Whether it’s a comfortable pair of slacks or the ultimate travel bag, making him feel like travel royalty is only a good buy away. This is the best globetrotting gear of 2014 — gifts so good he’ll feel right at home, even when he’s getting familiar with a TSA agent.
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Today in Gear: Today in Gear: Bose’s simplest home theater system, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, creative books by Behance, Cole Haan’s new boots, Tortuga’s carry on backpack and a snorkel substitute.
No relation to one Katy Perry
Creative’s new Sound Blaster Roar SR20 boasts improved Bluetooth pairing, a sound-boosting “Roar” mode, and half the price of its Bose competitor.
Bounding and Booming
We put dozens of headphones through their paces on long runs, bike rides and bodyweight exercises to find the ten best sports headphones.
Today in Gear, we examine McIntosh’s first dedicated headphone amp, clear planters for the modern green thumb, Longines’s latest vintage-inspired beauty and a GoPro housing built for black-ops.
Today in gear, we cover A military blanket, a captivating briefcase, an Arnold/Sly masterpiece and much more.
Dr. J: The Autobiography Julius “Dr. J” Erving is, without doubt, one of the most influential ball players to ever touch a court. He spent his career dazzling spectators and players alike with groundbreaking dunk moves and won multiple championships, MVP awards and scoring titles in the ABA and the NBA. That’s Dr. J the…
Bump the bass -- and finish that report
The majority of us have become extremely comfortable with the mediocre phonics that ooze through the speakers of our laptops and PCs or the less-than-stellar resonance produced from our headphones. This is sad, seeing as how providing a significant audio boost can transform your desk into the ultimate home entertainment console.
For those seeking a more potent and louder alternative to their built-in receivers or noise-canceling cans, we assembled this collection of awesome stereo monitors sure to have your ears ringing. No, they don’t have to break the bank (though they certainly can, if you’re the splurging type). From portable blasters to music studio amplifiers, each is Bona fide audio hardware powerful enough to enliven any Netflix, Spotify, or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sessions at the computer counter. Now get jammin’.
Thanks, Dr. Bose
Dr. Amar Bose passed away several weeks ago, after what can only be described as an incredibly productive life as an innovator, scholar, designer and mastermind behind some fantastic products that made lots of customers very happy.
Hamilton Beach Fizzini It’s hard to say why anyone wouldn’t want their Kool-Aid carbonated — maybe the world simply isn’t ready. Regardless of what your bubble-infused drink of choice may be (some Kool-Aid haters might choose to infuse something pedestrian, like water), you can make your dreams a reality, and on the go, no less….
Mission Motorcycles Mission R The Mission R would be stare-worthy even if it were just a normal screamer. This cheaper version (yes, $30k is cheap in this instance) of the electric, race-ready Mission RS is powered by a 160-hp liquid-cooled three-phase AC motor; the base model’s 12kWh battery provides a 102-mile range, which can be…
Little Big Sound
Listening to music surely isn’t seasonal — but listening outside is. Now that the warmer, more relaxing months are upon us, it’s time to invest in a Bluetooth speaker that will just as easily perform backyard barbecue DJ duties as it will rainy day basement dance offs. Gone are the days of guarding against every fatal spill or doggy dry-off shake. A new crop of portable boomboxes presents rugged, well-designed and, yes, decent-sounding speakers. We size up five (plus one) of our favorites.
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A respite from noise might seem thin on paper, but spend a few hours on an inescapable airplane with crying babies, heaving green-faced passengers or even a chatty cathy neighbor and get back to us on what you’re willing to pay for a little peace and music. What’s more, NC options have some of the best sound profiles available, making them true gems for audiophiles and the easily distracted alike. Considering the vastly small market for noise-canceling headsets available at the moment, the problem isn’t necessarily narrowing down the field — it’s choosing the best one for your audio needs. From pioneering audio staples to buzzing newcomers, these are the noise cancelers worth turning your ears to.
When it comes to traveling you may still rely on tried and true packing lists, but it goes without saying that gadgets and tech, have become both welcome and obnoxious additions — so much for packing light. In this Essential Gear feature we bring you our list of travel-tech endorsements, field tested by the GP…
Bose Quality. Wal-Mart Price.
There are two types of people in this world, audiophiles, and well… people who don’t know what that word means. In a world where the quality of bass in a pair of headphones in more important then your mother’s upcoming birthday, headphones and earphones can get very, very expensive. The innovators at Bose have successfully…
Bose’s flagship computer speakers are engineered to bring a lot more sound than you’d ever expect possible from two satellites and a subwoofer. The Companion 5 speakers bring 5 speaker surround sound through two small speakers and an Acoustimass module driver that process two or multi channel content into enveloping sound using TrueSpace surround digital…