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.
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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.
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