Cone is the first music player that thinks: It learns what you like, and plays what you'll love. You don't have to look at a single screen to use Cone. | When you speak, Cone listens. If you know what you want to hear, ask out loud and Cone will play it. | To skip to a similar song, just turn the dial a little. To jump to something completely different, give the dial a bigger spin and see where it takes you. | The more you use Cone, the better it gets at playing the songs you love. | Cone gives you free access to Rdio's library of over 30 million songs, plus thousands of internet radio station... More
Cone is the first music player that thinks: It learns what you like, and plays what you'll love. You don't have to look at a single screen to use Cone. | When you speak, Cone listens. If you know what you want to hear, ask out loud and Cone will play it. | To skip to a similar song, just turn the dial a little. To jump to something completely different, give the dial a bigger spin and see where it takes you. | The more you use Cone, the better it gets at playing the songs you love. | Cone gives you free access to Rdio's library of over 30 million songs, plus thousands of internet radio stations.Less
|Size||15 x 16 x 16 cm (5.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 in)|
|Weight||1300 grams (45.9 ounces)|
As a straight-up wireless speaker, the Aether Cone performs quite well and sounds better than the majority of Bluetooth speakers that come through my door. It outclasses the vast majority of them when it comes to the looks department, too.
If you’re looking for an audiophile quality AirPlay speaker, there are options in the same price range as the Aether Cone that will outperform it, especially in terms of raw power. Most of those lack a battery though, and the ability to request a song by voice is a trick that few (if any) can match.
More importantly, other wire... Full review
The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you're in the mood for.
I was skeptical because my music tastes vary depending on how I'm feeling at any particular moment. But I've come to enjoy its sometimes-surprising musical tours.
I also appreciate its lightweight simplicity. At 2.9 pounds and not much bigger than half a football, the cone-shaped device packs a decent stereo system into something I can easily carry around or pack into... Full review
My musical navel-gazing aside, there are, of course, people with logical, coherent tastes in music. There are, I hear, people that like the radio. Or Rdio. For those people, Cone is going to be great. There are many things to like. The fact you can keep a "vibe" going by staying with a musical style is a nice touch. I love that you can just as easily mix things up by giving the wheel a hearty spin. Even the voice requests can be fun. When it gets it right, you feel futuristic; when it gets it wrong, you might discover something entirely new. Then there's the fact that it looks rather nice,... Full review
Cone works best for people who already have Rdio accounts. They've already provided tons of valuable information about their tastes. It may support other streaming services in the future.
It can't yet take more open-ended commands like, "play something relaxing," or even "play classical music." It doesn't yet incorporate the tastes of two or more people at home who like different stuff, either. Cone has no way of knowing who is listening. Without an ability to differentiate, it fails the relationship test in real life.
I didn't previously use Rdio, so Cone and I starte... Full review
By designing Cone, the team at Aether basically took on a challenge that's been unsolved by two generations of scientists and engineers studying machine learning: The conundrum of whether a machine can truly learn to act like a human. This is an idea that goes all the way back to Alan Turing, whose eponymous Turing Test sought to find a machine that could imitate humans well enough to fool an actual human.
Did Cone pass its proverbial Turing Test? Not for me: the difference between music I'd chosen and music Cone suggested was always clear. It's going to take a few more iteration... Full review
The Cone is not meant to breathe new life into older hardware, like Google did with the Chromecast. And at $399, it's pricier than many small Bluetooth speakers. But it also does a lot more than your average Bluetooth speaker. Aether partnered with Nuance to add voice controls using a special center control that doubles as a big pause button: just hold your finger there for a few seconds, then say a song or artist to play it. The company also plans to let you specify a certain playlist from whatever music service you have it hooked up to.
Those extra features in the form of softw... Full review
59 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Aether Cone. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.
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