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Tidal Lossless Music Streaming

Tidal Lossless Music Streaming

A music streaming subscription service for audiophiles. Available now in the US and UK, Tidal gives you unlimited and ad-free access to over 25 million tracks at 1411kbps via its iOS, Android and web players. RIP data cap.

BeoPlay A2

BeoPlay A2

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth speaker packs stereo sound in a compact form. It has two 3″ drivers, two 0.75″ tweeters and two 3″ passive bass radiators. Its battery lasts up to 24h and can be used to charge other devices.

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Blueshift Speakers 2014 Lineup

Blueshift Speakers 2014 Lineup

Blueshift’s range of fast-charging and bamboo-encased Bluetooth speakers, from the small Hydrogen to the hulking limited edition Argon. Like the Helium, they fully charge in just 5 minutes and last between 4 to 8 hours per charge.

FiiO X1

FiiO X1

It looks like a tacky iPod clone, but you’ll find it hard to find an equally capable lossless audio file player at this price. The FiiO X1 has a PCM5142 DAC chip, a 12-hour battery and uses microSD cards up to 128GB. More here.

Sony NWZ-WS610 Walkman

Sony NWZ-WS610 Walkman

This waterproof wearable MP3 player has a ring-shaped Bluetooth remote control for on-the-go adjustments. Lasts up to 8h but can get 1h of use on just a 3min. charge. Comes with 4GB of storage (16GB version available in EU).

Sennheiser: Meet the Urbanite

Sennheiser: Meet the Urbanite

Sennheiser chose to promote its new Urbanite headphones using the tried and tested Old Spice route. Watch as a German dressed as a pair of headphones pampers a huge and hairy ear. Join the Urbanite giveaway here.

Marshall Woburn Speaker

Marshall Woburn Speaker

The Woburn is the middle child in Marshall’s line of speakers. It has two 5.25″ woofers and two 1″ tweeters, as well as two 20W and one 50W amplifiers. Like the Stanmore, the Woburn has Bluetooth, 3.5mm, RCA and optical inputs.

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Mic maker Blue breaks into the headphone market with the Mo-Fi. They not only have 50mm drivers, memory foam cups and a highly adjustable headband, they also have a built-in analog amplifier. That’s crazy value.

NudeAudio Super-M

NudeAudio Super-M

A compact Bluetooth speaker that promises to be the best at its price range. It has four neodymium drivers, two passive radiators and an 8-hour battery in its waterproof and dustproof case. Skip to 3:45 of this video for a brief demo.

Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman

Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman

An Android 4.1 music player for audiophiles. The NWZ-ZX1 has a built-in headphone amplifier and can play lossless formats such as FLAC and ALAC (not DSD though). It has dedicated playback buttons and a 128GB flash memory.

OD-11 Speaker: On Sale

OD-11 Speaker: On Sale

Teenage Engineering’s take on the Carlsson Cube is now available for pre-order. The OD-11 keeps the original’s bass reflex design and adds mobile remote control, streaming from your device or from cloud music services and more.

Cloud Lamp & Speaker

Cloud Lamp & Speaker

A cloud-shaped lamp and Bluetooth speaker. The color of its lights can be changed or made to visualize the music being played. Cloud also has a motion-activated lightning and thunder effect. A lamp-only version is also available.

Pelty Fire-Powered Speaker

Pelty Fire-Powered Speaker

Like BioLite’s charging stoves, Pelty uses heat from a fire to power its electronics. A lit candle can power Pelty for up to five hours. The speaker is made from glass and ceramic and connects to devices via Bluetooth.

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Soundhawk

Soundhawk

Soundhawk is a Bluetooth headset that reduces background noise. It comes with a mobile app that lets you pick from different settings (driving, indoors, etc.) and a wireless mic to extend its range. Product video here.

Earin Wireless Earbuds

Earin Wireless Earbuds

Earin claims it has developed the world’s smallest earbuds. The earbuds connect to media players via Bluetooth and last up to three hours per charge. They come with three different foam tips and a carrying case that doubles as a charger.

