with the company’s approximation of surround that is called copyright SDA digital surround.

The sound bar is designed to provide an unforgettable experience – all on your fingertips. It is a plug and play device and you can alter the dialogue level and the bass settings as per your preferences, using just the remote. Selecting bass setting is quite common in the sound bar category. However, the dialogue volume option is only seen in high-end sound bars; but in this case, you don’t have to spend through the roof to enjoy quality sound thanks to the Polk Signa Solo.

Photo credit: Polk Audio

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​JBL Link 20 Review: Voice Activated Portable Speaker

Posted on 28 March 2018

If you are looking for a home speaker that will entertain you without distortion for hours, the JBL link 20 is just the thing you were looking for all your life! Plus, you will also be surprised to know the product comes built-in with Google Assistant feature! The speaker system is absolutely waterproof and can become your ultimate choice when it comes to surround sound and quality audio.

The JBL 20 is not a heavy speaker. Although it appears big, it is easy to carry around your house. The speaker weighs nearly 960g. With Bluetooth functionality, plenty of other features truly made it a convenient home speaker that can entertain you for a very long time.

The speakers are entirely rubber-plastic similar to the UE Megaboom. This helps make the speakers damage and fall-proof. But that doesn’t you throw it out of the balcony just to see how strongly-built it is! Also, it has IPX7 rating, which makes it considerably waterproof – again, don’t take in the swimming pool with you. However, you can listen to some music while take a shower.

The device is pretty straightforward to use – there is a power button at the back, just press it and start listening to your favorite tunes. There LED-lit light that indicate battery life and when you should charge the device. At 100%, the speaker will give you up to 20 hours of pure sound! That is what has put a majority of the product’s rivals to shame.

Moreover, once you have set up your JBL link 20 speakers, you can allow it to function via the Google Home app. Simply say “hello Google” and the speaker will activate. During this process, LED arrays on the front will light up indicating it is listening to your commands.

You can ask it to play your favorite music and that will give you a relaxing music experience after a long and tiring day. It is surely an interesting gadget for music lovers.

Photo credit: JBL

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​Klipsch Reference Theater Pack

Posted on 31 January 2018

There are many sound bars on the market, but if you want the best performance go for the Klipsch Reference Theater Pack. It offers rear-channel sound effects. You will receive a 5.1 speaker system and a separate AV receiver. They offer an amazing sound, and a room full of speakers is not a compulsion.

You will have to pay a price of $999 to buy the Klipsch Reference Theater Pack. It is packed up with four satellite speakers and can fill the room without the need for a sound bar or a stereo system. This is because Klipsch has an attached wireless sub-woofer.

It is perfect for those who prefer a small satellite. People who have used it have highly recommended it, and it is worth a listen. As competitors are falling to produce the Atmos-compatible set, Klipsch has kept it quite simple. Moreover, the system features a brassy IMG driver in a combined tweeter with 3.5-inch of size and 0.75-inch horn.

Furthermore, the Klipsch soundbar features some spring clips. Therefore, do not use thicker wires before you install pin plugs on both ends. Similarly, the satellite connects to a center channel using which you can place the 3.5-inch driver into the bigger cabinet.

In addition to this, the package also has an 8-inch wireless subset with a foot square large box. Moreover, this kit is also packed with a wireless transceiver to the subwoofer. You can connect this to the LFE channel present on your AV receiver.

It is surely recommended to prefer this system over all the others present in the market. Before buying, search on the web for this product. Moreover, you will witness amazing reviews, and you will get high recommendations. Therefore, just give it a try to experience an improved sound system.

Photo by: Klipsch

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Ultimate Ears WonderBoom: the Super Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Posted on 03 January 2018

A good speaker has two things; powerful bass and maximum music. You rarely find a speaker brand that offers both in a pair of speakers. However, WonderBoom has debuted to make a difference. The company has come up with an outstanding idea of a wireless speaker.

What Is New?

The WonderBoom speakers are high-quality speakers which you can purchase at an affordable price. The design is unique but catchy, and they come in different colors; black, red, grey, pink, lilac and purple. The surround sound of ultimate WonderBoom is what creating buzz.

This is possible because it has two 40mm active drivers and two passive radiators – 46 x 65mm. It also offers jaw-dropping 360-degree sound projection. Moreover, connecting multiple WonderBoom speakers will give you a concert like feel being at home. The speaker provides impressive levels of bass, and this is what makes it different from other Ultimate Ears speakers such as UE Roll 2.

The makers have paid a considerable amount of attention to its design. It is a small pebble-shaped speaker, and its top and bottom parts are made of soft rubber. It is built on IPX7-rated quality and can stay in the water for 30 minutes. The unique design allows it to float on water automatically.

Moreover, it is free from ridiculously long cables, and you can place it pretty much everywhere in your home. The rubber that covers its top and bottom prevent it from damages if it falls on the floor which makes it an ideal device if you have kids or an excited pet. The battery life of WonderBoom is satisfying as it lasts up to 10 hours.

Final Verdict

Wonderboom is a waterproof speaker that provides surround sound and impressive bass on a budget. And these reasons are convincing enough to purchase it.

Photo credit: Facebook/UlitmateEars

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