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Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth Headphones
What do we look for in Bluetooth headphones? Well obviously they have to have good sound quality. A lot of Bluetooth headphones skimp out on the bass either to cut corners or to save on battery life. That said, they have to have exceptional battery life. If we’re going to be taking these headphones with us on the go, they have to last all day. And it naturally follows that if they can last all day, well they have to be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time too. And for all of this we’d rather not have to pay an arm and a leg. Some headphones are completely unexceptional in all of those areas but are still outrageously priced. Sound quality, battery life, comfort, well priced. Those are the big ones and the Ghostek soDrop 2 Bluetooth headphones ticks all of those boxes. The sound quality is great, with deep bass, the battery can deliver 14 hours of music playback, the soft leather ear cups are comfortable and smooth, and it’s priced well below similar products of similar grade quality.
Buy From Amazon / $70
Audio Pro T3 Bluetooth Speaker
One thing you’ll notice about almost every Bluetooth speaker is that they always look like a Bluetooth speaker. However, if you’re looking for something that will sit less conspicuously in your home office while still being portable and effective, then the Audio Pro T3 Bluetooth Speaker is for you. It delivers a surprisingly good audio experience. Of course you will be paying a premium against similar quality speakers in the same market, but if looking good is important to you then this subtle and stylish speaker is the way to go.
Buy From Bespoke Post / $199
Anker Soundcore Space NC Headphones
Want the performance of a professional set of headphones but without the price tag? The Anker Soundcore Space NC Headphones might be some of the best there in the under $100 range. The sound quality is excellent, and the noise cancelling feature isn’t too bad either. The headphones are comfortable for long term use, and the wireless feature offers you an untangled range of movement to make the experience extra smooth. At just $99 these headphones are feature packed and top of the line at this price point.
Buy From Amazon / $99
Oddball Drum Machine
We all know about the simple office pastime of bouncing tennis balls off the wall. Much to the chagrin of our coworkers, you can now use the Oddball to make unique drum beats and loops by doing just that. This fun little device is currently funding on Kickstarter and is down-sized drum machine thats been encased in a bouncy ball that you can throw, drop and bounce to activate. The Oddball acts as the percussion trigger and the internal sensors can translate the noises via Bluetooth to the Oddball mobile app. Intensity is control by the force of the bounces and for the more advanced audio mixers the drum machine can act as a MIDI controller used in apps like Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic Pro and Garageband. The ball charges over USB and ships with the companies own app that is preloaded with multiple effects and audio tools.
Buy From Oddball Studios / $65
Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds
Although they are best known for their line of incredible noise-cancelling headphones, audio mega brand Bose has just released a pair buds designed to help you sleep more soundly and feel more rested upon waking. Dubbed the Sleepbuds, these small noise-masking ear plugs can drown out city and suburb noises including honking cars, loud music, or a snoring partner next to you. Rather than play music, the Sleepbuds will play any one of many nature and ambient sounds such as a running stream, ocean waves or brown noises designed to mask normal sound disturbances. Equipped with a 16 hour battery life and designed to fit securely in your ear throughout the whole night, these are perfect for light sleepers looking for a novel way of reducing mid sleep disturbances. Available now from Bose.
Buy From Bose / $250
Colorware Airpods Retro Earphones
Colorware just released a custom-painted set of Airpods that are inspired by the classic Macintosh design. These limited edition bluetooth headphones are inspired by the Apple IIe and sport a matte putty color with a case featuring faux vents and a rainbow-colored button. Aside from the aesthetic makeover, these are the exact same AirPods that Apple ships (Colorware buys theirs directly from the source), with their incredible sound, W1 chip, 24 hour battery life and click to tap Siri. Available from Colorware for a limited time only.
Buy From Colorware / $399
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1 Colored Speakers - Limited Auction
This five speaker set from Bang & Olufson was originally crafted in 2016 for the launch of their BeoSound 1 and is now being offered through auction at Sotherby's. Each unit features a unique anodized dying that was hand done and took a full 24 hours at their aluminum plant. Graved for their limited issue of '1/1' these are the perfect buy for anyone that appreciates Bang & Olufsens superior sound and attention to aesthetics. Bidding starts at $3000.
Buy From Bang & Olufsen / $3,000
McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable
McIntosh just released the third edition of their MT2 Precision and we think its their most stylish and high performance release yet. Combining the latest in turntable technology and design they are able to deliver top-notch audio quality, accurate playback and a clean, refined aesthetic. The MT2 is belt-driven and comes with a moving coil cartridge capable of handling high outputs from both moving coil phono and moving magnet inputs. The MT2 can play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records and is ready to play right out of the box.
Buy From McIntosh / $4,000