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Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo are wireless earphones that keep your ear canal open, so you can still hear the outside world even while the earphones are on. They have touch controls and microphones for playback and your mobile device’s personal assistant.

Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 Earphones

Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 Earphones

Massdrop and audio specialist NuForce collaborated on a pair of in-ear monitors that focus on affordability and comfort. The EDC3 has three balanced armatures per ear with a slight focus on the mids. It comes with two cables and five sets of ear tips.

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Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Retro Tech: SANYO Micro-Pack 35

Techmoan takes a look at another fascinating bit of retro technology, an alternative approach to portable audio tapes that was being developed by Sanyo at the same time that Philips was working on the cassette tape. We love the heft of that old player.

Seeing Sounds

Seeing Sounds

Beyond the Press got their hands on a nifty bit of gear – Noiseless Acoustics NL camera, a device capable of creating a visual record of sounds based on their location, volume, and frequency. It uses a video camera and dozens of directional microphones to work its magic.

ZuperDAC-S Portable DAC

ZuperDAC-S Portable DAC

Smaller than a stick of gum and weighing less than 0.4oz, Zorloo’s ZuperDAC-S might be the most portable digital-to-analog converter (DAC) ever made. It’s based on the ESS Sabre 9018 and comes with three cables for all sorts of mobile devices and computers.

Nebula Capsule Portable Projector

Nebula Capsule Portable Projector

The Nebula Mars’ little brother. Anker’s Nebula Capsule is a pico projector and speaker that’s the size and shape of a soda can. It can project an 854×480 display at up to 100″. It has a microUSB port and an HDMI port, and can also mirror the screen of mobile devices.

Sennheiser HD 820 Headphones

Sennheiser HD 820 Headphones

Sennheiser claims that its new flagship closed back headphones come close to achieving the naturally wide soundstage of open back headphones. Concave Gorilla Glass ear cup covers and sound chambers minimize resonance to create a transparent sound.

Razer Nommo Pro Speakers

Razer Nommo Pro Speakers

Razer’s funky looking new THX-certified gaming speaker system is designed to push out big sound thanks to its Kevlar fiber midrange and silk woven tweeters, and powerful companion subwoofer. They support Dolby virtual surround, and have Razer Chroma lighting built in.

LG SK10Y Soundbar

LG SK10Y Soundbar

New for 2018, the SK10Y soundbar is a 550-watt, 5.1.2 sound system with Chromecast built-in, so you can use your voice to search and play songs. It supports Dolby Atmos and Meridian Height Elevation tech to make it seem like dialogue is coming from the screen.

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

Samsung Sound Ray Concept

The Sound Ray or S-Ray concepts are Samsung’s small and affordable takes on directional speakers, which send sound in a narrow path so that only its target can hear it, even from a distance. There’s a neckband, a handheld and a smartphone cover.

Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase

Q Acoustics M2 Soundbase

Amp up your living room audio with this affordable system that sits underneath TVs weighing up to 55 lb, and provides room-filling sound that blows away built-in TV speakers. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker for music. Full review on Technabob.

Meters OV-1B Headphones

Meters OV-1B Headphones

Renowned amp maker Ashdown Engineering now has a Bluetooth version of its one-of-a-kind active noise cancelling headphones. Like the original, the OV-1B has VU meters that react to the audio being played. It also adds phone and playback buttons on the left earcup.

Samsung NW700 Soundbar Sound+

Samsung NW700 Soundbar Sound+

The Samsung NW700 Soundbar Sound+ is an upcoming wall-mountable soundbar. Its slim, narrow and monochrome style makes it a perfect match for today’s slim HDTVs. It also has a built-in woofer and has active distortion-cancelling.

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Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

Sennheiser and Massdrop pay homage to the predecessor of its beloved HD 600 series. The HD 58X Jubilee will be the audio specialist’s most affordable professional headphones yet, and can be enjoyed even without amplification.

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.

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.

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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.

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