Inspired by furniture designs from the 1950's and 60's, the folks at Department Chicago recently unveiled this beautiful throwback Hi-Fi Console. It's made from select Maple and Walnut hardwood solids for the best sound possible and comes with an adjustable shelf, removable record holders, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth or a audio-in connection. You even have the option to personalize your console by picking the best finish and color combo for your space. A classic hi-fi look with modern amenities make this the perfect excuse to finally dive headfirst into the world of vinyl.
With dual amps and DAC converters, the Onkyo DP-X1 Music Player is ready to make the most of any music you throw its way. To get the best sound, you can use the balanced 2.5mm 4-pole output with support for BTL and ACG drives, hook it up via the micro USB digital output, or just plug in your normal cans via the 3.5mm jack. It supports a wide range of audio formats, including 11.2MHz DSD, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC, and since it's based on Android, you also have access to apps like Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music. It has 32GB of built-in storage with dual micro SDXC slots for up to 432GB total, can play up to 16 hours per charge, and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with aptX for wireless streaming.
You want to take your music everywhere, but most bluetooth speakers either look like garbage or don't sound any better than streaming directly from your phone. Addressing both of those common problems is the Beoplay A1 Speaker from Bang & Olufsen. B&O always take design seriously, and the A1 is no exception. It's built to last with a beautiful rounded aluminum grill and double-molded polymer base. It also packs great sound dispersion wherever you take it and is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. It has a battery life that lasts up to 24 hours, and even has a built-in microphone for making calls, giving you the freedom to pull off a conference call poolside.
Bluetooth speakers tend to find themselves in the midst of our lives — on dinner tables, kitchen counters, the edge of a bathtub. So it's important that they both sound and look good. The Pavilion Speaker hits both marks. It uses built-in aptX and AAC support to improve the sound of your music, then transfers it out into the room via a 20W Peerless speakers. The spiraled copper pipe isn't just for show, as it boosts bass frequencies via acoustic resonance, the oak top serves as a capacitive touch control, and the high-density concrete bottom helps eliminate rattles. Use it wirelessly by itself thanks to the rechargeable battery, or pair it with a second unit for true stereo sound. Available in white or black.
Getting your hands on the guts of a stereo system is every sound nerd's dream. Italian studio Sinestesìa is making that a reality with the first quality DIY loudspeaker. Delivered with every wire and screw you need, the Giacinto DIY Speakers make you a part of production with an easier-than-Ikea assembly process. The two speakers and custom-made amplifier are housed in skins made of recycled leather that can be unfolded for easy transportation from your home to the office. With a range of 4 different color options, 12 laser-marked designs, and your choice of hardware, your speakers can be as unique as your playlist.
Take control of all your music across your entire home with the Nativ Music System. At the heart of the system is the Nativ Vita, a standalone music player that can access songs from built-in storage, Apple Music, Spotify, and most other streaming services, or from your local network, and let you browse them easily with its 11.6-inch touchscreen. It delivers bit-perfect audio to connected equipment, supports playback of DSD, DXD, and PCM audio files, lets you stream music videos to your TV over HDMI or Google Cast, and has a dedicated output stage to remove noise and jitter from the signal. It's made by hand from high-grade aluminum, Asahi glass, and solid American Oak or Walnut, and performs even better with the company's matching Wave DAC and Pulse power supply.
As fantastic as turntables can be, their design has remained largely unchanged for about a century. This Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable's design is unlike any we've seen, with a focus on vital components using high-quality materials. But what really causes it to stand out is the absence of a traditional platter combined with a low-torque motor. This leaves the record almost floating while it spins. It also features a carbon fiber tonearm and has an integrated design that eliminates the need for cartridge setup or the need to buy a phono pre-amp or amplifier.
Amazon's Echo speaker has steadily grown in usefulness since its introduction, gaining the power to do things like order up an Uber car, check with Automatic to see if your car needs gas, and even order you a pizza from Dominos. Now the Amazon Tap Speaker is ready to give you all that power on the go. As the name suggests, you need to tap the microphone button to use it's Alexa-based interface, most likely to preserve battery life — you get a healthy nine hours of playback per charge, and it comes with a wireless charging base. Like the Echo, it's only going to get smarter over time, but you can still use it as a "dumb" Bluetooth speaker, and once you have your Tap, you can use it to buy the new hockey puck-like Dot and give these same voice superpowers to the dusty old speakers you already have.
Like an iPod shuffle for streaming, the Mighty Spotify Player lets you enjoy your playlists without the need for a larger device. The 1.5-inch square device clips easily onto clothing or accessories, and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for syncing your music from Spotify and then streaming it to your headphones, no wires required. It's drop- and water-resistant, holds up to 48 hours of music on a 2GB flash drive, has five hours of playback per charge, and uses an Android base to run the official Spotify app in the background, only instead of a screen, you use the physical buttons for control.
