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Zolo Liberty+ Wireless Earphones

You might not be familiar with Zolo but chances are you’ve heard of their parent company, Anker, which makes some pretty solid stuff. Their latest sub-brand is taking a swing at the wireless headphone niche with Zolo Liberty+ Wireless Earphones. Besides a graphene-coated dynamic driver for improved sound quality and what amounts to almost instant wireless pairing, these earphones are sweat resistant, fit comfortably thanks to liquid-silicon eartips that adapt…

GET IT: $100

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Bragi Dash Pro

Bragi’s Dash Pro wireless earphones are self-proclaimed intelligent. And with freedom from both wires and language barriers, we’d tend to agree. The two independently wireless earphones connect to your device using Bluetooth, though 4GB of on-board memory means you can use them as a stand-alone music player as well. Like the AirPods the case doubles as a backup battery and charger to give the earphones, which have a 5…

GET IT: $330

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Master & Dynamic MA770 Concrete Speaker

Concrete’s not the first material we’d think to go to in high-end audio equipment, but the Master & Dynamic MA770 Concrete Speaker — designed by Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind the new Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. — shows that the material’s acoustic properties are more solid (sorry) than you’d imagine. The proprietary concrete composite adds both heft and ample dampening, the latter to the tune of five…

GET IT: $1,800

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Bose SoundLink Revolve

Dubbed their best sounding wireless speaker ever — and you know they’ve made some great sounding stuff already — the Bose SoundLink Revolve and higher-end, handle-equipped Revolve+ are worth a listen. The speaker’s name and rounded shape point towards omnidirectional sound, and indeed both feature two opposing passive radiators, a downward-facing transducer, and an acoustic deflector, all ensuring that its sound is as clear (and loud) regardless of your position. The…

GET IT: $200+

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape Modular Speakers

Bang & Olufsen already tends to make objectively attractive products. That said, none blend into your home environment quite as well as do their BeoSound Shape Modular Speakers, which effectively become a part of the decor. These wall-mounted wireless speakers integrate noise dampening for acoustic integrity and can be customized to fit both the look and size of any room: between 6 and 56 individual tiles (or more, if you add other passive damper tiles)…

GET IT: ~$4,300+

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Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

If you’re an iPhone kinda person, may as well embrace the fact that it’s ditched the headphone jack. If not, well, it still can’t hurt to have options. The Marshall Monitor Bluetooth is the amp-maker’s latest pair of headphones to cut cords, relying instead on Bluetooth with aptX and custom tuned drivers for a solid, neutral-sounding listening experience that keeps on going for over 30 hours on a single…

GET IT: $250

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

It’s so puffy it looks like it’s about the burst, but that’s just because Logitech packed as much as they could into the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom. The compact, barrel-shaped speaker puts out surprisingly loud sound for 10 hours per charge but really distinguishes itself from other portable speakers (both by UE and other brands) by its rugged and waterproof shell. Hell, it even floats, so you’ll probably want to throw a couple…

GET IT: $100

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Review: Blue Sadie Headphones

The successor to Blue’s Mo-Fi over-ear headphones, the Sadie updates and refines the unique-looking — and unique-fitting — set of over-ear cans. This pair, which sits above the planar magnetic Ella and below the amp-devoid Lola in Blue’s lineup, is primarily targeted to mobile users (read: just about everybody who listens to music nowadays) relying on their laptops, smartphones, and tablets as the primary source of music, since all these devices lack…

GET IT: $400

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Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker

The smallest amp-lookalike speaker in Marshall’s lineup, the Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker still weighs in at about 2.65 pounds — probably because they just had to make it the loudest speaker in its class. Behind the insigna-adorned grille it’s got dual 2.25-inch woofers and two 2.25-inch dome tweeters powered by a two-channel Class D amp, plus a rather large battery that powers the rig for about 25 hours on a charge. Bluetooth 4.0…

GET IT: $230

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V-Moda Remix Bluetooth Speaker

It’s about time they got a wireless speaker on their books, but the V-Moda Remix Bluetooth Speaker is unique in that it’ll double as a headphone amplifier when you’re not using it to openly blast beats. The speaker features glass fiber dual-drivers and a passive bass reflector that together produce an immersive three-dimensional soundstage consistent with the brand’s on-ear offerings. Or plug in your full-sized high-end headphones, V-Moda or not,…

GET IT: $300

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Tivoli Model One Digital

Near-term, maybe, but the future of FM radio, as it stands, is anything but guaranteed. Though it won’t matter much with the Tivoli Model One Digital, a future-proofed version of its classic Model One radio that adds WiFi and Bluetooth streaming alongside the auxiliary input and FM options of the latter to conveniently stream from your own music collection or your Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, and other cloud music playlist. The radio boasts…

GET IT: $300

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Sonos Playbase Speaker

Don’t want to wall mount your TV? Don’t sweat it. The Sonos Playbase Speaker doesn’t sit in front of your television like conventional sound bars but rather beneath it, serving as a stand (for devices of up to 77 lbs) thanks to a discreet low-profile design while providing refined, room-filling sound. Setting it up is as easy as plugging in its power cord and an optical cord to your TV….

