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Devialet Phantom Speaker Turns (Rose) Gold
Despite its innocuous, small egg shape, the powerful all-in-one Phantom speaker from French audiophiles Devialet is an incredible engineering feat to be proud of (they hold 102 patents as proof). During our in-person demo of the product, the Phantom...
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BeoPlay A1, the Perfect Pool Party Speaker
It's hard to top a set of loudspeakers revolutionizing the world of home audio systems. Of course, the $39,000 price tag (that's per unit) on Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 90 means only a few can experience it in their personal living rooms, but the Danish...
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Tiny Cloud Lamp
In his Brooklyn studio, designer Richard Clarkson makes fluffy clouds. The Smart Cloud can emulate a storm, with thunder and lightning, and the smaller Tiny Cloud also hides a Bluetooth speaker, flashing along to the music with color-changing lights...
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Mu-so Qb by Naim Audio
English hi-fi audio manufacturer Naim (you've experienced their expertise if you've ever driven a Bentley after 2008) revealed the newest addition to their line-up last month at CES. The Mu-so Qb is a compact version of Naim's rectangular Mu-so, which...
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Best of CH 2015: Most Popular
It’s always interesting to see what resonates with our audience most, purely because of its unpredictability. This past year, not just one category dominated. Whether browsing the magical images of Merfest or geeking out over the latest in technology...
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Phantom Wireless Speaker
Paris-based Devialet—known for their unusually sleek and compact hi-fi amplifiers—introduced all-in-one amp and speaker, the Phantom, to the US just this fall. And, unlike many new speakers hitting the mainstream market, the Phantom is a game-changer...
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Joey Roth's Steel Speaker
Joey Roth—an industrial designer and CH favorite known for enhancing simple pleasures through beautiful design—is back with a second musical creation: the Steel Speaker. His first foray into the audio world, the Ceramic Speaker set, astonished...
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Shelf Loudspeaker
In an attempt to make a passive loudspeaker that not only sounds impeccable but looks beautiful from any angle, new Swiss brand Vonschloo created a conical acoustic cabinet unusually made of composite cement—all of which is cut and shaped by hand...
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How Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 90 Became a Reality
Strange, beautiful, different. These aren't the typical adjectives given to hi-fi speakers, and yet they're the best words to describe Bang & Olufsen's new contemporary masterpiece, the BeoLab 90 active loudspeakers. Years in the making, the finished...
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Oswalds Mill Audio
A beautifully restored mill house, hidden in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania, sits on a quiet creek. There are no massive stone wheels turning within, only vinyl records being broadcast on some of the highest quality stereo systems available...
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Porcelain Wireless Speaker
Made from white vitro porcelain, Unmonday's hexagonal Model 4.3 wireless speaker is a stunning piece of design-minded tech that doesn't sacrifice quality sound. With each side of the speaker acting as an audio channel (thanks to a motion sensor inside...
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The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
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Devialet's Hi-Fi Phantom Hits the US
Since it was founded in 2007, Paris-based Devialet has become known for their unusually sleek and compact hi-fi amplifiers. They've carved out a special place in the high-end audio marketplace by developing technology rather than repackaging the...
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Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker
Danish audio company Vifa's latest portable offering comes in a petite, square-ish package but surprises with its power and sound quality. The Helsinki speaker, launched in time for this year's summer picnics and outdoor parties, comes with a beautiful...
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Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speaker
In complete contrast to the cheap, mass-produced plastic speakers that clutter the aisles at convenience stores are the unique crafted pieces by Salvage Audio. Each of their Bluetooth speakers are handmade in California from reclaimed wood that has...
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Vivid Sydney Ideas 2015
Every year, the Sydney Opera House is transformed from its normal stoic ivory self into a blank canvas for light artists—resulting in massive works that captivate the city and often the world at large. Part of the annual Vivid Sydney conference...
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StoryCorps Interview App Announced at TED 2015
When Dave Isay founded StoryCorps in 2003, he hoped to create a global archive of what he calls "the wisdom of humanity” by empowering people to record face-to-face conversations that could be preserved and passed down from generation to generation...
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RIVA TURBO X Bluetooth Speaker
by Justin Kaehler Audio company RIVA is hoping to “rescue the world from mediocre audio” with its new TURBO X bluetooth speaker. It’s a mission statement for founder Rikki Farr, a man who is part of rock'n'roll history: a record producer who also...
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Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1
We've long been supporters of Sonos, watching their evolution over the past 10 years—we even teamed up with lighting designer Lindsey Adelman to create a one-off Soundalier during NYCxDESIGN week in 2012. That said, the HiFi audio-obsessed brand...
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Piet Hein Eek’s Tube Series for Leff Amsterdam
Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s work spans a wide range; since graduating from Eindhoven’s Academy for Industrial Design in 1990, he has designed everything from furniture, desk lamps and eyewear to custom-made interiors and even holiday homes. Eek...
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A DIY 3D-Printed Speaker From Formlabs
After an almost $3 million round of Kickstarter funding in 2012 and a comprehensive, updated overhaul of their stereolithographic 3D printer two years later, Boston's Formlabs is debuting new software features for their Form 1+ that once again keep...
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Aether Cone
In a market saturated with compact music players, it's refreshing to see a brand that stands out from the pack. With a focus on ease of use and elegant design, the Aether Cone promises to maintain its status as the sleekest container for tunes on...
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MH 40 Over Ear Headphones
Master & Dynamic designs headphones with the audiophile in mind and an obsession with the interaction between sound and creativity. The MH 40 headphones feature heavy grain leather and soft lambskin and a forged aluminum body, with top-notch audio...
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Aether Cone
The simple and elegantly designed Aether Cone combines the best features of portable home listening into a compact package. With adaptive technology and voice commands the more tunes you play the better the Cone learns your taste, and you can speak...
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SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker packs a serious punch of sound into a small, portable device. Connecting wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, this lightweight speaker is ideal for those who like to jam out when they're on the go, and the 8-hour...
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