Ultimate Ears’ Petite, Powerful Wonderboom

An inexpensive, waterproof Bluetooth speaker that holds up in all conditions

Some of us are approaching picnic and pool party weather, and for the fourth year in a row, we at CH will turn to Ultimate Ears for portable outdoor sound. The Bluetooth speaker maker just announced their latest, the Wonderboom, but we’ve had substantial time with the product already—testing out both sound quality and durability. Fans of the UE Boom and UE Roll will find …

Core Speaker by Mass Fidelity

Stereo sound achieved in one portable, wireless cube

A year ago, Toronto-based audio tech company Mass Fidelity raised over $1.5 million in their Indiegogo campaign for the Core speaker. The numbers and interest make sense, because this isn’t another check-off-the-boxes, cookie-cutter Bluetooth speaker joining the pretty cramped consumer audio market. Most of these compact offerings sound flat, blasting waves in a single direction and, ultimately, losing the realistic quality of recorded music. Core …