The Best Desktop Speakers for Your Home or Office
Turn your desktop doldrums into a bumpin' good time.
Turn your desktop doldrums into a bumpin' good time.
You thought Sonos couldn't get any better — think again.
Makers of some of the most beautiful speakers and headphones on the planet.
A roundup of the best -- and most beautiful -- speakers for your home.
Tune out the engine's roar.
The first smart speaker with Cortana built in.
So, should you buy it?
It's the thinnest and most beautiful Sonos speaker yet.
The descendent of the boom box has come into its own.
Priceless audio, designed in Nyack, New York.
A legend in speaker design exceeds expectations with his new floor-standing speaker.
For $50, bring Alexa into your home.
A more compact and rugged version of the renowned Core wireless speaker.
A first look at the Como Audio Solo, a smart speaker from the guy who brought you Tivoli radios.
Bluetooth can't compare.
Wireless speaker, TV surround-sound and lossless record-player setup all in one? Yes.
A backloaded horn design and natural materials put these speakers in rare company.
Location, location, location. And a number of other things.
Audioengine's original A2 speakers launched in 2008 and were immediately showered with praise. They were sized to feel right at home on a desk but also boasted smart design decisions and spectacular sound quality, both of which were more in line with traditional bookshelf speakers or studio monitors. The newly updated Audioengine A2+ ($249) retains its predecessor's baseline of quality but builds upon that wide range of usefulness with notable improvements for a variety of audio setups.
Thought purchasing a Christmas gift for your in-laws was tough? Try shopping for someone who knows everything about media gadgetry and can't abide anything but the best. The Mediaphile's affinity for films, games, music, and yes, eBooks, goes beyond the bounds of reason and continues to expand as the consumer market welcomes the latest tech innovations daily. Best believe he's on top of everything from next-gen gaming consoles to popular subscription-based apps. This presents a problem, because you think HDMI, DSLR, DAC and WAV are medical tests and/or prerequisite exams for grad school applications. Don't run to the Geek Squad yet. We've pulled together some awesome media-primed options worth your coin this holiday. He'll thank you -- and then you won't see him for a couple months, save for Doritos runs and the rare bathroom break.
Pursue perfection. Some people -- people at the top of their games -- consider it a personal mantra. That theory holds for the design world, too, and it's why industrial designer Joey Roth recently released a third version of his celebrated speaker system. Apparently, he just wasn’t satisfied yet.
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.
Originally designed to play music on only their own products, Apple's AirPlay technology now allows users to stream multimedia from iPhones, iPads and computers to any enabled HDTV or speaker system via wi-fi. Because Apple now allows third parties to use their tech, myriad standalone speaker systems designed specifically for AirPlay are on the market: some are better than others, and they all span the price and design spectra. Here are our 10 picks for some of the best AirPlay speakers available.
The Symbol Audio Tabletop Hi-fi ($1,800) speaker is positioned as an attractive and space-saving solution for discerning listeners in search of better home audio. The console includes two 4-inch full-range drivers, which boast titanium cones, paired with a down-firing 1/4-inch sub, and is powered by a 2.1 channel class D amp; this is capable of pushing 8 watts to the stereo drivers and 15.5 to the sub.
The damn Cloud. Everything's going there. Pretty soon, you'll have to go to the Cloud to change your underwear. But for now, you'll have to settle for the OD-11, the world's first Cloud speaker -- just introduced at CES 2013 -- by the incredible folks at Teenage Engineering.
Samsung's crush on vacuum tube amplification started with the DA E750 Vacuum Tube AirPlay Dock announced at last year's CES. Now it's a full blown love affair -- complete with rewards club memberships at the local Shag-a-Day Inn. According to the tech giant, the newly announced HW-F750
While iDevices flipped the consumer audio industry ass over tea kettle in a brush of a click wheel, the audiophile world stubbornly weathered the storm for years, hoping the digital compression nightmare might just vanish away in time. The introduction of
Look around at today’s computers and you’ll see exactly where companies are putting their money. Better-than-high-def screens with touch-sensitivity, ThunderBolt this and that, blisteringly fast graphics cards -- it's all about the visuals. And while we’re not ones to complain about
Looking back on the past twenty years, we’ve made some pretty big strides when it comes to consumer technologies. But with all these advancements, why are we still listening to music through the same speaker wire our dads used? Up until