Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Speakers

Archt One delivers even, omnidirectional sound (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

Last month, Gizmag reported on the Archt One (pronounced "ark-one") Kickstarter kick-off and its promise to fill a room with consistent, high quality omnidirectional sound via its warhead-shaped wireless speaker. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out a demo unit at home for a few days to see if the Archt keeps its promise.  Read More

The line array being tested at the University of Southampton's Institute of Sound and Vibr...

It's a classic situation ... a family is watching TV, but in order for the grandparents to be able to hear it, the volume is turned up too loud for everyone else's liking. A PhD student from the University of Southampton, however, might have a solution. Marcos Simón has developed a speaker system that projects high-volume audio to just one spot in the room.  Read More

The Amp for iPad Air 2 & iPad Air, open for business

iPad cases are a dime a dozen these days. There’s not much distinguishing one from the other for the most part, which is to say most function just as a cover for your Apple tablet. One entity has turned to crowdfunding to try and bring some variety to the category, however, in the form of OIO's Amp iPad Air case – it does double duty as a portable Bluetooth speaker solution.  Read More

The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first portable Bluetooth speaker

Portable Bluetooth speakers are handy for listening to music on the go, but freeing yourself from the hassle of wires doesn't mean much if you're always fretting over battery life. Bang & Olufsen's BeoPlay A2 may have you covered in this regard, as it promises 24 hours of continuous playback from a single charge – which the firm reckons is unmatched for a speaker of its size and type.  Read More

All three Nexus devices will run Android 5.0

The whale of a phone known as the Nexus 6 is now an official reality, as is a new 9-inch Nexus tablet made by HTC and an ASUS-made streaming media player running a new platform called "Android TV" that was first mentioned at Google I/O in June.  Read More

The Les Paul Reference Series will come in three flavors when released later this year (Ph...

Other than being known as a virtuoso guitarist and constant tinkerer, Les Paul also had a consuming passion for sonic excellence. Of course, his name graces the headstock of a certain iconic guitar that's carved its way into the rock history books, too. Gibson brought pre-production versions of some new high-end speakers to IFA 2014 that sport the great man's signature, and Gizmag stopped by for a look and listen.  Read More

The Woburn features vintage-inspired grille cloth with the immediately recognizable Marsha...

Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones.  Read More

Samsung's just-announced Curved Soundbar

Samsung certainly made some waves last year, when it released its Curved OLED TV. What good is a curved TV, though, if the sound is still coming from a flat speaker? With that in mind, Samsung has now introduced the Curved Soundbar. It was recently unveiled at IFA 2104, along with the company's new M3 Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker.  Read More

The OM/ONE Bluetooth speaker levitates using magnets

In a market as saturated as the Bluetooth speaker one, any point of difference can make a ... well, a difference. The Om/One is a Bluetooth speaker that sets itself apart from the pack with its ability to levitate like a miniature Death Star. Its creators claim this not only looks cool, but raises the device's performance above the competition.  Read More

The Lumia 530 is the latest device to speak to the recent trend of cheap, capable handsets

Nokia has thrown its hat into the budget ring with the Lumia 530, an affordable handset with low-end yet capable specs. The 530 is the cheapest Windows Phone device yet, offering a 4-in display and quad core processor.  Read More

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