Audio & Speakers

Put STEM Skills to the Test: Build a BeatBox at werd.com

Put STEM Skills to the Test: Build a BeatBox

Rhythmo’s latest DIY instrument kit is the BeatBox, a rhythm and beat-making machine that you build yourself. Housed literally in a cardboard box, it features retro mechanical arcade buttons, parameter knobs & a joystick for controls plus an on-board amplifier & a pair of 50-watt speakers. Rhythmo’s Android/iOS app gives users access to sound-packs and tutorials to create original custom beats & music.

The Steel Speaker Brings Bluetooth to the Blacksmith at werd.com

The Steel Speaker Brings Bluetooth to the Blacksmith

Handcrafted in the blacksmith shop of Swedish metalhead Jonas Majors, the 100W Steel Speaker is an ultra-limited artist series of just 10 unique & numbered pieces. The nearly 45-pound bluetooth-enabled speaker features a built-in Class D amp, high-quality DSP, & manual controls for volume, bass and treble mounted on the front. The speaker array consists of a 6.5” woofer & a pair of 3” drivers.

Amazon’s Echo Studio Speaker Delivers Voice-Controlled HI-Fi 3D Audio at werd.com

Amazon’s Echo Studio Speaker Delivers Voice-Controlled HI-Fi 3D Audio

Equipped with 5 speakers to produce powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs, the Echo Studio speaker from Amazon is a compact home smart speaker with 3D Audio & Dolby Atmos technology,  and of course Alexa for voice-controlled streaming songs via Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. And with Amazon Music HD, you can play 50 million songs in HD plus a growing library of music mastered in 3D.

The Modular Boaz One is a Guitar Like No Other at werd.com

The Modular Boaz One is a Guitar Like No Other

Reversing the old standard of having a quiver of different guitars, each for a different sound and feel, the Boaz One is a high-quality modular guitar with a groundbreaking design that allows you to change pick-ups or the body within 10 seconds, and without even looking! With multiple pick-up modules & configurations, you get just the sound you want, with unique & dedicated necks and bridges inspired by the classics. Choose from Strat, Telecaster, and Les Paul modules and with the multi-part body of the guitar, you can add or subtract components for a custom look and feel. A funded Kickstarter.

The Karoo Cycling Computer Makes Your Data Look Dope at werd.com

The Karoo Cycling Computer Makes Your Data Look Dope

The Karoo from Hammerhead is an easy-to-use Android-powered cycling GPS computer with a robust feature set and elegant, easy-to-use interface. It features a 3.5-inch color touchscreen made of military-grade Gorilla Glass and a 3200 mAh battery, the largest on the market, delivering 15-hours of continuous run-time. Syncs seamlessly with cadence sensors and power meters as well as apps like Strava.

Bowers & Wilkins Introduces 24-Bit Formation Flex Home Speaker at werd.com

Bowers & Wilkins Introduces 24-Bit Formation Flex Home Speaker

The wireless Formation Flex from Bowers & Wilkins is the latest addition the brand’s high-end Formation line of mesh-networked home speakers. This mesh technology enables seamless, perfectly synced multi-room & multi-speaker sound. The 8.5” tall Flex speaker boasts 24-bit audio, aptX HD support & streaming via AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Bluetooth. Pair it with another for stereo sound, then add the Foundation Bar & Bass speaker to create legit 5.1 surround.

Bang & Olufsen Introduce Limited Beosound 1 New York Edition Speaker at werd.com

Bang & Olufsen Introduce Limited Beosound 1 New York Edition Speaker

Inspired by the New York City skyline, the limited Beosound 1 New York Edition is a conical aluminum home speaker from Bang & Olufsen’s ever-expanding Beosound lineup. It offers room-filling 360º sound and features the brand’s signature Acoustic Lens technology for crisp, precision mids & highs.  Stream your media via bluetooth or Google Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, and other services. Only 1200 of this special speaker will be made.

Sony Celebrates 40 Years of the Walkman with Throwback NW-A105 at werd.com

Sony Celebrates 40 Years of the Walkman with Throwback NW-A105

Grandfather to the iPod, the original Sony Walkman turns 40 this year. To celebrate, Sony has created an Android-powered digital device in its honor. Yeah, no, this thing won’t play tapes. Instead, it’s fitted with an S-Master HX digital amplifier, bluetooth, 16GB of storage, and a “vinyl processor” for clarifying muddy audio. This model, called the NW-A105, is only available for a limited time beginning in December.

SOUNDPEATS Introduces Dual-Driver Truengine2 Earbuds at werd.com

SOUNDPEATS Introduces Dual-Driver Truengine2 Earbuds

Patented dual driver technology gives SOUNDPEATS Truengine2 wireless buds the power to deliver full-range hi-fi sound that is more dynamic and balanced than much of the competition. Dual microphones with CVC noise cancelling ensure crystal clear calls even in noisy environments. Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls, 30-hour battery life and an included charging case make this a seriously solid bud. A funded Kickstarter.

