The quest for perfect sound is never over for an audiophile. In our Featured Gear section, we’ll highlight some brand-new products, as well as some forgotten favorites and repurposed items, that may be able to aid your in your search.

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The Real First Portable Bluetooth Speaker to Sound Good?

On March 27, 2014

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by Eliot Van Buskirk evolver.fm Hard-won advances in battery technology, Bluetooth audio, Class-D amplifiers, and tough, rubberized design conspired to transform portable music by allowing people to carry around decent sound without relying on headphones or wired-up, still-battery-deficient speakers. The Jambox became the first breakout hit in this new category, design-wise, spawning many copycats, some of which are quite excellent devices as […]

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Neil Young’s Pono Hi-Res Digital Music Player Kickstarter

On March 11, 2014

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  03.12.14 UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Neil Young’s Pono startup, which wants to build a high-resolution digital music player by the same name, shot past its $800,000 funding goal on day one of its Kickstarter campaign. Pono launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of its player Tuesday morning, and at 10pm, it already had raised more than […]

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Bang & Olufsen enters the wireless game

On February 28, 2014

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Bang & Olufsen introduces “Immaculate Wireless sound” but will audiophiles bite? For serious audio and home theater enthusiasts, wireless systems typically meant sacrificing quality for the sake of convenience. Recognizing that fans of good sound shouldn’t have to make any trade-offs, Bang & Olufsen developed the BeoLab line of speakers. Earlier this year, B&O completed […]

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Sony’s Bottled Walkman

On February 12, 2014

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Remember how cool the Sony Walkman was when it first hit the market? It didn’t really matter that it wasn’t “great” sound because you could tune out the rest of the world while taking the subway to work or trying your best to ignore your uncles shouting over whose football team was best. Sony’s W […]

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Whovian Alert: Life-Size Dalek Exterminates Ears with Car Audio Gear

On January 13, 2014

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  There are publicity stunts, and then there are publicity stunts. In honor of Dr. Who’s 50th Anniversary and designed to show off their new car audio gear, Massive Audio built a life-size Dalek by hand. CNET’s Amanda Kooser writes: Massive Audio is advertising the “Massive Dalek” as the world’s loudest and largest Bluetooth speaker. […]

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How It’s Made: plyKraft by Core Audio Design

On January 8, 2014

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  When original Audiogoner Steve Clay likes a product, he isn’t shy about it.  He’s been waxing poetically about this plyKraft audio rack for a while… “The rack arrived in bespoke packaging; double boxed with high burst test cardboard, and an interior which coddled the shelves and legs in precision cut foamboard. One could eject […]

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Whiskey In the Can – Grado Labs New Headphones

On December 5, 2013

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  So what do you do with old whiskey barrels? If you’re John Grado, you make $395 headphones out of them.   Even though Grado’s cans are always made of wood, using whiskey-soaked white oak for the Bushmills x Grado headphones posed a unique challenge.  The wood is brittle and early prototypes tended to crack. […]

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Rest In Vinyl

On August 6, 2013

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Over the course of human history, paying appropriate tribute to a loved one has ranged from the bizarre to grandiose: professional female mourners during the time of Pharaohs, Viking warriors’ pyres set adrift on the sea, Victorian mourning portraits (creepy!), the KISS coffin, the CataCombo System, Eco-burials, and rocketing into the Final Frontier.  According to an […]

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Vapor Audio – the Nimbus Speaker

On July 3, 2013

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Ryan Scott of Vapor Audio casually admits that he hadn’t planned on going into speaker design as a career. “I have yet to meet someone who said, “when I was a child I wanted to design speakers.”  Thanks in part to some Clinton-era cutbacks, this now EX-meteorologist, found himself caught up in a perfect storm that […]

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High Fidelity Cables: Clarity from Magnetic Conduction

On May 21, 2013

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High Fidelity Cables is using a unique technology to help keep that pristine clarity to the sound – letting your music sound as good as it should be. The technology we speak of is magnetic conduction. Watch the video below to hear Rick Schultz, owner of High Fidelity Cables, explain what a difference this makes. […]

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