This compact device combines a USB-C DAC, pre-amp, and a powerful amplifier. It offers hi-res audio with 32-bit/384kHz PCM, native DSD, and full MQA decoding. Digital filters let you customize its sound profile. In addition to the alloy model, there’s a limited Anniversary Edition with a copper chassis plated in 18ct gold.
Custom built by David Brown Automotive, this retro MINI is loaded with rock and roll touches. Celebrating 60 years of Marshall audio, it has black metallic paint and gold accents, a custom mesh grille, Marshall and “60 Years of Loud” graphics, an 8-speaker Marshall audio system, and a DSL1 combo amp that slides out of the trunk.
Positive Grid’s battery-powered amp is perfect for practicing guitar or bass. It packs a 10-watt Class D amplifier, two 2″ full-range speakers, and a passive radiator for big yet nuanced sound. A smartphone app lets you tune sound profiles and can add live rhythm tracks using AI tech. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
This slick peripheral combines a DAC and a headphone amp. It connects to PCs or Macs via Micro-USB and has 3.5 mm headphone, microphone, and aux jacks. It supports audio sample rates up to 24-bit / 96 kHz, and drives headphones from 16 to 150 ohms. It also has 7.1 surround sound using EPOS’s Binaural Rendering Engine.
Every musician should carry their lunch around in one of these Fender Amp lunchboxes. It features an officially-licensed design based on the classic Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb combo amp. The tin case features embossed dials on front, and the back is printed with a 1/4″ jack and Fender label.
Soundbars are fine, but if you want truly immersive home theater sound, a component system like the Onkyo OHTS3900 is best. This 5.1 surround sound system decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and has four HDMI ports that support 4K/60 Hz and HDR content. Save $100 off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.
THX AAA linear amplifier tech offers some of the cleanest audio we’ve ever heard, so we’re stoked for this new headphone amp from Drop. This unit is a slimmed-down version of their THX 789 amp, designed for driving headphones at all impedance levels. You can also use it as a pre-amp for powered speakers or a power amp.
Handmade by a Liverpool engineer from a real SPAM can, the mighty, meaty Spamp Guitar Practice Amp is a versatile, low-noise amp with a seriously clean sound (“chilled”) and awesome distortion effects (“fried,” “grilled”). The circuit is an original design. Plug in headphones for practice. Use the belt clip for busking.
Give your headphones a smooth and crystal-clear analog upgrade with Douk Audio’s P1 headphone amp. It has a pair of 6J5 vacuum tubes, and can be used as a hi-fi headphone amp, a tube preamp, or a USB DAC. It supports USB, RCA, and Bluetooth 5.0 sources, and quality up to 24-bit, 192Khz from USB audio sources.
Helm Audio took the high-end audio of a THX-certified AAA amplifier and crunched it down into a pocket-sized gadget. The DB12 AAAMP boosts power for planar magnetics and high-impedance headphones with a bare minimum of distortion. It’s ideal for smartphone and laptop users, and runs for up to 6 hours on a charge.
Several years back, we featured a fridge that looked like a Marshall amp stack. Now, we have two versions, a 3.2 cubic foot model, and a 4.4 cubic foot model, ideal for keeping beverages and snacks cool in your office, living room, or man cave. Both offer blue LED interior lighting, and authentic Marshall control knobs that go to 11.
Jamstack’s compact amplifier and speaker combo clips onto the bottom of electric guitars and basses, providing big, clean sound for practice sessions and intimate performances. Its detachable smartphone dock lets you connect your phone inline and apply effects using 3rd-party apps.
AudioQuest’s top-of-the-line digital-to-analog converter gives your computer or mobile device high-end headphone audio. It offers 24-bit/96Khz resolution, Hi-Res Audio support, a premium ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip, and a high-efficiency amplifier, it provides incredibly clean and natural sounds in a super-compact package.
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal is best known for the “snap, crackle, pop” sounds it makes when swimming in milk. If you love that sound, but like things one louder, then check out this invention by Dominic Wilcox, which amplifies the sound for everyone to enjoy at the breakfast table.
Pluginz teamed up with Marshall to produce a series of officially-licensed wall-mount key racks which look like the fronts of their famed amplifiers. Like their other Jack Racks, your keys hang from 1/4″ audio plugs, but these are embellished with the Marshall “M” logo.
Boss‘ new Katana-Air is a compact wireless guitar amplifier. Its transmitter lasts for up to 12h per charge and has a power saving mode. The amp itself can also be powered with AA batteries for portable playing. It can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.
Fender’s new digital amplifiers have thousands of presets and effects that you can operate through a built-in display, and you’ll get even more thanks to their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Mustang GT amps also have a speaker function and USB and XLR outputs.
We went behind the scenes with Mark Levinson to learn about the audiophile grade sound systems they make for Lexus vehicles. There’s no way to convey how amazing they sound without listening in person, but read on to get a sense of just what goes into making these systems so good.