Normally, technology and history don't mesh so well. The BeamBox is an exception to this rule. Handcrafted from reclaimed, hand-hewn barn wood, it's as much an intriguing decoration as a gadget, and will great in nearly any environment. Of course, it needs to sound great, as well, and it has this end of things covered with dual 4-inch speakers that fire to the sides for room-filling audio and a built-in amp with a maximum output of 60W.
Audioengine is well known for crafting solid speakers — their A2+ is one of the best budget Hi-Fi components around — so it makes sense that they'd do justice to a wireless system. The Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker brings serious audio chops to a small, great-looking package. Available with a walnut, zebrawood, or black ash hand-finished all-wood cabinet, this powerful system features a 60W built-in amp, dual 2.75-inch Kevlar woofers and .75-inch silk dome tweeters, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support, and a 3.5mm input for "legacy" (aka Old As Shit) devices. Oh, and looks pretty great, as well.
McIntosh, a brand already known for their legendary performance in the audio space, take their first shot at the world of personal audio with the MHP1000 Headphones. With a closed design, the MHP1000s isolate noise and distractions while delivering a listening experience that lives up to the McIntosh name. With premium, soft leather on the headband and ear pads, a lightweight design and a driver engineered to work with any current or legacy McIntosh amp, the only question is why didn't they enter the world of headphones sooner.
The relationship between sound and vibration is common as you walk through life. But capturing that during a multimedia experience has proven to be quite difficult. Woojer is a wearable audio accessory that provides low frequency vibrations and a physical bass sensation — similar to a concert experience or cinema surround sound. It's not the first to market, but is the first that doesn't require a backpack or some sort of special headset. It's a plug and play immersive experience ideal for music lovers and gamers that is the size of a matchbox.
Bose knows a thing or two about delivering full, high-quality sound through small speakers, and now they're taking that knowledge and pioneering spirit mobile with the Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker. This compact wireless speaker easily pairs with a Bluetooth device and can even be controlled through voice prompts for quick shuffling. Get up to eight hours of music thanks to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery and choose from Blue, Mint, Red, Black, or White colors — each of which pairs well with an on-the-go lifestyle.
Mixing mid-century aesthetics with modern functionality, the Wren HiFi Model 1 Console is one of the most attractive vinyl setups you could put in your home. Based on the console stereos of years past, it incorporates a modified Pro-ject Debut Carbon turntable laid on a solid acrylic plinth, a custom amplifier putting out 60 watts per channel, a pair of custom two-way speakers boasting 8-inch cone low-frequency drivers and 1-inch dome tweeters, metal analog controls, and a body made from multiple woods. Handcrafted in San Diego.
As the vinyl resurgence continues, it might come as a surprise to some that a format pre-dated the records many now collect, a fragile, 10-inch format known at the 78. 78rpm records are incredibly difficult to find, and those that hunt them are among the most intense collectors around. Do Not Sell At Any Price researches the history of the format and those who strive to preserve it.
As more and more audiophiles lean towards headphone sessions for personal listening, it was only a matter of time until Marantz stepped into the arena. The HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier may be the first for Marantz, but it's already one of the best. It's powerful enough to drive audiophile high-impedance headphones, and versatile enough to connect to a standard Hi-Fi integrated amplifier or to a pair of active speakers or power amps. And the USB port even allows for streaming from your computer. High-end tech combined with a timeless look from Marantz.
Big sound. Tiny body. Built using over four decades of audio experience, the PS Audio Sprout Amplifier is meant to serve as the center of a complete audio system. It offers a built-in analog preamplifier, a high-end DAC, a moving magnet phono preamp, coax digital, USB, and analog inputs, a built-in Bluetooth receiver, stepped volume control, an analog output, a dedicated headphone amplifier, and a 50 watt-per-channel power amplifier designed to drive any size loudspeaker that fits your space, all in a single box made from stainless steel, extruded aluminum, and walnut.
Crafted to pair perfectly with the B&O BeoPlay H6 Headphones, the Hard Graft Peak Headphone Case is a perfect example of one-size-fits-all equalling one-size-delights none. It's made from hand-stained, vegetable tanned Italian leather, it features a dark, soft interior, and when placed top-down serves as a handsome display stand.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are more than plentiful these days, but many put more emphasis on looks than they do on sound. The Bowers & Wilkins T7 Speaker sacrifices neither, in part thanks to the Micro Matrix, a rigid honeycomb that braces the cabinet, reducing vibration and distortion while looking great. Also bolstering the audio are two 50mm drive units, twin bass radiators for surprisingly full sound, Bluetooth aptX support, and high-end DACs and DSP to keep audio clean and clear, even at high volumes. And with a built-in battery that provides up to 18 solid hours of playback, you don't have to sacrifice your party's longevity, either.
