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.
Enjoy great sound wherever you are this summer with the Braven Mira Speaker. Designed with portability in mind, this puck-shaped system features a built-in multi-purpose hook that lets you either stand or hang the speaker, as well as on-board volume and track controls, IPX5 water resistance for aquatic adventures, the ability to act as a speakerphone, an auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth audio sources, and a surprisingly stout battery that provides up to 10 hours of playtime for all-day excursions.
Upgrade your desktop audio experience — and likely the looks of your work area — by picking up a pair of Polk Hampden Speakers. This little system packs a big punch thanks to each of the 1" silk/polymer tweeters and 4.5" woofers being powered by its own dedicated amplifier. It also uses a USB input to bypass your computer's built-in DAC in favor of its own, and should you want to play something from another source, it supports Bluetooth with apt-X for wireless streaming. The solid enclosures wrapped in teak veneer? Just icing on the loud, clear cake.
If you've ever used a Bluetooth speaker adapter, you've likely run into the problem that only one device at a time can control the action — which can be a real bummer if you're at a party and that device belongs to a dude with a penchant for sappy Hall & Oates tracks. The Motorola Moto Stream makes this problem a thing of the past by allowing five devices to pair at once (with tap-to-pair support for NFC users) and letting any one of the five hijack the stream if they're not digging the song. Hopefully your crowd is one that can roll with that, because we're guessing the Icosahedron shape would make it a mean projectile should a disgruntled party goer decide to heave it in your direction when you stop "She's Gone" in mid-solo.
No one likes wires — and we mean no one — especially when they're dangling down your face. So until we figure out a way to easily broadcast audio directly into our jawbones, LG x Harmon Kardon Tone Infinim will just have to do. Compatible with any Bluetooth 3.0-equipped device, these wireless headphones let you talk and listen without dealing with any pesky cords. And with more than 500 hours of standby time, and 14 hours of audio playback, you can listen without having to worry about your next charge. Retractable earbuds keep everything in good shape, while call alerts and vibration let you know what's going on with your device without ever taking it out of your pocket.
When it comes to floorstanding speakers, design matters — if you're taking up space in your living area with something, it had better look good. And these Ojas Speakers certainly do. Created to mark the one-year anniversary of Saturdays NYC's Kobe, Japan location, these stylish speakers were designed by Nom de Guerre co-founder Devon Turnbull, and feature a driver and box crafted by the accomplished hands of Altec Lansing. The only downside? You'll have to go to Kobe to get them.
No, you won't be paying an outrageous amount to put this beauty in your home. Instead — if you're lucky — you might get to enjoy the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System at your next concert. This massive system aims to bring hi-fi quality sound to live music venues with a stack made up of four fully braced low frequency enclosures, each boasting two 15" Rohacell composite drivers, and four mid/high frequency enclosures, which come packing two mid/bass units, an FST Kevlar midrange driver, and four Nautilus high-frequency drivers, or more than enough speakers to rock the house — even if the "house" is an amphitheater.
When you're out on the move and listening to tunes, the last thing you want is to worry about sound that only goes in one direction — with the Spaced360 Speaker you get true omni-directional sound capable of filling any space. It features three custom two-inch sound drivers and three bass radiator pointing in three directions, delivering powerful sound no matter where you place it. With Bluetooth and NFC technology, there's virtually no limit to the devices you can wirelessly pair with these speakers. And with up to 14 hours of battery-powered music playback, simple charging using the base station, and a lightweight, compact design, there's no reason not to throw it in your bag anywhere you go.
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.
If the idea of cords running all over your space makes you cringe, then you've probably given some thought to going wireless in just about any way possible. With Glowdeck you get bluetooth music playback, cord-free charging, and a notifications platform all built into one beautiful, interactive package. Available in a number of wood finishes — including cherry, maple, and walnut — and a black acrylic look, you can make the Glowdeck truly your own. Its Streams operating system integrates fully with your phone, letting you customize lighting effects, notifications that show up right on the screen, and much more.
Bang & Olufsen are known for making speakers that look as good as they sound — and one of the best examples of this is the B&O BeoPlay A9 Black Edition Speaker. Sporting a unique circular design and sleek dark brown walnut legs, this complete system-as-art-piece features three separate amplifiers to run the 8-inch woofer, dual 3-inch midranges, and dual .75-inch tweeters, as well as AirPlay, DNLA, Spotify Connect, and QPlay connectivity over Wi-Fi or, for the old-school, Ethernet.
