Kanto’s powered TUK stereo speaker system maximizes sound quality in a compact form factor. They crank out 260W peak power (130W total RMS) and their Air Motion Transformer tweeters and low-mass aluminum drivers minimize distortion. They support Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD, along with phono, RCA, and Optical inputs.
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In a just barely Halloween-themed episode, musical expert 12tone walks us through the complexities of distortion, and what it is about such sounds that make them more creepy and off-putting than others – sort of like the way he draws from right to left across the page.
Transform ordinary computer audio into expansive surround sound. This Windows and Mac app takes standard audio from games, movies, and music, and expands its soundstage around your head. Its graphic equalizer lets you fine-tune your listening experience, and can also boost volume. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop.
Philips reasonably-priced, open back cans provide an immersive soundfield, and their 50 mm high definition neodymium drivers offer frequency response from 5 – 40,000 Hz with minimal distortion, so you won’t miss the slightest nuance. Plus their velour-covered memory foam cushions mean comfortable listening for hours.
Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.
Sony’s near-field powered speakers offer reference quality sound on your desktop. They used a back-to-back dual woofer design to cancel unwanted vibrations, and their coax drivers keep sounds in phase for perfect stereo imaging. The system is expected to cost about $8K when it drops in early 2020.
Anker teamed up with Amazon to create a 2.1 channel soundbar that has Fire TV and Alexa technology built in. It supports full 4K UHD content with Dolby Vision and HDR10+, while it cranks out 100 watts of sound and has built-in dual subwoofers for cinematic sound. Drops 11/21/19.
There are a million different Bluetooth speakers out there, so in a quest to create something a little different, woodworker Matt Jordan decided to build one out of a hunk of wood from an apple tree. Watch as he turns the log on his lathe, adding coffee grounds and colorful powder along the way to give the finished piece a dramatic look.
THX has taken wraps off an all-new version of its iconic “Deep Note” trailer, created by the team at American Meme. It’s packed with vibrant CG animations, and a wonderful array of dynamic, spatial sounds to put any audio system through its paces. Sounds especially great on headphones. Go behind the scenes with its creators here.
Kick out the jams at your next party with Sony’s jumbo-size party speaker. It has a colorful 360º party light, Bluetooth support, a CD player, gesture-based DJ controls, karaoke mode, microphone and guitar inputs, and more. You can even chain multiple devices together for bigger spaces, and it has wheels for transport.
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.
Let’s face it, soundbars are ugly. They look like an afterthought. Canvas takes a new approach, stacking your TV on top of a sleek modern stand that packs four speakers and 200 watts of amplification. Initially, it’s only compatible with LG OLED B and C series displays, which happen to be some of the best TVs you can buy.
Amp up your living room sound with this great deal on a certified refurbished Vizio 38″ soundbar and wireless subwoofer system. For less than $100, you’ll get the well-rated SB3821-C6, which offers up room-filling Dolby Digital audio from your TV, and can wirelessly stream music from mobile devices via Bluetooth.
Take your home theater to the next level with Nakamichi’s excellent multi-speaker soundbar systems. They offer enveloping, theater-quality audio, with full support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:x, and come in 7.1.4, 7.2.4, and 9.2.4 configurations with quad surround speakers, dual subwoofers, and up to 1000 watts of total system power.
We’ve always loved the way Bowers & Wilkins audio gear sounds, and now we love the way it looks too. Their premium Formation Bar, Formation Wedge, and Formation Bass offer sculptural design, high-performance sound, instantaneous wireless syncing between speakers, and crisp 96kHz/24-bit high-res streaming.
Do you still have a sizable CD collection? Don’t just convert them to MP3s, listen to them the way they were meant to be heard with Teac’s compact receiver. It packs an audiophile BurrBrown PCM1795 DAC, a 26w x 2 class-D amp, Hi-Res Audio support, and can stream digital audio via Bluetooth, your Mac or PC.
It’s been 40 years since the original Sony Walkman cassette player burst onto the scene, transforming the way we listened to music forever. The Japanese electronics juggernaut pays tribute to its own creation, and its evolution over the years in this eye-catching, headphone-worthy clip.
Alternatives to Apple’s AirPods from high-end audio equipment maker Cambridge Audio. The Melomania 1 wireless earbuds last up to 9h per charge, and their portable charging case adds 36 more hours of playback. They are water-resistant and have microphones for calls.
Bose’s new Smart Noise Cancellation Headphones 700 – we know, it’s a mouthful – are the company’s best noise-cancelling cans yet. The level of noise cancellation can also be adjusted via touch controls, along with music playback and calls. It also has a built-in microphone.
The Bose Home Speaker 300 is the little brother of the Home Speaker 500. Like its predecessor, it can be used solo or as part of a multi-room setup with other Bose or AirPlay 2-compatible speakers. It provides 360º sound and booming bass in a compact size. Drops 6/4/19 for $260.
Beyerdynamic’s reference-class studio headphones are designed for audio pros, but great for anyone who appreciates clear and detailed sound. They offer 5-40,000 Hz frequency response and push out up to 102 dB SPL. Despite their size, they’re incredibly comfortable for long listening sessions.
Looking for wireless in-ear headphones with great sound? Treblab’s X2 offer a spacious 3D soundstage, and cVc 6.0 noise isolation to reduce background noise. They come in black or white, and are an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop w/code WEEKEND15 through 5/29/19.
Ever wonder why the sound echoes in an enclosed room? This 2013 clip from Acoustic Geometry, demonstrates some of the key principles of direct and reflected sounds using a combination of NERF disc guns, moiré patterns, and more than 1100 feet of fluorescent string.
Drop and Beyerdynamic modified the beloved DT 1770 studio headphones to have 32 ohm 45mm Tesla drivers. So you can use these studio-quality headphones without need for an external amp. They provide a powerful and balanced sound, and their price doesn’t hurt too.
Curious Sound Objects’ Bitty is a tiny drum machine and synthesizer. You can use it to create beats, melodies, or noise. It has four buttons, a time knob, a pitch knob, two function buttons, headphone in and out ports and an aluminum speaker often used in car door panels.
Drop – formerly Massdrop – collaborated with NuForce to create affordable yet audiophile-quality wireless earphones. The Move are equipped with Knowles full-range armatures, have an IPX5 waterproof rating, and last for 6h per charge. The charging case provides 18h of charging.
Mighty’s tiny and one-of-a-kind offline Spotify player has received a couple of much needed upgrades. It’s battery now lasts over 5h per charge, and its Bluetooth antenna has been improved for longer range and stronger connectivity. Save 10% in The Awesomer Shop.