After about 15 years away, Japanese consumer electronics company Nakamichi (founded in 1948 by Etsuro Nakamichi) has re-entered the U.S. retail market with some new audio gear that aims to challenge competing brands like Beats by Dre, Monster, and Bose. Available now at Sears, K-Mart, and on Amazon, Nakamichi's new Bluetooth headphones and Shockwave desktop speaker are competitively priced at about $68 and $55, respectively. These are quality products that offer an excellent user experience at a very budget-friendly price.
Nakamichi Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker
Suggested Price: $71.99
The Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker is great portable stereo speaker for the desktop that provides wireless music via Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away, as well as a wireless speakerphone with built-in microphone for taking phone calls over Bluetooth. Pairing this speaker up with both my iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 smartphones was a breeze, and you can also connect the included stereo cable to the speaker and play music from any device with a headphone jack/aux output.
Don't let the size of this Bluetooth speaker fool you, Nakamichi has done a good job of packing it with surprisingly rich sound and impressive bass for a stereo speaker this small. While you can control it all from your smartphone, the speaker itself also has Volume, Bluetooth Pairing and phone call pick up buttons located on one end of the device. I found myself enjoying this wireless speaker in several rooms around the house, but I might just be the life of the party next summer when I hit all of the cookouts and garden parties with this baby. Also included in the box is a USB power adapter/USB cable to recharge battery, and user manual.
Nakamichi Shockwave Bluetooth Speaker specs:
• 5W x 2 RMS power output
• 50Hz - 26kHz frequency response
• 80 dB SPL output level
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
• Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP).
Nakamichi Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Headphones Suggested Price: $55.99