The reality of headphones—they come & go. Left on the plane, lost, chewed-up cord … basically, you’ll be buying new ones before you know it. Next time around try these earbuds from ThinkSound. They feature advanced audio quality and all the features you need, plus they’re made with wood, a sustainable material which also happens to be rather handsome.
At some point in the past, plastic and metal took the place of wood in speaker design. Not because these materials produced better sound, but because it was cheaper. Now, a promising resurgence in custom-made home audio has brought back the warmth of wood in a major way. These MT. Man speakers are carved from solid cherry and feature copper-clad woofers. Proudly made in Philadelphia.
The BDS could stand for Badass Dolby Surround because basically, that’s what you’re getting. In addition to a built-in Blu-Ray disk player, CD/DVD player & FM tuner, you can plug just about any other device you want into this system to enjoy music or movies. Four satellite speakers and a 200-watt bass sub guarantee a rich, 360-degree sound experience.
Sick of toting around your bulky, old noise canceling cans in their special little case? Lighten your carry-on bag with these earbuds from Pioneer. They block out 90% of ambient noise and the battery lasts a marathon 120-hours. A carrying pouch, 4 ear tip sizes, 1 AAA battery and in-flight plug adapter are all included.
Don’t be the next cell phone car crash victim. Keep your hands on the wheel & your eyes on the road with this Bluetooth speaker phone and surround system for your car. Totally hands-free, this system lets you switch from rich, stereo sound to an incoming call & back without ever putting you, your passengers or other drivers at risk. When you get in the car the system automatically turns on and syncs with your phone. Voice command activated – easy as that.
All the artist-designed space-orb speaker systems have their merits, but it’s the warmth of wood that makes these handmade American speakers from Blumenstein Ultra Fi completely rad. Using proven acoustical technology from a bygone era, these BLH cabinets (backloaded horns) sound as good as they look.
Can you travel light and still travel in style? With innovative products like these rubber, power-free earbud speakers – you can. Virtually indestructible, they turn your earbud headphones into great little travel speakers. On an extended African safari, the two Australian guys behind the Trunks design realized their iPod headphones could do more. Several prototypes later, they set up a Kickstarter.com crowd-funding campaign to bring their Tembo Trunks to market.
Philips just laid a couple golden eggs. The unique shape of their new speakers actually serves a purpose though—it helps them project crisp stereo sound in all directions. The Fidelio SoundSphere home audio system will fill your entire home with great quality sound wirelessly. Play your iPod or smart phone from anywhere in the house or simply plug your handheld device into the dock to rock.
From across the room you may not recognize this as a complete home sound system. It looks more like some cubic sculpture from the 80s. Actually, it’s a Swiss designed iPod/iPhone dock, speakers, CD, AM/FM radio and amplifier all in one. Color choices include red, black, white & walnut. The six internal speakers pack a full-spectrum punch and the ultra clean design makes it blend in with any décor.
Custom audio equipment is all over the net. So what (we ask) makes this iPod dock and amplifier stand out? Well, it looks like something your great uncle from Bulgaria made after the war for his ham radio club. But that’s not why. Amsterdam’s Thodio brand builds these mini HI-FI units by hand. The iBox is sturdy with metal handles and enough wattage to fill a room with sound. The rechargeable battery lasts 15 hours.