Braven bluetooth speakers double as battery charger

Utah based Braven have announced today their Six Series speakers that will not only pump up the jam on your iOS devices, but also charge them as if it were an external battery pack. The dual functioning speakers “have two custom extended-range drivers and 3 watt speaker output providing high-fidelity stereo audio with left- and right-channel passive sub woofers”, meaning they’ll sound worlds better the tiny speakers found on your iPhone or iPad. The BRAVEN 600 (US$149.99) is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, comes in Ash Grey and Moab Red and lasts up to 14 hours on a single charge. The 625S ($179) has a rugged, shock-absorbing exterior, comes with a waterproof carrying bag and USB LED flashlight and is good for 16 hours of 16 hours of playback. Finally, the Braven 650 ($189) is equipped with aptX and AAC audio encoding for a “near lossless listening experience” and will provide up to 20 hours of continuous play.

The Braven Six Series is now available for pre-order online and will begin shipping by the end of June. Intro video and full press release after the break.

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Ecoball sound system – portable solar-powered speakers

While probably not as sleek on the front of a Marinoni Fango cycloross bicycle as the Cy-Fi wireless sports speaker, Pedro Gomes’ Ecoball is a great idea for hikers, picnickers, beachers, and sportsters who love the outdoors. Sporting solar power strips, your speakers shouldn’t run out of juice (as long as you use them outside), and they fold up into a big, tight ball (TWSS), for easy toting. As with many enterprising designs out there, Ecoball doesn’t have a manufacturer yet, but I can promise that its design is sound. iPod accessory makers – let’s get running!

Wanna know more? Check out the Pedro Gomes’ Ecoball sound system at Behance
Thanks for the tip, Yanko!

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini launched


For home audiophiles, B&W have a cooed a soft spot among those who love nothing more than to carve an audiodition into their housing budget in order nest a 50 000$ sound system. But, for those on more realistic budgets (not to mention, iPod fans), the Zeppelin Mini looks to be an extraordinary follow-up to the original Zeppelin which revolutionised iPod dock systems for integration and quality.
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