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This Death Star Of A Speaker Actually Floats Midair

Bluetooth speakers are ubiquitous these days, so it’s no surprise to see some companies going out on a limb to set themselves apart. OM Audio, however, is venturing beyond that limb into thin air with its new OM/One floating speaker. Not only is levitation a neat gimmick, but it supposedly also helps the sound travel better. Even if it doesn’t, at least it looks cool.


Harmon Kardon Esquire Speaker: Australian Review

In a world of light-up boom boxes made of bright and often cheap-feeling materials, it can be difficult to find a Bluetooth speaker with a little class. If you need something to stick in your house of rich mahogany and leather-bound books, it might be worth giving the Esquire from Harman Kardon a look.


Build Your Own Simple Speaker With Just A Copper Wire And Magnet

YouTuber Andy Elliott (mist8k) stumbled upon an awesome DIY project. While “tinkering with a small electric engine,” he describes in his video, “my audio jack accidentally came in contact with the engine…and started randomly playing music.” Elliott unknowingly built his own speaker.


Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell Wireless Speaker: Australian Review

If you want to buy a Bluetooth speaker for picnics and beaches and afternoons in the backyard, you have a lot of choice. Kickstarter success story Outdoor Tech has a rugged wireless boombox, the Big Turtle Shell, that wants to knock off the UE Boom and Jawbone’s Big Jambox as the outdoor speaker of record.


KEF X300A Wireless Speakers: Australian Review

Wireless speakers are nothing new, but they’re usually relatively cheap and portable and designed to pair over Bluetooth with your smartphone at a picnic or the beach. What if you wanted something a little more serious for your living room? The high-end KEF X300A bookshelf speakers, new to Australia, can stream via DLNA or AirPlay and support high resolution 96kHz/24-bit audio over USB. All of this is Good Stuff.


Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker: Australian Review

There are lots of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, from a lot of brands. You don’t really know what you’re paying for, either, unless you get a chance to try before you buy. Braven is a US company, and while it’s relatively new it has a wide range of versatile wireless speakers that prove themselves in creating good sound — including the BRV-X.


An Evil Alarm Clock That Only Uses The World's Most Annoying Sounds

When you’re staring down a day filled with work meetings and deadlines, there’s usually not much motivation to roll out of bed in the morning. So by blasting you with terrible sounds like drumsets and fog horns, this G-Buzz alarm clock uses negative reinforcement to make heading to work seem like the lesser of two evils.


Dolby Atmos In Your Living Room Is Only Months Away

5.1-channel surround sound is so 2013. Dolby Atmos is coming to Australian cinemas, but soon enough you’ll be able to get it in your living room as well. Later this month, Onkyo will be the first company with home theatre equipment that works with new Dolby Atmos surround speakers.


A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When The Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you’ll have both light and entertainment to pass the time.


A Speaker That Camouflages Itself As A Paper Palm

Like it or not, most sound systems don’t exactly blend into your home’s decor. You can try buying a pair of speakers in a matching tint, or mount it near the ceiling so it’s less obvious, but they rarely are. Phonon’s Kamone could be your safest bet. It looks like a houseplant, but it actually produces sound — and not just the rustling of leaves.


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