Symbol Audio’s slick turntable has a built-in amplifier and speakers, which you can also use with wired and wireless sources. It also has an audio out and a concealed compartment for wireless adapters such as Sonos Connect. The optional base makes it an elegant centerpiece.
THE BEST Speakers
Native Union worked with audio specialist La Boite to create a speaker that’s timeless and futureproof. The PR/01 hides a patent-pending multi-amplified setup as well as audio inputs and charging ports inside its elegant cabinet. It has Bluetooth, optical, and two auxiliary inputs.
Lotsen is the newest, smallest and most affordable member of Urbanears’ connected speakers. It has an output of 20W, a 4″ woofer and a 1″ tweeter. Like its bigger siblings, it supports all popular wireless streaming solutions and also has a 3.5mm input.
The world’s loudest portable Bluetooth speakers are now 40% louder. The Soundboks 2 is powered by three 72W amplifiers, and pushes out up to 122dB of volume. It also has a new all-black durable case. Its battery is still removable and lasts up to 40h per charge.
Teenage Engineering – the folks behind the awesome Pocket Operator synths are collaborating with Chinese tech giant Baidu to create a robotic speaker reminiscent of Pixar’s Luxo, Jr. The R moves and grooves to music, while displaying patterns on its LED head.
A powerful sound system built into a durable Pelican gear case. It packs two 6.5″ woofers, a 4″ mid-range, two tweeters, a 100 watt amplifier, and a lithium ion battery that provides 18 hours per charge. The case is waterproof and drop-proof, protecting the components inside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.