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Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Heather

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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 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 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 for around $100.

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About the Author

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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