You don’t have to be some sort of smarmy audiophile dweeb to appreciate what Harman Kardon is doing with their headphones. You can see it in the details and hear it in your head. Their new range of in-ear and over-ear ’phones feature clean designs, soft-touch metal finishes and intuitive controls. Rest assured they sound as smooth as they look.
If you want to give yourself a little wood, check out 1Q’s little portable sound system that features the new Bluetooth v2.1 and 10-hour battery life. Wood choices include solid Walnut, bamboo, and Red Beech. Plus, for every system sold, Q1 will plant a tree through the Arbor Day Foundation.
Tombox speakers are not your standard portable speaker systems. Yes, they’re speakers but they’re also art. Encased in repurposed vintage electronics, these speakers deftly combine classic product design with modern audio. Looks old, sounds new, just plug in your phone, pod, etc.
The majority of wireless and dock sound systems are built for portability. Not the case with this specimen. The modus operandi of the NAD VISO 1 is superior sound quality. It’s 19-inches wide and a foot in diameter boasting two full-range drivers that crossover to a single 5.75-inch side-ported woofer to pump out mids and bass. It’s loaded with ports to connect to everything plus it boasts next-gen Bluetooth aptX.
Smashproof and splashproof are both great qualities for a portable wireless speaker. Powered by an 8-hour Li-Ion battery, the Shoqbox is about the size of 24 oz. tall can and it’s equiped with wOOx technology for big bass. It’s also got a built-in microphone for speakerphone use. Source
By now, standard iPhone speaker dock designs have become a bit tiresome. Sleek, minimalist, boring. But leave it to Italian designers to blow this theory all to hell. The iXoost uses machined aluminum and real exhaust manifolds sculpted into stylish systems that pump sound out of 140W subs and multiple mids.
There’s no such thing as brand loyalty these days. As soon as something better comes along, we migrate. So, considering the Edge Sound portable speaker system pumps 10 more decibels than the popular Jambox with a pricetag that is 30-bucks less, it seems like an easy choice to make.
The irony of using your iPhone 4/4s as an “advanced audio device” dissolves when you consider the features packed into the VAMP. The solid metal case contains a 150mW x 2 amplifier, dedicated pure Digital-Analog-Convertor, VQ audio enhancements, optical audio output and a backup battery. Meaning iTunes becomes hi-fiTunes.
Have you ever seen anyone playing a plastic violin? How about a polycarbonate acoustic guitar? Didn’t think so. That’s because the sound-producing qualities of wood are better. Now you can experience the warm tones and sonic clarity of (recycled) wood in your earbuds. Sound good?
Finding a good, packable, portable speaker system is harder than it should be. But we found one. The NuForce Cube is an all-in-one mobile audio system about the size of a tangerine—a square tangerine. It will bump beats off your phone, computer, tablet, or right into your headphones.