You would think that with all the money Apple pours into the iPad, they could make the speaker sound decent. Instead, the rear-facing abomination needs friends like the Boast Sound Reflector ($15) to help it out. The Boast is made of polypropylene homopoly, hugs your iPad using neodymium magnets, and redirects the sound from the rear/side of your iPad to the front — where it belongs.
Old school looks meet modern tech inside the Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox ($160). Resembling the shoulder-mounted boomboxes of yore, this system offers Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a 3.5mm input, a USB input, and an SD card reader, dual 15W full-range drivers, a real-time clock display, EQ, full-function remote, an alarm, and, of course, an AM/FM radio. Vintage hip/hop mixtape/playlist not included.
When most companies celebrate their 50th anniversary, they revisit one of their iconic designs — not enter a whole new market. The Marshall Hanwell Speaker ($TBA) is the company's first loudspeaker designed for home use. It packs dual long-throw woofers and hi-fi tweeters to deliver the company's signature sound, as well as a handsome wood and vinyl cabinet that recalls the company's amps, an analog power switch, volume, bass, and treble controls, and a single 3.5mm input.