GET IT: $700

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Decibel Modular Speaker

We’re accustomed to tech products that don’t last and that are instead replaced on a one, two or three year cycle. The Module Project’s Decibel Modular Speaker is instead built for the long haul. An Allen key is all it takes to crack open its anodized aluminum shell and make repairs or swap components since no glue is used to hold parts together. If significant advancements in one technology or another warrant…

GET IT: $195

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Miniot Wheel Turntable

You’d be forgiven for wondering where Miniot Wheel Turntable’s tonearm’s hiding. It’s only visible once you lift up the vinyl sitting on Wheel, since the laminated mahogany linear tonearm and AudioTechnica AT95E cartridge sit underneath and play the record from its B-side. Besides looking sleek and minimal this unique setup allows the turntable to play records when placed horizontally on a flat surface or mounted vertically to a wall while keeping its…

GET IT: ~$600

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ColorWare AirPods

Like many Apple products before them, AirPods come in a colorway that starts and ends with white. And if you’re willing to pay, ColorWare again fills that gap with ColorWare AirPods in 58 colors, half metallics and half solids. They don’t simply spray paint the surface but rather meticulously disassemble, paint, and reassemble the AirPods for a perfect, seamless look. They also come in either gloss or matte finishes and can…

GET IT: $290

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BeatsX Wireless Earphones

Gone is the iPhone 7’s headphone jack, but you knew that. In its place is Apple’s new (and underutilized) W1 wireless chip that few headphones so far support, with smaller, portable earbuds especially lacking other than, of course, the AirPods. And now BeatsX Wireless Earphones. Their only wire connects the earbuds together and includes a Siri-compatible remote with mic as well as two small symmetrical bulges that hold the charger input and,…

GET IT: $150

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Black Pelican BoomCase

Pelican’s briefcases are virtually indestructible. That’s why the Black Pelican BoomCase was built inside one, making for a sound system that’s more rugged than BoomCase’s traditional offerings while remaining just as portable. Closed, the speaker system is completely protected against bumps and even water, and open it’s still more durable than your average speaker system thanks to grilles over the drivers. Inside a 100 Watt amp powers the two 6.5-inch…

GET IT: $895

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Love Intelligent Turntable

The Love Intelligent Turntable isn’t unique just for its looks, though these are definitely a breed apart from most record players. Instead it’s the turntable’s particularly intuitive controls and smartphone integration that make it easier and more convenient to use. To start playing music, place a vinyl on the included record base and then the strudel-sized device on top of that. The size of the record is automatically determined, as are the number of…

GET IT: $300

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Cinder Speakers

The lowly cinder block isn’t good for much other than building. But Cinder Speakers, a collaboration between industrial designer Daniel Ballou and Dashdot, turns a pair of concrete cinder blocks into high fidelity speakers. Since concrete minimizes vibrations the material is a logical choice, or at least from that perspective since you’ll need to find a relatively solid surface on which to rest such hefty speakers, and perhaps line…

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q-JAYS Anniversary Edition Earphones

Built around the same high-resolution armature drivers as their q-JAYS, the q-JAYS Anniversary Edition earphones manages to refine the already spectacular-sounding reference earphones while commemorating the brand’s 10th year making audio equipment. The compact metal injection molded stainless steel housing of each earphone is polished repeatedly for a slightly sooty but reflective shine and paired to sound isolating silicone ear tips in five sizes as well as one pair…

GET IT: $349

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Koss Porta Pro Limited Edition

For how it sounds, the iconic Koss Porta Pro is amongst the best bang-for-your-buck headphones around. Perhaps that’s a little less the case for the Koss Porta Pro Limited Edition since there’s a premium to be paid for the two new color schemes — Black Gold and Rhythm Beige — but in an age where headphones go for a month’s worth of groceries these are still a steal. Along with the color change both…

GET IT: $60

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Hoerboard Com.Four DJ Table

Hoerboard’s Com.Four is about as minimal as DJ Table’s come. The retro-styled piece of furniture combines an upper surface that integrates flush-fitting DJ equipment (not included) with three compartments good for storing a solid vinyl collection of about 350 records. Its inserts can be swapped out with one that accommodates CD players instead, and other accessories can be added to the Com.Four including a sleek laptop clip and chrome speaker stands…

GET IT: ~$1,975

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RokBlok Portable Record Player

Vinyls are big. Turntables, even bigger. The RokBlok Portable Record Player is turning the turntable inside out, shrinking it down to a handheld device and requiring nothing but a flat surface on which to place your record. When ready, place the RokBlok on top of your record, sync it to a nearby Bluetooth speaker, and pull its lever up. It’ll start making rounds, turning at either 45 or 33.3…

GET IT: $60

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bang & Olufsen’s latest toy, the Beoplay H9 Noise Cancelling Headphones, feature active noise cancellation like their H8, only now with an over-ear fit that’s conducive to both better passive sound insulation and improved comfort thanks to large, soft lambskin-covered memory foam ear cushions. Switch noise cancellation on or off; either way the H9’s precise audio capabilities are in line with what you’d expect from Bang & Olufsen. They otherwise feature touch controls…

GET IT: $500