As much speakers as they are works of art, Oma Imperia Speakers look as impressive as they sound. Penned by industrial designer David D'Imperio, they're built by hand in Pennsylvania using your choice of black walnut, cherry, or ash. The four-way system uses a pair of wooden horns covering 100hz to 20khz, and two rear-loaded subwoofer horns fed by a 21" woofer that covers frequencies from 20hz to 100hz and is powered by its own solid-state amplifier. The result is a system that's entirely time-aligned, American made, and commands attention — it stands over seven feet tall and measures five feet deep, after all — with both its presence and its performance.
It's certainly not going to fit in to most home decors. But if you consider yourself a true gearhead, the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Soundbar delivers great sound while serving as an undeniable conversation piece. The 200W speaker accepts audio via one analog and two digital inputs, as well as over Bluetooth with aptX, and has both Dolby Digital decoding and DTS TruSurround virtual surround sound. But it's the design that really stands out, using an original rear silencer and twin exhaust from a 911 GT3 as the case, with the ports helping to boost the bass. We can only hope it releases a throaty growl befitting its heritage when you turn it on.
It's far wider than it is tall, but don't dare mistake the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 Wireless Speaker for a soundbar. Designed to look great whether it's on a stand or mounted on the wall, this high-end system has built-in touch controls that let you queue up a song from Spotify, Deezer, or TuneIn without touching an app, but also has AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and BeoLink Multiroom technology to bring in audio from other sources without a wire to be seen. It has two four-inch bass drivers for deep, room-filling sound, two tweeters angled outwards for a wider soundstage, and 80-watt class D amplifiers that provide all four speakers with plenty of power. Finished with a pentagonal aluminum cabinet and matching stand.
Compressed digital files, whether purchased or streamed, simply can't compare with the rich, uncompressed analog sound of vinyl. But there is a happy medium, and the Sony PS-HX500 Hi-Res USB Turntable is made to take advantage. It uses a built-in analog-to-digital converter to turn your vinyl into high-resolution audio tracks in either DSD or WAV formats, outputting them to your PC or Mac via the aforementioned USB port, and thus enabling them to be used on pretty much any digital device you own. It's no slouch at playing records through a traditional system, either, with a rock-solid cabinet, belt drive system, lightweight tonearm with integrated shell for superior sound, and a built-in phono EQ that can be bypassed for use with an external rig.
Stream wirelessly from any room in your home or office with the McIntosh RS100 Wireless Speaker. Get started with a single unit, which connects to Wi-Fi and is controlled from a mobile app available on Apple or Android. Over time, you can add up to 16 speakers on a single network, enough for playback in 8 different rooms. It supports just about every audio format, and provides lossless playback of up to 16-bit/48kHz files. The bookshelf style speaker also features an eye catching blue meter and knobs that make is unmistakably McIntosh.
When one of the best turntables in the world suddenly went out of production, it was a sad day for vinyl fans. Well today that mood is finally changing as Panasonic has announced that the Technics SL-1200 line is back with the brand new Technics SL-1200GAE Turntable. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic table which is not only the preference for DJs, but also makes a great centerpiece in any home audio setup. The resurrected deck added some subtle design changes, along with a high sensitive tonearm and a brass top platter. But devotees won't find anything to complain about when the SL-1200 officially returns this summer.
Pairing an outstanding design with quality craftsmanship and robust components, the Caruso Wireless Gramophone is far more than just another speaker. The design is dominated by the ceramic horn, which sticks out from the left side of the wooden cabinet. It serves as more than ornamentation, as it amplifies the sound coming from the two-way speaker, 50W Class D amplifier, and Bluetooth 4.0 receiver, while the other side of the cabinet opens up and acts as traditional storage. Hand made in Venice, Italy, it's available in a variety of finish combinations, including pure gold-covered horns and natural oak or walnut veneers.
A timeless look that is only matched by the sound quality they produce. That description fits these bookshelf Cube Speakers from Fern & Roby. Each pair is constructed using heart pine beams salvaged from a late 19th-century Virginia factory. Each section of beam has characteristics that make every speaker unique. Inside each speaker lies an Alpair 7 Gold Driver by MarkAudio, which delivers the widest frequency range in its size class. Made in the USA and certain to catch the eye and ear of anyone that crosses their path.
Breaking the rules and sound barrier of home audio, House of Marley's Get Up Stand Up combines unparalleled audio and stunning design. Soulfully crafted featuring FSC-certified and responsibly harvested dark walnut and birch wood with a satin velvet finish as smooth as the tunes played from this handsome system. Get Up Stand Up is powered by precisely engineered dual 4.5" speakers and 1" tweeters for that signature Marley sound. Recycled plastic enclosures and Bluetooth convenience round out this home audio system for superior audio quality that should be heard and seen.
Since 1946, Klipsch has been building premium speakers for music and movie lovers across the world. And now, the company has made it easy to fill your home with their world-class acoustics without taking up floorspace. Meet the Klipsch RP-160M speakers. These copper-coned beauties are the latest installment in the Klipsch Reference Premiere series and perfectly highlight Klipsch's cutting edge acoustic engineering and spectacular design philosophy. Each cabinet features a 6.5-inch woofer for vibrant low end sounds and a redesigned Hybrid Tractrix Horn to keep high frequency responses front and center. Simply a perfect pair for a turntable setup. Available in ebony and cherry wood finishes, each set fits into any home decor and will provide a lifetime of good looks and even better sound.
