#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, February 10th, 2014 19:16
#2 By: John de Largentaye, February 10th, 2014 19:57
For alternative selections, the Wirecutter's recommendations have been excellent. I have a couple of smaller UE Mobile Boombox (their previous favorite) that really surprised me, especially at a sale price of $50 (MSRP $100). I bought the second one after being so satisfied with the first.
#3 By: Felix Pels, February 10th, 2014 20:23
When I loaded the BB homepage, the speaker itself was below the fold. So I read the headline and assumed the 'walnut-cased Bluetooth speaker' was the cat - either in some absurdist humour or extremely impressive taxidermy.
I love that either of those options seemed equally likely on this site.
#4 By: Melted_Crayons, February 10th, 2014 21:02
I wonder if Mark has any of the FoxL series for comparrison. Pretty good speaker!
#5 By: technogeek, February 10th, 2014 21:28
Delightful tabby-furred Sharptooth sneaker? (Or squeaker, or streaker, or...)
#6 By: Cary, February 10th, 2014 22:42
I am happy with my Bongo Bamboo speakers: Bamboo bluetooth speakers - Boing Boing
Haven't used it much since I received it a couple weeks ago, but the sound was much better than I expected.
#7 By: Laurie, February 10th, 2014 23:13
#8 By: Their feldspars, February 11th, 2014 01:14
WFMU! (Post must be at least 6 characters long.)
#9 By: Ray Cornwall, February 11th, 2014 13:30
I remember the days when I could buy, for $199, a stereo SYSTEM, with a five-CD changer, 2 cassette decks, record player, AM AND FM, and two big bookshelf speakers, made by RCA. (Only 20 years ago.)
Now? I get one tiny speaker. And sure, I can buy a scratched iPod Classic with 160 GB from Gamestop for $70, but still, $249 for a speaker? And I've bought bluetooth speakers for $100, but it's only one speaker...
...and my grandpa's tape collection sits alone and abandoned, rotting away in obsolescence.
#10 By: Pon-chyan, February 11th, 2014 14:12
I bought my FoxL2 more than three years ago, after reading the BoingBoing post about Henry Rollins's praise for the tiny Bluetooth speaker ( http://boingboing.net/2010/08/05/henry-rollinss-favor.html ). Best $200 I have ever spent. It sounds awesome and is smaller than any other "audiophile" portable Bluetooth speaker set I have seen. Everyone who has heard it is amazed at the sound quality. I am curious to know how it stacks up against other, newer designs, but I have never seen it included in product comparisons with those other speakers.
#11 By: Meester_Creester, February 11th, 2014 14:17
Yeah, I'm not buying into it either. I bought my wife a Bluetooth speaker by Anker that has great sound, corded or Bluetooth connectivity and a micro USB charger. Great sound, great size, for a whopping $30
#12 By: Invictus, February 11th, 2014 21:13
Here's something that might make you feel a tad better: Adjusted for inflation, that stereo system would have been $321 in 2013 dollars.
#13 By: newliminted, February 11th, 2014 23:14
On Amazon I see there is a UE Mini Boom and a Logitech Mini Boom. The UE is usually $100 and the Logitech is $60. Any idea if they are the same hardware? Which one do you have?
#14 By: Ray Cornwall, February 12th, 2014 00:02
Well, that's assuming that today, the stereoprice wouldn't be adjusted downward for Walmart-style price pressure (see the classic case of the Vlassic pickle $3 megajar). Plus, the $249 only buys me a speaker; you still have to buy a device to put your digital music on, and that's semi-difficult to do on the remaining $72 (that iPod classic I just bought doesn't have radio, for example). I could get a carrier-subsidized smartphone, but then of course I have a two-year contract for wireless service.
At least the music is cheaper, either through cheap MP3s or streaming or (gulp) piracy and file-sharing. I remember when the semi-monthly $11.99 CD sale at Rainbow Records was a big deal. Now, there are very few albums that would cost me that much in 2013 dollars, and buying single songs is much easier.
Let me know when I've beaten this topic to death.
#15 By: Invictus, February 12th, 2014 00:18
Welcome to the future.
Or, to save you the trip, that's a pair of headphones with a built-in mp3 player and a microSD card slot -- and Bluetooth 2.1 capability -- all for USD31.
#16 By: Jeremy Erwin, February 12th, 2014 02:45
So, if you want better headphones, you'll end up tossing the rest of the electronics.
#17 By: jhml, February 12th, 2014 03:44
The cat seems absolutely delighted with it.
#18 By: Invictus, February 12th, 2014 17:20
Or just buy ones with bluetooth support. Then you will have bluetooth headphones connecting to a bluetooth, headphone-shaped, mp3 player.
Also, ceci n'est pas une pipe.
#19 By: Cary, February 12th, 2014 17:54
It is probably playing a song by Yusuf Islam...
#20 By: Jeremy Erwin, February 12th, 2014 19:15
Oh I want mp3 and bluetooth and radio and this and this and that and that. It would be nice if they sounded good, but that's not critical.
is absolutely the wrong approach
Start with good headphones-- headphones that actually sound good to your ears, tattered though they might be. Don't start with bloody electronics.
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