Don’t be confused, this is not an Apple product, it’s a McIntosh. The iconic audio brand has just released this new music system featuring Apple Airplay streaming technology plus Wi-fi & ethernet connection. The American-made McAire system features old school blue output meters, and small but powerful 4-speaker full-range sound.
It doesn’t get much easier than a wireless speaker you just plug into an outlet to bring sound into any room. And it’s not just any sound, it’s JBL. A compact and sleek design, the SoundFly comes in 2 models, one with Bluetooth and the other equipped with Airplay & Wi-fi.
Known as a connoisseur of The Chronic, Dr. Dre is now pushing pills. The Beats by Dre Pill is a compact, portable bluetooth speaker, that like all Dre’s products, is heavy on the bass. And when its not thumping beats, you can use it as a speaker for phone calls.
If for some odd reason you tried to tote this ceramic subwoofer in your carry-on luggage, you’d most likely be detained by anxious TSA-holes. But what looks like a science fair attempt at bomb building is actually a high-quality handmade bass unit powered by dual drivers that pumps out lows down to 40Hz.
Bang & Olufsen could probably make a great satellite dish but they didn’t. This is the BeoPlay A9, a 480-watt 3-way speaker system that uses wi-fi, AirPlay, and DLNA networking to pump out high quality audio. Wireless streaming is backed up by USB & Aux ports for plugging in devices of all kinds. If you don’t like the legs, the A9 also mounts to the wall.
Pioneering British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins has been producing world-class loudspeakers for recording studios and ardent audiophiles for nearly 50 years. Their new wireless home speaker systems, available in two sizes, continue the superior sound tradition while offering features like wireless audio hook-ups compatible with the latest Apple devices.
This home sound system from KEF features two amps in each speaker, transforming the crappy, underpowered sound of your laptop, smartphone, or MP3 player into a hi-def, audiophile-quality sound experience.
Apple didn’t really have to do much to improve upon their signature white, pretty-much-crap earbuds. But at the official launch today, it appears they did quite a lot. Now called “earpods” the upgraded buds feature a more directional, dual-grill design for better sound quality and will come standard with new iPod, Nano, and iPhone 5 models.
High-quality surround sound systems often require hardwiring and mounting a dozen ugly little black speaker boxes all around your TV room. Comparatively, the YSP 3300 is super simple yet it produces a true—not virtual— 7.1 channel surround sound experience. Its features a wireless Sub and the slim sound bar that’s loaded with 16 array speakers. Available November 2012.
Can you really pull off wearing a pair of Beats by Dre headphones? Of course you can’t. So maybe Sony’s MDR-1 series is more your style. Designed in partnership with artists Katy B and Magnetic Man, these high-tech headphones come in three over-ear styles, including a noise-cancelling and bluetooth wireless pair, all boasting maximum isolation and exceptional bass response. Available November 2012.