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You consider yourself an audiophile, a person who seeks and appreciates high-quality music that sounds as close to the original performance as possible. You also have a love for design, especially when it surprises you, making you feel as though you've discovered something special. If this describes you, here are eight products that we think you'll love.
1. Zeppelin Air Speakers
If you're looking to bump some beats with your iPhone or iPad, you can now do it with smooth style thanks to the Zeppelin Air speakers. Apple's AirPlay technology lets you stream your music from iOS devices without even docking them! Airplay will even wirelessly connect to your Mac or PC and let you use those devices as a remote control. This cool-looking speaker uses its strange shape along with smaller mid-range drive units to produce incredible, room-filling sound. With a price tag of $599.95, it doesn't come cheap…just consider it an investment on all your future parties. Available at Apple.
2. WOWee One Slim Portable Speaker
If you're looking for a compact, pocket-sized speaker that delivers some punch, look to the name WOWee. The WOWee patented gel audio technology turns any surface into sound, producing deep base. Compatible with iPod, iPads, and netbooks, this device has two speakers – a top-firing one that provides crisp sound projection and second down-firing one that produces low frequency sound waves. The WoWee One Classic is out now for $79.99 and the One Slim will be available soon on their website.
3. Sculpted Eers – Custom Molded Earphones
Want earphones made just for you? Can you wait 4 minutes? Canadian technology research company Sonomax is coming out with self-molding earphones. Put lubricated earbuds into your ears and silicon will flow from the cartridge into your buds. Wait 4 minutes for the silicone to form to your ears' shape and then dry. If you're all about getting immersed in your music, these headphones are for you. When they come out this spring they'll be $199 (single driver) or $299 (dual driver). See their website to sign up for an email when they're ready.
4. WALdok – Speaker/Charger Dock
Just got back from your morning jog and want to throw on some slammin' tunes while you're in the shower? Check out WALdok. It's a prototype but will in development soon thanks to its backers at KickStarter. If you want to charge your iPod or iPhone directly to the wall outlet while also listening to some music, this is for you. It includes a bass chamber that simulates a sub-woofer for some deeper sound and an internal battery in case you want to use it as a desktop speaker. At $59, sounds like you're getting a steal. Check it out at KickStarter.
5. Little Horn Speakers
Vintage phonographs get a modern update with these stellar looking speakers by Chicago-based Specimen Products. Called Little Horn speakers, their octagon fluted horns are made from high-density fiberglass. The base is constructed with birch plywood and it houses the driver which acts as a compression chamber for the horn. You can buy these speakers for $1,850 a pair on the Specimen Products website.
6. Zipbuds – Tangle-Resistant Earbuds
If you're one of the frustrated people who hates untangling their earphone cords, check out Zipbuds. These use a clever integrated zipper wire system that’s made from durable, Kevlar reinforced cabling. What does that mean? No more untangling your cords for 10 minutes before hitting the gym. Genius in its simplicity. $39.99 at DGA Store.
7. Teti Extreme Loudspeakers
Speakers that act like art in your living room! Standing nearly five feet tall, these devices have elegant, twisted curves that don't just look good, they help improve its sound quality. The two towers are built on open frameworks allowing the drivers to work freely. For $20,000 you know you're paying for design and (we hope) some incredible performance. Book of Music website.
8. Harman Kardon SoundSticks II Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System
Squaremile said, “Harman Kardon’s Soundsticks are so well-designed that they have permanent residence in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.” Harman Kardon’s 40-watt SoundSticks II three-piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound all within a beautifully designed package. You'll get Touch Volume Control which means you can just touch to increase or decrease the volume or to mutes or un-mutes the system. SoundSticks II also remembers your last volume setting and has a powerful subwoofer that provides clean, low bass. Beautiful, striking and spectacular for any modern home. $199.96 at Amazon.
What do you think of our list? Would you buy any of these?