Owning great audio gadgets is always essential, not only to blast out some groovy music at your parties but also for those days when you want to sing along to your favorite tunes at the top of your lungs, in the privacy of your room! Whatever may be the requirement, having a clear, distortion-free, handy, and interactive set of audio devices is necessary. There are a lot of innovative designs out there in the market, so picking the right one that meets all your needs can be a task, especially since we all tend to have different audio requirements. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of functional, creative, and exciting audio devices for you! From “invisible” headphones that beam sound directly into your ears, to a stereo system that looks like minimalist art – these modern audio devices are all you need for the ultimate immersive audio experience at home. Enjoy!
1. The N1
The N1 can project sound waves at a certain amplitude or loudness, but it can also decide how loud the audio remains over a certain distance. By doing this, it can make the sound waves traveling to your ear loud, but make them soft the minute they cross your ear. Mounted on the top of the N1 are two cameras that track your face, locating the placement of your ears. It doesn’t matter if you have long hair, a thick beard, glasses, or even a face mask… the device can beam audio to your ears in real-time. This is vastly different from a set of headphones, because you’re not really wearing any headphones on your head, and you can still hear the world around you…and it’s vastly different from a speaker because A. It provides a private audio experience and B. It still delivers stereo sound, ensuring the left and right audio channels reach your left and right ears.
2. The Trenbader Artlink
The Trenbader Artlink is a beautiful vintage-style wireless Bluetooth speaker that comes with a built-in radio too. On the inside, the Artlink sports a full-range transducer along with a high-quality passive subwoofer, all packaged in a wooden cabinet that provides rich, distortion-free audio with crisp highs and deep lows. Two knurled knobs on the top let you switch between modes (Bluetooth, Aux, AM, FM, Mic, and Off) and control the volume, while a third dial located on the left lets you set the frequency on the AM/FM radio. The speaker comes with Bluetooth 4.0 that allows for connections as far as 33 feet, and if you’re in the mood to go wired, there’s an Aux input too.
3. The NW-WM1ZM2
The NW-WM1ZM2 is Sony’s latest Walkman audio-playing device targeted towards high-definition music lovers. The tiny device comes with a design that mimics its 2016 predecessor (the WM1Z) and is coated in real gold, a material that doesn’t simply hint at luxury but also does a hat-tip to the use of gold-plating found in high-end audio hardware. The device sports a 5-inch touchscreen that runs Android 11, allowing you to stream music and podcasts from your favorite services, although where it truly shines is in lossless playback, brought about by transferring lossless music onto the device through your PC. Oh, and yes, it comes with an audio jack.
4. Bang & Olufsen subwoofer
The Bang & Olufsen Beolab 19 wireless subwoofer delivers and carries sound around rooms up to 60 meters square. The wireless subwoofer features Acoustic Placement and adds an additional layer of depth and height to the audio. No matter where the subwoofer is placed, it is balanced, irrespective of the vibrations of the two speaker drivers. It minimizes vibrations and elevates the sound quality produced. The subwoofer’s sleek futuristic form and intriguing geometric shape add an attractive and cool element to your home while providing you with the ultimate audio experience at home.
5. The Syng Cell Alpha triphonic speaker
The Syng Cell Alpha triphonic speaker features force-balanced subwoofers and triphonic audio to provide you with the highest quality of audio! It even boasts a three-horn system, that ensures the sound is projected with complete accuracy. The Syng Cell Alpha has an “object-based sonic architecture”, which allows you to see, hear and touch sounds. It has a round spherical form, which means it has no front, back, or sides, and it can fill up an entire room with pure unadulterated sound.
6. B&O Orchestra
B&O Orchestra has been designed to spread audio around the whole room. A surround-sound system is probably the easiest term to use but we prefer to say orchestra-like. The idea is for several speaker parts to be dispersed around a room. A user can be surrounded by premium audio—like a real orchestra. You will hear music from different directions as natural audio in the real world. The B&O Orchestra gives you a chance to be a composer by deciding where to place the speakers within an environment. The whole speaker system is comprised of smaller parts that are split and distributed. A room’s music layout can be customized as you place the speakers around.
7. The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar features 9 high-quality drivers and a 3-driver center channel which delivers excellent sound quality with precision. The elegant soundbar boasts 240 watts of power for an immersive audio experience. You can utilize the phone app to connect the speaker with your preferred streaming service. In fact, you can even sync the soundbar to other speakers in your home! The Formation Bar is perfect for those house parties you host, providing your guests with an amazing audio experience.
8. The Hover
The Hover audio recorder concept tries to solve such problems as a modern redesign of an old device that is rapidly being replaced by smartphones and other digital devices. It’s not just another sound recorder. It’s one that offers computational audio. Simply put, the device combines computer science with digital audio analysis. There’s a system inside that processes audio to come out better for any audience so you don’t have to do a lot of editing. The Hover can also produce RAW audio files if you don’t want the enhanced version of your file. The Hover may enhance parts of the audio not to your liking but you can always go back to the original record. Good old stereo recording can also be captured.
9. The Totem rr231
In its “dormant” state, the Totem rr231 deceptively looks like a simple white cube with seems that run across its width and down the middle. Those seams, however, give way to two speakers, each with a two-and-a-half-way system, that swing out like the wings of a futuristic machine. Those speakers can actually be separated from the main body and positioned in other parts of the room to fill it with your favorite tunes. The rest of the box houses the ProJect turntable and a set of buttons and dials that match the minimalist aesthetic of the Totem rr231. Unlike the original, this modern-day version naturally embraces current audio technologies, including Bluetooth connection for streaming from mobile devices.
10. The Harman Kardon Gramophone mini speaker
To evoke the spirit of the good old gramophone while infusing a modern design aesthetic without going overboard (something that crosses the feasible realms), the speaker concept envisioned here is high on minimalism. The portable and versatile wireless loudspeaker has a translucent body depicting the classic gramophone’s contours. The amplification of the speaker is right on point delivering encapsulating audio from the soundbox. The see-through form factor radiates the purity of audio delivered by this Harmon Kardon audio accessory. It’s like a modern work of art you’d want to display on your living room shelf.