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.
Plenty of wireless speakers can charge up your device — by using a dock or a cord. The TDK Wireless Charging Speaker ($400) takes a different approach by building a Qi-compatible inductive charging pad into the top. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 wireless audio streaming, a built-in rechargeable battery, four full-range left/right speakers, a ported subwoofer, a 3.5mm input for non-wireless connections, an IPX3-compliant weatherized design, and a USB charging port for those times when you just feel like plugging something in.
Speakers don't have to be old to look cool — but it definitely doesn't hurt. Made from reused discarded loudspeakers, every Tombox (€190-€250; roughly $230-$300) is unique, offering a built-in rechargeable battery that can last for up to two weeks, an oversized volume knob, a single 3.5mm cable and plug for hooking up your audio source, and retro styling that trumps any modern boombox. Also available in oversized plus models.
Fill your favorite TV-watching area with sound without filling with speakers with the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama ($2,200). This high-end sound bar boasts a mirror black stainless steel enclosure and a black steel mesh grille to help it blend into most systems, can be wall mounted, and offers a full range of inputs, including two optical digital, one coax digital, and two analog RCA, plus a subwoofer pre-out. But what's really important is the sound, and the Panorama has that covered with dual 3.5-inch subwoofers, two 3-inch midrange drivers, a single Nautilus aluminum dome tweeter, and four surround speakers, receiving a total of 100W of power. The downside? It weighs a whopping 32 pounds, so if you're going to wall mount it you'd better choose a sturdy surface — lest both it and your wall come tumbling down.
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, you've got a lot of options — but few as rugged as the Philips Shoqbox ($180). This roughly tube-shaped speaker features two 4-watt neodymium speaker drivers, dual bass radiators, an eight-hour rechargeable lithium battery, Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a water resistant cover to protect the USB charging port and 3.5mm aux jack, a shock- and splash-proof design, and a built-in metal loop for clipping it to your bag or belt using a carabiner.
We're big fans of Sonos' wireless speakers, but they're not exactly built to handle deep bass. The Sonos Sub ($600-$700) is. This self-powered subwoofer connects effortlessly to your existing Sonos system, adding a healthy dose of low-end aptitude thanks to two force-canceling speakers that are positioned face-to-face to eliminate cabinet buzz and rattle. Available next-month in a gorgeous glossy black finish, with a matte black model arriving in October for a $100 discount.
Vinyl made its comeback some time ago, but the record player has yet to catch up. Until now. The Symbol Record Console ($18,500) is a bench-made modern record player that pays homage to the all-in-one console hi-fis of the '50s, but bests them with an incredibly clean, modern look. Features include solid American Walnut construction, a metal base, two 6.5-inch full-range speakers, a second, hidden amplifier and subwoofer, built-in Wi-Fi for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or computer, and a hand-built tube amplifier and turntable, which are set into patinated steel plates to lend the appropriate sense of style to the proceedings.
Like your Jambox, but wish it had just a little more oomph? Say hello to the Jawbone Big Jambox ($300). Looking enough like its predecessor that you might not notice the difference at first glance, the Big Jambox is, in fact, a bigger Jambox, featuring the same Bluetooth music streaming and hands-free mojo as the original, but with more powerful precision-tuned drivers and dual passive bass radiators for bigger sound, a 15-hour built-in rechargeable battery, LiveAudio technology, and the ability to receive updates via Jawbone's MyTalk website. Available in graphite, white, and red.
We're not going to pretend to understand what a Rubidium atomic clock — 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator! — has to do with sound quality, but we do know that the Rubicon Atomic Preamp ($TBA) is the first DAC to ship with one. Other features include Antelope's 64-bit Accoustically Focused Clocking technology, 384 kHz USB streaming, DLNA support, dual stage headphone amps, and dual S/PDIF de-jittered outputs. [via]
It might not be for everyone, but if you've got an iPhone, iPad, or are just heavily invested in iTunes, AirPlay should be on your checklist for your next speaker purchase — and the Logitech UE Air Speaker ($400) offers exactly that. Packed inside the sleek black body are dual tweeters and dual subwoofers, as well as a pop-out iPad/iPhone/iPod dock that helps with effortless setup, streamlined top-mounted controls, and a 3.5mm input for other audio devices — cable not included.
Your vinyl has never
sounded looked so good. The AMG V12 Turntable ($15,000) is the first turntable from Analog Manufaktur Germany, featuring a CNC machined 25mm aluminum plinth, a 16mm axle bearing, a CNC machined aluminum platter with a weighted rim, a Lorenzi 2 pulse, low-speed brushless motor, 33.3, 45, and 78 speeds, a belt drive mechanism, a twelve inch tonearm, and devastatingly handsome looks.
Serious about your audio? Take the conversion of your digital sources out of the hands of your receiver and put the load on the M2Tech Young DAC ($1,600). This high-end D/A converter can handle sampling rates up to 384kHz and 32 bits resolution, and packs a slew of inputs, including high-speed asynchronous USB, RCA and BNC S/PDIF, XLR, and optical, and a stylish case that packs blue LEDs behind the grille to indicate the source.