We previously visited a speaker factory, but couldn’t share any video footage. How To has posted a pair of videos which show a bit more of the process. After the metal speaker baskets are prepared, it’s a time-consuming process to attach each part with just the right amounts of specific glues as each speaker spins around.
We love the retro ’80s looks of ION’s boombox, which pumps out big sounds from its dual full-range speakers. In addition to playing and recording cassette tapes, it can stream music via Bluetooth, and archive cassettes to a USB stick. Available now at Best Buy.
Looking for the loudest Bluetooth speaker you can buy? The DiamondBoxx XL2 has a dozen amps and 14 speakers, that can crank out up to 660-watts continuous, or 1000-watts peak power with minimal distortion. It runs up to 20 hours per charge, and while it does have a carrying handle, it’s not exactly portable at 52 pounds.
Edifier’s egg-shaped desktop speakers look and sound way more expensive than they are. They feature a 0.74″ silk dome tweeter, a 3″ full-range drive, and two 3″ passive bass radiators, and crank out 74 watts of sound. They offer Bluetooth and analog connectivity, while the E25 HD adds optical digital. A limited-time Drop deal.
Despite his scowl, the Dark Knight looks more adorable than ever as Tribe’s officially-licensed Batman Bluetooth speaker. The sonic superhero measures about 4″ tall, so it’s not gonna crank out huge volume, but Bats is small enough to tote in your backpack or bag every day.
Sony’s near-field powered speakers offer reference quality sound on your desktop. They used a back-to-back dual woofer design to cancel unwanted vibrations, and their coax drivers keep sounds in phase for perfect stereo imaging. The system is expected to cost about $8K when it drops in early 2020.
Anker teamed up with Amazon to create a 2.1 channel soundbar that has Fire TV and Alexa technology built in. It supports full 4K UHD content with Dolby Vision and HDR10+, while it cranks out 100 watts of sound and has built-in dual subwoofers for cinematic sound. Drops 11/21/19.
The latest edition of Ion’s rugged party speaker adds a wireless Qi charging station on top. It punches out up to 120 watts of sounds, runs for up to 100 hours per charge, and is IPX5 water-resistant. It’s also got built-in wheels and a handle for easy transport.
Kick out the jams at your next party with Sony’s jumbo-size party speaker. It has a colorful 360º party light, Bluetooth support, a CD player, gesture-based DJ controls, karaoke mode, microphone and guitar inputs, and more. You can even chain multiple devices together for bigger spaces, and it has wheels for transport.
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.
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.
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.
iHome’s playful Bluetooth speakers are designed to look like drink flasks. They’re made using metal, so they feel like real flasks, but pack in a speaker, rechargeable battery, and microphone for phone calls. Save 64% on the larger iBT32 speaker in The Awesomer Shop.
Marshall’s beefiest portable speaker offers up to 20 hours of play time on the go, while kicking out plenty of volume to keep the party going all night. It features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, a sturdy carrying strap, and both front and rear drivers to produce a 360º soundfield.
POW’s portable wireless speaker has a couple of nifty features: it can attach to the back of your smartphone using a magnetic mount, and its body is expandable, offering a fuller sound when you want it. The mount also includes a wallet module for times when you’re not carrying the speaker.
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.
Thomas & Darden’s Kube outdoor speaker has a 350W digital amplifier that allows it to pump out a bone rattling 122dB of sound. It also has a 35L insulated cooler compartment. It can connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or 3.5mm input. It lasts up to 50h per charge and has a USB charging port.
Camino Audio’s upcoming Star Wars Bluetooth speaker is a life-size bust of Darth Vader, complete with his chest computer and a clenched fist. Inside are two 2″ tweeters, two 2.75″ full-range drivers, and one 4″ woofer. It also has four 2.1A USB charging ports at the back.
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.