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Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by Greg

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Kicker’s Amphitheater Bluetooth 2 Speaker Gets Loud

Bluetooth speakers come in a few basic styles, and the first thing you have to consider when choosing the right model for you is whether you want a portable unit, something potentially waterproof. The alternative is something more powerful, louder, typically offering better sound without the restrictions and worries about battery life. If you can plug it in, you’re tied to an outlet, but the upsides are significant. Besides, while you are in your house or office, you’re going to be near an outlet anyway.

The Kicker Amphitheater 2 Bluetooth Speaker is built for kitchen, living room, or bedroom use- or potentially for you to setup in your garage or attic. Fifty watts of power drive dual 0.75″ Tweeters and five-inch woofers. Weighing in at about ten pounds, that means you aren’t going to travel with it, but you can charge your mobile devices thanks to the USB port on the rear. There’s an auxiliary 3.5mm minijack audio input as well, and the shape of the unit helps direct audio appropriately.

There’s a free app as well, available for iPhones from the Apple App Store or for Android devices from Google Play, and the coolest part is an eight-band equalizer so you can modify your sound profile to fit the music. We’ve seen Kicker gear in the past- a docking speaker a while ago, and a tubular Bluetooth speaker a bit over a year ago- and we’ve always admire their focus. Bluetooth connectivity was decent- we did face occasional drop-outs like most other gear- but the distance was pretty normal. And we liked the included remote, as well as the easy-to-use controls on top of the unit.

Kicker gear isn’t pretty, and it isn’t colorful. It’s masculine and unafraid to show it. There’s no Airplay or multi-room support, but if you’re in need of a a bookshelf Bluetooth speaker that can play loud and proud, then this guy might just be the ticket. The Kicker Amphitheater Bluetooth 2 (model iK5BT2) is available now, online and in stores, for around $149.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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