Category: Audio

Flowers for audio lovers

Waking up to flowers by your bedside sounds like a lovely way to start the day. Add some mellow music to that and now we’re basically recreating a spa experience for you every morning. So it’s no surprise that Soundfreaq is again teaming up with husband and wife design team The Novogratz and going for total flower power with its new, limited edition speaker, the Sound Rise Flower Freaq. And just in time for Mother’s Day, or your favorite design-school grad. The wireless Bluetooth bedroom speaker and alarm clock combines the colorful, funky Novogatz floral design with the rich, quality audio we like from the...

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Zipbuds: Affordable earbuds that cancel out noise and tangles

After a particularly long stretch of snow days this winter, I realized I needed a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Because, kids. If you are with me, here’s one that takes care of two big parental issues: Tangle-free, noise-cancelling Juice 2.0 earbuds from Zipbuds.   Also? They’re super affordable. The signature feature is a zipper cable designed to keep those wily little cords from getting tangled in my bag–or in the hands of my children– and it’s pretty genius. Of course, it can still get itself in a knot, but definitely reduces the possibility. I wondered, though, if these were all about the zipper and not about...

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Skip Tunes: Give music control over to your computer (but not in a creepy HAL 9000 way)

It’s very #firstworldproblems, true, but it’s a tad annoying to click away from your work and log into a new app in order to see what’s happening with your streaming music. The genius Skip Tunes, makes sure this little inconvenience is no longer an issue. This easy Mac OS X app lets you view and control iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio from a neat little menu bar right at the top of your desktop. Or detach it for a pop-window with the track details and artwork that lives off to the side but over your other windows. You can even make it a smaller thumbnail...

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The Wooden Boombox: Very awesome, but not actually a boom box

From the everything old is new again files, may we present the Wooden Boombox? It’s actually a Bluetooth speaker, but on the outside, it’s a brilliant hat tip to the old school boombox of my misspent 80’s youth. Only better. because this one is made out of Acacia Koa wood instead of ugly shiny chrome, beautifully carved so it make a great conversation piece wherever you put it, and it won’t chew up and spit out 600 D batteries a week when you play Blondie nonstop because she just, like, speaks to you. In fact, you get about 15 hours on a charge, or use...

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UrbanEars headphones, now making you crave sorbet.

One day we’ll be telling our kids, “back in my day, the headphones were black! And we liked it!” And they’ll look at us like we were crazy, thanks to companies like Sweden’s UrbanEars which presents the most gorgeous colors each year. They just announced their spring and summer line, and whether you’re into headphones that match your handbag (I know there are a few of you out there somewhere), or just affordable audio accessories with more personality and style than whatever you have now, they’re worth a look. – Don’t miss a fantastic offer below –  The sorbet-inspired line (“Back in our day, we used...

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You spin me right round baby

I can still remember my first record player, and let me assure you it looked nothing like this gorgeous Crosley USB record player that I’m sure would make your favorite music lover swoon on Valentine’s Day. Available exclusively at Urban Outfitters, this USB record player with built-in speakers is totally souped up compared to what we had back in the day, with deck and MP3 integration, as well as Mac and PC compatibility.   But really, can we just talk about the floral pattern for a second? Because it’s amazing. Just add a few favorite records (7 or 12 inch will work just fine), and...

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Aether Cone: Like your own psychic wireless speaker and music player

I have seen a lot of really cool wireless speakers, but the first thing to catch my eye on the Aether Cone was the shape. It felt like a throwback to the old-timey gramophone, and the copper and black color combo totally amplified the cool factor. (Ha, get it?) But the Aether Cone isn’t your typical wireless speaker — it’s a music player designed to stream from online service Rdio or your personal iTunes library via Apple AirPlay. Basically, Cone is a “thinking” music player. It learns what kinds of music you like so it can predict what you’ll want to hear and when. The more you use...

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The BeoPlay H8 noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones: Love at first listen.

At the 2015 CES show there was one press event that was awfully loud, and to be honest, the last thing I wanted to do at 9pm with East Coast jet lag was try on a pair of headphones and subject my eardrums to the pounding bass of some techno-something track. But my eyes were drawn to a stunning display of Bang & Olufsen headphones on their table and things changed. I popped on the new BeoPlay H8 noise cancelling headphones, their first entry into the world of wireless Bluetooth headphones believe it or not, and suddenly–magic!–I was transported somewhere else entirely. That’s when I knew a whole...

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The EDGE wireless headset by Red Fox: Turn that fitness resolution into reality

Fitness resolutions are the most popular of all New Year’s resolutions, but they can be pretty hard to keep. That’s why we keep making them year after year, unfortunately. But this cool and comfortable wireless headset, designed especially for athletics, might help make getting fit a little bit easier. The EDGE wireless headset by Red Fox (not to be confused with Fred Sanford, of course) is a single piece that’s flexible yet sturdy, with zero wires or other distracting floppy parts. When I popped the headset on, it felt great and paired easily right off the bat. The slim...

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Harman Audio’s Infinity One Bluetooth speaker offers quality sound to go

We’ve covered plenty of Bluetooth speakers here on Cool Mom Tech, from teeny, slide-in-your-pocket speakers to rattle-the-wood desk, powerhouse ones. But when I saw that Harman Audio — the world’s largest car audio manufacturer — was behind the new Infinity One Bluetooth speaker, I knew I was in good hands. The Infinity One has six speakers tucked into its cylinder-like body, and each one is focused on bringing you high-quality sound. And having that powerful 25-watt amplifier in there too doesn’t hurt one bit. You can really hear the bass coming through strong. To quote my husband — a total sound...

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