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Fender Pro In-Ear Monitor Series

The famed guitar maker is now in the earphone game as well as well with the Fender Pro In-Ear Monitor Series thanks to a little help from Aurisonics, their recent acquisition. The range — minus the base model — boasts a 3D printed shell that provides a universal fit by basing its every contour to thousands of ears scanned, accommodating a vast 95% of wearers as well as would a custom-made earphone. Five models span the series, from the entry-level DXA1 to the pricier FA7. The latter comes equipped with a Hybrid-Dynamic and Balanced Armature Array that includes a pair of tweeters plus a 9.25mm precision rare-earth driver for solid performance across the spectrum. SureSeal tips also cut out up to 22dB of ambient noise to protect your hearing in live settings while detachable cables ensure the main limiting factor of earbud longevity — fragile cabling — is a non issue.

Learn more at Fender – $100 to $500

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Porsche Design 911 Soundbar

Porsche Design’s creations usually have little to do with the cars by its namesake brand, but their 911 Soundbar is an exception. It starts with an original rear silencer and twin exhaust pulled from a 911 GT3 that’s then modified into a 200 Watt 2.1 virtual DTS TruSurround system. The soundbar also includes a remote and works with both Bluetooth aptX and wired systems using RCA analog, coaxial, or optical inputs. And if the powerful resonating bass — amplified by the exhaust system — isn’t booming enough, an additional output allows for an external subwoofer to be plugged in.

Find it at Porsche Design – roughly $3,150

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35

Though the similarity is apparent, the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35 isn’t your typical soundbar, and not by a longshot. It’s instead a high-end multiroom music system with integrated speakers that also happens to have a gorgeous extruded aluminum pentagonal design. Mount it on a wall or leave it on its aluminum stand: the BeoSound 35 has the power to fill a room with accurate sound thanks to four drivers — two 3/4-inch tweeters at either edge and two centrally located 4-inch bass drivers — that are each powered by their own dedicated 80-watt class D amplifier. Use its touch interface to flip through various streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn, though it’s also equipped with AirPlay, Bluetooth 4.0 and DLNA for more options.

Learn more at Bang & Olufsen – $2,800

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Bluelounge Cableyoyo

Inevitably, headphone cables become a tangled mess. Avoid tricky knots and over-designed gizmos with Bluelounge’s Cableyoyo, a straightforward way to clean up your earbuds’ excess cable. Push in the cable’s plug and then wrap it around the soft silicone Cableyoyo as if you were wrapping a strip around a yoyo. Its magnetic center secures the earbuds to prevent the spool from unrolling and a slim design makes it easy to slip away in a pocket or gym bag for on the go listening.

Grab one at Amazon – $10

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Sony PS-HX500 Turntable

Vinyl is back in a big way. And the Sony PS-HX500 Turntable plans to take full advantage, with a few modern twists starting with its stealthy minimal design. The tabletop device employs a highly stable belt drive system, a glass epoxy resin circuit board, and an acoustic grade MDF cabinet for accurate, high quality sound reproduction. But on the digital side is where the PS-HX500 really stands out: a USB digital output plugs to your computer and rips your vinyl tracks to 5.6 MHz high-resolution Direct Stream Digital, good for both backing up your collection or playing back the same authentic analog sound on a smartphone or other digital system.

Learn more at Sony – $TBA

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BTunes Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

You wouldn’t know what it did just from looking at it, but the BTunes Bluetooth Headphone Adapter is the most wallet-friendly way to get your wired headphones to go wireless without buying a new pair. Plug this small device — available in 3.5mm and 2.5mm auxiliary versions — into your headphones’ port, though to do this you’ll need headphones with a removable cable, like most any Beats, Bang & Olufsen’s H2, several V-Moda models, and many more. Then just pair it to your smartphone or tablet for wireless listening. BTunes features the aptX codec for stellar audio quality and lasts ten hours on a charge. It’s also equipped with a built-in microphone for hands-free use and enables wireless connectivity on older car models with an auxiliary jack.

Find it at our shop – $70

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Level Frames Framed Vinyl

Display some of the most recognizable album covers of all time with Level Frames’ Framed Vinyl. Level’s framing involves archival matting and all-wood borders capped with a premium non-glare acrylic that lets the album cover and record, the latter peeking out of the former about two-thirds of the way, stand out. Each frame comes complete with the cover and vinyl fully framed, with a large selection of classics to choose from including Dark Side of the Moon, At Folsom Prison, IV, Abbey Road (shown), and plenty more.

Learn more at Level Frames – $160+

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Phazon Wireless Earbuds

One earbud to fit all ears? That’s the idea behind Phazon Wireless Earbuds. Instead of basing its fit on inserts, Phazon sports a unique form factor that locks snugly into any adult ear with a twist. Since they won’t fall out they’re appropriate for a wide range of sports including swimming and last for up to 6 hours of continuous play on a single charge, which goes from flat to 80% in 20 minutes using the included storage case. They’ll work with any Bluetooth 4.0 device and also feature aptX for solid all-around sound.

Learn more at Indiegogo – $150

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Sonos PLAY:5

Integrating seamlessly with the rest of your Sonos lineup, the Sonos PLAY:5 aims to deliver premium sound, and accomplishes it thanks to six drivers — three tweeters and three mid-woofers — each individually powered by its own Class-D digital amplifier to maintain clarity through very high volumes. The unit performs great by itself but can also be paired to another PLAY:5 for wider stereo sound and also to Sonos’ PLAYBAR and/or SUB for even deeper surround sound. And as with all Sonos products it’s controlled using your smartphone, tablet, or computer over WiFi, letting your choose between over 100,000 free internet radio stations, a plethora of online streaming services, or, of course, your own playlist straight from the device in question.

Get it in black or white at Amazon – $500

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Soundfreaq Rise

James F. Reynolds would be proud. Soundfreaq takes the concept of a clock radio to the next level, and not just with its epigrammatic name. A crystal clear audio Bluetooth speaker accompanies an alarm that will make you want to wake up. Soundfreaq streams from any smartphone, tablet or computer while simultaneously charging you phone, telling time and keeping an eye out on your preselected wake destination. Features like adjustable screen brightness, snooze buttons even the most ardent sleeper can find as well as a nap timer make use of Soundfreaq’s utilitarian, classic design and finish. Wake up to streaming audio, FM radio or even an old school chime buzzer if that’s your thing.

Grab one at our shop – $70

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