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iBamboo iPhone Speaker

iBamboo iPhone Speaker

I ordered an iBamboo iPhone Speaker today – the black limited edition – from New York area Etsy member and maker Anatoliy Omelchenko (@anatoliyart). It was an impulse buy, instigated by Adam Flaherty’s MAKE blog post iBamboo Passive Acoustic Amplifier. Like Adam, I fell in love with the simplicity of the design and the black lacquer finish that’s unique to the limited edition version of the iBamboo Speaker. All of that said, I don’t think I would have clicked the “Add to Cart” button if Anatoliy hadn’t put the time into making sure his product had equally cool packaging.

“The speaker consists of a piece of bamboo, open on both ends and machined in a way that allows you to place it on a flat surface and insert your iPhone 4/4S at the top. The natural resonance of the hollow bamboo speaker body amplifies sound. This unique property makes bamboo an ideal material for making an all-natural, no-power-needed iPhone amplifier.”

Looking forward to pushing a playlist or two through the iBamboo. Keep making Anatoliy.

UPDATE: There’s one major flaw with the iBamboo iPhone Speaker. If you look at the bottom of your iPhone, you’ll find what look like two speakers. Unfortunately, only one is a speaker, the other is a microphone. The iBamboo Speaker works pretty well, but the little bit of bamboo the iPhone sits on gets in the way of the acoustics. If sound actually came out of both sides of the bottom of the iPhone, the iBamboo would really rock it. Hard to go wrong for $25+ shipping, but still, I was a little disappointed with this design flaw – I really wanted sound to come out of both sides of the iBamboo Speaker at the same intensity.


AirPlay Speakers

AirPlay enabled audio accessories were big at CES this year. Both Griffin and Altec Lansing announced new products.

GriffinTwenty

Griffin Twenty

Griffin’s Twenty digital audio amplifier makes it possible to play digital audio from iTunes, or any other AirPlay enabled app (e.g. Pandora), to an existing set of non-AirPlay enabled speakers wirelessly using an Airport Express wireless base station paired with Apple’s AirPlay wireless technology.

The Twenty is equipped with a power connect and mount for an Apple AirPort Express. The result is a zero-configuration audio set-up that features a 2.1 channel sound system with 20 watts of output per channel. The Twenty is a great way to wirelessly push audio to those old classic speakers you just don’t want to part with.

Altec inair5000

inAir5000

Altec Lansing’s new inAir 5000 is an AirPlay enabled speaker that has 110 watts of power, two 1-inch soft-dome neodymium tweeters, two 3-inch Kevlar drivers, one 4-inch subwoofer, and one passive bass radiator. It’s a high-quality speaker. The inAir 5000 combined with Apple’s AirPlay, makes it easy to stream music from your computer, iPhone, or iPad to any room in the house without wires. Most iDevice owner are going to appreciate the stylish teardrop design.

The inAir 5000’s release date hasn’t been released yet, but it should be released before summer 2012. Pricing hasn’t been released yet either.

More was announced, but the Twenty and the inAir 5000 definitely desserve to be highlighted. Looking forward to seeing how both are received in 2012.


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