There are plenty of options out there if you're looking for an all-in-one connected media center and speaker system — but until now, there hasn't been one that so intriguingly combines old-school audio components with new-school connectivity and open-source computing. Meet the Tubecore Duo. It features the analog technology of a solid state amplifier and a dual vacuum tube preamp, coupled to a Raspberry Pi computer running XBMC media center. So what that gives you is a speaker system and streaming media hub with options to connect over Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, and component AV, letting you play music and video from virtually any source on-hand, and control it from your phone. Better still, the thing is gorgeous, with a handmade wood enclosure, a magnetic speaker grill available in a range of colors, and user-controllable LEDs in the tubes, this is a speaker system you're going to want to show off.
Our computers, tablets, and phones are capable of accessing unimaginable libraries of music. Unfortunately, they're not so good at driving serious headphones to let you hear all the nuances of said tunes. But add in the McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier, and you're ready to rock. It can handle cans from 8-600 ohms, virtually guaranteeing compatibility, and features a Headphone Crossfeed Director that makes those speakers on your head image like studio monitors, plus four digital inputs, two analog inputs, and 50 watt speaker outputs for when you feel like annoying the entire office with the Quad City DJ's "Space Jam".
Most Bluetooth speakers are designed to be thrown into a bag — or very large pocket — and carried with you wherever you go. The Sony SRS-X9 Speaker is most definitely an exception to this rule. Weighing in at over 10 pounds, it features four tweeters, two midrange speakers, and a subwoofer with dual passive radiators, a powerful amp cranking out over 150 watts of power, support for high-resolution audio, and the ability to stream music over Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, or USB. One-touch listening with NFC-compatible phones, the ability to charge your phone or tablet over USB when attached, and a sleek black body that will look good in any environment, round out the offering.
Listening to music should be simple — no setup, no worrying about where to plug things in, no connecting multiple devices, and no fumbling around trying to come up with the perfect song or playlist to suit the moment. And with the Cone Music Player, listening is as simple as it gets. This beautiful wireless speaker system features eight hours of battery life, and lets you play music by just touching the front (press it again to pause, or twist the grill to queue up a new song). It works with a range of music services, and learns your musical preferences the more you listen. And if you want to listen to your own music, Cone also supports Airplay, so you can play through your Mac or iOS device.
It's not always easy to find an audio system that looks good in your room. But you know what nearly always looks cool? A bulldog. So why not combine the two? At least, that appears to have been the thinking behind the AeroBull. This unique speaker features a 5.25-inch subwoofer, dual 2.25-inch satellites, 100W of total power, an iPod/iPhone dock, Bluetooth for wireless streaming, NFC, and a line-in for other audio sources. But the best part? It looks like an all-black dog wearing sunglasses — and that will match anything.
It might not look futuristic — in fact, with its American Walnut cabinet, slew of buttons, and rotary volume control, it looks quite the opposite — but you'd be hard pressed to find a system more ready for linking to modern-day sources than the Revo SuperConnect Radio. Like any true radio, it features tuners for DAB, DAB+, and FM broadcasts, but also boasts built-in Wi-Fi for connection to thousands of Internet radio stations, Spotify, and local DLNA streaming sources, and Bluetooth with aptX for high-quality wireless streaming directly from your devices.
Just because you want to listen to music wirelessly around your home or apartment, doesn't mean you need to go and replace all the speakers you've accumulated over the years. With Beep — a small Wi-Fi enabled device that connects to any stereo or speaker system with an RCA jack, auxiliary input, or optical input — you can play music to any connected speaker or group of speakers from your iOS or Android phone. With the ability to synchronize music across a range of Beeps, you can play your music throughout your place, or choose different music for different Beeps. While it only currently has built in support for Pandora, plenty of other app support is on its way.
What's the worst thing about karaoke? Well, depending on the company, it's typically your friends' voices. Give them a much needed boost with the Singtrix. This all-in-one karaoke solution is powered by advanced audio technology that can strip/lower the vocals in any song and then let you sing over top using one of 350 effects. A special "Hit" effect button on the main unit and custom mic provides on-demand 4-part vocal harmonies, and an included 2.1 stereo speaker makes sure everyone can hear you loud and clear. And while it can work with pretty much any audio source with a headphone output, it's best when paired with the Singtrix app.