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Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Heather


Monster Brings Portable Sound To Our Lifestyle

Monster is known for their sound quality and advancements in HD and wireless technology and in September, they unveiled a line of four new Clarity HD products. The black Clarity HD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker is geared for use with Blackberry devices, smartphones and notebook PCs, whereas the silver iClarity HD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker is geared for use with the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

We’ve been using the “Monster ClarityHD Precision Micro Bluetooth Speaker”:http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=5917 and one of its many charming qualities is the ability to take almost entirely hands-free calls anywhere with an advanced noise-canceling system. Small and fairly light, maybe the size of a bottle of soda, it nonetheless offers plenty of volume thanks to two 35 mm full range drivers. Devices are paired using Bluetooth 2.0, and pairing was a snap (even with the iPhone). A2DP is supported, for high quality music streaming, as is AVRCP, for remote control of your device from the speaker itself. Range is limited to the normal Bluetooth range of 33 feet, though we could get a bit more in tests.

The best part about speakers like these is that you can listen almost to your tunes or take your calls almost anywhere including our vehicle, office, or home. However, this isn’t the best in-car system we’ve tried- no mount is provided, and we found it hard to place on our dashboard or other areas. Also, no car charging cable was included. For hands free calling in a vehicle, you might want to look elsewhere.

We were able to play music from a netbook, and enjoyed the much better range of sound from this system than the tiny internal ones. The bass wasn’t tremendous, but for a lightweight, portable speaker it provided the right acoustics and decent volume. We weren’t concerned about taking on the go thanks to the rechargeable lithium ion batteries that provide up to 5 hours of listening on one charge. Charging is done via USB, though you cannot connect or transfer music that way (line-in via mini-jack is supported). For those of you who like to iChat or Skype, we recommend it for the sound quality and ability to take off the headset.

We should add that the ‘HD’ part of the name is mostly marketing speak- this isn’t video, there isn’t HDMI or optical/SPDIF. If you are looking for the ultimate headphones though, the “Monster Turbine Pro Gold High-performance In-Ear Speakers”:http://www.trulyobscure.com/article/613/audio-fanatics-rejoice-monster-turbines-are-golden are a lot to brag about. These headphones are for those Mozarts who actually want to experience the music as if they were in the room with the band when they recorded their live studio album.

We were able to “find the Monster Precision Bluetooth Speaker from Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TFEHMU?ie=UTF8&tag=trulyobscure-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003TFEHMU for around $100.

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Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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