2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers — among other applications.
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The traditional speaker design involves the use of a vibrating membrane that pushes air to create sound waves that travel to your ears. The technology has been in use for well over a century, but scientists at the University of Exeter might have found a way to improve how speakers work — eliminating movement altogether — using the wonder material graphene.
You don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to build a system that'll make your music — whether it's on PC, whether it's on your phone, whether it's on a record collection — sound amazing. We got hold of a simple, three-piece stereo audio kit with two bookshelf speakers, an amp and a turntable that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and all at a price that didn't break the bank.
"The Cube" might look like something out of a spaceship, but it's actually a bonafide Bluetooth speaker. All science and no fiction, this powerful speaker lets you jam out in futuristic fashion, and it's on sale for nearly half-off.
It's hard to have long-lasting fun for $129 these days. A fancy dinner is over in a couple of hours. A ticket to Disney World expires not long after sunset. But the Wonderboom, a new waterproof speaker from Ultimate Ears, feels like it could last forever.
Sonos speakers already live all around your house — your living room, your bedroom, your bathroom. You might already have a Sonos speaker in the same room as your TV. You might already have a Playbar. If you don't, though, it might be because you don't have room underneath your TV — maybe it's not wall mounted, maybe it lives on a skinny entertainment unit. That's why Sonos has a new speaker for your TV, designed to live underneath it. It's called the Playbase.
B&O Play is the Danish audio brand's more accessible, younger, funkier sibling, and it has a new wireless speaker to take on Sonos in your home. Design has always been a hallmark of Play and its much more distinguished older brother, and accordingly the new M5 is an utterly beautiful device — probably the most stylish I've ever seen.
Late last year, we had a fantastic time playing around with Plox's floating Death Star speaker. At the time, we were intrigued by its levitating electromagnets, but now it has company: LG has a levitating speaker that'll play music for 10 hours, then descend slowly to its base station to charge and float back up again.
Now here’s a speaker that’s built to last. Waterproof, shockproof, and effectively nature-proof, the HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is designed to keep up with you.
Video: Gallium is one of those rare metals that turns to a liquid somewhere above room temperature, allowing you to do fun experiments — like pouring it onto a vibrating speaker while playing music — without risking severe burns. Point a camera at the results and that fun science experiment suddenly feels like you've discovered a distant alien world bubbling to life out of the fabric of the cosmos.
Soundbars are great. They don't add to the bulk of your home entertainment system, since they can easily hide away underneath your TV, but they add a huge boost in sound quality over your TV's tinny integrated speakers. If you want surround sound, some have wireless rear speakers. If you want Dolby Atmos for overhead surround sound, though — you need something special. And that's where the Samsung K950, a slim soundbar that can bounce sound off your ceiling, comes in.
The LG FH6 Freestyler is a floor-standing, all-in-one stereo speaker system — it's basically a modern day boombox. But it's modern in more than just its looks — it can hook up three phones simultaneously over Bluetooth, it can supercharge your TV sound, and it's one hell of a karaoke machine. Here are six things that you can try to turn the all-in-one system into a speaker that's equally good at movies or music.
Sure, you can buy small, portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you wherever you go. In a pinch, they'll do a decent job for a small house party. But if you want to do things right, you want a big Bluetooth speaker. One that can draw enough power to dim the lights in your neighbourhood every time the bass kicks in. LG's FH6 X-Boom Freestyler — yes, that's its name — is a floor-standing speaker or horizontal boombox with a ridiculously large amount of audio power, and a bunch of LED lights on the front that you can set to flicker on and off in any colour you desire.
Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It's designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It's a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.
Every company wants kids to build stuff — not in an illegal child labour kind of way but in a fun, educational kind of way. Ball robots are teaching kids code and Google's new modular blocks work towards a similar goal. But Bose's BOSEbuild speaker is more interested in teaching the ins and outs of sound and speaker design. It also looks cool as hell.
We've spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room and even outside to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you'll need to provide your own speakers.
Sony's new HT-RT3 5.1ch soundbar system is a simpler and more affordable alternative to the full home theatre, promising 600W of power through the combined soundbar, subwoofer and rear speakers. Though the speakers still have to be wired into the system, it also boasts Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio from all your devices.