If you want more oomph from your MacBook’s speakers, TwelveSouth’s BassJump 2 can deliver enhanced low-end sound without adding all the bulk of traditional external speakers. The company has just updated the software that handles the audio processing for this external subwoofer, delivering new features and full OS X Mavericks compatibility.
The Wren V5 achieves a unique goal. It blends a beautiful, organic design with high-end technology to produce a speaker that looks every bit as good as it sounds. With built-in AirPlay compatibility and a host of wired input options, the V5AP offers great sound for virtually any music device.
I’ve given up on calling it Cyber Monday, because everybody seems to be running week long sales. In fact, the sales seem to start about three days before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story. Right now you can find some great deals on Hyper’s impressive products, from their external batteries to cables to cases during the HyperShop Cyber Week sale.
There are very few bags out there that let you carry a massive amount of stuff without sacrificing style. C6 has managed to create a rugged, stylish and handy backpack that is very easy to carry around. The C6 backpack comes in two different sizes—a large and small—and in multiple colors, including black and forest green. The small backpack and the large backpack are both excellent choices, though the larger one may be the way to go.
The Quartet is Apogee’s top-of-the-line iOS compatible audio interface. It has an impressive four input channels, eight outputs, two OLED screens, and audio quality second to none. This one accessory has the ability to almost singlehandedly transform your iPad into a professional audio workstation. Of course, these kinds of features don’t come cheap. The Apogee Quartet retails at $1,395. Is it worth the hefty price tag?
It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.
Christmas is fast approaching, and you want to give gifts to your favorite gamers, but you have no idea what to buy. Why not a mouse, controller, headphone or other accessory to go along with their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? They’ll be thanking your generosity every time they fire up their games.
Headphones will only produce sound as good as what you put into them, so why not give your cans some TLC? Audioengine’s D3 is a combined DAC and headphone amp that combines high quality sound processing with the convenience of USB to get better sound to your headphones with a minimum of fuss.
You know, this actually makes perfect sense to me. I’m a guy who enjoys quality in my audio products: good sound, solid craftsmanship. The ladies in my life (specifically, my wife and daughter) like things that are pretty and/or purple. If a speaker system doesn’t look good sitting on the bookshelf, then it’ll be sitting in a box. If you’re in the same situation, the new Acoustic Research AR for Her line means you won’t have to sacrifice audio for fashion.
Vaja makes several models of leather cases for iPhones, iPads and whatnot. Today, the Nuova Pelle premium leather iPhone case is our item of interest, and it’s worth the attention. The Vaja Website states the Nuova Pelle is a study in minimalism, and they are right about that.
Similar to the Apogee ONE, the Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac a two channel audio interface with a large multifunction button and a sleek design. Unlike the ONE, it has an OLED display for even more visual feedback and control, and a single USB MIDI connection. But the biggest difference is the audio quality. It’s hard to believe, but the Duet’s audio quality is even better than the ONE, which is exactly what justifies the price point of $649 on this audio interface.
The Apogee ONE is a portable audio interface with built-in microphone. Unlike other portable audio interfaces, the Apogee ONE has two inputs in addition to the built-in microphone. Plus, it has a very slick design and, most importantly, audio quality second to none amongst portable audio interfaces. Thanks to a recent product update, it now comes with a Lightning adapter cable, making it compatible with nearly all of your iOS devices. But does all of this justify the steep entry price of $349?