Braven BRV-1 All-Weather Speaker

It's not exactly water proof — you'd do well to avoid throwing it in the river — but the Braven BRV-1 All-Weather Speaker ($180) is IPX5 water resistant, making it an ideal speaker to use poolside, by the campfire, or anywhere else outdoors. Apart from its rugged build, it also features 3W of output per channel, a built-in rechargeable battery good for up to 12 hours of playtime, Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a 3.5 mm auxiliary input, and a mic for speakerphone use. Available later this month in teal and a handsome black and gray.

  • OD-11 Cloud Speaker

    Bringing classic electronics into the modern era isn't always easy, but the OD-11 Cloud Speaker ($TBA) does so with elegance and class. Based on the original Carlsson OD-11 from 1974, this deceptively simple, roughly 10 inch cube features built-in Wi-Fi, an integrated 100W amplifier, a single woofer, and a single tweeter, all of which combine for terrific sound in nearly any room. The remote communicates with the box via Bluetooth 4, and features a magnet on the back so you can stick it anywhere you find handy. With 3.5mm and optical inputs for other audio sources and the ability to be used in pairs for left/right separation, it's a great choice for minimalist interiors.

  • Samsung Vacuum Tube Soundbar

    Well, we didn't see this one coming. The Samsung F750 Vacuum Tube Soundbar ($650) packs a decidedly audiophile feature — an integrated vacuum tube — into the un-audiophile sound bar form factor. While the goal is warmer, more natural sound, other features — like a gyroscope to optimize sound quality based on height, rotation, and slope and a wireless subwoofer — will likely make a difference too. In keeping with the wireless theme, it also offers Bluetooth for cordlessly connecting your smartphone, tablet, or even TV if it supports that kind of thing.

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