Audio & Speakers

ReduxBuds Utilize AI for ANC at werd.com

ReduxBuds Utilize AI for ANC

ReduxBuds offer cutting-edge ANC technology that uses A.I. to intelligently filter sound from your surroundings so you can enjoy a conversation, hear alarms, and be aware of traffic while remaining immersed in your music. They’re also equipped with premium-quality graphene drivers, Siri & Google voice control, & deliver 100-hours of continuous playback. A funded Kickstarter.

Braven Built A Burly Boombox at werd.com

Braven Built A Burly Boombox

Braven is a brand that has built its reputation on rugged, high quality products and the BRV-XXL/2 boombox is another solid banger. This big boy weighs in at over 17 pounds boasting 100W of output via its subwoofer, two passive radiators, & four full-range driver array. Bluetooth 5.0 gives it 100 feet of range. There’s a 5,600 mAh on-board battery bank with USB-A out for charging your devices. IPX5 waterproof rating and 18 hours of continuous playback means its good to go from poolside to fireside.

The Polyend Tracker is a Powerful Electronic Music Maker at werd.com

The Polyend Tracker is a Powerful Electronic Music Maker

Polyend’s Tracker is a powerful music making and production tool; a hardware workstation based on classic 80s-era grid sequencing workflow. Digital and sample-based, it creates endless options for sequencing and creativity. Its vertical workflow allows you to utilize up to 48 instruments as samples or sources, and 256 patterns as well as connecting with external MIDI gear & other synths.

Kranio is a Speaker with Fangs at werd.com

Kranio is a Speaker with Fangs

We’ve shared a lot of radical speakers here over the years but Kranio is in a category all its own. Just look at it. A 3D-modeled Lynx skull with cybernetic implants and a built-in bluetooth 5.0 speaker. Each one of these speakers is painstakingly hand-painted to be realistic and totally unique. Created by Red Dot award-winning industrial designer Alan Wong, it was inspired by his youth; films like Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, and games like Cyberpunk & Shadowrun. The internal 10W Hi-Fi speaker has an acoustic transmission line, designed to produce accurate, undistorted sound quality in a small unit..

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Balance Brings Big Sound in a Shelf-Size Speaker at werd.com

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Balance Brings Big Sound in a Shelf-Size Speaker

Created with British designer Benjamin Hubert of LAYER, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound Balance is a powerful, compact shelf speaker designed to bring exceptional sound to more intimate spaces. The minimalist, Scandinavian design features a wooden base, textile-wrapped speaker array, and brushed metal accents. It features Adaptive Room Compensation, optimizing audio to any space you place it. Chromecast is built-in, it supports Google Assistant, & streaming via all your services. Available now in Black or Natural Oak.

Playtronica Wants You To Make Music with Everyday Objects at werd.com

Playtronica Wants You To Make Music with Everyday Objects

Playtronica’s latest audio-tech toy is a midi device that allows you to make music with almost anything. Like fruits and vegetables. The system—consisting of 2 boards & enough cables & alligator clips to plug in an orchestra of vegetables, then connects to a computer. As the brand explains, it connect humans and objects in one electric chain and measures the intensity of human touch, which is technically a change of electric resistance. That signal can be captured with various online synthesizers via the web MIDI API.

Ultimate Ears’ HyperBoom Speaker Brings Big Sound at werd.com

Ultimate Ears’ HyperBoom Speaker Brings Big Sound

The all-new HyperBoom Speaker from Ultimate Ears is the largest and loudest Bluetooth speaker in the brand’s lineup, powerful enough for party-pumping bass and crisp, room-filling sound. The rectangular tower features a sleek, streamlined design with simple, push-button controls & ports aplenty. Including an optical port. Linked with the Ultimate Ears app, it streams seamlessly using Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, or Deezer. The speaker array consists of two 4.5-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters, and two 3.5-inch passive radiators; all of rated IPX4 for weather resistance. Battery life is up to 24-hours.

Kohler & Harmon Kardon Teamed Up on a Shower Head with a Wireless Speaker at werd.com

Kohler & Harmon Kardon Teamed Up on a Shower Head with a Wireless Speaker

If you’re prone to singing in the shower, this new collab design from Kohler & Harmon Kardon will sound sweet. The Moxie shower head + Wireless Speaker integrates a removable/rechargeable bluetooth speaker into a shower head. It delivers not only a shower with a soundtrack but offers hands-free control with a built-in voice assistant. The speaker has an IPX67 waterproof rating and boasts a 5-hour run-time between charges.

