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Threaded Rod Audio Rack

Threaded Rod Audio Rack
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Audiophiles and tech junkies generally prefer component systems. We love the look of this equipment rack from Silver Beard Lamp Co. It’s handmade from thick threaded rods, bolts, and blackboard – birch laminated plywood with a layered pine core. It comes in 4- and 5-tier heights and sizes from 22″ x 12″ to 30″ x 22″.

JBL Partybox Encore Essential Speaker

JBL Partybox Encore Essential Speaker
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The smallest of JBL’s Partybox speakers still kicks out some impressive volume. It offers 100 watts of amplification, excellent sound quality, and thumping bass. Its built-in LED RGB lighting syncs up with the beat of your music, and you can connect two for stereo sound. It runs for 6 hours per charge and is IPX4 splashproof.

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Soundboks Go Bluetooth Speaker

Soundboks Go Bluetooth Speaker
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This beast of a Bluetooth speaker kicks out monster sound via a pair of 72-watt continuous Class-D amplifiers. It can achieve volume levels up to 121 dB and runs for up to 10 hours at max volume and 40 hours at medium volume. Its 10″ woofer produces room-shaking bass in concert with its Bass Enhancer function.

Sony Inzone Gaming Headphones

Sony Inzone Gaming Headphones
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Sony’s new Inzone line offers audio and video gear for hardcore gamers. Their headphone series features clean and modern aesthetics, 360º spatial sound, crystal-clear sound reproduction, long-wearing comfort, and immersive bass. They come in wired (H3), wireless (H7), and wireless noise-canceling (H9) models.

Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp

Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp
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This miniaturized version of the classic Fender Tone-Master amplifier is perfect for practice sessions. Its vintage styling includes metal amp corners, a brown grille cloth, and white knobs for adjusting gain, volume, and tone. It packs a 1-watt amp and a pair of 2″ full-range speakers, and runs on a single 9-volt battery.

Revolv

Revolv

This augmented reality app from Signal-to-Noise lets you visualize the sounds that vinyl records produce. Aim your iOS device’s camera at a spinning record, and turn up the volume. Sonic analysis software generates a real-time graph of the waveforms overlaid on each disc as it turns.

TreSound1 360º Speaker

TreSound1 360º Speaker

Trettitre’s Bluetooth speaker is designed to produce immersive audio from a single unit. Its conical design offers visual interest while optimizing driver positions for the best sound. It packs a Class-D amp, two 1.25″ neodymium magnetic tweeters, two 2.25″ neodymium magnetic full-range speakers, and a 5.25″ subwoofer.

iFi GO Bar Headphone DAC/Amp

iFi GO Bar Headphone DAC/Amp
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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.

Turtlebox Gen 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Turtlebox Gen 2 Bluetooth Speaker

The updated Turtlebox Bluetooth speaker is more rugged than ever. It has a durable new nylon handle, a new grill pattern that improves strength and sound, a stainless steel tie-down, and a better position for its controls. It’s 100% waterproof and loud as hell, pumping out 120dB of volume. Pair two together for stereo sound.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones
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Sony’s updated wireless cans offer a great balance of audio quality and active noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM5 has a sleek new design, though they no longer fold like the M4. They have smaller but more accurate drivers, eight microphones to eliminate unwanted background noise, and run for up to 30 hours per charge.

Sonos Ray Soundbar

Sonos Ray Soundbar
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This compact soundbar from Sonos produces room-filling sound despite its size. It packs four Class-D amps, two full-range mid-woofers with a bass reflex system for punchy lows, and two tweeters with waveguides for a wide soundstage. It connects to any TV with an optical output and supports streaming audio via WiFi.

Paper-Thin Speaker

Paper-Thin Speaker

Engineers from MIT have developed an incredibly thin and lightweight speaker that flexes like a sheet of paper. The piezoelectric speaker’s volume increases when it comes into contact with other surfaces, so theoretically, it could be used to turn entire walls into immersive, room-size loudspeakers.

Monster Blaster 3.0 Boombox

Monster Blaster 3.0 Boombox
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Monster’s powerful Bluetooth boombox kicks out huge volume thanks to seven speakers and 120-watts of amplification. It runs for up to 12 hours on a charge and features tech which dynamically adapts equalization based on the environment and has indoor and outdoor modes.