Already famous for their hi-fi line across the globe, Naim is ready to take the digital music world by storm with the release of the Naim Mu-so. This beautiful all-in-one speaker system is their first entry into the wireless market, but their taste for great sound shines through thanks to 450 watts of power through six custom-designed speakers. The wooden speaker cabinet is protected by a layer of anodized aluminum, which helps keep the sound distortion-free, and the look absolutely stunning. Inspired by the same technology Naim developed to create the audio system for Bentley motors, the Mu-so also connects easily to most audio streaming services, features airplay and high performance BlueTooth aptX and can be controlled from your iOS or Android device.
Created by Petro Wodkins and crafted from a sturdy, marble-like composite, Sound of Power Bust Speakers bring the visages of two of the world's most controversial figures — Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un — into your home for the sake of sonic reproduction. Limited to just 100 examples of each, they feature 4-inch full-range drivers mounted at an angle in a cutout of the man's head, built-in bass reflex ports, and wooden stands that double as 20W, Bluetooth-capable amplifiers. Available separately, the speakers are angled in different directions in each bust, making it possible to pair them together in a stereo setup.
Designed with the same minimalist aesthetic that put Joey Roth on the map, this solitary Steel Speaker fills the room with high end sound in style. Made entirely in Portland, Oregon from steel, aluminum, and maple, it's wireless, and features omnidirectional sound for a first rate listening experience. The omnidirectional sound is achieved thanks to the hardwood ball at the base of the speaker, pushing vibrant sound and housing the Bluetooth antenna simultaneously.
Created for and inspired by the Philharmonie de Paris studios — home to some of the most renowned orchestras in the world — come these Amadeus Philharmonia Speakers. French architect Jean Nouvel, who is responsible for the design of the concert hall, also helped design the speakers, which feature cabinets that are custom manufactured from layered Birch and consist of 547 wood veneers. And it's no surprise that the audio experience is just as special, with pristine accuracy that helps provide a unique sensory experience.
Some speakers are meant to be hidden away. The Vonschloo L242 Speaker is meant to be shown off. The speaker's conical cabinet was inspired by the Swiss "Folle", and is cast in composite cement. The rough material contrasts well with the smooth, matte surfaces of the metal stand and wooden endcaps, as well as the fabric grille. Thanks to drivers from Seas Norway and gold-plated connectors, it sounds as good as it looks, making it an outstanding addition to any well-appointed audio room.
Fern & Roby make pieces of fine art that double as audio equipment, and their Amplifier is another fine example. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in power, churning out 30 watts per channel into 8-ohm speakers with 2-line level inputs. The rear panel includes 2-line level inputs along with a phono input for your turntable, and the boards and chassis are handmade in Richmond, Virginia. Style and sound collide again with this piece that is ready to be the heartbeat of your home audio system.
They look like they're from the future. They sound like it too. Bang & Olufsen's Beolab 90 Speakers use a crazy array of 18 Scan-Speak loudspeakers placed in specific locations and directions paired with 14 ICEpower and four class D amplifiers — for a total of 8200 watts — to deliver strikingly clear, lifelike sound. The insane 360-degree design and Active Room Compensation technology deliver fantastic sound no matter where the speakers are placed, or you can use the Beam Width and Direction control to place the sound precisely where you want it. You can save your settings as presets in the companion app, and can also have them automatically pulled up via a B&O TV or by connected devices, most of which likely cost far less than these.
It might have a "b" logo on the top, but it's easy to see the influence of a certain Cupertino fruit company in the Beats Pill+. The portable Bluetooth speaker is still shaped like its name suggests, but is far more mature than its predecessor, with a clean grille up front and only four buttons up top. It offers 12 hours of battery life, the ability to charge your phone via the USB port on the back (it unsurprisingly comes with a Lightning cable), and compatibility with the new Pill+ app that helps manage multiple users and lets you join multiple sets together, either playing in unison or split in a left/right setup for better separation. Available in white or black.
Based on three storied synthesizers, these Roland Boutique Portable Synths pack the same magic, and more, into a surprisingly small package. Each one is battery powered with a built-in speaker, a pair of ribbon controllers, a 16-step sequencer, and additional features not found on the originals. At just over 2 pounds, they're incredibly easy to take with you, but are just as comfortable acting as a desktop module controlled by MIDI.
Don't let its size fool you. The Bose SoundTouch 10 Speaker packs big sound and a well-rounded feature set into a diminutive package. Standing less than 8.5 inches tall, it uses a new 2.5 inch Unidome speaker that, paired with the company's digital signal processing, produces surprisingly full sound. It also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in, the latter of which gives you instant access to streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and lets the speaker hook up with other SoundTouch units in your house wirelessly — giving you the ability to build a whole-house system that includes home theater systems, soundbars, standalone units, and even outdoor speakers.