bluetooth speakers

Which New Phone Should I Buy for Audio?

Pixel 2.

Episode 1733

Gloria from Pacoima, CA

Gloria watches TV on her phone but she's not happy with the audio on her Google Pixel 2. Leo says it may be related to what Leo was talking about with surround sound. Many phones are in stereo or mono and as such, the audio is problematic since most TV and movies are mixed for surround sound of movie theaters. As such, the soundtrack gets "mushed" together. 

One solution is to get a Bluetooth speaker and use that to listen. They can connect wirelessly and give much better sound than the speakers on mobile phones. Headphones would also work. 

Scott Wilkinson, the Specialist

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1701

Scott's latest review is of a pair of Bluetooth Speakers that he says are really cool. The Ai60 bookshelf speakers are made by Fluance and have a 6 1/2" woofer and 4" tweeters. You connect two speakers together and then connect the right one via Bluetooth to your device. Scott says that the Ai60 exceeded his expectations, sounding great. The cost is $300, which is surprisingly good. The only real drawback is that you can't stream via WiFi, but you can connect wired.

The Giz Wiz and the Jooki

Dick

Episode 1634

Jooki is a music player that lets kids play parent-approved music and stories from Spotify & more. It comes with 5 characters (like fox, whale, etc.) that link to various playlists. When a kid pop one of them in the center ring of the Jooki, it starts to play the music, story, etc., that has been uploaded to that character. The company says there's 8-hour of battery life (there's no screen to suck up battery juice), which means very long playtime outdoors or on the go. There's a small amount of onboard memory but there's an SD card slot to add more.

How do I tell my bluetooth speaker to play music from my phone?

Harmon Kardon Invoke

Episode 1449

Joe from Kankakee, IL

Joe has a Harmon Kardon Bluetooth speaker and he is having trouble playing music from his phone. It pairs with it, but he can't figure out how to give it the command to play music. Leo says that he has the Harmon Kardon Invoke and it sounds great for $100, but it may not be made "aware." He'll have to go into his phone's Bluetooth settings. On the Amazon Echo, you have to tell it to connect to the phone and then pair it in the Bluetooth settings. So he may want to try that.

What's a good affordable bluetooth speaker?

Logitech UE Mini Boom

Episode 1235

Marsha from Mission Viejo, CA

Marsha is looking for a great bluetooth speaker. Scott has been looking at the BenQ Electrostatic Speaker of late and it's pretty cool. The low frequencies are handled by the main body, but the swing out speakers handle the electrostatic design. They're about $300.

The RIVA Turbo sounds really great. The FuGoo is great, but it's still around $300.