Model: Sound Rise SFQ-08
Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, and Bluetooth-ready iPods
Soundfreaq Sound Rise SFQ-08 Wireless Speaker with Alarm Clock
Although it's a sequel of sorts to Soundfreaq's 2012 docking alarm clock Sound Rise SFQ-05, this isn't "Sound Rise 2," but rather Sound Rise SFQ-08 ($70), a rethought version that's smaller, less expensive, and a little less powerful sonically. Built with Bluetooth 4 rather than Bluetooth 2.1, the new model has a markedly smaller footprint and lower weight due to the outright elimination of a 30-pin Dock Connector charging and audio base; Soundfreaq has also slightly reduced the sonic output from the integrated speaker. Also noteworthy is the elimination of SFQ-05's front-facing capacitive control panel in favor of top-mounted physical buttons, which have some unique UI shortcuts to improve the user experience. The new Sound Rise retains a rear charging port for the iPhone or iPod, assuming you self-supply a cable, as well as dual alarms, an FM radio, and a bright clock face for keeping time.