Whether you use iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, or plain ol' Winamp to play music on your computer, you can get more out of it with the Meridian Explorer USB DAC ($300). Hand assembled in the UK, this high-resolution DAC connects to your PC via USB, offering 24bit/192kHz native conversion capability, asynchronous data transfer, a built-in headphone amp, 3.5mm and optical audio outputs, and Meridian's resolution enhancement technology to ensure that your music sounds its best — no matter what the source.
We're not going to lie — we were pretty flabbergasted that there hadn't already been a top-loading guitar case. Yet here we are, staring at the Mono Vertigo Guitar Case ($205), which claims to be the world's first. Aside from the aforementioned loading breakthrough, the Vertigo also features a redesigned Headlock system that automatically clamps your headstock in place, protecting it from side-to-side impact and backward drops, and a custom molded rubber outsole/EVA insole on the bottom, dubbed The Boot, that protects against vertical drops. All you need to do is load your axe, strap it on your back, and go.
Having used Apple's AirPort routers exclusively since they arrived on the scene over a decade ago, it'll take a serious contender for us to replace the white boxes next to our modems. The Almond+ Touchscreen WiFi Router ($100) might just be it. Forget the fact that it offers dual-band 802.11ac + 802.11n Wi-Fi for blazing fast speeds — something no Apple router can currently claim. It also features built-in support for the ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation standards, removing the need for a separate hub, and thanks to the built-in touchscreen, you don't need a separate controller, either. Don't feel like getting up to interact with your lights, outlets, and other sensors? An app for both iPhone and Android is planned to let you control the action right from your phone or tablet. Your move, Apple.