Gear Review: Six bumpin’ audio devices to satisfy your ears

Gear Review: Six bumpin’ audio devices to satisfy your ears


1. Kicker — KPw — $400

New from Kicker, this Bluetooth speaker is perfect for missions on the go. Roughly the size of a water bottle, it boasts a 10-hour battery life with dual bass radiators and two aggressive audio drivers that deliver crisp, deep, rich sound. Additionally, metal grilles and rubber guides provide a durable and practical build that can take some abuse.

2. House of Marley — Get Together Bluetooth — $200

This sexy boombox delivers the quality sound that House of Marley is known for and works great on the bookshelf or on the go. The face is made of polished bamboo and the Rewind fabric behind it is made with a blend of hemp, organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. Two 3.5” drivers and two 1” tweeters deliver the crisp audio, which can be controlled via your Bluetooth device or an auxiliary input.

3. Bose — SoundTrue — $180

The SoundTrue headphones are a sleek new design offered in around-the-ear (pictured) as well as on-the-ear styles. The lightweight headphones come in a variety of colors and have memory foam padding for a super comfortable fit. Bose’s signature sound is ever-present and a remote with microphone allows you to use the headphones in conjunction with your smartphone.

4. Outdoor Tech — Turtle Shell 2.0 — $130

The Turtle Shell 2.0 brings a unique look to the portable speaker world. Shockproof and water resistant, the speaker is ready for outdoor adventures of any kind and will connect to your Bluetooth device to blast out your tunes of choice. The Turtle Claw mount (sold separately) allows you to clamp the speaker to anything under 1.5” thick—think handlebars and ski poles.

5. Libratone — Zipp — $400

The Zipp’s cylindrical construction provides 360 degrees of top-notch acoustic sound that can be transmitted wirelessly from your device using AirPlay technology. At just over 12 inches tall, it remains small enough to fit in your backpack while also accommodating a 4” bass driver along with two 1” tweeters that provide impressive sound and volume. The unit also features an interchangeable wool sleeve that comes in a variety of colors.

6. Sol Republic — Tracks Air — $200

Sol Republic has teamed up with Motorola to produce a set of headphones that excels not only in sound quality but also in technology and design. The Bluetooth-enabled Tracks Air pumps rich sound to your ears via digital amplifiers and can connect to multiple devices, allowing you to easily switch between them. Wireless connectivity and a 15-hour battery life enable you roam free, while interchangeable headbands let you dictate your style.


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