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Onkyo OHTS3900 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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.

Roku Streambar

Roku Streambar

This 2-in-1 device combines Roku’s excellent streaming apps with a 14″ wide, 4-driver speaker that can upgrade the sound on your TV set without taking up a bunch of space. It offers Bluetooth and AirPlay2 wireless connectivity, along with Alexa, Google voice assistant, Spotify Connect, and Dolby Audio support.

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Retio Radio Speaker

Retio Radio Speaker

This clock radio is a beautiful tribute to retro technology. It combines a clock, an AM/FM radio, and a high-quality Bluetooth speaker in one. Each handmade radio is built with warmly-glowing vintage nixie tubes to display the time and an American black walnut enclosure with a 360 brass bezel and knurled knobs.

Focal Celestee Headphones

Focal Celestee Headphones

These high-end closed-back cans from Focal have 1-5/8″ aluminum-magnesium drivers for clean sounds, deep bass and crisp highs and mids. Their luxe build features semi-aniline leather earpads, a sturdy aluminum yoke, a comfy leather-microfiber headband, and stainless steel, copper, and leather on the ear cups.

Fostex Dekoni Blue Headphones

Fostex Dekoni Blue Headphones

Based on the revered Fostex T50RP MKIII, these over-the-ear cans offer exceptional sound thanks to their planar-magnetic drivers, and have Dekoni Elite Hybrid ear pads which help reduce fatigue, extend bass response, and are made from high-density memory foam. This special price is available from Drop for a limited time.

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

These ski/snowboarding goggles let you listen to your tunes as you zoom down the slopes. They feature open-air drivers and noise cancellation, and a single-ear mode when you need to hear your surroundings. Available with swappable double-layer lenses in Aurora Blue, Arctic Silver, and Sunrise Pink.

Pallet Wood Bluetooth Speaker

Pallet Wood Bluetooth Speaker

This substantial wood speaker looks like something from a high-end audio line, but it’s actually the result of a DIY build. King Minhvuong walks us through their process of recycling pallet wood into this beautiful portable audio system. If you’re feeling inspired, there’s a full parts list in the video’s description on YouTube.

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

LED Waveform Headphone Stand

Give your over-the-ear headphones a proper place to rest when you’re not wearing them. This handmade stand from AmbiColoredLight features a head-shaped sandalwood-veneered base. At its center is a light-up acrylic porthole that displays a laser-etched waveform graphic that can change colors to suit your mood.

Shepit Wood Acoustic Panels

Shepit Wood Acoustic Panels

Arranging blocks of wood, foam, or fabric can help break up echoes in a room. These geometric acoustic panels from Shepit Workshop also double as a cool piece of modern wall art. They can be made in sizes from 25″ x 15″ up to 60″ x 40″, and in either stained or painted wood.

Relax Melodies Sleep + Relaxation App

Relaxing sounds and music can help overcome insomnia, reduce stress, and improve your state of mind. The Relax Melodies app provides a library of soothing sounds, bedtime stories, meditations, and more to help you unwind and get some rest. Grab a deal on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Deal: Motorola Escape 500 ANC Headphones

Deal: Motorola Escape 500 ANC Headphones

Motorola Escape 500 ANC Headphones let you tune out the world with noise cancellation, or connect with Alexa, Siri, and Google voice assistants. The Bluetooth-enabled, over-ear wireless headphones provide 12 hours of playtime, and pair with the Hubble Connect for VerveLife app for extra perks.

Syng Cell Alpha Speaker

Syng Cell Alpha Speaker

Founded by former Apple designers and engineers, Syng is showing off their high-end wireless speaker. It packs upward- and downward-firing woofers and a three-element beamforming driver array. Three built-in microphones calibrate the speaker to your room, and multiple Cell Alphas can be networked for surround sound.

Listening to Toy Story

Listening to Toy Story

For as groundbreaking as the CGI animated visuals were in the original Toy Story, Gary Rydstrom’s sound design was every bit as important in conveying the stories of Woody, Buzz, and company. The Royal Ocean Film Society invites us to listen to some of the sound effects that helped bring the Toy Story universe to life.

