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Cool Hunting Video: Symbol Audio
We recently took the drive up from NYC into the beautiful Hudson Valley to check out fledgling audio brand Symbol Audio. Born from Blake Tovin's years as a furniture designer, Symbol's goal is to create elegant pieces for the home that also deliver...
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TDK's Water-Resistant Trek 360 Speaker
The market for wireless speakers has reached near-saturation point with just about every electronics company throwing their hat into the ring. In this sea of gimmicky, tinny sounding gadgets, a few makers—mostly audio specialists and companies dedicated...
DESIGN
Elliot Scheiner and the ELS Surround Premium Audio System
by Sue Mead “Audio’s been my life for over 40 years. I have always been passionate about what music should sound like,” explains renowned music producer Elliot Scheiner. The recipient of 25 Grammy nominations (with seven wins) and four Emmy nominations...
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Master & Dynamic's MH40 Headphones
As offices grow evermore headphone-friendly and creative co-working spaces surge in popularity, the market has opened up even further for reliable, attractive headphone options that get real loud—but keep all that sound contained in the ear-pad...
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AIAIAI + Stones Throw: TMA-1
Collaborations between like-minded creators often produce the best results, when the combination is just right. Luckily the team at Copenhagen's "no bullshit" audio design company AIAIAI and Los Angeles independent record label Stones Throw (known...
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Studio 5 by NudeAudio
San Francisco-based newcomer NudeAudio debuted their affordable line of portable Bluetooth speakers just last fall, but they show no signs of being satisfied with the status quo. They recently announced their newest speaker, the Studio 5, which marks...
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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 Sound System
Advertorial content: Working in an office environment, a continuous stream of music is essential to keep the vibes up and is the best way to discover new favorite artists. While the latest interior design style has been to keep speakers inconspicuous...
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Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6
Advertorial content: Since our recent round-up, we've been on the quest to find the Holy Grail of leather-covered headphones—and Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay H6 headphones come pretty close to matching all of the requirements on our wishlist. We wouldn...
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Move by NudeAudio
Why own a portable speaker that connects to your smartphone or computer over Bluetooth, when you are never compelled to move the speaker from its "spot"? Counteracting the current trend of premium wireless speakers that just tend to sit there, newcomer...
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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 18
A celebrated innovator in material design and a pioneer in the school of thought that designers should work side-by-side with engineers, over the last 88 years Bang & Olufsen has released some of the most iconic designs in the home audio-visual category...
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Three Leather Headphones
While earbuds are often best for discretely listening to music on the way to and from work, at the office over-ear headphones reign supreme. Whether you've got a deadline to hit or the office playlist is having an off day, few materials make wearing...
TRAVEL
Dimensions Festival
Imagine driving a Lamborghini, but never breaking 90 miles an hour. Rolling down the road in one of the world's top cars would still be quite an enjoyable experience, but that isn't what the machine was designed to do. The same can be said for state...
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DECK by SOL Republic
Wireless speakers continue to innovate and differentiate in order to pull away from the herd. Known for their high-quality and almost indestructible headphones, SOL Republic's latest offering, a collaboration with Motorola, The DECK—released today...
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Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
Originally released in the fall of 2012, the Momentum headphone from German audio masters Sennheiser was recently updated with black leather and finished with red stitching. Much like the elegant P5 from Bowers & Wilkins—a staple at CH HQ—the Momentum...
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Z2 by Bowers & Wilkins
While Sonos remains a market-defining force in wireless music streaming, Bowers & Wilkins makes a strong case for Apple AirPlay with a seductive, newly expanded lineup. Today, the company introduced an update to the popular Zeppelin Air—the...
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The Transparent Speaker
Managing to both blend in and stand out at once, the Transparent Speaker from industrial design studio People People takes an unconventional approach to home sound systems—and we love it. Based in the undeniable design capital of Stockholm...
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Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound
The scoring stage at Skywalker Sound can showcase a single performer or a 125-piece orchestra, but for several months it was home to one of the first 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 pre-production cars, often hidden under cover and behind sound baffles...
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Ceramic Subwoofer
In 2009 product designer Joey Roth wowed us with the debut of his beautiful Ceramic Speakers, made by hand with little more than porcelain, wood and cork. Now after three years of extensive prototyping and numerous other projects, Roth announces...
CULTURE
MoMA Unadulterated
Looking to shake up the context of art as we know it, independent group Audio Tour Hack recruited a posse of kids to provide their own special commentary for their latest venture, "MoMA Unadulterated." The project attempts to change perspectives...
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EarTop Flow
Aiming to free you up from pesky cordage, EarTop Flow is an after-market bluetooth gizmo that attaches to headphones for wireless streaming. The device, currently fitted for Bose and Beats by Dre headphones, utilizes advanced Bluetooth 2.1, EDR...
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Mobile Audio
Summer is here, and it's time to get the hell out of Dodge. As frequent travelers we can best survive a road trip, long-distance flight or lengthy train ride with easy access to good tunes, and we like our gear to match form for function. So, with...
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Five Headphones
Whether you put them on for pure musical escape or simply to tune out the daily grind, headphones are an essential accessory for all walks of life. We’ve sifted through the most recent releases to short list a handful of standouts from a wide...
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Big Jambox
Just released as a follow-up to the diminuitive Jambox speaker, Jawbone presents Big Jambox, a scaled-up version of the wireless speaker setup. In part a nod to the boombox speakers that gained popularity in the '70s, the device delivers full sound...
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Amplifiear
Nonlinear Studio's Amplifiear is a clever clip-on device designed to enhance your iPad's sound. Stunning in its simple design and basic, low-tech construction—no batteries or wires, nor electric currents of any kind required—the Amplifiear...
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