Summertime with the JBL Everest 300 Headphones means the Living is Easy

Summer isn’t complete without attending an outdoor concert surrounded by people of like music mind. If you are like most of us, the weekend comes and goes, and a lot of great music events are just out of our reach. Either because of other obligations, location or finances we miss out on this indulgence. What better way to get the beat on than with a set of outstanding headphones that look, feel and sound as if you are grooving with the best of them.

The JBL Everest 300 is compact (folds to fit into your purse) and lightweight. The sound is amazing and transforms the listener into an experience that you would normally only get if you were sitting center stage in an arena. Big news is that they only cost $149.95, or simply put,  a month of lattes. The Blue tooth easily connects to your music source, and you can control the sound with just a small adjustment. The built in microphone is clear and picks up those calls if you don’t mind the interruption.

You’ll love the way the JBL Everest 300’s sound, look and feel. Wear them whenever you sense there’s just not enough music in your life. Whether moving to the music doing housework, yard work or no work at all. You can choose from Hot Pink, Red, Black, Blue or White. These are colors that pop and make wearing them almost as fun as listening to the music. The headphones are ergonomically designed to fit the unique contour of your ears. You’ll experience the unparalleled comfort that allows you to listen to your playlists longer and enjoy it more. Earbuds cannot compare to the level of sound and comfort that these beauties produce.

Wearing headphones says that you are enjoying music in a world of your own. Going to a concert can be fun, yet the privacy and solitude of listening to music in JBL Everest 300’s offer a private performance. That is unless you find a friend with a pair of JBL Everest 300’s to connect wirelessly. It’s nice to have that option, yet with or without a friend, you’ll still have fun. No matter where you go or what you are doing, #JBL, #headphones, #personallistening

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B & W’s Luxurious Zeppelin

For many, the word Zeppelin either recalls the unfortunate airship from 1937 or the epic band from the 1970s. Change that word in your dictionary- the Zeppelin from British speaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins is nothing but a fun machine. Now in its third generation, this wireless wonder brings you the best in Wi-Fi speakers with a touch of class in design.

For those of you not familiar with the brand, B&W has spent decades developing speakers for your living room that are crystal clear and well defined. Their top of the line speakers is used in England’s legendary Abbey Road studios to produce many of the albums you know and love. Thanks to WiFi, Ethernet and Bluetooth access, streaming music from Spotify or Tidal, your Bluetooth and AirPlay just got easier.

What impressed me the most when I visited the B&W factory in England this year was the care and commitment given to each their products. From the manufacturing floor to the design room, each employee is proud of the end creation. I saw the first Zeppelin as well as the current version side by side. I fell in love with the elegance of the white version (also available in black) you see here. I knew that it would be a perfect addition to our home; sleek and smart. The decorative mesh speaker grille blends with the smooth rear surface and looks at home with any décor, perhaps even beside a bathtub.

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Counterintuitive electronic devices have no place in my world. The rear of the Zeppelin has a big button with the universal on/off symbol, and once you plug it in and power up, pairing with your smartphone takes a total of about 30 seconds. When you have it right, the small, LED embedded in the Bowers & Wilkins logo glows a soft blue. Once finished music selections and volume is all controlled by your smart device.

I resisted the urge to play “Stairway to Heaven,” for obvious reasons, yet Paul McCartney’s “1985” always makes me smile and shows off the prodigious performance the Zeppelin provides. Of course, I’m purchasing the review sample, and that white beauty now sits desk side to accompany me while working every day. No matter where you decide to place yours, you’ll be proud to show it off. Kudos to Bowers & Wilkins for combining music and technology in such an artistic way.

A Mu-so muse

Muse: A person who inspires artistic expression.

Naim’s Mu-So QB does exactly that. This gorgeous compact system is an inspiration to listening to music; its elegant design and dramatic lighting captivate you before you even begin to play music.

 

Recently chosen by EISA as their Compact System of the Year, the Mu-So QB has the technological heart to back up its magical soul. A pair of pistonic bass drivers on the left and right side of the cube will have you discoing around the bathroom (or wherever you choose to place it) before you know it. Just to get a little bit retro, I was streaming some tunes from my past, and with a little help from TIDAL, I was a dancing queen once again. Beep, beep!

Ms. Bubble’s six top disco faves (click on the link to stream in TIDAL)

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Donna Summer – Bad Girls

https://listen.tidal.com/artist/743

 

The Trammps – Disco Inferno

https://listen.tidal.com/track/1205317

 

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

https://listen.tidal.com/album/3161845

 

Chic – Le Freak

https://listen.tidal.com/artist/8112

 

Ohio Players – Skin Tight
https://listen.tidal.com/artist/32170

 

KC and the Sunshine Band – Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty

https://listen.tidal.com/album/4157196

 

This miniature masterpiece has an ambiance about it that feels like a quiet candlelit café in Paris. Except, when you turn this little beauty on you get everything but quiet. By just touching a lit button, a swirl of light finds your Bluetooth and instantly you are connected. The soft light that emanates from the Mu-So QB provides a beautiful experience. All that’s missing is the disco ball.

