Pretty much any soundbar is going to sound better than your TV's built-in speakers. Problem is, most of them aren't so great to look at. The Libratone Diva Soundbar promises to sound great and look good doing it. Inside its wool-covered body — it's actually a zippered cover, so you can change out the color as you like — it packs a 5-inch, 75W woofer, two 50W 3-inch midrange drivers, and two 25W ribbon-based tweeters, as well as support for Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth. After you've set ut up using the accompanying app, you can also control it with your existing TV remote, making it as easy to use as it is to look at.
High quality, whole-home audio systems are becoming more and more common, in large part thanks to the innovation at Harman Kardon. Their newest HD Wireless Audio System aims to take the standard to a new level, combining 24-bit/96kHz studio quality HD audio streaming with simple plug and play setup relying only on a standard Wi-Fi network. Stream directly from your favorite apps from individual rooms, or fill the whole space with the press of a button. It's all of the sound with none of the wires.
Whole-home audio systems have always been a pain to set up — with unsightly wires running all over the place — and even wireless systems typically tether you to just one device at a time. But the Monster Soundstage Music System promises to solve those problems once and for all, letting you simply play music all over your house from any source on your network. You can queue up a track on your phone, add to the playlist from your laptop, and change the volume on your tablet (even play different songs on different units at the same time). And because they're made with powerful front- and rear-facing drivers, they deliver great sound across the spectrum. Available in October.
To be sure, there are far, far cheaper ways to make a Bluetooth connection with favorite music system. But few if any are likely to sound as good as the AudioEngine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver. The B1 improves upon your average Bluetooth dongle in several ways, specifically by sporting Bluetooth 4.0 with support for the aptX codec, and by packing a high-quality 24-bit upsampling DAC inside. It also offers a longer range — up to 100ft — than most solutions, features a classy aluminum case, and boasts audiophile-grade connectors for both the optical digital and RCA analog outputs, ensuring that everything sounds as good as it possibly can.
With all the portable and personal speaker systems available out there, it's hard to choose which one to spend your hard-earned cash on. The Om/One Levitating Speaker has everything you look for in a speaker, with great-sounding audio across the range from low to high, 15-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and the ability to play from just about every music app available. Unlike every other speaker out on the market, this one actually levitates above its magnetic base, making it as much a conversation piece as it is an audio system.
Infinity has long been known for its in-home and car stereo speakers, but it's never been heavily involved in the portable audio game — until now. The Infinity One Speaker is the company's first portable wireless system, offering Bluetooth wireless technology, the ability to recharge your device via a powerful 2.1A USB port, a silicone-sealed, water-resistant, cylindrical body, a 10-hour battery, and a pair of passive radiators to help improve low-end performance. As for the look? Well, you have Linkin Park — the company's brand ambassadors — to thank for that.
One of the most important parts of DJing is seamlessly cueing up one song to follow another, matching the beats for a transition the audience barely notices — but if you play music from your Mac or iOS device, only having one audio output can make that difficult. With DJ Connect, you get a device that connects to your laptop, iPad or iPhone, letting you split sound between your headphones and an RCA output. When paired with their award-winning app djay, you can control volume in your headphones, cueing up a song while playing another song through the RCA output. And with three cables included (USB, Lightning, and 30-pin), there's no limit to the Apple devices you can play music through.
Sometimes your desire to share and the available methods just don't meet at the middle — live-tweeting doesn't cut it, instagramming isn't nearly enough, and a status update just won't do. It's those cases that call for the Soundsight Headphones. These wireless headphones feature full audio- and video-recording capabilities thanks to five microphones and a full-HD rotating camera, so you can record and even live-stream anything and everything. And with up to four hours of battery life while recording, and an included app that lets you edit on the fly, mix sound, and more, you'll never miss an opportunity to share again.
Bluetooth is awfully handy for wireless music streaming, but if it's audio quality you're after, you're going to want to use AirPlay. And not just any AirPlay rig, but one with a great DAC — like the one inside the Myro Air. Powered by the legendary Wolfson WM8741 Digital-to-Analog Converter, this stylish box offers 2-way AirPlay control, UPnP support, a USB port for docking and charging, RS232 ports for home automation compatibility, RCA analog and optical outputs, and Made in USA quality.
It may seem obvious to you, but no two sets of ears are exactly alike — with curves, crevices, flaps, and lobes all different, they're nearly as unique as your fingerprints. So, why do earbud manufacturers insist on a one-size-fits-all approach to building buds? Normal Earphones understand the nuances of each ear, and that's why they built an app that lets you photograph your ears, allowing them to carefully craft each pair to suit your special ears. Made from 3D-printed ABS plastic, these buds are made to fit only you, giving them a sound and shape that sets them apart from, well, everything.
Listening to music on a pair of headphones doesn't necessarily have to mean a downgrade from your living room stereo experience. With Onkyo ES-CTI300 Headphones you can enjoy the full range of sound, clear and balanced across the audio spectrum no matter where your listening takes you. Titanium 40mm drivers reproduce music in the high to mid ranges exactly as the artist intended, while large sub chambers give you deep, rich bass. And since these headphones are built with iOS compatibility in mind, you can control your audio playback and calls from the inline remote. Throw in a detachable copper cable, gold-plated connectors, and memory foam ear pads, and you may never want to listen to music on your speakers again.
Most portable speakers look like, well, speakers. The Vifa Copenhagen Speaker looks like furniture. Maybe even better than most furniture, thanks to its matte aluminum frame, woven textile cover from Kvadrat, and embroidered volume buttons. And it sounds better than most, too, thanks to digital pure path amps, balanced woofers, and Bluetooth + WiFi, which allows it to support AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX, DLNA, optical, analog, and USB connections.
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.