High-quality surround sound systems often require hardwiring and mounting a dozen ugly little black speaker boxes all around your TV room. Comparatively, the YSP 3300 is super simple yet it produces a true—not virtual— 7.1 channel surround sound experience. Its features a wireless Sub and the slim sound bar that’s loaded with 16 array speakers. Available November 2012.
Can you really pull off wearing a pair of Beats by Dre headphones? Of course you can’t. So maybe Sony’s MDR-1 series is more your style. Designed in partnership with artists Katy B and Magnetic Man, these high-tech headphones come in three over-ear styles, including a noise-cancelling and bluetooth wireless pair, all boasting maximum isolation and exceptional bass response. Available November 2012.
These earbuds feature the smallest wide-band driver ever made. That means the tiny 7mm dynamic driver can reproduce the entire audible frequency range, which, at eight hundred bucks, is a small price to pay to drown out the voices of all the idiots you’re surrounded by. Source
When you do that crazy Jimmy Page air guitar thing in front of the mirror, this amp-inspired Marshall loudspeaker will add another crucial element to your rock and roll fantasy. Available November 2012.
A bluetooth boombox will liven up any gathering. The Logitech UE will play your music wirelessly, as well as switching between as many as 8 devices allowing everyone to contribute to the mix. The sleek one-piece design and 6-hour battery life are cool, too.
The Croon is a stereo HI-FI amplifier with an integrated Bluetooth receiver. It’s designed to sound good and in our opinion, it looks good, too. It’s a super-simple, uncluttered design that does exactly what you need it to: provide much-improved sound to your phone, tablet or computer.
A conference call from the swimming pool or a soundtrack while you paddle the kayak requires specialized equipment like this Bluetooth stereo speaker/speakerphone unit. It’s got a 10-hour battery life to boot.
The iShower is a portable Bluetooth shower speaker that works with all your Apple & Android devices. Take it to the beach or the pool, or if you’re trying to conserve water just blast any song by Skrillex and your next shower will be the shortest one you’ve ever taken.
All-in-one iPhone speaker docks are everywhere, except apparently, in your home or office otherwise you would’ve scrolled down to a motorcycle or something. The bean-shaped Cocoon from Denon looks weirdly cool and sound-wise it definitely doesn’t suck. Inside it’s got two 4mm tweeters and two 100mm woofers powered by a four channel Class D amp. It’s also DLNA and AirPlay enabled.
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.