Keep your sound to yourself!

Keep your sound to yourself!

The OWN speaker was designed in response to the obtrusive nature of sounds in the increasingly loud urban world we live in. It goes beyond the limitations of directional speakers, using sound laser technology that works with an ultrasound transducer to pinpoint audio to the listener and the listener only. Working in tandem with your smartphone, it can be used as an alarm without disturbing others, in a pocket to play music as you walk down the street, and more. Do your OWN thing with this ultracompact portable speaker!

0 Designer: Simon Lauwerier

Sound Gestures

Sound Gestures

Using DigitalHabit(s)’ gestural interface, this twist on the desktop speaker encourages user interaction by reacting to movements of the hand. Manufactured in concrete and fir harmonic board, the resulting sound has a deep resonance with enhanced bass tones. Pair your favorite Bluetooth device to stream music wirelessly and set the volume, change the song, or pause/start with a simple wave!

0 Designer: DigitalHabit(s)

Musical Movements

Musical Movements

The latest in a line of products that aim to change our digital habits,” O.Sound is a wall-mounted audio system that the user can control with a series of simple hand gestures. Adjust the volume with a shake, skip songs with a hand slide, or motion back and forth to play or stop! It pairs wirelessly with your favorite Bluetooth devices so you can also control from your phone or tablet anywhere in the house.

0 Designer: DigitalHabit(s)

The Ferrari of Audio Amplifiers

The Ferrari of Audio Amplifiers

The new Devialet line of high-definition audio systems leads the pack with its combination of rare elegance and unimaginable performance. The same exclusive sound amplification technology, known as ADH, combines the power of digital systems with the fidelity of analogue. Additions such as USB ports, ethernet capability, wireless streaming and even a remote app for Android and iOS devices are the latest updates catered for the modern user. The question isn’t why you should get a Devialet, but which one you should have!

0 Designer: Devialet

Sensational Audio

Sensational Audio

One piece of raw alder hardwood and one seamless piece of stainless steel… Introducing, the Timbre speaker- a minimal take on the desktop audio that enhances rather than takes away from the aesthetic of your desk. Not only beautiful, it also turns your space into an enveloping soundstage thanks to its internal acoustic technology where sound emanates from the entire front face of the speaker. All that and it’s also sustainably produced with certified materials from local wood routing and metal cutting enterprises!

0 Designer: Running Farm Labs

The dock is dead. Wireless is in.

The dock is dead. Wireless is in.

This strange little chunk of plastic doesn’t resemble what we think of as an audio speaker at all, but its unusual design isn’t all about aesthetics. The modular system was actually designed to be used in fours- connecting to each other and your devices wirelessly via Bluetooth. Volume can be controlled with your device, but to pack a serious audible punch, just add more Omni!

0 Designer: Algi R Pangestu

Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $70?

Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $70?

Is this the best bluetooth speaker for under $70? I’ve tried many portable speakers and man, they’ve come a long away. They’re loud, bassy, and generally distortion free. The good ones all cost $100+ so when Soundfreaq sent me the Sound Spot to try out, I was a little skeptical. However, I am familiar with the company as I’ve tried their original Sound Platform speaker before and came away quite impressed. So what do I look for in small, compact bluetooth speaker? It has to look good, sound good, and painless to pair. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Soundfreaq, Buy it here

Sculpture of Sound

Sculpture of Sound

iN.cline is a sculptural audio object that’s as functional as it is funky. The playful form allows the user to rotate the single directional speaker a full 360°. Better yet, the Bluetooth speaker can be undocked from the tilted stand and easily taken on the go with its nifty handle!

0 Designer: Dongsung Jung

The Yin and Yang of iSound

The Yin and Yang of iSound

The two halves of the Opus portable speaker system hold your iDevices firmly in place at an ideal viewing angle, turning the meager stock sound from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod into a room filling resonance. For portability, the two halves use magnets to snap and stay together. Genius! Hit up their Kickstarter page.

0 Designers: Various - Kickstarter

Smart Speaker for Dummies

Smart Speaker for Dummies

Smartphones’ built-in speakers have gotten better, but there are still times when you want a little oomph in your audio! The db60 provides just that while keeping things compact and easy-to-use with its buttonless design. The wall-mountable speaker streams crystal-clear music via Bluetooth or USB, and will simultaneously charge your phone. A small “wing” extends from the main body and provides a nifty place to rest your device while you dance!

0 Designer: DN Aps

Timbre Timber

Timbre Timber

Timbre, by Casey Lin, trims the essence of the speaker down to the bare minimum, allowing the inherent qualities of the materials to become the focal point of the design. With superfluous elements stripped away, all that remain visible are glass and wood, chosen for their enhanced acoustic qualities. Placing different objects on the raw wood block instantly changes the sound, encouraging user interaction and a deeper connection to the object. Jump to the video to hear how it works!

0 Designer: Casey Lin

Sound on the Spot

Sound on the Spot

Sound + Go is a travel-friendly wireless speaker that lets you take your phone and tablet tunes everywhere you go. A durable exterior makes it perfect for toting to the beach, park, or anywhere at home while its rechargeable battery system offers hours of playtime. It’s also a great first portable audio solution for kids! Get it here!

0 Designer: Eduardo Alessi

Speakers of the Sea

Speakers of the Sea

These speakers celebrate and take inspiration from the natural world, using biomimicry for enhanced audio and aesthetics. Soundwhale surround sound provides multidirectional audio in the form of a whale passing through a wave while the Fishead focused speaker is a skeletal interpretation of the mouth of a fish where sound emanates. Composed of matte ceramic, polished titanium and oak wood, they’re an elegant compliment to entertainment systems anywhere from your boat to your beach house.

0 Designer: Patrick Frei

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