One of the best places to hit those high notes, the shower stall offers excellent acoustics–for novices and divas alike. Now you can rock out like the splashy sensation that you are with help from the Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker, a sharp looking showerhead with a Bluetooth speaker attachment that makes it rain music.
Designed by industry-leader Kohler, the Moxie is a real game changer, combining the delivery of water and music, simultaneously soaking you with music and a best-in-class shower experience.
So how does it work? Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead features an integrated Bluetooth speaker capsule that’s removable, rechargeable and wireless. Moxie pairs with any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices, like your smartphone, MP3 player, etc, allowing you to stream your favorite jams or station directly into the shower.
The showerhead has 60 angled nozzles that deliver full-spray coverage, an easy-to-clean silicone sprayface that makes it easy to wipe away mineral buildup, and a sleek exterior that compliments any bathroom. The wireless speaker has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to seven hours of play, an LED light letting you know the status of the unit (pairing, battery low, etc), and a single button to power on/off the unit.
But the fun doesn’t have to stop once the shower ends. Simply remove the speaker pod from the Moxie (it’s held in place magnetically) and take it with you. Dance your way from the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen table for toast and coffee before you head out the door.
Yesterday morning, I put Eye of the Tiger on repeat while I was getting ready, and it really helped me push through those Monday blahs. Much like Rocky, I felt like I could knock down anything that came my way!
There’s a lot to like about the Moxie. It looks much nicer than a clunky water-resistant Bluetooth speaker you might bring into the shower with you. The showerhead delivers nice water pressure (available in 2.0 gpm or a 2.5 gpm spray) and good coverage, which isn’t surprising considering it’s a Kohler. The sound quality is very good, and it had no problem competing with the water noise in the shower.
That said, there are a few shortcomings that are worth mentioning. Since there are no buttons on the Moxie, there’s no way to adjust the volume or skip a song. That’s the compromise made in exchange for a sleeker, more minimalistic look. In addition, the Bluetooth range of the Moxie is roughly 30 feet, while other devices we’ve tested have a range many times that. And lastly, you can’t answer the phone if a call comes through, as the Moxie doesn’t have a microphone.
Don’t get me wrong though, none of these issues are deal breakers for me, but rather features I’d love to see Kohler add to their next generation Moxie. Overall, I was really impressed with the Moxie, and just a few short days into it, I can’t imagine showering without it!
The Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker retails for $199, but you can get one MUCH cheaper on Amazon.com. And for the price they’re selling for on there, it’s a total no-brainer. Happy showering!
Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In
When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.
Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.
But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.
When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!
Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.
You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.
Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.
Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
Visit www.libratone.com to learn more about the TRACK+ earphones.
Alpine Unveils 9-Inch Aftermarket Head Unit With Floating Design At CES
Many of today’s newer cars come with huge infotainment screens (like the Lexus LC 500 with it’s 10.3″ dash-mounted screen). But if you’ve got an older car and want that big screen experience, you’re pretty much out of luck, as most single DIN and double DIN radios only give you so much space to work with.
Alpine Electronics came up with a unique solution to this common problem with their new 9-inch iLX-F309 in-dash system, which they debuted at CES this week. This AM/FM/audio/video receiver uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation, with a 9-inch touch screen “hovering” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversized screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.
Installation of the Alpine iLX-F309 sounds like a breeze, as described here:
The 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount connected to a 1-DIN chassis. Once installed, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis for a sturdy installation. The screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off cleanly at the edges for a thin, modern silhouette. At its default position, the screen’s sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90-degree angle and the bottom of the screen is centered with the 1-DIN chassis.
At this point, the screen can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard. The screen can be positioned 20 mm back from its default position, to move it closer to the dashboard. It can be moved up or down 30mm from its default position and can be tilted up/down at a maximum of 45-degrees, depending on the position of the up/down location.
The iLX-F309 has a suite of entertainment features sure to please the most discerning of techies, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Alpine TuneIt App integration, AUX, HDMI, and rear camera inputs, and more. The system doesn’t include a CD or DVD slot.
If you’re interested in getting the Alpine iLX-F309 for your vehicle, you won’t have long to wait, as the system will be available at authorized retailers in February, with a suggested retail price of $1,100.
What do you think of the Alpine iLX-F309 with it’s 9-inch floating screen?
This Is The Gravity-Defying Death Star Speaker You’ve Been Looking For!
Unbound from the laws of gravity, Plox is bringing the might of the Empire to your home with the Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Speaker. Amaze your friends and yourself as your Death Star speaker delivers 360 degrees of uncompromising sound for up to five hours on a single charge.
The gravity-defying orb combines 360° Bluetooth sound projection with an out-of-this-world levitation system using Plox’s force technology. This exclusive Star Wars collectible is the Death Star you’ve been waiting for.
This is a great sounding speaker that any Star Wars fan would want. Sadly, this model does not come with the planet-destroying super laser. Hopefully, they can add this to their later models. For now, you can only ‘blast’ some cool tunes.
The Empire’s ultimate weapon can now be yours. May the force be with you!