There is no shortage of tiny speakers, some wired, some wireless. Most just play subpar tunes and stop there. The NuForce 2-Inch Cube Speaker does a bit more than the standard "dumb" speaker. Not only is the sound quality good, the small wired NuForce Cube Speaker (2.30 x 2.30 x 2.36 inches) also comes with a built-in headphone amp and USB DAC. The NuForce Cube also sports a rechargeable battery that will last for about eight hours. Yours in red, blue, black, or silver for $119.
Add the optional iPod Nano connector and you have one of the coolest bedside alarm clocks around.
"I’ve never been satisfied with the sound of other portable speakers on the market," said Jason Lim, CEO of NuForce. "So we made it our mission to create one that not only sounded great, but looked great. Plus, we equipped it with an audiophile-grade DAC and headphone amp. After months of R&D and critical listening, we think Cube provides the clarity, power and detail in a portable speaker that our customers have been asking for.”
A unique, 3-in-1 portable audio speaker that packs a punch:
Speaker: You can hear NuForce's experience in high-end audio electronics–along with a very high-quality speaker driver–in Cube’s superior sound, which blows cheap plastic, low-quality portable speakers out of the water. With the Cube, listeners no longer have to sacrifice great sound for portability. Despite its small 2" cube frame, the Cube offers audio detail, depth and dimension other portable speakers simply aren’t designed to deliver. You’ll hear the character of your favorite singer's voice, the clarity and fine details of the musical instruments, the squeaky floor in a horror movie, or the subtle rumbling of the race car engine.
USB DAC: The Cube's USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) accepts digital music directly from the computer and bypasses the computer’s on-board DAC, which are often low-quality and result in compromised sound, to offer a major improvement over the sound quality.
Headphone Amp: The Cube's finely optimized amplifier circuit takes the audio to a new level, providing plenty of power to drive even the most power-hungry set of “cans". It helps ensure that the headphones provide all the clarity, detail and power they’re designed to deliver.