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Speakers

The CataCoffin packs a CataCombo Sound System

If you’re living impaired or a vampire who likes a bit of musical accompaniment as you wile away the long hours inside your coffin then the CataCoffin from Swedish company Pause could be just what you need. The customized coffin packs a CataCombo Sound System that features a custom built 2.1 amplifier and includes a pair of 2-way speakers, tweeters with external cooling, and an 8-inch subwoofer tuned to the coffin’s acoustic space.  Read More

The ORA Sound System for iPad

The success of the iPad suggests that it already functions rather well as a device for consuming movies and music, in addition to playing games. That said, even the most enthusiastic Apple fan would be hard-pressed to argue that the tablet’s speakers offer optimum fidelity. This is where ORA steps in, providing a protective case and stand for the iPad, which also contains eight speakers to push out the tablet’s audio.  Read More

Kohler's Moxie is a shower head with an integrated Bluetooth speaker, for listening to mus...

Whether you like to sing along to your favorite tunes while in the shower, or just listen to them, speakers and water don’t usually mix. You could try using a waterproof iPod shuffle, but where would you clip it? Instead, you might want to go with Kohler’s new Moxie shower head, that features a built-in wireless waterproof speaker.  Read More

M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature inte...

Unfortunately, as our collection of consumer gadgetry increases, so does the number of different power charging cables piled up at the edge of the desk. Hong Kong's M&C Lighting t'Light desk lamps promise to help reduce the tangled mound by incorporating charging ports in the base. Each of the company's four models packs a USB charging port and comes supplied with multi-tip cables compatible with various brand mobile phones and notebooks. Two of them also have an integrated iPod/iPhone dock and a power outlet for notebooks, and there's one with built-in stereo speakers.  Read More

Grace Digital has launched the gdock speaker dock for Samsung Galaxy and Note

Grace Digital is following the release of a speaker dock specifically designed for Amazon's Kindle Fire called the MatchStick, with the launch of the gdock for Samsung Galaxy and Note devices.  Read More

Rocking out in the iRock Rocking Chair recharges a connected iDevice and powers the chair'...

We’ve seen plenty of iPhone and iPad chargers that harness power from eco-friendly sources such as wind and solar (or both), but Zurich-based Micasa Lab has turned to a different, relatively (but not completely) untapped energy source to keep the juice flowing in iOS devices – the rocking chair. But the iRock Rocking Chair doesn’t just use the power generated via rocking back and forth to charge iOS devices, it also powers speakers built into the chair’s backrest.  Read More

The BeoPlay A9 is a new disc-shaped streaming wireless speaker from Bang & Olufsen subsidi...

B&O Play could be described as the hip, contemporary arm of Bang & Olufsen. That ethos is certainly reflected in the company’s soon-to-be-available streaming wireless speaker, the BeoPlay A9. Unlike traditional boxy speakers, it’s flat(ish), it’s round, and it’s designed to be looked at as much as listened to.  Read More

The Turtle Claw mounts to a bicycle's handlebars

The Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell speaker, which was announced at CES in January, is edging closer to availability. Last week, Outdoor Technology showed the model at the Interbike trade show and launched a Kickstarter campaign designed to get the speaker into cyclists' hands by next month.  Read More

The A5 (left) is quite a bit smaller than A7, as this picture shows

The audiophiles at Bowers & Wilkins have announced two brand new speakers – the A5 and A7 – that are designed to work with Apple's wireless AirPlay technology. This allows them to achieve a cleaner look due to the lack of a dock or protruding auxiliary cables. It also means you can carry your iPhone or iPad around with you and keep the music playing, provided you are within Wi-Fi range of course.  Read More

DBEST's Transformative speaker features a central module attached to two speaker modules t...

From suitcases to doughnuts and from vests to shoulder harnesses, it seems speaker design knows no bounds. London-based audio product manufacturer DBEST has provided yet another twist to the saga with its aptly named Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System that can go from a circle to an elongated snake form factor with a twist and turn of its speakers.  Read More

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