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Apogee Groove USB Amp Apogee Groove USB Amp(0)

Many people strive to get the best sound quality out of the headphones they use. While others find those standard gadgets already sufficient, it may not always be enough for the serious audiophile. Some try to go for professional grade audio equipment just to do the job for them. But studio-grade audio equipment does not always come cheap. If you wish to start small, then this new Apogee Groove USB Amp may be something worth considering.

The Apogee Groove is a USB headphone amp and Digital to Analog Converter or DAC. This device helps provide your headphones with the ability to deliver studio-quality audio output. The Apogee Groove boasts of up to 24 bit/192kHz audio and the Constant Current Drive feature that lets it adapt to the frequencies of your headphone to make them sound better. The Apogee Groove amp gets its power from a USB slot, making it convenient to use with your desktop computer or even your laptop. The device feature volume controls in front to conveniently let users handle level changes and muting.

The Apogee Groove may just be the audio accessory you need to experience hearing some high quality audio out of your headphones. But mind you, the privilege does not come cheap. The Apogee Groove USB amp is available for $295. You can check it out at the Apogee site to know more of the details for this device.

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Soen Audio Transit XS Mountable Speaker Soen Audio Transit XS Mountable Speaker(0)

With portability and mobility being important features for many devices today, people always seem to prefer them over bigger and supposedly better gadgets out there. Wireless speakers for example have become quite popular because people find them easy to use without the wires and convenient to carry around. People now have lots of choices when it comes to wireless speakers. The new Transit XS Mounted Speaker from Soen Audio is just one of them.

The Soen Audio Transit XS Mountable Speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker that users can mount on practically anywhere. It features a mounting system that allows the speaker to be mounted on any 1/4- to 20-inch mounting bracket found in standard tripod and camera mounting gear. The Transit XS Bluetooth speaker also comes with a belt clip that allows users to wear the speaker if they so wish. It can also easily be mounted on a bike for those who love to enjoy biking while accompanied with their favorite tunes. The mounting system also allows users to attach it to practically anywhere, be it a tree, railing, or pipe.

The Transit XS Mountable Speaker is a one-inch thin, 2.5 inches tall and 6.25-inch wide speaker. It weighs just 0.6 pounds, portable enough to bring along anywhere and yet packs a punch in terms of audio output. Rich sound delivered by advanced Soen technologies allows users to enjoy theater sound in very thin speakers. The Transit XS Mountable Speaker also comes with Soen Precise Talk technology makes it an ideal speakerphone since it removes the ambient sound and enhances your voice.

It is an ideal companion for your Apple devices. It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack for non-Bluetooth audio players. The Transit XS Mountable Speaker comes with rechargeable battery that can go as long as 8 hours on wireless audio. Over-molded rubber grips on the speaker provides protection for drops and scratches. The Transit XS Mountable Speaker is now available at the Apple Store for $130.

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Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Dongle Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Dongle(0)

Most portable music players today come with advanced features and enhancements that similar devices in the past do not. Some offer Bluetooth connectivity in order to allow wireless streaming convenience to compatible Bluetooth speakers. It provides a convenience especially when users do not want to deal with wires. But there are others that may own such a media player but use older speakers that are not Bluetooth compatible. Instead of throwing away those old speakers to buy more expensive Bluetooth-compatible ones, why not try out the Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Dongle first?

The Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Dongle is a music streaming receiver adapter that allows users to provide Bluetooth connectivity to otherwise non-Bluetooth gadgets like speakers and car stereos. This tiny dongle features a slot for a 3.5mm audio jack on one end and a USB on the other. Users only need to connect the audio jack into the Mpow Streambot Slider dongle and connect the USB to a power source. The speakers will now be able to receive signals via a Bluetooth connection. You can now stream your music files wirelessly to your old speakers this way.

The Mpow Streambot Slider comes with a chip that enables a better and more stable Bluetooth signal range so you can enjoy uninterrupted music streaming to your speakers. Its portable design allows you to carry it wherever you go. The Mpow Streambot Slider Bluetooth Dongle is available at Amazon for $11. It sure beats buying new but expensive Bluetooth speakers by a long shot.

