Sound-Enhancing Bluetooth Tube Amp Doubles as Cheesy Sci-Fi Prop

Bluetooth speakers tend to trade sound quality for a compact form factor and portability—but not this monstrosity. Looking like a contraption you'd find in Willy Wonka's factory, this vacuum tube amp promises to vastly improve the sound of music streaming from your mobile device. » 2/06/14 12:20pm 2/06/14 12:20pm

This Handsome Passive Speaker Is Down to Party Anywhere

It's late afternoon on a Friday, which means we're all thinking about our weekend plans. That might mean a party, but what's a party without a little music? The attractive Timbre Amplifier is just the ticket for your shindig's soundtrack, and you don't have to worry about charging it. » 6/07/13 5:20pm 6/07/13 5:20pm

NuForce Dia Makes Sure Your Wirelessly Streamed Audio Doesn't Suck

Wirelessly streaming music around your house is great, but for audiophiles, the middling audio components in wireless devices are a drag. But if those devices output a digital signal, you can bypass those components and let a device like NuForce's Dia handle the audio processing. » 11/10/11 9:52am 11/10/11 9:52am

McIntosh Teaches Its 50-Year-Old Tube Amp a Few New Tricks

Audiophiles love tube amps because of the warm, full sound they provide. But the vacuum tubes wear out, and generally requires a specialized, increasingly rare, technician to diagnose which ones are bad. High-end audio manufacturer McIntosh say their redesigned MC275 tube amp remedies part of that problem. » 10/07/11 6:20pm 10/07/11 6:20pm

Hey Audiophile! Five Baller Vintage Amps That Are Dirt Cheap

A five-year-old surround-sound receiver has all the appeal of a five-year-old banana. But a five-year-old (or even 25-year-old) stereo amplifier might sound and perform every bit as good as one built last month. Much stereo equipment is timeless, which is why so many audio enthusiasts are getting back into vintage gear » 8/22/11 10:00pm 8/22/11 10:00pm

The Best Amplifiers Under $500

Cnet's Steve Guttenberg has compiled the best audiophile-worthy amplifiers to be had for under $500. Trying to spend minimal amounts of cash? Need something to boost those headphones? Guttenberg's got you covered. That Topping TP-30looks especially hot. [Cnet] » 8/17/11 12:55pm 8/17/11 12:55pm

Can You Believe This is a Piece of Ikea Furniture?

Ikea serves a purpose, sure, but I hate buying furniture out of necessity. More thought should go into your surroundings—but if you really can't part with the Scandinavian furniture, at least consider Mykea's fun decals. » 5/20/11 8:20am 5/20/11 8:20am

Hazard-Colored Amp Has "Brit" and "Yank" Settings for Those…

Danger! There's a '60s British rock vibe lurking 'round Gabriel Sound Garage's Stinger amp, and I know some people won't like that. Never fear, however—just turn the knob to the "Yank" setting and let the tunes floooow. » 3/23/11 1:20pm 3/23/11 1:20pm

What if Scissors-Company Fiskars Made Amplifiers?

This is one beautiful amplifier—it's just a shame it's not real. Designer Edouard Urcadez "borrowed" the Fiskars branding to come up trumps with this "88" amplifier concept. There's no point dwelling on the purported specs of it when it doesn't exist beyond our computer screens, but hot damn I want it in my living… » 3/10/11 10:40am 3/10/11 10:40am

An iPod Amplifier That Makes You Do the Work

This is Bongue, a music amplifier designed by Studio Toer. It certainly doesn't look like any amp I've ever seen. And this video of it in all its kinetic glory isn't doing much to clear things up. » 1/18/11 12:00pm 1/18/11 12:00pm

A Headphone Amplifier Sure To Become a Design Classic: Schiit Lyr

Straight from California comes one of the sleekest headphones amps I've seen. I could just leave you to gaze at its two fiery eyes—sorry, tubes—but what sort of tech site would we be if we didn't discuss specs? » 1/14/11 6:30am 1/14/11 6:30am

An iPhone 4 Amplifier That Doesn't Need Any Electricity

The Phonofone III, like the Phonofone II before it, pumps tunes from your iPhone at 60dB without having to be plugged in to any outlet. Yup. It's just big beautiful acoustic amplification. » 11/30/10 9:20am 11/30/10 9:20am

Amplify the iPhone 4's Volume Without Power: the Griffin AirCurve Play

One of the simplest gadgets ever is also one of my favorites. I'm talking about Griffin's original AirCurve, the acoustically-shaped amplifier that docks and increases the iPod/iPhone's volume. It's now been updated for iPhone 4s, increasing music 10dB louder. » 11/10/10 5:20am 11/10/10 5:20am

No Cranking (or Hearing Aids) Necessary with This iPhone Gramophone…

One of my favorite unpowered amplifiers is Griffin's AirCurve, and at $5 more this $25 gramophone horn looks worth it. It'll add 12db of sound to the speaker, and even acts as a stand too. [CyberGuys via BookOfJoe via Wired] » 10/21/10 10:00am 10/21/10 10:00am

Audiophile's 20,000-Watt Home Sound Studio Took 48 Years to Build

How long did it take you to set up your audio system? Dick Burwen's been at his for 48 years—and he still isn't finished. » 7/27/10 4:10am 7/27/10 4:10am

Fastest Integrated Circuit Doubles the Previous Record, Getting Close…

Following up on a 2007 world record for the fastest transistor speed, Northrop Grumman announced today that it has shattered the world record for integrated circuit performance, nearing one terahertz. » 5/28/10 4:00pm 5/28/10 4:00pm

Thunder 30 Amplifier is Still Orange, Gets Louder

Most amplifiers are black. Inconspicuous. But not Orange. The designers saw legions of muted amplifiers on the market in 1968 and went, well, really orange. As for this new Thunder 30, it may be just as loud as the color. » 3/07/10 12:00pm 3/07/10 12:00pm

Orb PC Speakers Come With an Amplifier and a Choice of Metal Finishes

Orb's first PC speakers come with a 15W Class T amplifier, so even if you've got them paired up to a crummy Dell your audio output won't be too compromised. » 2/25/10 7:10am 2/25/10 7:10am