Damson introduces the Oyster apt-X Bluetooth wireless speaker

Damson Oyster

Launched tonight in London, and making its public debut at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham next week, is the £180 Damson Oyster wireless speaker.

It sports apt-X A2DP Bluetooth for optimum quality wireless streaming from a computer, smartphone or laptop (with a range of up to 10 metres), and comes in a rugged design for indoor/outdoor use and easy portability.

Audio is handled by a pair of front-facing, 2in midrange drivers, two side-firing 1.5in tweeters and a rear passive radiator subwoofer for deeper bass performance. Claimed power output is 2 x 10W, and digital signal processing (DSP) is used to deliver "a truly impressive sound," says Damson.

A built-in Lithium Ion rechargeable battery gives a claimed 12 hours wireless music playback, there's a microphone for hands-free phone calls via your mobile and a 3.5mm audio jack if you prefer to hard-wire your muisc device to the speaker.

Available in black or white as standard, there are also optional snap-on grillles in different colours if you want to personalise your Oyster to suit your home decor.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.