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Wireless system has 'wow factor'

MAKING the right choice for a wireless-speaker system can be mind-numbing with the endless choices. Go no further than the Microlab FC60BT.

Before I opened the Microlab sound system, I read the news release, which describes it as an "audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 subwoofer speaker system, featuring Microlab's patented HC2D technology, a powerful subwoofer and two advanced stereo satellite SQ speakers without enclosures for crystal clear sound without harmonic distortions or vibrations that often happen when speakers are enclosed."

I can't say it any better, but to translate that into something understandable -- this system rocks the house.

Just like everyone else, I don't typically read directions. My routine consists of getting it in the house (which wasn't easy, since the box weighed more than 23 kilograms), opening it up and turning it on.

What makes the Microlab sound system stand out is the sound. It gets my coveted "wow factor," which is all you need to know.

The system consists of a white acrylic subwoofer and two futuristic-looking, see-through stereo speakers.

The eight-inch subwoofer with a built-in amplifier gives you just the right amount of bass, or as I often say, "boom boom."

Your audio source connects via Bluetooth 4.0, or if you are near field communication-compatible, there's also a direct connection option with a 3.5mm port.

I don't consider myself an audio expert, but after listening to hundreds of speaker systems over the years, I know what sounds good and what doesn't.

Microlab is a company that specializes in achieving incredible audio with no distortion. I instantly knew this one would do just that. No distortion, even with its 105 watts of power at head-banging levels.

This is done with the patented HC2D technology, which means it's made for the highest clarity possible, at any distance.

A 360-degree remote control is included, and you can change the tunes, volume and bass level from anywhere in the room.

I'll also add, while the sound is amazing, the system looks great.

Details: US$449;

Making sharing audio easy

THE Wicked Audio Divvy is an audio-splitter designed so two people can listen to the same audio, with each having an independent volume control.

It's pocket-sized, it will work with most devices and there's no setup. Just plug in the single 3.5mm end into a headphone port and start listening at your comfortable volume levels.

A great thing is there no batteries or recharging: It works on its own from the output of your audio source.

Details: US$9.99;

A solution for power problems

FOR the most part, I avoid writing about Kickstarter projects until creative projects on the funding platform are funded, but the MOS Reach Power Everywhere AC/USB extension caught my attention.

Power is something we all need when it comes to our computers, printers, smartphones, tablets and other devices, and this product is a power problem-solver.

Just because a power outlet is in your room doesn't mean it's accessible. The MOS Reach is cleverly designed to not be obstructed by furniture, with a right-angle plug to fit into any standard AC outlet.

The plug is attached to a cable that's nearly a metre long and ends with a power supply made of ABS/polycarbonate. This is home to a standard three-prong AC plug, along with a pair of high-powered USB ports.

With each of the USB outlets having 3.1 amps, you'll be hard pressed to find a USB charging-gadget it can't charge.

In addition, the sides of the power supply have two built-in super-powered neodymium magnets on each side to hold onto the connecting end of many USB charging cables. Also included are a pair of MOS cable ties for holding onto the cables and keeping them within reach.

With the help of adhesives, the power-supply box can be secured on walls, desks or the floor.

Either way, I thought this was a creative and handy accessory, which I have no doubt will achieve funding.

Details: The early bird Kickstarter price is US$25; the regular Kickstarter price is US$30 and the expected retail price will be US$45 for an estimated fourth-quarter launch;

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2014 ??65521

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