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Audio

DemerBox Portable Speaker

DemerBox Portable Speaker

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.

Circa Smart Alarm Clock & Radio

Circa Smart Alarm Clock & Radio

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.

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Como Musica Audio System

Como Musica Audio System

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 PANL1 Carbon Fiber Speakers

VETR PANL1 Carbon Fiber Speakers

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.

The Nature of Sound

The Nature of Sound

“We live in an ocean… in an ocean of vibration.” Remix artist Melodysheep’s Symphony of Sound gets meta with their latest clip, which uses sound bites of famous scientists and musicians as they speak about the art and science behind sound and music.

Fun with Foley

Fun with Foley

Insider introduces us to Stefan Fraticelli, who creates sound effects for TV shows, video games, and movies using traditional foley artist techniques. Here we get to see how he makes bones break, blood spurt, and birds fly. Hear more over on his Instagram page.

Vinci 2.0 Smart Headphones

Vinci 2.0 Smart Headphones

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 SRS-WS1 Neck Speaker

Sony SRS-WS1 Neck Speaker

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.

JLA M.1 End Table Speakers

JLA M.1 End Table Speakers

JLA’s made-to-order end table is also a 100W 2-way speaker. The M.1’s 8″ woofer and 1 1/8″ tweeter fire downwards at an angle. It can stream music via iTunes, Airplay, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and Tuneln. Available in black or natural finish.

Mighty Spotify Player

Mighty Spotify Player

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.

Surface Bluetooth Speaker

Surface Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind Bluetooth speakers, check out Room One’s Surface. It’s a wall-mounted Bluetooth speaker that transmits sound through its minimalist oval disk, which is crafted from layers of oak veneer. Available in natural, indigo or red.

Meters Cubed Bluetooth Speakers

Meters Cubed Bluetooth Speakers

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.

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa

Sonos One with Amazon Alexa

The successor to the Play:1, the Sonos One is a great speaker and a great listener. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to play music, search online, control smart appliances and more. It will soon be updated to have Google Assistant as well.

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How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker

How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker

DIY Perks shares his favorite project yet: a handmade Bluetooth speaker. He says its shell is made of concrete, but the only aggregate he used is sand. Nevertheless, his video, templates and list of materials will save makers a lot of time and headaches.

BeoLab 50 Speaker

BeoLab 50 Speaker

Do you fart $100 bills and dig slow jams? Grab the BeoLab 50 Speakers ASAP, then. The deluxe speaker delivers 2100w via seven drivers and seven 300w amps, and Active Room Compensation measures room acoustics and creates custom filters for it. (Thanks Todd!)

Bose SoundLink Micro Speaker

Bose SoundLink Micro Speaker

Like all Bose SoundLink speakers, the Micro is exceptionally loud and clear for its size. It also has a flexible strap and a durable silicone rubber case. It’s water-resistant up to 3.3ft and lasts up to 6h per charge. The biggest downside? No 3.5mm input.

Jaybird Run Wireless Earphones

Jaybird Run Wireless Earphones

Jaybird is known for having great-sounding and well-priced workout earphones. Its first fully wireless product is no different. The Run offers easy but powerful sound customization. It’s water-resistant, lasts 4h per charge and comes with a charging case that adds 8h of runtime.

Pioneer Z Series Car Speakers

Pioneer Z Series Car Speakers

We had a chance to listen to Pioneer’s new Z series car speakers during our visit to their factory, and they sounded truly stellar, with zero distortion, huge dynamic range, and brilliant reproduction that’s on par with some of the best home audio systems we’ve heard.

Sony WF-1000X Wireless Earphones

Sony WF-1000X Wireless Earphones

Sony’s first completely wireless earphones are as tiny as they come, but they also have active noise cancellation. The WF-1000X even have sensors that can detect when you’re walking to automatically let ambient noise in. They can also let voices in but cancel other sounds out.

Ruark Audio R7 Mk. III Radiogram

Ruark Audio R7 Mk. III Radiogram

Remember when home entertainment systems were gigantic showpieces? Ruark remembers. That’s why it keeps cranking out its R7 Radiogram. The latest version not only plays CDs and radio. It also has Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, USB, RCA and optical inputs.

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Pioneer: The Art of the Speaker

Pioneer: The Art of the Speaker

We recently were given the unique opportunity to fly to Japan to visit Tohoku Pioneer Corporation’s factory. We learned how they design, engineer, and build some of the world’s best sounding speakers, from affordable car speakers to high-end audiophile equipment.

Deal: Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speakers

Deal: Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speakers

Get true stereo sound separation with this duo of compact Bluetooth speakers, which can be wirelessly set to output left and right channels, or used individually. They work up to 30 feet away, and come with a special microUSB “Y” cable so you can charge them both at once.

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker

Anker Eufy Genie Smart Speaker

From Anker’s Eufy line of smart appliances comes the Genie. It’s an affordable way to access Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-controlled virtual assistant. The Genie doesn’t have Bluetooth and it only has a 2W speaker, but it’s as responsive as Amazon’s gadgets.

Klipsch x Capitol Records Speakers

Klipsch x Capitol Records Speakers

Klipsch wishes Capitol Records a happy 75th birthday by releasing special editions of The One Bluetooth speaker, The Three desktop speaker, and the Heresy III loudspeakers. They have real wood veneer cases, spun copper switches and knobs and a unique insignia.

Edifier S2000Pro Active Speakers

Edifier S2000Pro Active Speakers

Edifier’s S2000Pro powered monitors are as good as bookshelf speakers get. They not only look substantial, but they offer up smooth, clean, accurate, and room-filling sound via analog, optical and coax digital, balanced XLR, or Bluetooth sources. Full review on Technabob.

Lofree Poison Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Lofree Poison Retro Bluetooth Speaker

From the makers of the Lofree Keyboard comes another retro style gadget. The Poison Bluetooth speaker has a nice Space Age design. It even has a built-in FM radio with an analog dial. Its two 10W drivers and a large bass diaphragm produce a loud and tight sound.

Elbow Compact Cassette Player

Elbow Compact Cassette Player

A fantastic concept design for a cassette player with a slick and minimal playback mechanism. Sure, the sound quality of cassettes leaves a lot to be desired, but the sheer novelty of such a player might make us dig out our old ’80s mix tapes once again.

HIFIMAN HE4XX Headphones

HIFIMAN HE4XX Headphones

Massdrop’s exclusive headphones are an absolute steal. Based on HiFiMan’s 400 series, the 4XX features the company’s vaunted planar magnetic drivers. It also comes with Focus-A velour earpads. You can get a portable amp with the money you save.

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Sandman Doppler Alarm Clock

Palo Alto Innovation’s Sandman Doppler has stereo speakers, six USB charging ports and is Alexa-enabled. It also has shortcut buttons for your favorite Alexa commands and macros, and an auto-dimming RGB LED display.

Fender Bluetooth Speakers

Fender Bluetooth Speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers were inspired by the company’s beloved ’68 Custom amplifiers. The Monterey is a 120W speaker with 3.5mm and RCA inputs. The Newport on the other hand is a portable 30W speaker that with 3.5mm input and a USB charging port.

LEGO-Building ASMR

LEGO-Building ASMR

Dr. T ASMR sends a pleasant tingle down our spines as he opens up a LEGO Star Wars kit and makes as many crinkly, crunchy, tappy, and whispery noises as possible. As with all ASMR videos, it’s best enjoyed with headphones on.

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