THE BEST Speakers

Darth Vader Speaker Bust

Darth Vader Speaker Bust

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.

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.

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Cassette Tape Speaker

Cassette Tape Speaker

While it’s unlikely to be the loudest or most high-fidelity speaker every day, we’ve gotta hand it to Suck UK for cramming a Bluetooth speaker into the case of a classic cassette tape. We don’t recommend sticking this thing into your old tape player.

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.

VAVA Voom 23 Rugged Speaker

Carry your favorite tunes everywhere with this durable Bluetooth speaker. It’s IPX6 rated to resist splashes, and rubberized to cushion shocks. Plays for up to 24 hours at 80% volume too. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MADNESS15. (through 3/31/19)

Gomi Bluetooth Speaker

Gomi Bluetooth Speaker

Thin and flexible plastic bags are deemed non-recyclable in the UK. Gomi collects these bags from the beaches of Brighton, then melts and molds them into speaker cases. Each case is made from 100 plastic bags. The Bluetooth 4.0 speaker lasts up to 18h per charge.

Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Speakers

Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Speakers

Logitech’s 2.0 speakers have looks and sound quality well above their price tag. Their Easy Switch technology conveniently lets you swap sound between a wired device and up to two devices paired via Bluetooth. They also have motion-activated touch controls.

Fallout T-51 Power Armor Speaker

Fallout T-51 Power Armor Speaker

Based on the highly-advanced power armor from the wasteland, this blacked-out Bluetooth wireless speaker is sure to make a statement sitting on your desktop. It stands 7″ tall, and features a gesture control system, much like the one you’d find in a 6-figure BMW.

Sonos Architectural Speakers

Sonos Architectural Speakers

Sonos partnered with Sonance to create three passive speakers that will blend in your home. The wall, ceiling, and outdoor speakers are meant to be powered by the Sonos Amp, providing sound tuned to the size, construction and furnishings of your space.

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics’ Concept 300 speakers marry form with function. Its beautiful cabinet and tripod stand are designed to eliminate vibration, with technologies such as a gel separating each speaker cabinet’s layers and springs on the stand mount. Drops 3/2019 for $4,499.

Lenovo 700 Bluetooth Speaker

Lenovo 700 Bluetooth Speaker

The Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is as thin and light as a smartphone. It’s just 0.43″ thick yet packs a battery that lasts up to 8h. It’s compatible with Siri and Google Assistant and pairs via Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and USB-C. Drops 3/2019 for $149. More here.

Fluance Fi70W Music System

Fluance Fi70W Music System

This high-fidelity audio system offers everything you need to fill a room with big and bold sound. It’s got six drivers, including dual 8″ subwoofers, 280 total watts of amplification, has a built-in AM/FM radio, and supports Bluetooth, 3.5mm, and digital optical inputs.

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Klipsch The Three w/Google Assistant

Klipsch The Three w/Google Assistant

Klipsch’s stylish The Three Bluetooth speaker now comes with Google Assistant. Use it for voice control, connect to your smart devices and search for the weather, news and more. It still has the same room-filling stereo sound and mid-century modern design.

Lexon Prisme Bluetooth Speaker

Lexon Prisme Bluetooth Speaker

Designed by Jose Levy for Lexon, the Prisme is a Bluetooth speaker with a unique triangular case. Its prism shape makes it perfect for mounting vertically into corners. You can also mount it horizontally. Two units can be paired for stereo output.

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar Black

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar Black

If Porsche Design’s 911 GT3 Soundbar is too raw for your taste, check out the new Black Edition. The welding seams and uneven surfaces on the silencer and tailpipes have been smoothed out, and a matte black powder coating has been applied by hand.

Crosley CT100A Cassette Player

Crosley CT100A Cassette Player

Crosley goes old school with this a portable retro tape deck. It also has an AM/FM radio as well as access to two short wave radio bands. It can also play music from USB drives or an SD card. It also has a record feature, a built-in microphone and a headphone jack.

LG WK9 Smart Speaker

LG WK9 Smart Speaker

LG’s WK9 is a smart speaker with a built-in display and support for Google Chromecast and Google Assistant, so you can search and access your smart devices via voice commands. It also has a camera for video calls, and supports streaming music via Bluetooth.

Celtrix Multifunctional Power Bank

Celtrix Multifunctional Power Bank

The Celtrix is a tiny device with lots of functions. It’s a 6200mAH power bank, a Bluetooth speaker, and a wireless storage device with 128GB storage, expandable with a microSD card. It also lets you use a second SIM card with your phone via its app and can act as a hotspot.

Nebula Capsule II Portable Projector

Nebula Capsule II Portable Projector

Anker improves on its popular Nebula Capsule portable projector. It now projects a 720p screen, has Google Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in, charges fast via USB-C, and has 1-second autofocus. It still lets you access Android apps and plug-in via HDMI and USB.

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Making Spherical Glass Speakers

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

YouTuber Jisaku kōbō recently showed us how to upgrade cheap speakers with custom wood enclosures. He’s back to show how a pair of glass fish bowls can work with off-the-shelf speaker drivers. Every time he drilled into the glass, we cringed a little.

Edifier Airpulse A300 Speakers

Edifier Airpulse A300 Speakers

Some of the best bookshelf speakers we’ve ever heard, the A300s push out tremendous volume with crystal clarity. They feature built-in amplification, Bluetooth, RCA, XLR, and optical inputs, and punch out frequencies from 40Hz to 40kHz. Read our full review on Technabob.

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.

Devialet Phantom Reactor

Devialet Phantom Reactor

Devialet’s one-of-a-kind Phantom speakers are as huge as they are pricey. But the entry-level Phantom Reactor is at least within a mortal’s reach. The speaker packs the same room-filling, distortion-free sound as its bigger brothers, but in a smaller and less costly package.

Marshall Kilburn II Speaker

Marshall Kilburn II Speaker

Marshall’s Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker has a multi-directional sound design, allowing it to output audio from both its front and back sids. Inside the water-resistant case is a 20W woofer and a pair of 8W tweeters. It lasts up to 20h per charge.

JBL L100 Classic Speakers

JBL L100 Classic Speakers

JBL revisits one of its most famous and bestselling speakers, updating its cabinet and drivers. The L100 Classic looks strikingly like the L100 bookshelf speakers from the ’70s, but it has an improved tweeter and dome. Available with an orange, black or blue grille.

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