Those features alone would be enough for a great speaker, but there’s a unique feature on the outside; the BoomBottle Opener. The built-in opener is right there on the back of the speaker, so as long as the speaker is packed for vacation, you’ll have an opener with you for your favorite beverage.
Scosche’s MagicMount technology lets the speaker magnetically attach to most metal surfaces. This lets the sound play from any direction and when you pair two of the BoomBottle speakers and mount them further apart, the true stereo sound is even more impressive.
The mounting system also lets your smartphone magnetically secure itself to the top of the speaker with the included magic plate and 3M adhesive film.
A carabiner loop is built into the top and of course, a carabiner is included.
While the looks have no bearing on the sound, the black speaker grill makes it an attractive speaker. All the controls are easily accessed on a rear vertical rubber panel. A 3.5 mm aux input port is there for connecting your music source directly but is not waterproof at that point.
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Even with some of the most functional and best computers made, the sound produced from the built-in speakers is just OK, if they even have speakers. Internal speakers are not directional; the speakers are stationary and the sound can’t be sent one way or another.
The attention-grabbing features of the Stage Air from Creative, are the functionality and friendly cost. The soundbar instantly solves any computer’s sound problem.
It’s designed for under-monitor use with a compact 16-by-3-by-2.75-inch size and all the controls are on the right side.
My wife uses her iMac and doesn’t like clutter and accessories all over her desk. Since she often plays music while working, I quietly set up the speaker and placed it exactly where it’s promoted to be, under the monitor.
As I sat there watching her turn on some music, she instantly turned around and said “that’s pretty cool” when the sound played from the Stage Air.
With Bluetooth pairing, the speaker isn’t limited to computer use, its ideal for using with a TV or any sound source. And if there’s no Bluetooth inside your TV, you can make a direct 3.5 mm connection.
There’s a standard USB port on the back, which lets the Stage Air work as a standalone music player. If you have music loaded on a USB storage device, just plug it in and the playing starts.
You get about 6 hours of playback from the 2,200mAh internal battery before a charge is needed or just plug the USB cable into your computer or an AC power source for endless power and sound.
The modern looking speaker has metal, front-facing grills covering a pair of 5 W speakers.
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