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BEACON AUDIO BLAZAR
As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we've seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we'll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. Beacon Audio has a small bluetooth speaker that you can take with you wherever you want to enjoy audio.
The Blazar from Beacon Audio is similar to its smaller sibling, the Phoenix inasmuch as it features universal bluetooth connectivity, 360 degree sound projection, including two speakers and a subwoofer, and is equipped with a microphone for use as a speakerphone as well.
Recognized by ebay in its Innovators Collection of products (a short list that includes NEST, Gopro HERO, Sphero, and Parrot Drones), Beacon Audio's Blazar is a speaker fits your mobile speaker needs (office or outdoors) better than others we've seen yet.
You're probably going to connect to the Blazar wirelessly and although it is also Bluetooth ready, the Blazar goes beyond the Phoenix 2 by featuring the ability to sync with NFC (near field communications) for even easier pairing.
Weighing in at just under 4.5oz, these are just a little lighter than your iPhone 6 or Galaxy 5. The size of the Blazar is more substantial tho. It's cubic, or damn close to it. At just over 3.5"-cubed the speaker isn't something you'll tuck in your pocket, but singularly, it can fit into your daily purse or backpack easily. If you're going to put it into another bag to carry it with you, the Blazar comes with its own carrying case - which is good?. but might be one of those things you decide to forego quickly. (keep your cables in the case maybe)
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS NET
There are many different solo speakers on the market. What makes the Blazar a pick is that it supports stereo pairing. If you purchase two of these, you can configure them to work together. The deep graphite or silver color options are perfect pairing for your phone too.
PROS: Portable and Affordable. These were made for wireless listening. When purchasing a pair, you can take advantage of stereo quality audio.
CONS: At 3.5" cubed, they're relatively big (although the larger size and battery allows for longer (and farther) play time and a richer sound).
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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