Harman Kardon Intros Esquire Mini, The Sexiest Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker

Harman Kardon's newest portable wireless speaker is a miniature version of its full-sized and not-so-portable $300 Esquire speaker, appropriately named the Esquire Mini. It's the most elegantly designed and best looking ultra-slim and ultra-portable high-end Bluetooth speaker you can buy for a surprisingly reasonable price...$150. With its unapologetic iPhone 5s-esque inspired design, the Esquire Mini is as premium as premium stereo Bluetooth speakers get. Like its larger Esquire brother, this beautifully made pocketable speaker is crafted from a unibody brushed aluminum construction with genuine leather backing for a luxurious feel and finish, a scratch-resistant ceramic-coated speaker grille and chamfered-edge finished aluminum detailing. 

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Logitech Debuts X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker

Logitech's X300 is the company's latest strikingly snazzy portable wireless Bluetooth speaker with angled drivers that are said to output an expansive sound spectrum with precise bass response, detailed mids and highs. The X300 is a stereo performance variant of Logitech's smaller and more affordable single-driver X100 wireless speaker. Logitech did not release information regarding the X300's driver specs, but from an exploded interior view of the X300 on Logitech's website it looks like there are at least four symmetrically positioned drivers. The X300 features a svelte rubberized design with circular on-board buttons at the top for music playback and call control, speakerphone functionality and a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 5 hours of continues wireless audio streaming.

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JBL Intros Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker

JBL has introduced a new successor to its highly popular Flip portable Bluetooth speaker that brings with it feature and sound enhancements in an otherwise unchanged, familiar cylindrical shape; albeit with a subtle updated metal grille design. The award-winning Flip 2 portable wireless speaker by JBL brings rich sound into your portable lifestyle. The Flip 2 uses dual 40mm drivers and a built-in bass port in a speaker that fits in your hand. Plus it has a built in microphones and SoundClear echo and noise cancellation technologies so you can use Flip 2 as a hands free speakerphone and never miss a word.

The key notable differences over its predecessor is that now the Flip 2 uses a more traditional and convenientcharging method using a micro-USB port which will let users charge their Flip 2 speaker from any USB power. There's also a new white LED battery status gauge at the back, NFC support for quick tap-to-pair functionality, as well as a redesigned on-board button control cluster similar to JBL's Pulse speaker. The Flip 2 has the same 5-hour battery life as the original Flip speaker, yet it's slightly more powerful. JBL's Flip 2 is now out and available for $130 in black, white, red, yellow and blue colors.

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Fugoo Wireless Speaker Redefines Durability, Packs Big Specs Into Small Form Factor

We're beginning to see companies putting their own unique spin on portable Bluetooth speakers. This year at CES 2014, new companies like Fugoo are making a serious name for themselves. Fugoo has debuted its new stylish portable speaker that features a cleverly designed modular Jacket system that let's users switch between three types of slide-on Jacket enclosures that provide a unique style or nearly indestructible protection with ease.

The Fugoo speaker itself is a self-contained angular Core unit that is completely waterproof and designed to be dust, sand, snow dirt and impact-resistant regardless of its modular exterior casing. As for hardware specs, the Fugoo Wireless Speaker boasts an impressive 40-hour battery life, loud 95dB volume, and six symmetrical placed speaker drivers positioned at an 8-degree upward tilt – two neodymium 28mm tweeters, two neodymium 39mm midrange woofers and two 43mm x 54mm passive bass radiators that harmoniously produce a rich and immersive 360 degree sound experience. This is the first time that we're seeing such a complex set of hardware in a portable speaker that's only 6.5" long. Color us impressed.

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Beats Intros Gold Studio, urBeats, Pill Designed By Alexander Wang

It appears that Beats came down with gold fever hitting just about every other company lately as it partnered with Alexander Wang, who? You probably heard the name in Kanye West's New Slaves. Anyway, the exclusive partnership with the young designer beared three golden colored audio gear offerings with a contrasting matte black finish. Beats' svelte looking Studio 2.0 noise-canceling headphones, Pill wireless portable speaker and urBeats in-ear headphones designed and touched by Alexander Wang will all be in limited supply and will each come with a custom fitted embossed glossy stingray carrying case, a signature of Wang's fashion-inspired work.

Alexander Wang partnered with Beats to create a custom line of products. The strictly limited, pale gold with matte black pieces include his signature embossed glossy stingray case with zipper and clip.

For a limited edition Alexander Wang Beats Studio 2.0 headphones you'll need to part with $450 of your well earned money, $300 if you're feeling like picking up a gold black Pill speaker, and only $150 to plug your ears with a golden polished urBeats in-ear headphones. Beats hasn't spilled when or where people will be able to order Alexander Wang's limited edition Beats collection, but you can apparently sign-up to be notified once the so-called private sale launches.

JBL Pulse Wireless Portable Speaker Lights Up A Party

JBL's new Pulse has visually got to be one of the coolest portable wireless Bluetooth speakers we have seen to date. Reminiscent of JBL's Charge, the Pule is equipped with two high-performance 40mm audio drivers and a passive bass port for room-filling clear audio quality, and NFC wireless pairing functionality. The $200 Pulse speaker also doubles as a light show thanks to its unique colorful multi-LED covered enclosure that pre-programmed light themes which pulsate to match the music that's being played on the speaker itself. Users can also download additional light show themes using JBL's smartphone app, or configure and adjust your own colorful light show patterns and LED brightness.

The Pulse has a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 10 hours of wireless music streaming, or just 5 hours of wireless streaming when turning on the LED light show feature. The Pulse can be pre-ordered right now for $200, and is expected to start shipping near the end of November. See it in action after the break.

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Jawbone Mini Jambox Speaker, So Portable It Can Fit In Your Pocket

Today Jawbone has finally introduced a new speaker that will join its iconic lineup of portable wireless Bluetooth speakers, the Mini Jambox. The slimmer, lighter, more portable Mini Jambox features an all-new aluminum enclosure which is available in multiple patterns and colors designed by renowned designer, Yves Behar. Internally, the Mini Jambox features the same hardware found on the original Jambox - a microphone for speakerphone functionality as well as two proprietary audio drivers and one passive bass radiator actively tweaked using Jawbone's digital signaling processing to deliver the best performing rich sound quality at any volume level.

Jawbone's Mini Jambox also features on-board music playback and speakerphone controls, Bluetooth 4.0, and a built-in rechargeable battery capable of providing 10 hours of continuous wireless music streaming, and an exclusive iOS and Android app that lets users adjust the audio settings on the Mini Jambox while also take control of their iTunes, Rdio, and Spotify music libraries using the single app.

The Mini Jambox isn't going to replace Jawbone's original Jambox speaker just yet, but it's still priced equally at $180. The new stylish wireless Bluetooth portable speaker is now available for pre-order in nine different colors and grille pattern designs, and is expected to be released later this month.