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The Sound of Lava

The Sound of Lava

Volcanic eruptions are known for their visual spectacle. But nature photographer Jakob Vegerfors thinks that sound is just as important as sight. He captured this surprisingly soothing footage during the March 2021 eruption at Geldingadalur, Iceland. We’re putting this on a loop instead of white noise at bedtime.

What Is the Loudest Thing You Can 3D Print?

What Is the Loudest Thing You Can 3D Print?

3D printers make a bit of noise when they’re generating objects, but that’s not what this video is about. Maker’s Muse wanted to see what objects made the most noise once printed and tested out several designs which are ridiculously noisy without the use of batteries, motors, or other electronics.

Razer Leviathan V2 Soundbar

Razer Leviathan V2 Soundbar
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Razer’s all-in-one audio system is like a home theater soundbar for your computer. It has two tweeters, two full-range drivers, a downward-firing subwoofer, immersive THX spatial audio, and Razer Chroma RGB lighting. Bluetooth 5.2 support lets you switch instantly between your computer and mobile devices.

Teenage Engineering TX-6 Mixer

Teenage Engineering TX-6 Mixer

Electronic instrument and gear maker Teenage Engineering applied their minimalist design to this palm-sized mixing board. The TX-6 runs on batteries and has six 3.5mm stereo inputs, an equalizer, effects, synthesizer and sequencer, and an iOS app. It’s made from aluminum with a PU leather pad on back.

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth Speaker

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth Speaker
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LG’s cylindrical speaker projects audio in all directions, enveloping your space with sound. It’s engineered to deliver smooth and consistent frequencies across the spectrum, and it runs for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It’s also got LED mood lighting and can be connected with a second XBOOM 360 for double the output.

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Playing a Guitar Through a Modular Synthesizer

Guitarist Rob Scallon previously played his guitar through the world’s largest effects pedal board. This time, he and fellow musician Andrew Huang ran the sounds of this electric guitar through his enormous wall of modular synthesizers, resulting in some of most interesting sounds ever produced by a string instrument.

Floorboard Sound System

Floorboard Sound System

Computer speakers aren’t the most elegant things. Matthew of DIY Perks wanted something different, and decided to build a sound system from pieces of bamboo flooring. He built a pair of angled dual-driver speakers and connected them with a monitor stand that houses a subwoofer, amplifier, USB hub, and led lighting.

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Museum of Endangered Sounds

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Long for the startup sound of your old Macintosh? Or perhaps the squeal of a dial-up modem? Save the Sounds’ Museum of Endangered Sounds offers an online soundboard where you can enjoy the sounds of retro technology any time you’re feeling nostalgic. Try playing them all at the same time for fun.

Skullcandy x Pit Viper Earbuds

Skullcandy x Pit Viper Earbuds
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Nostalgic for the ’90s? Skullcandy goes retro with this limited-run earbud collection, borrowing the neon-pink, purple, and blue splatter colorway from Pit Viper, the lifestyle brand conceived on the ski hill and born in the back of a van. Options include the popular Grind, Push Active and Dime true wireless earbuds.

Console Pedals

Console Pedals

This unique effects pedal offers hot-swappable audio effects packaged in Nintendo 64 cartridges. The Console Pedals 3D-printed base station can hold two effect cartridges at the same time, and runs on batteries for portability. Harpist Emily Hopkins got her hands on a demo unit and put it through the test.

Eton Elite 750 Radio

Eton Elite 750 Radio
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This substantial bit of kit from radio maker Eton can tune in radio broadcasts on just about every wavelength. It can receive signals in AM, FM, LW, SW, SSB, and VHF aircraft bands, and has a built-in 360º rotating AM antenna to help pull in the most distant signals. Its digital tuner can store up to 100 channels per band.

LED Lantern Speaker

LED Lantern Speaker

At first glance, this hurricane lamp looks like a classic oil lantern, but it’s actually packed with modern technology, using a vintage-style LED bulb as its light source and cranking out tunes from its Bluetooth speaker. Its light is dimmable and burns for up to seven hours, while its speaker plays for five hours per charge.

Spark Mini Guitar Amp

Spark Mini Guitar Amp

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.

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