Streamz Headphones & Player

Streamz Headphones & Player

Streamz headphones have a built-in music player and storage for audio files. It can stream from cloud services like Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and Google Drive. It also has a 3.5mm input. We’re not sure about its battery life though.

Rocki Wi-Fi Audio Receiver

Rocki Wi-Fi Audio Receiver

Rocki lets you stream music from a mobile device or desktop computer to speakers. If your speaker has a 3.5mm or RCA input, then you can stream to it with Rocki. There’s also a model with HDMI and optical audio ports. More here.

Soundfreaq Sound Rise

Soundfreaq Sound Rise

A compact 3.5W Bluetooth audio player, FM radio and alarm clock. Sound Rise can wake you up with a chime or with music from the radio or your mobile device. It also has a USB charging port and 3.5mm input. Also available in black.

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Made for home theater and video gaming, the Sony MDR-HW700DS headphones system can stream over the 5GHz band for less interference and better sound quality. It can also emulate an immersive 9.1 surround sound system.

McIntosh MHA100

McIntosh MHA100

The MHA100 amplifier works with practically any headphone model, and its crossfeed can deliver a speaker-like soundstage. It can also power speakers, which makes its $4,500 price tag a tad easier to swallow. More here.

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Bruns Bluetooth Speakers

Bruns Bluetooth Speakers

Handcrafted using reclaimed timber and modern analog audio hardware. These 75W Bluetooth speakers are available in raw finish or worn out with aged parts and retro colors. They also have a 3.5mm aux in and a USB charging port.

BlueAnt Pump Headphones

BlueAnt Pump Headphones

The Pump Bluetooth headphones are coated with Teflon and have Kevlar shielding, making them waterproof and dust-resistant. Their battery lasts up to 8 hours and it comes with several ear bud tips to ensure you get a good fit.

MartinLogan Crescendo

MartinLogan Crescendo

A wireless music player that isn’t box-shaped. The Crescendo has a 24-bit 48kHz DSP, a 50W woofer and two 25W Folded Motion tweeters. It works with Bluetooth, AirPlay, Ethernet, USB, 3.5mm aux and optical input. More here.

Soundwall

Soundwall

Wall-hanging artwork which doubles as a speaker. Soundwall streams music via AirPlay or UPnP and also has RCA inputs. Choose from Soundwall’s stock artwork, upload your own photo or order a blank canvas for you to paint on.

Cone Smart Speaker

Cone Smart Speaker

Cone suggests songs based on your listening habits. The portable player has simple controls and taps into your streaming music subscriptions and other online sources. It’s also an AirPlay speaker. Drops this summer for $399.

Grain Audio Passive Speakers

Grain Audio Passive Speakers

Part of Grain Audio’s Kickstarter-funded launch lineup, these wooden bookshelf speakers are based on hand-built models used in professional venues. They have 5.25″ woofers and are meant to be used with 25W to 75W amplifiers.

Astell & Kern AK240

Astell & Kern AK240

What audiophiles want for Xmas. The AK240 media player has two DAC chips, 256GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.21″ AMOLED touchscreen, a case made of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber and a slick Android-based OS.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

An improved version of the ATH-M50, one of the best pro-level yet affordable headphones. The ATH-M50x retains the sound of its predecessor but adds more comfortable ear cups and three detachable cables. Sound tests here.

Dash Wireless Headphones

Dash Wireless Headphones

This tiny pair of devices are much more than just headphones. Dash streams music via Bluetooth, but it’s also a music player by itself with 4GB of storage. It’s also a fitness tracker and a Bluetooth headset.

Vifa Copenhagen Speaker

Vifa Copenhagen Speaker

A minimalist portable wireless speaker. Its aluminum frame, plastic body and textile grill are finished in monochrome. It works with Bluetooth, DLNA, AirPlay, Wi-Fi and ad-hoc wireless. It also has 3.5mm and optical inputs. Pricing TBD.

Beep

Beep

Streams music directly via Wi-Fi to speakers with a 3.5mm, RCA or optical input. Streams from Pandora or the songs saved on your iOS or Android device, with more services soon. Multiple Beeps can be networked for whole home audio.

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