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Soundfreaq Pocket Kick

It mightn’t be as loud as Bluetooth speakers three times its price but the Soundfreaq Pocket Kick still packs a fair punch despite its minuscule size. Dual custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator output sound from between open air grills on either side for ten hours straight, at least before needing a recharge. Other features include a built-in mic for speakerphone functionality, a 3.5mm line in for older, Bluetooth-deprived devices, and both volume and play buttons on one side of the unit. Choose between black, gold, and platinum color options.

Find it heavily discounted at our shop – $60

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Blue Lola Headphones

Differing from their Mo-Fi sibling by a lack of a dedicated built-in amp, Blue’s Lola Headphones were first and foremost designed with superior audio quality — not fashion — in mind. The headphones feature huge 50mm fiber-reinforced dynamic drivers, a sealed over-ear design for solid passive sound insulation, and a fantastic fit thanks to multi-jointed arms that angle the elongated ear cups perfectly to conform to your head. They’re also 2.4 ounces lighter than the Mo-Fi’s thanks to their omission, wearing comfortably through long periods of listening.

Grab a pair in black or white at Amazon – $250

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Triple Black

The best sound cancelling headphones now also boast a discreet look to pair up with their performance. Bose’s QuietComfort 25 Triple Black comes in two distinct versions specifically tailored to Android and Apple devices, powering their Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology with a single AAA battery for up to 35 hours of play time. The addition of unpowered audio lets you keep listening even when the battery gives out, and the special edition headphones boast an upgraded headband, folding earcups for easy carry, and HD Voice coupled to an advanced microphone system to clean up phone call audio quality in windy or noisy environments.

Find it at Amazon – $300

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Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset

Line of work puts your tech devices through more than they’re built to handle? That’s a non-issue with the Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset. This wireless device is dust, water, and shock resistant, keeping you in continuous contact with your clients or friends through a multitude of tough environments while upholding sound quality even in strong winds. It’s also NFC enabled for rapid pairing, hooks onto your ear securely and comfortably with ergonomic EarHooks, supports Voice Guidance for answering and ending calls using just your voice, and reads out incoming text messages completely hands free, albeit only on Android.

Coming in November. Learn more at Jabra – $100

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin was always amongst the best looking, best sounding wireless speakers available. And the Zeppelin Wireless improves upon both. Cleaner aesthetics see the removal of its iPhone dock, a seldom-used antiquity by contemporary standards. Airplay connectivity is still included alongside the addition of Spotify connect and Bluetooth 4.1 to finally make the device universally compatible with non-Apple devices. They didn’t neglect sound quality, either: the new Zep is equipped with a 150mm long-throw subwoofer, dual tweeters and midrange drivers, five individual audiophile class D amplifiers to power each drive unit, and a thicker cabinet that reduces cabinet vibrations at even the loudest volumes.

Grab one at Amazon – $700

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Gramovox Gramophone 2.0

While the sound is technically great, it can be argued that Gramovox’ original Gramophone wasn’t optimized for modern bass-heavy beats plastered across the Top 40. That’s addressed with the Gramovox Gramophone 2.0. Coupling an expertly-crafted steel horn to a solid block of wood, the second generation Gramophone stands apart from its predecessor thanks to a dual-driver design that outputs mid-range tones through the horn and bass from the base. It also connects to your devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or its auxiliary input, lasts for 12 hours on a charge, and measures in at almost two feet tall — more than bold enough to make a statement unlike any other wireless speaker.

Check it out at Gramovox – $350

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Beats Pill+

It’s been hard to tell how far Apple’s influence has permeated into Beats’ recent designs. This time it’s obvious. The Beats Pill+ flaunts the tech giant’s typically understated design and color scheme, even hiding its ports behind a flap on its back. It’s now also equipped with distinct tweeters and woofers for clearer sound, a stereo active 2-way crossover system for improved dynamic range, a variety of controls right atop the speaker that include play, pause, skip, and volume, plus a 12 hour battery life, part of which can be dedicated to charging your phone or other device with the included lightning cable. And if you’ve got two Pill+ speakers at your disposal, link them up and play from both simultaneously using Beats’ Pill+ app.

Read more at Beats – $230

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Bose SoundTouch 10

The benefits of streaming audio over WiFi are obvious, including the coordinating of multiple speakers with the same output. The Bose SoundTouch 10 connects to your home WiFi network in minutes, then allowing for your other connected devices to both stream directly to the unit as well as double as a remote control using Bose’s SoundTouch app. But for simple no-fuss music the device also features Bluetooth, giving it that much of an edge over Sonos’ WiFi-only devices. It’s also compatible with a plethora of internet-based music services like Pandora, Spotify, Internet Ratio, and Deezer, letting you save your favorites to its six station preset on the top of the device for quick access.

Find it at Amazon – $200

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Revo SuperSystem

Enjoy having a massive assortment of listening options? That’s what Revo’s SuperSystem is all about. As the SuperSeries flagship music system, the SuperSystem can receive a wide range of radio standards including DAB, DAB+, FM with RDS, and WiFi internet radio, totalling over 24,000 stations globally. It also supports Spotify Connect, network audio and WLAN for listening from your computer or music server, and Bluetooth with aptX for streaming straight from your modern devices. And since musical variety isn’t enjoyable without quality hardware on which to play it, the SuperSystem boasts an all-wood cabinet with an anodized aluminum face, twin 3.5-inch Balanced Mode Radiator drivers, an 80 Watt sub, a large OLED display, and a joystick with which to control it all.

Find it at Revo UK – roughly $840

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Inateck MercuryBox

Made of anodized aluminum and complete with dual 5-watt drivers for a bass-balanced sound, the Inateck MercuryBox is about as much bang for your buck as you can hope to get from a sub-fifty dollar Bluetooth speaker. It’s also tiny, sports a 1,800 mAh battery for about 15 hours of playtime, and is waterproofed to IPX5 standards, making it a shoe-in for use in the shower, on a boat, or near a swimming pool. Just don’t expect it to outperform Bose’s Bluetooth wares or other premium speakers — that also cost multiple times its price — and you’re bound to be perfectly satisfied.

Find it at Amazon – $46

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