By Ben Bowers
on 3.8.13
Photo by Eric Yang

There’s no shortage of speakers vying for your computer’s affections. The trouble is, most have land grab aspirations that put Ted Turner’s to shame. Nocs NS2 Air Monitors ($450) are precisely designed to suit even the “coziest” of desktop environments, but like any child of the information age, prefer not to be pigeonholed by any single role.

Despite measuring a space-saving 5.5 x 4.3 x 6.3 inches, each monitor easily fights well above its hi-fi weight class thanks to a 32-bit digital signal processor, a 3-inch kevlar woofer and 3/4-inch silk dome tweeter capable of 70W peak power as a set. Their hand-built rubber coated cabinets exude quality and happen to be available in a wide range of colors to suit whatever mood your shrink says you should embrace.

While they’ll easily connect directly to your computer or music player of choice via a standard headphone jack, the Nocs’ integrated AirPlay support makes them an iPhone and iWatch iPad owners dream. Since iTunes supports multiple streaming sources via AirPlay, it’s also easy to create a whole-home setup by sprinkling multiple monitors anywhere you damn well please as long as a power outlet’s nearby. Well-made, compact and built for the streaming age — they’re everything we could want in a speaker setup.

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