The disk-shaped design of this wireless portable speaker from Ultimate Ears offers 360-degree sound plus IPX7 waterproof durability, as well as a bungee loop to hang the speaker up and an AUX input for plugging into non-bluetooth music players.
The LSX speaker system from KEF Audio is half the price of their instant-classic LS50 system but features almost all of the same features and technology. It features the brand’s Uni-Q driver array for improved stereo and wider listening area. The Music Integrity Engine is also in there, it’s a group of DSP algorithms that time-correct and phase-align audio to deliver clearer sound from low bass to the highest highs. You can stream over wi-fi or bluetooth and the system also supports Apple AirPlay2.
It’s easy to find a portable bluetooth speaker with weak, embarrassing bass. We hunted & found the exact opposite. Sony’s SRS-XB12 is compact, portable, IPX 67-rated waterproof but most importantly: the bass kicks. And punches. Indoors & out. The battery gives you 16 hours of run-time & a strap is included for carrying & hanging it.
Belle from Podo Labs is a 100-watt wireless speaker that can crank on its own but also functions as a Bluetooth hub, allowing you to link up to 6 other speakers and create an immersive wireless sound system anywhere. Like surround sound for movie night or switch it to its dedicated “Sub” mode and use it for thumping bass and low-end while the other speakers deliver mids & highs. Basically, Belle delivers solid sound with lots of options for custom connectivity. A funded Kickstarter.
Utilizing unique materials & modern design, the Hult Design team created Pavilion, a premium bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds. Its high-density concrete base contains a 20-watt full-range driver to deliver sound that’s dispersed through a D-Spiral copper acoustic element for clean, warm tones across the whole sound spectrum. A funded Kickstarter.
Zemi Audio combines Italian design and craftsmanship with high quality audio components. Their debut product, the spherical 125W Aria bluetooth speaker features a grill designed by renowned architect/artist Ron Arad plus Apple Airplay built-in.
What’s more amazing? The fact that after 28 years of dormancy, Braun is back or, that their return is marked with the iconic LE Speaker? First designed by Dieter Rams himself in 1959, it will be re-produced through a licensing deal with Proctor & Gamble, Braun’s parent company & Pure Audio. They will feature state-of-the-art technology and connectivity while preserving the design and craftsmanship of the classic model. Available in 2020.
This LED smartbulb will last for 12-15 years, uses just 10 watts of power & automatically dims & brightens based on ambient light. It also features a built-in Airplay-enabled speaker that requires no app or hub for audio use.
Modeled after the twin center exhaust on the 911 GT3, this portable bluetooth speaker from Porsche Design is made of aluminum and features gloss black paint. It kicks out 60 watts of stereo sound and boasts a 24-hour battery life. Look for it soon at Porsche Design.
Delivering crisp, high-quality audio via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and with Google Assistant voice built-in, Harman Kardon’s entry-level Citation One is a sharp little home speaker. It’s got simple manual controls on top and the only ports are for the power supply, and a Micro USB for service. Using the Google Assistant app and Google Cast, it streams like a dream and measuring a compact 7.4 by 5.5 by 5.5 inches (HWD), it outputs room-filling sound without taking up much space.
The forthcoming MRx from England’s Ruark Audio is the brand’s first connected wireless speaker, designed for smaller spaces or to be linked with other Ruark models to create a multi-room system. It offers direct bluetooth streaming using aptX technology. Connected to your broadband, it offers seamless access to Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal, with Amazon Music coming soon. Available June 2018.
Google’s Home Hub is a powerful AI-powered smart speaker that gives you the convenience of voice-control for a whole range of tasks & integration with all your household smart devices like lights & appliances. It also has a built-in full-color display for watching videos, scrolling playlists, & viewing the customizable drop-down dashboard. Google is offering 6-months of free YouTube Premium with purchase.
Norwegian EDM producer Kygo teamed up with Google to create a voice-assist AI smart-speaker. The Kygo B9/800 offers wireless streaming, multi-room capability, built-in Chromecast, and a dedicated sound app. It can also control your other smart home devices. Available soon.
With its modular, wall-mounted design and vast color choices the BeoSound Shape speaker system can be customized to match and elevate any living space. The “shape” itself also acts as an acoustic damper to improve the acoustics of any space. Link up to 44 speakers and stream directly from your phone or tablet via built-in Chromecast, Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth for room-filling, hi-res quality sound.
Drytunes is the world’s first totally waterproof (as in submersible) Bluetooth speaker that also offers 400 cubic inches of internal dry storage. Its rechargeable battery delivers 16-hours of playback & connects wirelessly to Apple iOS, Android, & Windows devices.
The PR / 01 wireless speaker from Native Union looks like a piece of hi-fi history from the 70s but its 2-speakers are controlled by multiple digital amps and it features Bluetooth with aptX support for flawless mobile streaming. It also has a concealed drawer that hides audio inputs from view and will charge your devices via USB or wirelessly via the optional Qi charger.
Designed to bring room filling Klipsch-quality hi-fi to your home viewing experience, the Heritage Theater Bar is a premium, low-profile soundbar that leverages the latest advancements in Klipsch proprietary acoustics in a 3-speaker system. It measures 49.5” wide and features six 4″ cerametallic woofers & a trio of 3/4″ linear travel suspension tweeters, perfect for making home movie night feel like a night at the actual theater.
The super-powerful-for-the-size Phantom speaker from premium French audio brand Devialet has been redesigned and made even smaller yet still delivers the same explosive punch of its predecessor. The new Phantom Reactor is available in a 600-& 900-watt model, boasting 95 dB SPL & 98 dB SPL respectively. Deep bass & crisp full range comes by way of exclusive technologies like Analog Digital Hybrid amplification, Active Cospherical Engine acoustics, and a Heart Bass Implosion acoustic process.
The Monster SOLARA is an indoor/outdoor solar-powered wireless speaker and light. It’s weather resistant and the 360º lights illuminate in a variety of colors. It can connect and sync audio with up to 7 other compatible speakers up to 100 feet apart and uses the Monster Zone Control app to change settings from your Android or iPhone device.
It’s a standalone 360º wireless voice-control speaker that uses dual 40MM drivers to pump out music from your favorite streaming sources including WiFi, Bluetooth, GoogleCast and AirPlay as well as streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Sound Cloud, Tidal and Google Play.