I like the design on Brookstone’s Big Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. While available for less than a hundred bucks you get two front-facing full-range speaker drivers, a down-firing subwoofer and a passive radiator, touch sensitive volume controls on top and bass/treble controls on the back. The whole thing weighs in at 6.6 lbs (almost 3 kg) and got a Bluetooth range of 33 feet.
Buy @ Brookstone ($149.00)
Buy @ Amazon ($99.00)
Here’s the Party In A Box dock / speaker system by Soul Electronics (rapper Ludacris’ line of audio products). This system is big enough to dock an iPad comfortably, but comes with both AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8GHz transciever able to stream uncompressed CD audio or hook up with wireless speakers – but who cares, it sports analog VU-meters!
Speaker-wise there’s dual 6.5" subwoofers, two 3" midrange speakers and four 1" tweeters. Power-wise you can run it on a 110/240V power supply, a 12V cigarette lighter adapter or just regular batteries if you want to take it with you.
From the product page:
“The PIAB P910 is the ultimate wireless, high performance entertainment system. Unmatched in its class, this innovative system generates the dynamic sound of a full home theater system in the form of a portable and stylish box. A powerful 8-speaker omnidirectional hybrid system fills the room with unparalleled deep bass, and crystal clear mids and highs, while wireless technology allows streaming of music through Bluetooth.”
(…oh, and there’s HDMI as well, allowing you to hook it up to your TV).
Product page: Soul Electronics
Buy @ Amazon.com ($999)
Say hi to Bowers & Wilkins A7, a stylish, wireless music system with AirPlay support, meaning you can hook up your iPhone, iPad, iPhone Touch or Mac (if you’ve got Mac OS X Mountain Lion) and stream music easy as pie. Hell, you can add another A7 and it forms a really good looking – albeit expensive – multiroom system.
Beneath the brushed aluminum surface you’ll find a 6″ Kevlar subwoofer, four high quality stereo drivers along with five dedicated Class D amplifiers for a “natural and widely spread sound” with a rich and deep bass. Remember these are the ones that did the odd-looking (but well-sounding) Zeppelin Air.
“Wireless audio is upsampled through A7’s audiophile-quality 96kHz/24bit Digital-to-Analogue Convertor (DAC), reducing noise and increasing dynamic range, for a more detailed, natural sound from the high-quality drive units. Not all sound is good sound. A7 features tube-loaded tweeters first seen on our flagship Nautilus™ speaker. Rear reflections in the cabinet are absorbed by the design, to ensure pure high frequencies”
Product page: Bowers-wilkins.com: A7 ($799)
I really like Marshall’s line of headphones, and now they’ve updated the Major White to Major White FX, meaning it comes armed with a fully iPod/iPhone/iPad compatible microphone and remote.
As the previous versions it’s fully collapsible and sports a headband made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall’s classic amps.
Marshall Major White FX Product Page
Looking for a new set of stylish Airplay speakers? Here’s NS2 Air Monitors by the Swedish up and coming brand Nocs, allowing you to stream music from your computer (Mac/PC), iPad, iPhone or iPod wirelessly. The 70W NS2:s sports hand-built rubber coated cabinets (available in six colors), silk dome tweeters and Kevlar reinforced woofers.
Product page: Nocs.se: NS2 Air Monitors ($TBA)
Nixon, one of my all-time fav makers of watches, just launched the RPM Over-Ear DJ Headphones available in white, black/silver and black/gold. These phones come with 40mm drivers tuned for DJ monitoring, articulating joints, gel filled ear cushions and an interlocking 2m coiled cable as well as an additional iPhone compatible cable (1.3m and braided) with a remote and microphone if you want to use it while commuting instead. Oh, and a molded travel case.
Buy @ Amazon.com: Nixon RPM Headphones ($199)
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Marshall Headphones just announced a nice addition to their line of headphones, the Major White (it’s available in black too if that’s more you). The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall’s classic amplifiers and sports the original Marshall texture, of course.
Other features include a standard 3.5mm plug, mic and remote and a fully collapsible construction.
Buy @ Marshallheadphones.com: Major White
This is Bose CineMate 1 SR, a home-theatre system featuring a sleek soundbar speaker (for full simulated surround sound), a wireless subwoofer (mmm.. one less cable to worry about) and a programmable IR remote control. Besides that it can analyze the room’s dimensions and determine wether it’s mounted on a wall or put flat on a table to automatically adjust the sound parameters to make it as wide and spacious as possible.
Buy @ Amazon: Bose CineMate 1 SR ($1,499)
This is the Ozaki iSuppli Gramo iPhone Charger / Speaker, equipped with a working, old-school gramophone style speaker for music or Facetime sessions even your grandparents would approve of. Available in white, black and red.
Buy @ Audiocubes ($69.99)
I wrote about the designed-in-Sweden stainless steel Nocs NS800 earphones the other day and here’s Nocs NS200HTC fresh from the oven. The iPod / iPhone compatible NS200 model (featuring the same aluminum housings, kevlar reinforced cables, mic and remote) has been around a while, but the NS200HTC is designed to be fully compatible with HTC Android phones (pause/resume playback works on HTC Windows 7 phones).
The HTC version will be launched in a couple of weeks, but if you’re an iPod or iPhone user you can get that model at Amazon right now.
Nocs.se: NS200HTC Product Page
Amazon.com: Nocs NS200 ($69.00)