Sony’s Signature Series Adds SA-Z1 Desktop Speaker System at werd.com

Sony’s Signature Series Adds SA-Z1 Desktop Speaker System

Sony’s Signature Series SA-Z1 desktop speaker system is a studio-quality, near-field powered system integrating a formidable array of the brand’s benchmark audio technologies. Most of which will mean nothing to casual listeners: a Tsuzumi woofer layout, 6-piece aluminum plate construction, I-ARRAY hi-res tweeters, D.A. Hybrid Amplifier, and so on. Basically: the system is engineered to deliver an exceptional listening experience using any playback format you desire.

Roku Cranks Up Movie Night with Smart Soundbar & Wireless Subwoofer at werd.com

Roku Cranks Up Movie Night with Smart Soundbar & Wireless Subwoofer

Roku has a sweet little audio upgrade for your TV. The new Smart Soundbar is a slim wireless speaker powered by 4 premium drivers & features a built-in Roku Ultra for seamless streaming as well. It delivers rich, room-filling sound and connects to most TVs using either an HDMI ARC port or optical audio port. To add a bit of bass to the mix, the brand also created a new Wireless Subwoofer. Both speakers are available for pre-order now.

Adidas & Zounds Partner Up On Athlete-Approved Sport Headphones at werd.com

Adidas & Zounds Partner Up On Athlete-Approved Sport Headphones

Adidas teamed up with Swedish audio technology lab Zounds to create 2 new sport & training headphones. The wireless on-ear RPT-01 & the wireless in-ear FWD-01 were developed by Zounds & rigorously tested & approved by elite Adidas athletes. Both feature rugged, sweat-proof construction & a safety feature called Passive Transparency, allowing natural sounds to cut through the music to keep you alert.

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Stage Delivers Rich Dolby Atmos Audio at werd.com

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Stage Delivers Rich Dolby Atmos Audio

The Beosound Stage is Bang & Olufsen’s first foray into the soundbar category & as usual, they made sure it would blend stylishly into your home while offering the latest in multimedia audio tech.Designed in partnership with Danish architects FIRM, this unassuming flat rectangle can be wall mounted or shelved. Inside, a 50-watt amp powers 11 drivers for realistic 3D sound with support for Dolby Atmos, Chromecast, and AirPlay2.  Available in brushed aluminum, wood, or copper finish.

Alexa for Audiophiles: The Altice Amplify Speaker at werd.com

Alexa for Audiophiles: The Altice Amplify Speaker

Altice is a cable provider but they’re betting a partnership with high-end French audio brand Devialet will put their new Amazon-enabled Amplify speaker in a class all its own. In addition to streaming from the brand’s Altice One cable system, plus Alexa, Tidal support and voice control, it delivers audiophile-quality sound using a suite of Devialet’s best patented audio technologies.

Bose Put Your Assistant in the Portable Home Speaker at werd.com

Bose Put Your Assistant in the Portable Home Speaker

With the new Portable Home Speaker from Bose you get the seamless streaming of Apple’s AirPlay2 and SpotifyConnect plus the convenience of Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa voice functions. The 7.5” tall aluminum speaker features an integrated carry handle, IPX4 waterproofing, USB-C charging plus an optional charging dock, bluetooth & wi-fi support & it delivers 360º sound. Available 9/19.

Canvas Brings a Major Audio Upgrade to your LG OLED TV at werd.com

Canvas Brings a Major Audio Upgrade to your LG OLED TV

Despite the perfect picture, most OLED TVs deliver lackluster audio. A new company called Canvas aims to fix this with their new 3-D hi-fi audio system. Like an oversized sound bar, the Canvas acts as a stand for your flat panel LG OLED TV and features a 4-channel HiFi-grade amplifier with 200W output plus it boasts 30 liters of acoustic volume, much more than other soundbar + subwoofer systems. Available for pre-order now.

Bose Releases 700 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones at werd.com

Bose Releases 700 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Marked by a sleek, more streamlined design than the brand’s ubiquitous Quiet Comfort line, Bose’s new 700 Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones feature re-designed drivers for enhanced audio, intuitive touch-sensitive controls, support for Siri, Alexa, & Google Assistant, 11 levels of noise-cancelling, and 20-hour battery life with the NC maxed out. Available now.

NAIM Introduces a Vinyl-Ready Variant of its Supernait 3 Amplifier at werd.com

NAIM Introduces a Vinyl-Ready Variant of its Supernait 3 Amplifier

NAIM’s studio-quality Supernait 3 amplifier was embraced by serious, high-end audio enthusiasts when it launched a few years back. Today, NAIM has upgraded the amp with new features that hardcore vinyl junkies will appreciate. In addition to the built-in Phono stage, it’s got a Class A preamp output stage which doubles as a headphone amplifier and ceramic heatsink technology which keeps heat down, the rest of the spec sheet is best likely understood by serious stereo nerds.