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Marshall Stanmore Speaker

Marshall Stanmore Speaker

If the Hanwell is too pricey or bulky for your taste, check out the Stanmore. It has the same classic Marshall cabinet, and inside is a 5.25″ woofer and two 0.75″ tweeters. Play music via Bluetooth, 3.5mm, RCA or optical cables.

Auris Skye Wi-Fi Dock

Auris Skye Wi-Fi Dock

Have a speaker with a 30-pin dock? Make it more useful and futureproof it with the Auris Skye. It’s an adapter that lets you stream music to the speaker via AirPlay, DLNA or through the Skye app, no Internet connection needed.

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Sony 3-in-1 Walkman

Sony 3-in-1 Walkman

The upcoming WH Series aka 3-in-1 Walkman are headphones with a built-in digital music player. Available in 4GB and 16GB capacity with 20h battery life. They can also be used as normal headphones or as personal speakers.

Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker

Harman Kardon Onyx Speaker

A distinctive portable audio system presented in a sculptural package. The Onyx offers 60 watts of power through four drivers, and wirelessly connects via Bluetooth, AirPlay or DLNA. Has NFC pairing, and runs on battery for up to 8 hours.

Geek DAC & Headphone Amp

Geek DAC & Headphone Amp

Light Harmonic’s Geek is a DAC and headphone amplifier that plugs into computers via USB. It’s inspired by the Da Vinci DAC and can create a 3D surround sound effect. It can also accept two headphones at once.

Thodio iBox XC

Thodio iBox XC

The iBox XC has two 100W amplifiers, two Kevlar-coned speakers, a 12-hour battery and a beautiful case made of your choice of wood. Optional add-ons include a Bluetooth receiver, iOS dock and guitar bus input.

TubeCore Duo

TubeCore Duo

A speaker and media player with two vacuum tube amplifiers. It has an embedded computer that runs Linux and XBMC for media streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI and 2 USB ports. It has a 100W main amp and a 30W subwoofer.

K-Array Anakonda Speakers

K-Array Anakonda Speakers

The KAN200 Anakonda is a modular and flexible speaker for locations where there’s no space for bulky audio equipment. Measuring 6.6ft. long, you can connect up to 32 modules and drive them all from just one amplifier.

Huge Coffee

Huge Coffee

Sometimes caffeine in your morning cup of joe isn’t enough to get you going. But we bet you’ll be wide awake if you crank up your speakers and listen to this recording of sound designer Diego Stocco fixing himself a cup of coffee.

Minirig Portable Speaker

Minirig Portable Speaker

The Minirig is a loud and long-lasting portable speaker. Its 3″ driver delivers up to 100dB and it lasts up to 50h. We’ve tested it and it’s unbelievably loud and crisp. You can also connect two Minirigs for stereo sound.

earHero Earphones

earHero Earphones

Like the AfterShokz, earHero are open ear earphones. Its speakers are so tiny that they won’t block your ear canal, so you can still hear the sounds around you. Great for outdoor use or pretending you’re a secret agent.

Soundpauli Portable Speakers

Soundpauli Portable Speakers

German shop Soundpauli turns old speakers into portable ones, with a 3.5mm textile-wrapped cable to connect to a music player. They last up to 30 hours on 6 AA batteries but you can also plug them in via their AC adapter.

Vamp Bluetooth Amplifier

Vamp Bluetooth Amplifier

Paul Cocksedge’s Vamp lets you connect an old speakers to modern music players. It’s a rechargeable amplifier with a Bluetooth receiver, 3.5mm audio input and red and black speaker wires. Mono sound only, though.

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Elroy Bluetooth Earbuds

Elroy Bluetooth Earbuds

The Elroy has a pair of earbuds and a clip-on base unit, both of which are magnetized. Dock the buds on the base to pause music or end a call. Undock the buds to replay music or to answer a call.

Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar

The Sonos Playbar is a soundbar with 9 amplifiers to boost its 6 mid-woofers and 3 tweeters. It connects to your TV via optical cable and streams music from many sources via the Sonos app.

Bass Egg

Bass Egg

A portable Bluetooth speaker that uses an induction motor instead of a speaker cone. The motor drives sound into whatever object it’s on, using the object as a subwoofer. Audio test here.

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

The Custom One Pro has removable and customizable headband, ear cup plates, ear pads and cable. It also has a highly customizable sound, thanks to a built-in bass and isolation slider.

Teenage Engineering OD-11

Teenage Engineering OD-11

From the makers of the OP-1 comes the “world’s first cloud speaker”, the OD-11. Based on Stig Carlsson’s classic design, it has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and has an easy-to-use wireless remote.

Sony W Series Walkman

Sony W Series Walkman

The W Series Walkman is waterproof to 6.6ft. It has 4GB of storage, 13.5mm drivers and replaceable earbuds. Its battery lasts up to 8 hours, but a 3 min charge is enough for 1 hour of playback.

BlueTube Audio Amplifier

BlueTube Audio Amplifier

A sound system with a vacuum tube amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has RCA and 3.5mm ports for direct inputs and a USB charging port. Amp and speakers also sold separately. Demo here.

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Geneval Sound System XXL

Geneval Sound System XXL

A powerful high-fidelity system in a wood cabinet strong enough to hold a 65″ TV. The XXL has an 8″ subwoofer, four 5.25″ ported woofers and two 1″ tweeters. Also works with AirPlay and Bluetooth.

BEM Speaker Trio

BEM Speaker Trio

Three Bluetooth speaker cubes that can be used together or separately, up to 120ft apart. The base also serves as a charging station. It has Aux in and out ports, glow lighting and touch sensitive buttons.

Logitech UE Boombox

Logitech UE Boombox

While it’s larger than other portable speakers, the Logitech UE Boombox is also big where it counts: its eight drivers make for quality sound. It can be paired with up to three Bluetooth devices at once.

Hummingbird Mini Speakers

Hummingbird Mini Speakers

A welcome change from cheap plastic laptop speakers, Bekerwerks’ Hummingbirds are handmade from American Spalted Maple or Black Walnut. Note: 10Wx2 Amplifier not included.

AfterShokz Headphones

AfterShokz Headphones

These “open ear” headphones sit directly in front of the ears and deliver sound through bone conduction, from the cheekbones to the inner ear. Wired and Bluetooth models available.

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