Audio-Technica makes lots of sophisticated audio products that are totally affordable. And then there's this new array of gear. These two pairs of headphones with a matching headphone amp are total audio extravagance.
Just because you don't want to spend thousands of pounds on audio equipment (and as many hours configuring it) doesn't mean you can't enjoy quality audio. In the case of headphones, a single c-note can reap rewards.
Combining old school inspiration with a stark design full of sharp lines and a matte finish, iHome's iP4 boombox simultaneously makes nods to the outlandish, button crazy gadgets of the past, and the flat, minimal designs of the now. I think I'm swooning.
We've seen stomp boxes that trigger iPad-based guitar effects before, but never anything quite like the heavy-handed DigiTech iPB-10 pedal board and iPB-Nexus iPad app. The package is made by a sonically challenged company that has turned lo-fi processing into a work of art. This should be a lot of fun.
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.