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Walking in Steve’s Dreams

Walking in Steve’s Dreams

To celebrate the launch and spatial sound capabilities of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft released this bit of ear candy for you to enjoy with your headphones on. It features 3D surround sound based on dreams that Steve Saylor, AKA BlindGamerSteve experienced after playing Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

SpinBase Turntable Speaker

SpinBase Turntable Speaker

Placing a turntable close to a speaker can cause unwanted feedback and resonance. But the SpinBase uses proprietary tech to eliminate these issues, so it can sit right underneath your record player. It kicks out room-filling sound and works with any turntable. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. Measures 18″ w x 13.5″ d x 3.25″ h.

Shower Power Speaker

Shower Power Speaker

Ampere’s waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker never needs to be plugged in. Instead, it uses a hydroelectric generator to capture energy from the water flowing to your shower head. Its design provides omnidirectional sound and it can pair with a second mini speaker for sound throughout your bathroom.

Motorola Tech3 Smart True Wireless Earbuds

Motorola Tech3 Smart True Wireless Earbuds

Motorola’s innovative Tech3 earbuds combine three styles in one headphone: true wireless, sport loop, and wired via a 3.5mm stereo plug. They offer easy operation with one-step pairing and tangle-free cord storage. Coupled with the Hubble Connect for VerveLife app, assistance features can even help find lost earbuds.

Tula Mic Portable Microphone

Tula Mic Portable Microphone

Podcasters and indie recording artists will definitely want to check out this unique portable microphone. It combines a premium USB desktop mic and a digital recorder with a slick retro-inspired industrial design. It also has integrated noise cancellation tech for eliminating unwanted background sounds.

Adam Savage on Hearing Loss

Adam Savage on Hearing Loss

You may or may not know that Mythbuster and all-around smart guy Adam Savage suffers from hearing loss. In this great clip from his “Ask Adam” segment on Tested, he talks about destigmatizing the disability, and how wearing hearing aids has improved his life dramatically. Now, they just need to make them less expensive.

GrillTunes

GrillTunes

This unique spatula integrates a remote control into its handle, so you can adjust volume, play, pause, and skip tracks while cooking. It connects with one or two Bluetooth speakers. The spatula handle is heat- and water-resistant, and the remote can be detached during washing. The spatula also has a built-in bottle opener.

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HCG1 Pro Gaming Headset

HC Gamerlife’s over-the-ear gaming headset cranks out big, dynamic sounds, and are built with longevity in mind. Gamers rave about their sound quality, comfort, and build quality. They feature a metal frame, real leather ear pads, and come with a removable mic for online chats. Save 45% in The Awesomer Shop.

Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphones

Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphones

Audio experts Focal teamed up with automaker Bentley to create these ultra-luxe, closed-back cans. They feature full-grain leather, an aluminum yoke, diamond-motif grilles, along with the Bentley wings logo and copper accents. Their 1-5/8″ drivers kick out rich and dynamic sounds with deep bass and clean mids and highs.

JBL PartyBox 300 Speaker

JBL PartyBox 300 Speaker

Next time you’re throwing a party, kick out the biggest and best audio with JBL’s oversize Bluetooth sound system. It cranks out a massive wall of sound via its two 6.5″ woofers and three 2.25″ tweeters, and can run for up to 18 hours on battery. It’s also got mic and guitar inputs, and you can pair two together for true wireless stereo.

Bone Conduction Audio Mask

Designed for filtering out dust, bacteria, and other particulates while being active, this high tech mask also incorporates a pair of bone conduction speakers, which let you listen to music without wearing headphones. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity and has a microphone for making calls too.

LifeJacket XL Jolt with Lights

LifeJacket XL Jolt with Lights

Altec Lansing’s rugged Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, snowproof, and shockproof. It has built-in Qi wireless charging and a USB charge port for your smartphone, and LED lighting which can sync with your tunes. It offers 20-hours of playtime per charge, though if you need more, there’s a 30-hour version, the Super LifeJacket Jolt.

Freesound.org

Freesound.org

Need to find a sound effect for a recording project? Freesound.org is a collaboratively-managed database of sounds you can use under one of several Creative Commons licenses. We found all kinds of unusual noises there, from a growling ogre, to creepy atmospheric music, to a delightfully ASMR pencil scribbling on paper.

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