Remember that great scene in the classic 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, where Nigel is showing Marty his speakers and notes that "this goes up to 11"? Well, he could be talking about Satechi's AirBass Active Bluetooth speakers (US$99.99), which pack a lot of sound into a pair of speakers that can be used with any Mac or PC through a wired connection or with your favorite iOS device through Bluetooth. TUAW had an opportunity to try a pair of these speakers, and you'll have a chance to have a pair shipped to you in our giveaway.
Dimensions: 9.12 x 10.75 x 9.12 inches (23.16 cm x 27.31 cm x 23.16 cm)
Weight: 7 lbs. 0.4 oz. (3.19 kg)
Connectivity: Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR, or 3.5 mm audio cable
The AirBass Active speakers are rather plain, using a glossy black or white plastic shell with a removable foam cover over the front to cover the speaker cones. The right speaker has a power and mode switch on the front (also used for volume control), a connector for the power adapter, a pair of screw clamps for audio cables connecting to the left speaker, a pair of RCA ports for a direct connection to a computer or other component, a standard headphone cable jack for a direct connection to a phone or tablet and a subwoofer output connector. The left speaker just has a pair of screw clamps to receive the wire connection for power and audio.