Yes, Monster Cables, the company that’s made a virtual empire creating cables that deliver some of the best audio/visual results on the market is cutting the strings with their latest product line. Named Clarity HD, this new line of products deals primarily with compact listening solutions, namely wireless Bluetooth speakers. While Monster always produces quality products, I’m particularly looking forward to getting my hands on the Clarity HD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker or the iClarity HD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker.
Head Monster Noel Lee noted: “One of the main goals of our new Clarity HD product family is to literally open people’s ears to the possibility of truly great sounding music from some unexpected sources. That’s exactly how most people feel, for instance, when they hear our wireless Bluetooth speakers for the first time – it just doesn’t seem possible that such powerful sounding music could be emanating from such a tiny source!”
So just how small is one of these speakers? I got to spend a little quality time with the speaker and it is indeed tiny. A little bigger than a deck of card, the speaker fits right in the palm of your hand. It’s the perfect size to accompany an iPhone, Blackberry, or any other device that has Bluetooth capability including laptops. While the size is intriguing, it doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t deliver on the sound. With 120 CC of acoustic volume and two 35 mm full range drivers and passive radiator, the speaker has amazing sound quality. During the demonstration, the Clarity HD speaker filled a medium sized room with Miles Davis’ “Some Kind of Blue.” The music could be clearly heard over all the side conversations taking place in the room. The sound was further amplified when the Monster representative placed it against his chest.
Along with sound range, the speaker also has excellent Bluetooth range. able to pick up a paired device up to 35ft away. If there’s a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth or isn’t compatible with Bluetooth 2.0, it can be plugged into the speaker via a 3.5 mm minijack cable. As far as battery life, Monster’s site claims that the Clarity HD can last 5 hours thanks to the rechargeable lithium batteriers.
Aside from the sound quality, the biggest selling point about Monster’s latest product is the selling point. At a suggested retail value of $119.00, it’s hard to pass up. Another notable feature is that the speaker isn’t solely a portable dance party. It can also be used to conduct conference calls via Skpye or iChat.