There are loads of portable speaker systems out there to choose from. Few of them are as original as the Bag Of Rhythm from House Of Marley. Using earth-friendly materials like durable canvas fabric and FSC-certified birch, this system features twin 4.5-inch woofers for deep bass and twin 1-inch tweeters for snappy highs. The dock will play and charge iPhones and iPods and the Aux input lets you plug in just about any other audio device. Built as a totebag, you can just throw it over you shoulder and take the party anywhere.
You might buy a pair of Well Rounded Sound speakers based just on their looks. Nothing in their line of compact, high-quality speakers comes hidden away in a boring black box. No, their rounded speaker enclosures are made of a recyclable composite material and covered with colorful New Zealand wool felt or natural wood veneers. And they’re not just pretty. They’ve got high-output drivers, classic paper cones with aluminum phase plugs and they thump. Even the smallest ones.
X-mini Capsule Speakers are small enough to take anywhere and provide quality sound in all environments. And the latest model from X-mini got an upgrade. The KAI features a built-in Bluetooth device allowing you to stream music wirelessly from a paired device for up to four hours on a charge. This little unit also works great for mobile conference calls as well as acting as a dongle if you have more than one X-Mini speaker. Hook this up to your iPad or iPhone you’ve got yourself a ridiculously light yet powerful portable multimedia office.
Craft made speaker-maker Serene Audio is thinking outside the box. Their handmade speakers are clearly a new breed. Their unique line of speakers combines engineered sound with quality, sustainable bamboo craftsmanship.
The worst thing about a big ol’ boombox is how fast they chew through batteries. Plus – where those batteries eventually end up. The Rukus Solar is a Bluetooth sound system with a built-in solar panel. Could there be any boombox better for the beach? Or the landfill? Available April 2012.
Apple’s Airplay is hands down the easiest and best way to stream music wirelessly through your home or workplace. This new digital amp enables your existing speakers to bump your iTunes favorites without a confusing configuration or the need for new speakers.
Pioneer’s N-50 is a networked music player that lets you stream all of your music through AirPlay and/or DLNA. You get pro audio sound without all the traditional physical hardware needed to play your favorite jams. It’ll run everything. iPod, internet radio, all your digitalia. The one stinger is that you have to pay extra for Pioneer’s wi-fi adapter but once you do you’ll be rocking the house.
The new Lynx portable radio from SiriusXM is going to make a lot of Howard Stern listeners very happy. Instead of staying in your parked car listening to the last 5 minutes of her Sybian ride you can just pop this little unit out of the dash, plug in your headphones and cruise casually into the office like a normal person.
Being an audiophile technically is a kind of perversion, so you creeps who know about McIntosh amps will be feeling warm and weird right now. The McIntosh mantle clock is a tribute to the design and styling of the brand’s classic stereo amps, using the same faceplates, meters, and trippy blue lights. Looks like it’s time to rock-and-roll.
Audio Bulb is a speaker that’s also a lightbulb. The Audio Bulb wireless music system brings not just light but music to every room in your home. These high-efficiency speaker bulbs screw into any light socket and deliver long-lasting ultrabright LED light. Do they work with the Clapper? We still don’t know.