The concept of a "Smart Home" is something that we've not really jumped on-board with here at Rock Father HQ, despite our ongoing #RockFatherRemodel Project and an abundance of future upgrades planned for the home that we intend to raise our daughters to adulthood in. If I were to pinpoint a single reason why, the big one is that I've turned out to be a lot more old-school that I once thought - a sometimes early-adopter that is immersed in tech daily, yet makes an attempt to keep his children as tech-free as possible, firmly believing that our age of "devices" has severely over-saturated the human species. However, I am intrigued by a lot of the tech that's been coming out for the home, and being so rooted in music, I'm always keen on new ways to bring the audio experience into new places. When the folks at Sengled got in touch to ask me about reviewing their recent Pulse Solo LED + Wireless Speaker, I took them up on it... despite not being entirely sure what to expect from a lightbulb with a Bluetooth speaker inside.
If you're reading this, then it's probably no surprise to you that I'm a little bit more than a casual fan of these festive weeks of the year. Instead of getting mad and putting on the Grumpy Cat face when the Holiday Music starts rolling out in October each year, I tend to get mad at the people who get mad about the music. After all, despite what those stock articles that sites like HuffPo seemingly break out each year like clockwork say, "Christmas Creep" as they call it is not a new thing (ELVIS' first Christmas album was released on October 15, 1957), and I say "bring it on!" Even as I write this, it's mid-November and not only is our tree up, but all of Rock Father HQ has been decorated inside and out, right down to my girls' Step2 playhouse. It almost goes without saying that my #Griswolding has been soundtracked, and this year it's gotten a big boost with the JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Speaker - one of the finest portable speakers that I've ever had the pleasure of owning (and I've had a few). But, this is the Season of Giving, and #GiftingAudio is a can't-lose affair for those special people on your list. Not only does JBL have a great Gift Guide of their own, they've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER and some other great sites for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which thirty (yes, 30!) winners will receive some fantastic speakers just-in time for the Holiday Season.