Speakers and Headphones
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.
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.
JBL’s Synchros line of in-ear headphones provides you with clear, high quality sound. You’ll notice a big difference in sound quality from your standard earbuds even if you’re not an audiophile. The Synchros S100i is one of the best options for in-ear headphones in the market for its price point. Headphones of this quality tend to be priced above $150, and I think JBL got it just right with $99.
Vancouver based designer and manufacturer, Edifier, has introduced their newest product called the Luna EclipseT. The Luna EclipseT boasts a powerful 74 watts of power in addition to having a 3/4” / 19mm tweeter and a 3” / 76.2mm full range driver built into each speaker. The Luna EclipseT allows users to connect any compatible device via Bluetooth, including all of Apple’s iOS devices, Macs, and the iPod nano.
In the mood for turn-of-the-century nostalgia? You’re in luck, because Harman Kardon’s new Nova speaker system combines the see-through spherical design of Apple’s old Pro Speakers (which HK designed) with more modern technology like Bluetooth so you can appreciate their beauty using a more modern audio source.
Remember back when it was enough to get a speaker system that had good sound? Well, those days are gone! Now everywhere there are funky designs and color coordination on our bookshelves. And with the new JBL Pulse wireless speaker system, you’ll get a funky light show, too.
I suppose you need to have plenty of pride in your portable Bluetooth speaker to refer to as “talented,” but that’s just what Braven has done with their new BRAVEN 440. They also refer to it as water-resisant, ultra-compact and lightweight, while boasting of its room-filling stereo sound. Most of us, however, will just be smitten by the pretty colors.
With the forthcoming release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, many customers will be joining the Apple family for the first time. You’re sure to love your new device, but if you’re anything like me (and pretty much everybody I know)—you’ll be disappointed by the Apple EarPods included with the iPhone. Thankfully, companies such as AKG are here to help us out with their new in-ear and over-ear headphones.