These BackBeat GO headphones from Plantronics are wireless. Technically there is still one wire holding the pair of earbuds together but it’s not like the normal headphone wire that you get tangled around something and rip out of your iPod or iPhone three or four times every workout. These are Bluetooth buds, snag free for sure.
Playing music through your computer speakers doesn’t quite qualify as “home audio” now does it? If you’re tired of the trebley twang of your 1-inch woofers, Logitech’s UE Air Speaker uses Apple AirPlay and your wi-fi network to stream uncompressed audio from your iPad, iPod, or laptop through a surround sound speaker system better suited to rocking out.
If you want to be a pioneer of underwater breakdancing, we found your boombox. The Eco Terra Boombox is a floating, fully submersible sound system. We’re not sure how the sound quality is underwater but your iPod or iPhone will be perfectly safe once they’re locked into this watertight unit. Tell us how it sounds when you come up for air.
Sorry to all you Jimmy Buffett fans but the ZIK Parrot headphones have nothing to do with getting wasted again in Margaritaville. They’re actually super-advanced Bluetooth, noise-cancelling headphones. The design won a Hot Stuff award at CES for its laundry list of unique features. For one, the entire earpiece acts as a touch panel for easy swipe control. They also feature Digital Signal Processing which creates their “concert hall effect”, making all your music sound like you’re in the front row at a live show. When you take them off they switch to standby mode automatically.
The Zooka wireless Bluetooth speaker bar is designed to work best with your iPad but it’ll also fit on your iPhone or laptop, too. Made of soft medical-grade silicone, it slides right into place on your device & gives a substantial upgrade to the sound. What it won’t do is block your camera lens nor will it scratch or scuff your iPad or other devices in any way.
There are loads of portable speaker systems out there to choose from. Few of them are as original as the Bag Of Rhythm from House Of Marley. Using earth-friendly materials like durable canvas fabric and FSC-certified birch, this system features twin 4.5-inch woofers for deep bass and twin 1-inch tweeters for snappy highs. The dock will play and charge iPhones and iPods and the Aux input lets you plug in just about any other audio device. Built as a totebag, you can just throw it over you shoulder and take the party anywhere.
You might buy a pair of Well Rounded Sound speakers based just on their looks. Nothing in their line of compact, high-quality speakers comes hidden away in a boring black box. No, their rounded speaker enclosures are made of a recyclable composite material and covered with colorful New Zealand wool felt or natural wood veneers. And they’re not just pretty. They’ve got high-output drivers, classic paper cones with aluminum phase plugs and they thump. Even the smallest ones.
X-mini Capsule Speakers are small enough to take anywhere and provide quality sound in all environments. And the latest model from X-mini got an upgrade. The KAI features a built-in Bluetooth device allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a paired device for up to four hours on a charge. This little unit also works great for mobile conference calls as well as acting as a dongle if you have more than one X-Mini speaker. Hook this up to your iPad or iPhone you’ve got yourself a ridiculously light yet powerful portable multimedia office.
Craft made speaker-maker Serene Audio is thinking outside the box. Their handmade speakers are clearly a new breed. Their unique line of speakers combines engineered sound with quality, sustainable bamboo craftsmanship.
The worst thing about a big ol’ boombox is how fast they chew through batteries. Plus – where those batteries eventually end up. The Rukus Solar is a Bluetooth sound system with a built-in solar panel. Could there be any boombox better for the beach? Or the landfill? Available April 2012.