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Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System(0)

Music listening has become more mobile for many people. Aside from using headphones, some people will prefer sharing their music with friends. A portable speaker therefore, is essential. People now have a choice between wired and wireless portable speakers that can offer the kind of audio output preferred. But only a few offer both options in a single speaker. That is what Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System offers.

The Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System is a portable wireless speaker that also offers an option for wired music players. After all, not everyone listens to music on smartphones with Bluetooth connectivity. The Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System can offer that for people who prefer the wireless speaker route. For the others, the Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System comes with a 3.5mm AUX input slot to connect your music player and use the speakers with cables. It is not the most high tech thing to do nowadays, but it still works.

The Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System features a pair of 44mm full-range drivers and a pair of 52mm passive bass radiators to give users crisp and full-bodied audio output. It also has a built-in microphone that makes it into a convenient hands-free speakerphone when connected to a smartphone. The cylindrical design makes it easy to handle and store in a bag or pocket. It is also waterproof, making it an ideal speaker for outdoor use. Its built-in rechargeable lithium ion batteries can provide up to 10 hours of continuous music listening for every full charge. It charges via USB and has a charging time of 3.3 hours. The Kicker KPw Wireless Speaker System is available at Think Geek for $150.

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Glow Laser Headphones Glow Laser Headphones(0)

Listening to music is a daily habit for many people. Some do it to relax while some do it to block out outside noise so they can do their job. But for most of the others, listening to music is just pure enjoyment. And if you ever like to listen to music during the evenings with friends. This Glow Laser Headphones will even make you look cool.

The Glow Headphones is a simple and yet interesting idea. It may look like a typical earphones in terms of design. But what it does is something you do not yet see in other similar headphones. First off, the Glow is the world’s first laser headphones. Yes, you got that right. This earphones glow with laser light. Not only that, the Glow is also marketed as a smart headphone. It has the ability to pulse out the laser light according to the beat of the music you are listening to. It can even pulse to the beat of your heart.

The Glow Laser Headphones also comes with earbuds powered by a dual balanced armature drivers for crystal clear audio. The earbuds are ergonomically designed to fit into the natural contour of your ears for comfort. It also comes with integrated controls that help make it easy for you to go through and play your favorite music files, they also are fully compatible for use with popular Android as well as iOS apps. You can also use the controls to snap a photo to a connected smartphone and access Google Now for making voice commands among other added features. The center button on the Glow Headphones where the glowing wires intersect also acts as the mic and button for taking or hanging up phone calls. The Glow Laser Headphones are currently going through a Kickstarter campaign that has already reached its target with still about more than a month to go. You may still be able to get one as an early adopter of this smart headphones by donating $149. Expected delivery of the headphones is on July of this year.

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The Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker The Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker(0)

There are people who really love listening to their favorite music. They always feel that they should have that dose of their favorite tunes everywhere. But their gadgets may have certain limits as to where they can operate. The shower, for example, may be off-limits to certain gadgets. But if you do really love your music that much, there are also options available, like this Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker.

The Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker is a wireless and water resistant speaker that can help stream your favorite tunes even when you shower. It comes with a powerful suction cup base that can secure itself instantly to most smooth surfaces. But you can also use it wherever you wish to get your dose of music or other kids of audio. You can use it in the kitchen, stick it to a refrigerator door, or even place it on a car dashboard or windshield.

The Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker comes with a 12W audio driver that provides crystal clear sound despite its small profile. Users can also connect their music players or smart phones to the wireless speaker via Bluetooth, which can detect signals within a range of 33 feet. It also comes with a built-in microphone to allow users to use it to take hand-free calls. Its built-in lithium ion battery can provide up to 8 hours of power for every full charge. The Bluetooth Suction Cup Speaker is available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $30.

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Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone(0)

Fewer and fewer people know what a gramophone is. To those who are unaware, it is a vintage device that people in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s to play and record sounds. It is identifiable by its curved horn speakers. The gramophone sometimes even becomes the symbol for the music industry. Some people like its vintage look and feel. Even for those who like old things and new tech, this Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone will certainly be an appealing device.