LG Introduces AI-Powered Soundbars at werd.com

LG Introduces AI-Powered Soundbars

With CES opening its doors next week, the world is about to be deluged in new tech toys. LG will be in attendance with a new line of soundbars for your audiovisual pleasure. The new bars feature machine learning technology that LG calls “AI Room Calibration” which enables the speakers to automatically adjust & perfectly suit your space or sound system. 4 models are available, featuring 4K pass-through, eARC sound technology, and Google Assistant.

JBL’s REFLECT Eternal Headphones are Seriously Solar-Powered at werd.com

JBL’s REFLECT Eternal Headphones are Seriously Solar-Powered

Sustainable and solar-powered aren’t terms we associate with headphones. JBL wants to change that. The legacy audio brand is currently crowdfunding this effort with the launch of their REFLECT Eternal, an over-ear headphone that uses Exeger’s Powerfoyle material to turn both natural and artificial light into a power source—powerful enough for these cans to deliver 68-hours of playback with just 30 minutes under a light source. Sounds good to us! They’ve got sharp 40mm drivers, offer hands-free calling and even voice assistance from Alexa & Google.

This Keyboard Has Alexa To Help You Play Along at werd.com

This Keyboard Has Alexa To Help You Play Along

Roland’s Go Piano Keyboard offers the convenience of Alexa voice control, allowing users to adjust, control, and tweak functions, all the while keeping fingers on the keys. Play along with music you want to learn, use it as a metronome, or play your originals at full volume through the built-in loudspeaker. All of Alexa’s other abilities are also accessible, just ask.

The McIntosh MC901 Dual Mono Amplifier Makes Big Sound & a Bold Statement at werd.com

The McIntosh MC901 Dual Mono Amplifier Makes Big Sound & a Bold Statement

With a design that puts its analog vacuum tube power on full display, New York-based high-end audio brand McIntosh has combined a 300-watt tube amp with a 600-watt solid state amp into one eye-catching monoblock unit called  the MC901 Dual Mono Amplifier. The solid state amp powers  your woofers while the tube amp is dedicated to mid & tweeters. Built on a stainless steel chassis, it blends retro styling with a functional, contemporary design.

Air is 4 Wireless Speakers in One at werd.com

Air is 4 Wireless Speakers in One

The Air Speaker by Quirky functions as one self-contained cylindrical 24W speaker or it can be pulled apart into 5 separate pieces—a base & 4 separate speakers & arranged for the space you’re in. Like a surround array when watching a movie or a multi-room setup. The speakers have a wireless range of 75-feet & it recharges via USB.

Artiphon’s Orba Puts Endless Sounds in The Palm of Your Hand at werd.com

Artiphon’s Orba Puts Endless Sounds in The Palm of Your Hand

The latest creation from audio-instrument brand Artiphon is called the Orba. It’s a palm-size digital music making device that let’s you make beats, play, capture, and record endless sounds and layered beats that you create. It has 8 feather-touch sensitive pads on the surface & a variety of touch and motion sensors. With an aux cord jack, it plugs in anywhere—like your laptop or sound system. A funded Kickstarter.

AIAIAI’s TMA-2 Headphones Give You Awesome Options at werd.com

AIAIAI’s TMA-2 Headphones Give You Awesome Options

The TMA-2 from audio innovators AIAIAI, is a modular over-ear headphone designed for personalized function with interchangeable & upgradeable parts. Choose from Wireless, HD (newest), Comfort, Move, & DJ variants for the fit and feel you desire. All feature premium materials like aluminum and Alcantara leather as well as advanced audio technologies to deliver flawless, studio-quality sound.

Streamline Your Creative Workflow with Loupedeck CT at werd.com

Streamline Your Creative Workflow with Loupedeck CT

For creative pros, the Adobe CC suite is where everything happens. And the Loupedeck CT is an advanced creative tool that empowers users to streamline, connect, and customize their Adobe applications & how they interact, for seamless workflow. With physical buttons, dials, tactile controls and haptic feedback, it lets you quickly access presets, control menus, switch between applications and tools—basically everything you do, only faster, easier and infinitely programmable, for use with video, photography, illustration, and music.

The AirFly Pro Dongle Makes Travel Audio Wireless at werd.com

The AirFly Pro Dongle Makes Travel Audio Wireless

Twelve South has a sweet little solution for your airline audio woes. The AirFly Pro is a wireless headphone dongle that will pair your buds or cans with the airline entertainment system through an audio jack. The device supports 2 pairs of headphones at once with a battery life of 16 hours.  AirFly Pro is available in Apple stores & directly from Twelve South.