Should the orange you see here on the outside, not be to your liking, other grilles are available in red, blue, and black. I suggest them all, in case your mood or décor should change.naimaudio_mu-so_qbPriced at $995, you can find one at finer HiFi stores that carry the Naim brand.

http://www.naimaudio.com/mu-so-qb

#Naim, #Mu-So QB

 

Oppo Sonica/Private Listening Room

The perfect way to end the weekend is in a warm bubble bath with a soft candle flickering, listening to “AirStream” by The Pat Metheny Group. Suddenly you have been whisked away to 1979, all courtesy of the Oppo Sonica.

The Sonica is a beautifully designed, self-contained music system that makes pairing with my smartphone (it works equally well with Ios and Android phones) or iPad via Bluetooth a snap, once you download the free Sonica app from Google Play or the iTunes store. The app will guide you through Bluetooth or WiFi setup, whichever you prefer. Be sure to have your network password handy if you choose the network option. When complete, the flashing light on top turns solid white, and you’re ready to listen. Those of you a bit more old school can even plug your favorite music device straight in via the Aux input. Should you have a cache of favorites on a USB stick, just plug it in the back and rock out.

I love the ease of TIDAL’s music service, offering over 25 million different tracks to stream, download or just peruse. At $9.99 a month, it’s much less than a latte a day, offering whatever music fits your mood at your fingertips.

The Sonica is the perfect size for the bathroom and can easily be integrated to anywhere in the house you go. Without taking up a lot of space, you can fill up the room with unbeatable bass and tone for only $299. I like the sound of that!

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More information about the Sonica is listed here.

Oppo Sonica

 

Tub Tunes Playlist No. 1

 

Award-winning music writer Chrissie Dickinson joins us from Chicago with a pedigree too long to list, but you can read all about her at www.chrissiedickinson.com. She’ll be contributing monthly playlists of her favorite tunes for your enjoyment. Please let us know what you think!

The best country and Americana artists are masters at blending sparkling melodies, sing-along choruses, and great storytelling. It’s the kind of music that provides the perfect soundtrack for a rich and rewarding day, whether you’re puttering around the house on a Sunday afternoon, practicing your Pilates or kicking back in a comfortable chair with a glass of Chablis.

Here’s fun and a relaxing playlist that spans several decades, from Lynn Anderson’s 1970 country-pop hit “Rose Garden” to peak period Dwight Yoakam to new work from country-folk favorite Mary Chapin Carpenter. These selections feature gentle but compelling grooves and memorable vocals that resonate long after the final track.

Lucinda Williams “Passionate Kisses.”

Rick Nelson “Garden Party.”

Johnny Cash & June Carter “Jackson.”

Dwight Yoakam “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.”

Chris Stapleton “Traveller.”

Rosanne Cash “Seven Year Ache.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter “Something Tamed Something Wild.”

Willie Nelson “On the Road Again.”

Linda Ronstadt “Blue Bayou.”

Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin “You Were On My Mind.”

Lynn Anderson “Rose Garden.”

Richard & Linda Thompson “Dimming of the Day.”

 

Italian Style: Pryma Headphones​

I wanted to own the luscious Pryma headphones, hand made in Italy by luxury speaker manufacturer Sonus Faber the minute I laid eyes on them. Listening to a few tracks of my favorite music and we had a deal. The Prymas exude style and grace in the same way that other objects of desire from Italy set themselves apart from everything else. Sleek, smart, and beautiful, with an exquisite focus on mechanical and sonic detail, wearing a pair of these headphones will turn heads when you go by; I guarantee it!

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The supple, hand stitched leather is so light and comfortable; it’s easy to forget that you even have them on. The buckle design of the headband works just like a belt, making them easy to adjust to your noodle. Click here to see the care that goes into every pair of Pryma headphones; you’ll be impressed.

 

Best of all, you can buy the headbands in different colors to suit your wardrobe. Whether you choose Marsala, coffee, black or dark gray, with other colors on the way, it’s all fabulous. A color change only costs $89, so you may want to add them all to compliment whatever you might be wearing. And when your male friends notice, tell them that for a slight upcharge they can get their own pair in racy carbon fiber.

The $499 price tag is so much less than the last pair of Italian shoes you bought, but I suspect you’ll be wearing these a lot more.

Watch this to see how they are made!

The making of Pryma Headphones by Sonus faber

 

Introducing Tub Tunes

If love makes the world go round then music is what keeps it moving!

A bubble bath is not complete without music, and your bathroom or changing area makes for a perfect listening room. Today’s technology offers multiple ways to stream wirelessly via Bluetooth or your wifi network so you can always groove to the beat of your favorite artist. Transport yourself via Tidal or Spotify to any mood you can imagine. Dim the lights, pump up the bubbles, and pour a glass of wine or soothing herbal water.

 

Ms. Bubble will bring you carefully curated music reviews and playlists for your enjoyment as well as walk you through the hardware you need to make your personal space a musical oasis! Stay tuned…