The Cone is a smart speaker. Like the Nest Thermostat & other products that “think”, the Cone tracks your usage & listening habits and feeds the data into algorithms that help predict what you want to hear next.
Prototypes of Grain Audio’s new Passive Bookshelf System were tested in the dressing rooms of New York’s Capitol Theater and Terminal 5, providing pre-show sounds for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Roots, and Elvis Costello. Now they’re available for the rest of us. They feature the very best acoustic components & one-of-a-kind construction highlighted by walnut wood paneling. They also make a smaller, wireless speaker if that’s your thing.
Created by two ex-Google wizards, the Beep Music device allows users to stream music from Pandora, Spotify and other services to any speaker. A simple way to connect your powered speakers to the cloud via wi-fi. Kind of like Chromecast for your music, only better, and certainly better looking.
Most earbuds designed for action have some sort of wack headgear going on: earclips, neckband, etc. Not these new ones from Sol Republic. They’re designed for running but actually look normal. A small, pliable ring around the earbud keeps them snug & in place even when you’re pouring sweat.
When you get sick of the ads on the radio, just flip the switch on this 50-watt jobsite speaker and stream wirelessly from your phone to play the songs you really want to hear. Built for abuse with big bumpers and brush guards, the Job Rocker also features a 50-hour battery and on board outlets you can use to recharge your cordless tools & other devices.
The only thing classic about the new JBL Authentics speakers is the sound. The rest is brand new. They offer wireless connect via Bluetooth, AirPlay & DNLA. The compact L8 model is modeled after the legendary Century 100 Loudspeaker & features 4X30W amps while the larger L16 is packed with 6X50W amps powering 6 speakers. Surely loud enough to annoy the neighbors.
The thin, clear panel of acrylic on the Clio invisible speaker is a stereo transducer that, together with its down-firing 2-inch woofer, will fill your home with panoramic sound via Bluetooth streaming or the direct input jack.
This is not your run-of-the-mill portable plastic speaker. Not even close. It’s encased in bamboo and powered by a super-capacitor (which is tech-talk for a better battery; one that charges up the speakers in 5 minutes and then plays at full volume for 6 hours. It’s also designed for your own upgrades or repairs for all you tinkerers out there.
Drafting off of Sonos’ sweet little sound systems, Samsung’s new Shape M5 portable connects to your local network through a Shape hub via your router, and automatically fits into your existing system with an app that allows you to play tunes from your own library, plus Amazon, Pandora, Rhapsody, and other services.
At 2500 watts, this sound system might be overkill for your little apartment unless you want to get out of the lease, in which case it’ll be perfect. 15-inch subs deliver heart-pounding sound synced to a full-on lightshow matched to the beat of your music. The neighbors will definitely complain.