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Aiwa returns with the Exos-9 Bluetooth speaker

The Exos-9 features NFC pairing and there's also USB charging for your smartphone or tablet. Aiwa claims a range of up to 50ft for Bluetooth streaming or you can hook up a device via the 3.5mm auxiliary input.

Behind the grille there are five active drivers: two tweeters, two mid-bass and a subwoofer. The speaker runs off a rechargeable battery pack, which Aiwa claims is good for over ten hours playback.

On top of the speaker are touch-sensitive controls, but the Exos-9 also comes with a credit-card-sized remote, which slots into the back of the unit.

There's also an on-board 5-band graphic equalizer, and four presets for you to tinker with.

If you live in the US, you can pre-order the $299 Exos-9 here.

Aiwa was founded in Japan in 1951 and was a leading manufacturer of audio products throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. The company was saved from bankruptcy by Sony in 2002 before eventually being discontinued in 2006.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.