The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone looks just like the vintage gramophone with a horn speaker attached to a wooden base. The classic horn speakers recreate the vintage sound associated with the gramophone of old. But while the looks may be classic, there is some new tech hidden inside. Inside the new Gramovox Gramophone is a proprietary 2W audio driver to amplify sounds received by the device via Bluetooth 4.0 technology. It has a signal range of 30 feet and a battery life of 15 hours on a full charge. It pays to note that it is the world’s very first Bluetooth gramophone. The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone is available at the Gramovox site for $400.

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Convertible Headphone Speakers Convertible Headphone Speakers(0)

People always have a choice between speakers and headphones when listening to their favorite tunes. Sometimes people like to use speakers when they want to listen to their music loud or want to share it with friends. Sometimes, people just want to listen in their own solitary space without disturbing anyone. This is when they use headphones. For people who like to change their listening preferences now and then, they usually have a headphone and speakers handy. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have just one gadget handy like the Convertible Headphone Speakers?

The Convertible Headphone Speakers is a unique headphone that you can turn into a portable speaker when needed. It features headphone earcups that rotate 180 degrees outward. This action also activates the built-in amplifier that generates up to 98 decibels of sound, good enough for listening with a roomful of friends. When the earcups are rotated back into headphone position, the amplifier turns off for a more personal listening experience.

The Convertible Headphone Speakers features proprietary technology that offers high definition sound for better listening experience. The earcup design eliminates external noise and limits the amount of sound that leaks out from the headphones when in use. The soft memory foam ensures added comfort for extended listening.  When in speaker mode, the headphones provide up to 3 hours of power for the amplifier for every full charge. However, power is not required when in headphone mode. The Convertible Headphone Speakers can connect to any music player or device with a 3.5mm jack. It also comes with a protective storage case when not in use. The Convertible Headphone Speakers are available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $120.

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Sony NW-ZX2 – The Newest Walkman Audio Player Sony NW-ZX2 – The Newest Walkman Audio Player(0)

Certain gadget brands have made quite a name for themselves in the marketplace that the brand name itself becomes synonymous to the type of gadget it is. Take the case of the Sony Walkman. In the 1980’s, the Walkman became the portable cassette tape players people use then for music listening while on the go. It became so popular that people call all portable cassette tape players as Walkman’s. The Walkman was a global phenomenon that has seen better days. But its parent company Sony is not just about to let go of the brand. It aims to resurrect the name and use it for its current lineup of Hi-Res Digital Music Players. The recent one that the company introduced at CES 2015 is the Sony Walkman NW-ZX2.

The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is the next edition of the popular Walkman series of new hi-res digital audio players. This audio player is compatible playing a wide range of popular music file formats including AIFF, ALAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, DSD, FLAC, and many more. The new Sony Walkman also features Bluetooth with LDAC for Hi Fidelity wireless music streaming. It is also comes with dual-band WiFi built-in to allow users to enjoy music stored on other similar gadgets.

The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 also comes with a 128GB memory storage, more than enough for thousands and thousands of your favorite music files stored and playable in just a single device. It also comes with a rechargeable battery that is capable of up to 60 hours of playing time using MP3 files and up to 33 hours of Hi-Res playback on a single charge. With its features, the new Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman does not come cheap with a price point reaching around $1,000. It is slated to be available in selected markets starting this month.

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Touch Mini Boombox Speaker Touch Mini Boombox Speaker(0)

People nowadays love to listen to their favorite tunes straight from their smartphones. Some prefer using headphones while others prefer speakers. Portable speakers offer the latter their choice in music listening enjoyment. The Touch Mini Boombox Speaker is one of those good choices.

The Touch Mini Boombox Speaker helps offer smartphone users with a way to share their favorite tunes with friends as they listen to them. It is a pocket-sized wireless speaker compatible with most smartphones and portable music player. Just lip your music device into the Touch Mini Boombox Speaker and your tunes will be amplified instantly, thanks to a built-in 3-watt speaker. It also comes with a rechargeable lithium 500mAh battery that can last for 4 to 5 hours for every full charge. It recharges via a micro-USB cable.

At just 4 oz. in weight, the Touch Mini Boombox Speaker is easy to bring along just about anywhere. You can always crank those tunes with your miniature boombox. The Touch Mini Boombox Speaker is available at ThinkGeek for $40.

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