Techmoan takes a look at another fascinating bit of retro technology, an alternative approach to portable audio tapes that was being developed by Sanyo at the same time that Philips was working on the cassette tape. We love the heft of that old player.
The Nebula Mars’ little brother. Anker’s Nebula Capsule is a pico projector and speaker that’s the size and shape of a soda can. It can project an 854×480 display at up to 100″. It has a microUSB port and an HDMI port, and can also mirror the screen of mobile devices.
Razer’s funky looking new THX-certified gaming speaker system is designed to push out big sound thanks to its Kevlar fiber midrange and silk woven tweeters, and powerful companion subwoofer. They support Dolby virtual surround, and have Razer Chroma lighting built in.
Renowned amp maker Ashdown Engineering now has a Bluetooth version of its one-of-a-kind active noise cancelling headphones. Like the original, the OV-1B has VU meters that react to the audio being played. It also adds phone and playback buttons on the left earcup.
A powerful and durable portable Bluetooth speaker, the DemerBox may be your best bet. Its electronics are installed inside a Pelican case, so it’s tough as nails, pushes powerful bass, and doubles as storage. It lasts up to 50h per charge and has a USB charging port inside.
The Circa alarm clock has an optional sleep sensor that will tell it to wake you up only when you’re in light sleep. It also comes with several soothing ambient noise tracks and a gentle pulsing light mode. You can also use it as a Bluetooth speaker and Internet radio.
An elegant sound system which can fill a room with music streamed from Spotify, Tidal, Napster, and Deezer, as well as FM and Internet radio, Bluetooth or optical sources, and even plays CDs. It also works in a whole-home audio system with Como’s other audio gear.
VETR’s flat desktop speakers use 1.3mm thick panels of real carbon fiber to produce an open and airy soundstage. Combined with the bundled compact subwoofer with dual 48-watt amps, they push out great volume too. Read our review of the prototypes over on Technabob.
It may look like a pair of earphones, but the Vinci 2.0 is so much more. It’s powered by Amazon’s Alexa, has its own storage, and supports 3G connectivity. So it can make calls and messages, search for answers and connect to music streaming services on its own.
Sony’s quirky personal speakers give you surround sound without taking up space or completely cutting off ambient noise. The SRS WS-1 has 2W drivers and vibration motors with three levels of strength. It comes with a wireless transmitter that can pair with two units at once.
Mighty works like an iPod Shuffle – but just for Spotify. This tiny music player can play music from your Spotify Premium account without a smartphone, making it perfect for workouts and other activities. Up to 1000 tracks can be synced wirelessly before you head out.
If you’re looking for stylish and compact desktop speakers, check out Ashtown Engineering’s Meters Cubed. The 20W system consists of three 3.5″ cubes: two speakers with 2.5″ drivers and an amplifier with a round analog VU meter. Available in black or white.