In an era where modern technology dominates, the revival of the 1920s-era gramophone comes as a bit of a surprise. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone however, manages to marry the classic acoustics and design of a steel horn with modern technology. Mounted on a solid walnut base, this Bluetooth-enabled speaker is a true re-imagining of vintage audio equipment as functional, contemporary art.
Despite the rise of digital music, album covers remain an enduring fixture in pop culture. Rock Covers honors the most iconic album covers in rock history, showcasing 600 covers, each accompanied by a fact sheet listing all the pertinent information about the cover in the spotlight. For hardcore record collectors or appreciators of physical media, it's a great tribute to an art form that we hope remains relevant for a long time.
No matter where you find yourself — a noisy office, sitting in business class, catching a ride on the train — odds are you'd rather hear your music than the hustle and bustle of everything around you. And with Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones, all you hear is your music and videos (or nothing at all). Made with superior noise-canceling technology, and built to be comfortable all day, these are the headphones you need for the ultimate listening experience. And with nine parts able to be customized in 52 colors with a matte or gloss finish, you can make these cans completely your own.
With all the portable and personal speaker systems available out there, it's hard to choose which one to spend your hard-earned cash on. The Om/One Levitating Speaker has everything you look for in a speaker, with great-sounding audio across the range from low to high, 15-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and the ability to play from just about every music app available. Unlike every other speaker out on the market, this one actually levitates above its magnetic base, making it as much a conversation piece as it is an audio system.
Bluetooth is awfully handy for wireless music streaming, but if it's audio quality you're after, you're going to want to use AirPlay. And not just any AirPlay rig, but one with a great DAC — like the one inside the Myro Air. Powered by the legendary Wolfson WM8741 Digital-to-Analog Converter, this stylish box offers 2-way AirPlay control, UPnP support, a USB port for docking and charging, RS232 ports for home automation compatibility, RCA analog and optical outputs, and Made in USA quality.
It may seem obvious to you, but no two sets of ears are exactly alike — with curves, crevices, flaps, and lobes all different, they're nearly as unique as your fingerprints. So, why do earbud manufacturers insist on a one-size-fits-all approach to building buds? Normal Earphones understand the nuances of each ear, and that's why they built an app that lets you photograph your ears, allowing them to carefully craft each pair to suit your special ears. Made from 3D-printed ABS plastic, these buds are made to fit only you, giving them a sound and shape that sets them apart from, well, everything.
When going to buy a wireless speaker, you normally have to pick your format. Do you want an Airplay speaker? Bluetooth? How about one that streams straight from Spotify? Well, with the Nocs NS2 Air Monitors V2, you don't have to choose, because they support all three. In addition to being a wireless audio dynamo, the V2 also features a sleek, minimal design, a hand-built, rubber-coated MDF cabinet, 3-inch Kevlar-reinforced woofers, and silk dome tweeters. But the best part is what they don't feature: a bunch of wires running all over your house.
They might lack the sleek design of rapper-endorsed cans, but if you're simply looking for great sound quality, Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones have you covered. Sporting a handsome retro look in either all black or brown and silver colorways, these headphones are designed for all-day use, with heavy grain premium leather on the headband exterior and earcup insets, and soft lambskin on the headband interior and ear pads. Of course, sound quality is incredibly important, so they also pack high-performance 45mm neodymium drivers, an on-cup mute button, separate cases for the headphones and the various included woven cables, and a forged aluminum body which, when paired with stainless steel components in all high-stress areas, means they'll likely be around a lot longer than your phone/tablet/computer/receiver.
Like the gramophones of old, Gramofon is designed to bring your favorite music into your home. Unlike an actual gramophone, however, this sleek gadget doesn't rely on physical media. Instead, Gramofon was developed by the people behind the world's largest WiFi network to stream music to your stereo from Internet sources like Spotify, using your smartphone as the controller. Just hook it up to your WiFi or plug it into Ethernet, connect it to your stereo, and play. Simple — just like its namesake.
Whether you choose to organize your record collection chronologically, alphabetically, or autobiographically, there's no denying your obsession with vinyl — you hunt, dig, and browse for that all-important LP, willing to do just about anything to add it to your collection. The writers of Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting understand that obsession all too well. This book details the fixation with vinyl of 130 collectors, and their collections, with gorgeous photographs, and in-depth interviews that shed light onto what makes them tick. With 250 full-page photos featuring the collections of DJs, producers, music lovers, and record dealers, as well as 12 detailed interviews, you might just get some insight into what motivates you.