For the most part, itty-bitty satellite speakers are just all right—a compromise made for convenience. The new Boston Acoustics SoundWare S system looks like it might actually be able to blow up a room with sound.
Yamaha makes some pretty awesome audio equipment, even if it often ranges on the pricey side. So there's reason to be excited for their new PDX-11 iPod dock, especially considering the four-inch woofer, distinctive looks and low low pricetag.
Orb's new Booster amp is not meant for full-sized home theaters, nor is it meant for surround sound systems. Instead, it's meant to power a small or medium-sized stereo speakers which you might use with your computer, or even your TV.
Monoblock tube amps are favoured for their ability to deliver extra power and provide less cross talk (aka interference manifested as noise) when used as a pair. But monoblock amps dont normally support speakers and headphones as this one does.
Instead of a silent drive motor that focuses the lens with barely a whisper, this faux Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm lens packs a speaker cone and the requisite electronics to play your music. It's also officially bumped the Nikon 1 off the top of my Christmas wish list.
I've thought it was a bit odd that Logitech, who has made some of my favorite iPod docks, had yet to produce an AirPlay speaker by now. That seems like it's gonna change soon if this Amazon listing (now pulled) is any indication.
We love AirPlay. Audyssey's consistently put out some really solid compact speakers. But the former was frustratingly absent from the latter. Not anymore! The LES dock sounds as great as we'd expect, with the (overdue) bonus of AirPlay wireless.
As great as great graphics are, splendiferously blasting sound can be just as gratifying. Sometimes we take sound for granted, or just don't care about it—but with Sony's great new 7.1 wireless surround headphones, you will care.
No Detox announced today! But Dr. Dre's commanding bass-heavy Beats empire expanded a little today with a wireless iteration of the Beatbox iPod and iPhone dock. Good: it'll probably be as low-end heavy as the headphones. Bad: Bluetooth.
Watch out Dre, 50-Cent's not your only competition. Soon you might not be buying Bose's on-ear headphones just because they're the cheapest one's the company has to offer — the new Bose OE2 headphones have a refreshed street-ready design.
By this point you've probably been hardwired to think "touchscreen" at the very sight of a black rectangle. But German high-end speaker company, Göbel knows better than to slap a screen onto their flagship Epoque Reference speakers for novelty's sake.
Audiophiles love tube amps because of the warm, full sound they provide. But vacuum tubes wear out requiring a technician to diagnose which ones are bad. High-end audio manufacturer McIntosh say their redesigned MC275 tube amp remedies part of that problem.