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Wood and Linen Record Player

Wood and Linen Record Player

Victrola’s turntable audio system features linen-wrapped wooden enclosures for both its record player and stereo speakers. It offers 50-watts of amplification, and can play vinyl at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 speeds. You can also stream music to its speakers via Bluetooth. It’s also available in oak and white variants directly from Victrola.

Ableton Production Mastery Bundle

Ableton Production Mastery Bundle

Want to produce your own music or perform live electronic concerts? Ableton Live is the production tool of choice of the pros. This series of seven courses will help you learn everything you need to know, from basic recording, to controlling MIDI devices, to editing, to DJ-ing. Another bargain from The Awesomer Shop.

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Drop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Drop x Koss Porta Pro X Headphones

Based on the 1984 classic lightweight headphones, Koss and Drop teamed up to build a new version, designed for better durability, with modern components, and an inline mic for calls. They weigh just 2 ounces, and have an adjustable comfort band, and offer an impressive 15 Hz–25 kHz frequency response.

GSK True Wireless Headphones

Give your ears a treat with GSK’s lightweight in-ear headphones, which offer clean sounds without wires. With Bluetooth 5.0 + EDR connectivity, you’ll get clear audio, and 4 to 6 hours of playtime per charge. They’re a great, low-price alternative to AirPods, and 70% off their original price in The Awesomer Shop.

Beoplay A9 Blue Moon Speaker

Beoplay A9 Blue Moon Speaker

Luxury electronics maker Bang & Olufsen presents a special edition of its Beoplay A9 living room speaker. Designed in collaboration with pop artist Daniel Arsham, this model takes advantage of its circular shape, replacing the solid color face with an image inspired by the artist’s cratered blue moon globe.

Log into Speaker

Log into Speaker

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.

Bumpboxx Uprock V1S Boombox

Bumpboxx Uprock V1S Boombox

This ridiculously powerful boombox cranks out up to 1000 watts of power via its two 4″ tweeters and four 8″ woofers, for seriously banging bass. It’s got built-in Bluetooth connectivity, runs for up to 12h per charge, and doubles as a guitar amp. Our favorite style is the graffiti pattern.

Drop x THX Panda Headphones

Drop x THX Panda Headphones

Enthusiast gear retailer DROP teamed up with THX to create the ultimate Bluetooth headphone. These cans have phase-correct planar ribbon drivers, a low-noise THX AAA amplifier circuit, and Sony’s LDAC wireless codec to produce audiophile sound without wires. They offer 30+ hour battery life, and can be run via a passive wired connection.

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

This unusual guitar effects pedal changes its sound based on whatever liquid you pour into it. Unscrew the watertight lid, pour in the beverage of your choice, and the conductive properties of said liquid will influence signal gain, while its opacity affects the equalization of the sound. Demo video here. (Thanks Mike!)

Audials One 2020

Take your audio and video streams anywhere – with or without a wireless signal. Audials One 2020 is a Windows application that can record and save high quality streams from a variety of streaming music, video, and online radio stations, so you can keep and play them back any time. Save 66% in The Awesomer Shop.

Bugani M83 Bluetooth Boombox

Bugani M83 Bluetooth Boombox

This hefty Bluetooth speaker cranks out 40-watts of power, and sounds better than speakers costing much more. It’s the perfect party speaker, with big bass and crisp highs, a convenient carrying handle, and excellent battery life, running up to 40 hours on a charge.

Vizio Elevate Sound Bar

Vizio Elevate Sound Bar

Vizio’s top-of-the-line 5.1.4 audio system for 2020 packs 18 drivers. The P514a features rotating speakers which automatically angle upwards when watching Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. It’s also got built-in Chromecast and DTS Virtual:X support. It comes with two surround speakers and a wireless 8-inch subwoofer.

Soundcore Flare Speaker

Soundcore Flare Speaker

Anker’s 12-watt Bluetooth speaker kicks out a surprising amount of bass and delivers immersive 360º audio. It supports pairing two speakers for stereo sound, its LED light ring can pulse to the beat of your music, and it’s even waterproof. For even more volume, check out the 25-watt Flare+

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JBL Reflect Eternal Headphones

JBL Reflect Eternal Headphones

Do you hate having to charge your wireless headphones? Well, audio maker JBL is working on a new headphone that never needs charging. It uses Exeger’s Powerfoyle tech to capture both natural and artificial light and convert that into power for your cans. Just 1.5 hours outside generates 68 hours of playtime.

Shure MV88 iOS Microphone

Up your mobile audio game with Shure’s MFi-certified stereo mic for iOS devices. It augments your iPad or iPhone with pro recording abilities. Includes Shure’s MOTIV app which captures uncompressed 24-bit/48 khz audio, controls the mic’s five DSP modes, and more. Save an extra 15% with code MerrySave15. (Exp. 12/25/19)

Vivid Audio Kaya 90 Speakers

Vivid Audio Kaya 90 Speakers

Vivid Audio’s top-of-the-line loudspeakers feature a curvaceous cabinet design and the best in audio tech. Tapered Tube Loading tech and a curved bass absorber horn help eliminate unwanted resonances, for pure, uncolored audio, while their 3-way, 6-driver system can accurately reproduce sounds from 35Hz to 25kHz.

iFrogz Impulse 2 Wireless Headphones

iFrogz Impulse 2 Wireless Headphones

Tune out the stress of traveling with these lightweight, easy-to-pack, budget Bluetooth headphones. iFrogz Impulse 2 wireless cans have a 20-hour battery life and an aux cable for even longer play. They have 44 mm neodymium drivers, an integrated mic for hands-free phone calls, plus controls for volume and tracks.

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.

Little Wonder Speaker

This Bluetooth speaker might be tiny, but it cranks out an unexpected amount of volume for its size. It has a sleek metallic look, and runs for up to 4 hours per charge. You can even pair two together for true stereo sound. Save an additional 20% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE20. (expires 12/3/19)

AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Headphones

AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Headphones

Copenhagen audio company AIAIAI’s premium over-the-ear headphones are designed for exceptional sound and comfort. Their bio-cellulose speaker diaphragms are engineered to reduce distortion, while their cushions are Alcantara-wrapped memory foam. In wired or wireless versions with Aptx HD support.

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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.

Kanto TUK Powered Speakers

Kanto TUK Powered Speakers

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.

How Scary Sounds Work

How Scary Sounds Work

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.

Boom 3D Music Player

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.

Turtlebox Bluetooth Speaker

Turtlebox Bluetooth Speaker

The Turtlebox Bluetooth speaker is designed to be loud and rugged. It produces up to 120dB of clear and distortion-free sound, and you can pair two speakers for stereo. It’s rated IP67 for water- and dust-resistance, and also has a 3.5mm input.

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