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Nakamichi launches NBS 9 portable Bluetooth speaker

Just last month in What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, we cast our verdict on the Dragon Lily – notable for its love-it-or-hate-it design - and in July, we reported on the launch of the NBS 10 "wireless speaker ball".

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The latest addition to the Nakamichi wireless speaker portfolio is the new NBS 9, which has taken its design cues from the traditional shape of a phone – suggesting that it doesn't mind sparking the design debate once again.

Now available to purchase at £50, this portable speaker is compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled devices and is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology for ease of use and pairing.

It's a speaker that has been mainly used, says Nakamichi, for use with a smartphone or a tablet – both iOS and Android. However, it also comes with a 3.5mm input and auxiliary cable for a wired connection with your device.

The NBS 9 speaker has a wireless range of 10 metres and can be used either indoors or outdoors. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery gives up to five hours of playback, with charging through a Micro USB port.

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