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.
How awkward is it when you’re rocking some tunes in your earbuds and some random walks up and starts talking to you? If you had some big, high-tech over ear headphones, people would know better and just leave you alone. The Crossfade M-80 will keep you insulated in your own world with vibrant bass, vivid mids, super highs, and some cool tech called BLISS Noise Isolation.
Sonos makes a slick, wireless hi-fi system that delivers crisp, dynamic stereo sound from all-in-one players to networked amps and speakers, it rocks every room in your house. Now they’ve developed a sub woofer for floor-shaking low-end sound with no wires, no programming; just raw, heavy, bottomless bass.
After you decide what you want to play, the Aris system lets you pick which room of your home you want to hear it in. With Windows 7,8, and smartphone app-driven controls, you can send your tunes to any one of your audiophile-quality high-fidelity Aris speakers all over the house.
The onboard speaker in your iPad sucks. If you want to hear the movie, your music, or your lady when you FaceTime, the Sound Prism bluetooth speaker is a good add-on. It also happens to be designed to fit neatly into your Smart Cover, too.
The original JamBox from Jawbone is a powerful little portable sound system. Now they’re introducing the Big JamBox. It’s twice the size of the little one but still super portable. It is also twice as loud which will drown out the crappy music those people down the beach are trying to blast. The battery lasts for 15-hours.