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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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Electrohome Archer Turntable

Built within a wooden cabinet that looks and functions just like a briefcase, the Electrohome Archer Turntable is a solid budget-conscientious pick for listening to your records at home and on the go. This vintage inspired record player boasts a pair of speakers as well as a 3.5mm audio output for playing to headphones or louder external sound systems, working with various record sizes (7-, 10-, and 12-inch disks) and speeds (331/3, 45, and 78 RPM) using a warm-sounding diamond tipped ceramic needle that won’t wear down your vinyls. Plus, it’s got an auxiliary input for playing jams straight from your smartphone, tablet, or computer when you need more variety and would rather avoid constantly switching disks.

Learn more at Amazon – $100

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UE Boom 2

Ultimate Ears’ UE Boom already ranks amongst the best compact wireless speakers. The UE Boom 2 aims to take the series to the next level. Boom 2’s water bottle-like shape still projects 360 degree room-filling sound, only now the quality is also better as well as 25% louder. It’s also waterproof to IPX7 standards, drop-proof from up to five feet, and equipped with a 100 foot range, maintaining a solid wireless connection even if the linked device strays a little further from the center of the party. And skipping or pausing songs can now be accomplished straight from the speaker: tap its top once to play or pause, and twice to skip the current track.

Learn more at Ultimate Ears – $200

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BeoPlay A6

Wiring up a multiple-piece surround sound system is the stuff of nightmares. Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A6 instead offers spacious sound thanks to its five-channel system — two 60 watt woofers, two 30 watt tweeters, and a 60 watt backwards-facing full range — that maximizes the sound’s spaciousness whether the speaker is wall-mounted, free-standing, or near a corner. It’s also easy to match to your decor thanks to interchangeable, acoustically-transparent Kvadrat-designed wool-blend fabric panels, works with your modern devices using either WiFi, AirPlay, DLNA, or Bluetooth 4.0, and can be controlled using intuitive touch-based gestures along its top panel, including sideways swipes to increase volume or a quick touch to change tracks.

Learn more at BeoPlay – $1,000

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Parrot Zik 3 Wireless Headphones

Take all the features you’ve ever appreciated in various headphones, wrap them all into one sleek package, and Parrot’s Zik 3 Wireless Headphones are the result. Notably apparent are their Starck-designed aesthetics, but the Zik 3’s features are more than skin deep: they offer superior sound thanks to an integrated 192kHz 24-bit DAC, auto adaptive noise cancelling that adjusts to your environment, and intuitive smart touch controls that let you skip tracks or adjust volume with a quick flick of the finger, even pausing when the headphones are removed. Moreover everything, including charging, is wireless, between Bluetooth connectivity and an inductive charge base.

Arriving later this year. Learn more at Parrot – $TBA

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Ion IT34 Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Deck

Listen to all your outdated media — or as far back as vinyls and cassettes, anyway — with the Ion IT34 Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Deck. Compact and portable, the IT34 plays your cassettes and records using 4 AA batteries (or by plugging into a USB port) and features built-in speakers, a 3.5mm auxiliary output, and the ability to convert the tracks on your tapes and records into MP3s for listening on your more contemporary music players.

Learn more at Amazon – $68

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Scosche boomBOTTLE+

No, it won’t hold your water, but you’ll want to forego hydration to carry a Scosche boomBOTTLE+ in your bike’s water bottle cage instead. This bluetooth speaker boasts the convenient go-anywhere shape of a standard water bottle that makes lugging it around that much easier, whether on your ride or in your pack’s side pockets. The ruggedized speaker is also loud thanks to two 55mm drivers and can withstand drops, vibrations, dust, and even (shallow) submersion in water. Else, a 6,000mAh li-ion battery lasts through 15 hours of playtime (and can charge your devices), it pairs with another boomBOTTLE+ for true stereo sound, and it features a 1/4 inch thread bottom plate for mounting on camera tripods or other similar mounting systems.

Grab one at Amazon – $180

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Amazon Premium Headphones

Day-to-day earbuds should be a combination of feature-laden, comfortable, and tangle free. And Amazon’s Premium Headphones are all three. Aside from the typical volume/mic/call button sitting right where the cord splits, they also feature a tangle-free flat cable below it, plus embedded magnetic that snap the two earbuds together when not in use to keep the cords neat, untangled, and ready to listen to. Granted, some of the extra features don’t work with iPhones, but if you’ve got an Android-powered smartphone and need a beater, you’ve just found it.

Grab them while they’re still on sale at Amazon – $10

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