Urbanears is an upstart Swedish audio brand known for making headphones in cool monochromatic colors. Now they’re offering up the pocket-sized Slussen for you iPhone DJs. It’s a splitter that plugs into a headphone jack. Speakers plug into one jack while your headphones go in the other. Free software allows you to cue up the next song while playing music.
Nine different hi-fi speakers are wedged into the nearly 36-inch wide Playbar, a new wireless soundsystem from Sonos. If you like clean, understated design & also want “live concert” sound in your living room, this is your rig.
Listening to music in headphones played off iTunes on your laptop is a C-minus grade audio experience unless you have something like this pocket-sized USB DAC from Meridian. It turns those flattened out digital files into the full-range masterpieces they’re supposed to be.
Nature can be pretty boring, so to add a sizzling soundtrack to dull stuff like backpacking, skiing, whitewater rafting, & rockclimbing (sarcasm), Braven has created a wireless, water-resistant palm-size speaker with a 12-hour playtime built to endure the elements.
The Bass Egg sends sound waves and vibrations from its base down into whatever object it’s sitting on, using that object as the vehicle for delivering deep bass sound. Put it on a table, desk, dashboard, pretty much anything, and it thumps.
There are lots of choices in portable speaker systems. Few offer the full-range sound quality and battery life of the new JBL Charge. It features a 2X 5-watt speaker set-up with a high capacity 12-hour Li-ion battery, Bluetooth streaming, and a built-in bass port. The speaker’s built-in USB port also allows you to recharge your portable devices in a pinch.
New-York based Woo Audio, known for products that strike an impressive balance between design & technology, has done it again with the release of their WA7 headphone amp. Powered by 2 vacuum tubes and sporting a built-in 32-bit/192kHz USB DAC, it’ll make the music in your headphones louder, warmer, and clearer, like you’re hearing it live.
This is what a boombox looks like in 2013. It’s loaded: 8 multidirectional speakers, analog VU meters, FM radio, Bluetooth, karaoke & PA capability, and inputs for headphones, HDMI, USB, and a mic. It’s got an Apple dock, it’s loud and it weighs 27 pounds.
For stuff like surfing, swimming laps, or workouts where you sweat like a pig, music is essential for getting you in the zone. Sony’s new waterproof, wireless music player provides that soundtrack and with its clean, hands-free design, it stays out of the way.
Guitar players, DJ’s and even jazz flutists will appreciate the pro-audio sound and super-deep low end drive that iLoud delivers. With guitar and mic inputs, it was designed with musicians’ needs in mind, making it a legit studio monitor in a portable package. Available Spring 2013.