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Rice Krispies Amplifier Bowl

Rice Krispies Amplifier Bowl

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.

Canvas Audio System

Canvas Audio System

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.

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Vizio 2.1 Soundbar Refurb Deal

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.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Soundbars

Nakamichi Shockwafe Soundbars

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.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite

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.

Teac CR-H101 CD Receiver

Teac CR-H101 CD Receiver

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.

ION Party Float Speaker

ION Party Float Speaker

ION’s waterproof Bluetooth sound system is designed to float atop your swimming pool, pumping out 40 watts of sound. Plus it has a pair of cupholders, and transforms into a floating beer pong set with the included accessory tray.

A Tribute to the Walkman

A Tribute to the Walkman

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.

Melomania 1 Wireless Earphones

Melomania 1 Wireless Earphones

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 Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

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.

Bose Home Speaker 300

Bose Home Speaker 300

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 DT 1990 Pro Headphones

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro Headphones

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.

Treblab X2 True Wireless Earbuds

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.

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How Sound Works in Rooms

How Sound Works in Rooms

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.

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

This compact wireless speaker offers up clean and bright sound on the go. Its IPX5 certified for water resistance, making it the perfect poolside companion this summer. The 5″ wide speaker can play for up to 12 hours per charge at 2/3 of its max volume.

Drop x Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO

Drop x Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO

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.

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

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 x NuForce Move IEMs

Drop x NuForce Move IEMs

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 Vibe Spotify Player

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.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser aims for the top with its first-ever speaker. The Ambeo soundbar has 13 drivers, including six 4″ woofers. It mimics a 5.1.4 surround sound system with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. We went ears-on with the soundbar at the IFA Global Press Conference, and it sounded spectacular.

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Upgrading Cheap Speakers

Upgrading Cheap Speakers

There are lots of really cheap speakers out there, and most of them sound like garbage. YouTuber Jisaku kōbō shows us how a pair of $3 speakers can sound much, much better when placed into a pair of proper wooden enclosures. Of course, skilled labor is the real cost here.

AirLoop Earphones

AirLoop Earphones

The AirLoop wireless earphones have optional sportband and neckband cables. The cables reduce the risk of losing the earphones and increase the earphones’ battery life. The earphones have touch controls, including for voice assistants.

Nomadic Audio Speakase

This carry-on suitcase doubles as a sound system. It packs a removable Bluetooth speaker unit with two 6″ x 4″ woofers, two 22mm tweeters, and a 25-watt amp. Features a durable hard shell construction, a TSA combination lock, and 360º rotating casters.

LED Flame Speaker Lamp

LED Flame Speaker Lamp

This portable, rechargeable lantern not only provides a warm, flickering glow that simulates a flame, but it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, making it the perfect light source for a romantic night on the beach, or a dinner party out on the deck.

Cavalier Audio Air Speaker

Cavalier Audio Air Speaker

Cavalier Audio’s Air is a Bluetooth speaker and device charger wrapped in a beautiful leather and wood case. It supports Amazon Alexa and can also connect via Wi-Fi to various streaming services. It also has a USB charging port. Sadly, it doesn’t have a 3.5mm input.

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